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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ACs

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!

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!

JRCs

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!

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!

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

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.

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!

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

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

can aqua ski
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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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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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!