Hello Camp George! You may have seen a new face around camp a few times this summer, and on our Social Media accounts, but we’d like to officially introduce our new Development Director, Lauren Grundland!
Lauren grew up going to one of our amazing URJ camps, OSRUI in Wisconsin. Her favourite camp activities are swimming, arts & crafts, and she especially loved Israeli Dancing on Shabbat at OSRUI. She studied at Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!) majoring in Jewish Studies and Social Work. Her passion for fundraising started at IU when she worked for the telefund there, and saw the impact of the work first hand on campus.
In Toronto, Lauren worked as one of the directors of The Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp for many years, where she honed her skills as a camp professional. She has seen first hand the impact that Jewish camping has on our young people and our entire Reform Jewish community and is excited to develop relationships with our camp’s community and stakeholders in this role.
Lauren’s husband grew up in Jewish camping as well and together they have two children, Joshua and Nessa who both loved camp when they came to visit a few times this past summer, and never stop asking when they can get back to George! Their family is excited to give back to the reform community that kicked off Lauren’s journey in experiential education.
Lauren shared that she is excited to infuse a culture of Philanthropy in everything that we do at Camp and with the Canadian Reform Movement (CCRJ). From campers, staff, alumni and more, all of us can work together to grow our community. Just like us, she is very excited to see the Pavilion come to life and see the transformative effect this building will have on camp life and programming. We are looking forward to seeing it at Camp for summer 202 and to be part of elevating the reform brand in Canada.
Join us in welcoming Lauren!