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Cross Country Conversation

Posted on March 20, 2017 by Catherine Ross

In January 2017, Mark Diamond, Chair of the CCA Advocacy Committee, convened a cross-Canada conference call. The participants were: Bronco Cathcart (BC), David Godwin (SK) Jonathan Nyquist (ON), Dara Kahne (day camp director ON), Jacqui Raill (QC), Stephane Richard and John Savage (NB), and Dave Graham (NS).

They discussed minimum wage (now mandatory in some provinces for camp staff), the Early Years Act (a challenge for day camps in Ontario), and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (an ongoing concern for camps across the country). Four times a year, this committee will convene to discuss issues that all provinces should be aware of so that we can be prepared and understand the legal changes across the country. As a result of this sharing of information, this committee will decide what particular issue(s) should be proactively worked on from a lobbying or government relations perspective. On two of these calls, the Government Relations consultant who has been hired by CCA, Allan Young of Tactix, will report on current concerns and updates of all pending and prospective legislative changes across each province and federally.

We are indebted to this group of camp professionals who are working on our behalf to be proactive rather than reactive to government policy and legislative changes.

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Communications Officer at Canadian Camping Association

Catherine’s lifelong love of camping began in 1953 when she accompanied her mother, the new camp cook, to Camp Tanamakoon in Algonquin Park. She remained at Tan until 1978 as a camper and in several staff roles. After five years as a teacher, in 1979, Catherine and her husband George purchased Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da for girls in Parry Sound, Ontario which they owned for 20 years. Catherine has served on the Board of the Ontario Camps Association, and is Past President of the Society of Camp Directors. She is currently Communications Officer on the Board of the CCA. She is past editor of Camps Canada, published by the CCA, and the OCAasional News, the newsletter of the OCA. She is the author of four publications. Her articles on camping have appeared in numerous magazines.