staff team

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Chelsea Lake (she/her/hers)

Executive Director

Chelsea first encountered The YES Camp back in 1999 as a participant in the program. Her profound and transformative experience inspired her to pour her time and energy into The YES. She worked as a volunteer, summer student and administrator before becoming Camp Director in 2009. Having worked with thousands of youth through The YES Camp, classroom workshops and Change it Up! program, Chelsea feels honoured to be able to support and witness the formation of life-changing communities and relationships with The Youth Excellence Society. Her work with the program inspired her to complete her Master of Education in Leadership Studies at the University of Victoria. She brings to The YES a rich history with the organization as well as masterful facilitation skills and a deep knowledge of leadership and education. 

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Shania Chand (she/her/hers)

Program Director 

Shania’s first experience with The YES was in 2012. After her first week, she was in awe of the transformative community care she was able to help create. She started volunteering with the program in 2014 and has since worked with camps, schools, and as a summer student to encourage youth leadership and workshop development. She then became a Creative Director in 2019 before joining as our Program Director in 2021. Throughout her years with The YES, she has realized that she loves to spend time empowering youth, building safe spaces, sharing stories and knows that The YES incites life-changing work. Shania comes from a background of Communications & Social Justice from Simon Fraser University and believes that the skills and values she’s developed as an adult are linked to her experiences and relationships from The YES.

the team

The YES Staff team are an incredible group of over 50 individuals from around BC.  While the majority of our staff are YES Camp Alumni, we also welcome other highly skilled individuals with experience in youth leadership, education, empowerment and counselling. 

The application process to join the YES Staff team is highly competitive, and the quality of our facilitators is second to none. If you're interested in applying for a volunteer staff position, applications are open every spring.