Hockey Opportunity Camp in Ontario is fortunate to have directors and staff with extraordinary depth and quality of experience – giving our parents peace of mind that their children will be well cared for as they are challenged to explore & grow during their time at summer camp.
This will be my 24th summer at HOC - returning as Camp Director this summer while continuing to oversee the Hockey Program.
I retired in June 2022 after 40 years in education, 23 as a teacher and 17 as an elementary school administrator, and took on the role of Camp Director last summer. This was a natural step for me, and HOC, as the role of a Camp Director is very similar to that of a school principal. My skills include developing and empowering people, strong leadership and building successful relationships.
Executive Director Kevin McLaughlin and I are close friends, having first met back in 1989 when I originally came onboard as Hockey Director, when Kevin was a camp counsellor.
I look forward to continuing to work with Kevin, his wife Sophie, and our Senior Staff Team to provide the “ultimate hockey and summer camp experience” for our campers.
I am a big believer in the value of summer camp, having been a camper at Haliburton Hockey Haven (HHH), a counsellor/instructor/canoe tripper at Camp Nominingue, Quebec, and then returning to HHH as a hockey instructor/assistant hockey director, prior to landing at HOC.
Summer camp is a huge piece of who I am, and who my own kids are. Both Sean and Rachel have grown up at HOC. Sean was an HOC camper until he aged out, and then he worked many summers as a member of our waterski staff. Rachel’s “happy place” has always been Hockey Opportunity Camp! She loved her HOC summers as a camper and is now a staff member. This will be her 11th summer!
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Hello Parents and Campers,
My name is Kristina, and I am one of the Assistant Directors here at camp. I am a long-time HOC staff member and an Ontario Certified Teacher. HOC has been my second home for 14 remarkable years and I am excited to continue this journey working with children in both an Outdoor Education and Summer Camp setting.
Although I am not originally from Northern Ontario I have grown to love every part of it. I have been fortunate enough to spend my post secondary years in the North Bay area attending Nipissing University in the Concurrent Education Program. This year, I have made the full time move to Sundridge and look forward to enjoying everything the community has to offer. Outside of camp, I’m involved in a variety of activities such as competing with the North Bay Figure Skating Club, teaching CanSkate with the South River Skating Club, and being a volunteer firefighter for the Sundridge Strong Fire Department.
Summer camp is an opportunity that every child should experience in their lifetime. As I reflect back on my experience as both a camper and a staff member, the opportunities and life lessons I have learned here at camp are irreplaceable. The new skills, life lessons, and experiences simply cannot be taught in our traditional classroom setting and everyday interactions. I look forward to welcoming you and your family into our camp community.
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I started working as part of the directing team at Hockey Opportunity Camp in 2022. HOC is the perfect fit for me because it allows me to pursue my passion for summer camp, the outdoors and working with youth. I first developed my love of summer camp starting in the summer of 2002 as a young camper at Camp Trillium. Over my many years there I transitioned from camper to staff and eventually Assistant Director. Camp has truly shaped me into the person I am, and I feel fortunate to help provide the camp experience for future generations.
Over a decade of experience working with youth and young adults in various settings led me to HOC. I completed my degree in Health Studies and Gerontology at McMaster University and went on to be an Assistant Camp Director in Southern Ontario. When I first moved up north to Sundridge I worked as a Behaviour Therapist for children with autism and their families, where I gained vital skills that allow me to support and shape HOC’s Teammate Program.
After growing up in Mississauga, moving to Sundridge was a big transition, I am happy I made the decision because I could not picture myself living anywhere else. My husband (Dan) and I live on a small hobby farm with our two dogs (Nova & Blu). We are kept very busy raising chickens, growing vegetables and maintaining the property but when we have the chance we love the opportunity to go camping, hiking, canoeing, or any other outdoor adventures.
My role as an Assistant Director supporting the day-to-day operations at HOC is diverse and ever-changing. Each season at camp brings a different focus whether it is marketing, registering campers, developing a staff team, booking school groups for Eagle Crest Outdoor Centre (ECOC) or running summer camp. One of my favourite parts of the job is building and growing our team of staff, it is a privilege to watch each staff develop their skills and share their experiences during their time at camp. My passion for summer camp is constantly renewed by the people, campers and staff that I have the pleasure of working with. The relationships and friendships fostered through camp are genuinely unmatched and I am so grateful to be part of the HOC community.
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