As we look back fondly on a terrific 2019 camping season at Wenonah, we also look ahead with great anticipation to the 2020 season and beyond.
We are excited to announce the creation of two new full-time/year-round positions at Wenonah. And we are THRILLED to announce that two of Canada’s most well-regarded and highly respected camping leaders will join our team.
We proudly welcome back (after a decade away) long-time Wenonah staff member and former Co-Director Mike “Stewy” Stewart to the role of “Senior Director – Logistics” and we enthusiastically welcome to Wenonah, Jennifer “JJ” Jupp to the role of “Senior Director – Experience”.
Working alongside our year-round Management Team, Stewy will have the overall responsibility for the administration and operations at Wenonah while JJ will have the overall responsibility for the Summer Camp and Outdoor Education Centre (Spring and Fall) experiences.
MIKE “STEWY” STEWART
SENIOR DIRECTOR – LOGISTICS
Mike brings over 30 years of camp experience, including 15 years as a Director and Manager, with him as he returns to Wenonah in a new role. Stewy, as he is known at Camp, previously worked with the Department of Athletics & Recreation at Ryerson University in Toronto, where he led Ryerson Summer Day Camps over six years of significant growth and development. Prior to that, Stewy was Program Manager with Amici Camping Charity, an organization that helps send underprivileged children to Ontario summer camps. For six years, in the 2000s, he was a Co-Director at Wenonah, providing leadership to both Summer Camp and the Outdoor Education Centre. Stewy is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Bachelor of Education) and Trent University (Bachelor of Arts). He sits on the Executive of the Board of the Canadian Camping Association (CCA) serving as National Communications Chair, and is a former Director on the Board of the Ontario Camps Association (OCA). He is a co-chair of the OCA Annual Conference, and sat on the organizing committee of the U Sports Women’s Basketball Championship held in Toronto in 2019. In recognition of his volunteer work and professional experience in the field of children’s camping, he has received the Jack Pearse Award of Honour from the Canadian Camping Association (CCA), the Ron & Mickey Johnstone Youth Leadership Award (OCA), Volunteer Recognition Award (CCA), and Award of Merit (International Camping Fellowship). Stewy and his wife Gemma divide their time between their home in Toronto and their cottage near Wenonah.
JENNIFER “JJ” JUPP
SENIOR DIRECTOR – EXPERIENCE
JJ’s life focus has been summer camp since she first attended overnight camp at YMCA Camp Wanakita when she was nine years old. For close to 30 years, JJ has worked tirelessly to create emotionally and physically safe places for children and adults to become and to belong. With summer camp and outdoor education as her vehicles, JJ’s mission is to help create a world where people are highly tolerant of others despite differences, where people lead others with confidence and humility, and where people love and cherish each other and the planet. JJ has directed at Ontario summer camps for 25 years including over ten years each at Camp Arowhon/The Camp Arowhon Outdoor Centre, and Camp Wanapitei. Prior to full-time, year-round positions, JJ held positions as Camp Counsellor, Leadership Director, Section Director, Head Counsellor, Assistant Director and Associate Director. With a degree in Outdoor and Experiential Education, JJ also worked as a teacher of specialized outdoor leadership programs for the Halton Board of Education over a 15 year period. Offering her leadership to the Ontario Camps Association (OCA), JJ has sat on several task forces and committees and has co-chaired the OCA Annual Directors Conference. She currently sits on the OCA’s Board of Directors. One of JJ’s favourite things in life is facilitating experiences and training sessions. She has had the privilege of presenting at many camping conferences: OCA Skills Weekend, OCA Counsellor Conference, the OCA Directors Conference and the Children’s Oncology Camping Conference and at other Ontario camps. As a professional facilitator, JJ has been a diversity trainer and has guided workplace culture transformation in varied settings. JJ and her husband Woody (Eoin Wood) live in Guelph, Ontario with their kids, Anna (15) and Charlie (8), their two dogs, and four backyard chickens.