Senior summer staff
Meet our Senior Staff for Camp Ahmek and Camp Wapomeo for Summer 2018.
Director: Greg Albisser
Greg first attended Camp Ahmek as a Mountaineer camper in 1988 (and went on to be a long canoe trip camper and lead a long trip as staff). The friendships and experiences seeded in that first year forged deep, lasting roots and have had major influence in every area of his life. The teamwork and camaraderie experienced on Greg’s canoe trips led him to a career in teaching and a passion for coaching. Since acquiring his Ontario teaching certification in 2007, Greg has taught and coached students of all grade levels. He currently teaches secondary school in Muskoka focusing on Canada and World Studies, Communications and Media Art. A recurrent theme in all of Greg’s teaching is an appreciation for outdoors and a respect for nature and the deep wilderness. Greg met his wife Katie at TSC and their mutual love of camp life, outdoor adventure and simple living inspired a move from Toronto to Muskoka. They have three young children, Oliver, Annie and Jack, and are thrilled to bring their family each summer to the shores of Canoe Lake and pledge their hearts to the Spirit of Ahmek.
Assistant Director: Owen Burry
My name is Owen Burry and I will be the Assistant Director at Camp Ahmek this summer. This will be my seventeenth consecutive summer spent at camp! I began my journey at Ahmek as a try-out camper at age six and have grown to love all aspects of life at camp and on canoe trip. I recently completed my undergraduate degree at Colby College in Maine where I majored in Economics, with a concentration in financial markets, and History. This summer I am looking forward to passing on the many traditions we have here at Ahmek and fostering an appreciation of camp and the wilderness in all campers. I could not be more excited for what this summer has in store!
Program Director: Lex Scully
Head Guide: Nico De Ruiter
Bantam Section Director: Marcus Uhthoff
Pioneer Section Director: Connor McCauley
Mountaineer Section Director: Nick Macdonald
Voyageur Section Director: Dylan Morrison & Stefan Robb
Long Canoe Trip Section Director: Oliver Harper
Director: Mercede Rogers
Mercede’s journey with TSC began as a Kiowa in 3A. Her mom was a counselor at Wapomeo and her uncle – a former camper at Ahmek and Head of Riding for a number of years both knew that Wapomeo would be a natural fit for Mercede and they were right! It was clear to everyone that knew her as a young camper that camp would always be part of who she was. Over the years, she became fully immersed in the TSC environment; from work camp to fall crew, from SD to Long Trip Counselor, Head Guide as well as Assistant Director to Jackie Pye in 2011 and working in the Toronto office in the offseason – Mercede has a wealth of knowledge and deep love for TSC. She also brings a unique perspective to the role as she was the Head Guide at Ahmek in 2009 and 2010 and has an appreciation for both camps. An active member with the Ontario Camps Association, she has worked as a guide and outdoor educator with Outward Bound, Camp Tanamakoon, Camp Temagami and MHO Adventures and has pursued training and certification in Risk Management from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). She believes in the importance of nature connection and developing resiliency and awareness through authentic wilderness interactions. Mercede holds a Bachelor of Education with a specialty in Outdoor and Experiential Education from Queen’s University and as a teacher, was focused on character education and wellness. Mercede has taught at a number of private schools in Toronto and is the former Trip Coordinator at The York School where she facilitated overnight residential camp programs, international service excursions and national travel opportunities for the students. Her passion for the canoe and the outdoors is surmounted only by her passion to share her experiences with others, especially her family; camping and exploring with her husband Mike and young son in all four seasons. Most recently, they completed a 31 day trip in the Temagami area. Mercede knows that every day at camp is a good day and looks forward to working with parents, staff and campers to make every camper’s experience exceptional. Mercede will be joined at Wap by her husband Mike and their young son Dylan.
Assistant Director: Kate Vaughan
Program Director: Hannah Wheatly
Head Guide: Linnea Sage
CIT Section Director: Johanna Thomas
Kiowa Section Director: Cassidy Houlding
Tuscie Section Director: Skye Kinnear
Shawnee Section Director: Nikki Denison
Ojib Section Director: Patrisha Rooney
Long Trip Section Director: Maya Soicher & Caroline Kuflik