Posts Tagged ‘Awards’

2015 Award Winners

Posted on February 1, 2016 by Catherine Ross

The Canadian Camping Association is proud to honour six award winners from four provinces: Melanie Dash, Stephen Green, Mike LeDuc, Patti Sampson, Al Vetter and Maya and Dave Willis.

Award of Excellence

Melanie Dash has been instrumental in revitalizing the camping industry in Nova Scotia and PEI since 2010. As part of her program at Acadia University, she interned at Easter Seals Nova Scotia, creating a new staff manual for the Camp Tidnish program as well as participating in a manual development program at Camp Brigadoon. Through her service, CAMPFire Consulting, she guided Nova Scotian camps in updating their manuals and other documents.

Under Mel’s leadership, Nova Scotia and PEI accreditation systems have become more organized and professional. She also served as the Association’s volunteer Corporate Secretary.
Mel has recently moved on to a full time position with Camp No Limits in Maine where she will continue to impact the camping world on both sides of the border.

Mike LeDuc has made a large contribution to the camping sector in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island over many years as a volunteer supporting the work of CANSPEI and in his employment. Since 2009, Mike has been the full time General Manager of the YMCA’s Big Cove, a camp he attended in his youth.

He has served CANSPEI as a volunteer in several roles: as a Director since 2007, President from 2009 to 2011, Chair of the Nominating Committee and Chair of Training and Education.

Patti Sampson (MacDonald) has made a great contribution to the child and adult residential camping sector in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island over many years, both as a volunteer supporting the work of CANSPEI and as an employee of a number of residential camping organizations in Nova Scotia including YMCA of Greater Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia’s Department of Community Services and Nova Scotia Easterseals.

Patti has served as a volunteer Director of the Association since 2008 and Vice President since 2011. She has served as Chair of the Membership Committee and the Accreditation Committee. She is a very enthusiastic supporter of residential camping and CANSPEI’s work.

Al Vetter has filled many roles to help Camp Luther (BC) to grow and develop for thirty-five years. He has served on the Board of the BC Camping Association as Treasurer for many years. He mentored his replacement and then temporarily stepped back into the role when the new treasurer had other commitments. His efforts over decades have made Canadian camps better.

Maya and Dave Willis, Directors of Camp Wilvaken (Quebec), have been involved with the ACQ since its inception and for many years have been on the committee dealing with the regulations of summer camps in Quebec. They have also worked on the ACQ annual conference committee.

As a bilingual camp, Wilvaken has had great success in bringing together Francophones and Anglophones as well as international campers. They have translated newsletters for ICF. As members of OCA, they have volunteered to visit OCA camps in Quebec. They work with the Nature Conservancy of Canada to preserve the natural wilderness.

CCA Special Recognition Award

Stephen Green (Ontario) made a significant contribution to resolve a critical international camp staff work permit issue. He gave leadership to support the CCA when the government was reviewing legislation related to international staff working at camp. Under tight timelines and stressful circumstances, Stephen successfully connected with important government decision makers and was able to proactively present the CCA case in order to reach a favourable outcome for member camps. Stephen’s knowledge, experience and guidance were critical in supporting our members who were most directly impacted by this issue.

Canadian Camping Research Award of Excellence 2015 Winner

Posted on December 7, 2015 by CCA Communications Committee

Amanda Shore’s 2015 CCRAE winning paper, Notes on Camp: A Decolonizing Strategy, addresses a fundamental recurring Canadian social issue, which is now bordering on a crisis.

Shore describes our indigenous peoples as the colonized, while European settlers and governments are the colonizers. Her research into indigenous programs at camps is based on historical records, academic literature and personal interviews.

Shore recognizes the importance of repetitive traditional programming while questioning the need to re-evaluate some camp traditions for 21st century youth.

This richly layered qualitative study merits the attention of all camps that have “Indian Councils” or related programs. Please click here to download the paper.

International Camping Fellowship Award Nominations

Posted on October 6, 2015 by CCA Communications Committee

It’s time to nominate camping programs and individuals that have made significant contributions to the world of camping. Below is a description of the International Camping Fellowship Awards.

Click here for a PDF of the ICF Award Nomination form.  

The Abbott Fenn Druzhba Award

The Abbott Fenn Druzhba Award is a special recognition of an individual, Camp, or Organization, which has made a significant and sustained contribution to International camping.  The award is given to those who spread the benefit of the camp experience to improve world understanding. Click here for past recipients of this award.

The Butterfly Award

The ICF Butterfly Award recognizes an individual, camp or organization that has made significant contributions internationally to the causes of camping (e.g. environmental, humanitarian or educational) over a period of time. Click here for past recipients.

 The ICF Letter of Merit Award

The ICF Letter Award of Merit recognizes a significant contribution made by an individual, camp or organization to the cause of world understanding and peace through camping.

 Click here for more information.

Who Merits Recognition?

Posted on September 28, 2015 by CCA Communications Committee

The deadline for the online submission of nominations for the Canadian Camping Association Awards Program is Saturday, October 31, 2015.

Please visit the Awards section on the CCA website and consider the camping leaders in your community who should be recognized through one of the CCA Awards for their contribution to camping, provincially and/or nationally.

Mickey Johnstone, an Inspiration to Many

Posted on September 14, 2015 by Catherine Ross

Mickey Johnstone passed away peacefully with family by her side on August 31st, 2015.

Mickey Johnstone passed away peacefully with family by her side on August 31st, 2015.

With the death of Mickey Johnstone on August 31, 2015 in Orillia, Ontario, Canadian camping has lost a great leader. Together with her husband, Ron, who inspired the creation of CCA’s highest honour, The Ron Johnstone Lifetime Achievement Award, Mickey founded and directed, Camp White Bear on Lake Temagami, Ontario. Ron and Mickey began their camping career working for the YMCA and after closing White Bear, they continued working in camping with Jack Pearse at Camp Tawingo.

Mickey was a long time member of the OCA Education Committee and a frequent presenter at OCA conferences. Because of her many contributions to camping in Ontario, the Ron and Mickey Johnstone Youth Leadership Award is presented each year at the annual conference to two outstanding youth leaders in camping. Mickey always attended the final banquet to present these awards personally. By popular demand, she traditionally opened her presentation with a joke – always a somewhat racy joke, unexpected from a lady of her mature years! Mickey’s sense of humour was contagious. Chauffeured by Jane McCutcheon, every summer, Mickey endeavored to visit these young award winners in their camp setting. Her interest in and support of youth and camping continued throughout her lifetime.

Mickey’s failing health necessitated her being hooked up to a dialysis machine three times a week for the past sixteen years. But her zest for life never faltered! She continued to enjoy line dancing, volunteering with Grandmothers to Grandmothers and working at her church. Mickey loved life and she loved people. A visit with her was a sheer joy, full of stories and laughter. Mickey will be sorely missed by all those who had the privilege of knowing and loving her.

CCA Announces 2014 Awards

Posted on April 6, 2015 by CCA Communications Committee

Mike Stewart receives CCA’s second highest recognition, the Jack Pearse Award of Honour.

For several years, Mike has significantly enhanced CCA communications through his work with the CCA website and social media. Mike also provided leadership at the 2012 Canadian Camp Directors Course and organized the Cross Canada Tour for the International Camping Congress in Quebec City in 2008. We continue to benefit from Mike’s conscientious and competent contributions.

Craig Perlmutter receives the CCA Special Recognition Award for his work in writing a course designed specifically for camps to replace the more onerous Small Vessel Operator Proficiency course. The course piloted in summer 2014 is awaiting final approval by Transport Canada.

Call For Papers: Canadian Camp Research Award of Excellence

Posted on March 2, 2015 by CCA Communications Committee

Camp Directors: Please forward to your present and former staff.

The 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. It encourages graduate students, faculty and independent scholars to examine issues and/or practicalities of camp phenomena from a social, educational, economic, technological, political, natural and/or organizational perspective from any academic discipline or professional field.

For details, please click here.

Canadian Camp Research Award of Excellence Winner 2014

Posted on February 23, 2015 by CCA Communications Committee

Catherine Laing, Canadian Camp Research Award of Excellence Winner

Catherine Laing,
Canadian Camp Research Award of Excellence Winner

Catherine Laing, R.N., Ph.D. is the 2014 winner of the Canadian Camp Research Award of Excellence for her doctoral dissertation entitled: “It’s not just camp: Understanding the Meaning of Children’s Cancer Camps for Children and Families.

Beautifully written in a popular style, “It’s not just camp”, recounts day to day realities for families living under the specter of cancer and attests to the therapeutic power of camp. In this qualitative study, Laing meticulously explores by way of philosophical hermeneutics what others within the field of oncology have often only expressed through objective quantitative approaches.

An important and courageous addition for the medical journals and camp research, this work challenges the hard science of medical economics. Particularly intriguing are her future plans to explore the concept of social return on investment (SROI) which assigns a monetary value to items traditionally non-valued, overlooked, or misunderstood such as quality of life and self-confidence. Dr. Laing presents herself as a true advocate for social medicine who hopes to expand the perspective of oncologists towards viewing cancer camp as a therapeutic imperative.

Download the abstract of Dr. Laing’s paper here.

Download Dr. Laing’s disssertation here.

Deadline Extended to Submit Nominations for CCA Awards.

Posted on December 2, 2014 by Catherine Ross

December 12, 2014 is the final day to submit a nomination for a CCA Award to recognize worthy volunteers in your province.

To read more about the CCA Awards program, or to submit a nomination, please click here.

Announcing the Canadian Camp Research Award of Excellence

Posted on September 8, 2014 by Catherine Ross

The CCA is pleased to announce a new Canadian Camp Research Award of Excellence.

This award encourages research in fields that relate to camping in Canada in its social, economic, technological, political and organizational environments.

Camp Directors, we ask that you please forward this information to staff who may be interested.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 12, 2014.

Winning entry(s) will be posted on the CCA website and added to the camping collection of the Trent University Archives.


The annual Award honours and celebrates excellence in research and writing in all academic disciplines relevant to the organized camping movement in Canada.

It encourages graduate students, faculty and independent scholars to become involved in research in fields that relate to camping in its social, economic, technological, political and organizational environments.

It augments the body of research literature electronically accessible world-wide on the CCA Research webpage, and as more durable hard copy in the unique Camping Collections at the Trent University Archives for long term access by future researchers.


At their discretion, the judges may award the “Canadian Camp Research Award of Excellence”, and may award one or more “Canadian Camp Research Award(s) of Merit”.

The judging criteria are the value to camping research in Canada, the depth and breadth of research, the strength of analysis and synthesis, and the quality of scholarly writing.

The Canadian Camp Research Award Committee works at arm’s length from the CCA Board, and the judges’ decisions are final.

An official certificate from CCA will be presented to each winner.


Entries are accepted in English or French.

Send your electronic entry to:

If your entry is hard copy, post it to:

Prof. Peter Gilbert (Chair), 14240 County Road. 2, Brighton, ON, Canada, K0K 1H0
and email us that you have sent it.

THE ENTRY DEADLINE is: Friday, December 12th, 2014.