The development of Camp Ten Oaks has been informed and guided by a diverse group of dedicated volunteers who collectively make up a 40-person staff team. Our volunteer staff members are an integral part of the camp community and ensure that our campers have an unforgettable, safe and fun summer. On average, the volunteer staff at Camp Ten Oaks tend to be in their mid-twenties and choose to work at camp during their vacation time.
The Camp Ten Oaks volunteer staff team is selected, trained and supported by a leadership team comprised of five incredible volunteers: our Camp Director, Assistant Director of Healthcare, Assistant Director of Operations, Assistant Director of Programming and Assistant Director of Volunteers. Their role is to plan and lead so that things go off without a hitch and, in a more realistic world, to deal with any hitches that do happen. They are accountable for ensuring that Camp Ten Oaks meets or exceeds the standards set out by the Ontario Camping Association.
Olivia first discovered the power and magic of camp as a teenager on a canoe trip in Temagami, Ontario, and has never looked back. Coming from a queer, blended family, she has become a committed advocate for community building, leadership development, and skill sharing. Olivia’s enthusiasm for outdoor instruction and social justice has taken her far and wide for work ranging from social enterprise, leadership training, therapeutic wilderness programming, and crisis intervention. Olivia considers herself a lifelong teacher and learner, and is so excited to be a part of the magic at Ten Oaks. Olivia’s favourite things include snuggling her dogs, sing alongs, growing, canning, and pickling vegetables, and the magic of rivers.
Assistant Director of Healthcare
Bio to come!
Assistant Director of Operations
Ellen Fowler loves camp! She has been involved in the camping world (as a camper and a staff member) since the age of 6, and has no plans to ever stop. She completed her B.Ed at Queen’s University in their Outdoor and Experiential Education stream. She currently works in Toronto as a teacher, leading Kindergarten and elementary Phys-Ed. She believes in using children’s inherent desire for play to teach both physical and life skills. It is the best job in the world! Ellen works to challenge normative thinking and to advocate for marginalized groups, especially while at school. In her spare time she likes to bake sourdough bread, cook elaborate meals, bike around the city and sing any of the women and songs discography at karaoke. She cannot wait to share the magic of camp with the Ten Oaks community this summer.
Assistant Director of Staff
Currently residing in Tio’tia:ke (Montréal) on Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) territory, Shayna is a facilitator and community organizer mainly focused on sexual violence prevention and participatory research projects that act as seedlings for communities to cultivate more inclusive environments for survivors, LGBTQ2S and people with disabilities. Recently graduated from Concordia’s Human Relations and First People Studies programs, they are dedicated to meaningful decolonization in educational spaces and take a gentle, playful and experiential approach to learning and teaching.
Assistant Director of Programming
Anna Mallory has been a camper her whole life; from camping with her family, to attending or working at camps for 11 years. Although she studied Civil Engineering at Carleton University in Ottawa, Anna is currently on an adventure teaching in the Arctic. She and her partner live in Ivujivik, the northernmost community in Quebec. Whether at camp or not, Anna can be found dancing around, eating BLTs and ice cream, collecting stickers, organizing things and playing outside with her gold dog. This is her fourth year with Camp Ten Oaks, and she can’t wait to help run the behind the scenes magic that makes our camp run the way it does (smoothly and with rainbow colours).
Assistant Director of Programming
Riley Easterbrook has been in love with camp since they were little. Riley has a Bachelor of Arts in Child Health, and is currently completing their MSc in Family Relations and Human Development with a focus on LGBTQ+ families. Riley is excited to learn from the amazing Ten Oaks community this summer and share their passion for social justice, camp, and all things LGBTQ+ with the campers. Riley is also an avid board gamer and puzzle builder, and loves the challenge of building Ikea furniture.