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Summer Team 2020 - Year Round Teachers

Summer Teachers 2020

Kim Chamberlain - Lead Canoe Guide

Kim is an experienced outdoor educator; she received her diploma in Outdoor Adventure Education from Sir Sanford Fleming College and her numerous accomplishments have resulted in Kim being invited back to serve as a college technician/instructor at Fleming.  Her focus and devotion to medicinal and edible wild plants plays an important part in her outdoor teachings as well as the organizational components of planning her wilderness expeditions

She has spent several summers guiding adults and youth in a wide variety of trips including whitewater canoeing, hiking, kayaking and survival training.  More recently, Kim’s experience has been focused on wilderness therapy sessions with teens dealing with addictions and mental health issues. 

She has enjoyed her winters as a dog sled guide in Northern Ontario leading students on multi day therapeutic camping trips in the snowy woods.

 Kim also spent an extended period in the Middle East, with most of the time spent in the United Arab Emirates and Oman leading Duke of Edinburgh and rock climbing trips through the Hajar Mountains and into the wind-swept Dubai desert. 

Kim has extensive experience in the outdoors; logging over 1500 days of wilderness camping. She is a certified canoe instructor, wilderness first responder, and hiking and tripping guide. She grew up spending her summers paddling and camping throughout the islands of Georgian Bay, Ontario for months at a time. This has sparked her life-long passion to introduce both young and old to all the possibilities that the wilderness has to offer.

Justin Bergsma - Voyageur Lead Teacher

Justin has almost completed his Bachelors of Education, working through his 3rd year in concurrent education at Queen’s University - with a goal to teach science at the high school level. 

He has gained experience working with a wide variety of children through his practicum teaching placements in both elementary and high school classrooms and has enjoyed practicing positive behaviour management techniques focusing on engagement through inquiry based learning and inclusion strategies to be sure that all the children's needs are being met.

Justin has also always loved the outdoors and recognizes the value of making connections with our natural world. He went on his first hiking trip in grade 9 and has never looked back. His most recent trip was in Peru where he hiked 62 km of the Salkantay trail in 5 days.  

Justin has also been involved in volunteering to lead hiking trips, which includes assisting with hiking trips in the Adirondacks through his former high school. 

Justin is also a very active member of a Kingston-based non-profit organization called Camp Outlook where he leads overnight camping trips for local youth. For this initiative, Justin utilizes a child-focused strategy rooted in humour, adventure and respect to encourage self-esteem development and overall happiness - all the while keeping everyone safe in an outdoor setting.

When Justin is not studying or camping in the great outdoors, he loves sports, board games, card games, and being with friends.

Elisabeth (Liz) Newall - Voyageur Assistant Teacher

Liz is a second year student at University of Guelph studying Anthropology and French.

Liz has always loved the outdoors and strengthened her outdoor leadership and paddling skills in July of 2019 through a 32 day Wilderness Leadership course with Outward Bound. During the trip she paddled 530km and portaged a total of 20 km. She learned to navigate rapids, read maps, and lead with positivity. She also learned the fine art of camp fire cooking - which will be  a great asset on the Voyageur camping trip.

Additionally she has worked in a camp maintenance position for a season, and as a childcare provider for multiple years. This experience has both showed her that everything can be enjoyable when it’s done outside, and has enhanced her appreciation for children’s perspectives.

Liz is an avid hiker and explores every and any trail around Guelph when she isn’t studying. Her favourite thing to do after a busy day is explore a new hiking spot.

Liz values compassion, patience, and positivity, and believes team experiences outdoors are the best way to foster these qualities as well as build confidence. The camping trips of her childhood and high school years taught her these values and she looks forward to contributing to a constructive environment for others.

Samantha Stratford - Middlers Teacher 

Having completed her Undergrad at the University of Illinois, Samantha is in her first year of the Bachelor of Education program at Lakehead University, working towards being a full time teacher. Her love for teaching students shows, particularly in the aquatics world! 

She has 12 years of competitive swimming background, which took her to the national level, with 10 years of coaching and teaching swimming, she has a great passion for the water. Samantha holds her NLS qualification and is a qualified YMCA swim instructor. 

Samantha spent many summers working with kids through camps and swimming, although her most memorable was working at the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. It was there that she provided kids an opportunity to succeed who otherwise may not have had the opportunity to attend a camp program.

She is excited to put together many of the skills that she developed during her teaching placements, swimming and camp to utilize the forest and outdoor setting  to create meaningful lessons & programs at Great Moose Adventures.

Eva Osterlee - Middlers Teacher

After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph-Humber for media studies, Eva is currently in her first year of the Bachelor of Education program at Trent University. While in school, she has taken several courses to help her with teaching outdoor education and the importance of the environment.

For over 12 summers, she has worked in a summer camp environment doing everything from dish washing to counselling to photography. Last summer, she took a break from summer camp to lead a kids club program at a resort where she ran themed programs for kids of all ages. 

Currently, Eva is a volunteer with TRACKS, a STEAM and an Indigenous knowledge based camp program that teaches students all about the importance of science, technology, and the environment. 

In her spare time, Eva helps her family with their pumpkin farm where she helps plant pumpkins and teach visiting school groups about how pumpkins grow. She also goes for hikes all over Eastern Ontario, capturing the views with her camera along the way. 

She is excited to spend the summer with Great Moose Adventures, sharing her passion for nature and love for teaching with everyone at camp. 

Joannie Lefebvre - Assistant Canoe Guide

Joannie' s passion for outdoor adventure has allowed her the opportunity to work & play with a wide variety of people and children throughout Canada: canoe tripping on the Red River, snowshoeing in Charlevoix, working in the Rockies for a summer as a horseback riding guide, hiking in  Mont Tremblant & Kilarney and working with young kids at the Pumkin Patch Farm and the Girl Guides of  Ontario.

Originally, an Animal Health Technician, Joannie obtained an ecotourism certificate from Canadore College in North Bay and has since dedicated herself to outdoor education and tour guiding in both a wilderness and urban settings.

Joannie has most recently worked as a Coordinator and Tour Guide - leading Grade 7 & 8 students on school trips to Quebec City, Ottawa and Montreal. Throughout all of these amazing experiences, she is able to share and model her passion for travel and adventure as a way to connect and hopefully make a life long impression. 

Carley Oosterhuis - Overnight Lead Teacher

With a Degree in Human Studies from Conestoga College,  focusing on the Indigenous Community and Social Development, Carley is now working towards her Social Service Worker diploma at Georgian College.  She has worked with youth throughout her whole career and hopes to continue working with youth in her new field. Carley has worked for Jericho Youth Services, Sutton Youth Shelter and Habitat for Humanity. She is certified in First Aid and CPR as well as High Five.

Carley’s an outdoor enthusiast. She enjoys skating, snowshoeing, and hiking. She spends her summers as close to the lake as possible - boating, swimming, and kayaking any chance she gets. Carley thrives in a team environment and has worked as a summer camp counsellor for 6 years - and is excited to get back in a camp environment.  In her spare time, she is part of a softball team, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and tries to get out to the farm as much as she can. Carley is excited to start this new venture with Great Moose Adventures, gain new skills and create a welcoming camp environment.