Posted April 2018
At Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da we are fortunate to have such a strong group of returning staff every year. We want to take this opportunity to recognize and introduce our most senior-level staff that will be staying in Cook’s Cabin this year.
“Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da is so special because it truly gives girls the chance to grow into their own person, try new adventures, and create memories and friendships that will last forever. I believe the role of a counsellor is to facilitate this incredible experience and growth for each girl as a unique individual; understanding that every girl has different strengths, weaknesses, priorities, and ideas of fun is integral to creating a wonderful camp experience.”
– Laura Power
Laura Power – Program Director
Mi-A-Kon-Da is Laura’s favourite place to be – a place where she believes girls can truly be themselves, grow as individuals and develop confidence through skill building, social interactions, and participating in creative programming. As a camper Laura participated fully in camp activities and from that, learned so many lessons that still apply to her current life. Lessons in perseverance, determination, goal-setting, and teamwork are not ones that are lost later in life!
Laura is excited to be returning to Mi-A-Kon-Da as Program director for the 2018 camp season with this summer being her 14th year at camp. Having fulfilled various roles at camp such as dishwasher, Head of Sailing, Head of Leadership, and Head of Centre, Laura is looking forward to creating fun programming, events, and Evening Programs for the girls this summer. Laura will be entering her 4th year of the Undergraduate Nursing Program at Western University in the fall.
Rachel McVittie – CIT Director
Camp is always buzzing with energy, laughter and friendly faces everywhere you go which might be intimidating and exhausting for someone who is introverted. As an introvert herself, Rachel has shown that camp can be a positive experience for everyone whether you are reserved, quiet, boisterous or energetic. Rachel uses her experience and learnings from her early years at Mi-A-Kon-Da to ensure that the camp program and staff recognize camper differences, enabling them to have the best possible summer experience. Remembering looking up to her counsellors as a young girl, Rachel aims to set that same example for the CITs and campers to grow into effective leaders and role models.
Rachel McVittie is returning for a 2nd year as CIT Director. This will be her 5th year on staff and 13th summer at Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da. She is in the Arts & Science Program at McMaster University.
Julia Senyshen – Head of Driftwood
As a camper, what Julia found most important and impactful in her life, especially today, was the ability to work as an individual and in a team with others. Having the option to choose what activities interest you most is a unique experience to discover new passions, interests, and experiences. Overall camp has presented Julia the opportunity to distinguish herself as a leader through teamwork and mentorship initiatives; skills that will stay with her throughout her life.
This will be Julia’s 7th summer at Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da. Julia has been attending summer camps since the age of 6 and has loved every experience since the very beginning. This year Julia will be Head of Driftwood section for her 2nd consecutive year. As a 4th year counsellor, Julia will also share her passion of sailing with campers by teaching it during the day. Sailing since the age of 6 and having competed in national sailing regattas, Julia has extensive experience and skills to pass on to young girls at camp.
Julia’s favourite camp activities are sailing, canoeing and canoe tripping! In the winter months, she can be found at the Caledon Ski Club working as a certified ski instructor. Throughout the rest of the year Julia attends Queen’s University studying politics and economics.
Kate McDevitt – Head of Centre
As a camper, nothing was more special to Kate than forming a bond with her counsellor every summer. To Kate, a counsellor was not only someone who cared for her away from home, but they were a friend who supported her and made her stay at camp as much fun as possible. Now, as a counsellor, Kate cherishes the relationships she gets to build with campers, and believes that spending her summers growing alongside campers all while providing them with the best camp experience is one of the most special jobs in the world.
Camp has given Kate opportunities to learn how to be a leader in a place full of supportive girls, and has given her a confidence in herself that she feels originated on the welcoming and cheerful island of Mi-A-Kon-Da.
Kate has been coming to Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da since she was a young driftwood and this summer will be her 10th spent on the island. She will work as Head of Centre section and teach sailing. Kate currently studies economics at McGill University, and cannot wait to return to camp for another fantastic summer.
Isabel Thomas – Head of Senior
Having attended camp for so long, it has become an integral part of both Isabel’s summer and her life. As a counsellor, Isabel loves having the opportunity to provide an amazing camp experience for other young girls. She believes that part of what makes camp so special is that the camp experience is unique for everyone. Helping girls find what activities and experiences will be meaningful and memorable for them is what makes being a counsellor so rewarding.
In Isabel’s position as Head of Senior she plans activities for the senior campers and assist in creating a fun, positive environment in senior section. As Head of Kayaking she ensures that the campers can feel safe to push their boundaries, work towards new goals and have a whole lot of fun on the water. Through these two positions Isabel feels that she can not only help campers learn outdoor skills but also gain an appreciation for nature, build self-confidence and form lifelong memories.
Isabel is coming back to camp for her 13th year this summer, her 5th year on staff at Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da. During the year she studies Neuroscience at Dalhousie University and will be going into her final year in the fall.