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Professional Spotlight: Timo Einola, Whitewater Canoer and Social Worker


At the end of summer, Timo Einola travelled in a matter of days from a canoe expedition up by the Hudson Bay, to his hometown Toronto, and then all the way to Kelowna, British Columbia, to begin his master's degree in social work. A distance of 5,000 kilometres extends between the key pursuits of his life. But at heart, they are much closer together.
Image used with permission from Timo Einola.

At the end of summer, Timo Einola travelled in a matter of days from a canoe expedition up by the Hudson Bay, to his hometown Toronto, and then all the way to Kelowna, British Columbia, to begin his master's degree in social work. A distance of 5,000 kilometres extends between the key pursuits of his life. But at heart, they are much closer together.

Canoeing is a sport that first caught his attention at an early age. Talking about how he got started, Einola explains how the camp he went to as a kid, Camp Towhee, did a five-day canoe trip every year. He continues, “I was then part of the leadership training program… I got the canoe tripping ‘bug' through that.”

That bug led to a job in Muskoka, at YMCA Camp Pine Crest, where he's worked for eight summers now. As a counselor, he was running three to five canoe trips right away and gradually moved from working with younger kids to leading longer, flatwater canoe trips for teenagers in places like Quetico Provincial Park and 20 days near Thunder Bay.

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Written by Vincent Teetsov, Toronto

Image used with permission from Timo Einola.

Image used with permission from Timo Einola.


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