Sara VanderWal

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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  • Conference Assistant and BoardGameGeek
  • Architectural Technology
  • From Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
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About Me

Duncan and I are both fairly obsessive geeks when it comes to boardgames, with a personal collection of over 200 games. We play board games at every opportunity, and often have friends over to play so you should definitely expect to play a few games while you're here!

I bailed on the demanding world of architecture a couple years ago and am still trying to figure out what I really want to do. I currently fill my time by planning conferences for the shopping centre industry and staffing conferences that come to town. Duncan has a traditional full time office job doing technical support work for the financial sector.

I also organize the Toronto BoardGame and Social Group, a community group with over 2,000 members and multiple events around the city every week.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

My introduction to this project consisted of surfing with 4 different hosts in north-eastern US cities during a road trip in Sept. 2009. I had a great time and met so many interesting people that I enjoy re-paying that hospitality whenever I can!


On the unusual occasion that we have spare time that isn't spent playing board games, we both enjoying reading and watching movies. Duncan's geekiness extends to comics, graphic novels and fantasy & sci-fi novels, while my reading material remains fairly mainstream with occasional forays into fantasy novels.

Music, Movies, and Books

Boardgames: Carcassonne.. Dominion.. Ricochet Robots.. Agricola.. Stone Age..

Books: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood.. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.. The Door to December by Dean Koontz.. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Music: Justin Hines.. Tea Party.. Linkin Park.. Keith Urban.. Evanescence.. Blue Rodeo..

Movies: A Time to Kill.. Underworld.. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.. Serenity.. Ever After.. Shawshank Redemption..

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I designed and built a 27 storey condo building by working for the architect during the design and development then working for the developer during the construction phases.

Teach, Learn, Share

I am always happy to teach the boardgames I love to anyone. I do this multiple times each week anyway! There is a wide variety of lengths, complexities and themes available to suit anyone.

These games are a great social activity that can accommodate people from all different backgrounds and abilities while encouraging communication, team work, planning, problem solving and friendly competition.

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, Dominican Republic, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In


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