Easter Seals Camp Horizon Program Staff
Easter Seals Camp Horizon staff members are carefully chosen for their skills, energy, knowledge, and enthusiasm for working with children and adults with special needs in the great outdoors. In addition to senior program staff, we have 45 staff members working directly with campers on a daily basis. Our staff members are at least 18 years of age, many either currently attending or are graduates of university and college.
All program staff are required to hold current Standard First Aid, CPR-C and undergo a criminal reference check prior to employment. Staff members who are full-time Alberta residents are also required to complete an Intervention Record Check (formerly Child Welfare Record Check).
When the staff team arrives at camp, they undergo 10 days of intensive preparation that includes training on delivering programs, behaviour management, working with different abilities and special needs, emergency procedures, personal care, risk management, and much more.
In addition to the above training, instructors in program areas have skill specific qualifications.
Cabin Leaders have extensive experience working with youth and/or special needs populations.
Air Element facilitators have Level I Facilitator certification, and we always have a Level II Facilitator on site.
Lifeguards have National Lifeguard Society certification.
Water Element (rafting) guides have completed raft school training, which includes wilderness first aid, swift water rescue technician, and river navigation certifications.
Leadership Coordinators have advanced wilderness first aid certification in addition to extensive experience leading backcountry trips.
We know the people working with your camper are the most important part of ensuring they have a fun and healthy camp experience. If you have any questions about who will be working at camp, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
MEET OUR SENIOR STAFF TEAM!
Brandon MacLean (Director, Programs)
Big Bird is my hero.
Katie Brennan (Coordinator, Resources)
Fun Fact – I have a doctorate in potato farming and my favourite yoga pose is savasana.
Arran Daniels (Section Head)
Hello Camp Family! My name is Arran and I will be one of the Section Heads
for summer 2015. Guess what? One of my talents is that I can hold a 2 second bridge! My role will be to supervise direct care staff and build
amazing teams each week. I have been working in the behaviour and special needs communities for more than 8 years both in Scotland and Canada. I first joined the ESCH community in 2009 and I am very excited to be back at camp this summer! We are ready, are you?!
Lucy Diep (Section Head)
Hey, hey, hey Lucy here! I am one of the Section Heads this summer. I will be working to build cohesive teams and supervising our incredible summer staff. I have been working and volunteering at Camp Horizon since 2007. In the ‘real world’ I am working towards my Masters in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. Did you know that I LOVE TATER-TOTS! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I cannot wait to meet all of our new campers and to reconnect with our returning campers once again. I know this summer will be EPIC!!!
Spencer Walker (Air Element Programmer)
Hello passengers! This is Spencer, your air element programmer speaking. True(ish) story – Julie Andrews is my grandmother. This will be my third summer working at ESCH. I am so excited to be back and I can’t wait for you to join us here. This summer you will once again find me “hanging around” as I am in charge of all of the ropes programming at camp. This means high ropes, climbing wall, giant swing, low ropes, and team building initiatives. I’m going to make sure you have a safe and incredible time in the air. Have a great flight!
Cailen Mulligan (Water Element Programmer)
Hi Everyone! My name is Cailen. Cool fact – I’m from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Another cool fact – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson uses me as his inspiration.
This is my second year working at Camp Horizon, but this isn’t the first Easter Seals camp that I’ve spent my summers at. After joining the rafting team last year, I knew I had to come back to ESCH for another summer. My (awesome) team and I will make sure you have a great time rafting with us.
Join us on the river and see for yourself what all the hype is about.
Tom Williams (Earth Element Programmer)
Hey, I am Tom Williams and if you have been to camp before then you probably know me as the tall guy from England.
I am a country guy born and raised, with a passion for all areas of activities in the outdoors. I came to camp last summer and well… they couldn’t get rid of me. I stuck around to help out with the year round programs and learning everything I could about the outdoor program here before heading to England for a bit during the winter.
I am back now as the Earth Programmer and planning some awesome hiking, biking and camping excursions for you this summer. Fun Fact – I love real dogs.
James Brown (Spark Programmer)
Hellloooooooo Camp Family! I'm the soul master, James Brown. From a traditional farming town in England, I am pumped to be back in Canada and at camp this summer. I'm full of electricity which is why I can power my own DJ set and still have enough to be the Spark Programmer for the Summer 2015 - say whhhhaaaaa - go camp!!! - "drop mic and walk off". But seriously, I AM the soul master.
Andrew Galster (Leadership Coordinator)
I’ve been around camp for a long time and I love everything about it. I love helping people learn more about themselves, I love teaching skills, and I love bringing people out into the wilderness. In my spare time, I like to travel, take pictures and make videos – and I’m always up for trying something new! Did you know that I live in a tiny house on wheels? I built it with my wife.
Justine Andrews (Leadership Assistant)
Hello everyone! My name is Justine and this will be my fifth summer working at Camp Horizon. Camp is my favourite place in the world and I love meeting new campers, connecting with returning campers, and sharing this special place with them. I am very excited to be working in Leadership this summer to develop our campers into incredible leaders who will impact their schools, work, and communities! Interesting fact – I was 6 feet tall at the age of 5.
Direct Care Staff:
Cabin Leaders. Cabin Leaders are responsible for managing their cabin of campers, staff, and volunteers. More specifically, this role involves modelling positive behaviour and ensuring all campers have a safe, fun, and memorable experience. Back pocket information – they all rode here on camels.
Counselling Staff. Our counselling staff make up the bulk of our summer staff and have the most hands-on and interactive role with our campers. As a counsellor, they are responsible for the well-being and supervision of all campers on their team. They are also there to ensure that our campers have a safe, fun, and memorable experience through bonding with campers, building relationships, experiencing heart-filled moments, and seeing first-hand the lasting effects that camp has on our campers. Cool fact – all our counselling staff graduated from Klingon Academy.