camp arowhon

Head Instructors

Vivienne Petropolis-Duff – Head Girls Swim
Vivienne Petropolis-Duff – Head Girls Swim

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!

Hanna Licskai – Co-Head Ride
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 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 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 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
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 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.

Tobias Berman – Head Hockey
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 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
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 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!

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