Camp Kawartha

Staff Directory

Our daily operations are managed by year-round professional staff.

Jacob Rodenburg : Executive Director

Jacob Rodenburg

Executive Director

Jacob has taught in the field of Outdoor Education for almost 30 years. He is currently the Executive Director of Camp Kawartha, a summer camp and outdoor education centre. In 2010, Jacob received the Award for Leadership in Environmental Education by the Ontario Society of Environmental Educators, offered annually to one or more persons who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in Environmental Education for at least five years. In 2007, he was awarded the Richards Education Award for excellence in Natural History Education from Ontario Nature. He teaches at Trent University in environmental education. Jacob graduated from Trent University with a joint major in environmental studies and geography. He holds a teacher’s certificate and a Master’s in Education. He has published a number of articles on children, nature and the environment. Recently Jacob co-authored “The Big Book of Nature Activities” which won a gold medal from the Green Book Festival, a double gold from Nautilus Book Awards, a silver medal from Moonbeam Children’s Award and was a finalist for the Indie (Independent) Book Awards. Jacob spearheaded the construction of one of Canada’s most sustainable buildings at Trent University called the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre. This unique facility teaches children and future teachers about sustainable living practices, alternative energy and conservation. He is currently working with stakeholders throughout the region to create an environmental framework for children of all ages. Called the Pathway to Stewardship, this approach to environmental education helps provide children with the experiences they need in order to become future stewards. Jacob also helped to establish the Peterborough/Kawartha area as designated UNESCO Regional Centre of Expertise in environment and sustainability education.
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Karen Copson : Administrative Coordinator & Webmaster

Karen Copson

Administrative Coordinator & Webmaster

Karen has over 30 years experience in office administration. She is a graduate of Fleming College with a diploma in Business Administration - Information Systems, and has certificates in Bookkeeping and Web Site Design. Karen has a wealth of computer knowledge and skills including computer programming, networking, software training and consulting, database management, and web site design (hence the camp name "Gates"). Karen has drawn on her skills and experiences to help streamline and improve administrative processes for our organization and maintain Camp Kawartha's website. She is a Bronze, Silver and Gold Award Recipient of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, and completed her gold level expedition by hiking the Pennine Hills of Scotland in her younger years. Karen has worked with Camp Kawartha since 2002, and is currently a member of the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough, and a volunteer committee member for the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism.
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Shawna Foxton : Registrar, Outdoor Education Centre (Schools & Groups)

Shawna Foxton

Registrar, Outdoor Education Centre (Schools & Groups)

Shawna cannot remember a time when she did not want a career working with animals. After obtaining her BSc in Physical Anthropology from U of T, she pursued primate research in Hong Kong and Central America and worked as a zoo keeper looking after elephants and pygmy hippos at the Toronto Zoo (hence the nickname “Pygmy” ) as well as the African Lion Safari where she honed her skills chasing naughty baboons off tour buses. Life changed to studying primates of a different sort when she landed a job in the newsroom of Citytv in Toronto where she held roles such as researcher, news writer, web manager, administrative supervisor and unit production manager for 16 years. Craving a little bit less adrenaline, she moved to her cabin in the woods a few years ago and serendipitously found a position in the office at Camp Kawartha where she enjoys encouraging schools and other groups to make a booking at this magical and meaningful facility.
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Paige Mahoney-Nagle : Registrar, Summer Camp and Environment Centre

Paige Mahoney-Nagle

Registrar, Summer Camp and Environment Centre

Paige is so happy to be back at Camp Kawartha! After 9 years as a camper and 2 years as Summer Camp Staff (Burnsy) working with everything from Day Camp to Leadership, she is a fantastic resource for all things Summer Camp. She has extensive experience in administration, customer service and child care. Working in aquatics, pharmacy, as a nanny and several administrative roles she has lots of experience organizing chaos and is happy to do so. It is an absolute pleasure to speak with campers and parents about sending kids to camp as she is so passionate that it is such a great learning experience and really makes a difference in creating confident, independent and caring young people. She is also very excited to facilitate bookings for one of Canada's most sustainable buildings, the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre in Peterborough. Paige is happy to spend her spare time with a good book, knitting needles and wool or in any body of water swimming the day away.

Craig Brant : Environment Centre Manager

Craig Brant

Environment Centre Manager

Craig has degrees in Arts and Environmental Education, 10 years of experience in the field of outdoor/environmental education and a strong foundation in the world of summer camps. He is a naturalist working towards what he calls “a black belt in nature”! Craig loves sharing the beauty, freedom and the adventure he finds in the outdoors with people of all ages – especially youth. As the Manager for the new Camp Kawartha Environment Centre and as an Outdoor Educator for Camp Kawartha, Craig is working to create positive ties between the community, the people, and the natural world.
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Neil Fortin : Head of Outdoor Education Centre

Neil Fortin

Head of Outdoor Education Centre

As the head of Outdoor Education, Neil has had 10 years experience in the field of Outdoor Education. He is a graduate of McMaster University and holds a diploma in Forest Recreation from Sir Sandford Fleming College. From his work at Camp Tawingo, Presqu'ile Provincial Park and Pococno Environmental Education Centre and other facilities, he is known as a remarkable story teller with a wealth of natural history knowledge. He has a back pocket full of games and activities that he draws on constantly. Kids love his dynamic teaching style and his enthusiasm.