The Notre Dame Outdoor Club is an extracurricular club for students of Notre Dame Regional Secondary in Vanouver, BC.
We work very hard to offer a variety of outdoor activities that are safe and affordable. How do we do it? Simple. We have a great staff of teachers who are willing to put in a lot of time and effort to get training and certification from industry leaders. By using our own teachers as guides, we can keep our trips affordable, but still maintain a high standard of safety. Take a look at our key personnel below.
Teacher Andrew McCracken leads kayaking activities and handles paperwork and administration. He is a Level 2 Sea Kayaking Instructor with Paddle Canada, an AOG with SKGABC, an Introductory Canoe Tripping Instructor with Paddle Canada, a Canoe Tripping Leader with RCABC, a Level 1 Hiking Leader with the OCC, and has trained in avalanche safety (AST). He holds a Red Cross Advanced Wilderness First Aid certificate and an ROC-Marine for VHF radio.
Teacher Dawn Borthistle is an avid hiker, paddler, and Scout leader. She is a Basic Sea Kayak Instructor with Paddle Canada, an Introductory Canoe Tripping Instructor with Paddle Canada, and a Canoe Tripping Leader with RCABC. She holds a Red Cross Basic First Aid certificate.
Teacher Lauren Citton loves watersports and our annual Spring Camp Out, where she is camp mom. She is a Level 1 Hiking Leader with the OCC and holds an Occupational First Aid cert.
Teaching Assistant Lauri Sawka is an experienced outdoor leader with an special interest in hiking and backpacking. She coordinates the fall and winter mountain trips. She holds a Level 1 Hiking Leader certification with the OCC, avalanche training (AST), and whitewater and lake canoe training.
Teacher Natalie Turner is at home on any watercraft, from kayaks to paddleboards. She is a Basic Kayak Instructor with Paddle Canada, an Introductory Canoe Tripping Instructor with Paddle Canada, and a Canoe Tripping Leader with RCABC. She holds a Red Cross Basic Wilderness First Aid certification.