meet the team

The Staff

The 2020 King Day Camp (KDC) Staff Team consists of approximately 100 qualified, enthusiastic, fun-minded folks who enjoy interacting with children in the out-of-doors! The staff are carefully selected for their proven leadership skills, enthusiasm, experience and their ability to relate well with children. The Seasonal Camp Counsellors, Instructors, Specialists & Supervisors are all students returning to school in the fall. A great majority of our staff have worked their way through King Day Camp from campers to the Leadership Program (LIT/SIT) all the way to KDC staff.

All KDC Staff are required to complete:

  • All Clear Criminal Reference Check and Vulnerable Sector Screen
  • Have a valid certificate in Standard First Aid & CPR-C (AED)
  • High Five Certification with Parks & Recreation Ontario
  • Other ‘area-specific’ certifications that are appropriate for the program, i.e., Air/Climbing Team, Boating/Waterfront Team, etc.

In addition, all KDC Staff attend a full week of staff training prior to camp commencing, as well as program specific training on weekends and evenings in June.

kelly mathews

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) and has been a past board member and past chair of the Annual Camps Association Directors Conference including committee member from 2012-2019.  Kelly has been the venue lead for the Annual OCA Healthcare Conference for three years including 2020, and in 2020 is also the co-Chair of the OCA Staff Summit (counsellors conference). 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 (Due September 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) and an instructor in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention with Physical Intervention.

kelly allaire

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 20 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. 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 and canoeing certifications. Kelly is a certified First Responder and High Five Instructor.

sandra chianelli

Sandra Chianelli, Administrative Director

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

NOTE: Sandra will be away from King Day Camp on a four-month secondment within Seneca College from February 15-June 1, 2020 – we wish her all the best and look forward to her return June 2, 2020!

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.

tim beckner

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! Tim is the father of two young children, Olivia and Logan who both love their time at King Day Camp!

michelle hamer

Michelle Hamer, Camp Support

Senior Coordinator
michelle.hamer@senecacollege.ca
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22307

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 Senior 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.

Robyn Bell

Robyn Bell

Sr. Program Assistant

  • 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: 7
  • 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.
Madison Hitchcock

Madison Hitchcock

Air-Venture 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: 9 
  • Number of years on the KDC Staff Team: 4 
  • 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
Kaitlyn Channan

Kaitlyn Channan

Waterfront Supervisor

  • School: University of Guelph
  • Program: Biomedical Toxicology
  • Former High School: Langstaff Secondary School
  • Born: Brampton, ON
  • Astrological Sign: Gemini
  • Number of years as a Camper at KDC: 6
  • Number of years on the KDC Staff Team: 5
  • Favourite PLACE at KDC: The Lake
  • Favourite Mythical Character at KDC: Rosie the Dragon
  • Favourite Activity at KDC: Canoeing
  • Dream Job: Undecided
  • Kaitlyn says… the best part about working at King Day Camp is helping kids make lifelong friendships and memories.
Julia Peacock

Julia Peacock

Arts & TECH Supervisor

  • School: York University
  • Program: Bachelor of Global Health & Education
  • Former High School: Alexander Mackenzie High School (Visual Art Specialization)
  • Born: Richmond Hill
  • Astrological Sign: Aries
  • Number of years as a Camper at KDC: 8
  • Number of years on the KDC Staff Team: 7
  • Favourite PLACE at KDC: Villa Fiori
  • Favourite Mythical Character at KDC: Ishkibibbles
  • Favourite Activity at KDC: Pottery
  • Dream Job: Any job that allows me to use my creative spirit
  • Julia says… the best part about working at King Day Camp is that there is no such thing as “Casual Friday”. It is fantastic to be able to play dress up every day of the week and show kids that they are never too old to be silly and imaginative. I love seeing what outfits the campers come up with!
Jason Saunders

Jason Saunders

Disco-Bikes 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: 11
  • Number of years on the KDC Staff Team: 4
  • 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.
Julian Mroue

Julian Mroue

Integration Supervisor

  • School: Brock University
  • Program: Concurrent Education – Primary/Junior, Child & Youth Studies
  • Former High School: Newmarket High School
  • Born: Newmarket, ON
  • Astrological Sign: Aquarius
  • Number of years as a Camper at KDC: 0
  • Number of years on the KDC Staff Team: 4
  • Favourite PLACE at KDC: Rosie's Castle
  • Favourite Mythical Character at KDC: Rosie the Dragon
  • Favourite Activity at KDC: Biking
  • Dream Job: Kindergarten Teacher
  • Julian says… the best part about working at King Day Camp is being a positive role-model for children of all-ages and making every day a good day.
Samantha Hall

Grace Moore

Administrative Assistant

  • School: McGill University
  • Program: Bachelor of Commerce
  • Former High School: Bill Crothers Secondary School
  • Born: Toronto, Canada
  • Astrological Sign: Leo
  • Number of years as a Camper at KDC: 6
  • Number of years on the KDC Staff Team: 4
  • Favourite place at KDC: The Lake
  • Favourite Mythical Character at KDC: Freddie the Fish
  • Favourite Activity at KDC: Sailing
  • Dream Job: Corporate Lawyer
  • Grace says… the best part about working at King Day Camp is the everlasting friendships and memories you make.
Samantha Hall

Quinton Short

Badger Supervisor

  • School: University of Guelph
  • Program: Computer Engineering
  • Former High School: Richmond Hill High School
  • City Born: Toronto, ON
  • Astrological Sign: Capricorn
  • Number of years as a Camper at KDC: 7
  • Number of years on the KDC Staff Team: 5
  • Favourite PLACE at KDC: The Lake
  • Favourite Mythical Character at KDC: Larry the Leprechaun
  • Favourite Activity at KDC: Kayaking
  • Dream Job: Undecided
  • Quinton says… the best part about working at King Day Camp is giving kids an opportunity to learn new skills and try something they've never tried before. The other best part is working alongside an incredible staff team who make every day amazing!
Samantha Hall

Alexa King

Multi-Skills Supervisor

  • School: University of Guelph
  • Program: Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics
  • Former High School: Newmarket High School
  • Born: North York, ON
  • Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
  • Number of years as a Camper at KDC: 12
  • Number of years on the KDC Staff Team: 4
  • Favourite PLACE at KDC: Rosie's Castle
  • Favourite Mythical Character at KDC: Freddie the Fish
  • Favourite Activity at KDC: The Zipline
  • Dream Job: University Professor
  • Alexa says… the best part about working at King Day Camp is giving kids the opportunity to discover the outdoors and try new things. I love seeing the campers having fun, being silly, and making new friendships!
Samantha Hall

Gabby McElrea

Field Supervisor

  • School: Graduated from the University of Guelph with a BA in Psychology. Applying to do a Bachelor of Education in the fall.
  • Former High School: Newmarket High School
  • Born: Toronto, Ontario
  • Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
  • Number of years as a Camper at KDC: 12 years
  • Number of years on the KDC Staff Team (as of 2020, include 2020 as a year on staff): 9 years
  • Favourite PLACE at KDC: Mystical Marsh
  • Favourite Mythical Character at KDC: Felicity the Fairy
  • Favourite Activity at KDC: Frog Catching
  • Dream Job: Primary teacher
  • Gabby says… the best part about working at King Day Camp is the magic that comes from being given the opportunity to positively impact the lives of each camper.
Samantha Hall

Nick Sansalone

Leadership (LIT/SIT) Supervisor

  • School: McMaster University
  • Program: Electrical Engineering
  • Former High School: St. Maximilian Kolbe
  • Born: Aurora, ON
  • Astrological Sign: Gemini
  • Number of years as a Camper at KDC: 4
  • Number of years on the KDC Staff Team: 6
  • Favourite PLACE at KDC: The Lake
  • Favourite Mythical Character at KDC: Freddy the Fish
  • Favourite Activity at KDC: Sailing
  • Dream Job: A job that involves travelling
  • Nick says… the best part about working at King Day Camp is getting the chance to make meaningful connections with children while spending the day being active in a beautiful outdoor environment.