OUR TEAM (so far)
Lawrence Axmith, Director
In previous summers, Lawrence served as Camp Director at Westside Fun Day Camp, Theatre Brockville, and The Randolph Academy’s York Region Triple Threat Camp. He spent two summers as the Cultural Arts Director at Camp Ramah in California, and many more on the senior staff at Camp Winnebagoe. During the school year, he teaches Music and Performing Arts at the Leo Baeck Day School.
Lawrence will be joined at Katonim by his wife Naomi Savage, a TDSB Secondary English and Dramatic Arts teacher, his daughter Trudy, a Katonim camper excited to return, and his son, Benji, a budding musical prodigy with fabulous hair.
Haylie Cordick, Junior Section Head
Haylie Cordick is thrilled to be returning for another summer at Katonim as the Head of Junior Camp and the Program Director In-Training!
Haylie started working at Camp Katonim in 2017 and has returned every year since. Throughout her life, Haylie has always enjoyed spending time outdoors surrounded by nature. She spent her childhood summers in cottage country with memories of endless swimming, basketball, campfires, kayaking, camping, waterskiing, and more. She has a passion for visual arts, drama, music, sports, and games of any kind.
Haylie is currently in her final year of the two-year Bachelor of Education Program at Trent University. She has a vast range of experience working with children including supply teaching positions, school tutor, Boys and Girls Club Sports Leader, Big Brother Big Sister mentor, and even volunteer English teacher in Peru.
Haylie is so excited to be a part of the Camp Katonim family again this year and can’t wait to see all of the campers!
Leia, Camp Dog & Furry Therapist
Sometimes a Princess, sometimes a General, Leia is about 5 years old (we think) and full of energy and love. She loves to run & cuddle – just remember, like people, you have to remember to ask her for cuddles first!
Leia has spent time at other camps, seniors homes, group homes, & mental health organizations. She is currently going through Saint Johns Ambulance Therapy Dog Training so that she can be even more ready for all the camper love.
Jenn Raftis, Head Counsellor
Jenn gets the honour of being Head Counsellor for Summer 2021.
She has literally grown up at Summer Camp (her parents worked at one). Almost every summer of her life has been spent at a Camp in some capacity. Camp has made her who she is today.
When Jenn’s not at Camp, she is an Education Assistant at a high school. She completed two degrees, the most current being that of Social Service Worker, her passion and reason, which she brings to all aspects of her life. She also holds a degree in Video Production, which has become a wonderful hobby.
Her son Clinton is a spitfire, who is almost 7 years old. They enjoy the outdoors, camping, canoeing, and more. They also have big geeky sides, loving fantasy, sci-fi, and superheroes.
Ben Edwards, Senior Section Head
Teddy Dobbs, Senior Twix and Tweeners Counsellor
Teddy Dobbs is ready for another fun filled summer at Camp Katonim as the Senior Twix and Tweeners (T&T) Counsellor and Head of Junior Camp In-Training!
Teddy has been a T&T counsellor at Camp Katonim since 2018 and has the burn bracelets to prove it! Teddy never went to summer camp as a kid but as a counsellor she has never felt more at home. Over the last few years she has learned how to tie dye clothes, stern a canoe, almost won a game of GaGa Ball, and she was chosen as the Best Female Counsellor at the 2019 L/CIT Awards. Teddy loves drama, dance, singing, learning guitar, colouring, obstacle courses, and swimming! (She is always the first one in the water)
Teddy is going into the first year of her Bachelor of Education Program at York University in the Fall of 2021! Her experience working with children has given her opportunities both in and out of the classroom. Over the years she has volunteered in both elementary and secondary schools as a teaching assistant. She has also coached girl’s Learn to Play (ages 5-8) softball and even used to be a glitter tattoo artist for kid’s parties!
Teddy is over the moon to be back at camp and can’t wait to see new faces and old at Pine Post Road!