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The YES is grateful to work on Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ Homelands and run camp programming on the lands of the Lake Cowichan First Nation

Mailing address:

 

PO Box 45033

Victoria, B.C.

V9A 0C3

Contact information:

Phone: 604-960-1377

Email: info@theyes.ca

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staff team

Chelsea Lake

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. 

Lauren Sortome

Program Director

In 2008, Lauren came to The YES as a participant from 100 Mile House and experienced a life-changing week of camp at Cowichan Lake. The YES offered new perspectives, skills, and relationships that motivated them to start volunteering with the program in 2010, and become a Creative Director in 2015. Facilitating with The YES was the catalyst to them pursuing teaching as a career. Lauren credits their expertise as an educator to the many role models they were mentored by at The YES. Recently, over the course of three years, Lauren taught STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workshops in schools in every province and territory, honing their classroom practice. They are currently pursuing a Bachelor of Education after completing their Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. 

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.