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Our Team

Camp Kandalore Staff

At Kandalore, we’re family. Many of our skilled and dedicated staff members are former campers who love sharing the experience with new generations. All of them are outdoor enthusiasts, with training and certification in their activities, and a minimum Bronze Cross in swimming and Standard First Aid/CPR certification.

Jackie Pye
DIRECTOR
Jackie Pye

Jackie is a camp director and an educator who is passionate about creating a better world for youth through outdoor experiential programs. Her work has been centered around youth, educators, camps and schools to support experiential and mental wellness programs. As a lifelong camp enthusiast, Jackie was a counsellor, canoe trip guide and then moved on to roles such as Head of Trip and Camp Director.

Jackie has been fortunate to work in wilderness-based treatment program for youth with addictive behaviours, as well as internationally in India and Indonesia. More recently she was a project manager for mental health services in remote communities of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Ontario and education in Nunavik, Quebec. Jackie is passionate about people and nature and the intersection of mental wellness, wilderness experience and biological conservation.

Dan Elia
Outdoor Education Centre Director
Dan Elia

Dan joined the Kandalore family through the Outdoor Education Centre in 2014. Dan started his career in the camp industry in various roles at Easter Seals Camp Woodeden and Zajac Ranch for Children. After completing his Master’s program in Environment and Sustainability from Western University, Dan pursued a full-time career working with teens at Enviros Base Camp – Wilderness Treatment. Dan guides whitewater canoe trips for Kandalore throughout the summer.

Jaime Anderson
Assistant Director - Camp Life
Jaime Anderson

Jaime has spent 16 summers with Kandalore and has experience in various leadership roles in both overnight and day camps. From a young age, Jaime has loved working in environments that fostered skill development and growth, such as coaching, teaching, and mentorship programs. Jaime studied environmental engineering because for her love of problem solving, working in teams, and affinity for nature, all of which she attributes to her impactful camp experience. Jaime’s goal is to connect with campers, families and staff and provide an inclusive and engaging camp experience that promotes confidence, community and skill-building in the outdoors.

Lesley Martel
Assistant Director - Operations
Lesley Martel

Lesley has a background in Human Resources, she has a desire to continue creating a community focused on helping others. Lesley’s role oversees the ‘brains’ of camp. She deals with all registrations, transportation, Tuck Shop, in-camp food, medical, cabin placements, staff paperwork, dining hall, lost and found, parent inquiries, mail, laundry… the list goes on. Lesley works directly with the Head Office Administrator, Summer Office Administrator, International Liaison, Driver, Nurses, Doctors and Lakeside Catering staff.

Nick McKnight
Outdoor Education Centre Program Director
Nick McKnight

Nick began his adventure in the camp world in 2012 at Olympia and Camp Tamarack. In 2019 he luckily arrived at Kandalore for the winter season and has not looked back since. Coming from an education background, working at a variety of camps has made Nick realize that the best type of teaching and learning is done outdoors. Specifically all things camp-fire related; His favorites are Little Red Wagon, Boa Constrictor, and the fan-favorite: Beans.

Andrew Graham
Site Manager
Andrew Graham

You will be hard-pressed to find someone who has explored Canada more than Andrew. After gaining extensive knowledge of all lakes and rivers in Haliburton County where he grew up, he continued on to Fleming College where he became a Fish and Wildlife Technician then a Forestry Technician. He spent years exploring the James and Hudson Bay lowlands. Traveling the Coppermine River, Horton River, Bluenose Lake, and Tree River watersheds in the NWT and Nunavut as well as on to the headwaters of Stewart River watershed and numerous other Yukon Rivers and Lakes. He also won’t forget his adventures in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

He now finds himself living on his farm in Minden, and is Haliburton County’s largest food producer. Growing enormous volumes of Organic Nutrient Dense food. During most daylight hours you will find Andrew and his team somewhere around camp maintaining things to the best standards in the industry which keeps the “Kandalore Engine” running flawlessly.