Hi, my name is Allegra and I am the Coordinator, Camp & Outdoor Education. This is my first year at the Y for summer camp and I am super excited! I graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours BA in Women’s Studies and English and am very passionate about feminism, 2SLGBTQ+ rights, and education. I have been working in youth-focused organizations for a few years now and I love how creative and imaginative children and youth are—I am always so impressed with their ability to grasp new concepts and ask questions that adults often don’t think of. I’m excited to get going with the best summer yet for YMCA of Oakville camps!
Allie, Director at Palermo
I am so excited for another summer at Palermo this summer! To tell you a little about myself, I just finished my 4th year of 6 at Brock University for Concurrent Education at the Primary/Junior level. In the fall I will be starting my 5th year of the concurrent teacher education program. With successful completion of my six years at Brock, I hope to begin a career as an elementary school teacher. I have spent my summers at day camps ever since I was a kid, since then, I have worked every summer as a leader and this summer will be my 4th year in a directors position. I cannot wait to see what summer 2019 has in store for us, I am certain it will be a great one!
Brenna, Camp Director at the YMCA
Hi Everyone! My name is Brenna, but I also go by Bubbles. This is my second year as the Site Director for the YMCA – Peter Gilgan Site, and my sixth summer working with the YMCA of Oakville Summer Camps. I am excited to see both new and returning faces during the 2019 summer camp season. My hope is this is the best summer yet!
Caleb, Camp Director at Bronte
I am Caleb Crichlow, the YMCA Site Director of Bronte Creek summer camp. I am currently in my undergrad at Wilfrid Laurier University studying two majors which are Philosophy and Religion. I found myself to be someone who loves to learn multiple perspectives and recognize my lack of knowledge. Both philosophy and religion allow for me to not just learn from many different people but it helps reinforce that there is always something to learn. I love that my programs emphasizes that I can just be myself as well as its show how far I have come but also noting that I have long way to go in the pursuit of knowledge. Bringing this to summer camp, these programs especially taught me that everyone learns differently in addition that they all can teach you something new, no matter the case. I found myself really drawn to summer camp because of the inviting nature it provides to not just the campers but the counsellors alike. When I working as a counsellor I found I was able to actually get to know each of the individual campers I was fortunate enough to have my group on a deeper level. We would have our team names and team member names, becoming another little family of sorts trying to have the best experience possible at camp. I was truly proud to get to know each and everyone of the campers from learning their names, to what their favourite cartoon would perhaps be and I found that these are the perfect moments that we often times overlook. I am really excited for this upcoming camp season while bettering myself this year and furthering my growth.
Hi everyone! My name is Kat, and I also go by Meow Mix. Going into my twelfth camp season with the YMCA of Oakville, I can honestly say that camp is a place where magic happens. I’ve witnessed some of the most “unlikely” events at camp – skills mastered by participants who felt they “couldn’t”, friendships formed between people who thought they had “nothing in common”, wilderness exploration with people who identified themselves as “indoor people”, and so much more! Camp is a place where everyone is welcomed and encouraged to be who they are – each person’s individuality helps to form our camp community – consisting of campers, volunteers, counsellors, parents, YMCA staff, partners and donors. I can’t wait to meet our 2019 community for a summer to remember!
I began working for the YMCA of Oakville in 1999 in childcare, which then developed into an aspiring career within the organization. Holding many positions within childcare, I became a true ambassador of the YMCA Playing to Learn Curriculum. In 2005, I was awarded the “Rebecca Devatas Memorial Award,’ for outstanding contribution to the Oakville Family YMCA childcare services. In April of 2006, I was a recipient of an award given by the AECEO Halton Region, for having an “Outstanding Childcare Centre Program” at the Waterford YMCA Childcare Centre. In my current role as an administrator for “Camp, Childcare and Community Initiatives” I am able to continue to support the YMCA of Oakville families and their children for camp, Holiday and PA Day/Break programs registrations. The YMCA of Oakville has been a passion and anchor for me to strive for excellence in customer service and a team player.
Randee, Leadership Camp Director
I’m Randee (aka Meeko)! I’m the Leadership Director this summer at the YMCA of Oakville. After 3 years here at camp, there’s still nothing I would rather be doing with my summer. From pre-camp preparations, to overnights and song circle every mornings – it’s all worth it.
Rosie, Inclusion Specialist
Hello! My name is Rosie Lydon and I recently started in my role as Inclusion Support Specialist. I have previous camp involvement but look forward to being a part of the unique camp experience offered at the YMCA of Oakville! My role within Summer Camp will be to work alongside children who have identified needs and ensure they are integrated and enjoying every aspect of their camp experience. I am excited to be a part of Summer Camp 2019 and to meet all of the leaders, children, and families over the upcoming weeks!
Tyler, Camp Director at Valens
My name is Tyler Prevette and I am a community leader and hockey coach within Oakville and Mississauga. I have been with the YMCA for much of my life with summer camp and community initiative programs. I am excited to direct the Valens site this summer and look forward to providing a positive and safe social space for youth and staff to develop alongside one another.
Hi! My name is Val (aka Duckie) and I will be the Director at River Oaks this summer. This is my fourth summer with the YMCA of Oakville Summer Camps and I can’t wait for it to start! Camp is my favourite time of year; creating unforgettable memories, having nonstop fun, and building lifelong friendships, what more could you ask for? Ever since I was 8 years old camp has been such a big part of my life and I love been able to be a part of bringing the joy of camp to people of all ages! At camp I love doing arts and crafts and getting soaked at the splash pad! If I could be any animal I would be an otter! They are so friendly, playful, and love to socialize; not to mention they get to spend their days swimming and playing in the water! Did you know that otters hold hands when they sleep so they don’t float away from each other? So cute!!