camp arowhon

Counsellors

Jenny Podic
Jenny Podic

Jenny is from England and is in her third year studying Medicine at the University of Leeds. This is first summer at Camp Arowhon, but she has taken part in various camps in the UK. She has volunteered in a hospital and hospice, where she worked with people of all ages and now has a job as a nursing assistant in a care home. Last summer she also volunteered in Ghana, focusing on providing medical care to local children. In her free time she loves to cycle, and even completed a charity bike ride from the UK to the Czech Republic last year! She has also completed hiking challenges and loves to play the violin, sing and act through taking part in her university’s musical. After completing three more years of university, Jenny will graduate as a doctor and hopes to specialise in paediatrics or surgery. Jenny is really looking forward to camp, especially working with all of the campers and staff and taking part in all of the amazing activities!

Lewis Wiegand

Lewis is from Hamburg, Germany and has been here in Canada with an IEC holiday visa. It is his first year as a counsellor at Arowhon, but he is familiar with overnight camping, as he has been a camper at other camps. While in high school he was a member of the school council and completed two internships at an elementary school. Outside of school, Lewis follows a lot of different sports, particularly soccer and boxing. He attends many games of his favourite club, Hamburger SV. Aside from sports, Lewis is also enthusiastic about travel. He has traveled throughout Europe and has been in Beijing, China for three weeks. Lewis is a very good listener, trustworthy person and is someone who adapts to his environment easily. He is very excited about camp Arowhon and is looking forward to beginning his new role as a counsellor.

Allie Bernstein
Allie Bernstein
Allie lives in Toronto. She is thrilled to be coming back to camp for her 8th summer and her first summer on staff after completing the LIT program last year. Allie is an active member of her school’s community and is part of ESA’s show choir “Splash” as well as chamber choir. In her spare time, Allie dances and enjoys generally being creative!
Leah Hilson
Leah Hilson

Leah lives in Toronto and attends Havergal College. She completed the LIT program last summer and is so excited to start her first summer as staff. This will be Leah’s 8th year at Arowhon. In her free time she loves photography and working with with children. Leah is an active member of her school community and teaches skiing in the winter!

Hana Mitsui-Hotz
Hana Mitsui-Hotz

Hana is from Toronto and this will be her first year on staff and her 9th summer at Arowhon after completing the LIT program last year! Outside of camp Hana loves rock climbing, reading, and taking photos. This past year she worked as a rock climbing instructor for kids and was a member of her school’s leadership program!

Adam Arbess
Adam Arbess

Adam is from Toronto. After being an LIT last summer and a camper the 9 years before that, he is very excited to be a staff member after so many amazing summers. At camp, Adam loves to windsurf and be out on the lake. During the year he plays hockey and baseball and likes sciences and math in school!

Sally Nolan
Sally Nolan

Sally is from Dublin and goes to school at Dun Laoghaire where she studies set design for theatre and film. She worked as a painting instructor at a summer camp in Massachusetts last year, and is excited to experience Canada!  She loves drawing, painting, and photography. Something fun about her is that she likes to regularly change her hair colour!

Dalia Piatigorsky-Roth
Dalia Piatigorsky-Roth

Dalia lives in Toronto. She completed the LIT program last summer and is thrilled to come back as a First-Year counsellor. This will be Dalia’s 10th summer at Arowhon. In her free time she loves dancing and anything that involves being creative. Dalia loves working with children and has volunteered in classrooms across Toronto as well as in Costa Rica. She is positive, outgoing, and overjoyed to be joining the Arowhon staff team of 2019!

Ester Rexhepi
Ester Rexhepi

Ester attends the University of Westminster and studies politics and international relations.  This will be her first time coming to Arowhon as a counsellor! She has experience working with children as she has volunteered at a sunday school for six months, babysits, and while doing her A-levels studied childcare and did a two-year placement in a primary school.  We are excited for her to share her knowledge with us!

Jen Wener
Jen Wener

Jen is from Toronto and is excited for her first year on staff as a Junior counsellor after completing the LIT program last year. When she’s not at camp, Jen enjoys skiing, swimming, and playing basketball. Jen has always loved camp, and has spent the last 8 summers as a camper at Arowhon.

Molly Hunt
Molly Hunt

Molly was born in Toronto, but has lived in Melbourne, Australia since the age of six.  She recently completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne, double majoring in Australian indigenous studies as well as history and the philosophy of science.  Molly has been a camper at an Australian youth movement camp for 10 years, a CIT for one and two years as a Junior counsellor. With her experience, Molly is no stranger to camp!!

Cooper Koreen
Cooper Koreen

Cooper is from Mississauga. This summer will be his 1st year as a Junior counsellor at Camp Arowhon after completing the LIT program last summer. Cooper was a camper for 7 summers and is excited for his 8th at Arowhon! Outside of camp, he enjoys cross country running, track, and ski racing. He also coaches 9-year-old ski racers at Caledon Ski Club. In school, Cooper is interested in business and math, and is on Student Council and DECA. He is an energetic and lively guy who loves to have fun!

Stevey Goldschleger
Stevey Goldschleger

Stevey is from Toronto and this summer will be her 9th summer going to camp and 1st summer as a counsellor after completing the LIT program in 2018! Stevey loves skiing, dancing, softball, travelling and hanging out with her friends. She also is a Choreographer in Northern’s annual United Way Dance Fashion Show.

Deanna Djanashvili
Deanna Djanashvili

Deanna is no stranger to camp as this will be her 8th year, and her first year on staff after completing the LIT program in 2018!  Outside of camp Deanna works part-time at a bakery and regularly volunteers at a local retirement home. She loves swimming, horseback riding and spending time with her family. She is also an active member of her high school swim team and a member of student council.

Nora Cowett
Nora Cowett

Nora lives in Ithaca, New York, and this will be her tenth summer at Camp Arowhon after being a camper for eight years and completing the LIT program last summer. Outside of camp, Nora plays on a competitive hockey team and loves to design and sew clothes. In her free time, she interns in the costume and textiles collection at Cornell University. Nora has also been a member of Ithaca High School’s Supporting Women Impacting Society club. Having grown up on a lake and surrounded by waterfalls in Ithaca, Nora loves the outdoors and spending time on the water and can’t wait to do it more this summer

Maya Gelfand
Maya Gelfand

This year will be Maya’s 10th summer at Camp Arowhon. She lives in Toronto and in Maya’s past 9 years at Arowhon, she has loved bonding with staff and campers and experimenting with all the different activities. This year will be her first year as a Junior Counselor. Outside of camp, Maya is part of her school’s business council and leads younger students on overnight bonding trips. She also teaches dance classes to young children every week and absolutely loves it!

Alex Richards
Alex Richards

Alex is from Cincinnati, Ohio and this summer will be her 9th summer at camp, but first on staff after completing the LIT program last summer.  Outside of camp, Alex plays volleyball both for her high school varsity team and for her club team, which she is the captain of. Alex also participates in the Relay For Life committee and Project Lead, a school club aimed at high school partnership with the community. Outside of school, Alex volunteers at the Over the Rhine soup kitchen in downtown Cincinnati. Alex is thrilled to be back for her first year on staff and can’t wait to have an incredible summer.

Isla Alexander-McGarry
Isla Alexander-McGarry

Isla is from Scotland and studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow for a degree in primary education. This is her first year at Camp Arowhon but definitely not her first time working with children.  As part of her University course she works in a Primary School working with kids aged 6-7.  Isla also volunteers at numerous youth groups and has helped lead lots of short outdoor summer camps for young people. One of her biggest passions is theater so she can’t wait to get involved in the drama program at camp!

Oren Arbel-Wood
Oren Arbel-Wood

Oren is born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. He is pursuing a career in the sciences at Marianopolis Pre University (Cegep). After finishing the past LIT summer, Oren will be returning to Camp Arowhon for his 8th summer as a First-Year Counsellor. Oren and a team of students contribute to injury prevention programs for teenagers. Oren is also involved in several competitive extracurricular sports teams including hockey, soccer and football. Oren is an extremely charismatic and kind person who enjoys meeting new people.

 

Jack Kushner
Jack Kushner

Jack was born in Hong Kong, after which moved to Victoria BC Canada, and finally settled in Hawaii. This will be his 10th overall summer at camp. He’s an avid tennis player on his school’s varsity team. His favorite camp moments include going on the 15-day whitewater trip when he was a Point Small, being with friends, and color war of course. Jack is looking forward to spending time with his campers this summer.

Emer O’Mahony
Emer O’Mahony

Emer is joining us all the way from Dublin, Ireland. She’s an international relations major at Dublin City University. Emer has a passion for working with kids, and coaches many traditional Irish sports such as Camogie and Gaelic football. In 2017 she volunteered in a Romanian Orphanage where she taught children English and assisted them in play and development.

Hayley Sellars

Hayley Sellars is from Sydney, Australia. It will be her first year at Camp Arowhon, where she will be joining our counsellor team. Outside of camp, she not only has certifications in childcare, but has worked in the industry for multiple years. Seeing as she enjoys working with kids, coupled with her love to travel, she’s very excited to come to Canada and visit the place so many call home.

Mathew MacDonald
Mathew MacDonald

Mathew is from Australia where he has just finished studying a masters in Medical Physics. Outside of his studies, Mathew works at the University of Queensland teaching and sharing his love of physics and mathematics with first-year university students. This will be Mathew’s first summer at Arowhon, but he previously worked with the Walt Disney Company. In addition, he volunteers with Radio Lollipop where he provides care, comfort, play, and entertainment for sick children in the hospital.

Tali Pukier
Tali Pukier

Tali is from Toronto and is going to be returning to camp for her 10th summer! She recently finished spending a year in Neuchatel, Switzerland. Tali is studying sciences at university. At camp, Tali loves to swim, go on canoe trip and campfires. She can’t wait to return for her second year on staff and for all the adventures to come!

Matthew Hitzig
Matthew Hitzig

Matthew has been enjoying his summers at Camp Arowhon since 2010. He goes to Harbord Collegiate Institute, and will be spending his 2nd year on staff at Arowhon after being a counselor last summer and finishing the LIT program the summer prior to that. Outside of camp Matthew loves to play sports, mostly hockey and skiing. After spending years ski racing, he now coaches a ski team of 8-year-old boys and girls. Matthew also loves to travel with his family; he has done some cool trips in the South of France and in Africa.

Gil Shapero
Gil Shapero

Gil is from Toronto, and is currently attending North Toronto Collegiate Institute. This will be Gils 8th summer at Camp Arowhon but his 1st summer on staff. Last year Gil completed the LIT program where he showed off his kind nature and his ability to work with children of all ages. Outside of camp Gil also tends to keep himself busy with a wealth of extracurricular activities. Some of those activities include playing on the school basketball and curling team as well as participating in the North Toronto marching and symphonic band. Outside of school Gil refs house league basketball and coaches football. Gil is a fun and hard working person who is always ready to give out a helping hand. We are so excited to have him join our staff community!

Adrienne Klein
Adrienne Klein

This summer will be Adriennes 2nd year on staff and 10th summer at Arowhon. Adrienne loves to play sports especially field hockey, ice hockey, and softball. She is also on her school’s Model UN team and is part of the PALS program where she helps younger students develop important learning strategies. Adrienne loves to be outdoors and is looking forward to camp this summer.

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