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Camp counsellors


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Luxshu Ambi

Aaniin, bonjour, and hello campers! My name is Luxshu and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to work with you this summer! It’s my first year as a counsellor at the UOIT Faculty of Education Summer Camp, and I’m excited to share the experience with you! I’m an enthusiastic primary/junior teacher candidate, so you’re guaranteed to have lots of fun when I’m around! I love technology and outdoor adventures! Challenge me to try something new, no matter how silly, and I’ll actually consider it! I can’t wait to meet you; let’s explore, discover, and learn together! This will be one summer jam-packed with memories that will be sure to make your friends jealous in September!


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Sarah Barnett

Hi, I’m Sarah and this is my fourth year at the amazing UOIT Summer Camps! I have recently graduated from the Faculty of Education at UOIT and look forward to teaching young teens science and math with a focus in STEAM. I love LEGO robotics and exploring the outdoors and can’t wait to meet all of you campers!


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Brian Berkaslan

Hi campers and families! This will be my fourth year as a camp counsellor at the UOIT Summer Camps. I just finished my teacher education program here at UOIT and hope to be teaching you Math, Physics, and other fun stuff in the future! Talk to me about comic books, cars, video games, space, or anything nerdy! I hope we can all learn a lot this summer, and have a bunch of fun!


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Jason Borg

Hello everyone! My name is Jason Borg and I am a student currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program at UOIT. I am extremely excited to be a counsellor this summer and am looking forward to this amazing experience. In my elementary school years, i had the opportunity to work and compete in the First Lego League competitions and so it will exciting to once more work with this incredible piece of technology! I can’t wait to meet each and every one of you as we explore the many different avenues that these technologies can take us!


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Kaitie Calla

Hi there, my name is Kaitie and this is my fifth year working at the UOIT camp. Last spring I graduated from the Faculty of Education at UOIT as an intermediate senior science teacher. Recently, I have been supply teaching with the Durham District School Board and have had the opportunity to do some travelling! We’re in for another amazing summer and I can’t wait to meet you all!


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Alexis Cooke

Hello campers! I am Alexis and I have been a counsellor for eight 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 Ed (Primary/Junior). Nature, science and art are my passions and I look forward to sharing my joy with you!


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Laura Dobos

Hi my name is Laura and this will be my second year doing the UOIT summer camp. I went to the University of Guelph for my undergraduate degree and UOIT for my bachelor of education degree. I am currently a practicing teacher within the Durham Region. Coding and using science and engineering to help me everyday is my favourite part of STEAM. 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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Melissa Evans

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


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Liz Finlan

Hello campers! My name is Liz and I am beyond excited to work with you this summer! This is my first year as a camp counsellor for the UOIT summer camps but I have worked at several camps over the years, including those focused on drama, sports, and the outdoors. I absolutely love the energy at camp and can’t wait to get right back into things. Currently, I am a teacher candidate in the Bachelor of Education program at UOIT and this means that I’ve had the opportunity to play with lots of cool technology (spoiler alert - it’s all awesome). In my spare time you’ll find me cooking up a storm, enjoying the outdoors, or telling a joke or two (or three if I’m completely honest). I hope to bring humour, enthusiasm, and a scientific mind to camp. Cheers to the “amazingly awesome” weeks to come!


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Nicole Glen

Hello campers and families! My name is Nicole and this will be my second year as a camp counsellor. I recently completed my Bachelors of Education at UOIT and am currently teaching in the Peel District School Board. I love all aspects of science, technology, engineering and math! I look forward to creating and exploring with all of you.


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Tim Gadanidis

Hi, my name is Tim! This is my second year working at the UOIT summer camps. I just finished my last year at the University of Toronto, majoring in Linguistics. When I’m not at camp you can usually find me reading, playing games like Minecraft or practicing kendo (Japanese swordfighting). Camp last year was a lot of fun---I’m looking forward to another great summer!


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Nour Halabi

Hi there campers! My name is Nour and this is my first year as camp counselor. I just graduated from the Game development and Entrepreneurship program with a minor in game programming. I’m excited to meet you all and spend the summer together building, learning, and making friends while we explore cool technology!


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Edwina Huang

Hi, my name is Edwina! This is my first year working with the UOIT summer camps. I am currently enrolled as a teacher candidate with the Faculty of Education at UOIT. I love exploring the outdoors and creating pieces of art. I look forward to sharing this summer camp experience with you!


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Mika Ilic

Hello campers, my name is Mika and I hope you’re ready to have fun learning and exploring because I know I am! I am currently in the UOIT Bachelor of Education program and I am thrilled to say that this is my first year as a counsellor for the UOIT Summer Camps. I’m looking forward to igniting the curiosity and spreading the creativity of campers while discovering new knowledge, new skills, and new friends. I have an uncontainable exuberance for this upcoming summer and I hope you do, too, because it’s going to be an unforgettable summer!


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Michelle Jilesen

Hi Campers and Families! I’m Michelle and this will be my second year at the UOIT Summer Camps. I’m a recent graduate from the UOIT Concurrent Education Program. I am very excited to share my love for technology and passion for teaching with you!


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Michelle Joe

Hello, my name is Michelle! This is my third time working at the UOIT camps. I just graduated from UOIT with a Bachelor of Science and I start my Bachelor of Education at UOIT this fall. I’m excited to meet all of the campers and I can’t wait to spend my summer exploring and learning with you!


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Joshua Kent

Hello campers! My name is Joshua Kent and I am excited to be a counsellor this summer. I am currently in the Bachelor of Education program at UOIT. Prior to this, I taught English in South Korea for 3 years and worked as a dairy farmer in New Zealand. I am working to expand my horizons in coding and robotics. Makey Makey, Scratch, and LEGO Mindstorms are my current pursuits. I can’t wait to design, build, create, and inspire with campers this summer!


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Courtney Knutson

Hi there! My name is Courtney and this is my third 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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Lauren Kowalczyk

Hello campers! My name is Lauren and this is my first year working at the UOIT summer camp. I am currently in the Bachelor of Education program at UOIT and I am excited to bring my enthusiasm and enjoyment for learning to camp. I am an RECE and I advocate for inquiry and play, especially when it comes to STEAM activities. I love technology and videogames and support game-based learning for learners of every age.I am excited to explore with you the amazing technology this camp has to offer and I can’t wait to get started! Let’s have fun and make it the best summer ever!


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Kody Maclean

Hello Campers! My name is Kody and this is my fifth year working at the UOIT Summer Camps. Last years I graduated from the Faculty of Education Concurrent program at UOIT. I am a qualified teacher and I am looking forward to meeting all the new campers this year and seeing returning campers.


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Mark Magpayo

Hey everyone! My name is Mark and this will be my first year working as a camp counsellor with UOIT. I am going into my 3rd year this coming fall for a Bachelors of Networking and IT Security. I am absolutely stoked to be working with UOIT to bring the fun of learning and playing with technology to all our guests for the week. I look forward to seeing everyone and can’t wait to get to meet all you guys!


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Stephanie McCall

Hi campers! This is my first year working at the UOIT summer camp and I am super excited to learn and have fun with everyone. I just graduated from the concurrent education program at Laurier/Nipissing I love art and nature and I cannot wait to see what this summer has in store for us.


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Kathleen McKenna

Hello! My name is Kathleen McKenna and I am currently attending UOIT, at the Faculty of Education. I am thrilled to be working my first summer as a camp counsellor, and I am excited to combine my love of technology and art through robots and LEGO! Because I love animals and the outdoors, I am interested in creating and designing projects that promote an environmentally friendly world. I can’t wait to meet you!


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Andrea McMillan

Hello campers! My name is Andrea McMillan and I am very excited to be your counsellor this summer! I am currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program at UOIT and this is my first year as a counsellor with this school. My background is in design and art with a speciality in using computer programs to sketch out my creations. I’m counting down the days until we can build, create and design amazing creations with the computer programs and our imaginations!


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Taylor Milburn

Hi my name is Taylor and this will be my fifth year working at the UOIT summer camps. Last year I graduated from the Faculty of Education and this past school year I was a high school teacher at Everest Academy. 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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Brooklyn Nobre Peres

Hello campers! My name is Brooklyn and I am so excited to work with you this summer as a new UOIT Summer Camp Counselor! I am currently heading into the second year of my Bachelor of Education degree at UOIT. I love technology and everything STEAM related so I can’t wait to teach and to learn from all of you! Let's imagine, build and create together while making great friends along the way!


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Brendan Oldman

A Master of Education student and Occasional Teacher with several local school boards, I have been living in Durham Region studying communications, technology and education my whole life! I love the arts, music and everything science related! I have worked at EB Games and Blockbuster where I developed a HUGE passion for movies and video games! I have also worked at General Motors and assisted with building thousands of vehicles, painting, chassis construction and body shop metal work! I play guitar, drums and piano, I am really looking forward to having fun with all the campers! Bring on the robots, LEGO and technology!


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Methuna Rajakumar

Hello everyone! My name is Methuna and this is my second year working at the UOIT summer camps. I am currently enrolled in the Biological Science and Concurrent Education program. I love the supportive, fun environment of UOIT camps, and all the activities it offers. It is such an amazing community where everyone can feel included. The fun never stops at camp and I cannot imagine a better place to spend my summer!


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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 10 years (since the camps started!)


Jagnoor Sangha

Hello! My name is Jagnoor Sangha I am currently a grade 10 student at ND secondary school in ajax. I am happy to have been accepted for the volunteer position, I can't wait to help you all in learning about robotics, coding, and other amazing things at the camp. See you all there!


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Allison Saunders

Hello campers! My name is Allison and I am super excited to start my second summer at UOIT summer camps. I have a Bachelor of Science in Biology and I am currently studying to become a teacher. Besides school, I work as a gymnastics coach and I love to play sports like soccer, volleyball, and tennis. I can’t wait to share my love of science and knowledge of technology with all of the new and returning campers this summer!


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Kirsten Sizoo

Hi my name is Kirsten and this is my third year working at the UOIT summer camps. I have recently graduated from Laurier/Nipissing’s Concurrent Education program, and I’m excited to begin my career in teaching. I love everything about the outdoors, and I’m looking forward to another great summer!


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Emily Smith

Hello! I’m Emily and I am currently a teacher candidate with the Faculty of Education here at UOIT. This will be my first year as a camp counsellor and I am super excited! I have a background in science and love to learn about nature and the world around us. I’m excited to explore the various technology and programs with you campers as we play, tinker, make, and learn! It’s going to be an awesome summer!


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Maya Staresinic

Hello! My name is Maya and this is my second year as a UOIT summer camp counsellor. I am a recently certified Ontario teacher and I’m very much looking forward to seeing returning campers and meeting new campers this year! 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 have a ton of fun this summer!

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