MEET OUR STAFF
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 at both of our campuses, we really impressed the standards visitors:
“I was immediately impressed with the friendliness, warmth and hospitality displayed by both the leaders and the campers at 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 full-time Leadership Team.
Evan has been affiliated with Jewish summer camp for 20+ years as a camper, C.I.T., staff, supervisor, Assistant Director, and Camp Director. Evan brings a contagious positive attitude and a wealth of knowledge, experience and skill to camp and the camping industry, including having been recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Ontario Camps Association (OCA).
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 Maple Leafs and Blue Jays fan, a Seinfeld expert, and is a commercial aviation enthusiast.
Here are some more reasons why we are thrilled to have Evan on our team:
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 (Dayan AZA #1215), where he mentors teens to help them reach their full potential and grow into dynamic leaders. Evan can be reached by email at email@example.com 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 416-636-2267 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of JCC Camping
As the JCCs grow in our community with the exciting launch of the expanded Prosserman JCC in 2021, the entire team is committed to enhancing the landscape of JCC camping in our community. Sherri has an M.A. and B.A. in Education and a deep-rooted connection to Jewish identity and community building as she spent five years at March of the Living as the Associate National Director and eight years before that as the Toronto Director. Sherri always had a tremendous passion for camping and in 2018, she opened Camp Tivka, a private Jewish day camp in Toronto. We are pleased that Sherri has joined the JCC to grow The Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp and our camping department. Her focus will be to help us build upon our past and expand the opportunities for children to have meaningful Jewish camp experiences, to ensure a strong future for our community.
Camp Office Administrator – Toronto
Michelle started her summers at Centre Camp as a camper! She spent several summers at the supervisory and leadership level of camp, including as a Unit Head. Michelle holds a B.A. in Justice Studies from Royal Roads University, and has administrative and organizational experience from her time in the property management industry. Michelle returned to camp in Summer 2021 as the Camper Care Coordinator at our Prosserman JCC campus, and she is thrilled to now be part of our full-time team. Giving her kids the same camp experience she had growing up, makes her return to camp feel like home away from home! Michelle is here to primarily serve our Prosserman JCC camp families and staff and is also very happy to assist our Schwartz/Reisman Centre community.
Camp Office Administrator – Vaughan
Lauren is excited to have joined the Centre Camp family! With over 15 years of industry experience in camping and recreation, she lives and breathes camp and is grateful to have been provided the opportunity to attend summer camp throughout childhood. She believes in camp as a vehicle for purposeful, experiential, and everlasting learning in a fun and safe environment. Her favourite part of camp is all of the ruach! With an emphasis on equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging, Lauren believes that camp is a place that everyone should be able to experience and benefit from. In addition to working at camp, Lauren was a member of the OCA’s annual conference planning committee for many years, overseeing the volunteer team, and now sits on the Ongoing Member Education Committee, ensuring that professional development opportunities are available to OCA-accredited camp professionals across the province. When she’s not living her best camp life, you will likely find her in her garden (or anywhere outdoors really), fostering dogs, or drinking copious amounts of tea. Lauren is here to primarily serve our Schwartz/Reisman camp families and staff and is also very happy to assist our Prosserman JCC community.