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Meet the Team

campVIU and Mariners In Training Team

Programmers & Instructors

campVIU - Jane
Jane Coady (she/her/they)
Coordinator
 
Top 3 Camp Essentials:
- Running Shoes
- Snacks
- Frisbee
 
Favourite Leisure Activities:
- Taekwondo
- Pick-up basketball
 campVIU - Amber  
Amber Underwood (she/her/they)
Media and Communications
 
VIU Program: Third-year, Bachelors of Tourism Management with a minor in marketing
 
Top 3 Camp Essentials:
- Crocs!
- Nalgene
- Sunscreen
 
Favourite Leisure Activities:
- Rock climbing
- Softball
- Kayaking
- Nature walks
campVIU - Elissa
Elissa Miranda (she/her)
Programming and Logistics
 
VIU Program: Bachelor of Arts, double major in criminology and psychology
 
Top 3 Camp Essentials:
- Crocs
- Snacks
- CampVIU bucket hat
 
Favourite Leisure Activities: “My favourite sports are dance and gymnastics. During my free time, I like to explore the island a lot, go on different adventures, and spend time with my friends!”
campVIU - Emma
Emma Smedley
Lead Instructor
 
VIU Program: Fifth-year Kinesiology
 
Top 3 Camp Essentials:
- Sunglasses
- Water bottle
- Awesome camp music playlist
 
Favourite Leisure Activities:
- Hiking
- Dancing
- Photography
 campVIU - Piper
Piper Doerkson (she/her)
Lead instructor
 
VIU Program: Fourth-year Bachelor of Kinesiology
 
Top 3 Camp Essentials:
- Backpack
- Hat
- Runners
 
Favourite Leisure Activities:
- Sports and going to the gym
- Painting
- Cooking
 campVIU - Make
Makz Foot (he/him)
Lead Instructor
 
VIU Program: Third-year, Hospitality Management
 
Top 3 Camp Essentials:
- Water bottle
- Sun hat
- Whistle
 
Favourite Leisure Activities:
- Rugby
- Olympic Lifting
 campVIU - Jaya
Jaya Chowlia (she/her)
Lead Instructor
 
VIU Program: Fourth-year, Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts (psychology)
 
Top 3 Camp Essentials:
- Birkenstocks
- Snacks
- Water bottle
 
Favourite Leisure Activities
- Dancing
- Hiking
 campVIU - Alex
Alex Stanciu (he/him)
Assistant Instructor
 
VIU Program: Third-year, Tourism Management
 
Top 3 Camp Essentials:
- Hat
- Water bottle
- Bug spray
 
Favourite Leisure Activities:
- Mountain biking
- Making music
 campVIU - Katie
Katie Kurtz (she/her)
Assistant Instructor
 
VIU Program: Second-year Psychology
 
Top 3 Camp Essentials:
- Sunglasses
- Water bottle
- Runners
 
Favourite Leisure Activities:
- Dance
- Hockey
 campVIU - Lauryn
Lauryn Mackenzie (she/her)
Assistant Instructor
 
VIU Program: Digital Media Studies
 
Top 3 Camp Essentials:
- Bucket hat
- Large pink water bottle
- Sunscreen
 
Favourite Leisure Activities:
- Dancing
- Climbing
 campVIU - Emilie
Emilie Strand
Assistant Instructor, Inclusion Leader
 
VIU Program: Third-year, Business Administration
 
Top 3 Camp Essentials:
- Water bottle
- Good shoes
- Sunglasses
 
Favourite Leisure Activities:
- Dance
- Acrobatics
 campVIU - Ella
Ella Gignac
Assistant Instructor
 
VIU Program: First-year Kinesiology 
 
Top 3 Camp Essentials:
- Water bottle
- Hat
- Running shoes
 
Favourite Leisure Activities: “My favourite sport is soccer. I’ve been playing soccer since I was 5 years old. Next year I am continuing with soccer and becoming a Mariner!”
 campVIU - Sean
Sean Deroucher (he/him)
Assistant Instructor
 
VIU Program: Fifth-year, BA English and minor in Creative Writing
 
Top 3 Camp Essentials:
- Pack of gum
- Hat
- Water bottle
 
Favourite Leisure Activities:
- Hiking
- Bocce on the sand or grass
- Beach Volleyball

VIU Varsity Teams

VIU Mariners Women’s Volleyball

The VIU Mariners Women’s Volleyball team has dominated the PACWEST and CCAA volleyball courts for the past three years. Led by head coach Shane Hyde, the team secured four consecutive national championships in the 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2021-22 seasons.

This summer, VIU Women’s Volleyball looks forward to sharing their knowledge and passion for the sport with another amazing group at Mariners in Training camp!

VIU Mariners Men’s Basketball

The VIU Men’s Basketball team is excited to share their talents with aspiring athletes for another amazing summer of camps! Led by head coach Matt Kuzminski, the team won the 2019 CCAA National Championship and recently completed an undefeated regular season in the PACWEST conference. The team has qualified for the provincial championship final every year for the past 12 years (!). In 2021-22, they won provincial gold and finished fourth at the national championships.

With this kind of success, you know you'll learn a lot from these accomplished student-athletes! 

VIU Mariners Women’s Basketball

The VIU Mariners Women’s Basketball team had an incredible 2021-22 season, which included an undefeated regular season and a memorable CCAA national championship silver medal finish on home court. This squad also qualified for the CCAA National Championship in 2019 and 2020.

Camps are led by PACWEST and CCAA Coach of the Year, Tony Bryce, who ensures his experience as an educator translates the camp into a basketball experience that all attendees will benefit from.

VIU Mariners Women's Soccer

 The women's soccer program at VIU has experienced considerable success over the past decade, having won four of the last seven PACWEST provincial championships and, in 2019, a CCAA national silver medal. The coaching staff and athletes have a lot of experience teaching, training, and mentoring at varsity and academy levels and look forward to passing on valuable skills to young athletes. 

VIU Mariners Men’s Volleyball

With a recent run of success including the 2021-22 PACWEST regular season title, 2022 provincial silver, 2019 provincial gold, and 2019 CCAA national bronze, the VIU Men’s Volleyball Team knows how to utilize dynamic skills on the volleyball court. This summer, the team is excited to share their skills and experiences with volleyball athletes of all abilities and interest levels. Develop your skills with head coach Dr. Abe Avender and these award-winning student-athetes.

VIU Club Teams

 

VIU Mariners Spirit

VIU Mariners Spirit (formerly Dance Team) was founded in 2013 and is a performance & competitive dance, stunt, spirit, and cheer team. This student-run team is dedicated to promoting community engagement, student success, and school spirit. VIU Mariners Spirit team has received multiple first place titles at competitions and showcases and is thrilled to be hosting dance workshops this summer to work with kids and share their passion for this artistic sport.

 

VIU Mariners Hockey

The VIU Mariners Men’s Hockey team formed in 2017 and plays in the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League. The team recruits players locally and from across Canada. This summer, the team is excited to share their skills and experience with athletes from across Nanaimo. Learn from top talent players and goalies this summer during the Mariners in Training camp.