The Leadership Team is made up of experienced camp staff who work directly with Barb to prepare and organize the various areas in camp. This team starts working together in May to prepare our site, facilities and program equipment as well as get our programs and training organized for staff arrivals in June.
2017 was Barb's first summer at SLC and she is excited to return. Barb is passionate about providing experiential, unplugged opportunities and building a community for children to grow and develop their skills at camp. Barb brings over 30 years of experience in summer camping and outdoor education. She has sat on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Camps Association, chaired the Directors conference and has run many educational events. Barb has been recognized by her camping peers and has received awards from the Ontario Camps Association, The Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario, The Woman Of Distinction and received a Queens Diamond Jubilee Award for her work with the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Barb spent 22 years managing the Outdoor Centre at Seneca College where she founded the King Day Camp. She moved on to the Tim Horton Children's Foundation where she was the General Manager for one of their seven camps. During the winter Barb volunteers for her local Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Georgian Triangle. As an avid downhill skier, Barb is enjoying the Blue Mountains where she works from her home outside of the summer season.
Katie Grove: Assistant Director
Katie is ecstatic to be coming back to her roots at SLC this summer as the Assistant Camp Director! Katie has spent 15 summers at sparrow, and 2018 will be her 16th! Katie was a camper for 12 years starting in 2000 as a peewee, all the way to the LIT and CIT programs in 2011 and 2012. Her favorite camp activities include sailing, ropes, evening program, and just being outside. After 3 years on staff as a counsellor and Sailing Director, she then took two summers off from Sparrow to diversify her experience in the camping industry, and to travel. Katie is looking forward to being a part of the leadership team, and supporting staff and campers in every way possible to ensure that the summer is as fun and successful as possible. You will likely see her jumping from one spot to the next at camp, lending a hand where ever needed, and trying to find enough time to hangout with everyone. Katie is in the final semester of her undergraduate Bachelor of Physical and Health Education degree, specializing in Outdoor Adventure Leadership, and will be entering into teachers college in September 2018. She hopes to pursue a career in outdoor education and camping, a passion she would not have discovered, had it not been for her time at SLC.
Melanie Osmond was Sparrow's Office Manager last summer and is looking forward to spending another summer at Sparrow Lake Camp as "Mama Mel". After 7 years in various roles in both day and traditional over night camps Melanie is putting her experience both on the field and behind the scenes to work as the Camp Administrator. With a Bachelors of Knowledge Integration and a Graduate Certificate of Event Management Melanie will be using her organizational and design skills to assist with year round marketing, registration, and social media. When Melanie isn't busy with Sparrow magic she works in the event sphere, volunteering for various live events including one of Canada's largest vocal talent searches.
Alex Ip Yam: Staff Manager
Alex Ip Yam was Sparrow’s CIT Coordinator last summer and is looking forward to spending another summer here in his new position. After working in the leadership development programs at Sparrow, Alex believed that it was finally time to join the leadership team to pass on his knowledge onto the staff team of 2018! Alex’s favorite camp activities include evening program and meal times! When Alex is not around camp practicing his Martial Arts techniques, he will be behind the scenes focusing all his energy on the fantastic counsellors of 2018! Outside of camp, Alex is currently completing his last year at York University, Glendon Campus in a BA Hons degree in Sociology and works as a head karate instructor supporting his staff team during the year.
Ashley Menagh: Food Service Manager
Suplex (Ashley) was Sparrow Lake's Food Service Manager last summer and is excited to spend another summer back at Sparrow! Suplex has been a Food Service Manager/Chef for the past 10 years at camps and Restaurants all over Ontario and Manitoba. Suplex has a unique skill set holding not one but two diplomas, Culinary Management from Niagara College and Recreation and Leisure from Mohawk College. Suplex will be busy creating some new dishes for all campers to experience and brushing up on her games and songs as she cannot wait till campers arrive! When Suplex is not at camp or cooking you can find her rolling around on the wrestling mats and not a ring in the WWF. Suplex runs Olympic Style Wrestling tournaments all over Ontario and Quebec and is a National Official with Wrestling Canada. Suplex also has a passion fore reading and can read 2-3 books a day if she has time! Last year she read 444 books and has set a goal of 20 books this summer!
Austin Insley was one of Sparrow’s Leadership Coordinators last summer. This year Austin is looking forward to return to Sparrow Lake Camp in his new position. After years of attending Sparrow Lake Camp as a camper and completing the C.I.T. program Austin joined the Sparrow staff team in 2014 and has worked in many various positions at Sparrow Lake (counsellor, challenge course staff, and L.I.T. Coordinator). At camp, you can often hear him from wherever you are on the property as he gets excited easily and loves to sing camp songs and team cheers. Some of Austin’s favourite camp activities include ropes, swimming, campfire, and basketball. But his all-time favourite activity at camp is Quidditch. When Austin is not taking part in some of his favourite camp activities you will find him working with our resource staff, and helping them have the best programs possible! When Austin isn’t at SLC he attends Queen’s University for Physical and Health Education. Austin loves to play hockey and is a huge fan of the Edmonton Oilers (Poor him). Austin also loves to play basketball with his best lifeguard friend Chad. If you see Austin at camp don’t forget to tell him how great the Edmonton Oilers are.
Clayton Freeborn: Operations Manager
Hey Hey there, this is Clayton. People in the camp world call him Beans, so you can too!! He is the Operations Manager at Sparrow Lake Camp; meaning that he'll be working with a lovely group of people to keep the property and facilities in tip top shape. It will be Clayton's second year working in this lovely community and he cannot wait to see some lovely faces and create some memories. He has a large range of skills that include tree climbing & pruning, water treatment, carpentry, minor mechanics, leadership and teambuilding development, plant identification and so much more. Clayton is looking forward to meeting with everyone and making you smile!! Cheers all!!!
Rebecca Rashev: Logistics Coordinator
Rebecca Rashev is looking forward to returning back to SLC as the Logistics Manager. Excluding the gap year taken last year, Rebecca has been coming to Sparrow since she was in the peewee program in 2000. After completing the CIT program, Rebecca has worked at Sparrow as a counsellor, arts director, and leadership coordinator. Her favourite camp activities include arts and crafts (obviously), dining hall songs, and vesper! This summer, you’ll only catch glimpses of Rebecca as she runs around site and works behind the scenes to make sure all camp activities are running smoothly. If you do see her, feel free to stop her to say hi! Rebecca just finished her last semester in BSc Biology at the University of Guelph and is hoping to continue her studies in a Nursing or Public Health program.