Josie is from England and has just finished her final year at University studying acting in Plymouth. This will be her 1st summer at Arowhon as part of the drama program and she is very excited to get started on the productions and create some awesome theatre! At University Josie takes part in dance and performances throughout the University. She has experience leading workshops and team building games and loves working with campers of all different ages. Josie can’t wait to meet the campers at Arowhon and help them create fantastic productions this summer!
Joanne Rego – Head Fieldsports
Joanne is from Mississauga and she just finished her 1st year in the BEd program at York University. Before studying at York, Joanne completed an Honours Kinesiology degree at McMaster University, and spent time working as a don for 2 years mentoring students, and also worked with varsity athletes as a field/clinic therapist. During the past three summers, Joanne has lived and worked in scenic towns around Quebec, taking in the great outdoors and eating lots of poutine! This is Joanne’s 1st summer at Camp Arowhon, and her 1st ever experience at camp!! Although she is new to camp, she is no stranger when it comes to working with children. Joanne has worked and mentored with kids by volunteering in elementary and high school classrooms, and has been a tutor for 3 years. She is involved in the Start2Finish Running and Reading club which helps children from inner-city schools to improve their literacy skills, and helps them to train for a 5k race! She coaches kids as young as 16 months with Sportball (a multi-sport program), and coaches high school students in volleyball, basketball, and track. In her spare time, Joanne loves being outside, being active and cheering on all the Toronto sports teams! She is looking forward to making new friends, seeing the stars, and to experience all the amazing magic that Arowhon has to offer!
Emma Harris – Head Nature
Emma is a long time camp lover from Oakville. This is her 1st summer at Arowhon, having
grown up at YMCA Wanakita and working there for 6 years. Most recently, she was a youth
coach and camp counsellor at Climber’s Rock in Burlington. She graduated from the University
of Guelph last year with a degree in Agriculture Science, and hopes to one day run her own
learning farm on the east coast! Emma is coming to Arowhon after working the winter season at
YMCA Camp Chief Hector in Canmore, Alberta. Her favorite part about camp is getting to sing
as loud as she can at campfires, and stargazing on clear nights. She is very excited to
experience a summer at Arowhon and to bring her love of hiking and environmental science to
the nature program!
Mattie Haynes – Co Head Boys Swim
Mattie is celebrating her 1st year at camp. She is originally from Calgary, but is studying at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Mattie is going into her third year, double majoring in Sports Studies and Psychology. She eventually wants to become an Occupational Therapist specializing in helping children with disabilities. Mattie has worked at numerous different pools, and absolutely loves teaching swimming lessons! Mattie was born in the United States, and moved to Canada when she was 9, and she is a duel citizen. Mattie’s love for aquatics started at an early age, and she competitively swam for 10 years. She is extremely excited to start her journey at camp, and can’t wait to have an amazing summer!
Andy Wakefield – Co Head Tennis
Andy is from Brighton in the UK having just graduated from Keele University in Psychology. He hopes to continue studying in London towards a Masters in Sports Psychology. This summer will be Andy’s first experience in Canada working on camp as a Tennis Instructor. Andy has instructed Tennis for a variety of different abilities over the last 3 years both at University and at Home. Andy has kept himself busy whilst studying playing tennis at high levels competing at county level and training for numerous weeks in Spain at JC Ferrero Tennis Academy, as well as captaining the Mens 1st Team at Keele University whilst being ranked in the top 3 players throughout his 3 years at Keele. He has also spent past summers volunteering in Tanzania, Africa, helping the poorest members of the communities in Tanga rebuild their housing. Andy has raised money for numerous charities such as WaterAid through various 10kms and Half-Marathons. Andy is so excited to be joining staff this summer and hopes to as many of you as possible on the tennis courts!
Claire Hiscock – Co Head Ropes
Claire is Toronto born and Texas raised. She grew up as an avid swimmer and swam competitively for 15 years, before returning to Toronto to attend the University of Toronto. She graduated in 2016 with a degree in human biolog, and is now interested in pursuing a master’s of public health. This will be Claires 1st summer at Arowhon, though she has spent several years working with children, with the Hospital for Sick Children, the YMCA Camp Pinecrest Outdoor Center and with Camp Ooch. At Camp Ooch, she had the pleasure of working as a cabin counsellor and a ropes instructor. During the school year she works as a swim instructor. This summer, she most looking forward to all the adventures Arowhon holds, and to visiting Algonquin Park for the first time. Here’s to a great summer!
Lúc Murphy – Head Guitar
Lúc is from Ireland, and currently studies financial Maths in University College Dublin. He recently completed a year on exchange at Queens University, and fell in love with Canada in the process. This will be his 1
Lúc has played guitar since he was 8 years old and is happiest when bonding over music. He has taught guitar to both his peers and younger people alike and aims to nurture a love and passion for music. Lúc is very excited to share his knowledge and world experiences from 3 continents and over 12 countries, and looks forward to getting to know every camper and to see them excel at everything they put their mind to. He hopes that everyone will be singing and playing along with him like Bob Dylan by the end of camp.
Fergal Stapleton – Head Kayak
Fergal is from Galway on the west coast of Ireland, he is in his 2nd year of studying science in the National University of Ireland Galway. This will be Fergals 1st summer at Camp after a busy year paddling the best whitewater Ireland can offer, and instructing with his university club. Having spent the last summer chasing whitewater in Italy and Slovenia, he is looking forward to an altogether different challenge this summer, attempting to cultivate his love of kayaking with the campers. When not in his kayak, Fergal can be found being a student.
With a love of travelling and the outdoors, he’s hoping to get as many campers as possible to enjoy kayaking this summer and to do so with a smile on their face.
Sarah Laverick – Co-Head Boys Swim
Sarah is from Sydney, Australia, but has lived in 5 countries and traveled nearly 30 since finishing high school. She completed a Bachelor of Human Sciences (Community Services major) including a semester exchange at l’Université de Montréal, where she fell in love with Canada and knew she would come back. This will be her 1st summer at Arowhon, but she has worked with children for over a decade – coaching sports, at summer camps in the UK, as a nanny in the French Alps, at outdoor adventure camps across Australia and has loved being a swimming instructor for the last 3 years. She currently volunteers on weekend camps for children who have a family member with a mental illness, where they can learn coping strategies, share experiences and have fun. She also volunteered with an NGO in Cambodia for a summer placement where she taught deaf teenagers to swim, created sign language video lessons for YouTube and received a Community Contribution Award from Macquarie University. She is looking forward to spending the next 2 years in Canada working in outdoor education, and is especially excited to meet so many amazing people at camp!
Kaya Marcus – Head Guitar
Kaya lives in Toronto, and this will be her 2nd year at Arowhon. She has previously worked at the Academy of Musical Theatre in Perth, Ontario as a volunteer camp counselor to children aged 5-12, and at Arowhon as a counsellor. She has a strong music and theatre background, attending the Interprovincial Music Camp at Camp Manitou and acting as the junior head of Drama at Branksome Hall. At school Kaya has acted as head of the Dance Company, leading warm-ups and choreographing routines, and participated in a community service trip to Costa Rica where she stayed with a family of eight children and worked to help improve their community centre and church. She has also received the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Kaya attends Wilfred Laurier University.
Caroline Rajda – Co Head Sail
Caroline is from Halifax and is entering her 3rd year at Dalhousie University, studying neuroscience. Caroline volunteers with the children’s hospital in Halifax and the Eskes Lab, where she helps with research in stroke rehabilitation. Before working at camp, Caroline spent her summers sailing or coaching younger sailing in optis. This will be Caroline’s 3rd year at camp, and before this summer she was a counsellor for the last two summers. Although Caroline will miss counselling, she is incredibly excited to be back at camp and at the sail dock again!
Ellie Wolfond – Head A & C
Ellie will be returning for her 10th summer at camp. This will be her 2nd year on staff, though she was a camper at Arowhon for 7 years before completing the LIT program. Ellie has volunteered running clubs with underprivileged youth. She is from Toronto and attends Parsons School of Design in New York City. Ellie cannot wait to be back on the shores of Teepee Lake indulging her passion for the outdoors.
Sydney Cohn – Co-Head Canoe
Syd is super excited to be coming back as Co-Head Canoe for her 11th summer at Arowhon! Syd is from Toronto, and attends Queen’s University. During the year, Syd is a teacher’s assistant at Front and Centre Dance Academy, and is a choreographer for her school’s annual dance/fashion show. At school, Syd also participates on school sports teams, and was the president of the Athletic Council. She is looking forward to another amazing summer at camp!
Patrick Rado – Co-Head Ropes
Patrick Rado is a life long resident of North Eastern Ohio and attended Cleveland State University for Physical Education. This will be his 3rd Summer at Camp Arowhon Co-heading the High Ropes program. A lifelong camper with an appetite for all things summer camp. Outside of camp Patrick lives a life centered around health and fitness and has many endeavours that include working with kids year round.
Matthew Shade Silver – Head Basketball
Matthew, better known as Shady, studies his first year of engineering at Queen’s University. Shady is a Toronto native returning for his 7th year at Arowhon. After being a camper for three summers, Shady became an LIT. After the LIT program Shady become an Inter boy section counsellor and know is lucky enough to be head of the basketball program at camp. Last year, Shady was lucky enough to participate in Colour War as a staff member as one of the team advisors. As well as being a counsellor at camp, Shady has spent his winters teaching skiing to children in Collingwood on weekends, and teaching swimming on weekdays. Shady is looking forward to working with campers to make this summer unforgettable.
Luca Aguzzi-Toker – Head Climb
Luca is from Toronto, and will be returning to Arowhon for his 8th summer! Come September, Luca will be entering his 2nd year at Queen’s University, where he is studying politics and economics. In his spare time Luca loves to draw, ski, play basketball, and of course, rock climb. Luca is eager to help campers learn about the amazing sport of rock climbing. For 4 amazing summers, Luca was a camper at Arowhon and decided to carry on his love for camp, working as a Junior Boys counsellor for 2 summers. Now, Luca is extremely excited to take on the challenge of being a climbing instructor and hopes to embrace the learning atmosphere Arowhon has to offer.
Hanna Licskai – Co-Head Ride
Hanna just completed her 3rd year studying Sociology and Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Waterloo. At school, Hanna is involved in a variety of activities such as leading the campus tour guide program, competing with the equestrian team and facilitating the Student Leadership Program. Outside of school, she loves spending time with her pets, reading and playing video games! Hanna is extremely excited to be joining the staff and campers for her 3rd summer at Arowhon!
Bevvy Schwartz – Head Girls Swim
Bevvy is from Toronto, Ontario and is currently attending Dalhousie University. This is her first year in Halifax and she is studying kinesiology. This is Bevvy’s 3rd year on staff after being a camper for two years, and an LIT for one. Bevvy loves every activity at camp but she especially loves being on the water, playing on the Jungle Joe. In her spare time, she is a competitive swimmer and was on the athletic council of her old school. She has also been an active volunteer for the charity Jacob’s Ladder. Bevvy loved how much fun she had with her counselors and instructors as a camper and can’t wait to have that effect on others. She is so excited to get back to her home away form home!
Andie Habert – Co Head Sail
After spending 10 unforgettable summers at Camp Arowhon, Andie can’t wait to be returning as Head Sail! After being an Inter Girls counsellor for two summers, she’s ready to bring a taste of the IG’s enthusiasm to the best dock in camp! When she’s not in Algonquin Park, Andie is studying economics and political science at McGill University. At School, she’s a member of McGill Students for Right to Play’s executive council, a charity that aims to empower underprivileged children through sport, as well as a Concussion Risk Educator with McGill’s Concussion Legacy Foundation. Andie can’t wait to be back sailing on Lake Teepee, and is looking forward to her best summer yet!
Julien Courville – Co-Head Ride
Julien is from Toronto and is excited to be returning for his 12th summer at Arowhon. Julien was a camper who was passionate about horseback riding and obtained his firsts award in the activity. He has worked for the barn since becoming a staff member, 4 summers ago. During the year, when he can’t be at camp, Julien studies Medical Sciences at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, and volunteers with veterans at a local hospital and as a teaching/research assistant at the university. At school, he also participates in intramural ultimate frisbee and European handball. Julien loves to motivate groups and to teach sports to children, such as horseback riding and alpine ski racing. Julien loves to work with both children and horses, so he is thrilled to be co-head ride again this summer where his generosity, enthusiasm, and passion will brighten up every day at the barn. He is so excited to come back and see all the familiar faces, and to welcome the new ones!
Danielle Barish – Head Surf
Dani is thrilled to be retuning for yet another fun-filled summer at camp. Though from Toronto, she spends most of her time in Kingston attending Queens University where she studies Concurrent Education and Psychology. Dani has been a part of the Arowhon community for a total of 12 summers, this being her 4th on staff! Dani is passionate about international volunteer work and has traveled to Africa, Israel and India to teach at various schools. She can’t wait to spend another amazing summer at camp on the surf dock!
Aidan Aronoff – Head Archery
Aidan is back for his 11th year at Arowhon and he’s excited to be instructing at the Archery “dock”. Calling Toronto home, Aiden studies at the University of King’s College in Halifax. After being a camper, LIT, counsellor, and assistant instructor at Arowhon, Aidan is excited to share his knowledge as a head instructor, and for another summer in Algonquin!
Stefanie Baios – Co Head Canoe
Stefanie is from Toronto and has completed her 2nd year at Queen’s University as a psychology major where she has remained on the Dean’s Honour List. Next year, she will continue to study psychology in Sydney Australia at the University of Sydney. In addition to her experience at Camp Arowhon, Stefanie was on the outreach committee of Queen’s West African Aids Foundation and has a background of working with children both in instructing swimming and in aiding those with developmental disabilities. Stefanie is thrilled to come back to Camp Arowhon for her 4th year on staff to enjoy all the canoe dock has to offer and thrives off of being an enthusiastic, fun, positive, and genuinely caring leader for both campers as well as fellow staff.