Staff Update Day One

Posted: Wed, Jul 11, 2012

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Hannah
Torin, Patrick, and I are very excited to get shipmates today! We have been storing food, packing up games, jumpropes, and getting snorkel gear ready. This session is going to be packed with tons of different Lifeworks activities: beach cleanups, mangrove planting, playing with YEP (the local afterschool program on Tortola), hikes, and last but not least, turtle tagging. We are looking forward to meeting everyone!

Here is an introduction to the crew of Catalinaville:


Born and raised in Vermont, Torin’s background is all about snow sports, sailing, and community service. He spends winters coaching alpine ski racing while managing his family’s ski shop, and summers directing all of our BVI service programs. Torin has a long history in service, starting alternative youth programs with the local recreation and parks departments, as well as recycling programs in the local schools. Torin holds a 50 Ton Master Mariners License with the United States Coast Guard and is also a PADI rescue diver.


Hannah grew up sailing in the Pacific Northwest’s Puget Sound. Her Sea|mester trip in 2003 was so positive that she knew she wanted to come back and work for the company that influenced her so greatly. After graduating from the University of Puget Sound with a BS in psychology, she joined the BVI Lifeworks family in 2008. She found it was a natural fit because it combined her passion for sailing and teaching compassionate outdoor leadership and environmental stewardship. During the rest of the year she works with kids with special needs. She is a Wilderness First Responder, IYT Captain, and enjoys marlinespikeship and making bags out of sails.


Patrick graduated from Pitzer College with BA’s in Psychology and International/Intercultural Studies, with concentrations in Pedagogy and Social Justice. He credits his education, incredible friends and mentors, and being blessed to be a native of Oakland and San Francisco, California with shaping his outlook on life and the adventures that have come because of it.