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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.

Carly Reid
Assistant Director - Program
Carly Reid

Spending over 17 years exploring the water ways of Algonquin Park and Temagami, Carly has experienced first hand the importance and immense impact that outdoor education and adventure has on youth. Having over 300 days of canoe tripping under her belt, Carly has been a fierce advocator for getting kids outside, promoting a strong sense of self, reverence for others and respect for the environment. For the past three years Carly has worked as the Youth Programs Director for an adventure company in British Columbia where she had the opportunity to create and facilitate enriching outdoor adventure based camps. It is her experience as a passionate guide, leader and program director throughout her camp career that allows Carly to continue to generate positives impacts within the wonderful camp communities.

Lesley Martel
Assistant Director - Operations
Lesley Martel

Lesley joined the Kandalore family back in 2019. 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.

Quinten Beelik
Prep Junior Section Head

Quinten Beelik

Quinten started coming to Kandalore as a “weeker” camper in the summer of 2007. He developed a love for all things outdoors from an early age, having spent many summers camping with his parents in Algonquin Park. During the school year, Quinten studies public policy and international relations at Carleton University while working part-time at Global Affairs Canada.

Ellianna Sartor
Prep Junior Section Head

Ellianna Sartor

Ellianna Sartor is excited to be returning to Kandalore for her ninth summer this year! Currently Ellianna is studying in the Rotman Commerce Program at the University of Toronto. Ellianna’s regatta team is the Pioneers and her favourite activity is swim!

Michael Cronin
Inter Section Head

Michael Cronin

Michael has grown up with Kandalore through 12 summers of being a camper, LIT, and now a staff. He is currently in his first year at Queen’s University, studying Mathematics and Engineering. He loves exploring the outdoors, hiking, canoeing, and ski trips all over the country. When away from camp, Michael still loves making a difference in children’s lives as a ski and tennis instructor. He is excited for this upcoming summer and to give Inter campers the same special and transformative experience that he had growing up at camp.

Brianna Jeffrey
Inter Section Head

Brianna Jeffrey

Brianna first attended Kandalore in 2021 and is so excited to return for her second year at camp. Brianna is going into her third year of sociology at Queen’s University and has spent most of her life as a competitive dancer. She also loves all things outdoors, including skiing, wake surfing and playing tennis. Brianna can’t wait for another amazing summer at camp!

Reed Tucker
Senior Section Head

Reed Tucker

This will be Reed’s fifth summer at Kandalore. His love of the outdoors and his passion for community involvement have guided him through our leadership programs. He has helped to provide environmental education to youth in his community and has dedicated hundreds of hours to creating and restoring green spaces in his hometown of CBS, Newfoundland. He is studying biomedical sciences at the University of Ottawa and is working towards a career in medicine. Some of his favourite spots at camp are sauna bridge, the museum, and Chapter Island.

Elise Kieffer
Senior Section Head

Elise Kieffer

This will be Elise’s 11th year at camp. She is completing a bachelor’s degree at Carleton University in Journalism with a minor in Communications and Media Studies. She enjoys spending time in nature with friends, going to museums, skiing, writing, and reading.

Adam Morley
Pathfinder Director

Adam Morley

Adam has been with Kandalore for five years and is happy to have found an outdoor home that has a developed passion for in and out of camp fun! He is working towards a career in teaching and leading engaging outdoor fun. He will be leading our Pathfinder program this year and helping our future leaders and counsellor’s to develop their own styles of leadership.

Anna Richardson
LIT Director

Anna Richardson

Anna has her MSc in Education from the University of Portsmouth and specialised in the relationship between physical activity and student mental health/wellbeing. She was President of the University’s Kayak Club and led trips all over the UK and to the French alps, as well as travelling to Nepal with my boat for a multi-day kayak expedition. She stayed at Kandalore during winter 20/21 and visited again in Summer 2021, which is when she knew she had to work in this magical place. She is so excited to meet the LITs and have the best summer ever!

Braedon Pauze
LIT Director

Braedon Pauze

This will be Braedon’s first year at Kandalore! He is so excited to for this new opportunity and the chance to bond with an incredible group of LITs. He studied Honours English Literature and Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. Previously, he’s enjoyed thirteen summers on the sunny shores of Canoe Lake attending Camp Ahmek. He spent seven years working there ranging from counsellor to program director to guiding a 50 day canoe trip. He also spent 2021 teaching English abroad in Berlin. 

Becky Tydeman
LIT Director

Becky Tydeman

Becky is joining us from the UK. She has worked 3 summers at a summer camp in America, 2 seasons of Outdoor Education at Kandalore and a season of Outdoor Education in Australia. She has been in Australia for 3 years traveling and working and she’s looking forward to her next big step moving to Canada and starting her journey at Kandalore as an LIT director.

Grace Godden
Explorer 2 Director

Grace Godden

Grace is returning to Kandalore for her 12th summer, after taking a yearlong hiatus, spent fine-tuning her big water paddling skills as a raft guide in Fernie, BC! She is currently spending her days buried in first year law school textbooks, day dreaming about the summer days to come. She cannot wait to see all of the leaders smiley faces!

Mike Seaboyer
Trip Director

Mike Seaboyer

Mike is going into his tenth summer at Kandalore, sixth summer in the tripping department. He has also worked at Kandalore’s Outdoor Education Centre for ten seasons. Mike has led trips all over Ontario and Quebec, and is looking forward to working with our Trippers to develop numerous skills over summer 2022.

Stu Holden
Trip Director

Stu Holden

Stu is in his 24th year at Kandalore. He has held many roles as a staff. Stu has led multiple Explorer trips and has paddled almost all of Kandalore’s rivers. Most recently he has helped to lead the trip department.

Sophie Clark
Special Program Director

Sophie Clark

Sophie is excited to be joining Kandalore for her first summer! With experience in programming and directing Day Camp, she is ready and excited to plan special events for the campers and staff this summer. She is currently studying Biology at Queen’s University, and loves learning about wildlife preservation, and climate sustainability. You can normally find Sophie hiking with her dog, kayaking, or just soaking up the sun! She cannot wait to meet everyone!

Miguel Mabalay
Communications Director

Miguel Mabalay

Miguel has attended overnight camps for over 14 years and has held numerous leadership positions. He knows first-hand that a well-run camp can make incredible contributions to both children and staff, the main one in his opinion is helping them grow in confidence. The safe environment that summer camp provides allows for kids to be kids, to not be worried about failure, and can have similar positive experiences to what he has had that will affect them forever.

Ash Krueger
Program Director

Ash Krueger

This will be Ash’s first summer at Kandalore! Along with three seasons in the OEC I have four years of camp experience as a mountain bike counsellor, Assistant Director and Director. After working at camp and completing my degree in Sports Development I discovered my passion for youth development while learning and playing outdoors.

Andrew Porter
Explorer 2 Tripper

Andrew Porter

This will be Andrew’s fifth year working at Kandalore and his 2nd explorer he will be getting the chance to guide. He is currently studying Psychology at Bishops University. Andrew loves spending his time in the outdoors paddling, skateboarding and snowboarding. He is extremely excited to be back at camp this summer and can’t wait to get out on the river!