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Meet our Leadership Team

Executive Director
 

Executive Director Gerrit Leewes, or "Wind", has been with camp since 2004. In addition to his 20 years of professional camp experience, Gerrit has a BA in Recreation from the U of A, and experience at two other Alberta camps.  He began his career with Camp Warwa as a instructor and worked as Program Director before becoming Camp Director and then Executive Director.  He is a Past President of the Alberta Camping Association and would like to invite all our families and clients to never hesitate in contacting camp with their questions.Gerrit, his wife Faith and his three boys Erik, Connor & Jack are looking forward to another year filled with great memories!  Erik is especially excited to be old enough to attend summer camp for the first time in the Day Camp program.

 Administrator 
Our Administrator, Joeanne, has been with Warwa since 2009. She works with all our outdoor education clients and with all of our summer camp families. She is the friendly voice on the phone when you call camp and is happy to answer any questions you have about camp. She is also a master of caring for bees and making delicious honey outside of camp. 

Operations Manager 

Doug "Mud" Kelly began working at Camp Warwa in 2021. He enjoyed supporting the counsellors as a Village Leader and took every chance he could to join in on spin jam and canoeing sessions with campers. Before joining the Warwa Community, Doug had 8 years of experience as a volunteer counsellor and a program staff at Camp Encounter. Doug loves to ride his bike, craft, and rock climb with his wife, Claire. He is eager to get to work as the new Operations Manager overseeing programs and supporting staff. 

Social Media Coordinator 

Miranda Baker, also referred to at camp as "Hoot," will be exploring a new role at Camp Warwa as our Social Media Coordinator. Miranda began working with youth at Camp Warwa as an instructor in 2011, which was the starting point for focusing on working with kids in recreation. Throughout and upon completion of her BA in English from the U of A: Augustana, she worked in Camrose as an instructor, administrator, and director for a youth musical theatre company. Along with creating content, she spends lots of time working with her sister and little ones in their dayhome Hoots Hangout, dancing, singing, and learning new skills! Miranda is looking forward to connecting with alumni, parents and future campers!

Community Relations Manager 

Karina Tetrault, or "Squirrel," is new to Camp Warwa and is so excited to put her 20 years of outdoor programming administration experience and love of nature to work.  Growing up, she has fond memories of going to camp and has spent time on the Alberta Camping Association Board helping develop their daycamps standards manual.  Karina worked for the City of Edmonton for over 17 years, starting as an outdoor program leader, camp leader, then worked her way up to a program manager of River Valley Programs and other excellent facilities until she left to spend more time with her daughter. She works from her home in Edmonton for Camp Warwa, Haskin Canoe and the Flying Canoe Volant Festival races. Her family loves to spend time outside skiing, biking, camping, or just going for a dog walk. Karina is keen to help you with your camp needs and connect with all members of the Camp Warwa Community.

Our Staff Team 2021

Working at Camp Warwa is a total blast! It’s the kind of job that attracts the best kind of people. All our staff are committed to making a difference in the lives of children.

 Working with children in an outdoor setting is an exciting and active lifestyle that brings out the awe of discovery and realization of one’s self and others.

 

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