Craig Farish

Craig Farish
Outdoor Education Coordinator
Alumnus, Class of 1990
September, 2001
Professional Photographer (Western Academy of Photography); MA (Royal Roads)

If I am excited about learning and about the subject I am teaching, there is a greater possibility that my students will also be inspired.

Craig’s enthusiasm is infectious. Whether he’s leading a trip on the Juan de Fuca Trail or talking about the boiler being replaced in School House, it is easy to tell he loves what he does and it translates into a real connection with his students.

“We need to connect students with the real world, real people and real projects,” he says. “When we do that, they can begin to care about animals, nature, our community, and our common future.”

Since graduating from SMUS in 1990, he has travelled and taught in Asia and spent time teaching photography in his hometown of Cranbrook, BC. He returned to SMUS as a houseparent in 2001 and has taken on various different responsibilities since then.

“My favourite part of this job is hearing back from students who are going on amazing outdoor adventures or are making a difference in their community,” he says. “And sharing an office with Pete McLeod—one day I’ll be able to grow a Lanny McDonald moustache just like Pete.”

Craig has published photos in a number of Canadian outdoor magazines and recently completed his Master’s thesis, Individuals, Institutions and Initiatives: Factors Affecting Sustainability Initiatives Within Educational Institutions. When he isn’t in the OED office, you’ll find him spending time with his wife, Bonnie Davison, and their two children, Abby and Desmond, or putting the puck top shelf with the SMUS houseparent hockey team.