Directors & Staff

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Andrew Martin, Camp Director

With a terrific base of camping experience and knowledge, Andrew brings over 15 years of camp management and a creative passion to his role at Camp Can-Aqua. A life long supporter of the camping movement, he believes strongly in the experiences and outcomes of summer camping in Ontario and is driven to ensure that no camper is ever overlooked.

Since taking over Can-Aqua in 2012, Andrew has injected his creative methods into the camp, but continues to be impressed with the base to which he is able to work. In his words, “it’s not difficult to be a remarkable summer camp when you start with an inspiring culture of young people, then partner them with one of the most impressive properties on the planet!”

Through his education and work experience, Andrew possesses a wealth of knowledge and skills as well as a passion for camping that is easily transposed to staff and campers. As a hands on manager, being a part of daily camp life is essential to Andrew and he can be often found in the centre of the excitement within any camp program.

As a leader, “Marty” models creativity in programming, encouraging staff to provide new and exciting activities and events to campers every summer. Of many certainties, be confident that Camp Can-Aqua will always have new and exciting things to offer our campers, setting a bar of excellence that constantly evolves.

Marty

Mike Somerville, Associate Director – Summer Camp

After spending a number of years on the senior management of Camp Couchiching, Mike is thrilled to be an active part in all that is amazing here at Camp Can-Aqua. He is child focused and devoted to ensuring that the needs of campers never go un-noticed.

A graduate of Laurier University, Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role at Can-Aqua…and of course a lot of humour! His passive demeanour and positive attitude make him a leader campers are drawn to. An advocate for the summer camp experience, Mike began attending summer camp in Ontario at the age of 6 and has never looked back since. His love of camp is partnered with a love of reading and specifically of comics and graphic novels. At camp, his comic book club is a popular pass time for kids during their free time period.

When summer camp is not in session, Mike is active in the video game community where he competes as a professional gamer.

Mike can be contacted via email at m.somerville@canaqua.ca or through the camp office.

It's Somer-Time!

Scott Graham, Director of Education and Leadership

Outdoor Education within the structure of a camping environment is Scott’s calling. He has an incredible passion for educational opportunities that unfold in the outside world and with ten years of knowledge, skills, and experience teaching at educational camps, outdoor learning centres, and outdoor experiences within the formal education system, Scott is exceptional.

A graduate of Queen’s University’s Bachelor of Education program, Scott is both a teacher and a visionary who is familiar with both camp and the Ontario educational curriculum. Previously holding roles as the Program Director at Camp Tamakwa, the Assistant Director of Camp Quin-Mo-Lac, and as an Outdoor Educator with Camp Wanakita, Scott is thrilled to be a part of Camp Can-Aqua’s year round management team.

Scott can be contacted through the camp office at scott@canaqua.ca

Outward Bound!

Staff Bios

Assistant Grand Pooh-Bahs

Al King
Facilities Head

At 60 yrs old, I’m hands down the oldest Activity Counselor at camp. Creating and making fun things out of wood is my passion and sharing that skill with campers is my joy!
In my spare time I help Marty with all the activities (like building maintenance, water distribution, and camp preparation) that have to be done to make camp a fun place! Sometimes he will even let me answer the phone!

Anne Whitehead
Camp Registrar

Anne is the owner of the lovely voice with an English accent who takes care of camper registrations. She is also the camp’s bookkeeper and keeps us on the straight and narrow path to success.

Anne has been an active and integral part of Can-Aqua for ten years!

Dan Bierworth
Facilities Assistant Head

I first joined Camp Can-Aqua 22 years ago to help in the maple bush and to assist with some building and property maintenance. Since then, I have added the responsibilities for Can-Eco Depot (managing the camp’s recycling program). During the summer I am the camp’s primary driver, chauffeuring the campers to and from Algonquin Park, Anstruther Lake and Toronto. I continue to be very involved in the maple production and management of the maple forest.

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meaghan kimball
JRC Director

Camp is my “happy place.” It is somewhere that feels like home to me as soon as I arrive at the beginning of the summer. Without camp, I would not be the same person I am today!

I am so excited to be managing the JRC’s this summer. I am looking forward to working with each one of them to ensure that they provide our campers with the absolute best time possible!

Cor at Can-Aqua
Female Counselling Manager

Hi, I’m Corinna and I am the Female Counselling Head! I’ve been coming to camp since I was 11 years old and it has proved to be the most amazing place to spend the summer. You can usually find me on the waterfront taking a board for a sail, a canoe for a paddle, or a swim class to the slide! Lasting friendships will be made and I can promise that there is never a dull day at Can-Aqua. I can’t wait to see you this summer and remember to go for awards!

Adam Swithinbank
Male Counselling Manager

Having spent my first summer at camp last year, I didn’t hesitate to come back for another this summer! Coming from England, I did not know what to expect, but was full of joy when I met all of the amazing campers and staff, and was instantly addicted to Can Aqua! I love teaching outdoor skills at campcraft, and the rest of my time is typically spent down at the archery pit shooting for bullseyes!

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"Camp Dietician"

Hi, I’m Alida: aspiring dietitian, lover of food, lifter of weights, and wearer of fluorescent gym attire! I love being active, and have experience with competitive horseback riding and dragon boat racing. I have even tried my hand at archery, and had a lesson with a Pan Am games silver medalist, so watch out!
Contrary to what my photo might suggest I’m not a Jays fan (or a baseball fan), but I am so grateful for all the wonderful people in my life and love spending time with them and embracing new experiences (which is what I’m doing in this photo). As much as I appreciate all my friends and family, there’s always room for more! I love meeting new people; everybody’s got a story worth telling and worth being heard. What’s yours?

ACs

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Hey Guys.

I’m Lee and I am excited to be back at camp in the EPAC role during Session Four this year. I am currently enrolled in a co-op at the University of Waterloo, which is preventing me from being at camp the entire summer but am excited that I’ll be able to be there for part of it. Can-Aqua is summer for me and I can’t wait to see all the campers this year.

Alexandra Churchill
AC Nature/LIT

Hi I’m Alexandra Churchill and I’m so excited to be 1st year staff this summer. I’m 17 and although I haven’t been at camp for the longest time I can’t imagine my life without it. My activities are archery, photography, sail, and ski. I can’t wait to meet everyone!

emily dance
AC of Photography

Hi my name is Emily Dance! This coming summer will be my 11th year at Camp Can Aqua. I have always found it to be an amazing place to make great friends and even better memories over the summer! If I am not on the ski docks, you will usually be able to find me at my other favorite activities at camp such as snorkel, and gletch and mosaics. I cannot wait for camp, and I know it’s going to be another amazing year!

Joe Comi
AC Kayak/CampCraft

Having been at Can Aqua for more than half of my life, I have had the amazing opportunity to explore our entire camp and the amazing forest that surrounds it! Going on a few hikes with campers a week, we always try to explore unfound land and surprises that the forest offers. While a hike is not for everyone, its a great opportunity to really experience nature, and make some new friends while you’re doing it.

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AAC!

Hi everyone. My name is Lauren and this is my first year at Can-Aqua. I have heard so many great things and I can’t wait. I am a student a Queens University where I am studying Fine Arts. This year I will be the head of the Arts Area! It’s a big job and we’ve got a wack of new programs in the area so I am really excited to take it on. Campers who are interested in Arts & Crafts, Fine Arts get ready for some new and amazing things. I’m also excited to be starting the Pottery and Silk Screening programs this year!

Will Stewart
Head of Ski / Link

Hi everyone, I’m Will and I cannot wait to get back to camp! This summer will be my 12th year at camp and I love it. My favorite camp activities include mountain biking, waterskiing, and swimming. I am also a big fan of the Can-Aqua Games.

This year I will be taking on the role of Head of Ski. I am really excited about this position and will work hard to be able to fill the shoes of this incredible job. I hope to see you all this summer!

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Counsellor / AC Guitar

Hey everyone, my name is Chris, I’m 18 years old, and this will be my seventh summer at Can-Aqua. Ever since my first time coming to camp, it had been my home away from home, and I love going back. You will often see me with a guitar, banjo, or some other fun instrument. Some of my favourite activities are waterskiing, kayaking, sailing and campcraft. I look forward to seeing you out on the lake this summer!

Mello Belanger
EPAC/Tripping

Hey, I’m Mello and I’m going to be third year staff this summer! I love camp because I get to get out of the city and spend time with the greatest people on Earth. This will be my 11th summer at Can-Aqua, and I think it’ll be the best one yet, can’t wait!

Eric Schooley
LIT/Assistant Head Ski

My name is Eric Schooley and this summer will be my 8th year going to camp. I am a Counsellor, and some of my favorite activities are tackle water polo, ball hockey, and wakeboarding. I go back to camp year after year because I like the people and the great activities.

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Tripper & Link

My name is Gillian and this will be my first summer at Can-Aqua. I am excited to be joining the team and bring a lot of experience with off road biking and tripping to camp. I have been biking since I was a kid and am really looking forward to exploring all the trails at camp with fellow bikers.

I will be excited to get to camp and pass on some of my knowledge and experience in outstripping as well. In May and June this year I will be retuning to the north where I have been tree planting for the past few years.

JRCs

Kait at Can-Aqua
JRC

Hi I’m Kait and I’ve been going to Can-Aqua for 8 years and am excited for year 9! I have my black belt in shotokan karate and I love to surf, swim and kayak. I am energetic and love everything about camp and cannot wait for this summer! See you soon!

Playfair at Can-Aqua
JRC

Hey I’m Gillian, and I have been coming to camp for the past 5 years. Camp is like my second home. I love the atmosphere and I’m so excited that I get to be a JRC this year. I’m an active person who loves sports and people. I look forward to seeing fresh faces and having a blast!

Elder at Can-Aqua
JRC

Hi I am Andrew, and I am so excited to come back to camp and meet all of the new campers. This will be my 4th year at camp and it’s something I have loved ever since I started. I’m looking forward to learning and teaching this summer, and spending lots of time in the water!

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JRC

Hello! My name is Cameron and this will be my 7th awesome year at Camp Can-Aqua. I cannot wait to be JRC at Camp this year and spend my first full summer at Can-Aqua meeting all the new campers. I could not imagine spending my summer anywhere else and there is no place I would rather be. Camp for me is my summer and it’s a fantastic experience that is waiting to be enjoyed. My favorite part about Camp is watching how happy and excited it makes everybody: counselors and campers alike. Since I was 10, I have enjoyed the greatness and variety that Can-Aqua offers and I can’t wait for you to enjoy it too. See you there!”

Annie Pier Can-Aqua
JRC

Hello, my name is Annie-Pier and I am a JRC this summer. From waking up and going to flagpole to the fun and excitement of evening program, I love every moment of camp. I couldn’t imagine spending my summers anywhere else. I look forward to meeting all the new and seasoned campers and helping them create wonderful memories. See you all this summer!

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JRC

Hey! I’m Liz and I’m super stoked to be at camp this year. I’m excited to make new memories with the most amazing people at a place no other than Can Aqua. Some of my favourite memories are cabin bonding sessions and evening programs when we all just get to know more about each other. There’s never a dull moment when you’re in an environment surrounded by the things that make you laugh

Can-Aqua Jacob
JRC

My name is Jacob, I am extremely excited to meet all the new campers this year. I’ve been coming to Can-Aqua for seven years now and I have made so many great memories. I can’t wait to help campers make awesome memories for themselves this year!!

Cooper at Can-Aqua
JRC

Hi my name is Cooper and this will be my 9th year at Camp Can-Aqua. I’m 16 years old and I’m looking forward to meeting all of the August campers as well as see all the July campers again. My favorite part of camp is being on the water and I am happy to be coming back this year and be able to share the summer at the best place on Earth with all the campers and staff.

Camp Can-Aqua JRC Donna B
JRC

Hello! My name is Donna and I’m super excited about being a JRC at Can-Aqua. My favourite thing in the world is singing silly campfire songs under a starry night. I also enjoy swimming, arts and crafts, and kayaking. I can’t wait to meet all of you!

Can-Aqua Staff K-Gray

Hey! My name is Kayleigh, this is my 7th year at camp. I can’t wait for all the memories we’ll make this summer. I love swimming, skiing … and pretty much every other activity camp has to offer. I am really looking forward to my JRC year.

Gillian Camp Can-Aqua Staff
JRC

Hey my name’s Jillian! I’ve been going to Camp Can-Aqua for nine years and I’m super excited to be spending my whole summer there this year. I love waterskiing, kayaking and glass etching. I’m excited to meet all the July campers and see all my old friends in August. See you all there!

2nd Year Staff

Niki Bayat
Counsellor/Gletch AC

Hey friends! I’m Niki and I’m going to be back at Can-Aqua this summer. Some of the things I enjoy are swimming, snorkeling and campcraft. I love to get silly and dress up for themed dinners so look out for me in crazy costumes around camp! See you all very soon! Can’t wait to be the best Gletch AC this camp has ever seen!

Ed Miles
Groundskeeper
Hello all you happy people!
I have some good news to share….. I’m back for another year! I am super stoked to be coming back again this year. Last year was incredible for so many reasons, the top one being the cause for some great smiles.
This year, I am taking on the vital role of Can-Aqua’s odd job, handy man!! (coupled with a bit of teaching). Who knows what tasks I’ll end up doing this time round…. One thing I do know, is I’ll be part of this amazing team of smiling faces waiting for you to join us this summer!
Emilie Moffat
Counsellor/Instructor

Hi everyone! My name is Emilie and I’m 19 years old. I will be going into my second year of the theater program at Concordia University in the fall. I’m coming back and will be a counsellor again this summer. This will be my second year at Camp Can-Aqua and I’m super excited to be coming back to a place I know and love. Can’t wait for camp to start!

1st Year Staff

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Counsellor/Instructor

Hey Can-Aqua!

My name is Jacob and I am from Australia. I was a camper at Can-Aqua before taking a few years off and now I am really excited to be coming back as a staff member. I am pretty serious about waterskiing and do it all the time here in Australia. I can’t wait to come to camp this summer as a counsellor and as ski staff to help campers to develop excellent waterski technique.

zoe
Counsellor/Instructor

Hi I’m Zoé! The first time I came to camp I was really scared, and couldn’t speak a word of english. Five year from then, I’m extremely exited to spend my first summer as a staff.  I know for sure that without camp I would be a completely different person today, and I know that this summer will be amazing, just like the ones before.

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Counsellor/Instructor

Hey Guys.

Really looking forward to coming back to camp and excited to be back working in cabins as a Counsellor/Instructor. I hope everyone is ready for one of the greatest summers of their lives…I sure am!

claire
Counsellor/Instructor

Summer Camp has been a huge part of my life and I am can’t wait to get to camp and for summer to begin! I am Claire. Things I love doing at camp are Sailing (that has always been a huge part of my camp life) arts & crafts and canoe. I look forward to passing on some great skills and to being a part of your summer this year.

Camp Can-Aqua Reece
Counselor/Instructor

Hi everyone…I’m Reece. I’m from the UK and am really excited to work at camp this summer. I’m really active, love the outdoors and am looking forward to representing the Terrus team during the Can-Aqua games!

See you soon!

Emily Plummer
Counsellor/Instructor

Hey I’m Emily! I am so excited for this upcoming summer and my third year at Can-Aqua. I love spending the summer in such a positive and refreshing environment. My favourite activities include water skiing, woodworking, and mosaics. I can’t wait for another great summer!

Niam Mossop
Counsellor/Instructor

Hi everyone! My name is Niam and I am super excited to be on staff this year at camp. This will be my 9th year coming and I can’t wait, each year gets better and better! Some activities I love about camp are boardsail, ski, campcraft and trip! I also love running games and campfire.

A little bit more about me, I’m a theatre kid! I was in my school’s musical production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I am also on my school’s Spirit Committee and I am a school ambassador too! The best way to become friends with me is too… come up and talk to me! I am always smiling and having a great time! Can-Aqua is so special to me and I can’t wait to share it with all of you!

jenna wilcox
Counsellor/Instructor

Hi guys I’m Jenna! This is going to be my 8th year at camp and I am really excited to be a JRC. My favourite activities include glass etching, mosaics and volleyball. I’m excited for the summer and hope to see you there

Rogan Johnston
Food Service / Assist Counsellor

Hi my name is Rogan Johnston, this is my 7th year at camp my favorite things to do at camp are skiing, glass etching, and hanging out with all the awesome people there. Can’t wait to get the best summer ever started. See you there!

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Counsellor / Instructor

Hi I am Heikkila Wootton, and I started coming to Can Aqua in the summer of ’07. I like canoeing (especially trip). I love coming to Can Aqua because I feel like I am at peace. I look forward to meeting new people.

Stephen Scanlan
Counsellor/Instructor

Aloha everyone, my name is Stephen Scanlan and this summer I’ll be working as a Counsellor. This summer will mark my 9th year at Can-Aqua and I’m so excited for it. Ever since I was a black bird I dreamed of becoming a councilor and now here I am working my first summer at Can-Aqua. Can-Aqua has taught me many things that I’ve used in my everyday life. Some being open to new concepts/ ideas or to the understanding of nature and everything it has to offer. Some of my favorite activities at camp would have to be archery, sailing, camp craft, and wake-boarding. There’s nothing better than catching some sweet waves behind the old j-craft. I’m very out going, lover of the forest and very competitive especially when it come to capture the flag. Can-Aqua is like a second home to me and I can’t wait to spend another summer up at Beaver Lake.

Michelle Curry-Stevens
Counsellor / Instructor

Hi I’m Michele and this will be my 9th year at Camp Can Aqua! I’m so excited to spend the summer at my favorite place on earth. At camp I love going on trip, water skiing, and kayaking. I love the positive environment of camp and I’m sure you will too!

Camp Can-Aqua Jon
Counsellor / Instructor

This year will mark my 11th consecutive return to Can-Aqua. I really enjoy this camp and I am honoured to be a part of this unique staff team. I love the variety of activities and the overall atmosphere of this exceptional place. Most of all, I enjoy seeing campers grasp the overall unforgettable life lessons and experiences gained at camp. There is really no better way to spend the summer!

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Counsellor / Instructor

Hey everyone. I’m Kerra and this year I will be working in the girls section of camp as a counsellor. I’m looking forward to getting to know all my campers and promise to do my best to be the greatest counsellor I can. I hope you are as excited for this summer as I am! See you soon.

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Counsellor / Instructor

Hey Campers. My name is Robin and I can’t wait to get back to camp once again this year.

I’ve grown up at camp and can’t think of a place I’d rather be. I love the staff and campers and am really looking forward to be the best counsellor I can be.

Ben @ Can-Aqua
Counsellor / Instructor

My name is Ben and I am really looking forward to coming back to camp this summer. It is a second home to me. I love all things camp, but specifically I am excited to be teaching Guitar, Snorkel and Climbing. I am looking forward to being the best instructor I can. On a personal side, I love music, kayaking, campfires, and the creativity camp draws out of me every year.

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elena
Counsellor/Ins

My Name is Elena and I am so excited to be a part of the Camp Can-Aqua summer staff this year. I am from Madrid, Spain and have been coming to Ontario for summer camp for the past 5 years. I am really looking forward to being a counsellor and will do my very best to make sure every one of my campers has the best summer ever!

Simon Harminc
Counsellor/Instructor

I had been a camper at Can-Aqua for 5 years, and I especially feel lucky to now be a counsellor. While at camp I love water-skiing, kayaking, swimming, and pretty much everything water related. I like teaching swimming, and I can’t wait to one day be a ski instructor. I think about the camp experience on a daily basis and I embrace Can-Aqua’s belief that camp can be used as a valuable tool.

Come join us and EXPERIENCE CAN-AQUA!