Our six overnight camps in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario are provided to children affected by cancer ages 4-18. The camps are focused on kids building new skills like swimming and hiking, kayaking and storytelling, making friends and gaining memories to last a lifetime.
We also provide a leadership development camp called New Heights for teens and an adventure challenge called Breaking Borders that are designed to challenge each young person physically and mentally. We also have a Puppet Program that uses life-size puppets to teach elementary school children about childhood cancer.
Our camps are fueled by over 450 volunteers who give of their time and talents. These volunteers include our companion counselors who ensure campers have fun, our medical practitioners who ensure the safety of each child and the program and camp directors who lead our amazing programming.
We are supported by a group of generous corporations, foundations, individuals and service clubs who understand the need and how their gifts ensure our camps remain free, and that through their support each child will increase their self-esteem and their quality of life.
Camp Quality invites you to get to know our organization and the meaningful overnight camping and year-round experiences we are providing to children and families.
Mission: Camp Quality Canada is a volunteer, non-profit, charitable organization that strives to improve the quality of life for children living with cancer through camps and year-round family support programs.
Vision: We believe in improving the quality of life for children living with cancer, and for their families. We want them to find joy and hope through the healing power of laughter and optimism, shared experiences and ongoing support.
Camp Quality Canada is part of an international family of organizations originally founded in Australia in 1983 by Vera Entwistle. Vera’s mission was to provide a program to support children with cancer and their families, an area not being addressed by any other organization. Different groups with the Camp Quality name now run programs in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA, UK and Hong Kong. The largest of which is still the original Australian Camp Quality.
Camp Quality was brought to Canada in 1988. It was initiated by a group of dedicated volunteers in Southern Ontario with the first camp being held in Priceville, Ontario. Since then, we have expanded to seven camp locations across Canada, and we continue to grow in numbers each year.
While Vera was trying to come up with a name for her new camp, a doctor said to her, “No one can do anything about the quantity of life, but we all can do something about the quality.” This continues to represent the spirit of our camp – providing quality time, with the best people, through a strong and established program.
After 25 years in Canada, Camp Quality has adopted a new logo and tag line that will take us forward. This new look incorporates our Canadian heritage, the amazing and nurturing relationship of our campers and companions, and our work to ensure an uplifting experience for all!
Aaron joined Camp Quality Alberta back in 2010 and enjoyed four fantastic years at summer camp. After taking three years away to have her daughter, she’s back and more excited than ever. Aaron is looking forward to meeting all the new families that have joined the Alberta chapter, as well as seeing some familiar faces. When she isn’t working on camp, she’s keeping busy with her family in Calgary – they are an active, outdoor loving bunch with a spice for life! Health and wellness is very important to Aaron, as well constantly striving to be the best version of herself.
Glenn & Pam Mooney
Glenn and Pam live in Ottawa, Ontario and have been involved with Camp Quality for over 15 years. They know there is nowhere else in life that one could come into the presence of so many amazing people. Camp Quality has been a life changing experience for the pair. In their personal lives, Glenn manages the Energy Services division of Energy Ottawa, and Pam is the Director of Patient Care Services at the Royal Ottawa Hospital. They are driven by a primary focus: the incredible opportunity to create a program of empowerment, encouragement, and most importantly fun, for the absolute most amazing bunch of kids you will ever get the chance to hang out with.
Courtney joined Camp Quality in April of 2016. She brings over six seasons of camp programming and coordination. Her love for the outdoors and working with people is enthusiastic and you can’t help but smile when you meet her. Courtney is excited about what Camp Quality stands for and can’t wait to meet the campers, families, and make new friends. In her spare time you will find her hunting and fishing with her Labrador Retriever, Kaylee, hitting the waters of Georgian Bay or participating in adventure races.
2016 will be my twelfth summer volunteering for Camp Quality and I’ve loved every minute of it. I have been involved in many capacities at both CQ Northwestern and New Heights.
I cannot say enough about how incredible Camp Quality is. We are truly a family, and getting to spend time with everyone is always a blast! It is wonderfully rewarding to be a part of something that helps children to forget about their troubles and focus on just being kids and having fun.
Summer 2016 will mark my seventh year involved with Camp Quality Northern Ontario, and my second year as director. I look forward to the most amazing week of my year each July on the beautiful west arm of Lake Nipissing in Monetville, Ontario. I’ve had the pleasure of volunteering as a companion one-on-one with a child, and as a team leader during the early years of our teen program. Working with such an inspiring group of children and their families during our year-round programming is the utmost rewarding experience.
Having spent over twenty summers working or volunteering at children’s summer camps, there is no doubt in my mind that camp has the power to change lives – perhaps nowhere is this more evident than at Camp Quality. I began volunteering with CQNO as part of the medical team in 2007. Soon after that, I joined the Camp Organizing Committee, taking on the roles of Camper Registrar, Assistant Director, and in 2012 as Camp Director. After a few years hiatus to focus on a growing family (in real life I am an RN and a mom to three munchkins under 7), I am beyond excited to be returning to CQNO this summer as Co-Director.
Elisabeth Aschwanden & Ryan Gamble
Elisabeth is entering her third year as Co-Director at Camp Quality Southern Ontario, after 8 years on the Camp Organizing Committee and various companion roles. Elisabeth loves camp and brings her husband, parents, co workers, friends and strangers to volunteer each year! This allows her to share the experiences that make our camp week memorable and awesome as we grow the large, close-knit camp family that we have created in Southern Ontario.
Ryan is a Registered Nurse who has been the Medical Coordinator at Southern Ontario for the first two years and is now entering his third year as Co-Director. He currently lives in St. Thomas with his wife and baby. Ryan fell in love with camp his first year, taking on larger roles each summer as he developed caring relationships will all the kids and kids at heart that make camp week so special!
Living in northern Ontario has provided Veronica with unique and exciting experiences. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biomedical biology; she applies her keen skill set as a researcher at the Northeastern Cancer Centre and is a candidate for medical school. Camp Quality captured Veronica’s interest when she began volunteering at her local hospital. As an individual constantly interested in improving her community, she became involved with Camp Quality New Heights as a volunteer in 2013. Each returning year, Veronica has become more involved, currently acting as Camp Director.
National Office Staff
Associate Director of Development
Nikki is an outdoor enthusiast who also loves everything city living has to offer. She is thrilled to be able to combine her love of nature with her passion for philanthropy from CQ’s incredible head office in Toronto. After spending a decade working for a national breast cancer charity, Nikki is excited to be able to apply her fundraising skills to build support for the amazing programs Camp Quality offers. When she’s not at work, you can find Nikki paddle boarding around Toronto Island, cycling the city streets, or chasing after her crazy kids who offer a constant reminder of the importance of Camp Quality and the crucial role it plays in the lives of children affected by cancer.
Educational Program Manager
Sissi Makris joined Camp Quality in 2013 to coordinate the organization’s administrative functions and support our amazing programs. She brought to the team experience in both the corporate and non profit worlds. Previously Sissi has worked in a variety of fields, including radio production and event planning. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Marketing Management from Ryerson University.
Regional Program Manager
Courtney joined Camp Quality in April of 2016. She brings over 6 seasons of camp programming and coordination. Her love for the outdoors and working with people is enthusiastic and you can’t help but smile when you meet her. Courtney is excited about what Camp Quality stands for and can’t wait to meet the campers, families, and make new friends. In her spare time you will find her hunting and fishing with her Labrador Retriever, Kaylee, hitting the waters of Georgian Bay or participating in adventure races.
Senior Event Manager
Melanie Segal joined Camp Quality in 2016. She has an extensive background in Event Management and Design, including experiential marketing and sporting events, such the TO2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. Melanie is excited to focus her creativity and energy on CQ – to be able to provide meaningful experiences, uplifting community and social opportunities through events, while raising funds for a cause that is dear to her heart.
Regional Program Manager
Shawn joins the Camp Quality team with excitement and a love of camp. He has spent the last 20 years facilitating experiential and adventure based programs and has extensive experience managing challenge course programs. Shawn has directed programs at Camp Maple Leaf, Camp Trillium, YMCA Cedar Glen, and Trails Youth Initiatives and has trained, developed, and supervised a variety of staff teams. Shawn is passionate about intentional program design and the powerful impact camp can have on the lives of children, youth, adults, and families.
Randi Thomson joined Camp Quality in April 2014 as part-time Accountant. She has been working in Finance/Accounting for over 15 years in other industries such as Packaged Goods and Food & Beverage. More recently she has worked with a variety of children’s charities which is where her passion is. She has 2 young boys who keep her busy and with whom she enjoys spending time.
Director of Development
Bradford joined Camp Quality in March 2017. Bradford’s background is working in resource development and strategy within several broader public service sectors including higher education, healthcare, international development, and government. He has particularly enjoyed social infrastructure projects including: hospitals, universities, private treatment centers, international schools, refugee camps, and community hubs before coming on board to help to grow Camp Quality’s fundraising to send more kids to camp. Having grown up camping, canoeing and loving the Northern Ontario wilderness, Bradford is passionate about helping to share the camping experience with as many children and their families as possible.
Brendan has been working in the camping industry for over 20 years. For many of those, he worked at Camp White Pine in Haliburton, ON. Starting out on the Challenge Course, he worked his way up to Associate Director before joining the Camp Quality Team in 2012. After close to 4 years with CQ as Manager and then Director of Programs, Brendan became the Executive Director in 2016. Camp is more than just a job to Brendan and he brings his enthusiasm for creating amazing camper-centered programming to everything he does.
Board of Directors
Clara resides near Thunder Bay, ON, and serves her region in many volunteer leadership roles including the Trans Canada Trail, cross border tourism, economic development and community fundraising. Her various careers included education, event management and not for profit organizations; however, her “special place” was found in 2001 as a volunteer Camp Director for Camp Quality. She was recognized with the Power of Humanity Award by the Canadian Red Cross in 2015 for her efforts in starting CQ Northwestern Ontario. Now as national president, Clara brings to the board table the knowledge that while charities are created by the heart, they are also businesses. As ex-officio of every board committee, Clara is actively engaged in all aspects of CQ. When not busy with the above, she enjoys retirement with her husband Erwin at their home on Lake Superior.
Lilian is a Chartered Accountant and joined the Board of Directors in March 2016. She is a Senior Manager with Deloitte LLP in Toronto, and works extensively in the not-for-profit space in the areas of accounting, internal controls, process improvements, and governance. Lilian is deeply committed to Camp Quality’s mission, and believes in the healing power of laughter and friendship, both of which camp life brings. She is also a member of the Finance and Audit Committee.
Mandy Thomson enjoyed a rich career as an education administrator, partnership coordinator and curriculum and evaluation specialist for the North York Board of Education. On retirement, after updating her credentials in nonprofit management, she attempts to balance her life between doing board and hands-on nonprofit volunteering, enjoying the leisure and culture that Toronto offers, as well as wilderness canoeing and hiking, and travelling. For many years when younger, she was a keen camper, counsellor and waterfront director and is so pleased to be involved in camping again through Camp Quality. Mandy is the chairperson of the Governance and Risk Management committee.
Brandon is a Chartered Accountant joined the Board of Directors in 2013. He is a Finance Manager at TD Bank. Previously, he worked at Rogers Communications and Deloitte LLP, specializing in not-for-profit organizations. Outside of work, he has been involved in various not-for-profit organizations, including volunteering as a financial consultant for CUSO Guyana. He is also a member of the Audit and Finance Committee at Camp Quality.
Andy is a Vice President for TD Canada Trust and joined the Camp Quality board in September 2016. Andy leads TD’s Personal Lending business in Canada, and brings extensive expertise in product management, strategy and marketing. Before joining TD, Andy led the product management team for Capital One Canada, and spent time as a Management Consultant with ZS Associates. Originally from the UK, Andy has enjoyed living and working in Europe, Asia and North America. Andy holds a MBA from INSEAD in France, and undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Nottingham, England. Andy currently lives in Toronto with his wife, Kate and their two amazing daughters. Outside of work, Andy is a keen cyclist, skier and runner, and loves anything outdoors – especially camping!
Denise is a Vice President with RBC Capital Markets and joined the Camp Quality Board in 2016. Denise is a graduate of the RBCCM Global Markets Program prior to her current role in the Equity Finance Group. Denise also worked at Scotia Capital and TD Securities in various roles. Having been a camp counsellor herself, Denise is passionate about the benefits and enriching experiences that camp provides for children. She looks forward to serving Camp Quality’s mandate which is to provide uplifting experiences for kids with cancer. Outside of work, Denise can be found at the golf course with her husband, Karim, or spending quality time with their son and two dogs.
Rob has over 40 years of experience in the Canadian Banking industry and a history of tying strategy and governance protocols to the “customer” in order to look beyond the status quo, and build teamwork. Rob currently works in Data Governance for BMO Financial Group. His interest in Camp Quality Canada stems from years of camping through his involvement in Scouting both as a member and a Leader where he saw the benefits (to both mind and body) that camping brings to young people first-hand. Rob is excited to be part of the Camp Quality team and pursue the philosophy that “together, we can do anything, be anything and achieve everything.”
Sylvia has been involved with Camp Quality since 1995 when she first visited the Southern Ontario Camp with Trumpets, a cuddly mascot that delighted the campers. From that day totally smitten and committed to the philosophy of Camp Quality to bring fun and laughter to kids living with cancer. Sylvia joined the Board of Directors in 1998 and brings expertise in facilities management, customer service, purchasing and contracting, safety, and food services management to the board. She is a graduate of Le Cordon Blue, Paris, and passionate about food and wine. After her broad corporate career she enjoys using her food and wine knowledge at Quails’ Gate Estate Winery in the sunny Okanagan, where she does educational tours, wine tasting for guests from all around the world. She operates a catering business at Wine & Thyme Cooking School in Kelowna, BC. She is secretary of the national board and chairperson of the HR and Compensation and a member of the fundraising sub-committees.
Don Le Feuvre
Don is a founding director of Camp Quality Canada. He served as President of Camp Quality for six years, and he continues to serve on the Board of Directors. During his tenure as President, Camp Quality hired our first Executive Director, started our camp in Alberta, and celebrated the 10th anniversary of our Southern Ontario camp. Don retired after practicing as a lawyer for almost 35 years. He is married and has two daughters. He and his wife have two residences; they spend the summer and fall in Sidney, B.C. and the winter and spring in Saint Maarten in the Caribbean. Don’s other charitable activities include serving as a director for Community Bible Study Canada and Chosen People Ministries Canada. He and his wife serve together as facilitators of a Christian marriage program called Love After Marriage.
Michael is an Executive Creative Director and joined the Board of Directors in January 2017. Michael cut his teeth working in large and small agencies – tackling everything from branding to experiential design; and large web-press jobs to comprehensive digital experiences. Ten years ago, Michael took the helm of the in-house studio at Capital One. He hasn’t looked back – growing his team from a handful of ‘creatives’ to an agile-minded community of six teams within the company. Today, Michael’s looking to use his experience to give back to the community. His son survived cancer at a young age, which explains his enthusiasm for helping Camp Quality achieve its goals.
John is a Principal in Woodington Partners Cost Management consulting firm. He joined the Board of Directors in 1998 with the initial objective of helping out for a couple of years as a way to give back, however, over 17 years later “clearly the passion for CQ has me hooked”. John is a member of both the HR & Compensation and Governance & Succession committees. He enjoys golf, curling, travelling the world with his wife Amanda (mostly on cruises) and spending time with his growing family and two dogs Daisy and Callie.
For over two decades Julia has been involved in the outdoors camping industry. Her experiences as a college professor, Outward Bound instructor, programme director and executive director have profoundly influenced her personal and professional life. She is a lifelong learner continuing to expand her perspectives, knowledge and skills. Julia is passionate about the outdoors and the natural environment as a portal for self-discovery. She believes it is privilege to be part of the CQ Board of Directors who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of kids and their families who are affected by cancer.
Gary joined the Camp Quality Board in January 2015, and brings to the organization more than 30 years of leadership experience in the energy industry both in eastern and western Canada. His work experience includes industry association board governance, public affairs, government relations, Aboriginal, community and stakeholder relations, as well as advocacy on energy policy and related climate change issues. In his current role Gary is responsible for leading the commercial development of natural gas-related infrastructure in the west for what is now North America’s premier energy infrastructure company. Along with his fellow board members, Gary shares the simple vision of providing uplifting experiences for kids with cancer. Originally from Ontario and a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Gary is now a long-time resident of Calgary, Alberta and brings a western Canadian perspective to our growing national organization.
Isabelle joined the Board of Directors in 2010 after being involved with Camp Quality in Ottawa for several years. Isabelle has been a Pediatric Interlink Community Nurse for the past 5 years, and coordinates care for children and teens and their families through the childhood cancer experience. She has worked extensively in the field as research nurse, educator and clinical nurse for about 20 years in Canada, the U.S. and abroad. She hopes to assist in the continued expansion of Camp Quality programs and contribute to the ongoing positive impact they have on the childhood cancer population. In 2016, Isabelle moved from the Board to the Medical Advisory Committee.
Where The Money Goes
The funds we raise support our camps and year-round family programming!
Camp Quality Canada is a national organization that offers camps and year-round family programming in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario.
The average cost of sending a child to CAMP is $1,500. And since we rely on the support of volunteers to help us run these camps, we need to cover the cost of training them and having them at camp too!
In addition to camp week, each of our six camps in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario also hold FAMILY FUN DAYS and/or reunions throughout the year to ensure that families, campers and volunteers come together and connect beyond a single week in the summer. We regularly see that once a child become a part of the CQ Family, a bond forms and one week at camp just isn’t enough!
Our PUPPET TEAMS also require financial support to cover the cost of travel, promotional and resource materials. These teams are active in B.C., Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario and reach 23,000 elementary students each year!
Since many of the families we meet are affected by the financial impact of cancer, we are also working on establishing a FINANCIAL SUPPORT program to help camper families who encounter difficulties. Stay tuned for updates!
Want to know more about us? Want to donate or volunteer? You’ve come to the right place!
Camp Quality Canada
1444 Queen Street East
Phone: 416-406-CAMP (2267)
Toll Free: 1-866-738-8011
Clara Butikofer, President
Brendan Turner, Executive Director
Nikki Byrne, Associate Director of Development
Sissi Makris, Educational Program Manager
Courtney Parker, Regional Program Manager
Melanie Segal, Senior Event Manager
Shawn Stetson, Regional Program Manager
Randi Thomson, Finance Manager