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Hey Ocontonians!

Port Renfrew New Years Day Polar Swim

Hey Ocontonians!

The Port Renfrew New Years Day Polar Bear Swim

We love hearing what you are up to and all of your achievements! Please share with us! We received a great YouTube video from an alumna about a really cool event she has set up on New Years day to raise money for her local community!

Oconto alum Katherine Mann Nutt came to camp from 1966 to 1977 and again last July! Katherine lives in Saanichton, near Victoria B.C. and has a cabin in Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island. For the past 4 years Katherine has organized an event called ‘The Port Renfrew New Years Day Polar Bear Swim’. The swim is great for getting the community out, and working together with vacation visitors to help raise money for the local youth music program!

What a great way to spend New Years day! Not only do you get your first swim of the year but also help a great cause!  If you want to check out the video from this past New Years day polar dip:

Speaking of first swims of the year, here is a photo of our work camp crew a couple of years ago going swimming on the first day!

Port Renfrew New Years Day Polar Swim

That’s all for now! Let us know what YOU’RE up to and you could just be featured on the Oconto blog! Email ocontosm@gmail.com

Alumnae, Celine Junke – Q & A

Alumnae, Celine Junke – Q & A

Hey Ocontonians!

We caught up with one of our alumnae, Celine Junke, to see what she is up to now and how her time at Oconto has helped her through the years. Celine went to camp as a camper from 1999-2004 and was a staff member from 2005-2009 and again in 2013. She graduated from McGill University in 2011 with a degree in Management.

Q: Hey Celine! What have you been up to since your summers at Oconto?

A: I currently live in San Francisco, California and work at Zendesk, a software company, where I am an Online Business Manager. On the side, I’ve helped launch and grow Teach For Canada, a Canadian educational non-profit focused on northern First Nations communities and have remained involved with Mcgill, my alma mater.

Q: What skills did you learn at camp that have helped you with your present job?

A: I’ve been successful in my current job because of my ability to build relationships, because I’m great at public speaking, and because I have a sense of adventure that pushes me to take risks. I can trace all three of these skills back to my time at camp and I know that my summers on Eagle Lake are what helped me to develop them.

Q: How has camp shaped who you are today?

A: Oconto gave me the best summers of my life and provided me with lifelong friendships. I gained female role models and mentors that allowed me to believe that women can and should lead in any setting – even in tech!


Online Business Unit brushing up on some SQL skills


In Dublin for work (at the Guinness Brewery)


Presenting to startups in SF


Out for a canoe at camp.

Stay tuned for our next alumnae catch up!

Do you have any camp stories you want to share? Send them to us at ocontosm@gmail.com!

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