Every summer, we are entrusted with the well being of hundreds of children.
We take this responsibility very seriously, and we also feel tremendous gratitude for the faith families of Oconto campers place in us. We are the parents of two children and we understand what it means to trust in others for their care and safety. We are absolutely committed to making sure Oconto campers are safe, feel welcome, and are given every opportunity to thrive.
Meet Our Camp Directors
MEET THE TEAM
Camp Oconto Directors
Bronwyn & Ted
Bronwyn grew up at Oconto and spent many years as a camper and staff member. She held roles such as Head of Sailing, Head of Tads, Head of QCs. Bronwyn graduated from McGill University in 2009 and spent several years working in Corporate Social Responsibility in the mining industry, before making the decision to return to Camp Oconto in 2018. Bronwyn is passionate about children having the opportunity to attend camp and has volunteered with organizations such as Amici Camping Charity.
Ted started going to Camp Ponacka in 1995 and continued in various capacities as a counsellor in training, counsellor, sailing instructor, and director of operations/ “Coach Gorsline”, finally stopping in 2011. Little did Ted know, when he met Bronwyn on a camper airport drop-off in 2010, they had yet to write the most exciting chapter of their camping stories. For Bronwyn and Ted, becoming directors was a dream coming to fruition. To be directors at Oconto, and to carry on the proud traditions; while leading after strong examples like June & Cliff and Lisa & Bruce.
Lisa’s parents took over Oconto from its original owner in 1949, and Lisa and her husband Bruce took over Oconto in 1982. One of the youngest Oconto campers ever, Lisa arrived at the camp at the age of three months.
Lisa earned her degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo. She is an active volunteer with the Ontario Camps Association. She is a past President of the Society of Camp Directors and has been a Board member of the O.C.A. Lisa has broadened her experiences with volunteer commitments with Sick Childrens’ and Markham Stouffville Hospital, Victim Services, and Evergreen Hospice in Markham.
Bruce also earned his degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo. He is a certified hockey trainer and coached many years in the local hockey association. He has worked on many different committees of the Ontario Camping Association and is an active fellow of the Society of Camp Directors.
Lisa and Bruce have loved their years as camp directors and are enjoying their retirement, living at their cottage next door to camp, and spending lots of time with their grandchildren!
Mackenzie has been at Oconto since she was a Tad in 2008, making this year her 17th summer. During her many summers at Oconto, Mackenzie has worked as Head of Waterfront, Head of Ints, and Head of QCs and is thrilled to be returning as Assistant Director for the second summer. Mackenzie graduated from Queens University in 2021 and has spent the past few years working on various Film sets in Toronto and travelling. Mackenzie absolutely loves spending her summers on Eagle Lake and thinks the most magical thing about Camp is the incredibly kind, supportive, and welcoming community at Oconto. Seeing campers and staff enthusiastically embrace challenges while encouraging their peers is what Oconto is all about! She loves all camp dress up, Sunday Evening Concert, and swimming any chance she gets! She is so excited for this summer and can’t wait to see everyone!