|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
Galina S: Executive Committee Member, Content Editor, Event Coordinator
Håkan: Executive Committee Member, Event Coordinator
Ryan F: Executive Committee Member, Treasurer, Event Coordinator
See our Job Descriptions for more information.
We are always looking for Event Coordinators. If you think you may be interested, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Erik Sonstenes at email@example.com.
|Executive Committee Member|
|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
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|
|Stacy's a native Ontarian, started off up north, but ventured south by the age of six.
Growing up in Mississauga, she found herself in fierce competition, year after year, with another girl for the shortest student in her grade class (as was always well evidenced on class photo day). So, in spite of having a marathoner / coach dad, she ended up shying away from gym class and athletics for a long time.
But ten years ago (and counting), a couple of different things happened in her life which sparked the interest in running. To help make it through the cold winters, she joined a gym; and that's when she rediscovered a passion for weight lifting. The running has always been a bit of a love-hate relationship, it's hard work to be sure! But as of this writing, she has a half-dozen half-marathons under her belt, and no plans to quit.
Despite being a "runner", though, if there has to be one defining thing about Stacy, it would have to be her love of nature. This simply touches all parts of her life; she's even the "National EcoCare Leader" at her work.
So it's no wonder that each of her interests revolve around one of both of these passions. They include: hiking (in the city or the woods), backpacking, gardening, photography, learning survival skills, and geocaching!
|Executive Committee Secretary|
|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.|
|Executive Committee Member|
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
|Executive Committee Member|
|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.
|Executive Committee Member|
|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
See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Håkan.
|Executive Committee Member|
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.
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!
|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.
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!"
Bashir grew up on the outskirts of a desert flatter than Ontario but still developed a passion
for hiking and outdoors. He has hiked in Morocco, US, China and BC. He is the 3,286th hiker to
complete the whole Bruce trail on the 10th of September, 2017. He did it by organizing and
leading 30 day-hikes averaging 30k over a period of 51 weeks. He likes long hilly hikes at a very
Camelia grew up in Toronto, and is involved in a variety of activities, including yoga, hiking, SUP, SCUBA diving and downhill skiing. She loves frolicking through Toronto's green canopy year-round.
Camelia joined TOC in March 2015, as a way to stay fit, and after her first hike, she was
hooked! She really appreciates the social aspect of the hikes, and has met lots of great people.
|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.
Chuck was born in Hong Kong and came to Toronto when he was 11. When he was 3, he took off with some older neighbors to a mountain stream for a swim, and didn’t tell his mother. That was when his love for the outdoors began. The first outdoor encounter in Canada was on a 6th grade week-long school trip to Boyne River Conservation Education Centre. He learned cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and orienteering. From that point on, he knew he was in love with the Canadian winter.
He has lead wilderness canoe trips to places including the Spanish River, French River, Killarney, Algonquin Park and Temagami. When he isn’t camping on summer weekends, Chuck is most likely rollerblading or biking. He also plays beach volleyball and tennis. In winter, he cross-country skis at least once a week. Snowboarding and downhill skiing on the bigger mountains outside of Ontario also nurture Chuck’s obsession for the outdoors.
A keen sense of extreme adventures has taken Chuck around the world. Among his favourites are trekking in the Himalayas; scuba diving with bull sharks in Belize; climbing an active volcano in Guatemala; solo backpacking among grizzly bears in Alaska; downhill skiing in Austria and Italy; white-water rafting in Honduras and Nepal; and surfing in Costa Rica.
In the city, he likes to go out with friends to dinner, dancing, movies and bars.
He is a volunteer for the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA).Photograph by www.yiannitongphotography.com
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!"
|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.
|Daniel started life as a Nova Scotia farm boy, headed out to BC to study, spent some time on the
prairies working for the government of Alberta, and ended up in Toronto ("toronno") in 1985.
Here he discovered that people would pay him to play with computers.
He learned about the Bruce Trail Club while browsing through the Single Woman’s Guide to Toronto, and has been hiking ever since. In 2008 he switched from being one of the youngest guys on the Bruce Trail Club to one of the oldest on the TOC.
He tends to like faster, longer, hillier hikes. His favorite trips are long distance mountain
treks, particularly on the great long distance mountain trails in the Italian Dolomites.
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.
|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)!
|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.
|Event Coordinator |
|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.
Jill recently moved back to Toronto and really loves all the things the city has
to offer. She has been really happy to discover the incredible network of urban
trails and meet new, friendly, and interesting people through the Toronto
outdoor club. She has always enjoyed hiking wherever she has lived, both inside
and outside Canada. She likes both urban and out of town walks but really
appreciates the proximity of the urban ones.
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.
|Kim grew up in the greenbelt, running wild in the ravines. After living in Europe and New York
City, she spent a decade in Vancouver climbing mountains (Mount Baker is the best!) and
seakayaking. To deal with Vancouver withdrawal in Toronto, she started standup paddleboarding
(SUP) and is learning to surf the Great Lakes. A freelance marketing copywriter, she has also
wrote articles about nature, published in Canadian Geographic and Alternatives Magazine. She
loves everything water: whitewater and backcountry canoeing, swimming, SUP tripping and more.
Also on the agenda are yoga, cycling, skating and cross-country skiing. Bring on the snow! |
See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Kim Fehr.
|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.
|Lily loves outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, SUP’ing, also loves traveling, good food,
hanging out with good friends etc. Lily has been with TOC for quite long time and finally decided
to become a volunteer, hope to organize some interesting events.|
See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Lily.
|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.
|Mike is a passionate activist and environmentalist. In his spare time he enjoys playing baseball, capture the flag, kickball, street hockey and ultimate.|
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.
|Rupak moved to Toronto in 2014 and discovered TOC within the first 6 months while searching for a group to hike with. He has met many interesting people and shared numerous enjoyable conversations and pints.
Rupak is interested in day hikes both urban and out-of-town. He is looking forward to hiking with people he has hiked before, as well as lots of new people, to share trails he has come to love in the region. |
See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Rupak.
|Sandy was born and raised in Toronto. She has the TOC to thank for getting to know a lot more of the city than she did growing up here. Main interests as far as outdoor activities goes are: hiking; cycling; and still trying to learn snowboarding. Now living just northwest of the city, events that may or may not include out-of-town adventures are all fair game.
See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Sandy.
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.
Born in Beijing, I grew up in the American Deep South (Georgia) and most recently lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for six years before coming to Toronto in 2014. I’ve done some backpacking in the Sierra Nevada, including thru-hiking the John Muir Trail in 2014.
I’ve mostly turned to strength sports these days, but I still regularly crave a breath of fresh air outside the gym. My favorite outdoor activities include long hikes, backpacking, rock scrambling, flatwater paddling, cycling, and snowshoeing.
Yvonne was born and raised in Cameroon, Central Africa. She moved to North America more than a decade ago first for school then stayed to live and work.
While living in Virginia, the beautiful landscape (Blue Ridge mountains, Appalachian trail, George Washington national forest) made her discover the outdoors. She then ditched the gym membership and started hiking, camping, tubing and canoeing.
After moving to Canada almost five years ago, she wanted to continue her enjoyment of nature and hiking. She joined several outdoor groups, then found TOC in 2013.
Her favorite events with the group are hiking (especially around bodies of water), out-of-town
weekend gatherings, team sports and canoeing. She is looking forward to meeting more TOC members
and leading exciting and fun events.
Zhuli came from China more than a decade ago and obtained her Computer Science degree from York University.
In her spare time she loves hiking and fashion. As hiking is a great way to work out and also a great way to meet people; and fashion can make her follow the current trend and feel good.
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