Thrive staff are not simply supervisors, but rather mentors to your children. We are experienced and passionate about working with kids to see them reach their full potential. We take multiple training courses and seminars each year to enhance our ability to make a positive influence on your child’s life, including but not limited to the following topics:
physical, emotional, social and intellectual development for kids 10-12 years
recognizing and responding to abuse
risk assessment and risk management of outdoor activities
understanding and communicating with scout aged youth
developmentally appropriate games that develop personal growth in motor skills and confidence
healthy eating and drinking habits for outdoor active play
local environment health and safety awareness
Responding to children in crisis
Multi cultural children’s programming
Recognizing everyday teaching moments
Dealing with difficult behavior in children’s events
Plan to protect
Emotional needs of preteens
Heroes Impact Society (18 training hours) Building the following into children and Youth: self esteem, self image, confidence, self dignity, self respect, positive choices, character, resiliency, bullying, ABCs of friendship, personal purpose.
Wade is the manager of The Bridge Center. He is passionate about learning, adventure and loves being a leader! His favourite food is sandwiches. One day he wants to sail the seas as a good pirate! Wade has over four years of experience as a camp leader/director for children’s summer camp programs and has interned at Willow Park church in their children’s ministry. Wade also took two years of schooling in Sociology at Okanagan College.
What Wade loves most about Thrive is getting to be a friend and a leader to great kids, getting to add positive values to their lives and having the freedom to share about Jesus. His favourite thing to do at Thrive is teaching and playing with the kids. Wade aspires to someday be a pastor, author and missionary!
Laura is passionate about singing, acting and dancing...talk about our own resident triple threat! She loves Jesus, and working with children. Her favourite food is dark chocolate. Her favourite colour is purple. The sports team she follows is the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Her favourite kid's joke is "What is invisible and smells like carrots? Bunny Farts!" Laura loves to play games with the kids here at Thrive. Laura is so excited to have moved to Kelowna to work with Thrive and the Kelowna Actor's Studio.
Laura has worked at Sunnybrae Bible Camp as a cabin leader, Saskatchewan Express teaching kids all over Saskatchewan to sing and dance. She also worked at The Calgary Bridge Foundation working with kids who were new to Canada. Laura loves working at Thrive because she gets to build relationships with children and see them grow. In the future she wants to pursue a career in musical theatre and continue to work with children.
Cam enjoys rock climbing, volleyball and One Direction. His favourite food is avocados. His favourite kid’s joke is “What did the grape say when the elephant sat on it? I just let out a little wine.” His favourite colour is red. In the sports arena, the UBCO Heat has his full support.
Cam has 20 years experience working with youth. He loves the random quotes from the kids. In the future Cam intends to go to Medical School.
Caleb is double-jointed in his fingers and elbows. He is passionate about magic tricks. He is passionate about friendship and takes the time to really get to know people and understand them. His favourite food is Sushi...specifically Yakisoba. Rugby is a pretty big sport at home, but he doesn't personally have a favourite. The sky blue of a super chilly day or the colour of a sunset mist would be his favourite colours. His favourite kids joke is "A little girl once said when she got older she wanted to be a box so she could crush things." Caleb enjoys board games, especially quirky or strategic ones. He considers himself kind of geeky and loves the Beatles!
Caleb worked at Gull Lake Center in 2015 for the whole summer. At Thrive he loves to watch the kids because they bring joy to his life while he is making an impact on theirs. He loves to see how even the small things we do can positively affect a child's life.
Caleb is thinking about becoming a kindergarten teacher.
Kayla loves dancing, snowboarding, Jesus, board games and food. Her favourite food is watermelon. Her favourite colour is green. She is a fan of the Canucks. Her favourite kid's joke is "What do you call chees that's not yours? Nacho cheese!"
Kayla loves dancing so much that when the music comes on she just has to start moving her feet. Her favourite thing to do at Thrive is sing silly songs (she may even start dancing). She loves working at Thrive because she gets to participate in all the fun activities and also hang out with super awesome kids all at the same time.
Kayla was a youth leader and an intern at Willowpark and in the future she wants to get a degree in psychology at UBCO.
Senior Summer Staff faces you might see this July and August