The dedicated team here at EcoQuest is what makes all of this happen! From program architects & leaders, to our administration staff, we are all striving to provide the best camp possible, while making it a fun & engaging educational experience as well.
Head Kayak Instructor
Lee Richardson, BSc/BEd, founded EcoQuest in 2007, inspired by his passion for youth education and the environment. As an avid kayaker and outdoor enthusiast, he is the driving force behind the continual growth and development of the EcoQuest programs. Finding a way to not only share his passions with youth in our community, but enable them to learn and grow, has been a rewarding combination. Enthusiastic about the outdoors as an educator and kayak instructor, Lees passion is the driving force behind our programs.
Growing up on Vancouver island, and experiencing the beauty of nature through living in places like New Zealand, Colorado, and the Canadian Rockies has developed in Elisabeth an excitement for all the ways we can enjoy the natural world. She is currently studying to be a teacher, and is passionate about being a part of helping kids experience the outdoors.
Elisabeth worked for four years at a children’s wilderness camp as head lifeguard and waterfront director. Here she was able to experience providing fun, safe, enjoyment to campers during various waterfront activities, including leading groups on kayak trips, and she is excited to bring what she’s learned to the eco quest team!
Jon Hyde is from the UK, he first visited in 2013 and has been coming back ever since. Qualified Youth worker in the UK and worked as a Teaching Assistant for a few years as well. Since moving to Canada he has worked as Ski Instructor for three seasons in different resorts. New to Victoria, he has been getting out exploring and keen to find some new little gems around the area!
Laura grew up paddling the lakes in and around Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Her family spent their summers on canoe trips and boating trips across Great Slave Lake, through the Taiga and into the Barrenlands . She loves water sports of all kinds including kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, swimming and surfing. Laura moved to Victoria 3 years ago to study Art History at Uvic and has loved exploring all that the island has to offer. She is excited to share her love of paddling and the outdoors with the Ecoquest campers.
After many Moons spent globetrotting, Hannah has recently lay down some roots here on Vancuver Island. She is a free spirit with a thirst for adventure She spends her winters chasing powder and summers splish - slashing in waves. She is a very excited about her new career move as a kayak instructor and the adventures that await.