The development of Camp Ten Oaks has been informed and guided by a diverse group of dedicated volunteers who collectively make up a 30-person staff team. Our 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 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 staff team is selected, trained and supported by a leadership team comprised of four incredible volunteers: our Camp Director, Assistant Director of Staffing, Assistant Director of Programming and Assistant Director of Operations. 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.
Marcus Logan has over 20 years experience working with LGBTQ+ youth and communities. As the Supervisor of LGBTQ+ Education and Support Services for the Reach Out Centre for Kids in Burlington, Ontario, Marcus provides supportive environments and programs for LGBTQ+ youth and their families. Marcus grew up on Lake Temagami and his family often found him sleeping in his canoe, late for meals because he sailed to far to get back on time, and fishing with his dad. As a queer parent, Marcus and his husband have two children who attend Camp Ten Oaks and have come to love camp and see it as an important part of their year.
Assistant Director of Staffing
Claire Bodkin is a queer femme who can often be found cooking, walking her dogs, paddling a canoe, or reading. She is pursuing a Masters of Public Health at the University of Toronto and is a research project coordinator for the Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank. She serves on the board of directors for the Parkdale Community Health Centre, and works as a freelance facilitator of workshops about healthy youth development, youth engagement, the social determinants of health, and LGBTQ+ youth specific needs and issues. She worked in the camping industry for over ten years with the YMCA of Western Ontario, YMCA of Calgary, and Easter Seals Alberta, and is thrilled to be able to continue playing with children and youth outdoors at Camp Ten Oaks!
Assistant Director of Operations
Roger Bower has been working in the recreation/camp worlds for more than 15 years. Originally from Montreal, Roger completed his diploma in Community Recreation Leadership Training (CRLT) at Dawson College. He has held leadership positions in camps in Ontario and Quebec. Outside of the camp season, Roger has worked in the LGBTQ+ community sector in Montreal and Toronto. His focus has been in creating and delivering trainings/workshops for health and social service providers, educators, and students aimed at increasing their capacity to work with and support Trans populations. Currently, Roger teaches CPR/first aid in and around Toronto. In his free time he likes to paint, repair/refinish furniture, and get to lakes as often as possible.
Assistant Director of Programming
Ashling Ligate possesses over six years of experience in community health and youth engagement. She was raised by a wide circle of people of various sexual orientations and cultural backgrounds. She grew up on Six Nations of the Grand River territory (Kitchener-Waterloo) and spent much of her young years playing dress-up in the woods. She holds a Master’s of Education from the University of Toronto and has recently returned to school to become a nurse. Last year, she presented at the Community Health Nurses of Canada’s annual conference on the needs of transgender clients and their families. Camp Ten Oaks is one of Ashling’s favourite places on earth and she cannot wait to return for another magical year!