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Congratulations to CCA Award Winners!

Posted on February 7, 2018 by CCA Communications Committee

The Canadian Camping Association is please to announce six very worthy recipients of the 2017 CCA Awards!

The CCA national awards recognition program honours outstanding achievement and contribution by Canadian camp leaders, camps, associations and institutions.

Please join us in congratulating:

Skip Connett

Ron Johnstone Lifetime Achievement Award recipient

Skip is the Owner/Director of the camp he established in 1975, Canadian Adventure Camp in Temagami, ON. From the time Skip started his camp he has been an active member of Ontario Camps Association (OCA). He has on more than one occasion been a Board Member.

It was during these early times that Skip recognized that camping needed an increased visibility and he was able to secure for the Board and accredited camps community service ads that were responsible for an increased of awareness by the general population.

Skip has been an active volunteer at many OCA events and has shared his expertise at OCA Conferences over the years. He has been a mentor and an advisor for many camps. OCA recognized Skip’s service in the past few years as they made him an Honourary Life Member.

Significantly, Skip was catalyst for the establishment of an insurance program for Canadian camps. Until that time camps were at the mercy of the insurance companies. They could, at will, cancel policies with little or no explanation and with almost no notice. Skip recognized that there was a need to find a broker and then an insurer that was prepared to get involved with the camping community, offer reasonable rates to a low risk industry, and who would stand behind our camps. On behalf of the CCA, he established a committee to guide the process. Under Skip’s leadership, they surveyed camps to find out about the various policies that camps used and a history of their claims. The committee then found a company that agreed to meet the needs of camps. The policy, when compared by insurance consultants, was reasonably priced and comprehensive.

The committee recommended a broker who would represent the needs of camps and continues to provide the insurance package that is still in place and is constantly vetted and chosen by more than 300 camps in Canada.

For all these years, Skip has continued to chair the CCA Insurance Committee. Skip is responsible for creating an insurance program that insures that the interests of Canadian camps have been protected and has made it possible for accredited camps to benefit from the empirical data provided by our broker which proves our camps are safe.

Harry & Gail Edwards

Jack Pearse Award of Honour recipients

Harry has acted as the Executive Director of Stillwood Camp & Conference for over 20 years. During that time, Gail has been a constant support for Harry, and has enabled his effective leadership by offering her own relational care for fellow staff members and the community in general. Gail has also taken leadership in the Dining Room at Stillwood, using her gift of hospitality to make the camp one of the top outdoor-based conference centre destinations in British Columbia.

Through their time with Stillwood, Gail encouraged Harry’s volunteer involvement with a variety of causes related to camping. One of those was helping to found the Fellowship of Christian Camps, which helps to connect and support camping professionals from BC, Alberta, and Washington State. Harry is a long-standing Board member for this organization.

Harry also served on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Camping Association, including taking the role of President from 2012-2013. He was instrumental in raising the stature of the CCA for BC camps.

Through his years of service, Harry has been instrumental in the growth of camping in BC and across Canada. His name is well recognized by those in the camping world. However, those in BC know that without Gail and her generous spirit, Harry would have not seen the success or impact he has.

Gabrielle Raill

Jack Pearse Award of Honour recipient

Gabrielle has been a camp professional for over 20 years, and over her career she has had a great impact on camping in Quebec, across Canada, and around the world. She believes that camp is a powerful mechanism to help children and youth grow, learn, and be empowered.

During her career at Camp Ouareau, Gabrielle has focussed on creating a positive community for girls and young women. Her impact is felt not only at Ouareau, but in many other settings.

Gabrielle has been involved in many projects and communities, including:

  • Creating, leading, and directing the CCA National Marketing Camping (Thanks To Camp and More Than Just Fun)
  • Serving as International Camping Fellowship Ambassador to Canada
  • Delivering keynotes and workshops on topics such as empowerment, training, and leading with impact at provincial camping association events across Canada
  • Representing Quebec and Canada as a presenter at the American Camp Association conference, ACA Tri-State conference, ACA Mid-State conference, and the International Camping Congress
  • Helping to create, and serving as a contributor, to Camp Code and Camp Hacker
  • Volunteering with the ACQ, OCA, and CCA on numerous projects and training
  • Gabrielle has also worked, supported, and mentored other camps and camp professionals with transitional and training needs

Shauna Joyce

Award of Excellence recipient

Shauna has been actively and continuously involved with Camp Amy Molson (CAM) for 23 years, beginning as a Counsellor-in-Training, joining the leadership team and, for the last 14 years, as Executive Director.

Her role as Executive Director includes the usual management, recruitment of staff and campers, governance, and fundraising responsibilities. Shauna is exceptional in carrying out these duties. Shauna’s involvement and commitment goes well beyond this. She attends all the camping sessions and oversees the effective delivery of camp programs and activities. Her level of engagement is because she relates so well to the children and believes so much in the positive effect of camping in their development. This level of participation goes much further than normally expected.

Shauna has been involved in camping beyond CAM. She has volunteered at Global Camps Africa (Camp Sizanani) and sat on the Association des camps du Quebec’s conference planning committee. Most recently, Shauna participated in the process organized by Centraide to evaluate the impact of camp on vulnerable youth. This process involved creating a model that comprised performance indicators, evaluation tools and collection and dissemination of data.

Shauna’s focus on helping youth is a consistent theme in her life. She is the Principal of an elementary school and has been a volunteer with Dans la Rue in Montreal for ten years, helping homeless youth. She also worked with vulnerable youth in various settings dealing with drug rehabilitation and youth protection in group homes.

Julia Wagg

Special Recognition Award recipient

A strong-willed force of nature in Ottawa’s LGBTQ community, Julia discovered a purpose in life helping children and families navigate a time she herself struggled with as a lesbian teenager coming of age in small-town northern Ontario.

With Holly Wagg — her wife of nearly 12 years, who had dreamed of starting a summer camp for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer families — Julia co-founded Camp Ten Oaks in 2005. It welcomed 22 campers that year. This summer, 100 are signed up and another 65 are on the waiting list.

You probably can’t wave a rainbow pride flag in Ottawa without touching someone who either knew Julia personally, was familiar with her work or was friends with someone who has benefitted from Camp Ten Oaks. It’s the single most important made-in-Ottawa contribution to LGBTQ children and families in Canada. Its work is that magical and transformative.

Julia herself had not been to summer camp as a child, which made her enthusiasm for its daily rhythms and rituals remarkable. “With her walkie-talkie buzzing constantly and a clipboard never far from reach, she still managed to bring a playfulness to the job of camp director, even on days when it required her to fish a toothbrush from the depths of an outhouse or comfort a homesick camper,” says Sonja Prakash, an early Ten Oaks board member and camp volunteer who became close friends with Julia.
Julia was a dynamic, natural leader, but she was also complex. She was fiercely committed to her values in a way that could be unflinching. She messed up sometimes, but would own up to and learn from her mistakes.

In the fall of 2015, she experienced frequent chest pains and bleeding gums but she soon realized something was up when a visit to the hospital in January 2016 landed her in a closed room with a horrified-looking medical resident. He took Julia’s hand and broke the news that she had leukemia, before breaking down himself. Relieved she finally had a diagnosis, even such a devastating one, Julia quickly switched into professional mode, offering the young man tips on how to deliver horrible news to people.

Her greatest legacy, says Holly, is not all the accolades and accomplishments Julia collected along the way. It was the people, her people, the ones she enabled to become better versions of themselves. “She could find a best in you that you didn’t even know you had.”

Julia unfortunately lost her life on Good Friday 2017.

Cash prize for EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH related to camp

Posted on January 15, 2018 by CCA Communications Committee

Directors, please give the university students particularly graduate students on your staff and your alumni, the opportunity to enter and maybe win.

We welcome papers from any academic discipline with a topic that can be related to camping.

Detailed information is in the “Call For Papers 2018”.

Jennifer Straver’s “Returning Year After Year” wins 2017 Research Award of Excellence

Posted on November 27, 2017 by CCA Communications Committee

Jennifer Straver, M.Ed., U. Windsor, ON, wrote the winning research paper: “Returning Year After Year: The Motivation and Retention of Coaches at Madawaska Volleyball Camp”.

This is a one week, end of season camp on the Camp Walden site. She explains why these dedicated staff keep returning for many more years than you would think possible.

Canadian Camping Association Research Award of Excellence Call for Papers

Posted on February 21, 2017 by CCA Communications Committee

Camp Directors:

The CCARAE 2017 Call for Papers is now online.

Please bring it to the attention of all staff or alumni who are engaged in camping–related research in their studies or work.

2016 Canadian Camping Association Research Award of Excellence Winner

Posted on February 20, 2017 by Catherine Ross

Mandi Baker, CCARAE Winner (2016)

CCA is pleased to announce that Mandi Baker, PhD, Griffith U AUS, is the 2016 winner of the CCARAE for her doctoral dissertation: Becoming and Being a Camp Counsellor: a study of discourse, power relations and emotions.

Mandi attended camps in Southern Ontario as a camper, counsellor and program director. She obtained a Recreation degree at the University of Waterloo and is currently a lecturer at Torrens University, Blue Mountain International Hotel Management School NSW, Australia.

Mandi writes, “While camp counsellor experiences can be immensely positive opportunities for young people to mature and learn about the needs of others, the emotional demands can create pressures that staff struggle to manage.”

Mandi’s paper challenges camp directors to recognize the emotional, physical and mental demands of a counsellor’s job and to provide the necessary support and understanding.

CCA 2016 Award Winners

Posted on January 31, 2017 by Catherine Ross

CCA is proud to recognize camping leaders from across the country who have made exceptional contributions to our industry within their own province and nationally.

Ron Johnstone Lifetime Achievement Award

Joe Kronick

Joe Kronick (second from left) with family and CCA Past President Jill Dundas (centre).

Joe Kronick has been a very active member of the CCA Insurance Committee for well-over 20 years and has made an immense contribution to the great policies that we are now so proud to offer to our CCA and Provincial camp members.

Joe was one of the prime members of an original group of camp professionals who saw that camps needed their own specially written insurance policies to fit their needs quite distinctly from any then available general commercial/business insurance policies.

When CCA made the decision to develop and offer proper insurance coverage to accredited camp members, we were able to benefit from a great deal of the work that Joe and his group had already done. We were extremely pleased when Joe accepted our invitation to join the CCA Insurance Committee and work with us to further develop and hone the policies.

As a committee member, Joe is a tireless worker and took on projects at virtually every meeting. He is the first to complete his tasks and is a huge storehouse of information and sage advice.

Jack Pearse Award of Honour

Mark Diamond

Mark Diamond (right) with CCA Past President Jill Dundas

As Chair of the CCA Government Relations Committee, for the past several years, Mark has devoted countless hours communicating with government officials and meeting with lobbying organizations as he and his committee worked on behalf of all camps affected by new government regulations. He has tackled boating and foreign worker regulations and the Child Care and Early Years Act. In addition, Mark is a member of the OCA Board and in 2016 spear-headed an initiative for Ontario camps to invite new Canadians to attend camp at no cost.

Award of Excellence

Howard Martin

For over 55 years, Howard has worked with children and youth in education and social services. Some of this work has taken him overseas to a South Africa Educational Management Project, an Educational Leadership Project in Trinidad and Tobago and closer to home, the Special Education Pilot Project with the First Nations Educational Council in Quebec. In 2005, he provided support and guidance to the Directors of Youth Protection in Nunavik for four years.

For the past 35 years, Howard’s passion has been Camp Weredale, in the Laurentians, a summer camp for children and youth at risk from foster homes and residential services of the Batshaw Youth and Family Centres in Montreal as well as other referring social agencies. Established in 1934, Camp Weredale is a summer camp for boys and girls, aged five to seventeen, who are receiving youth protection social services.

In the 1980s it became a special needs camp for both boys and girls from the Youth Horizons Reception Centre

In the 1990s (respite) programs of support to foster children and families were added to accommodate this growing category of children

Rob Tiessen

Rob Tiessen (left) with Paul Bailey.

Rob has been a constant example and inspiring leader and mentor for camping in BC for many years. As a counsellor, program staff and now an Executive Director, Rob continues to promote inclusive and traditional camping for all children while also creating space for diversity and progressive change. Rob has continued to push Camp Squeah to be a friend and ally to local Indigenous children, youth and families. Rob has been a long-time volunteer with FCC and BCCA including a number of years helping plan the annual BC Camping Conference

Nick Kitchen

Nick has helped run the, New Brunswick provincial canoe course for the past 15 years. This program has trained countless counsellors, thereby helping camps reach and exceed accreditation standards. Nick has also become the NB representative for Paddle Canada and the advocate for camping on that board. He now works permanently for Camp Centennial, encouraging the growth and success of camping in the province.

Kathy Koehler
Kathy and her husband Gary have provided leadership to the United Church’s Camp Kasota West for over 20 years. Kathy has served on many camping boards including the Canadian Camping Association Board of Directors. Currently Kathy sits on the Alberta Camping Association Board as Vice-President.

Kathy is a strong, calm and quiet leader that many in the camping industry in Alberta and across Canada can look to for wisdom, guidance and support.

2016 Award Winners

Posted on December 30, 2016 by CCA Communications Committee

The Canadian Camping Association is proud to recognize camping leaders from across the country who have made exceptional contributions to our industry within their own province and nationally.

Ron Johnstone Lifetime Achievement Award

2016 Recipient – Joe Kronick

Joe Kronick has been a very active member of the CCA Insurance Committee for well-over 20 years and has made an immense contribution to the great policies that we are now so proud to offer to our CCA and Provincial camp members.

Joe was one of the prime members of an original group of camp professionals who saw that camps needed their own specially written insurance policies to fit their needs quite distinctly from any then available general commercial/business insurance policies.

When CCA made the decision to develop and offer proper insurance coverage to accredited camp members, we were able to benefit from a great deal of the work that Joe and his group had already done. We were extremely pleased when Joe accepted our invitation to join the CCA Insurance Committee and work with us to further develop and hone the policies.

As a committee member, Joe is a tireless worker and took on projects at virtually every meeting. He is the first to complete his tasks and is a huge storehouse of information and sage advice.

Jack Pearse Award of Honour

2016 Recipient – Mark Diamond

As Chair of the CCA Government Relations Committee, for the past several years, Mark has devoted countless hours communicating with government officials and meeting with lobbying organizations as he and his committee worked on behalf of all camps affected by new government regulations. He has tackled boating and foreign worker regulations and the Child Care and Early Years Act. In addition, Mark is a member of the OCA Board and in 2016 spear-headed an initiative for Ontario camps to invite new Canadians to attend camp at no cost.

Award of Excellence

2016 Recipient – Howard Martin

For over 55 years, Howard has worked with children and youth in education and social services. Some of this work has taken him overseas to a South Africa Educational Management Project, an Educational Leadership Project in Trinidad and Tobago and closer to home, the Special Education Pilot Project with the First Nations Educational Council in Quebec. In 2005, he provided support and guidance to the Directors of Youth Protection in Nunavik for four years.

For the past 35 years, Howard’s passion has been Camp Weredale, in the Laurentians, a summer camp for children and youth at risk from foster homes and residential services of the Batshaw Youth and Family Centres in Montreal as well as other referring social agencies. Established in 1934, Camp Weredale is a summer camp for boys and girls, aged five to seventeen, who are receiving youth protection social services.

In the 1980s it became a special needs camp for both boys and girls from the Youth Horizons Reception Centre.

In the 1990s (respite) programs of support to foster children and families were added to accommodate this growing category of children.

2016 Recipient – Rob Tiessen

Rob has been a constant example and inspiring leader and mentor for camping in BC for many years. As a counsellor, program staff and now an Executive Director, Rob continues to promote inclusive and traditional camping for all children while also creating space for diversity and progressive change. Rob has continued to push Camp Squeah to be a friend and ally to local Indigenous children, youth and families. Rob has been a long-time volunteer with FCC and BCCA including a number of years helping plan the annual BC Camping Conference.

2016 Recipient – Nick Kitchen

Nick has helped run the, New Brunswick provincial canoe course for the past 15 years. This program has trained countless counsellors, thereby helping camps reach and exceed accreditation standards. Nick has also become the NB representative for Paddle Canada and the advocate for camping on that board. He now works permanently for Camp Centennial, encouraging the growth and success of camping in the province.

2016 Recipient – Kathy Koehler

Kathy and her husband Gary have provided leadership to the United Church’s Camp Kasota West for over 20 years. Kathy has served on many camping boards including the Canadian Camping Association Board of Directors. Currently Kathy sits on the Alberta Camping Association Board as Vice-President.

Kathy is a strong, calm and quiet leader that many in the camping industry in Alberta and across Canada can look to for wisdom, guidance and support.

October 31, 2016 Deadline for CCA Award Nominations

Posted on September 26, 2016 by CCA Communications Committee

It is that time of year when the CCA is asking provincial camping associations, camps and individual members of provincial camping associations to nominate a camp, an organization or an individual for a job well done.

Nominations must be submitted by October 31, 2016 for consideration by the CCA Board and the Awards Committee.

Nominate someone, or learn more about the CCA awards program.

Award of Excellence

The CCA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE is a way of recognizing a person’s contribution to camping within their province. The award is intended to recognize individuals, volunteers, camps, agencies or corporations that have made outstanding (i.e., beyond the norm) contributions within their province.

Jack Pearse Award

The JACK PEARSE AWARD OF HONOUR is presented in recognition of contributions to the CCA and is intended to recognize individuals, camps, agencies or corporations that through their efforts have provided outstanding service to the national organization.

Ron Johnstone Lifetime Achievement Award

The RON JOHNSTONE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD is the CCA way of recognizing outstanding commitment, over a prolonged period of time to the CCA.

Research Award of Excellence

This annual Award honours and celebrates excellence in research and writing that makes a significant contribution to the body of academic literature relevant to the organized camping movement in Canada.

Special Recognition Award

From time to time, at the discretion of the Canadian Camping Association’s Board of Directors, special recognition may be given to those individuals, camps, associations or corporations that have furthered the camping movement and/or made a unique contribution to Canadian camping.

*Please note that all nominations for a camp or an organization must come from an external source.

Call for Papers: 2016 Canadian Camping Research Award of Excellence

Posted on February 21, 2016 by Catherine Ross

This annual award, the Canadian Camping Research Award of  Excellence, recognizes and celebrates excellence in research and writing  that makes a significant contribution to the body of knowledge relevant to  organized camping in Canada. It encourages graduate students, faculty and  independent scholars from any academic discipline or professional field to  examine issues and or practicalities of the camp industry from a social, educational, economic, technological, political, natural and/or  organizational perspective.

Camp Directors, please share this announcement with interested current or  former staff.

Canadian Camp Nurse Receives International Recognition

Posted on February 15, 2016 by CCA Communications Committee

Congratulations to Bev Unger of Camp Robin Hood (Ontario), recipient of the Association of Camp Nurses Camp Nurse of the Year Award.

The ACN, founded by Jeanne Otto, has its national office in Fisherville, Kentucky. This award recognizes a camp nurse’s significant contribution to a camp’s health and wellness status.

Bev received her award at the ACN Symposium on February 9, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. Well done, Bev!