WAV 2019 Team

[ezcol_2third]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

[ezcol_1third][thumbnail link=”http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/hartley-banack-bio/” border=”1″ target=”_blank” src=”http://www.wildaboutvancouver.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/2011-Marian-and-Hart-Victoria-Jul-23.jpg”][/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Dr. Hartley Banack – WAV Festival Chair
Lecturer – Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, UBC

hart_banack_wild_about_vancouver_man_imageDr. Hartley Banack – WAV Festival Chair

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.[/ezcol_2third_end]

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John Ames – Outreach 

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).



[ezcol_1third][thumbnail link=”” border=”1″ target=”_blank” src=”http://www.wildaboutvancouver.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/JasonCamp-Bio.jpg”][/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end] Jason Camp – Events / Lessons 

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.[/ezcol_2third_end]


Peter Fenton – Events / Lessons

Jenn Mcdonald – Events / Lessons

I am a grade 5/6 teacher in the Vancouver School Board who has recently completed my Outdoor Education Diploma at UBC. I have been practicing outdoor ed officially for a year now, but had been doing it very informally in the garden and in our community previous to that. I look forward to inspiring more people to get outside with their students and classes!





Lori Snyder

Megan Zani – Events / Lessons

Megan Zeni is a first year PhD student in the faculty of education at UBC (EDCP) with over 20 years of K-7 classroom teaching experience. Megan currently teaches in a public school outdoor classroom and is an advocate for the social, emotional and cognitive benefits of outdoor and garden classrooms beyond the preschool years. She consults extensively on garden classroom start up and maintenance, as well as practical tips for joyful learning with all sorts of loose parts outdoors. Her research interests include teacher perceptions of risk, playful inquiry outdoors, and capacity building opportunities for normalizing outdoor cross-curricular learning in BC schools. Follow her learning journey at www.meganzeni.com



Communications Sub-Committee:

Social Media and Website

[ezcol_1third][thumbnail link=”Carriefroese.wordpress.com” border=”1″ target=”_blank” src=”http://www.wildaboutvancouver.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Carrie.jpg”][/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]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.[/ezcol_2third_end]

Marketing and Promotions Sub-Committee:

Tammy Matheson


Members at Large:




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