The Wenonah Management Team includes:
Founder / Executive Director
A veteran camping professional, Jeff has over 30 years experience as a Camp Director. He is a Past President of the Canadian Camping Association, and currently serves the global camping movement as Ambassador Chair on the Steering Committee of the International Camping Fellowship. Jeff received the highest honour in Canadian camping, the Ron Johnstone Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the most prestigious award from the Ontario Camps Association, the Dorothy Walter Award of Excellence. Jeff has led training and participated in exchanges in Australia, Japan, Russia, Europe, South America and across North America. Jeff is an active leader within the Ontario Camps Association (OCA). He has served on the OCA Board of Directors; coordinated the annual OCA Skills Weekend; served on many OCA Committees and Task Forces; led workshops and seminars, and is a member of the Society of Camp Directors. Jeff’s extensive camping background includes many years as a camper, counsellor in training, junior counsellor, counsellor, section director, leadership director, program specialist, area head and Outdoor Centre Program Coordinator. Prior to becoming the Owner/Director of Camp Wenonah, Jeff held several full-time, year round positions including Director of Camping for the YMCA; the Director of Camp Couchiching (including the Ontario Cystic Fibrosis Camp) and the founding Director of the Couchiching Outdoor Centre.
Associate Director - Administration
Caron coordinates all the activity at our Main Office in Burlington, Ontario including overseeing all the administration for Camp Wenonah, The Camp Wenonah Centre for Outdoor Education, and Women’s Weekend programs. She also coordinates the annual Wenonah Foundation Golf Classic, which raises funds to help send children in need to Camp. Caron previously worked with CUMIS Insurance, and then assumed her most demanding role yet – mother of three children! Caron also worked in the Registrar’s Office at Sheridan College. Caron began with Wenonah in 2000 as the Manager of the Camping and Outdoor Bookstore. From there, she assumed the role of Director of Administration for Wenonah Day Camp. Caron is a familiar voice to those who call Wenonah’s Burlington office during the year. Caron and her husband Mike live in Burlington. They are the proud grandparents of three granddaughters and four grandsons.
Summer Camp Director
A veteran of many Wenonah summers, “Rudy” was named Summer Camp Director in September 2014. Rudy is a graduate of Western University, where he studied Media, Information and Technoculture with minor in Film Studies. Rudy has held numerous roles at Camp, including Assistant Director, Boys Section Director, POLARIS Director, POLARIS Tripper, Assistant Introductory Period Director, Counsellor, and Junior Program Staff. He has also worked extensively with The Camp Wenonah Centre for Outdoor Education. Rudy completed the International Camp Directors Course and was a delegate at the International Camping Congress in Antalya, Turkey in October 2014. Prior to joining the Wenonah staff team, Rudy was a long time camper and graduate of the POLARIS and WCIT leadership programs. Camp has been a family affair for Rudy over many years, as he has both attended Camp and worked at Camp with his brothers Chris and Cam and his sister Carolyn. Rudy is an avid traveller, having spent several months visiting Asia and Northern Europe.
Outdoor Centre Director
Rianne is an experienced and accomplished camp and outdoor education professional. She is a veteran of many years as a staff member at Wenonah, including time spent as Assistant Director, Tripping Director, and Group Coordinator. Rianne previously assumed the role of Associate Director at Camp Summit in Squamish, British Columbia, coordinating all Summer Camp registration and business activity for their office. While out west, Rianne served as Secretary of the Board for the British Columbia Camps Association and remains an active leader within the industry. Rianne completed a degree in Global Studies, with a minor in Gender Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a past recipient of the Schaefer Scholarship, which acknowledges outstanding contributions to life and learning at Camp Wenonah.
Director of Operations
Camp has been part of Fraser’s life since 1999. He currently serves as Director of Operations, and has overall responsibilities for all capital development. Previously, he was Director of The Camp Wenonah Centre for Outdoor Education. “Tito” is a veteran Wenonah staff member, having held several previous roles including Assistant Director, WCIT Director, POLARIS Director, Property Director, and Counsellor. He has five years experience working with the Outdoor Education Centre program. Tito attended Camp for many summers as a camper, and successfully completed the POLARIS and WCIT leadership program. Fraser is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, where he studied English. He completed the International Camp Directors Course and attended the International Camping Congress in October 2014. Outside of Camp, Tito provided leadership as a coach of a minor league hockey team in Waterloo, ON. Tito is an avid fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and enjoys golf and spending time with friends and family when not at Camp.
Ben has been part of the Camp Wenonah community both as a camper and staff member for the past 14 years. He has assumed many roles as at Camp including Assistant Director for the Outdoor Center and Summer Camp. During the Outdoor Education season, he has additionally been a Group Coordinator and a Program Specialist. In the Summer months his experience has included Boys Section Director, POLARIS Staff, Counsellor and Resource Staff. Prior to his time on staff Ben was a long-time camper and a graduate of both the POLARIS and WCIT Programs. He is a past recipient of the Schaefer Scholarship, which acknowledges outstanding contributions to life and learning at Camp Wenonah. Ben graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a degree in Psychology. When not at Camp, Ben enjoys spending his time outdoors whether it be in a canoe, on the ski hill, with a hockey stick on a pond or sitting around a fire with friends or family.
Renata brings over 30 years experience to her role at Wenonah. She is a former teacher with the Halton District School Board, and also a former Instructor of Outdoor Recreation at Mohawk College. She served as an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Education at York University. A graduate of Queen’s University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education, Renata has offered leadership as a workshop and program facilitator for the Ontario Camps Association, Ontario Day Camp Summit, and International Camping Congress. Renata began her professional camp career at YMCA Wanakita (Haliburton, ON). There she held numerous positions including Counsellor, Arts & Crafts Director, and Day Camp Director. She was also a Program Specialist and Program Coordinator with the Wanakita Outdoor Centre. At Camp Couchiching (Orillia, ON), Renata took on leadership responsibilities as the Director of the CIT (Counsellor in Training) program.
Associate Director - Communication & Archives
Barb brings over 15 years previous camp experience to Wenonah. Barb is a graduate of Trent University (B.A. Hons.), Queen’s University (B.Ed.), and received her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario. Prior to joining Wenonah in 1998, Barb was also a staff member at Camp Hollyburn (Rosseau, ON) and Camp Kummoniwannago day camp (Kitchener, ON). Barb has extensive experience working with both the Summer Camp and Outdoor Centre programs at Camp Wenonah. She began her full time work with Wenonah managing the Camping and Outdoor Bookstore, before assuming responsibility for administration at both the Burlington and Muskoka Offices. Her many contributions to Camp include the development of a library of manuals and resources, as well as staff training. Barb worked on behalf of Wenonah at the Shikoku Canadian Global Camp (Takamatsu, Japan) for two years, and was a member of the Organizing Committee for the “Celebrate Wenonah” Gala in 2006. As a volunteer with the Ontario Camps Association, Barb has lent her time to the Archives Committee, annual conference, and also completed standards visits to other Ontario camps. Barb currently lives in Kitchener, where she works as a Children’s Librarian at Kitchener Public Library.
Associate Director - Alumni Development
Liz has been with Camp Wenonah since 1997, and was Wenonah’s very first 10 year staff member. Liz is a graduate of Queen’s Unversity (BA, Political Studies) and George Brown College (Diploma, ASL-English Interpreter). Liz worked at Camp Couchiching (Orillia, ON) as a counsellor and outtripper, and was also a Program Specialist with the Couchiching Outdoor Centre. At Camp Wenonah, Liz’s past roles include Girls’ Section Director, POLARIS Director, and Assistant Director. Liz was also the co-chair of the “Celebrate Wenonah” anniversary events in 2006. Liz has past experience with Silent Voice Canada, where she worked as Director of their sign language summer program. Liz has been a staff trainer in a variety of forums for a number of years. Liz, her husband Brandon (a Wenonah alumni staff member himself and current Executive Director of YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre), and their daughters Stella and Bryare currently live in Tottenham, Ontario.
Jane’s career in camping spans four and a half decades – from camper to staff to co-owner – all at Camp Tawingo, on the shores of Lake Vernon in Huntsville, ON. Jane is a graduate of Western University (B.Sc) and The Ivey School of Business (M.B.A.). An accomplished camping professional, Jane developed and co-authored ten books on camping and outdoor recreation. She provided leadership to conferences on camping and outdoor education on five continents, including as Chair of KUMBAYAH 1994, the third International Camping Congress. An Honorary Life Member of the Ontario Camps Association (OCA), Jane is the recipient of multiple awards including the Dorothy Walter Award of Excellence from the OCA, the New Brunswick Camping Association Award of Service, the OCA International Development Award, and the Canadian Camping Association’s Ron Johnstone Lifetime Achievement Award. She was also honoured by Ernst & Young as the Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year in 1997. Jane retired from camping in 2002 when she met and married Ted Tiemessen (who is the creator of Wenonah’s 10-year camper and staff awards). Jane and Ted own their own business, Think Muskoka Inc., and Jane remains active as a consultant for clients in a variety of entrepreneurial businesses.
Associate Director - Introductory Periods
Jason is a high school teacher with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board. He brings over 20 years of camp experience to his role as Director of Wenonah’s Period Five Introductory Camp Program. Jason has an extensive leadership background as a counsellor, section director, leadership development director, and program coordinator at a number of Ontario Camps Association accredited camps. Jason is also a former Director of Wenonah Day Camp. He has been a familiar face during Period Five since 2004, and was named our permanent Period Five Director in 2005. In addition to his contributions to Wenonah, Jason has directed day camps for the Hamilton Board of Education, and led a number of workshops for the Ontario Camps Association. Jason, and his wife Tanya, live in Oakville with their two young children.
Associate Director - Technology & Special Projects
Mike coordinates camping programs at Ryerson University. Prior to joining Ryerson, “Stewy”, as he is known at Wenonah, held numerous positions at Camp including Co-Director, Assistant Director, and Leadership Director. He has over 20 years experience as a camper, leadership participant, and staff member at summer camp. Stewy is a graduate of Trent University (Bachelor of Arts) and the University of Toronto (Bachelor of Education), and is an accomplished educator and experiential program facilitator. Stewy has presented on camp program, leadership, and team building at various conferences across Ontario, and also at the 8th International Camping Congress. His volunteer work and professional experience in the field of children’s camping have earned him awards from the Canadian Camping Association, International Camping Fellowship, and the highest award for Youth Leadership from the Ontario Camps Association.
Associate Director - Health Care & Wellness
Nancy manages the nursing team and acts as the main contact for families with campers who have medical, emotional, or behavioural needs. Nancy is a certified Nurse Practitioner (Primary Care) holding an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree from Athabasca University in Alberta. She spent several months doing humanitarian work in Ghana. While in Ghana, she worked on the Paediatric Nurse Education Partnership, a joint venture of the Government of Canada, Hospital for Sick Children, and the Ghana Ministry of Health. Previously, Nancy was the Nurse Practitioner for the Liver & Small Bowel Transplant team at the Hospital for Sick Children, where she also holds a position in the Cardiac Critical Care Unit there. She is also an active employee of the West Parry Sound Health Services team and provides coverage at the Nurse Practitioner-led Clinic in Rosseau, ON during the Summer months. Nancy’s interests include travelling and experiencing the great outdoors.
Associate Director – Capital Development & Maintenance, Long Range Planning
Prior to his current job with the Halton Board of Education as a teacher, Simon directed The Camp Wenonah Centre for Outdoor Education. He continues to provide guidance to Wenonah’s program and infrastructure. A graduate of the University of Dalhousie (BA, Psychology) and the University of New Brunswick (B.Ed), Simon has an extensive background in outdoor education and camping. He has also taught at St. Paul’s school in London, England, and has a strong teaching background in many camping and outdoor education program areas. Simon has worked with Camp Wenonah for over fifteen seasons and has also been a staff member with Camp Kawartha (Peterborough, ON), Camp Couchiching (Orillia, ON) and the Kinark Outdoor Centre (Minden, ON). A popular workshop leader, Simon has led training events for the Ontario Camping Association, the City of Vaughn, Brampton Parks and Recreation and has been a featured facilitator at numerous provincial camping and recreational conferences. Simon, and his wife Melissa, live in Burlington.