Meet Our Directors
The Wenonah Management Team provides year-round, full-time direction to all aspects of the Wenonah experience. Founder and Executive Director Jeff Bradshaw provides overall leadership to the Wenonah experience. Senior Director (Experience) Jennifer “JJ” Jupp oversees the program, camper experience, and Outdoor Education Centre while Senior Director (Logistics) Mike “Stewy” Stewart has overall responsibility for administration and operations. Fraser “Tito” McOuat serves as Director of Operations. Director of Leadership Eoin “Woody” Wood provides overall direction to our ROOTS, POLARIS, WCIT, and Wenonah Co-op Program leadership programs. 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. 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 (15) and Charlie (8), their two dogs, and four backyard chickens.
Mike "Stewy" Stewart
Senior Director - Logistics
Mike brings over 30 years of camp experience, including 15 years as a Director and Manager in the camping industry, with him as he returns to Wenonah in a new role. Stewy, as he is known at Camp, previously worked with the Department of Athletics & Recreation at Ryerson University in Toronto, where he led Ryerson Summer Day Camps 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. For six years, in the 2000s, he was a Co-Director at Wenonah, providing leadership to both Summer Camp and the Outdoor Education Centre. Stewy is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Bachelor of Education) and Trent University (Bachelor of Arts). He sits 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 is 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). Stewy and his wife Gemma divide their time between their home in Toronto and their cottage near Wenonah.
Fraser "Tito" McOuat
Director of Operations
Eoin "Woody" Wood
Director of Leadership
Eoin “Woody” Wood oversees the WCIT, POLARIS, and ROOTS programs and provides direct oversight of our tripping 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) live in Guelph, Ontario with their kids Anna (15) and Charlie (8), and their two dogs, Leo and Stella.
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).
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.
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
Associate Director - Introductory Periods
Associate Director – Capital Development & Maintenance, Long Range Planning