The WAV 2018 Team

Wild About Vancouver Outdoor Education Festival is a local, grassroots, democratic organization that relies on the generous volunteerism of our community members. We have assembled a wonderful team of individuals who are deeply committed to getting more people outside more often.

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WAV Steering Committee

Dr. Hartley Banack – WAV Festival Chair
Lecturer – Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, UBC

I am rather passionate about outdoor education, and I am attempting to live more ‘locally’ (whatever that might mean), and explore this in my approach to outdoor education. I know myself to be an educator, philosopher, poet, and a fierce advocate by nature. I hold a BC teaching certificate from SFU, and have taught with various age groups and indistinct educational settings, including pre-school, elementary school, high school, post-secondary school, and with adults and seniors.

Nick Townley – Secretary and Oversight Committee

Nick is an avid adventurer and sustainability crusader. He feeds his sense of wonder by self propelling through the magnificent waterways and wild spaces of Earth Island. For the past 15 years, he has been taking students outside on edutaining adventures. He now teaches with the Vancouver School Board’s TREK Outdoor Education Program.


John Ames – Outreach Sub-Committee

Rooted in environmental place-based learning and psycho-biology, my research area focuses on writing improvement through musical storytelling strategies.  Nature and being outdoors lend themselves well to two strong influences that underscore my work and research: Stanley King and Susan Chung’s Youth Manual Co-Design method of story drawing and Murray Schafer’s Composer in the Classroom soundscaping.  My goal is creating classroom adaptable training methods that teach children to co-design whole class music-theater from inception to completion, promoting positive emotional growth through engaging research-based narrative(s).



Also on the Outreach Sub-Committee:

Ben Dewar

Richard Peter


 Jason Camp – Events / Lessons Sub-Committee

Born in Vancouver, Jason has called the city home his whole life. In addition, Jason has been lucky enough to explore, not just the wilderness just outside the city limits, but the great outdoors around the world. From mountaineering in the St. Elias range in Canada, to rock climbing in the deserts of Australia, to scuba diving in the Caribbean, to hiking in Iceland, Jason has listened to the call of the wild and answered to the best of his ability. A teacher for the past 10 years, Jason is passionate about hands-on learning experiences, and has done his best to encourage his students to explore the natural world.


Also on the Events / Lessons Sub-Committee:

Karen Chong

Peter Fenton

Alex Heiberg

Jenn McDonald

Daniella Roze

Lori Snyder



Communications Sub-Committee:

Social Media and Website

Carrie Froese – Principal at University Hill Elementary School in Vancouver, British Columbia

Carrie Froese has worked in three school districts with Kindergarten to Gr. 8 students, International Education, preservice teachers at SFU and practising teachers in China. Her quest to explore the outdoors started during her early years living by Jericho beach. Her husband and kids LOVE skiing and snowboarding as much as she does.  She also enjoys hiking, biking, swimming and golf.  She has experienced the thrill of water skiing, zip lining and rappelling, the peace of beach time and relaxation of time at the lake.  She enjoys introducing students to the joy of sport and learning outdoors.

Marketing and Promotions Sub-Committee:

Tammy Matheson


Members at Large:

Marina Milner-Bolotin

Audrey Sargent