Charlie Cornish '14
“I don’t want to look back on the year at Neuchâtel Junior College and say it was the best year of my life. It’s the year that inspired me to live the rest of my life just like it. I want every year to get better and better. I want this year to be the year that turned me into a person that appreciates every year, and every single day within it. I want every year to change. I want to live my life like I did this year.” – Charlie Cornish ’14
After graduating from NJC, Charlie travelled to the Indian Himalaya on a mountaineering expedition with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and then moved to Hokkaido, Japan, where he worked for Black Diamond Lodge & Tours and Hokkaido Backcountry Club.
Charlie currently lives in Revelstoke, British Columbia. He is a professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association and the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). While completing an Adventure Guide diploma, with a focus on backcountry ski guiding and mountaineering, at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, Charlie is working at Revelstoke Mountain Resort as part of the ski patrol team. He says that NJC instilled in him a strong ability to self-reflect, which has helped him make his own path by learning what he truly loves to do and what he wants to achieve in his life.
As an avid skier, Charlie’s most treasured memory from his time at NJC was skiing around Grindelwald - a classic Swiss village whose authenticity and beautiful peaks blew him away. Charlie’s favourite part of day-to-day Swiss life was exploring areas in Neuchâtel and wandering through some of the local trails and hills with friends. He also enjoyed the food in Switzerland and living in Cortaillod with Mme Kohler, who would joke that she cooked Italian recipes with French ingredients in German sized portions!
In the future, Charlie would like to continue working in the outdoor adventure tourism industry and also, become an ACMG ski guide - an arduous process that he is currently undertaking alongside his other professional and educational endeavours.