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The Staff

Kelly Mathews manages the Outdoor Centre and King Day Camp at the King campus of Seneca College. Working along side Kelly in a full-time capacity are Tim Beckner, the Operations Coordinator, Sandra Chianelli the Office Coordinator and Kelly Allaire, the Sr. Program Coordinator.  Our seasonal-summer camp staff are all students returning to either College or University in the fall.  During the spring season, the Leadership Team, made up of 5 Directors and 7 Supervisors start preparing for the busy summer season working with the 4 full time staff.  Other camp staff are hired to facilitate the Outdoor Centre programs before camp begins.

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The King Day Camp (KDC) staff team consists of +90 enthusiastic, fun-minded folks who love playing with children in the out-of-doors!  The staff are carefully selected for proven leadership skills, enthusiasm, related experiences and the ability to relate well to children.  The Seasonal Camp Counsellors, Instructors, Specialists, Supervisors & Directors are all studying in related programs at College or University (e.g., Early Childhood Education, Recreation & Leisure Services, Psychology, Kinesiology, Environmental Studies). Some staff have worked their way through the King Day Camp as young campers, Leaders-in-Training, Staff-In-Training and then have been selected as KDC staff.  All camp staff are required to complete a police screening and they all must have current First Aid & CPR certification.  Camp staff attend a full week of staff training prior to camp commencing and specialty programs train during the spring as well.  We celebrate the small things and appreciate our surroundings!

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Kelly Mathews, Camp Director

Manager – Sport Venue Operations & Community Recreation  
kelly.mathews@senecacollege.ca
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55029

Kelly joined Seneca College and the King Day Camp team in April 2012 and brought to Seneca a wealth of camp programming and operations experience in both day and residential camp settings. Supported by a degree in Kinesiology & Health Science from York University as well as a Certificate in Sport Administration, Kelly has been working in a leadership capacity in the camping industry for over two-decades with reputable organizations such as: The Town of Markham, Parks, Recreation & Culture; the Canadian Tennis Association; Ontario Place; and, the Canadian Diabetes Association. Kelly has also been active as a consultant in the camping arena and has assisted several not-for-profit associations, municipalities and private camps with their programming, health and safety plans, and partnership development programs.

Kelly is very involved with the Ontario Camps Association (OCA).  She is a member of the OCA Board of Directors (2017-2018); she’s the Chair of the OCA Mentorship Committee (2016-2017) and a Camp Mentor (2016-2017); she’s the Board Liaison for the OCA Archives Committee (2017-2018); and, she’s the past Chair and ongoing member of the Annual OCA Directors Conference (2012-2018).  In 2017 and 2018 Kelly received an OCA Volunteer Recognition Award for her service to the association.

Kelly is a published author and has written a book on the history of Eaton Hall at Seneca College King Campus titled, Eaton Hall: Pride of King Township (2015).  She completed her second book, The Road to Marylake in the Fall of 2017 and has been commissioned by the Township of King and the King Township Historical Society to write the definitive history of King Township (2020).

Kelly has a passion for hiking and being in the outdoors and currently holds the record for the fastest hike across the entire Oak Ridges’ Moraine Trail where she hiked 300km’s in just seven days in the Fall of 2016.  Kelly is a certified Advanced Medical First Responder (AMFR).

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Kelly Allaire, Program Director

Senior Recreation Coordinator
kelly.allaire@senecacollege.ca
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55054

Kelly joined the KDC Team in January 2013 when she was re-assigned from the Newnham Campus where she led the Community Recreation & Summer Camps portfolio as the Senior Program Coordinator and Camp Director for OVER 16 years. Kelly has degrees in both Environmental Science and Psychology from Queen’s University. Kelly resides in Newmarket with her husband and 2 girls Katie and Grace – who absolutely LOVE KDC!  An avid outdoorswoman, Kelly spends her time away from work mostly at her cottage in Honey Harbour enjoying outdoor activities with her family.  Kelly is known for her programming, creativity, organizational and planning skills which are complemented by climbing, canoeing and sport certifications.

Kelly is also a certified First Responder and High Five Instructor.

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Tim Beckner, Operations Director

Operations Coordinator
tim.beckner@senecacollege.ca
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55173

Tim Beckner joined the Seneca Outdoor Centre Team in March 2012 as a Recreation Services Technician responsible for site-operations and maintenance. Tim grew up in the camping-world which included 6 years on staff in 3 different positions at Camp Widjiitiwin. Tim Studied in a 2-year Outdoor Adventure Program at Algonquin College and moved on to the position of ‘Builder’ with AdventureWorks Assoc. Inc. Tim made his first connection with Seneca College and King Day Camp during High School, where he completed a Co-op Placement and obtained 6 credits. Tim has a passion for Rock Climbing, Canoeing, Kayaking Mountain Biking, Skiing and everything else you can imagine outdoors. Tim is a wonderful addition to the Seneca Outdoor Centre. His hard-word, dedication and energy have been a wonderful addition to the team!

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Michelle Hamer, Camp Support

Senior Coordinator
michelle.hamer@senecacollege.ca
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55550

Michelle is excited to be a part of the KDC team after almost 20 years with the Seneca Summer Camps at the Newnham campus!  Michelle is the Sr Recreation Coordinator with the Community Recreation Department at the Newnham Campus, with a Sociology degree from York University and a post-graduate diploma in Recreation from Humber College.  Michelle and her husband are the parents to 3 hockey playing boys, who love spending their summer in the outdoors at King Day Camp! Michelle is a certified First Responder and High Five Instructor.

Who is your favourite Mythical Character at KDC:  Rosie the Dragon

What is your favourite Place at KDC: Circle of Friends

What is your favourite Activity at KDC: Climbing

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Sandra Chianelli, Administrative Director

Office Coordinator
king.daycamp@senecacollege.ca
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55042

Sandra has been on the KDC Team since 2010. Sandra is a mother of 2 children, Eden and Noah.  Sandra graduated from Seneca College with a diploma in Early Childhood Education. During her spare time she enjoys redecorating, party planning for any occasion and a great book! Please contact Sandra for any administrative questions or concerns and she would be happy to assist you.


Leadership Team


Robyn Bell

Disco-Bikes Supervisor

  • School: Ryerson University
  • Program: Child & Youth Care
  • Former High School: Dr. G. W. Williams S.S.
  • Born: Toronto, ON
  • Number of years as a Camper at KDC: 12
  • Number of years on the KDC Staff Team: 5
  • Astrological Sign: Taurus
  • Favourite Place at KDC: Hemlock Point
  • Favourite Mythical Character at KDC: Ishkibibbles
  • Favourite Activity at KDC: Campfire
  • Dream Job: Undecided
  • Robyn says… the best part about working at King Day Camp is having the opportunity to spend my days outside, teaching new skills and inspiring children to try new activities. I also enjoy seeing the campers arrive in the morning and go home at night with huge smiles on their faces because they’ve made memories that will last a lifetime.
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Samantha Hall

Field Supervisor

  • School: Ryerson University
  • Program: Creative Industries
  • Former High School: Dr. G. W. Williams Secondary School
  • Born: Richmond Hill, ON
  • Astrological Sign: Aries
  • Number of years as a Camper at KDC: 5
  • Number of years on the KDC Staff Team: 4
  • Favourite PLACE at KDC: Willow Tree
  • Favourite Mythical Character at KDC: Rosie the Dragon
  • Favourite Activity at KDC: Arts & Crafts
  • Dream Job: Undecided 
  • Samantha says… the best part about working at King Day Camp is being able to encourage children to step out of their comfort zones and watch as they make new friends, learn new skills, and fall in love with the outdoors and with KDC!
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Madison Hitchcock

Multi-Skills Supervisor

  • School: University of Ottawa
  • Program: Honours Bachelor of Science: Psychology 
  • Former High School: Sir William Mulock Secondary School 
  • Born: Newmarket ON
  • Astrological: Gemini 
  • Number of years as a Camper at KDC: 8 summers 
  • Number of years on the KDC Staff Team: 3 summers
  • Favourite PLACE at KDC: The Lake
  • Favourite Mythical Character at KDC: Rosie the Dragon
  • Favourite Activity at KDC: Campfire 
  • Dream Job: Human Rights Lawyer 
  • Madison says… the best part about working at King Day Camp is that I love passing on the camp magic to the next generation of kids like the great counsellors did for me when I was a camper
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Megan Jeanes

Arts, Tech & ESL Supervisor

  • School: University of Toronto
  • Program: Masters of Education in Developmental Psychology
  • Former High School: Aurora High School
  • Born: Toronto Ontario
  • Sign: Pisces
  • Number of years as a Camper at KDC: 0
  • Number of years on the KDC Staff Team: 2
  • Favourite PLACE at KDC: The Nature Cabin
  • Favourite Mythical Character at KDC: Rosie the Dragon
  • Favourite Activity at KDC: Arts & Crafts & Hiking in the Forest
  • Dream Job: Child Psychologist
  • Megan says… the best part about working at King Day Camp is being able to be a part of the magic of camp, and helping to make unforgettable summer camp memories for our campers!

Ilana Lander

Air-Venture Supervisor

  • School: University of Ottawa 
  • Program: Honours Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing
  • Former High School: École Secondary Catholique Renaissance 
  • Born: Tel-Aviv, Israel 
  • Number of years as a Camper at KDC: 6
  • Number of years on the KDC Staff Team: 5 
  • Astrological Sign: Pisces   
  • Favourite Place at KDC: High Ropes Course (main platform)
  • Favourite Mythical Character at KDC: Ishkibibbles
  • Favourite Activity at KDC: Giant Swing
  • Dream Job: Marketing Strategist, or working in a creative Advertising agency
  • Ilana says… the best part about working at King Day Camp is working with a team of amazing people that come together to create amazing experiences for children at KDC.  I enjoy being able to help them achieve their goals and try new things!
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Rachel Pucar

Waterfront Supervisor

  • School: University of Ottawa
  • Program: Human Kinetics
  • Former High School: École Secondary Catholique Renaissance 
  • Born: Richmond Hill, ON
  • Number of years as a Camper at KDC: 0
  • Number of years on the KDC Staff Team: 4
  • Astrological Sign: Leo
  • Favourite Place at KDC: The waterfront
  • Favourite Mythical Character at KDC: Rosie the Dragon
  • Favourite Activity at KDC: Stand Up Paddleboard
  • Dream Job: Undecided…
  • Rachel says… the best part about working at King Day Camp is that we get to meet amazing campers each and every week and enjoy everything that the camp has to offer. My experience at KDC has been so rewarding and I love working here!
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Jason Saunders

Leadership Supervisor

  • School: Trent University
  • Program: English Literature
  • High School: Aurora High School
  • Born: Toronto, Canada
  • Sign: Gemini
  • Number of years as a Camper at KDC: 10
  • Number of years on the KDC Staff Team: 3
  • Favourite PLACE at KDC: OLS Land
  • Favourite Mythical Character at KDC: Freddie the Fish
  • Favourite Activity at KDC: Giant Swing
  • Dream Job: Teacher
  • Jason says… the best part about working at King Day Camp is being able to be yourself. Everyone is allowed to be silly, creative, and generous, and seeing everyone smile and have fun is the best part of any day.
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Julia Tighe

Administrative Supervisor

  • School: Queen's University
  • Program: Concurrent Education (Health & French)
  • High School: Bayview Glen Independent School
  • Born: Toronto, Canada
  • Sign: Taurus 
  • Number of years as a Camper at KDC: 0 at KDC; 2 at SSC
  • How many years have you worked at KDC: 0 at KDC; 4 at SSC
  • Favourite PLACE at KDC: Magical Cedar Grove
  • Favourite Mythical Character at KDC: Rosie the Dragon
  • Favourite Activity at KDC: Giant Swing
  • Dream Job: Kindergarten Teacher
  • Julia says… the best part about working at King Day Camp is that it puts a smile on my face every day when I see firsthand how much our campers learn and grow during their time at camp. The staff team makes the work environment extremely positive and I enjoy collaborating to put forth a great summer for the campers.
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Leon Vizkin

Integration Supervisor

  • School: University of Ottawa 
  • Program: Honours Bachelor of Commerce, Finance   
  • Former High School: Aurora High School 
  • Born: Tel-Aviv, Israel
  • Number of years as a Camper at KDC: 4
  • Number of years on the KDC Staff Team: 6
  • Astrological Sign: Capricorn  
  • Favourite Place at KDC: The Lake
  • Favourite Mythical Character at KDC: The Wizard 
  • Favourite Activity at KDC: Mountain Biking   
  • Dream Job: Medical Device Sales, Sales in General
  • Leon says… the best part about working at King Day Camp is being able to support children as they try new things outside of their comfort zone, it’s an amazing thing to be able to be a part of what could be a lifelong memory! 
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Alessia Zaino

Badger Supervisor

  • School: University of Ottawa 
  • Program: Bachelor of Education - Primary/ Junior 
  • Former High School: Cardinal Carter Catholic High School
  • Born: Richmond Hill, ON 
  • Sign: Aries 
  • Number of years as a Camper at KDC: 0 
  • Number of years on the KDC Staff Team: 2 
  • Favourite place at KDC: On the Lake 
  • Favourite Mythical Character KDC: Rosie the Dragon 
  • Favourite Activity at KDC: Canoeing 
  • You absolute Dream job is: Teacher & Principal 
  • Alessia says… the best part about working at King Day Camp is being able to make a difference in children’s lives. I love that I have the role of providing children with new opportunities in a positive and supportive environment. There is no better feeling than seeing the smile a child has after they do something new or conquer a challenge! 
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