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Puppet Program

The Camp Quality Puppet Program is a community education outreach program that teaches kids about childhood cancer. Using four life-size puppets, the presentation helps children understand the importance of caring for and offering support to one another, especially when a child has a major illness such as cancer.

Camp Quality Puppet Program performances are free for elementary schools, and are made possible by our dedicated group of community volunteers. To find out more about having the Puppet Program visit your school, please contact your local Puppet Team.

For the French version of the website, please click here.

Meet the Puppets


Sophie is going through chemotherapy treatments for leukemia. She has recently returned to school and is sensitive to the reactions of her classmates, as her treatments have made her hair fall out. She is courageous and willing to share her story so everyone will understand what cancer is and that she is still the same person who wants to play and have fun like all the other kids.


Matthew is a young cancer survivor. He had a tumour in his leg that resulted in amputation. He is a very positive person with a great sense of humour. He is not shy about his amputation or the fact that he had cancer and he helps others to be comfortable with this fact as well.


Natalie is Sophie’s best friend from school. She is very curious about Sophie’s cancer, but accepting as well. She is trying hard to be a good friend and support Sophie as she returns to school.


Jack is a good friend of Matt’s who also goes to school with Sophie and Natalie. Although Jack is sometimes scared of cancer and the fact that Matt lost his leg, he enjoys their friendship and is proud to call Matt his friend.



Puppet Teams

Nanaimo, British Columbia

Co-Directors: Barbara Fallis and Eric Johnson  

Durham Region Ontario

Co-Directors: Sonja Shepherd and Jeannette McCrae;; 905.579.4833

Simcoe Region Ontario

Director: Harry Lehman; 705.434.9131

Sudbury Ontario

Sudbury French Program
Director: Marie-Paule LaRocque; 705.969.5552

Thunder Bay Ontario

Thunder Bay Area
Director: Gladys Berringer; 807.345.4912


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Become a Puppet Program volunteer

Volunteers are the backbone of Camp Quality and the Puppet Program. All our volunteers are a valuable and essential part of what we hope to achieve within the school program.

All Camp Quality volunteers are 18 years of age or older, and are approved through an application and screening process. This program follows the school year, and requires volunteer hours during the school day. Thank you so much for considering volunteering for the puppet program. We look forward to hearing from you.

Please contact Nicola Elbro: or 1-866-738-8011


For the French version of this web page, click here.