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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Your camp staff

Shelia Rhodes' headshotSheila Rhodes

Director, Summer Camps

Hi campers and families.  I am an Associate Teaching Professor in the Faculty of Education at Ontario Tech University 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 I am actively involved in many environmental organizations.  I have been the Ontario Tech Summer Camp Director for 14 years (since the camps started!). I look forward to meeting new families and renewing friendships with returning families.

 

Qusay H. Mahmoud

Associate Dean, Experiential Learning and Engineering Outreach

Hi there! My name is Qusay H. Mahmoud. I am a Professor of Software Engineering in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering at Ontario Tech University. I am the Associate Dean of Experiential Learning and Engineering Outreach in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science where several of our 2021 camps programs are developed. This will be my first year being involved with Ontario Tech's summer camps and I am excited to hear even more great feedback from campers and their families about our camp programs!

 

2021 Virtual Summer Camp Counsellors

 
Aaron 

Hi everyone! My name is Aaron, and I am a second-year mechatronics engineering student working on the Artificial Intelligence team. Some of my hobbies include working on small projects on my Arduino board and playing the guitar. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I am excited to be working with Engineering Outreach this year and hope that you all enjoy your programs!

Aayush

Hi everyone! I am Aayush and I am a fourth-year mechatronics engineering student. I have a passion for engineering, specifically software engineering. I love reading books and watching podcasts on computer science and finance. While attending university I participated in robotics competitions where we had to solve different kinds of problems. I fell in love with solving these problems and decided that I wanted to be an engineer to solve other real life problems. This will be my first time as an Engineering Outreach Program Instructor and I am very excited. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you!

Alex

Hi everyone, my name is Alex and I am an Ontario Tech University student going into my fourth year of Mechanical Energy Engineering. I am interested in all parts of STEM, but I love talking about the ocean, sustainability, and renewable energy. I also love jigsaw puzzles, sewing, swimming, and reading. I am excited to be teaching python, and look forward to meeting everyone!

Alexis

Hello campers! I am a graduate of Ontario Tech Faculty of Education (Primary/Junior) and of York University (BFA Honours in Visual Arts). I am an Occasional Teacher for the Durham District School Board. I have been a counsellor for ten summers now, and have watched many of you returning campers grow in your knowledge and passion for science and nature! Nature, science, STEAM, and art are my passions and I look forward to sharing my joy with you this summer!

Allison

Hello campers! My name is Allison, and I am super excited to start my fifth summer at Ontario Tech summer camps and my second summer as Camp Program Director. I am an occasional teacher with the PVNCCDSB and I have a Bachelor of Science in Biology, therefore my specialty is our Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) camp. I am also a passionate coach and I love to play sports such as soccer, volleyball, and tennis. I cannot wait to share my love of science and knowledge of technology with all of the new and returning campers this summer!

Anna

Hi there! My name is Anna and I am excited to be an Engineering Outreach Instructor this summer! I am a Software and Biomedical Engineering student, and I enjoy painting and playing video games. I have always loved the creative side of engineering and I also really enjoy the math and logic behind it. I cannot wait to meet you all this summer!

Brie

Hello Campers! My name is Brie and I am a returning camp counsellor. I am now an occasional teacher with Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board after graduating from the Bachelor of Education program at Ontario Tech. I have an educational background in Health Science and enjoy designing, building and creating of all kinds! In my spare time, I enjoy being outside, playing sports and scrapbooking. I am so excited for all the fun and learning we will get to do this summer!

Bryden

Hi campers! My name is Bryden and I am currently a teacher candidate in the Bachelor of Education program at Ontario Tech. My undergraduate degree is in Animation from Sheridan College. In my spare time I love to read, draw, and go on camping trips! I have four years of camp experience working with children in the arts, but this is my first year with the Ontario Tech summer camps. I am so excited to have fun this summer exploring the amazing world of STEAM!

Caden

Hello everyone! My name is Caden, and I am looking forward to being part of the summer camps again this summer. I am going into my second year of university at Carleton for software engineering. Some of my favourite subjects are math and the sciences. These camps bring back fun memories from when I attended the robotics camp, and I hope that I can help create these same memories for you! I look forward to seeing you all this summer!

Caitlin

Hello campers and families, my name is Caitlin! This is my third year as a camp counsellor at Ontario Tech. I am excited for another summer of fun! I have just started my last year of my Honours Bachelor in English Literature at the University of Ottawa. One day, I hope to be a French and English High School teacher! In my spare time, I am a dance instructor, private tutor and a Girl Guide Leader. My favorite camps are the Minecraft and Coding camps, so I hope to see some of you there! I am looking forward to working with all of you!

Chad

Hello everyone! My name is Chad. This will be my second year with Ontario Tech summer camps, I am excited to be back. I graduated from Trent University with my Honors Bachelor’s degree in History and Sociology, completed a Human Resource Management Post Graduate Certificate and obtained my Bachelor of Education in 2018. This school year I worked with Durham Catholic District School Board. When I am not playing video games I am watching sports or playing goalie for lacrosse. I am always looking for new ways to include technology in my lesson plans.

Christian

Hi campers! My name is Christian, and I am I an engineering student at Ontario Tech. I am excited to get to journey along with you all through our great summer camps! I have been privileged to learn a lot from my time at Ontario Tech (physics is my favourite), and I am looking forward to sharing that learning with you. I cannot wait to put on our thinking caps, and explore with you soon!

Divjot

Hello campers! My name is Divjot and I am currently in high school. I am very excited to be here as a Junior Camp Counsellor this summer. This will be my third year at the camp. I love to play sports and I am excited to learn about your passions! I am interested in LEGO robotics and love video games. Subjects I am most interested in are Math and Science. I cannot wait learn more about you!

George

Hey campers! My name is George and I am super excited to be hanging out with you all this summer! I am currently in my second year of Mechatronic Engineering at Ontario Tech and I love anything STEM related. I am super into making cool videos and LOVE pizza. I am also a huge fan of the shows The Office and Brooklyn 99.

Holly 

Hi everyone, I am very excited to meet you all! This will be my second year working with Ontario Tech summer camps. I am very interested in science, technology and mathematics. I come from a background in biology, specializing in life science and I am now an occasional teacher with KPR after recently graduating from Ontario Tech’s Bachelor of Education program. I have a few years of experience working at summer camps with robotics and I am excited to be a part of this group.

Jason B. 

Hello everyone! My name is Jason and I am an occasional teacher for Durham District School Board and Durham Catholic District School Board. This will be my third year as a camp counsellor at the Ontario Tech summer camps and I look forward to meeting some new campers and welcoming returning campers. I am excited to be back at camp this summer and I know we are going to have tons of fun! I love anything related to Minecraft, coding and LEGO robotics! I cannot wait to meet each and every one of you!

Jason T.

Hi Campers! My name is Jason and I am a high school student at the moment. I went to the camps here for seven years as a camper. I have done all the camps at least once and I am excited to now be a counselor. In my free time, I love to do stuff outdoors at my cottage with my friends and family like fishing, swimming, sports, and more, and I love to play video games (95% of the time playing Minecraft). I am looking forward to meeting everyone and having a fun and awesome summer with you all!

John

Hello everyone! My name is John and I am thrilled to be returning for my third year as a camp counsellor. I am enrolled in the Computer Science undergraduate program at Ontario Tech and enjoy learning as much as I can. Outside of school, I love spending time on personal coding projects and expressing myself by creating short films and playing the guitar. I cannot wait to help you learn some amazing new skills and have tons of fun. Hopefully I’ll see you this summer!

Kevin 

Hi campers! My name is Kevin. I am a teacher candidate and recently completed my third semester in Ontario Tech’s Bachelor of Education program in the primary/junior stream. I am an avid nature enthusiast. I spend a lot of time outdoors in my vegetable garden, walking on a trail or spending time with family and friends. I also play video games, specifically Minecraft. I am excited to meet everyone and learn more about what you are passionate about. I look forward to having a fun-filled summer!

Keegan

Hello everyone! My name is Keegan and I am going into my third year of computer engineering. I love solving complex math and coding problems, and in my spare time I like to exercise, watch movies and play video games. I am excited to be a part of the 2021 Ontario Tech summer camps program and I cannot wait to see you all soon!

Kirti

Hello everyone! My name is Kirti and I am going into my third year of electrical engineering program at Ontario Tech University. In my spare time, I enjoy painting and reading. Also, I am a beginner in gardening. I cannot wait to learn about you all.

Kyra

Hi campers! My name is Kyra, and I am currently enrolled in Ontario Tech’s Game Development program. Some of my interests include digital art and video editing. This will be my third year returning to Ontario Tech summer camps, and I amlooking forward to meeting you all to share another fun and memorable summer experience!

Mashaal

Hello Everyone! My name is Mashaal and I am in my final year of Mechatronics Engineering at Ontario Tech University! I have been involved with STEM camps for over a year now and I am amazed with the possibilities that our participants bring out in their projects every day! This year my focus is more on Artificial Intelligence but I still get to interact with various STEM activities. I look forward to meeting you all!

Mathew

Hello, my name is Mathew. I am currently completing my Bachelor’s of Education at Ontario Tech. I am a big fan of STEAM activities and I really enjoy playing video games, especially Minecraft! This is my third year working as camp counsellor at Ontario Tech, so whether you are a new face, or if we have met before, I am looking forward to having fun together this summer!

Melita

Hi campers and families! My name is Melita and this will be my third year as a camp counsellor. I am now a Grade 3 Teacher with my previous degree in Biological Sciences from Ontario Tech University. I love all things Science and have been involved in the annual Science Rendezvous that is hosted at Ontario Tech. I have a passion for combining science with technology through STEM and STEAM-related activities. I am excited to meet and get to know. I cannot wait to see what we can create and learn together!

Nathan

Hey everyone! My name is Nathan and I am one of your virtual camp counsellors for this summer. I am ready to bring some fun and creativity to our sessions, and I hope I can get you all excited about STEM. I am entering my third year of software engineering at Ontario Tech and love everything from games to robotics. Feel free to ask me any questions about engineering, programming, robotics, and more!

Nicolette

Hello campers and families! My name is Nicolette and I am very excited to be back for a third year as a counsellor at the Ontario Tech summer camps. I am a Ontario Tech Faculty of Education graduate and currently teach with the Durham Catholic District School Board. I have a strong interest in STEAM, coding, LEGO robotics and outdoor learning. Over the years I have been able to experience the joy that comes with being at summer camp and I cannot wait to share that with all of you!

Nirusiya

Hello campers! My name is Nirusiya and I am a first year camp counsellor. I am currently an Ontario Tech Bachelor of Education student in my final year. My teachable subjects are biology and chemistry. I am passionate about science, art, and nature and learn best through experiential learning. I am looking forward to exploring STEAM activities with you all this summer. Let’s have fun together! See you soon.

Ramin

Hello Campers! My name is Ramin and I am a fourth year Software Engineering student at Ontario Tech. I am excited to be a part of summer camps. I love all things STEM and I am going to be teaching various STEM content throughout summer camp. I am looking forward to meeting everyone and learning about your passions around STEM.

Sarah

Hello campers and families! My name is Sarah and this is my third year as a camp counsellor! I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Ontario Tech, majoring in chemistry and minoring in math. In the fall, I will be starting the intermediate/senior BEd program at Ontario Tech, which I am really excited about! I believe that hands-on learning, technology and real life applications are the best way to have fun with knowledge. My favourite camps are the science and STEAM camps because I love experimenting and seeing the science behind everything! I also enjoy the animation camps because I like seeing how creative the campers are! Let's have fun this summer!

Shawna

Hi everyone! I am excited to be a part of the team again this summer as a camp counselor here at Ontario Tech. I am currently a Grade 1/2 teacher. I completed my undergraduate degree and Bachelor of Education at Ontario Tech, where I am also enrolled in my Masters of Education. I enjoy doing yoga, reading, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends! I live in Victoria, British Columbia and will be connecting with you virtually from the West Coast this summer. I am looking forward to meeting everyone (bright and early my time!) and having a fun summer together as we adventure through everything STEAM!

Victoria
Hi Everyone! My name is Victoria, I'm a mechanical engineering student at Ontario Tech University. I love reading, being outside, and learning about sustainability. I'm excited to be an Engineering Outreach Program Instructor this summer and can't wait to code and learn with you.