I met Katelyn Vancouver a couple of years ago when I was volunteering on Long Island after Super Storm Sandy with the non-profit organization All Hands. Kate and her family decided to take a family trip and volunteer doing disaster recovery. I remember Kate’s mother, Laurie, telling me that Kate was the reason the family decided to do a volunteer trip that year instead of a traditional trip. I really enjoyed talking and getting to know all of Kate’s family. From the first day of assignments, I was paired with her and her brother, Ben. I was almost 40 at the time and it was great to work with such bright young people, who not only worked their butts off but also provided me with insight into the current state of teenagers. From conversations with Kate, the one thing that stuck out was that she is a very driven person.
Currently, Katelyn lives in Athens, Ohio and is an Outdoor Leader/Educator. She said, I was born in Bloomfield, New Jersey and moved to Athens when I was barely a toddler because my father was offered a professorship at Ohio University.
I really wanted to interview her because she is in the beginning stages of a fundraiser to hike the Appalachian Trail and support the women’s group SheJumps. She told me, “SheJumps, is an organization that partners with women across the country to introduce women and girls to the outdoors in a safe and healthy manner. This organization is helping me in my pursuit to hike the Appalachian Trail and raise money for their organization to help more women get outside.”
Kate said, “ I’m passionate about working to get women and girls outside to build their confidence and self-efficacy, to reshape the way women are thought of in society.” I also know Kate is passionate about photography so I asked her to include some of her work.
When asked what people should know about her, Kate added, “People should know that I am a very caring person and that I am always looking to the future. Everything that I do and most of what I have done is working toward a present and future that will improve the lives of the people around me through benefitting their inter and intra-personal skills, physical health, or all of the above.”
She ended the interview by adding this story which she says sums up her life, “I was leaving the library a few weeks ago, and turned to hold the door open for the person behind me and ended up hitting the door with my face, pushing my glasses askew.”
Once again, please consider donating to Kate’s cause. I love that we are living in a time where young women are pushing the boundaries of equality gender equalization. I know because of young women like Kate, that we will see a definite leveling of the playing field for genders within our lifetime. Keep up the great work, Kate.
Now enjoy her answers to a few of the extra questions.
What is your favorite Inspirational quote
“…[F]or the greatest good, for the greatest number, for the longest time.” –Gifford Pinchot
Do you prefer to vacation with the locals or all-inclusive resort?
Vacation with the locals! Embrace the immersive cultural experience.
What was your favorite meal growing up?
A roasted chicken with sweet corn and delicious homemade bread.
What is your passion?
Helping people to be lastingly happy
Three songs on your funeral playlist?
Rivers and Roads by The Head and the Heart,
I’m Gonna Be (500 miles) by The Proclaimers,
Where Is My Mind by the Pixies
What would be your secret power or super talent?
What is your biggest turn on?
What is your biggest turn-off?
People chewing with their mouth open
Do you recycle?
Heck yeah! I love single stream!
Do you kill all bugs?
No! I avoid killing bugs as much as possible
Do you love your job? Why?
Yes. Working in a field in which I am able to expose an unlikely person or group of people to an awesome outdoor experience is incomparable to any other job I might be able to have.
Do you enjoy hugs?
Yes! Hugs are immensely important to my daily happiness levels