About Us

 

ACHIEVE | Adventure, Wilderness & Training is one of four divisions of Wendigo Lake Expeditions, Inc. Our team of well-trained and highly motivated instructors have been selected for their exceptional facilitation skills and commitment to working with youth and adults in educational, developmental, and therapeutic adventure and wilderness program settings. Our management team is composed of highly skilled and experienced professionals with well over one hundred years of combined experience working in our program. Our internal expertise is also supplemented by externally contracted professionals who offer clinical and medical support, aboriginal culture and healing, chaplaincy, and consultation services.

 

Our Leadership Team

Jeremie CarreauJeremie Carreau, MHK

Supervisor of ACHIEVE Programs
Deputy Director, Wendigo Lake Expeditions

Jeremie has invested himself in his career as a leader, teacher, and facilitator, and has come to truly understand what it takes to foster trusting and reciprocal relationships with his participants and to design and deliver programs with intentionality in alignment with personal and group goals.

Jeremie began his relationship with Wendigo Lake Expeditions in 2005 as an Instructor/Residential Care Worker and Trip Leader in the Project DARE program. Today, he supervises the ACHIEVE Programs while still taking the opportunity to facilitate workshops. Jeremie is also the Deputy Director at Wendigo Lake Expeditions. Jeremie holds degrees in Physical and Health Education (BPHE honours) specialized in outdoor adventure leadership, and Human Kinetics (MHK) specialized in outdoor adventure group dynamics, both from Laurentian University. He teaches at Nipissing University and Laurentian University on behalf of Wendigo Lake’s ACHIEVE Program. Jeremie is a lifelong learner.
Jeremie is the primary contact person for all that is ACHIEVE.
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Andrew-199x300 Andrew Torrance

Supervisor, Risk Management & Training

Andrew began his employment with Wendigo Lake Expeditions as a frontline Instructor/Residential Care Worker in 2001. He became the Project DARE Program Supervisor in 2005, and more recently has taken on the role of Risk Management and Training Supervisor. He is a graduate of the Cambrian College Outdoor Recreation Program and he comes from a vast summer camp background. Andrew is a volunteer fire fighter and first responder, a Red Cross First Aid Instructor and a nationally registered emergency medical technician (NREMT-B) in the United States. Following certification as an EMT he became an Instructor with SOLO (the oldest continuously operating school of wilderness medicine in the world) and has helped establish a partnership with SOLO to extend their services in Canada under the name SOLO Canada, Wendigo Lake’s newest division.
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Nikole HamptonNikole Hampton, MSW, RSW

Therapist

Nikole joined Wendigo Lake Expeditions in 2015 as a therapist specializing in trauma-informed interventions with youth and families. She has experience utilizing motivational interviewing, mindfulness techniques, and experiential/adventure-based therapy in both clinical and residential settings. Prior to this, Nikole was a Children’s Shelter Advocate at SafeHouse Center as well as a therapist at the Family Assessment Clinic where she worked with families involved in the foster care system.  Nikole graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Michigan. She also holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan School of Social Work, where she concentrated in Interpersonal Practice with Children and Youth in Families as well as received a Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certification.  Nikole has always enjoyed outdoor experiences, especially in rivers and lakes, and has spent four seasons as a rafting guide on the Chattooga River in South Carolina.
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SteveGlass Stephen Glass, MEd

CEO, Wendigo Lake Expeditions

Stephen held previous positions including: Regional Director of Northeast Region, Ministry of Community and Social Services (1999-2000); Program Supervisor with responsibility for oversight of Probation Services and a wide range of children’s agencies providing child welfare, youth justice, children’s mental health and addiction services (1990-1996); Coordinator of Community Services, Emmanuel United Church (1985-1990); Specialized Treatment Home foster parent (1986-1987). Stephen graduated cum laude from Laurentian University with an Honours B.A. Political Science in 1985 after being a Residential Counsellor for L’Arche group homes from 1976 to 1982. Stephen also holds a Masters in Education degree from Nipissing University.
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Our Partners

We contract professionals to provide additional specialized services. Some of these partners include:

Vince Pawis
Aboriginal Healing Elder

Dr. Graham Wood
Consulting Physician

Andrew White
Chaplain

Memberships & Accreditation

aeeAssociation for Experiential Education (www.aee.org)

OCA-AccreditedMember-TagLineCOLOntario Camping Association (www.ontariocampsassociation.ca)

coeoThe Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario (www.coeo.org)