Meet Our Directors
The Wenonah Management Team provides year-round, full-time direction to all aspects of the Wenonah experience. Founder / Owner Jeff Bradshaw provides overall leadership to the Wenonah experience. Senior Director (Experience) Jennifer “JJ” Jupp oversees the camper experience and Wenonah Outdoors while Senior Director (Program) Eoin “Woody” Wood provides overall direction to our program as well as the POLARIS and WCIT leadership programs. Fraser “Tito” McOuat serves as Senior Director (Operations), overseeing our food service and property teams. Sarah MacPherson (Director of Administration) oversees all Summer Camp registration and other administrative matters. Other members of the Wenonah Management Team provide their expertise and support to a number of different areas.
The Wenonah Management Team includes:
A veteran camping professional, Jeff’s career in camping began in 1978 and includes thirty years as a Camp Director. He is Past President of the Ontario Camps Association (OCA), a two term Past President of the Canadian Camping Association (CCA), and currently serves the global camping movement as Vice President of the International Camping Fellowship. He is also a member of the OCA Covid-19 Task Force. Jeff received the highest honour in Canadian camping, the Ron Johnstone Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the most prestigious award from the OCA, the Dorothy Walter Award of Excellence. Jeff has led and facilitated training and professional development in Australia, Japan, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Russia, Venezuela, Cyprus, Mexico, Colombia, Taiwan, across the United States and in nine Canadian provinces. He has coordinated the annual OCA Skills Weekend; served on many OCA Committees and Task Forces; led workshops and seminars, and is a member of the Society of Camp Directors. Jeff’s extensive camping background also includes many years (dating back to 1968) as a camper, counsellor in training, junior counsellor, counsellor, section director, leadership director, program specialist, area head and Outdoor Centre Program Coordinator. Prior to becoming the Founder/Executive Director of Camp Wenonah, Jeff held several full-time, year round positions including Director of Camping for the YMCA; the Director of Camp Couchiching (including the Ontario Cystic Fibrosis Camp) and the founding Director of the Couchiching Outdoor Centre.
Jennifer "JJ" Jupp
Senior Director - Experience
JJ’s life focus has been summer camp since she first attended overnight camp at YMCA Camp Wanakita when she was nine years old. For close to 30 years, JJ has worked tirelessly to create emotionally and physically safe places for children and adults to become and to belong. With summer camp and outdoor education as her vehicles, JJ’s mission is to help create a world where people accept one another across differences, where people lead others with confidence and humility, and where we love, cherish, and protect the earth. JJ has directed at Ontario summer camps for 25 years including over ten years each at Camp Arowhon/The Camp Arowhon Outdoor Centre, and Camp Wanapitei. Prior to full-time, year-round positions, JJ held positions as Camp Counsellor, Leadership Director, Section Director, Head Counsellor, Assistant Director and Associate Director. With a degree in Outdoor and Experiential Education, JJ also worked as a teacher of specialized outdoor leadership programs for the Halton Board of Education over a 15 year period. Offering her leadership to the Ontario Camps Association (OCA), JJ has sat on several task forces and committees and has co-chaired the OCA Annual Directors Conference. She currently sits on the OCA’s Board of Directors as Vice President. One of JJ’s favourite things in life is facilitating experiences and training sessions. She has had the privilege of presenting at many camping conferences: OCA Skills Weekend, OCA Counsellor Conference, the OCA Directors Conference and the Children’s Oncology Camping Conference and at other Ontario camps. As a professional facilitator, JJ has been a diversity trainer and has guided workplace culture transformation in varied settings. JJ and her husband Woody (Eoin Wood) live in Guelph, Ontario with their kids, Anna (17) and Charlie (11), their two dogs, and four backyard chickens.
Fraser "Tito" McOuat
Senior Director - Operations
Camp has been part of Fraser’s life since 1999. He currently serves as Director of Operations, and has overall responsibilities for all capital development. Previously, he was Director of The Camp Wenonah Centre for Outdoor Education. “Tito” is a veteran Wenonah staff member, having held several previous roles including Assistant Director, WCIT Director, POLARIS Director, Property Director, and Counsellor. He has five years’ experience working with the Outdoor Education Centre program. Tito attended Camp for many summers as a camper, and successfully completed the POLARIS and WCIT leadership program. Fraser is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, where he studied English. He completed the International Camp Directors Course and attended the International Camping Congress in October 2014. Tito is an avid fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and enjoys golf and spending time with friends and family when not at Camp.
Eoin "Woody" Wood
Senior Director - Program
Eoin “Woody” Wood oversees the WCIT and POLARIS leadership programs and provides direct oversight to the overall program experience at Wenonah. Woody is also be a member of our Year-Round Management Team. Woody’s camp career started in 1976 as an 8-year-old camper at Camp Tawingo and then many camper years at Camp Wanakita. Woody’s broad and multi-faceted camp career includes positions as counsellor, instructor, section director, and Outdoor Centre year-round staff member (Haliburton Hockey Haven, Camp Kandalore). His full-time year-round positions include: Program Director/Assistant Director at Canadian Adventure Camp, Co-Director of Camp Arowhon, Co-Director at the Camp Arowhon Outdoor Centre, and Director of Camp Wanapitei. Offering his leadership to the Ontario Camps Association, Woody has sat on the OCA Board of Directors, various OCA committees, and has co-chaired the OCA Annual Directors Conference. He has had the privilege of presenting at many conferences: OCA Counsellor Conference, OCA Directors Conferences and the International Camping Fellowship (ICF). Woody is a passionate outdoorsman who brings a love for learning and playing in the outdoors to those he leads. With the conviction that summer camp is the best place for laying the groundwork to becoming the best we can be, Woody helps provide the framework needed for campers and staff to grow. During the winter months, when not working on camp business, Woody is a patroller with the Canadian Ski Patrol on the Patrol Team at Blue Mountain in Collingwood, Ontario. Woody and his wife, JJ (Wenonah Senior Director – Experience) live in Guelph, Ontario with their kids Anna and Charlie, and their two dogs, Leo and Stella.
Director of Administration (on parental leave)
Sarah oversees our year-round administration, and acts as the main contact with Camp families and the broader Wenonah community. Sarah is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University, where she studied Kinesiology. She brings a wealth of experience with her to her new role at Camp, including a long history at YMCA Camp Pine Crest where she held a number of seasonal roles, such as Prep Cook, Counsellor, Day Camp Coordinator, Section Head, Office Manager, and CIT Leadership Trainer. Significantly, Sarah also worked on the year-round staff team at Pine Crest as Customer Service Team Lead. Most recently, Sarah worked with the Muskoka and Area Ontario Health Team as an Administrative Assistant. Working with campers and families to design their perfect Summer Camp experience is Sarah’s passion, and she is looking forward to meeting all of the wonderful Wenonah families who call Clear Lake “home”. In her spare time, Sarah and her husband Devon are mushers! They live on a little slice of Muskoka paradise with their seven dogs, who take them on many snowy adventures. They are also avid outdoor lovers, and find time to get outside together as much as they can.
Director of Health & Wellness
Nancy manages our health care team and acts as the main contact for families with campers who have medical needs. Nancy is a certified Nurse Practitioner (Primary Care) holding an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters Degree from Athabasca University. Nancy is a Nurse Practitioner at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre COVID Assessment Centre and as well as with Infectious Diseases COVIDEO at Sunnybrook. She also worked as a Nurse Practitioner in Emergency at SickKids Hospital. As well, she practices at a Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic in Rosseau providing primary care for all age groups. Nancy was Co-Chair of the Ontario Camps Association Health Care Committee. She spent several months doing humanitarian work in Ghana working on a capacity building project funded by the Government of Canada, SickKids and the Ghana Ministry of Health. She has done previous Nurse Practitioner work in liver and small bowel transplant. Nancy’s interests include travelling and adventure in the great outdoors having completed a canoe trip to the Arctic Circle and a trip to Bhutan (one of the world’s most isolated countries).
Interim Director of Administration
Whitney has been around the camp world since she was a kid, attending Wenonah as a camper and then working at King Day Camp and Seneca Outdoor Centre. Whitney shares her love of the outdoors and camp with her family. She has two adventurous boys who love to mountain bike in the Summers and ski/snowboard in the Winters. Whitney studied in British Columbia at Thompson Rivers University to complete her Bachelor’s of Tourism Management. Since moving back to Ontario she has continued to work throughout the outdoor recreation industry, most recently she has spent her time working on the management team at a ski resort in the Collingwood area. Whitney is looking forward to helping and meeting all of the wonderful Wenonah families and campers this summer!
A graduate of Queens University, Rowan joined the Camp Wenonah family in 2021. Returning for the 2022 season as the Property Director, Rowan’s love for working with his hands, constantly tinkering and renovating buildings and camper vans (while working outdoors) led him to join the full-time team. Having owned a landscaping business, Rowan is well versed in carpentry, welding, window cleaning and considers himself an expert in waste management. These skills compliment his previous experience as a former First Aid Director, lifeguard and aquatic expert at other camps. An avid traveler, surfer and DIY tinkering expert, Rowan always has a smile on his face, especially if he is surrounded by his best friend Phoebe, who you may see running around Camp chasing sticks as Rowan keeps Wenonah in tip top shape for many years to come.
Director of Wenonah Outdoors
Thomas Appleyard is an organizational coach and consultant with expertise in conflict, emergency management and leadership. Thomas has been involved with Camp Wenonah since before its doors opened, including as a member of its original Advisory Group. He has worked for numerous Camps and outdoor centres, health care and emergency management organizations in the private, non-profit and public sectors. Thomas has a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business.
Jane’s career in camping spans four and a half decades – from camper to staff to co-owner – all at Camp Tawingo, on the shores of Lake Vernon in Huntsville, ON. Jane is a graduate of Western University (B.Sc) and The Ivey School of Business (M.B.A.). An accomplished camping professional, Jane developed and co-authored ten books on camping and outdoor recreation. She provided leadership to conferences on camping and outdoor education on five continents, including as Chair of KUMBAYAH 1994, the third International Camping Congress. An Honorary Life Member of the Ontario Camps Association (OCA), Jane is the recipient of multiple awards including the Dorothy Walter Award of Excellence from the OCA, the New Brunswick Camping Association Award of Service, the OCA International Development Award, and the Canadian Camping Association’s Ron Johnstone Lifetime Achievement Award. She was also honoured by Ernst & Young as the Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year in 1997. Jane retired from camping in 2002 when she met and married Ted Tiemessen (who is the creator of Wenonah’s 10-year camper and staff awards). Jane and Ted own their own business, Think Muskoka Inc., and Jane remains active as a consultant for clients in a variety of entrepreneurial businesses.
Josh is the Director of Business Development at CampBrain and has worked at CampBrain along with other past Wenonah FOW Members for the past 10+ years. He brings over 20 years of camp experience between his time at Camp and having worked with hundreds of other camps in his role at CampBrain. Josh sees how many different camps operate not only in Ontario about all over North America. During his time working at Wenonah, Josh held many different roles including Cabin Leader, Section Director, Operations Director, Office Coordinator, and Outdoor Centre Group Coordinator. Josh has led sessions at the American Camp Association’s National Conference, ACA New England, YMCA Conferences, and more. Outside of Josh’s involvement at Camp, he loves to spend time with his wife Maia and their two daughters Zosia and Celia. Josh and Maia were married at Camp in 2008.
Maia has been part of Camp Wenonah since 1997. She has over 20 years of Camp experience. Maia has worked as a Counsellor, Section Director, Leadership Program Director, and Wellness Director. Most recently, Maia planned and directed WEEnonah for ten Summers. Apart from her experience at Camp Wenonah, Maia also worked as a Program Director for Autism Ontario Summer Day Camps. Maia is a graduate of the Niagara University (Masters of Science of Education) and Carleton University (Bachelor of Arts). Maia is a teacher with the York Region District School Board, where she continues to support the develop early learners. Maia and her husband Josh got married at Camp Wenonah. They have two children who have attended Camp Wenonah since birth!
Associate Director - Administration
Caron retired from full-time work with Wenonah in July 2020, but remains active in the Camp community and helps with various projects. Caron served as the backbone for Camp Wenonah for over 20 years. She oversaw the administration of our Summer Camp, Outdoor Education Centre, and Women’s Weekend programs during two decades of remarkable growth. Caron was at the forefront of organizing countless details each year that go into another successful season at Camp. And, importantly, she set the standard for customer service and care that families and community members have come to expect from Wenonah. Caron began her career with Wenonah in 1999 as the Manager of the Camping and Outdoor Bookstore. From there, she took on the role of Director of Administration for Wenonah Day Camp. She soon assumed responsibility for all administration in our Burlington Office and, through that work, built a legacy focussed on organization, logistics, customer service, and attention to detail. While we have always known that Caron goes above and beyond in everything she does, we were so pleased when her work was acknowledged by the global Camp community when she was honoured as the first ever Oak inductee into the Camp Admin Hall of Fame in 2019. Caron and her husband Mike live in Burlington. They are the proud grandparents of three granddaughters and four grandsons.
Associate Director - Alumni Development
Liz has been with Camp Wenonah since 1997, and was Wenonah’s very first 10 year staff member. Liz is a graduate of Queen’s Unversity (BA, Political Studies) and George Brown College (Diploma, ASL-English Interpreter). Liz worked at Camp Couchiching (Orillia, ON) as a counsellor and outtripper, and was also a Program Specialist with the Couchiching Outdoor Centre. At Camp Wenonah, Liz’s past roles include Girls’ Section Director, POLARIS Director, and Assistant Director. Liz was also the co-chair of the “Celebrate Wenonah” anniversary events in 2006. Liz has past experience with Silent Voice Canada, where she worked as Director of their sign language summer program. Liz has been a staff trainer in a variety of forums for a number of years. Liz and her daughters Stella and Bryare currently live in Tottenham, Ontario.
Associate Director - Introductory Periods
Mike "Stewy" Stewart
Stewy, as he is known at Camp, works at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) in Toronto where he is a Manager with the Department of Mathematics. He has over 30 years of camp experience, including 15 years as a Director and Manager in the camping industry, and has held many roles at Wenonah including, most recently, as a Senior Director. He also previously worked with the Department of Athletics & Recreation at Toronto Met, where he led the University’s day camp over six years of significant growth and development. Prior to that, Stewy was Program Manager with Amici Camping Charity, an organization that helps send underprivileged children to Ontario summer camps. Stewy is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Bachelor of Education) and Trent University (Bachelor of Arts). He sat on the Executive of the Board of the Canadian Camping Association (CCA) serving as National Communications Chair, and is a former Director on the Board of the Ontario Camps Association (OCA). He was a co-chair of the OCA Annual Conference, and sat on the organizing committee of the U Sports Women’s Basketball Championship held in Toronto in 2019. In recognition of his volunteer work and professional experience in the field of children’s camping, he has received the Jack Pearse Award of Honour from the Canadian Camping Association, the Ron & Mickey Johnstone Youth Leadership Award (OCA), Volunteer Recognition Award (CCA), and Award of Merit (International Camping Fellowship).
Associate Director – Capital Development & Maintenance, Long Range Planning