Geoff Park – ‘Parky’
Owner / Senior Director
Geoff Park, (better known as “Parky”), is the founder and Director of Camp Summit. Since Summit invited its first campers in 1999, Parky has been there to build the camp into what it is today. He is very passionate about the outdoor summer camp experience and is excited to provide an opportunity for other kids to share the joy. As director, Parky is very committed to his staff, as well as, ensuring that each camper has a positive camp experience.
Geoff attended the University of Waterloo in Recreation and Leisure studies. He has over 30 years of camping experience, ten of which include counselling and senior staff responsibilities at one of Ontario’s strongest camping programs, Kilcoo Camp. Geoff is very involved in the Squamish community having sat on the Board of the Squamish Community Foundation and Tourism Squamish. Geoff is currently on the BC Camps Association Board of Directors as the Canadian Camping Association representative as well as the Chair of the government advocacy and relations committee of the Canadian Camping Association.
He is also the founder and Chair of the Board of Coast Mountain Academy, and Independent school in Squamish. This will enable Parky to impact the development of youth year round in an educational setting. Parky’s experiences as a trip leader, combined with his work instructing skiing, swimming, physical fitness and outdoor education are great assets to camp life. Geoff’s wife Daphne is a school teacher and supports his enthusiasm and commitment to youth and Camp. They are also the proud parents of Maya, born November 2006 and Campbell, born August 2010. They also welcomed Ralph the dog into the family in November 2011 and Coby in June 2020.
You can reach Geoff by email at [email protected]
Director of Outdoor Education Centre
At only the age of 7, Emily’s dad put her on a plane from Calgary to Ontario, to Camp Tawingo. From that summer on, there was no turning back. Ten years as a camper, one year as a leader in training, and 5 years on staff, Emily had held positions including counselor, sports field director and her favorite, music director where she was able to direct 3 camp musicals. She then spent 3 years with the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, in Nova Scotia and Alberta, working as summer program coordinator and waterfront program facilitator.
Emily found a home at Camp Summit after a winter program in 2013. She then took on the role of the Assitant Outdoor Education Director where she was able to learn the ropes of what it takes to run a successful outdoor center. Her summer was spent with the senior campers of Summit, leading three canoe trips through the beautiful Powell Lakes of BC. In 2014, Emily took on the role of Director of Outdoor Education and Summer Senior Leadership Challenge Coordinator and has been loving life ever since.
Her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta in Spanish and French, has helped her to appreciate the importance of effective communication, and know that word meaning and word choice is the difference between misunderstandings and successful verbal exchanges.
Her favorite parts about camp are staff training, the constant smell of nature, singing at campfires, and creating strong connections with kids. Emily brings a healthy dose of experience and lots of love for kids to the Summit team.
In her spare time Emily loves to mountain bike, run, play ultimate frisbee, do hot yoga, hike any mountain, or travel, preferably to Central America. She loves El Salvador where she spent one year teaching English at an orphanage and eating lots of pupusas, the national food.
You can reach Emily by email at [email protected]
Office Manager & Camp Registrar
Rianne brings over 25 years of experience to her role at Camp Summit. As a long-time staff member of Camp Wenonah in Muskoka-Ontario and previous member of the team here at Summit, she has held several roles in the professional camping industry including Outdoor Education Director, Assistant Director, Administrative Director and Tripping Head.
During her time in Ontario, Rianne sat on the Ontario Camps Association – Outdoor Education Committee that worked to establish standards and support for OEC throughout the province. She has also been a past board member and secretary of the British Columbia Camps Association.
Rianne completed her Bachelor of Arts – Global Studies degree with a minor in Women & Gender Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University and is a past recipient of the Schaefer Scholarship and Service without Recognition Award which acknowledges outstanding contributions and high ideals of service. She has also obtained her Small Business Bookkeeping certificate from Capilano University in the fall of 2021.
Rianne is an avid paddler and hiking enthusiast who loves going on adventures with her dog Arlo!
You can reach Rianne by email at [email protected]
Gary is from Cumbria (the Lake District) in England. Alongside his full time job he spent twelve years in the Army Cadet Force running all sorts of outdoor activities. Then through the assistance of the Toronto based company Nyquest, he worked at Camp Winabiegoue for 3 months as the rifle Head. After a short return home, he decided to come back to Canada and found Camp Summit again through Nyquest. His extensive tripping and outdoor skills are used here at Camp Summit. Gary has been an integral part of our program team managing our ropes course for a number of years. After two years at Summit on program staff, Gary is entering his 8th year as our year round site manager.
You can reach Gary by email at gary @campsummit.ca