Camp Suzuki: Howe Sound staff

Our Camp Suzuki: Howe Sound staff and volunteers are the champions and leaders of the camp experience. Their energy and love for the environment has been woven into every aspect of our camp program. We hope you will join us on this adventure of exploration and learning, and you will find your connection with the outdoors. 


Kyle Empringham Director, Camp Suzuki: Howe Sound and Public Engagement Specialist, David Suzuki Foundation

Kyle Empringham grew up immersed in camp experience in Ontario, where he learned about nature and the importance of getting outdoors. With the David Suzuki Foundation, he’s tasked with finding creative ways to engage Howe Sound communities in discussions to ensure we can all work together to preserve the region’s natural beauty.


Stephen Foster  Howe Sound Project Lead, David Suzuki Foundation

Stephen has worked in film and television production, international peace work, facilitation and community engagement. He ran a program in Aceh, Indonesia, with a local non-profit teaching film production and using storytelling as a political tool. Stephen has lived on Bowen Island for 12 years.

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Amanda Nahanee (Shamantsut) - Squamish & Nisga’a Nations, Eagle Clan

Shamantsut is the sole proprietor of Traditionelle, a cultural services business aimed to help raise the profile of Aboriginal people. Her expertise in tourism includes Train the Trainer facilitator, Sr Canoe Tour Guide, Cultural Centre Interpreter, Host, International stage Performer. She has experience and training in acting, modeling, radio, television, website design, and designing marketing materials.  She is an in-residence storyteller with the Vancouver Public Library and a recipient of the Mayor's Art Award for Emerging Artist in Community Engagement.


Kelly Woods Participant, Camp Suzuki: Howe Sound 2015-16

Kelly Woods (BA, MLIS), is a mother, librarian, educator and art studio owner. She is passionate about green living and nature education, and loves sharing the gift of creativity with others. She currently lives on Gambier Island with her family, and writes about their journey at She is also a past participant of Camp Suzuki: Howe Sound, and counts it among the best experiences of her life


Ruth Simons Executive Director, Future of Howe Sound Society

Ruth is passionate about Howe Sound and the purpose of the Society: conservation and stewardship of Howe Sound for current and future generations. A retired business executive, former municipal councillor and lifelong resident of the Howe Sound area, she has lived and raised her family in Lions Bay for the past 25 years.



Calder Cheverie -  Summer Camp & Outdoor Schools Manager, Camp Fircom

Now in his thirteenth year as an outdoor educator, camp director and wilderness guide, Calder has a deep passion for connecting youth and young adults with nature. His work has focused on using experiences in the outdoors to help foster self-confidence, build upon fundamental leadership skills and to strengthen a sense of self in relation to our role in our communities.


Jennifer Deol — Program Coordinator, Camp Suzuki: Howe Sound 2017

Jennifer holds a B.Sc. in Biology from UBC and is passionate about nature education and connecting people to place. She works for the David Suzuki Foundation and supports the BC and Western Region in program coordination, including engagement initiatives with Howe Sound communities.


Banner photo credit: Janice Williams.