On the day of and the day prior to the US Presidential election, the sixth annual National Leadership Forum of eighteen camping leaders convened at Camp Tawingo in Huntsville, Ontario.
Following Trump’s election, we witnessed protest marches on both sides of the US. On the contrary, guided through a packed agenda by CCA President Elect, Stephane Richard, we departed to our separate provinces committed to build bridges not walls and launch several, exciting, national initiatives.
Despite the limited time and the temptation to be outside by the lake in the glorious November sunshine rather than inside at a board table, we accomplished much:
President Jill Dundas has kept us on track for the past three years as we began to implement the vision identified for CCA. Thank you, Jill!
The Board Members, Committee Chairs, Provincial Presidents and Executive Directors departed from the 6th National Leadership Forum united and willing to give Stephane Richard their full co-operation and commitment when he begins in January 2017 to lead us to realize our ambitious dream for CCA. Good luck, Stephane!
At the recent National Leadership Forum in Quebec held in November 2015, the CCA Board elected Stephane Richard as President Elect to assume the role of CCA President in January 2017.
Stephane is the Director Camps and Youth Programs for the Canadian Diabetes Association. He is the Past President of the New Brunswick Camping Association and for several years has worked on the CCA Board. Currently serving on the CCA Board as the Chair of the Database Task Force, Stephane has been working with the International Camping Fellowship to develop a much needed national database program for Canadian camps. Given his many contributions in the past and his ongoing commitment to Canadian camping, we can be confident that CCA will continue to thrive under the capable leadership of Stephane Richard.
In November 16, 2015, twenty six leaders in Canadian Camping including CCA Board Members, Provincial Representatives and Committee Chairs, Executive Directors and Provincial Presidents gathered at Chateau Bromont, Quebec. John Jorgenson, President of the International Camping Fellowship, opened with an inspiring message which concluded: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. Quebec presented three new programs, which we hope to share soon with the rest of the country:
Harry Edwards, Past President of the Canadian Camping Association, invites nominations for the September 2015 election of the next CCA President.
Jill Dundas’s two year term ends December 31, 2015.
Deadline for nominations is April 30, 2015.
Please contact Harry at email@example.com.
All camps that are members of a provincial association are permitted and encouraged to post the CCA logo on all their promotional materials. Announcing your affiliation with the Canadian Camping Association enhances your camp’s credibility.
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On November 17 and 18, 2014, twenty-nine Canadian camping leaders met for the National Leadership Forum at the Toronto Airport Holiday Inn. The participants included the CCA Board, Provincial Presidents, Executive Directors and National Committee and Task Force Chairs.
On the second day, after hearing reports from every province and committee the participants focused on three priorities: marketing, education and lobbying.
Chair, Liz Kovach (Executive Director for Manitoba) with assistance from Gabrielle Raille (ICF Representative) of Quebec will form a task force of provincial representatives to develop a National Marketing Campaign. Before seeking professional input, they will begin by answering two questions:
John Savage (CCA Board Representative for New Brunswick) with assistance from Sean Day (CCA Board Representative from Quebec) is committed to hosting a Canadian Camp Directors Course in New Brunswick in the Fall of 2015 with leadership from Jane McCutcheon (former CCA Treasurer) and Jeff Bradshaw (Camp Wenonah).
Currently, Mark Diamond (Director of Camp Manitou, Ontario) is the Chair of the CCA Lobbying Committee, which was established in the Spring of 2014 to address pending federal legislation affecting camps. Jill Dundas (CCA President) and Jonathan Nyquist (CCA Board Representative for Ontario) are members. The intention is to expand the committee to include a representative from every province to act as a watch dog for pending legislation affecting their camps and disseminate relevant information to their camps.
Earlier efforts, which were focused on Transport Canada legislation, were successful in negotiating a camp-specific course for camp boat drivers that is less onerous than the Small Vessel Operator Proficiency. Decisions are being made on how and by whom this course will be delivered to camps for summer 2015. Work is ongoing on insurance requirements for camp boats.
Attention then focused on Foreign Workers Legislation. The hope is for current exemptions for charitable and religious camps to continue while gaining an exemption for all camps. CCA is budgeting to cover all costs of lobbying on national legislation pertaining to camps.
In November, 27 leaders in Canadian camping including Provincial Presidents, Executive Directors and representatives of every province met in Toronto for the third National Leadership Forum.
Facilitated by Jill Dundas, CCA President Elect, this capable and committed group collaborated to frame the future direction for the Canadian Camping Association.
The gathering began with a report on the status of current programs and a commitment to continue to provide current services: CCA Insurance, tree planting, the Roberta Bondar Challenge, BackCheck, Awards Program, Research, and website, Facebook and Twitter communications.
The participants then drafted an ambitious plan to support the camping industry with several exciting new initiatives:
The CCA Board is charged with finding the volunteers and financial resources to implement these programs.
We want to hear your comments, suggestions and/or offers of assistance! Please feel free to contact Jill Dundas, and be part of the exciting future for Canadian camping! You can reach Jill by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the April meeting in Edmonton, the CCA Board approved Jill Dundas’s nomination as CCA President Elect.
Jill, the Executive Director of the Girl Guides of Canada-Ontario Council, is highly qualified to assume this two year role as President, which commences on January 1, 2014. Presently she is the Treasurer for the International Camping Fellowship. Her many years as a volunteer for the Ontario Camps Association earned her OCA’s highest honour, the Dorothy Walter Award of Excellence. Formerly the Director of Doe Lake Girl Guide Camp, Jill continues to enjoy working with committed volunteers through many camp-related projects at the international, national and provincial levels.
As Chair of the CCA Visioning Task Group, Jill is knowledgeable and committed to the future directions for the national association. It is her intent “to continue to work forward on the placement of the national organization within the overall camping industry. This would include the continuation of research to define our industry to the families across Canada, consideration of a ‘camping’ awareness campaign that partners with PCA or individual camp specific campaigns [and] initiatives that benefit camps across the nation.”
In November, Jill will chair the third National Leadership Forum, a meeting of the CCA Board, provincial presidents and provincial executive directors. The purpose is to ensure that annual input is received and a collective direction of movement is defined for the camping industry. This will result in appropriate use of resources across the county and regardless of size, PCAs can be supported to work with their members.
The current CCA Board looks forward to working with Jill.
CCA has launched its new website for camp parents and camp professionals with thanks and appreciation for the expertise of Preston Chuhon of SixSix8.com and the volunteer commitment of Mike Stewart and his committee.
Parents can learn about the benefits of camp then quickly and easily access every camp in Canada by clicking on the provincial associations.
Camp leaders have easy access to all the news, information, research and promotions to help you do a better job.
Open, enjoy, and share with your parents and staff!