Support Centre Staff
The camps that make up the Camp Quality Canada network, receive support services to help them positively impact the lives of children and families affected by cancer and serious illness.
Located in Toronto, Ontario, the Support Centre works with the CQ camps to ensure a a high level of standards are maintained, through programs and medical support. The Support Centre Team aims to raise awareness and fundraise at a National level in support of the camp programs and provides training and resources to the Camp Organizing Committees.
National Program Manager
From Toronto, Lauren is a playful professional who is passionate about camp and people. Over the past decade, she has worked for Camp Oochigeas, the YMCA and the SeriousFun Children’s Network, supporting children with serious health challenges and their families, in Canada, the United States, Africa, India and Southeast Asia. For Lauren, camp is the perfect place for youth to gain a feeling of autonomy, develop mastery and foster a sense of connectedness. Lauren loves being apart of the CQ team and enjoys engaging with the campers, families and the volunteer community! In her spare time, Lauren enjoys travelling, playing the ukulele and spending time at the park with her dog, Beau.
Kristen is a passionate fundraising professional with recent experience at the Canadian Cancer Society. Having spent 9 childhood summers at camp both as a camper and as staff, Kristen is a big believer in the “magic of camp” and the therapeutic power of spending time in nature. Her fond memories of camp fuel her excitement to raise funds for the children and families of Camp Quality! She has a background in project management and a love of spreadsheets that balances her big ideas and creative spirit. When she’s not fundraising, Kristen loves to travel and is always planning her next big adventure.
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.
Program & Administrative Coordinator
Maya Stern, joined the team in January 2019 part-time as the Breaking Borders facilitator, and has since moved into the role of Program & Administrative Coordinator. Maya is a non-profit professional and nature enthusiast, who is excited about expanding her career at Camp Quality! She is motivated to help people get outside, and relishes in improving organizational systems and efficiencies. Maya developed her environmental programming and administrative skills working with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs. Her experience as an outdoor educator and summers spent at camp as a child, have provided her with insight into how time spent in the outdoors and community can help children heal, and it is her goal to provide this opportunity to more children. Maya spends her free time practicing yoga, growing her own food and hiking.
Jarvis brings over 10 years of experience in children’s camping and over 5 years of executive leadership in charity management to his new role with Camp Quality. Originally from Kitchener, he has lived all over Canada, most recently in Collingwood, Ontario, where he held leadership roles with the YMCA and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In camping, Jarvis worked with the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, Camp Summit, the YMCA and ALIVE Outdoors. Children’s causes have been the common thread and passion of Jarvis’ entire life. Jarvis is thrilled to lead Camp Quality into its next chapter, and looks forward to meeting all of the campers, parents, donors and hundreds of volunteers.
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.
Chief Fetch Officier (CFO)
Beau is a total people-pleaser. His infectious excitement and never-ending need for cuddles means he’s a complete bundle of joy and fun around the CQ Support Centre.Woof Woof.
Board of Directors
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.
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. Michael is chair of the HR and Compensation Committee.
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 chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and co-chair of the Fundraising Committee.
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.” Rob is co-chair of the Governance and Succession Committee.
Ron Foreman has owned and operated an Internet marketing company since 2004. Prior to that he owned a software training school and a wholesale hardware business. He is married, has 3 sons and a granddaughter. He enjoys yoga, Pilates, golf, meditation, hiking, half marathons, cross-country skiing and business technology.
Frederick (Fred) Glady
Fred Glady BA (dist.), LL.B., LL.M. is a business executive and lawyer with 25 years’ experience helping businesses, large and small, set and achieve strategic objectives. Early in his career, Fred provided legal services to technology businesses during the dotcom era. Fred then spent over 18 years at Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading provider of news and information-based tools to professionals, going on to lead three commercial divisions and marketing in Canada. Today, Fred is a business advisor to early-stage technology companies. A childhood camper, and now a parent of two (grown) former camper children, Fred knows the magic of summer camps for kids. Fred is committed to Camp Quality’s cause and is honoured and thrilled to be a board member.
Vlada is a Project Manager at a law firm and joined the Camp Quality Board in May 2018. She is also a certified Project Management Professional, having worked in project control at Deloitte prior to her current role.
Vlada has always had a passion for the nonprofit sector, particularly in health care, having worked with the CFO at Crohn’s and Colitis Canada and at Heart and Stroke Foundation, in their finance departments. She steadfastly believes in supporting organizations that are involved in eradicating diseases and making the lives of others better. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute her skills and be a part of Camp Quality and its mission.
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.
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. Denise is co-chair of the Fundraising Committee.
Allison joined the Camp Quality Board in 2019. Originally from Northern Ontario, Allison brings to the table her 10 year volunteer experience with Camp Quality Northern Ontario, filling positions as a companion, teen program developer, volunteer coordinator, family coordinator and 3 years as Camp Director. She has seen first hand the magic of our camps, providing life-changing moments for children affected by cancer and their siblings. In real life, Allison is a Research Fellow at McMaster University conducting clinical trials to understand the changes of our immune system due to new and developing cancer therapies. In her off time, you may find Allison hiking trails, traveling to new destinations or rock climbing.
Darin has over 20 years of experience in the investment management industry, both from a private client and institutional perspective. Prior to joining the CC&L Private Capital team, Darin was an executive with a major Canadian wealth management firm, directly responsible for the delivery of their proprietary investment solutions. Since 1998 he has held the CFA designation and is a member of the CFA Institute.
Council of Advisors
Don Le Feuvre, Chair Emeritus
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 Council of Advisors. 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.
Clara resides near Thunder Bay, ON, and contributes her non profit knowledge in many volunteer leadership roles including the Trans Canada Trail, cross border tourism, economic development and community fundraising. Having served on the Camp Quality board for 13 years and at the camp level for 4 more, Clara is ready to wind down her active involvement, however she will continue to advise on the importance of creating a Camp Quality family at all levels of the organization through fun and meaningful activities for kids with cancer, their families and the volunteers who help them.
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 to give back. As his passion for CQ grew, he has remained closely involved with the organization for over 20 years, previously as a Board Member, Vice-president, Chair of the Nominating Committee, and also as member of the HR & Compensation, Governance & Succession, and Fundraising/Marketing committees. He enjoys golf, curling, travelling the world with his wife Amanda (mostly on cruises) and spending time with his growing family and two pets Callie and Rosey.
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 Council of Advisors.
Dr. Danielle Weidman
Danielle is a Paediatric Haematologist/Oncologist in Toronto. She has been involved with Camp Quality since 2004 when she co-founded Camp Quality Manitoba (CQMB). Through her experiences with Camp Quality, her passion for childhood cancer was nurtured, which led her to pursue her medical career. Danielle was an active member of the CQMB Camp Organizing Committee (COC) for thirteen years, and remains involved in an advisory role. In addition, she was a member of the inaugural COC of Camp Quality New Heights. Over the years she has been a strong advocate for Camp Quality and childhood cancer in general. She enjoys travelling, spin classes, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her husband David and their family.
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.