As artist-in-residence, Alexa Hatanaka created site-specific and socially-engaged artworks for GPS as part of former duo practice PA System (2010-2020).
“Working at GPS provided me a masterclass in community care, authentic expression, and the power of collectivity. It won’t be surprising to anyone else that has had the good fortune to visit GPS, that I feel I learned more and was impacted more than I could ever possibly reciprocate back. My cherished time spent at GPS collaborating with the students, families, staff and local craftspeople has forever impacted my artwork, my work as a community-engaged artist, and more than anything filled my heart with hope and love.”
– Alexa Hatanaka, artist
Meet Our Beamers
Brianna proudly worked with Global Pathway School in 2018 and 2019 after running and attending many summer camp programs in Canada. Brianna is passionate about working with others and spreading positivity to the communities and individuals she works with. Brianna now runs her own 1:1 coaching business and co-founded/heads a coaching organization that runs workshops for youth, individals and companies. Brianna is thrilled to be involved with this team and is excited to re-integrate GPS back into her path through the Beamers and Sunbeam Campaign.
As someone who has been passionate about International Development as well as camp from a very young age, having the opportunity to participate in the GPS summer camp program in 2018 and 2019 has been a dream come true, and I have absolutely fallen in love with GPS and the community. I’m a recent graduate from the University of Ottawa in International Development, and super excited to be a Beamer and participate in promoting the Sunbeams Campaign!
I graduated from Carleton University in 2016 with a degree in Psychology. I spent time at GPS as part of the summer camp program in both 2018 and 2019, and hopefully in future years to come. I am currently teaching English just outside of Seoul in South Korea.
I got started with Global Pathways in 2013 when I travelled to Chettipalayam with a small group from my high school. The three weeks I spent with the students and staff were the most remarkable experiences of my life. Years later, I returned as a summer camp counsellor, and saw how the school and community had grown and evolved into something even more extraordinary. I feel so lucky to be involved in such an incredible organisation that allowed me to foster the most special and lasting connections with the amazing community of students, staff, and families at GPS.
Gabe has worked with Global Pathways School (GPS) between 2016 and 2018 and started the running program at GPS. Gabriel currently works for a global running community called Midnight Runners and organizes free fitness events around the world. He believes that everyone should have equal access to free fitness in a safe and welcoming environment.
Jillian first had the opportunity to visit GPS in 2018 as a Community Health Intern through the Loran Scholars program. Falling in love with the community, she returned the following year as a Summer Camp leader. Jillian has a passion for health equity and will work towards improving access to healthcare while pursuing her medical degree at Dalhousie University. She is excited to be a Beamer and continue to support the GPS community through the sunbeams campaign!
I worked at GPS as a camp counselor in 2017 and 2019. As a recent graduate of Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University, I run my own business building custom off-grid mobile homes. It has been an absolutely wonderful opportunity for myself to get to work alongside the creative and passionate minds at GPS. GPS is a beautiful community and I am incredibly excited to being a part of the Beamers Campaign.
Blake is a recent graduate from Dalhousie University with a double major in Politics and History. He attended GPS summer camp as a staff member in 2019 and loved every minute of it. He’s looking forward to making an impact on the kids and the whole GPS community.
Nadia has been involved with GPS as a volunteer for many years. She visited the school at its original location in 2011, helping out in a Lower Kindergarten classroom, and returned to the new campus for one summer camp session in 2017. Nadia is passionate about working with youth and continues this passion by working as a teacher in Toronto.
Tyler was a member of the 2019 GPS summer camp staff and a proud leader of the Green team in the GPS olympics. He spent countless years growing up going to Kilcoo Camp in Minden, Ontario as a camper and staff member. Tyler hopes to share the impact summer camp had on him with the amazing kids at GPS. Tyler recently graduated the university of British Columbia with a media studies major and is saving up to study to become a teacher. Tyler looks forward to creating more amazing
Sophie discovered the practice of yoga while studying International Development at Dalhousie University. In awe of the many benefits she experienced as a result of the practice, yoga quickly became the only thing that she wanted to learn about. In 2014 Sophie completed the Modo Yoga Teacher Training and since then has gone on to study various other styles of yoga. Sophie had the pleasure of travelling to India with Global Pathways Schools twice in 2016 and 2017. This experience only broadened and deepened her appreciation for the practice. Sophie presently works as the Teacher Training Coordinator at Modo Yoga International where she plans and facilitates their teacher training programs. Sophie also offers therapeutic private yoga classes, one on one mentorship, workshops, retreats and corporate classes. Sophie currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario and seeks to find joy and inspiration in the simple pleasures of life.