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Courtney Knutson

Hi there! My name is Courtney and this is my second year working as a counsellor at UOIT Summer Camps. I am a UOIT Faculty of Education graduate and currently am an occasional teacher with the Durham District School Board as well as the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. I love being at camp! It is a place to be inspired and create, make new friends, and have fun! I am so excited for camp to start and meet all the campers.


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Taylor Milburn

Hi, my name is Taylor and this will be my fourth year working at the UOIT summer camps. I just graduated from the Faculty of Education with the hopes of becoming a teacher. I also spend my summer playing and coaching lacrosse. I look forward to having a fun summer at camp with you!


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Sarah Barnett

Hi, I’m Sarah and this is my third year at the amazing UOIT summer camps! I have recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science at UOIT and will be attending the Faculty of Education at the university this fall, with the dream of becoming a science teacher. I love LEGO robotics and exploring the outdoors, and can’t wait to meet all of you campers!


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Lauren Banga

Hi, my name is Lauren and this is my third year working at this camp! I am currently studying at the University of Waterloo in the Therapeutic Recreation program and hope to minor in Social Development Studies. I look forward to having a great summer with you!


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Kirsten Sizoo

Hi my name is Kirsten and this is my second year working at the UOIT summer camps. I am going into my fifth year of concurrent education at Laurier- Nipissing, in the primary/junior division. After I graduate, I hope to travel and teach abroad in England. During the summer I enjoy canoeing, kayaking and hiking with my friends and family.


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Monica Fromberger

Hi, my name is Monica and this is my sixth year working at the UOIT summer camps. I am going into my fourth year of the Environmental Science/Studies program at Trent University. I love nature, and I especially love birds. I’m looking forward to the start of camp and can’t wait to meet everyone!


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Jason Do

Hi my name is Jason, and this is my first year working at the UOIT summer camps. I am working towards completing my Bachelor of Education degree and hope to become an educator! I am a huge fan of Minecraft, and my favourite superheroes are Batman and The Flash (Barry Allen version).


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Alex Gadanidis

Hi, my name is Alex. This is my first year working at the UOIT summer camps. I am currently studying at Queen’s University, going into the second year of the Computer Science program with a specialization in Software Design. During my spare time I enjoy participating in sports and playing games. I’m thrilled to start summer here at the camp!


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Tim Gadanidis

Hi, my name’s Tim! This is my first year working at the UOIT summer camps. I’ve just finished the third year of the Linguistics program at the University of Toronto. After I graduate, I’m interested in a career in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP). When I’m not at camp you can usually find me playing games like Minecraft or practicing kendo (Japanese swordfighting). I’m looking forward to a great summer here at the UOIT summer camps!


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Gabriel Lee

Hello! My name is Gabriel, and this is my first year working at the UOIT summer camp. I am currently working on my Bachelor of Information Technology and am in the fourth year of the Game Development and Entrepreneurship program at UOIT. I am excited to be working at the summer camp and meeting everyone!


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Samantha Cabitac

Hi everyone! My name is Samantha, and this is my first year working at the UOIT summer camps. I’m going into the fourth year of the Commerce program with a major in Marketing and minor in Operations and Supply Chain management here at UOIT. Some of my interests include video games, such as Minecraft and running eSports events (competitive gaming). I can’t wait to share this summer with you all at the camps!


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David Arppe

Hi my name is David, and I am a fourth-year Game Development and Entrepreneurship student! I love programming games and building in Minecraft. I am planning on doing my masters in Computer Science after I finish my final year. This is my first year working at the UOIT summer camps.


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Michelle Jilesen

Hi, campers and families! I’m Michelle, a new counsellor at the UOIT summer camps. I’m a Concurrent Education student here at UOIT and will be starting my Bachelor of Education in September. I am very excited to share my love for technology and passion for teaching with you!


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Mat Russell

Hey everybody, I’m a jack of all trades with a passion of wildlife and wilderness. I used to be a zookeeper but now I’m becoming a teacher and I’m excited to teach kids about science and tech advancements. I’d love to get kids to problem-solve world-issues; ingenuity and invention is the key to progress!


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Allison Saunders

Hello everyone! My name is Allison and I am really excited to start my first year working at the UOIT summer camps! I just recently finished my Bachelor of Science degree at UOIT and I will be starting my Bachelor of Education in the fall. I am currently a gymnastics coach and I have been a camp counsellor at other camps in previous years. I can’t wait to share my love of science and knowledge of technology with all the campers this summer!


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Leanna Calla

Hello, my name is Leanna. This is my third summer returning as a camp counselor. In September I will be entering my third year of the Mathematics program at UOIT. I plan to go to the Faculty of Education after my undergraduate degree. In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym and cooking/baking for my family and friends. I always have a good time as a counsellor for these camps and I am honoured to be back again.


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Nathalie Boucher

Hi my name is Nathalie and this is my first summer at the UOIT summer camps. I am a Registered Nurse, but I love working with kids so I am currently attending UOIT for my Bachelor of Education. Summer is my favourite time. I love camping, swimming, and playing games. I look forward to having some fun this summer.


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Brendan Oldman

I am currently studying to become a teacher at UOIT, and have been in Durham Region studying communications, technology or education for the better part of the past five years. I am a gamer at heart… I have worked at EB Games and Blockbuster where I developed a huge passion for movies, videogames and music! I have also worked at General Motors and assisted with building thousands of vehicles, paint, chassis and body shop! I play guitar and several percussion instruments, and I really look forward to learning everything I can about robots, LEGO and technology!


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Kaitie Calla

Hi there, my name is Kaitie and this is my fourth year working at the UOIT summer camps. This past spring I graduated from the Faculty of Education at UOIT as an intermediate/senior science teacher. In my spare time I enjoy camping, hiking and group fitness. We’re in for another amazing summer and I can’t wait to meet you all!


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Nicole Glen

Hi, my name is Nicole and it is my first time working at the camp. I am currently in the in the primary/junior division of the Bachelor of Education program here at UOIT. I enjoy playing games, learning new things and being outdoors. I look forward to spending our summer together!


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Laura Dobos

Hi, my name is Laura and this will be my first year doing the UOIT summer camp. I went to the University of Guelph for my undergraduate degree and I’m currently in the consecutive Bachelor of Education program at UOIT. I really enjoy playing soccer and hockey and spending time outdoors. I’m excited to play some games and have some fun this summer!


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Maya Staresinic

Hello! My name is Maya and this is my first year as a UOIT summer camp counsellor (really excited to be here!). I am currently completing my degree in the Faculty of Education at UOIT to become a teacher. I love being outdoors, whether it’s swimming, kayaking, canoeing - you name it! If it involves water, I will love it. I can’t wait to meet all you campers and have a ton of fun this summer!


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Brian Berkaslan

Hi my name is Brian and this will be my third year doing the UOIT summer camps. I will be entering the Faculty of Education in September with the teachables Math and Physics. I love to be outdoors and my hobbies include scuba diving, dirt biking, hiking and kayaking. I hope we can all learn a lot this summer, and have a bunch of fun!


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Kody Maclean

Hello, campers! My name is Kody and this is my fourth year working at the UOIT summer camps. I just recently graduated from the Faculty of Education Concurrent program at UOIT. I am now a qualified teacher and I am looking forward to meeting all the new campers this year and seeing returning campers.


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Alexis Cooke

Hello, campers! I am Alexis and I have been a counsellor for six years now, and have watched many of you returning campers grow in your knowledge and passion for science and nature! I look forward to seeing you all again and meeting the new campers! I am a graduate of UOIT Faculty of Education (Primary/Junior). Nature, science and art are my passions and I look forward to sharing my joy with you!


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Cassi Bolt

Hi everyone! I’m Cassi and I am new to the UOIT summer camps. I recently graduated from the Faculty of Education at UOIT, and I’m now a fully qualified teacher. I love technology and finding ways to use it in everyday life. I am looking forward to meeting everyone throughout the summer!


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Joanna Visconti

Hello, my name is Joanna and I am currently completing the Bachelor of Education program here at UOIT to become a teacher. I enjoy being outdoors, going on adventures, listening to music and spending time with my family and friends. This is my first summer working at UOIT summer camps and I am looking forward to having lots of fun!


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Melissa Evans

My name is Melissa and I am so happy to be back for a fifth year as a counsellor at UOIT summer camps. I am a UOIT Faculty of Education graduate and I am an occasional teacher with the Durham District School Board. I am passionate about STEAM and inspiring campers to use their imagination and design, build and create new inventions! I can't wait for a fun and exciting summer with new and returning campers!


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Sheila Rhodes

Hi, campers and families. I am an instructor at the Faculty of Education at UOIT where I have taught a variety of courses including Science and Technology, Health and Physical Education and Environmental Education. I am on the executive of the Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario and am actively involved in many environmental organizations. I have been the UOIT summer camp Director for nine years (since the camps started!).

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