MEET OUR STAFF
The Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp is proud to be a fully accredited member of the Ontario Camping Association, which monitors our commitment to high standards of quality in camping.
During our last OCA standards visits, we impressed the OCA representatives:
“I was immediately impressed with the friendliness, warmth and hospitality displayed by both the leaders and the campers at The Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp; there was a wonderful feeling – a spirit – that seemed to exist at all of the activities. Keep up the good work!” (OCA)
We have a very experienced and dedicated team whose goal it is to ensure your child(ren) have the same impactful and memorable camp experiences that we once did. Read our biographies below to find out a little more about our leadership team.
Evan has been affiliated with Jewish summer camp for 20+ years as a camper, C.I.T., staff, supervisor, and as an Assistant Director. Evan brings a contagious positive attitude and a wealth of knowledge, experience and skill to camp and the camping industry.
Prior to joining the Centre Camp and JCC family, Evan worked at Camp Northland-B’nai Brith where he honed his skills in operations, programming, camper care, customer service and Jewish identity building in the role of Assistant Director. His enthusiasm for the potential of Jewish camping, and its power to shape and transform lives is infectious to all those around him and fueled by the belief “today’s campers and staff are tomorrow’s leaders.”
Evan is also a passionate Toronto sports fan (Leafs, Blue Jays, and Raptors) and is an aviation enthusiast.
Three more reasons why we love Evan:
His passion for safe and nurturing environments: He has served in several volunteer roles at the Ontario Camp Association (OCA). He has been a Senior Standards Site Visitor since 2015, a role that required him to assess camps to ensure that they were healthy, safe and nurturing environments.
His commitment to professional development: He was a member of the planning committee for the annual OCA professional conference to ensure that the industry remains best in class.
His connection to the broader Jewish community: He is a volunteer Chapter Advisor for BBYO, where he mentors teenagers to help them reach their full potential and grow into dynamic leaders. Evan can be reached by email at [email protected] or by telephone at 416-636-2267
Maya is the Founder and Director of the Kochavim Hebrew Program at the Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp since its inception in 2014 and she is extremely excited for her 8th summer at camp! On top of overseeing our camp programming and school break camps, she is dedicated to teaching our campers the Hebrew language and strengthening their connection to Israel. For the past 7 summers, she has developed a program that has become part of the camp tradition and is thrilled to continue to infuse camp with Hebrew. The Kochavim Program was recognized as one of the top innovative programs across the national JCC Association movement. During the summer she manages the Kochavim program as well as our Shlichim (Israeli Staff). Maya believes in the power of informal Jewish education and learning language in the inspiring invite that is camp!
Throughout the year, you can find Maya in our year-round camp office working on Winter Break, March Break, and Passover Camp programs. Maya is also part of the JCC initiative that helps infuse Israeli and Judaic culture at the JCC! If you have any questions for Maya or want to chat in ivrit, she can be reached at 416.638.1881 x2 or [email protected]
Administration and Operations Coordinator
Naomi joined Centre Camp in 2015 as a member of the seasonal camp team as a senior counsellor and has been coming back to camp ever since. Over the years, Naomi has held multiple positions including Communications Coordinator, Multimedia Camp Coordinator, Photo 4 Kids specialist and as a member of the seasonal office team. In 2018 Naomi joined the Camp Team on a full-time basis as the Office Administrator, and now holds the role of Administration and Operations Coordinator.