Senior Summer Staff
Our senior summer staff make each summer on Canoe Lake possible. With their help each summer brings forward it’s own magic, memories and adventures!
Camp Wapomeo and Camp Ahmek are both staffed with their own senior summer staff: a director, an assistant director, multiple section directors, a program director, a CIT section director and a head guide. Stay posted for the names of our senior summer staff for 2021!
Director: David Jefferies
David first attended Ahmek as a Bantam camper in 1980. He went on to serve in various staff positions including CIT, Head of Sailing, Program Director, Assistant Director of Ahmek, Assistant Director of September Camp and most recently, Director of September Camp. David has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Taylor Statten Camps for the past 7 years. His family roots at TSC run deep- his grandfather Bill Jefferies was a cabin mate of ‘Dr.Tay’s’ in 1921 in the Inkie Section. His grandmother, father, uncles, sisters and cousins all attended Ahmek and Wapomeo as campers and staff. Ahmek provided David with an outlet to develop a range of skills that have served him well in his professional life outside of camp. His initial leadership, social, and problem-solving abilities grew out of the TSC camping experience and lead to a challenging career at a management and executive level in the ICI construction industry after spending a number of years in the academic world attending Queen’s University, University of Toronto and University of British Columbia.
David’s wife Andrea will be joining him at TSC during the summer season and they have one daughter, Aria, both of whom are avid September Campers, and who have also grown fond of Canoe Lake. Their family canoe trips in Algonquin, Kipawa, Temagami and Killarney are born of the TSC tripping spirit that David’s Dad helped reinforce with annual father-son spring canoe trips throughout Northern Ontario. The social setting and outdoor experiences at critical development stages of young people’s lives is exactly what served to provide David with his everlasting and most cherished friendships- almost all of David’s close friends are Ahmek and Wap alumni. He truly feels that there is something magical about TSC, to forge these bonds and set the stage for these all-important life-long connections. The TSC setting offers a wide range of sporting, outdoor, musical and counselling opportunities like no other place and David attributes much of his own wide range of talents to the opportunities Camp Ahmek provided him for decades.
The canoe, the paddle, the lakes of the Canadian Shield and Algonquin Park have provided a spiritual home for the Jefferies’ family for decades. Their family cottage on Lake of Bays was chosen for its proximity to Algonquin. He is very excited to help facilitate and develop similar experiences and personal growth for new generations of staff and campers.
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.