Toronto Outdoor Club - Volunteers
Officers and Administrators
 
Erik S: Executive Committee Member, Event Coordinator
Stacy: Executive Committee Member, Content Editor, Event Coordinator
Andrew F: Executive Committee Secretary, Event Coordinator
Arnie: Executive Committee Member, Event Coordinator
César: Executive Committee Member, Event Coordinator
Håkan: Executive Committee Member, Content Editor, Event Coordinator
Ryan F: Executive Committee Member, Treasurer, Event Coordinator

See our Job Descriptions for more information.
Event Coordinators
Alison
Ameya
Cordelia
dale
David B
Devicka
Dima L
FLETCHER
Elizabeth D
Galina S
Heather A
Kevin J
Lili
Linda D
Nihar
Utkarsh

We are always looking for Event Coordinators. If you think you may be interested, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Erik Sonstenes at volunteers@torontooutdoorclub.com.




 
Executive Committee Member
Event Coordinator

Erik S
Erik grew up in the GTA, and is very active in a variety of activities. These include SCUBA diving, skiing, running, volleyball, canoeing, hiking and camping. Erik helped found/start the club and is eager to introduce new friends to the joy of participating in some or all of these activities.

Erik is experienced in wilderness survival (loves the outdoors but hates both biting and buzzing insects).

Erik currently works with our partners'/sponsors' needs regarding banner advertising and event sponsorship.

Erik can be reached at eriks@TorontoOutdoorClub.com



See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Erik S.




 
Executive Committee Member
Content Editor
Event Coordinator

Stacy
Stacy's a native Ontarian, started off up north, but ventured south by the age of six. Growing up, family vacations often included a tent, fishing, and sand castles. Summer days at home were full of bike rides, tree climbing and collecting rocks.

Her love of the outdoors guides her towards her current interests: hiking (in the city or the woods), backpacking, gardening, running, learning survival skills, and geocaching!

She’s been volunteering with the TOC for over ten years, and prefers to post themed events, such as the Chocolate Hike, Hikes for gelato, or Pie hike on Pi day. If it’s not a day hike in or out of the city, she might be taking you on a camping trip to see the spectacular fall colours, strawberry picking, or mini-adventures like tree-top trekking.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Stacy.





 
Executive Committee Secretary
Event Coordinator

Andrew F
Growing up in a small town, Andrew doesn't come by either woods or city life honestly (or much else). Despite that, or perhaps because of it, he's got a wicked crush on each and continues to juggle both relationships with only minor jealousies.

He spends most of his time in the club looking for adventure, fun, and friendly people

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Andrew F.





 
Executive Committee Member
Event Coordinator

Arnie

Arnie has lived in the GTA his whole life but enjoys getting out of the city. An avid downhill skier (The Alps, The Rockies, The Teton Range), hiker (all over southern Ontario), flat water canoe tripper, and white water canoeist, he is always looking forward to his next adventure.

Arnie joined the TOC in the spring of 2013 to go on a few hikes, but immediately realized the club is much more than just a hiking club. He has met many, many interesting people participating in events, and looks forward to sharing many more adventures with like-minded members.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Arnie.





 
Executive Committee Member
Event Coordinator

César
Cesar grew up in a large city, surrounded by mountains, deserts, forests and canyons in northern Mexico, where he had the occasional opportunity of enjoying hiking in the area. He enjoys living in big cities, but every now and then gets the need to unwind in the countryside. Soon after moving to Toronto, he joined TOC expecting to enjoy some day hikes. It would only be a matter of time before other TOC members piqued his interest in the joy of cycling in the countryside, canoe trips to the backcountry, and extending camping season to include winter.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by César.




 
Executive Committee Member
Content Editor
Event Coordinator

Håkan
Håkan grew up in Lund in the south of Sweden. His employer sent him to live in Holland, England and New Zealand before he and Jill decided to settle in Canada. After 17 years in Sarnia, he is very happy to have moved to Toronto with all that the big city has to offer. He has always enjoyed hiking and is now exploring both the urban trails in Toronto and joining out of town hikes.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Håkan.




 
Executive Committee Member
Treasurer
Event Coordinator

Ryan F

Ryan has lived in the Toronto for most of his life aside from brief stints living in Canadian cities starting with the letter “W”. He joined the TOC to hike more in and around the city, exploring new neighbourhoods and parks along the way. Ryan hopes to run hikes, and maybe one day he’ll get up the guts to attend a sporting event.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Ryan F.





 
Event Coordinator (on hiatus)
Alison

Alison's father was a keen hill-walker and mountaineer so she started hiking at a very young age - photos exist of a tired 5-year old in hiking boots, taken somewhere in Snowdonia... This early exposure continued into adult life, and she's hiked in Canada, UK, Switzerland, USA, France, Italy, Nepal and Tanzania.

Alison found the TOC back in 2005, using the same approach as most other members: by entering 'Toronto, outdoor, hiking' into a web browser. She saw an opportunity to meet like-minded people and do outdoor stuff with a friendly group (even though her first event was Texas Hold'em Poker in a Caribbean cafe). She became an Event Coordinator in 2006 and has since led groups astray on the Bruce Trail, to deepest, darkest Brampton, and even on occasion, forayed across our southern border to New Hampshire's White Mountains.

She primarily leads hiking and cross-country ski events, with the occasional golf event thrown in for variety. In the summer of 2014, she completed the Bruce Trail End-to-End, all done through TOC events. She's now looking around for a new long-term challenge... suggestions welcome!

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Alison.





 
Event Coordinator
Ameya
Ameya started hiking in the Sahyadri mountain ranges in India during his high school years. Over the years, his liking converted into a passionate hobby, and he ended up organizing many single and multi day hikes, which has continued now for over 25 years. After moving to Canada from India in 2016, he has hiked in various regions in and around Toronto. Apart from hiking, Ameya loves photography, blogging, reading about human evolution, cooking and is a complete foodie. As an event coordinator, Ameya believes that humans belong to nature, and being in nature is being home !!

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Ameya.




 
Event Coordinator (on hiatus)
Cordelia

Cordelia left her hometown and came to Canada more than two decades ago. Her outdoor interests are varied but include hiking and camping, so expect lots of dog friendly out of town events from Cordelia and Simba, her small, gregarious Maltese pup.

Simba loves hiking with the club and has been coming on events his whole life! Cordelia says Simba has a very unique personality when you get to know him. "He’s a Maltese but he thinks he’s one of us so don’t think he’s a dog even he looks like one! If you come on his hikes, you can tell him to sit, lie down, paw, hi-five, crawl, come, roll-over, jump, stop, heel, bad, good boy, good job… and he understands you perfectly well.

For those who know him, he's been named as ‘superdog’ and ‘wonderdog’... and he’s looking forward to seeing all of you coming on his events!"

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Cordelia.





 
Event Coordinator
dale
Dale hails from Montreal, but has lived in Toronto for the past 20 years, except for a 4 1/2 year adventure in Hong Kong. Dale became a serious hiker while living in Hong Kong, and has hiked in Thailand, France, Spain, and Peru, where she completed the challenging Inca Trail. Dale joined the TOC in 2014 and looks forward to leading both urban and out-of-town hikes.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by dale.




 
Event Coordinator
David B

David has lived in Toronto all his life, except for 3 years traveling, studying and working in Europe. He heard about the TOC a few months ago, and liked what he saw on the Web site. David earns his keep by tutoring people to use their home computers and repairing them – that’s the computers not their users!

David enjoys "gentle" cross-country skiing, bicycling and car camping – that’s not camping in a car, rather near a car :-) - and he looks forward to organizing and leading these kinds of trips for the TOC. David is also willing to try other activities.



See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by David B.




 
Event Coordinator
Devicka
Devicka was born in South America, and lived in New York for a few years, before making Toronto her new home. She came across TOC while browsing the internet in 2014 and was attracted by the huge number of urban hikes. Since joining the group, she was able to see so many areas of the city and is still amazed by the endless amount of ravines and trails, right here in the city!

In her spare time, Devicka enjoys hiking and exploring new areas, traveling, reading, and trying out new recipes (but nothing complicated, for that she is happy to let you, or someone else do the cooking)!

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Devicka.





 
Event Co-ordinator
Dima L
Dima grew up in a small town 35km from Moscow, Russia, surrounded by forests and fields. Though he lives in a big city now, his heart belongs to wide open spaces.

He is interested in organizing hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, and cross-country skiing events, often venturing south of the border.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Dima L.





 
Event Coordinator
FLETCHER

Fletcher is a native Torontonian, urban studies graduate and passionate sports advocate and player. He joined the TOC in 2009 and became a volunteer in 2010.

Fletcher's favorite events to coordinate include his Friday night Hike For A Pint and he enjoys the longer 15-25 KM out-of-town hikes.

Look out for fun and challenging events from Fletcher in the future!"



See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by FLETCHER.





 
Event Coordinator
Elizabeth D

Elizabeth grew up in New Brunswick in a very active scouting family, on a hobby farm, with lots of animals and a very large garden. She enjoys many activities including hiking, camping, horseback riding and kayaking.

Some of her favourite vacations were hiking Gros Morne Mountain in Newfoundland, every trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, to the top of Ben Nevis in Scotland, the Alps in Switzerland and to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

Since joining the TOC Elizabeth has participated in a variety of activities and has met a lot of nice people.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Elizabeth D.





 
Event Coordinator
Galina S
I came to Canada with my family in early 70’s from Belarus (former USSR republic) and I grew up in Kirkland Lake, Ontario.

I stumbled on the Toronto Outdoor Club website when trying to organize a family outing and decided to join the club in 2010. What I love about the TOC are the variety of events that lead me to discover parts of Ontario and even my own GTA back yard that I would otherwise never have the opportunity to know. The friendly and interesting people that organize and/or partake in these events make these experiences particularly memorable and fun.

I enjoy curling and cross-country skiing in the winter and hiking, camping and canoeing in the other 3 seasons. Photography is one of my hobbies and at most events you will likely to see me with a camera around my neck. While I do appreciate occasional endurance/fitness level challenges (such as long hikes at moderate pace), I prefer slower pace activities where there are plenty of opportunities to pause and enjoy the surroundings.

Addictions: Dark chocolate and Starbucks
Future Plans: Getting a dog

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Galina S.





 
Event Coordinator
Heather A
Heather is a long-time resident of Toronto, but is still finding interesting ‘new’ paths and events in the city and out of town. Her first TOC hike was in 2013, and she’s now looking forward to organizing hikes in Toronto and the GTA. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, theatre and chocolate – look for some chocolate-themed hikes soon!

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Heather A.




 
Event Coordinator
Kevin J

Kevin is a born and bred city boy but let him loose in the outdoors and wooo hooo. He has many interests in outdoor and sporting activities that he hopes to learn, introduce and share with other TOC members.

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Event Coordinator
Lili
Lili was born in Armenia surrounded by hills, valleys, forests, gardens, mountains, and fields, and moved to Toronto when she was a teenager. She likes the outdoors, going on adventures, and exploring new areas in and outside of the city and taking pictures. Lili enjoys a variety of activities, such as badminton, yoga, swimming, hiking, kayaking, and etc. Lili joined TOC in 2012. She hopes to organize events which everyone would enjoy.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Lili.




 
Event Coordinator (on hiatus)
Linda D
Linda has been in Toronto for about 30 years but still considers Sault Ste. Marie her hometown, having moved there from a tiny community where, during recess, kids caught trout with their bare hands in the brook behind the two-room school. Toronto still feels too big for her and she likes to get out of town, particularly to canoe, whenever she can.

Linda has been a member of the TOC since 2007 and has enjoyed a range of canoe, bike, hike and cross-country ski events but has often felt that she had to choose between interesting looking trips and spending time with her 12-year old son. She would like to offer similar trips of light to moderate effort that can include families. If you have any ideas for trips including children, she’d be happy to hear from you.

Linda has a generally busy life given that she is a single mom trying to maintain an old house and has a more than full-time job as a systems portfolio manager. People describe her as person that likes to cook but really she just likes to eat and sees cooking as the intermediate step.

Chuck has said that if Linda ever became a TOC volunteer her profile would have to say that drugs brought her to the TOC. She wants to clarify that she was never using them; she was looking for a crowd that got high on nature rather than her former canoeing friends who, well, we won’t go into the details.

Linda’s outdoor goal is to become strong enough to lift a canoe by herself.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Linda D.





 
Event Coordinator
Nihar

Formerly from Austin, Texas, Nihar has been a member of the TOC since 2008.

Outdoor interests include: Running dog-friendly hikes on the Bruce Trail, running dog-friendly urban hikes, geocaching, snowshoeing, and running random urban events, like a hike for chocolate.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Nihar.





 
Event Coordinator
Utkarsh

Utkarsh was born in India, where he spent quite some time trekking and camping in the Himalayan foothills, the Western Ghats and the Satpura hills. He continues to pursue his love of nature traversing the beautiful trails of Canada, apart from dabbling with kayaking. Since he spent most of his life in the tropical climate, he finds the Canadian winter fascinating and loves hiking along the frozen lakes. His job keeps him inside tall glass buildings for long hours: a routine that he tries to escape with hikes and other outdoor activities on the weekends. He is up for any kind of outdoor activity as long as he is surrounded by friendly people. If you can't pronounce his name, call him UT as most of his friends do.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Utkarsh.


 
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