YMCA Camp Falcona
I have been employed by YMCA Camp Falcona for the past 7 years through out the Spring and Summer months until the past season where I was asked to come on full time as the Director. Before becoming the Director I worked my way up through various roles.
I started working two seasons as a councillor where I fell in love with the enriching environment of Camp Falcona. Here I worked as directly with a group of 8-10 children ages 7-14 facilitating outdoor hard skills like canoeing, kayaking and outdoor living while integrating soft skills like team building and conflict resolution. It was these two seasons that I discovered that there was no better job than one working with children. I felt a level of satisfaction and joy I had never felt before.
During my third season I was privileged enough to get hired in a unique experience as a Integration Co-ordinator through the foundation Reach for the Rainbow. Here I worked with special needs children enabling them to have the same camp experience through a 1:1 ratio. I was responsible for setting up the differentiated programming that would allow for this and provided support for the staff working with the individuals.
My fourth season I moved away from working directly with the campers being employed as the Program Manager. Here my focus was on planing the activities and schedules of 12 cabins. In this role I was also a Support Staff for councillors; stepping in when they needed help and providing feedback on their performance.
My last two seasons before becoming Director were spent as the Assistant Director. I was hesitant at first because I felt I was moving further and further away from the joy I received from working directly with the children, however this was quite the opposite. The role I was placed in gave me the feeling of being a councillor again but this time it was not the campers I was responsible for it was the staff. It was here that I decided that the I/S Division was right for me. The position had me over seeing the entire day to day operation of the camp and my first experience working with the budget as I managed and ran the Tuck Shop. Another main focus of my job during the Spring months was to plan and implement Staff Training week. I was also an integral part of the re-development of a Leadership Program that had not been running at Falcona since before I began working there.