Our Staff

Rich Newton
Operations Manager/Camp Manager

Originally from the UK, Rich has spent the last 10+ years working in outdoor recreation and tourism. He also spent time working at a youth centre in Québec and was part of the Scout movement for many years.

He has a passion for outdoor adventure, photography, and culture and spends much of his free time out exploring in nature. Rich is excited to be joining the Tipi Camp team and is looking forward to being part of the unique and rich experience Tipi Camp has to offer.

Rich studied Social Sciences and Anthropology at the University of Southampton in England and has also completed studies in Operational Management and Business Administration. 


Anadi Brownstein
Camp Manager/Facilitator
 Anandi Brownstein is a Nelson local who has been working at the Tipi Camp for over ten years. In her decade of involvement with the Guiding Hands Recreation Society, she has worked as a cook, manager, facilitator, and fundraiser. She first attended Tipi Camp when she was 10 years old for the WISE Kids program; ever since, she has held a deep regard for the Tipi Camp and all it offers to the community – a place to reconnect with nature and ourselves.
She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at UBC in Vancouver and later completed a graduate degree in Communications at Concordia University in Montreal. When not at Tipi Camp, she travels extensively as a documentary filmmaker and educator. She still thinks that the Tipi Camp is one of the most beautiful places she’s ever been.
Nicole Plouffe

Nicole recently joined us in an Administrator capacity in the Spring of 2016 and has been a resident of the East Shore for 20 years. She finds it an honor to work with Tipi Camp since it has has been a place of joy and healing for her and her family for many years. 

She has done administration for East Shore Trails and Bike Association, Kootenay Lake Medley Arts Camp, Starbelly Jam Music Society, Selkirk College, and School District 8. Her most cherished employment has been working at home raising her two kids with her partner.


Kailbri Wood

Kalibri Wood joined Tipi Camp in 2015 as our bookkeeper. She has lived on the pristine Kootenay Lake since 2007.  In 2004, she completed her training as a conservation biologist at the University of Alberta and has worked extensively with songbirds as a field biologist, traveling to many wild landscapes across Canada, Central & South America.  She has been involved with Tipi camp in numerous ways since 2012 and values the tremendous opportunity Tipi Camp offers for kids and adults to foster their connection with nature.  She lives with her husband, dog and cat in Crawford Bay.


Farley Cursons
Chairman of the Board

Farley Cursons was elected to the GHRS Board at the AGM in June 2015. He is a skilled community organizer with an optimistic vision for the cultural and economic future of the East Shore. As the Tipi Camp Trail Crew coordinator for the last three years, Farley has a firm grasp of the Crawford Bay Peninsulas extensive trail networks, their natural history, and the endangered flora and fauna unique to the area.

When not working the trails, Farley is an active board member of a number of other non-profit organizations. He is the co-founder of the East Shore Trail and Bike Association ESTBA which works to promote and educate the public about the East Shores amazing recreation trails. Farley is also the East Shore’s recently certified ‘Firesmart Canada” representative. He lives with his wife and daughter in Gray Creek.

Lois Wakelin

Lois was born in Saskatoon, and spent her childhood in South America and lived most of her life in the USA. She obtained a BA in Sociology in 1972, which influenced many aspects of her life.

She worked as a residential and commercial real estate appraiser in Portland, OR for 20 years before moving to the East Shore and purchasing The Lakeview (store, campground, marina) in 2002. Since then, she watched Tipi Camp guests come and go every summer from the staging area here. She has enjoyed knowing members of the community and seeing travelers become enthusiastic about the natural beauty and curative benefits of our area and the lake.

She has been an active community volunteer in various capacities including a long-standing member of the Advisory Planning Commission, Chamber of Commerce, the local Recreation Commission, founded the Kootenay Lake Sustainable Boating Society (KLSB), and has been on the Lake Advisory Committee for Friends of Kootenay Lake (FOKL) since its inception. As a new board member, she looks forward to stimulating and affecting the continuing, nurturing activities of Guiding Hands Recreation Society.


Andy Sheridan
Board Member – Site/Operations Manager

Andy has recently been elected a member of the Board and has been a resident of the East shore since 1982. He was involved in the setup of the Tipi Camp and has been a volunteer ever since.

In the past year, Andy seems to have been thrust more into the forefront of operations of the camp. Tipi Camp is a wonderful resource for one to experience a greater sense of self. Just pass a little time there and you will know there’s something different going on.