Jackie WL Chan is an outdoor educator, certified through the Ontario College of Teachers, and the co-founder and director of Zen’s Outdoor Leadership Camp for Youth (ZOLCY), a volunteer driven Canadian not-for-profit, which aims to encourage self-development, outdoor leadership skills and the pursuit of continuous education. Jackie leads groups to Jamaica and Nepal where he facilitates volunteer-driven service learning programs.
An avid martial arts, Jackie has trained for over twenty years in Shotokan Karate-do and traditional Chinese kung fu. He spent several months in China where he trained with the legendary Shaolin Warrior monks on two separate occasions. He currently holds the title of “Sensei” as a third degree black belt in the art of Shotokan karate-do. He has studied Yoga and meditation in India and Nepal and is a certified Laughter Yoga instructor.
Jackie is an avid traveller and has explored many regions of the world in pursuit of adventure, knowledge and cultural understanding. In 2014/15 Jackie cruised down the Amazon River in a cargo boat, trained in Chinese kickboxing in China and motorcycled across Nepal and Northern India.
Jackie graduated from Humber College with a diploma in film and television production. He completed a degree in education and a degree in outdoor recreation, with a specialty in leadership, at Lakehead University. He is employed at Camp Arowhon, in Algonquin Provincial Park, as a canoe tripper and wellness instructor during the summer months. Jackie is currently pursuing his Master's in education with a focus on social justice.