The staff team at Camp Davern consists of passionate; child focused camping professionals who are devoted to passing on their love of summer camp to the campers in our care.
At camp, we believe in exceeding qualifications standards set out by the Ontario Camps Association. As a result, as a minimum requirement, all staff must hold current First Aid and CPR and all waterfront supervisors are required to hold their NLS (national lifeguarding certification). In addition, each staff member is experienced and trained in the area of specialization they instruct while at camp.
Sabrina Salhia brings Camp Davern a nurturing leadership style ensuring a safe, inclusive, and socially innovative community. She values meaningful traditions, new experiences and spontaneous silliness.
Sabrina’s passion for camping developed out of life-changing camper experiences at co-ed and family camps. Her professional camp experience was based in a well-established all girls camp and she is the co-developer of SickKids Camp Gabby.
The joy of camping and a deep connection with nature led her to pursue an Honours Degree in Leisure Studies from the University of Ottawa. She enhanced her curriculum vitae with an extensive practicum in Recreation Therapy at Ottawa Hospital’s Rehabilitation Centre working with clients with disabilities. She has also been involved in recreation mentor programs at Connaught Elementary School and Ontario Physical & Health Education Association’s Go Girls Project.
Additionally, she has held professional roles in Health Promotion as the University of Ottawa’s Wellness Coordinator and as the Director of a healthy, multicultural eatery and event space at University of Toronto’s Hart House.
Her current interests are cultivating community leadership through the Tamarack Institute and bringing awareness to SickKids Foundation for Paediatric Stroke as an engaged board member. She has also attended Ontario Institute for Studies in Education’s(OISE) Educating for Peace and Justice, and Environmental Education in Action Conferences and Hincks Dellcrest Institute’s Helping Children Understand and Manage Anxiety through their Gift of the Imagination.
Sabrina’s camping specialization includes programme framework development in environmental education. She recently consulted for Near North Enviro Education Centre which included minimalist living in a tiny home, electronically travelling to a sustainable farm in Tanzania and designing a senses palette garden. She has also volunteered for Halton Region’s Children’s Forest and Water Festivals.
A proud mother of an active, empathetic six-year-old boy, she is honoured to be given the opportunity to work with the entire Camp Davern community. She looks forward to planting new and heirloom Davern seeds and empowering them to reach for the stars, chase rainbows and believe ‘it is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.’
Andrew is a leading professional in Summer Camping and Outdoor Education with over 15 years of management and development experience. A life long supporter of the camping movement, he believes strongly in the experiences and outcomes offered through summer camping and outdoor education across Canada. Eager to preserve the history and continue the legacy of Camp Davern’s over 70 years of camping excellence, Andrew is excited to contribute his creative skills and passion into the camp, as it looks to the future.
In addition to his guidance on the board of Camp Davern, Andrew has extensive experience with board governance, community engagement and social enterprise. With over 10 years of management experience in the charitable and non-profit sectors, he is a community builder committed to the development of diverse and inclusive spaces. An innovator of partnerships and colaboration, Andrew believes in the value of cooperation and collaboration. In the summer months, he can be found on site at Camp Can-Aqua, where he has been the Camp Director since 2012.
If you are interested in speaking with Andrew, please contact him directly via email at: email@example.com
Here’s a blast-form-the-past staff video (Circa 2013 when Davern was all girls):