camp arowhon

Head Instructors

Natalie Byrne – Assistant Ride
Natalie Byrne – Assistant Ride

Natalie is from Co. Wicklow in Ireland and has just completed her fourth and final year studying Veterinary Nursing in University College Dublin. She has always loved animals and first rode a horse at 4 years old and have never looked back since. Natalie began helping out in her local stables and teaching lessons at 16, working every weekend and during school holidays. She was also encouraged to complete the British Horse Society Stage 1 and Riding and Road Safety Examinations. Natalie has also worked as an Irish dancer and enjoys getting everybody involved to get up and join in. This will be her first year at camp and first time in Canada and she is looking forward to combining her love for horse-riding, travel and helping others make the most of their summer!

Rianna Andrews – Head Drama
Rianna Andrews – Head Drama

Rianna is from London, England and is currently in her third year of studying Theology in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh. She is a keen traveller, going to many places in Europe, has spent time volunteering in Cambodia with VSO and is very much looking forward to working in Canada after first visiting when she was a lot younger! This summer will be her first working at a summer camp, but she has spent her last three summers working as a Senior Mentor for the National Citizen Service, a 4 week programme for young people in the UK. Alongside her university studies, Rianna has a passion for anything and everything to do with the Arts. She loves singing and song-writing and playing guitar, as well as having her own radio show on her university’s student radio station ‘Freshair.org.uk’, also working as their Programming Manager. Being part of drama performances and improvisation workshops from when she was a teenager, Rianna is super excited to get back to her love of Drama this summer. She’s looking forward to getting into the camp spirit and seeing what it has to offer!

Eleanor Merry-Co-head Sail
Eleanor Merry-Co-head Sail

This is Eleanor’s first summer with Camp Arowhon as Head of Sail. Eleanor is a recent George Brown College graduate in project management. As soon as she turned 8 she began sailing lessons at the Oakville Yacht Squadron where she achieved all her levels. Eleanor worked her way up and joined the OYS race team and, later on, the more competitive Etobicoke Yacht Club race team. In her final year on the EYC race team, she worked as an assistant race coach.

Kathryn Molloy- Co-Head Drama
Kathryn Molloy- Co-Head Drama

Kathryn is from North England, and moved to Canada in October 2018. She lived in Banff, Alberta for the winter and loved living and working in a mountain environment. Back in England, Kathryn was a high school teacher for two years teaching geography (world studies)! Kathryn is looking forward to being a co-head of drama this summer after taking part in, producing, and directing theatre productions since the age of 8!

Frances Prime- Head Yoga
Frances Prime- Head Yoga

Frances is excited to spend her first summer at Camp Arowhon teaching yoga. She completed her yoga teacher training last fall in Costa Rica. Frances is currently studying fitness and health promotion at Algonquin College. In her free time, Frances has recently started volunteering with Warrior Yoga; an Ottawa based non-profit that aims to make yoga more accessible.  Outside of yoga she likes to spend time outdoors and doing other activities like biking to stay active.

Emma Kerr- Head Guitar
Emma Kerr- Head Guitar

Emma is from a small town in Scotland and attends the University of the West of Scotland where she studies commercial music.  She has taught piano and guitar, alongside bass guitar and drums at a high school in her hometown. She works with a charity called Playlists for Life where she helps patients with dementia by creating ‘soundtracks of their life’ with the hope that this can bring back old memories and a way for families to reconnect.  In her spare time, she loves to go to the gym and keep fit.

Saskia Buhrs- Co-Head Boys Swim
Saskia Buhrs- Co-Head Boys Swim

This will be Saskia’s second year at camp Arowhon and her second year on the Swim Dock. She lives in New Zealand but is originally from the UK. She works as both a Lifeguard and swimming instructor at local pools. In her spare time she does a lot of rock climbing both indoors and out, she also goes hiking around NZ and regularly goes to the beach with friends and family.

Katherine Romard- Head FAD
Katherine Romard- Head FAD

Katherine attends York University for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance, specializing in dance education. She has been teaching since 2014 and has worked for multiple studios teaching children of all ages. Katherine currently volunteers with the Thomas A. Stewart Dance Program leading classes, facilitating choreography, and producing year-end shows. She has also been a part of the Spirit Squad for the CIBC Run for The Cure Event since 2010. At York, Katherine is a part of the Dance Student’s Association where she helps to organize events to increase student involvement. In 2016, Katherine was awarded the Emma Purdie Joie de Vie Scholarship, given to students demonstrating proficient leadership skills in the dance community.

Gillian Rumsey- Co-Head Boys Swim
Gillian Rumsey- Co-Head Boys Swim

Gillian (or Gill, as she’s commonly known!) attends Queen’s University where she studies French and environmental studies with plans of becoming a French immersion teacher. This will be Gill’s first year at Arowhon, however she has lots of experience having worked at another summer camp and being the team leader of her hometown pool.  An avid fan of all things water-related, she spends a lot of her time at the pool and on Lake Huron either swimming or kayaking.

Trevor Heida- Head Basketball
Trevor Heida- Head Basketball

Trevor is from Niagara Falls, but now studies social work at Carleton University, and is super excited for his first summer at Arowhon.  He has been a counsellor at other camps, and loves the camp atmosphere! He has worked as a basketball coach as part of Special Olympics Ontario, and also worked as a cook in a few restaurants. Outside of school and work, Trevor fills his time up with sports – basketball, football, soccer, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and more! Trevor cannot wait to learn all about Camp Arowhon, meet some new people, and most importantly – play some basketball!

 

Katelyn Norrie- Head Nature
Katelyn Norrie- Head Nature

Katelyn attends the University of Guelph where she studies ecology.  This will be her first summer at Camp Arowhon and she is extremely excited to go back to camp after enjoying many years as a camper at Knox camp.  Last summer Katelyn worked at the Kortright centre’s nature day camp teaching children about the environment. She has always been passionate about nature and was enrolled in an environmental specialized major at her high school.  She also spent a week in the Canadian Ecology Centre learning about species identification and water assessment.

Jessica McManus- Head Field Sports
Jessica McManus- Head Field Sports

Jessica recently completed her Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology at Lakehead University, and will be attending Nipissing University to complete her Bachelor of Education in the fall. Her dream is to become a high school physical education teacher and to teach special education. Jessica is joining us for the first time this summer at Arowhon, but is no stranger to summer camp. Jessica has spent the last two summers in Alberta working as a counsellor and a climbing wall instructor at a summer camp for individuals with disabilities. Jessica is an athlete; her favourite sport is rugby. Outside of camp, Jessica can be found relaxing in a hammock, hiking and camping.

Sarah Ferguson- Co-Head Archery
Sarah Ferguson- Co-Head Archery

Sarah is new to Camp Arowhon and is excited for all the experience will offer. She lives in Toronto and is going into her third year at York University majoring in visual art. Sarah started her camp experience as a camper, trying different nature and art camps in Ontario and has worked her way up through leadership and counsellor training programs to become an instructor. Although she was formerly an arts and crafts instructor at Camp Mansfield, Sarah found her love for teaching archery through assisting at a local archery range and practicing in her down time. Her favourite camp activities are archery (of course), sailing, and arts and crafts. Outside of camp she is passionate about creative writing as well as photography, which she is going to pursue in the future.

Sadie Levine- Head Arts and Crafts
Sadie Levine- Head Arts and Crafts

Sadie is a Torontonian at Queen’s University in the concurrent education program, where she is working toward her Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science. This will be her first summer at Camp Arowhon and cannot wait to get started in the arts and crafts program! Sadie spends her time volunteering in an elementary school mentoring children with emotional difficulties, and has also volunteered at an art day camp. Sadie loves to draw and make things, and has shown her artwork at Edward Day Gallery, SAME Gallery, and Project Gallery. She has spoken at OCAD Art Talk, and is the recipient of a gold medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing competition. In the future, Sadie’s dream is to become a kindergarten teacher and to illustrate children’s books.

Eibhlin Meade- Co-Head Tennis
Eibhlin Meade- Co-Head Tennis

Eibhlin is from Dublin where she is studying chemistry at the University College Dublin, and will soon be heading to the Australian National University. She’s a devoted environmentalist and loves everything to do with the outdoors. Prior to Arowhon, Eiblin has worked as a tennis instructor and has played the game competitively for 8 years; she is joining the instructing team for tennis this summer. Besides tennis, Eibhlin also loves to kayak, play hockey, and hike.

Aine McClure- Co-Head Tennis
Aine McClure- Co-Head Tennis

Aine comes to us from Belfast, Northern Ireland and attends the University of Liverpool, where she is studying environmental science to pursue a career in conservation. This will be Aine’s first year at Camp, where she will be teaching tennis. Aine was a tennis and badminton coach for children at her local club, and in her spare time she enjoys playing badminton and tennis herself.

Niamh Staunton- Co-Head Girls Swim
Niamh Staunton- Co-Head Girls Swim

Niamh is from Dublin, Ireland where she’s studying Physiotherapy at University College Dublin. This will be Niamh’s first summer at Camp Arowhon, but she has taught swimming lessons and been a life-guard for 5 years, teaching kids of all ages. A competitive swimmer for 7 years, she also competes in Triathlons, and is the current female captain of her university Triathlon Club. Niamh can’t wait to share her love of swimming and sports with the campers and staff at the swim dock this summer!

Ned Carolan – Co-Head Ropes
Ned Carolan – Co-Head Ropes

Ned is from Toronto and is entering his 4th year at Lakehead University where he is studying outdoor recreation and concurrent education.  This will be his second summer at Camp Arowhon and he is really looking forward to being a Head Ropes instructor. Ned has been a camper and camp counsellor at other camps for the past 12 years. He also worked at a downtown Toronto YMCA as a swim instructor. Ned has participated in two Habitat for Humanity builds, one in Santiago, Chile and the other in Campbell River, BC. In his free time he plays ultimate frisbee in a competitive league in Thunder Bay.  He hopes to be an outdoor educator when he finishes school.

Tess Clegg – Head Ride
Tess Clegg – Head Ride

Tess is from north west England, and is currently in her third year studying Medicine at the University of Leeds with the hope of becoming a paediatrician in the future. This year will be her second summer at Arowhon, having worked as Assistant Ride last year and she can’t wait to get back to the barn! Before this she has previously worked as a camp counsellor and riding instructor at a stables in New Jersey, USA.  Tess grew up riding and competing, her favorite memories from attending Pony Club camps as a child. Tess has also competed for her university equestrian team. Outside of university, she volunteers at the Riding for the Disabled Association and Teddy Bear Hospital, a program that helps children overcome the fear of doctors and hospitals. She also loves swimming, hiking, travelling and musicals!

Jen Bacher – Co-Head Girls Swim
Jen Bacher – Co-Head Girls Swim

Jen is from Toronto and goes to Queen’s University. Jen is studying concurrent education to become a teacher. This will be Jen’s 10th summer at camp and she can not wait to be back on Tepee Lake. In her spare time, Jen works for a service that walks students home safely at night. At her previous school, she was in charge of the Buddy Program which welcomed Grade 9 students into high school.

Sydney Kohn – Head Surf
Sydney Kohn – Head Surf

Sydney lives in Toronto and has just completed her first year of business at Queen’s University in Kingston. This year Syd is celebrating her 11th summer at camp and 3rd year on staff. Three summers ago Sydney completed the LIT program and is very excited to be returning again as staff for her third year. Syd cannot wait for another amazing summer at her home away from home!

Ben Beiles – Head Canoe
Ben Beiles – Head Canoe

Benjamin is from Toronto and is entering his 1st year at Carleton university. This will be Benjamin’s 10th year at Arowhon and his 2nd year on staff. Last year, he was a counsellor in the Junior Boys section and is excited to be returning to camp. When not in school, Benjamin enjoys spending his time playing soccer, reading, and working to politically engage youths. Benjamin also works with his local community creating and leading educational programs for children and their parents. He has an amazing ability to relate to children through creativity, athleticism and a positive attitude. We are thrilled to welcome Benjamin back as part of our staff team this summer.

Patrick Rado – Co-Head Ropes
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.

Aidan Aronoff – Co-Head Archery
Aidan Aronoff – Co-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!

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