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Camp Director & Owner
Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da is currently directed and owned by Pam Lamont and her husband David Smith. Pam directs the camp on a day to day basis and has been active with Mi-A-Kon-Da for over 30 years as a camper, staff member, Nurse and Director. She is passionate about the outdoor summer camp experience and is excited to provide an opportunity for other girls to share the joy. As Director, Pam is very committed to her staff, as well as ensuring that each camper has a positive camp experience.
Pam has a background in critical care nursing and holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing Education. She has held various teaching positions including on the faculty at the University of Toronto. Pam continues to provide leadership and guidance to the Ontario Camps Association’s Health Care Committee. Her educational background and significant experience in the camping field are great assets to camp life.
Katelyn Steer (BA, RECE)
Katelyn Steer is entering her 14th year here at Mi-A-Kon-Da and has attended camp since she was 10 years old. Throughout her years on staff, Katelyn has fulfilled a variety of roles including Dishwasher, Driftwood and Centre Counsellor as well as Arts and Crafts Instructor. Katelyn concluded her time on counsellor staff as Program Director; in this role, she planned and organized daily camp programming for the campers and staff at camp.
In her current role as Assistant Director, Katelyn oversees day-to-day camp life by working closely with both Mi-A-Kon-Da campers and counsellors during the summer. In the off season, Katelyn manages communications with campers, parents and staff to ensure that all questions regarding the upcoming season of camp are answered. In addition, she is busy planning programs for the upcoming camp season that directly benefit the development of our campers.
Katelyn is a Registered Early Childhood Educator and holds an undergraduate degree in History. She has a genuine passion for working with children of all ages; Katelyn brings her experience in child development as well as her leadership capabilities to Mi-A-Kon-Da year after year.
Brandon Smith (BASc, MBET)
Brandon’s Mi-A-Kon-Da experience began as a one-week-old baby attending camp with his mother, Pam Lamont, who was the camp nurse at the time. Since then, Pam has become the Director and Owner and Brandon has grown into one of the longest standing employees at Mi-A-Kon-Da. Through his 10 years on staff he has worked to ensure that the camp continues to run smoothly as a Canoe Tripper, Maintenance and Dishwasher.
In his current role as Assistant Director, Brandon oversees the operations of the camp to ensure there is tasty food to eat, the facilities are clean and all of the camp infrastructure is in working order. In the off season, Brandon continues to support the camp in a variety of roles including IT, construction and maintenance, inventory management, and new program development.
With a background in engineering and entrepreneurship, Brandon is passionate about building and designing a unique camp experience while maintaining the core philosophy that defines Mi-A-Kon-Da.
“I believe sincerely in the educational, social and recreational values of residential camping. Camp provides an ideal environment for a young woman to grow and mature; feeling valued, confident and capable. She learns cooperation, independence and an appreciation for her natural surroundings. Each summer she creates lasting memories and develops lifelong friendships. The best part about this is that she has a whole lot of fun in the process!”
– Pam Lamont