Each member of the Board of Directors has significant experience in the camping field.
The members represent independent organization and agency camps, from both the day and overnight camp settings.
Bob is the past Owner/Managing Director of Haliburton Hockey Haven Sports Camp, Quanahar Ringette Camp and Koshlong Outdoor Centre for 11 years. He is a past Board Member, Treasurer and Vice President of the Ontario Camps Association. He is a past Member of Presidents Council, Treasurer and President of the Canadian Camping Association. Bob is a Fellow and past Board Member and Treasurer of the Society of Camp Directors. In addition, he is the recipient of the Canadian Camping Association Award of Honour, Honorary Life Member of the Ontario Camps Association and recipient of its Dorothy Walter Award of Excellence.
Jocelyn has been the Owner and Director of Glen Bernard since 1977. Jocelyn joined GBC as a staff member following fifteen years as a camper and counsellor in Quebec. Jocelyn was the National Director of the Royal Life Saving Society of Canada for 15 years. She is a past President of both the Canadian Camping Association and the Ontario Camps Association. Most recently, Jocelyn was awarded Canada’s highest civilian honour, The Order of Canada for her work in youth development, women’s health and environmental stewardship.
Jack Goodman has been the Owner and Director of Camp New Moon since 1994. He has worked in various capacities in children’s camps since 1975. He is a former Board Member of the Ontario Camps Association, and prior to that was a Member of its Standards Committee. He is also a member of the Society of Camp Directors and has been a Professor at the University of Toronto since 1988.
Elaine Cole is a founding Board Member and past President of Kids in Camp. Elaine worked at Camp Walden from its beginnings in the early 1970’s. She and her husband, Ted, became the Owners/Directors of Walden, where they remained until 2005. She is also on the board of the Dorset Community Health Hub.
Patti Thom has been a Director of Camp Tanamakoon since 1984. She is a former Board Member of the Canadian Camping Association, the Ontario Camps Association and the Society of Camp Directors. Patti is the recipient of CCA’s Jack Pearse Award of Honour and Award of Excellence, OCA’s Dorothy Walter Award of Excellence and is an Honorary Life Member of the OCA.
Jay Haddad has spent forty-six summers in private, government and agency camps: Kilcoo, Ontario Camp Leadership Centre, Bark Lake and Bellaleo. For the past seven years, he has been the Senior Director/Owner of Camp Nokomis. Jay was on the Board of the Canadian Camping Association and editor of Canadian Camping Magazine. He received CCA’s Award of Honour. Jay is a Past President of the Ontario Camps Association and an Honorary Life Member of the OCA . He is a Past President of the Society of Camp Directors and has been a fellow of the Society for over twenty years.
Catherine Ross is a Board Member of the Canadian Camping Association, a Past President of the Society of Camp Directors and former Board Member of the Ontario Camps Association. She is a recipient of CCA’s Award of Excellence and OCA’s Dorothy Walter Award of Excellence and an Honorary Life Member of the OCA. She and her husband owned and directed Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da from 1979 to 1998. Catherine, the former editor of the CCA and OCA Newsletters, has published six books and many articles on camping.
Liz Greenway has been the Manager of Camping and Outdoor Education for YWCA Toronto’s Camp Tawingo since 1979. She is a Past President of the Ontario Camps Association and a former Executive Member of the Canadian Camping Association. She is a member of the Society of Camp Directors. Liz is a recipient of CCA’s Award of Excellence and OCA’s Dorothy Walter Award of Excellence and an Honorary Life Member of the OCA.
Ana is a Chartered Accountant by trade. She started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, leading her to her next role of Corporate Controller at Omni Floorcoverings. In 2009, Ana left her finance career to pursue her true passion. She successfully founded three businesses; a portrait and wedding photography business, GTA Photography Classes, and GTA Photography Camps. GTA Photography quickly grew to become one of the largest hobbyist photography schools and summer camps in the country.
Michael Bakker is the Administrative Assistant for Kids in Camp. He is a Fellow of the Society of Camp Directors and was a Member of the Our Kids Advisory Board. Michael was on staff at Onondaga Camp, Camp Wabikon and Forest Valley Day Camp. He was the Director of Pickering College Day Camp and ESL, Centennial College Day Camps and the Assistant Director at Canadian Adventure Camp. Michael’s volunteer work with the Ontario Camps Association earned him the OCA Volunteer Recognition Award.