Meet the management team

Kate (Wawa), Camp Director

Equipe camps YMCA Jen

Part of the Kanawana family since: 2017

Field of study: Psychology (BA)

Camp work history: Counsellor and Activity Head (Archery and Canoeing), Senior Section Director, Staff Coordinator, and CIT Coordinator at Camp Ouareau in Saint-Donat, QC (2005–2014); Assistant Camp Director at Camp Sealth in Vashon, WA (2015–2016)

Favourite spot at camp: The gazebo patio between the JPL and Boating—that’s the best spot to look out over the lake and watch kids and staff out on the water, but still have the peaceful feeling of being immersed in nature. I also love that my office window faces centre camp and I can watch counsellors bringing their campers from one activity to another doing fun games or singing songs!

Catchphrase of the moment: “Make good choices!”

Likes and dislikes: Likes: Fresh peaches and corn on the cob. Dislikes: House centipedes.

Why do you work at summer camp? I love the opportunity to be working in the city as well as out in nature during the summer, and I love the community feeling that an overnight camp can build!


Kevin (KevN0r), Assistant Director

Equipe camps YMCA Ben

Part of the Kanawana family since: 2003

Field of study: Biology, Specialization in Ecology (BA)

Camp work history: LIT 2011, Trip Packer, Boating Specialist, LIT Director, Program Staff Manager, Program Director

Favourite spot at camp: The Log. Something about how quiet it is up there, and the way you can sit in the roots of that upturned petrified tree. It’s an incredible place to help create deep connections with the natural world for our campers. The beautiful setting makes it so easy.

Catchphrase of the moment: “Wainh”

Likes and dislikes: Likes: Fancy cheese and rainy days. Dislikes: Waking up at a “reasonable” hour.

Why do you work at summer camp? Camp has given me and so many of the amazing people I grew up with incredible experiences and opportunities for growth. Being able to keep that tradition going and get out of the city at the same time is too good to be true.