Brendan Wheatley – Head Kayak
Brendan is from Sydney, Australia, and this will be his 4th summer at Arowhon. He is heaps keen to be working on the Kayak Dock, and bringing his expertise in Whitewater paddling to Arowhon’s Kayaking Program. Over the winter, Brendo worked in Golden, B.C as a snowmobile guide, ski instructor and staff at the Boulder Hut in the Purcell Mountains. When not skiing, snowmobiling or otherwise frolicking in the mountains, Brendo is an avid kayaker, mountain biker, rugby and hockey player. Though he’ll miss tripping this summer, he’s incredibly excited to be back at Arowhon, and to share his passion for paddling with everyone at Arowhon!
Ben Lusk – Co-Head Boys Swim
Ben is heading into his 3rd year studying Sports Business at Bishops University, where he works as a lifeguard and swim instructor. He is originally from Kingston, Ontario, where he worked as an instructor and counsellor for four years. He loves basketball, and he’s very passionate about coaching, because he loves to see youth discover their potential, and succeed in learning new skills. He loves being outside, and loves being active, which is why he’s very excited for his 1st at Arowhon!
Kaitlyn Coffey – Head Drama
Kaitlyn is from Fergus, and is in her 1st year of the teacher education program at Nipissing University. Before studying at Nipissing, Kaitlyn received her Honours Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University. Kaitlyn loves the arts and spent every summer in high school working at a musical theatre camp run by the Elora Festival. During the school year she enjoys teaching singing lessons at the North Bay School of Music. Kaitlyn has been part of a choir for as long as she can remember. Upon entry to Nipissing University, Kaitlyn received one of the prestigious Schulich Scholarships. Last summer, Kaitlyn backpacked Europe for three months, and hopes to teach abroad when she finishes university. This is Kaitlyn’s 1st experience with Camp Arowhon, but she has a long history with camps in general. Thanks to the connections and memories made at the Elora Festival Camp, Kaitlyn pursued her dream of singing. She is excited to dive into musical theatre again as Head of the Drama and even more excited to become part of the Arowhon family.
Sam Bibby – Head Guitar
Sam Bibby is from Guelph, Ontario, and completed an honours bachelor of music with a specialization in music education at Wilfrid Laurier University before going to Nipissing University, where he is in his 1st year of teacher education. At Wilfrid Laurier University, Sam was the recipient of scholarships for piano performance and music education. This is his 1st summer at Camp Arowhon, and he is excited to join the Arowhon family. Sam has TONS of experience working with kids gained by volunteering in classrooms, teaching music lessons, coaching sports teams, being a counsellor at a musical theatre camp, and teaching as a student teacher as part of his program at Nipissing. At 6’6” Sam is the shortest guy in his immediate family, but that did not stop him from playing on lots of volleyball, soccer, and basketball teams. Sam plans to teach abroad after graduating from Nipissing University and settle in southern Ontario as a high school music teacher.
Samantha Stein – Head A and C
Sam is from Ajax and is currently in her 3rd year at Brock University in St. Catharines. She is studying Education as well as Visual Arts, and plans on teaching abroad after graduation. This will be Sam’s 1st summer at Camp Arowhon, and she is extremely excited to share her passion for the arts and inspire young artists. She has previously managed engaging summer programs for the Ajax community through the Ajax Public Library and has completed her co-op for teaching with an elementary school in the Niagara Region. In the past, Sam has taken a leadership role in mental health initiatives at school while also participating in school council, cross-country, and volunteering at the Student Justice Centre. She has been awarded the Jenny Hern Scholarship and scholars’ awards for her dedication to academia and the visual arts. Her drawings are scheduled to be displayed in her University gallery later this year. Sam’s enthusiasm and positive attitude are contagious. She is looking forward to coming to camp!
Molly Brenzel – Head FAD
Molly can’t wait for her 1st summer at Arowhon! She is from Aurora, Ontario and is currently studying Arts and Science at the University of Guelph. She has always had a strong academic drive, while being very involved in extra-curricular activities. Her main activities outside school include competitive dance and skiing. Her second home growing up was her dance studio, Somerville Dance Academy, where she was trained in numerous styles of dance including Jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, hip hop and acro. In grade 10 and 12 Molly was chosen to compete for Team Canada Dance in the IDO World Dance Championships. She travelled to Poland both years to compete against people from all over the world and brought home medals. Throughout her years dancing she also taught children of all ages and received the Leadership award from her dance studio. She has also been part of the community of Craigleith Ski Club where she grew up alpine racing. In recent years, she has taught young children to ski. She continues to find the time to do what she loves. While she can she still teaches skiing and is currently on her university’s varsity hip hop team. Molly can’t wait to meet all the campers this summer and inspire them to always be active, creative and dance whenever possible!
Daniel McLenaghan – Head Climb
Dan is from London, Ontario and he currently attends Queens University, where he is in his 3rd year of Physical Health Education. He works as a lifeguard and swimming instructor, and teaches rock climbing at the Boiler Room in Kingston. This will be his 1st summer at Arowhon, though he is not stranger to working with youth! He has been a referee for elementary school badminton, volleyball and basketball, as well as the assistant coach for a boy’s volleyball team. He has also worked as a teacher’s assistant for grades 3,4 and 5, teaching French and Gym. Dan is looking forward to the camp atmosphere, the beautiful scenery and climbing everyday with people who are genuinely interested and excited to learn!
Alex Galifi – Head Field Sports
Alex is from Windsor, Ontario, and currently lives in Montreal, where he is studying for his Masters of Educational Psychology at McGill. He is the self-described best substitute teacher in Montreal. This will be his 1st summer at Camp Arowhon, and is excited to be part of our team! Last summer, he spent four months in Chumphon, Thailand teaching English to Thai high school students. Prior to that, he was a camp counselor in a sports/english language-themed camp in Macerata, Italy. Alex is also a player, coach, referee, fan, and enthusiast of all things sports (especially soccer and hockey). We are confident that the energy and passion Alex brings to camp will ensure the campers at Camp Arowhon have a fun and memorable experience!
Caela Bialek – Head Nature
Caela recently graduated from Ocean Sciences at Dalhousie University. She’s new to Arowhon, but not to the out of doors: she’s been to Quetico Provincial Park many times, starting when she was nine weeks old (her parents are courageous people). She attended the University of Colorado’s Science Discovery Wolf Camp, where she clacked teeth with a wolf – the wolf version of a handshake – and learned that wolves thump their legs like dogs when she scratches their bellies. Caela has worked as a Residence Assistant, tutor, research assistant and babysitter, among other jobs; she also taught English as a volunteer in Vietnam. She grew up in Boulder, Colorado, where she studied Tae Kwon Do, swam on her high school team, and read most of the public library’s collection. Currently, she takes classes in circus aerials, volunteers with the Dalhousie Urban Garden Society, and rides her bike everywhere. In the future, Caela hopes to teach biology and research ecosystem-based aquaculture. She can’t wait to spend the summer at Arowhon, since some of her favourite things in the world are lakes, forests, and opportunities to nerd out about nature.
Teighan Davies – Head Basketball
Teighan is extremely excited to start her 1st summer at Arowhon as a Head Basketball Instructor! She is from Georgetown, Ontario and is currently attending Brock University, where she is in her third year studying in the Concurrent Physical Education. Teighan played two years of varsity soccer for the university, and she enjoys an number of other sports, such as basketball, volleyball, badminton, European handball, and more! Teighan has experience working for summer day camps as a Program Head, working as a Movement Instructor for Children’s Movement Program at Brock University, and working as a Soccer Skills Instructor. She has also visited the Dominican Republic as a volunteer to do some humanitarian work by building a house for a family. Teighan’s passion for building positive relationships and for teaching children and youth is pushing her to pursue a career in education as a Phys. Ed teacher! She is looking forward to making many new friends at Arowhon this summer, and to experience all the magic that Arowhon has to offer!
Conor Brogan – Co-Head High Ropes
Conor is from Johannesburg, South Africa, and this will be his 1st summer at Arowhon. He has worked for the past 6 years with a young dynamic company specializing in High Ropes Courses, as a Guide, Park Manager and most recently in course design and park maintenance. He is an avid rock climber, and is looking forward to climbing while travelling in Canada, which he will be visiting for the first time! Conor loves working, playing and sharing his passion for the outdoors with others (whether it be hiking, camping, on a zipline, ropes course, or climbing!). He is incredibly patient and calm, but always has a buzzing energy whenever the great outdoors is involved.
Sam Eager – Head Archery
Sam was born and brought up in Zimbabwe where he has worked as a personal trainer and fitness instructor for the past 10 years. This will be Sam’s 1st summer at Arowhon, though he is no stranger to international travel, having previously visited Southern Africa, Europe and Canada. He loves anything active, especially if there’s a new skill to learn! He is still working on perfecting his handstand walks and his latest hobby is rock- climbing; his dancing skills, whilst not conventional, deserve acknowledgment for enthusiasm! When he’s not at work you can find him reading a book or running up a mountain somewhere with his equally energetic dog.
Síne Kenny – Co-Head Drama
Síne is from Ireland, and this will be her 1st summer at Arowhon. She is in her 3rd year at University College Dublin, where she studies Neuroscience. A Senior Student Ambassador at her college, her job involves taking High School students on tours of the campus and representing her college at functions. A keen music enthusiast, she is part of the UCD Music Society choir and adores all musicals! Síne has over 13 years of Speech and Drama experience in Mime, Poetry, Drama and Improvisation and cannot wait to pass on these skills at Arowhon! This Summer at Camp Arowhon her first ever trip to Canada so she can’t wait for Camp to start! Síne is super excited by this incredible opportunity to teach drama at Camp Arowhon and to spend her Summer surrounded by the natural beauty of Algonquin Park!
Vivienne Petropolis-Duff – Swim Director
Vivienne grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia but spends most of the year in Sherbrooke, Quebec studying neuroscience at Bishop’s University. She is an aspiring med-school student who loves to play basketball as well as volunteer as a basketball coach. Vivienne has played competitive sports for most of her life including basketball, volleyball, rugby, soccer and was a member of a swim team for over 8 years. She loves to travel and often spends most of her summers exploring Greece. Vivienne is a member of many groups and clubs at university such as Best Buddies Canada, volleyball club, rock climbing club and Pink Ribbon Society. She also lifeguards and instructs swimming lessons year round. This will be her 1st summer at Arowhon even though she is not new to the camp atmosphere. Vivienne is extremely excited to be joining the staff and is eager to meet all the campers!
Patrick Rado – Co-Head Ropes
Patrick is a life long resident of Ohio where he attended Cleveland State University for physical education. This summer will be his 1st at Camp Arowhon and he is excited to be working with the high ropes team. He has had multiple jobs working with children including working at a day care, other camps, coaching, and overseeing various youth sports leagues. Patrick is an avid camper and grew up spending his summers at Camp Christopher in Bath, Ohio. Patrick is looking forward to getting immersed in Arowhon’s awesome culture, building relationships with everyone, and sharing his knowledge of all things summer camp. In high school he volunteered as a coach for his school’s youth wrestling program and was a very accomplished and decorated wrestler. He is studying to receive a personal training certification (N.A.S.M) as physical fitness and coaching are great passions of his. Patrick enjoys having unique hair styles and colors and looks forward to continuing this at camp. The summer can’t come soon enough!
Hanna Licskai – Co-Head Ride
Hanna lives on a small farm near London, Ontario and studies sociology at the University of Waterloo. At school Hanna is involved in a variety of activities such as being a campus tour guide, a member of the equestrian team and a peer buddy in the Best Buddies program! Outside of school she has been riding competitively for 9 years and has competed at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Hanna also has a passion for photography, spending time with her pets, reading and playing video games! In the past Hanna has worked closely with a developmental education class and helped run programs at a children’s gardening club. Hanna is very excited to be joining the staff and campers at Arowhon in making what she knows will be an outstanding summer!
Christina Bialy – Head Girls Swim
Christina is from Toronto and just finished her 3rd year at York University studying history and education. For the past 4 years she has worked for the city of Toronto as a swim instructor and lifeguard. She continues to volunteer with youth programs within her church parish as well as a local conservation centre. Christina loves travelling, being outdoors and staying active. She is very excited to be joining the team at Camp Arowhon for her 1st summer and can’t wait to start making new memories with campers and fellow staff!
Ryan London – Head Boys Swim
Ryan attends McGill University where she studies linguistics and political science. She was a camper at Arowhon for 7 summers before being an LIT and then finally a counsellor, making this her 11th summer at camp. She is involved with the Reena Foundation in Toronto helping children with special needs and volunteers at the Friendship Circle of Montreal. Ryan has been tutoring children of elementary and high school age for 4 years. She graduated high school in Toronto with an award in civic engagement for founding a club where minorities of all sorts could break boundaries within the school community. Ryan loves camp and is excited to be there for her campers the way that her counsellors were there for her.
Ellie Finkelstein – Head Canoe
Ellie is from Toronto, and attends McGill University. This will be her 10th summer at Arowhon and her 2nd being on staff. Ellie was head of her school’s Dance Show for a Cause where she choreographed and organized the production to raise money for Christie Refugee Centre. She is passionate about global affairs and was the co-president of the Me to We club where she led fundraisers and campaigns for local and global communities. Outside of school, Ellie was a participant at the Munk School at University of Toronto where she studied to tackle the issue of lack of birth registration around the world. Ellie is a fun-loving girl who can’t wait to be back in Algonquin Park to help her campers achieve the best summer yet.
Jacob Akman – Head Tennis
This summer will be Jacob’s 2nd year as a counsellor and 7th year at Camp. After completing the LIT program 2 summers ago Jacob decided to come back and become a counsellor in the Junior Boys section and a specialist at tennis. He plans to study the arts and major in economics at Queen’s University. Throughout the year Jacob spends a lot of his spare time playing soccer, tennis, and basketball. Annually, Jacob volunteers at Artscape in downtown Toronto. As a counsellor in the Junior Boys section Jacob is constantly energetic, caring and up for a good time. Jacob is ecstatic to spend another summer at camp.
Julien Courville – Co-Head Ride
Julien is from Toronto and is excited to be returning for his 10th summer at Arowhon where he worked last year as a counsellor in the Junior Boys section and at the stables. Before then Julien was a camper and LIT who was passionate for horseback riding and obtained the highest award possible in it. During the winter when he can’t be at camp Julien works as a ski racing coach at Craigleith Ski Club. Julien loves to motivate groups and was nominated by his school for the Schulich Leader Scholarship. He hopes that his interest in science will help him along the road to becoming a doctor in the future. Julien loves to work with both children and horses so he is thrilled to be working as a riding instructor this summer where his generosity, enthusiasm and passion will brighten up every day at the barn.
Jonathan Kirsh – Co-Head Surf
Jonathan is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, though now he is a happy resident of Toronto. This will be his 9th summer at Arowhon, and his 2nd year on staff. In the city, he runs cross-country and plays varsity rugby. Also, Jonathan plays trombone in multiple bands, and he went to the National jazz competition with his grade 12 jazz band, after receiving silver at provincials. He is a RSGC outdoor education leader, and was a counsellor for students in younger grades on a few trips in the last 2 years. Finally, he was communications and arts prefect at RSGC, for the 2015/16 school year. Jonathan studies economics at U of T (at Trinity College).
Tobias Berman – Head Hockey
Toby is from Ottawa and is taking a year off from studying human kinetics at the University of Ottawa. During this break he worked at a local community center with kids running sports and games of all kinds, and is now up at camp helping run the Arowhon Outdoor Centre! He has taught tennis as well as trained competitively for the past 5 years and can’t wait to bring his experience and passion for the game back to camp in his 2nd summer at tennis instructor! Toby loves helping kids gain new skills and has taught baseball, swimming, and cross-country skiing. Growing up he was always outdoors playing any sport that he could and he is extremely excited to bring both his love of tennis and the outdoors to all of those at Camp Arowhon!
David Ulbrych – Head Sail
David, or “The Brick” as he’s better known, is returning for his 14th summer at camp. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Education he spent this year working as a middle school English teacher in Turkey. At his school he organized an English mentorship program between grade 7 and kindergarten students to help develop confidence in speaking and leadership abilities. After 5 summers as a camper, “The Brick” became a counsellor in the Junior Boys section and a full day specialist at the swim docks where he became best known. Last year, he decided to channel his “inner camper” and return to his true love of sailing as Co-Head Sail Instructor. His smile and positivity are contagious to all who are near him and we are thrilled that he is returning to the sail dock this summer.
Billy Schwartz – Head Video
“Bill Drama” attends Queen’s University where he studies film & media. This will be Billy’s 13th summer at camp and his 4th summer on staff. He was a counsellor in the Junior Boys section for 2 summers and after a great summer in 2015 he is excited to return as Head Drama Instructor for another season of Rustic Lounge Productions. He is also Arowhon’s resident movie-maker and is very much looking forward to capturing this summer’s memories for our end-of-summer slideshow!
Ben Basian – Co-Head Surf
Ben is thrilled about returning to camp for his 3rd year on staff! Prior to his time on our staff team, Ben has enjoyed 5 years as a camper and a year in the LIT program. He was born in Toronto and is a student at Queen’s University in Kingston where he studies commerce. Ben loves to play a variety of sports, especially hockey and football. He has worked for several years as a hockey referee for younger children and is an active member of various school clubs and the Kindness Counts charity. He also volunteered at his elementary school, assisting in younger age classes. Ben is a smiley, kind and fun person who can’t wait to be back at camp again this summer!
Jeremy Bacher – Co-Head Canoe
Jeremy is from Toronto and just finished his 2nd year at Queen’s University where he is studying Chemical Engineering. At school Jeremy likes to stay active through intramurals such as volleyball, inner tube water polo, and dodgeball. This summer will be his 4th summer on staff and his 8th summer at Camp Arowhon. For the past three years Jeremy has had great summers on the canoe docks as a specialist, and he is thrilled to be coming back for another awesome summer at camp.
Ben Dekoven – Co-Head Sail
From Toronto, Ben is studying science at Queen’s University. This will be his 3rd summer on staff and 11th summer at camp. When not with us at camp, Ben has works as a hockey referee and has coached children ages 7-11 in flag football. He also volunteered at Out of the Cold throughout his high school years. In his spare time, Ben enjoys playing hockey, basketball, and soccer. He is looking forward to spending another summer at Camp Arowhon fulfilling his true calling.