Introducing our 2014 Leadership Team!! With only 19 days til camp, excitement is in the air! Our Hanhallah team has been busy planning programs and can’t wait to begin the summer very soon. Read on to meet our 2014 Hanhallah line up!
– Can’t wait to be up on Maple Lake very soon!!
Leading our team are our amazing full time staff members, Director Jeff Rose, Associate Director Karen Kollins and Conference Coordinator and Specialty Director Julia Guest. Together they work on camper recruitment, staff hiring, programming and more!
Director Jeff Rose
Jeff Rose joined the Camp George family in the fall of 2007. This will be his 7th summer up on Maple Lake! Prior to joining the CG family, Jeff spent time at camp Sabra in St. Louis, MO. He also spent time in Montreal, Quebec, where he was the full time Associate Director of the Harry Bronfman Y Country Camp. He has an education degree from the University of Toronto where he used it to teach grade two for a few years prior to moving into camping full time.
Jeff’s passion for camp shines through and he promises to make Camp George a safe and fun environment where campers and staff will laugh, learn and grow together and create memories that will last a lifetime! In his time at camp, Jeff has overseen the completion of our new Junior camper village, the basketball courts, zip line and much more! Jeff and his wife Kerryn, daughters Chloe and Avery and camp dog Kirby can’t wait to be back at camp this summer!
Associate Director Karen Kollins
Karen is a veteran of Ontario camping and URJ camping. She has been with Camp George since its inaugural season in 1999 and has helped to develop the Camp George program. A former teacher, Karen brings to camp a love for children and an understanding of children’s emotional and development needs. Karen believes that camp is the ultimate environment for learning and a place where children gain independence through risk taking and relationship building. Karen has a Masters’ of Education and a teaching degree. Her Masters’ research focused on creating an anti-bullying program for the camp environment. Karen met her husband, Daniel Abramson at Camp George and together with their children Ruby and Lev they spend their summers loving life in the Camp George great outdoors!
Conference Coordinator and Specialty Director Julia Guest
Julia joined us full time as the Conference Coordinator in the fall of 2011. Jules (as she’s known) has been a part of our family since her camper days and has run our outdoor tripping program for the last number of years. Originally from Hamilton, she is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with an Honors Double Major in History and Sociology, and now lives in Toronto. Jules is thrilled to be acting as our Head Specialist during the summer months and can’t wait to experience many more days on docks, campfires and amazing Camp George sunsets!
Communications Director Jane HK
Hi, I’m Jane HK and I am excited to be up at Maple Lake for my 16th summer! (That’s right, I’ve been at CG since ’99!) This will be my third summer working as Communications Director and I can’t wait to blog, Tweet and video everything happening at camp.
Director of Education Josh Dubell
I am Josh Dubell, I am the new Education Director for Camp George. I hail from London, England and have a background of working for Netzer (The Worldwide Youth Movement for Progressive Judaism) I have been busy putting together an exciting Jewish education program for this summer that is ‘funjewcational.” I am so excited to meet all of you during the summer. Bring it on!
Program Director Herschel Colbert
Hey everyone! My name is Herschel and I’m writing this all the way out on the West Coast in California (the Mishlachat has some competition for farthest traveled this year). I couldn’t be more excited to join the CG family as your Program Director. Though this will be my first summer in Parry Sound, it will be my 9th summer at going off to camp! I’ve always been a camp kid at heart and I’ve got so many ideas to help make this the best summer yet. Now I’ve just “gotta get to George!”
Food, Facilities and Logistics Coordinator Aviv Rosenfeld
Hello everybody,my name is Aviv Rosenfeld And Iam 23 years old and live in Maccabim,Israel.This is going to be my second summer in camp and for this summer I am going to be the Food, Facilities and Logistics Coordinator in camp.I am really excited for the summer and I can’t wait to see you all.
Arts Director Daniel Abramson
Daniel Abramson has been with Camp George as a staff since our inaugural season. This year Dan is thrilled to be returning as our Arts Director. He is excited to be working with the Arts staff to expand our art program and integrate the arts into all different areas of our Camp program. During the year, Daniel is an art/science/environmental education teacher at the Toronto Heschel School in Toronto. This year Daniel also served as a faculty member of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Cornerstone Program, helping to spread his love for art education to Camps throughout North America.
Rosh Arts Hannah Iwrey
I’m Hannah Iwrey and I’m super excited to be the 2014 Rosh Arts for my 12th summer at George! During the year, I work as the Program Associate at Shalom Street Museum, a children’s museum inside the JCC of Metro Detroit. I’ve learned a bunch of fun art programs to incorporate at camp and I’m so excited to share them with all of you this summer at Maple Lake! See you there!
Waterfront Director Michael Esposito
My name is Michael Esposito (Espo at camp!) I am 24 years old and this will be my 14th summer at Camp George and my second summer as Waterfront Director. I graduated from The University of Arizona with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. Ice cream is an essential food group in my book,I can’t get enough mint chocolate chip!!! I can’t wait to jump in the boats and see everyone out on the water this summer!!
Head Songleader Ron Miller
As my first year both working at and attending Camp George, I am excited to bring my passion and personality to CG’s 2014 Team! My name is Ron Miller, and I am a 4th-year university music student at Humber College. Tapping & drumming on everything in sight since I developed motor-skills, Music has been one of the only things to consistently hold my attention for as long as I can remember. After spending years in music schools, playing gigs with superstars such as Carley Rae Jepsen, Dragonette, & Steven Paige (Lead singer of The Barenaked Ladies), and dedicating countless hours to music and it’s educative properties, I have developed a love for the universal entity which has been termed “Music”. To me, Music is not something which can be simplified into a mere word, nor is it an item which can be contained by rules or practices, restricted or locked in anyway. Music is the world’s greatest expression of freedom and emotion, both traits I hear the camper’s of George know much about. I am very ready to take on this summer, and bring my all of my knowledge, experience, and passion to George. CG 2014 – Game on.
Rosh Adventure Rochelle Derlick
I am currently at York University studying Visual Arts, History and Education. I’m so excited to be returning for a second year at camp in the role of Rosh Adventure. Every camper should have the opportunity to face their fears, try new things, and experience the beauty of nature.
Nitzotzot Rosh Edah and Rosh Mishlachat Ellen Goldes
Hey my name is Ellen Goldes I’m 22 from Israel. I am more than excited for my second summer at camp!
Lehavot Rosh Edah Lindsay Mockler
Hi, I’m Lindsay and I am very excited to be Lehavot Unit Head for my 13th summer at Camp George! I haven’t been to Maple Lake in three summers, so I can’t wait to see how we have grown! Outside of camp I work with the Miles Nadal JCC and City Shul in Toronto and am anticipating seeing some familiar faces! I am excited to have an amazing summer with all those old and new friends. See you soon!
Kochavim Rosh Edah Erin Dessau
I am excited to be working with Kochavim for my 12th summer up on Maple Lake. After completing my undergraduate degree this spring in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour at McMaster University, I look forward to spending my summer around campfires, in the lake, and on the ropes course. When I’m not in school or at camp I spend my time with family and friends and planing my next travel adventures. I am counting down the days until the first taste of summer, and you can bet it will be a hotdog!
Barak Rosh Edah Adam Anshan
I’m a fourth year Dalhousie student studying Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Economics. In my spare time I enjoy playing rugby, hockey and listening to Taylor Swift. This will be my 12th summer at Camp George and I can’t wait to get up to there, play some stones, and hang out with some old friends!
C.I.T. Director Kyle Herman
Kyle Herman is the Madrechim Director at Congregation Har Shalom during the school year by day. By night he is a musician and consumer of Tim Bits. He studied Economics and Business in college at Western State Colorado University, and has a dog named Deltron the Funkee Dogosapien.
Camper Care Team Member Steven Schneider
I am thrilled to return to Camp George for my 2nd summer. Last year, I had the opportunity to work in both Lehavot and Kochavim. I’m looking forward to helping in my new role as Camper Care staff. You’ll likely spot me wandering camp with my rubber chicken (Bob Marley), my ukulele and pool noodle. When not at camp, I am a Music teacher with the Halton District School Board, going into my 4th year of teaching.
Driver Matt Gorlick
This will be Matt’s 10th summer at camp. He loves the outdoors, biking, sailing, and being at Camp George! He is going into the field of sustainable carpentry after completing his mechanical engineering diploma.