Meet our 2018 Staff Team

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Alex McCluskie

Canoe/Kayak Coordinator

Alex is psyched to return to SLC as the Canoe-Kayak Coordinator for his tenth summer at Sparrow Lake! He’s been paddling all his life, and can’t wait to spend the summer correcting improper strokes and facilitating a variety of games on the water. Apart from canoeing and kayaking, his favorite camp activities include: running stellar bedtime games before turning the lights out, thinking of super creative ways to enter the water every morning for polar bear, singing grace loud and proud outside the dining hall, and meeting as many new campers as possible each session.


Alison Forsey


This is Ali! Ali will be a counsellor for the first time this summer. She is super exited to be returning to camp for her 12th year.  She loves being at camp and enjoys spending her time outside going swimming, hose downs on hot days, playing sports and games and don't forget campfires! She can't wait to meet new people and try new things.


Anika Bartlett-Enarson

Counsellor - Pee Wee Staff

Anika is proud to say she's been a Sparrow Laker since the age of 11. This summer she'll be working as a counselor and she's excited for all the experiences it will bring. She loves kids and people in general. As a counselor during summer 2017, she grew as a leader, loved looking after campers, and had an unforgettable 8 weeks at Sparrow Lake Camp. Anika is a caring and passionate individual who enjoys making people laugh and smile. Sparrow Lake is her place, with her people.


Ashley Friel


Ashley is always ready for adventure and loves anything to do with he outdoors. She is super excited to be a part of the SLC community.


Austin Miller

Adventure Zone Instructor

Austin has been going to Sparrow Lake Camp for the past 7 years and this is his 2nd year on staff. You can find Austin at the ropes course this year as he is our Adventure Zone instructor. If he's not at ropes you may find him pulling off some cool backflips or jamming out on his guitar. Austin's always been one for camp games. Whether its basketball or capture the flag, Austin always puts in 110%. He can't can't wait to see all the smiles this summer.


Benjamin Blackman



Ben has been a camper all his life. He is a musician and an athlete. Ben plays rugby and football at his high school and is involved in community theatre. A fun fact: Ben was on a 30 min YTV special, where he was a lead singer for a band organized by Kim Mitchell.


Brendan Robbins

Kitchen Staff

Hey everyone!  Keep an eye out for Brendan in the kitchen. It is his first full year working at Sparrow Lake Camp although he did volunteer on site at the end of last summer. He found that Sparrow was a pretty cool place and really enjoyed all the food in the kitchen!  He's a fan of basketball so feel free to challenge him in one on one and is so excited to meet everyone this summer!!!


Brenna Rutherford

Kitchen Staff

Hey Everyone, meet Brenna! Brenna went to Sparrow Lake for 6 years as a camper and is excited to be spending her first summer as a staff member in the kitchen. Besides making scrumptious meals for all the campers, Brenna also loves to play her ukulele, ride her bicycle, and go canoeing and kayaking. Outside of Sparrow Lake Camp, Brenna is studying to become a nurse at Lakehead University. Brenna is looking forward to meeting all you awesome campers this summer and hopes that everyone has a blast!


Brock Ferguson

Overnight Trip Coordinator

This is Brock's 3rd summer on staff. 1st he worked as a Kitchen Assistant, then moved up to become the Assistant Food Services Manager/Alternative Diets Cook. Now Brock has decided to put away his apron and get some fresh air as he now works as the Out trip Coordinator! Brock is excited to share his passion for the outdoors with the campers while he takes them on their over-night out trips.
In his spare time Brock volunteers with the Toronto Paramedic Services and is a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve


Chris Huckins


Chris will be returning to sparrow lake this summer as a counsellor. He has been going to sparrow lake for four years as a camper and will be doing his second on staff this summer. Chris can't wait to see all the new and returning campers having a blast a camp.

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Cole Rice

Special Diets Cook/ Assistant Food Manager

This will be Cole's 4th summer at Sparrow Lake Camp, and his 2nd summer on staff. Cole is excited to be returning to kitchen once again, this year as special diets cook. Cole's favorite activities at camp include evening program, campfires, and of course mealtime! He can't wait to see you all this summer!


Cole Snarr

Site Staff

Camp has been a part of Cole's life for a over a decade. Whether running, sailing, or climbing, he's going on an adventure somehow. Cole loves learning about human movement and art.


Colin Pritchard


Colin is a social guy who comes to camp every year in order to have fun and make new friends.

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Elba Sarja


This is Elba, and this will be her sixth year at Sparrow, and her second year on staff! Last year, she was a counsellor, and this year she will be on the lifeguarding team. Elba's favourite dessert is éclairs!! Her favourite camp activity is special day, especially the dance!! You can catch her on the dock teaching aqua fit this summer! Elba can't wait to meet all of you!


Emma Grove

Sailing Instructor

Emma has been counting down the days until camp since being a counsellor last summer! This year, you will find her smiling face at her favourite spot at camp; on the water! Emma is excited to be a sailing instructor and mascot for her 14th summer at Sparrow! Along with teaching campers, Emma loves evening program, polar bear, basketball, out trip, and campfires! She is ready to make this summer the best one yet!


Emma Knechtel


Hey SLC! This is Emma one of the super excited counsellors who is returning to camp this summer! This is going to be her first summer on staff and her ninth at SLC! She can't wait for all that summer 2018 has in store, like canoeing, swimming, ropes, sailing, evening programs, airbands and outtrip, but most of all she is looking forward to seeing all of the new and returning campers!

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Evelyn Porporo



This is Evey, and she is a second year counsellor for this summer! She plans on spending her 11th year at SLC face racing in the dining hall, making lots of bracelets, laughing and singing at all of the campfires, and rockin it out at airbands like never before. She is crazy, bubbly, and very silly. You can’t miss her!

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Gareth Patten


This is Gareth, he's coming back for second year on staff and his 9th year at camp. This will be his second year as one of the lifeguards that tend to the beautiful shores of Sparrow Lake. You will always be able to find him getting WAY too fired up in any game, especially Quidditch. As well as games, Gareth loves using his tone deaf voice to sing out loud at every opportunity. He loves the water though more than anything and really hopes the every camper comes to swimming 'cause what else would you do in the summer. Just remember keep your pants dry and your bathing suits wet. See you this summer.


Hannah Gallichan


This is Hannah’s ninth year at Sparrow and she’s ecstatic to be a counsellor this summer! Her favourite activities at camp are evening programs, especially wolf pack and capture the flag. Hannah loves all sports and she runs track and plays hockey. She can’t wait to meet all of you and to sings songs with you by the campfire!


Hannah Doyle


Hannah is 17 years old this is her first time being a camp counselor EVER! She's filled with energy and is such an outgoing soul who bringing's pure happiness to the people around her !

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Jesse Bostick

Counsellor - Pee Wee Staff

This is Jesse. He is so excited to spend his seventh summer at Sparrow, this time as a Peewee Counsellor. He spent summer 2017 behind the scenes at Sparrow as a part of the kitchen staff but now he's ready to be right in the middle of all the action!!! He currently works as a Cast Member at Cineplex and although he loves his job, he can’t wait to trade his theatre popcorn for some delicious camp food!!! He's looking forward to meeting/reuniting with all of you this summer!!!


Jesse Oakes

Sr. Site Staff


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Jimmy Gibson

Special Activities Coordinator

Here's Jimmy! This is his 8th year at Sparrow, this time as the Special Activities Coordinator. You can usually find him singing around the campfire, relaxing near the swimming area, or playing some basketball or volleyball. When not at camp, Jimmy really enjoys writing and performing music, making short films, or any kind of creative endeavours. He is so so so looking forward to seeing plenty of new faces this year as well as welcoming back all the regulars!


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Kassandra Espinola

Waterfront Coordinator

Kassandra was the Waterfront Coordinator last year and loved it so much she wanted to be the Coordinator again this year! She has many years of experience being in and around water both competitively coaching and instructing people of all ages! She is currently finishing up her BA of Architecture at Carleton University and is looking forward to meeting both new and old campers!


Keagan George

Kitchen Staff

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Kiana Astaraki


This is Kiana! She is super excited to be returning to Sparrow Lake Camp for her fourth year and her first year on staff as a counsellor! She is thrilled to get to meet new campers and to also see familiar faces! Her favourite camp activities include: Quidditch, Swimming, Airbands and Campfires! Kiana is looking forward to creating many memories this summer and spending time with her campers!


Leo Ansari


This will be Leonardo's 6th year at Sparrow Lake Camp and he is psyched to be spending it as a counselor for his first year on staff. His favorite camp activities are roof ball, sailing and canoeing. He hopes to see you next summer because he knows it will be great!

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Lucas Geno

Site Staff

Hey How Are Ya? This is Lucas, some call him Geno. This will be Lucas' 4th summer at Sparrow and 2nd year on staff, returning to the Site Team! Lucas is devoted to keeping the camp clean, safe, and beautiful. His favourite Camp memory is the LIT B Out Trip to Long Lake in 2016. Lucas' favourite activity at camp is canoeing, and he loves pizza and Coca Cola. Lucas will usually be wearing a hat, earmuffs, safety glasses, a t-shirt, jeans and a pair of work boots, either holding some sort of tool, driving the EZGO, or building a campfire.

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Maeve Patten

Counsellor - Pee Wee Staff

Maeve has been coming SLC for about ten years now and never had a bad time. This will be her second year on staff, last year she was a part of the kitchen staff team and this year Maeve will be a Peewee Counsellor. She is so excited to be with the little campers this year and hopes to make as great of an impression on her campers as her counsellors did with her. Her favourite thing to do around camp is go to the water front whether it's swimming, canoeing, kayaking, or sailing, she loves the water.


Max Winkley

LIT Coordinator

This is Max. Nature is his backyard. Would you believe he is able to name you any type of insect? Well he can't, but he can be found around camp enjoying various activities. Those activities include Quidditch as he is currently a member of Texas's Quidditch team, ranked 4th in the country, playing basketball, or on the court snatching his friends ankles. Max believes camp to be the greatest place on earth, and will do everything in his power to make you feel the same way!


Marc Touma


Marc is easy going and easy to talk to, with an unending sense of humor, and a lot more energy than the average person. He loves to spend time outdoors, and enjoys making new friends everyday! Marc enjoys spending time swimming and can't wait to be a part of the staff! see you there!


Melanie Copeland


This is Melanie! This is her 7th year coming to Sparrow Lake Camp and she cant wait to show the campers this summer what she has experienced in the past as a camper herself! Her interests outside of camp include swimming (holding her NLS certification) and riding her horse.

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Nicole Schultz

CIT Coordinator

This is Nicole! She is super excited to be returning to camp as the CIT Coordinator this summer! 2018 will be Nicole's third year on staff; many of you may know her from the kitchen or as a counsellor! She is looking forward to creating an awesome leadership program, seeing new and returning campers, and helping out around camp this summer! Her favourite activities include: Campfires, Quidditch, Airbands and Canoeing! Outside of camp Nicole is a competitive track athlete at the University of Guelph where she is studying Human Kinetics! You can find her all around camp this summer, she is always up for a good chat and can't wait to meet everyone!


Owen Williams

Adventure Zone Coordinator

This is Owen, the Challenge Course Coordinator for Summer 2018. He attends Brock University for Sports Management. Sports are a big part of his life. Along with sports, he really cares about his family and friends and making people laugh!

Ryan Enarson



This is Ryan and this will be his 8th year at camp and 2nd year on staff! This year he will be a one-on-one counselor and could not be more excited to work with new kids and youth and make amazing memories with them, along with reunite with old friends and see old faces. His favourite things about camp are the amazing people he gets to interact with and the magical memories he creates! His message is to stay strong, stay positive and remember to just 'be'. 

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Rylie Loynd

Counsellor - Area of Concentration in Kayaking and Canoeing

Hey Campers! This is Rylie and she is super excited to be a counsellor this year, as well as helping with kayaking and canoeing! You might recognize her from the 10 years at SLC, as well as working in the kitchen last year! She cannot wait to return to SLC for another summer! Her favourite parts of camp have to be evening programs and meeting new campers!


Sarah Mcgonigal

Arts Coordinator

Sarah will be this years arts coordinator and she’s super excited to return for another year on staff. After completing high school through a regional arts program she’s ready to make your arts and crafts session tons of fun at Sparrow. As this is her 6th summer at SLC, she’s ready to make the camp experience just as memorable for the campers as it’s been for her.

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Skylar Barclay

Counsellor - Area of Concentration in Ropes

Skylar has been going to Sparrow Lake Camp for 5 years, and this summer she will be working as a counsellor with an area of concentration at high ropes. She goes to high school in Newmarket and is planning to study psychology in University next fall. She spends her free time either working, reading, or hanging out with her two dogs.


Stephanie De Wit


Hi! Stephanie here, and she is so excited to be working at SLC this summer. She is a very outgoing individual, who always ensures that others are having the best experience that they can involving anything and everything. She is so excited to meet all my campers this summer and to provide them with life changing experiences at camp this summer! :)


Stuart Aldebert

Sailing Coordinator

Hey everyone!! This is Stuart, your sailing Coordinator. This will be his 14th year going to Sparrow and his 2nd year on Staff. He's super excited to be back working here!

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Teta Uwamaliya

LIT Coordinator

Teta Uwamaliya was one of our counsellors last summer and is super excited to be back as one of the LIT coordinators this year. Including her camper years this will be Teta's 8th year at Sparrow, she loves everything about camp but if she had to choose her two favourite things about camp she would definitely pick camp fires and evening programs, specifically Quidditch. Last year you could probably hear her cheering on her team during any evening programs or in the canoeing area. She is ecstatic to be taking on a new leadership role, and is looking forward to spending her summer with two groups of LIT's that she knows will be amazing, She is also thrilled to be working with Max this summer. Teta knows this summer will be great and has been counting down the days since September!


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Veniamin Razin


Veniamin, or Ven, is returning for his fourth year at Sparrow Lake Camp as a Camp Counsellor. Veniamin enjoys being the centre of attention, making others laugh and being fun to hang around with. His favorite activities at camp include Canoeing, Kayaking, Out Trip, Sports and Games, Discovery and staying hydrated.