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Meet the Team

campVIU and Mariners In Training Team

A lot of hard work goes into planning and running campVIU! Meet the teams who work hard every day to make sure your child has an amazing summer camp experience.



Vanessa Stratton

campVIU Business Development Coordinator

Vanessa is an MBA graduate of Vancouver Island University with a Bachelor of Sport Management from Brock University. She is an advocate for well rounded, strategic and high quality athlete and youth development opportunities. When not at work, Vanessa can be found on the ice as an international level hockey referee or at home hanging out with her dog Forest.

On Summer Camps: “Summer camps here at VIU have the unique ability to bring a level of excitement to campus, provide opportunities for students to engage and give back to their community and most importantly, provide an exceptional and fun experience for our campers.”


Jane Coady

campVIU Lead, Summer Leader

Jane is a recreation and tourism management student at Vancouver Island University. She looks forward to bringing a dynamic and unforgettable summer camp season to campVIU! When not at work, Jane can be found longboarding, rock climbing or camping with friends

On Summer Camps: “ I love summer camps because they provide a non-traditional avenue for learning, growth, and self discovery. My favorite memories as a camp leader are when campers master a new skill, overcome a challenge or reach a goal”


Isabella Kortbeek

campVIU Lead, Summer Leader

Isabella is a recreation and tourism management student at Vancouver Island University. She has an interest in program development and a passion for working with kids! In her spare time Isabella enjoys hiking, swimming and lacrosse.

On Summer Camp: “My favorite part of being involved in summer camps is the opportunity to create moments for campers to explore new environments and abilities at their own pace and in their own time!”

VIU Varsity Teams

VIU Mariners Women’s Volleyball

Varsity Team

The VIU Mariners Women's Volleyball team has dominated the PACWEST and CCAA volleyball courts for the past 2 years. Lead by head coach, Shane Hyde, the team secured back-to-back national championships in 2017/2018 and 2018/2019. This summer, VIU Women’s Volleyball looks forward to sharing their knowledge and passion for the sport with a new generation of Mariners in Training.

VIU Mariners Men’s Basketball

Varsity Team

The VIU Men's Basketball Team  is ready to share their talents with aspiring athletes! Lead by head coach Matt Kuzminski, the team secured both PACWEST and CCAA championship titles in the 2018/2019 season. This year they are offering three camps for players to up their game. Camps will focus on skill development, athlete success skills and active game play for all Mariners in Training!

VIU Mariners Women’s Basketball

Varsity Team

The VIU Women’s basketball had an amazing 2018/2019 season securing the PACWEST Championship! Lead by PACWEST coach of the year Tony Bryce the team is offering two girls basketball camps this summer. At these camps, Mariners in Training are called to improve their shooting and game play abilities!

VIU Mariners Men’s Volleyball

Varsity Team

As PACWEST Champions and CCAA Bronze Medalists of 2019, the VIU Men’s Volleyball Team is ready to share their skills and experiences with volleyball athletes of all abilities and interest levels. Lead by head coach Dr. Abe Avender, the team looks forward to working with Mariners in Training across two camps this summer! Each camp will focus on developing well rounded players through fundamental skill development and position specific training