|Officers and Administrators|
Erik S: Co-Founder, Treasurer, Executive Committee Member, Volunteer Coordinator, 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, Event Coordinator
Justin H: Executive Committee Member, Event Coordinator
Ryan F: Executive Committee Member, Event Coordinator
Fletcher: Content Editor, Event Coordinator
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We are always looking for Event Coordinators. If you think you may be interested, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Erik Sonstenes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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|
|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|
Justin has recently returned from exploring and hiking Nova Scotia for three years with the Halifax Outdoor Adventurers. While in Halifax he co-ordinated events, showing Nova Scotians the adventures that they had been missing in their own backyard. Justin has returned to Toronto to find new adventures and hikes and will resume leading events with the Toronto Outdoor Club after his lengthy absence.
Justin enjoys epic hikes over 20 km, backpacking, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, snow shoeing and Ultimate Frisbee. He has backpacked Cape Chignecto in Nova Scotia, Gros Morne in Newfoundland and participated in the International Fours Days March 2012 in Nijmegen, Holland, completing 4 days of 40km marches with a weighted backpack.
Personal quote: "The fun is not arriving at your destination, it's in the journey, and the journey is the adventure."™
See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Justin H.
|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.
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!"
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!
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
|Executive Committee Member|
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.
Cheryl grew up in Montreal but fled the politics of referendums and language laws for the "little New York feel" of Toronto in 1998. She enjoys hiking, biking, horseback riding, ziplining, boating and simply being outside.
While indoors you can find her engrossed in genealogical research, reading non-fiction or refurbishing yet another piece of furniture that can't fit into her apartment. She joined the TOC in March 2016 to continue pursuing her love of nature which was conceived while living in Alberta.
Cheryl is a legal assistant at an intellectual property firm and works directly with patent
lawyers. Besides fun outdoors stuff, look out for historical and educational events that she will
|Safety Committee Member|
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
|Hi there, and welcome to the Toronto Outdoor Club! I hope you, like me, will find the club to be a
wonderful experience with lots of amazing new friends and opportunities! |
After spending two years teaching English in South Korea, and ten years in the information technology industry, I decided to become a naturopathic doctor. I am currently enrolled in an intense four-year program to accomplish that dream. It's super-busy, but I still love being part of the TOC and it is my privilege to serve this remarkable community by being on its leadership team.
When I'm not learning about acupuncture, nutrition, pediatrics, how to draw blood, homeopathy, herbal
medicine, etc., etc., etc., or nurturing my book addiction (ahem ...), I'm dreaming about car-camping
and going for nature walks. I hope to share delicious omelettes, dappled trails, sun-kissed Lake
Huron beaches, star-filled skies, and so many other wonders of Nature with you on future events!
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!"
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.
|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.
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.
Gordon grew up in Toronto. He has worked on the west coast, but returned after a couple of years to be back home. In Toronto, he is either working for one technology start up or another.
Gordon loves to travel. He has trekked up volcanoes in Nicaragua, glaciers in Norway, and mountains in Nepal. However, he has still not eaten turkey in Turkey =) Suffice it to say, that item remains on the bucket list. Closer to home, Gordon enjoys a variety of sports, hiking, running and anything fun or new. He is often found having a post event pint among friends.
|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.
|Jessie developed her love of the outdoors growing up in small mountainous towns in Northern
Over the years, her love of the outdoors grew and she continued to trek in the lower Himalayas
the Western Ghats- the beautiful old fold mountains on the Western coast of India.
After coming to Toronto in 2004, she discovered the TOC and loved the opportunity this gave her to go camping, hiking and backpacking in Ontario with a great group of people. She enjoys backpacking the most and likes to be outdoors in all seasons.
Jessie is an active volunteer with Eva's Initiatives which runs shelters for homeless youth in Toronto. She is happiest imparting her love of cooking to the youth in life-skills workshops and projects.
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.
A product of small town Ontario, Matt was often finding himself with little or nothing to do as a youngster. After growing tired of twiddling his thumbs, he embarked on his own expeditions. Exploring the nearby woods, wetlands, abandoned rail-paths led to an affinity for hiking, cycling, and a keen interest in the outdoors. Even in the winter time you will often find him outside .. as long as it isn't too cold. After a relatively short stint in western Canada, Matt moved to the city in search of new adventures.
A lover of baseball, musician, cartographer, recreational athlete, explorer, movie enthusiast, reader of books, and 90s TV aficionado (not necessarily in that order), Matt is always up to something. Expect to see urban hikes possibly involving food and miscellaneous sports events from Matt in the future.
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.
Laetitia hails from the burbs of Toronto and now enjoys living downtown. She is always looking for an adventure whether inside or outside the city. She likes hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, and pretty much every other outdoor activity. When she's not outside, she can be found on the squash court or dehydrating gourmet meals for her next backpacking trip.
|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.
|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.|
After Natalia settled in Toronto in 2005, she fell in love with Northern Ontario and outdoor adventurers. While trying to spend as much time as possible walking, hiking, paddling, camping, she is also an active city dweller with broad spectrum of interests which includes fine arts, classical music, literature and much more.
As an active TOC member Natalia met many like-minded nature loving people and decided to
become a volunteer. She is looking forward to organizing hiking trips in Toronto, GTA and also
camping trips in Northern Ontario in the near future.
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.
Valerie joined the TOC in 2015 looking for challenging and enjoyable hiking experience to fit her busy schedule. Her interests include urban, out-of-town and out-of-country hikes with scenic trails and beautiful nature (the less asphalt the better), skiing, canoeing, camping, etc... anything that evokes a strong emotional experience and is shared with like-minded people. She enjoys the great variety of TOC activities and appreciates the dedicated, behind-the-scenes work of the club execs.
Richard comes to the TOC, with a keen interest in planning Hikes and Urban Walks that include special aspects such as Waterfalls, Food, Street and general Art, all at a leisurely pace. He feels, you see so much more, when you slow down a bit.
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Originally from Novosibirsk, Russia, Roman lived in Israel for 8 years before moving to Toronto in 2000. Long wandering walks around the city led to a love of exploration and the outdoors, which led to the TOC. He joined the club looking for like-minded hiking enthusiasts and hoping to try backcountry camping.
As a member, Roman also rediscovered a long-dormant passion
for sports and a new-found love of rock climbing. He hopes to continue meeting interesting people
and discovering new activities through the club.
Rose grew up in Toronto, first downtown and then in various places in the wild west end, spending a lot of her young summers exploring some of the ravines of TO.
Later she enjoyed hiking and walking tours mainly on trips to far flung places in the world, until 2013 when she discovered the TOC. Hiking in her home city--what a thought! She credits the TOC and the combination of outdoor exercise, urban exploration, and meeting friendly and interesting people (and the discovery of icers) with getting her outdoors regularly in the winter. With some inspiration from her husband, Mark, Rose has also enjoyed sailing, and various forms of camping involving a car, biking, and canoeing.
|Stephanie moved back to Toronto in May 2005 after a brief but enjoyable stay in Calgary, Alberta.
During her time in Calgary, Stephanie joined the
Calgary Outdoor Club and later
got involved as an Event Coordinator. When she decided to move back to Toronto, she knew that she
had to start a Toronto Outdoor Club, and received enthusiastic assistance from friends in the
In November, 2007, Stephanie decided to step aside and let a new generation of TOC volunteers takeover the day to day administration so she can spend more time with her husband, Dominic, and her daughter. As the founder she is always around and continues to coordinate events.
See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Stephanie A.
Tamal came to Toronto in July 2010 to work and live in Toronto. The best way to make friends in a new country is to join a group of like minded people and he found TOC googling it.
Born in the spiritual land of India( Darjeeling) and exploring the Himalayan mountains early at the age of 14 has transformed him into adventurous kind. He has led may exploratory treks in India and traveled well in the Himalayas .
High Altitude trekking, Backpacking and social commitment are his passion and goes many lengths to achieve it.
He believes that the game of mind over body or body over mind is something worth playing. He looks forward to sharing many more outdoor experiences with TOC members.
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.
Vee has lived in the GTA for most of his life and is an avid hiker, kayak fishermen, skier, photographer and motorcycle rider.
He enjoys travelling through Canada and the U.S. for skiing, fishing and photography. He is
looking to combine his love of hiking and photography and explore more locations around southern
Yiu was born and grew up in Taiwan. She lived in a small city in the south, never far from the beach. Outdoor pursuits were focused on water sports. She came to Canada for school, but winter truly stole her heart. She joined many winter activities with the university, and met great people with kind heart and passion for life. As a result, she decided to work in Canada and continue to embrace the snow season! Yiu’s favorite activities are backpacking, canoeing and cross-country skiing.
For Yiu, nature is powerful and therapeutic. Contacting nature is like returning back home
-- to feel a sense of safety and belonging. Nature also helps her to see new perspectives in life
and gives her a peace of mind.
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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