Sophie was raised in Ottawa and comes from an outdoor centred family and enjoys all four seasons and all the adventure each season brings. She has a B.A(H) in geography from Queen’s University and is passionate about Canada’s forests and critters, conservation and climate change. Sophie brings this lens when working with children to influence environmental stewardship wherever they go.
Sophie spent many summers as a camp counsellor at YMCA Camp Kanawana in Saint-Sauveur, Québec working with youth to foster their relationships with nature and each other. Sophie also has experience working with international and domestic school groups, young children as well as families guiding them in various outdoor activities and team-building exercises. Sophie has lead overnight and multi-day canoe camping trips, building children’s nature skills, exploring how animals (including humans) and plants influence the landscape, recognizing plants of their surroundings and all their awe-inspiring properties are just some of the things Sophie and her campers all explored together. Sophie has a more laissez-faire leadership style and loves letting children’s curiosity flourish and explore alongside them.
Sophie has also worked as an intern at the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society doing research, writing and media development for their annual reports on the state of conservation within Canada.
Training and Certifications:
Standard First Aid and CPR ‘C’
200 Hour Counsellor In Training Program from les Associations des Camps du Québec
Intermediate Tandem Lake Canoe Skills officiated by Paddle Canada
Indigenous Learning Series Certificate officiated by the Canada School of Public Service
Cultural Awareness Training with Canadian Bushcraft