About Us

The Thinking Playground team combines scholarly expertise, a commitment to thinking and community-building with our love of working with children.
 

member at University of Fraser Valley for the past 16 years and was the head of the UFV Philosophy DepartmentAt The Thinking Playground we aim to create an environment in which children have fun and think simultaneously, having emerged out of the creative and committed cross-fertilisation of philosophers, teachers and other practitioners.

 

Thinking is something that needs to be learned!

 

It doesn’t just happen!

 

Our annual summer camps have been welcoming many campers and practitioners from all over the world who want to experience our philosophically-based curricula. The design and implementation is supervised by our founder and CEO Dr. Susan Gardner, graduate of Oxford University, Philosophy Professor at Capilano University and Director of The Vancouver Institute of Philosophy for Children (VIP4C), Education Director Arthur Wolf, doctoral researcher at the University of British Columbia and Associate Director of VIP4C and Assistant Director Anastasia Anderson faculty member at University of the Fraser Valley.

 

The road to successful THINK FUN camps?

Our Team
 

Founder & CEO

Susan Gardner

The goal of the The Thinking Playground and the SUMMER CAMPS, of which Dr. Susan Gardner is the director, is to fire up kids to the power of thought. Dr. Sue is a philosophy professor at Capilano University and the founding director of the Vancouver Institute of Philosophy for Children (VIP4C).

Assistant Director

Anastasia has been a faculty member at University of Fraser Valley for the past 16 years and was the head of the UFV Philosophy Department.

Educational Director

Arthur is a Ph.D. researcher at the University of British Columbia in philosophy, psychology and pedagogy working on Philosophy for Children (P4C), Affect Theory and Gilles Deleuze.

Operations Manager

Lizzy has a philosophy degree and is focussed on cultivating the immense potential in children for critical and creative thinking.

The Thinking Playground Community

Meet Our Counsellors
All have gone through intensive training by the Vancouver Institute for Philosophy with Children (VIP4C).

Head Counsellor

Alex Newby

Head Counsellor

Cody Dumas

Head Counsellor

Josh Friesen

Head Counsellor

Ethan Belcourt-Lowe 

Head Counsellor

Zak Youssef 

Head Counsellor

Kai Michael-Mikhail 

Counsellor

Marianne 

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Misha

Counsellor

Amanda

Counsellor

Kayla 

Counsellor

Elaina

Counsellor

Charlene

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Kassandra

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Jesse

Counsellor

Drew

Counsellor

Jason

Counsellor

Sarah

Counsellor

Taya

Physical Theatre Directors

Exciting Activities Emphasizing Embodiment
Wonderful experiences are created with these experts in the field!