OUR TEAM (so far)

Mark Mingail, Director

Mark has over 20 years of camp experience as a camper, waterfront and head staff, and ultimately as a camp director. He has worked in numerous residential camp settings and provides leadership to a team of school social workers. 

He has been a clinical supervisor and camp director at camps for children with learning disabilities and associated disorders and has been involved with Provincial Camp Associations and Children Mental Health Centers within School Boards and Hospital settings.  Mark is a father of three kids, aged 12, 15 and 17; and his wife, Robyn, works in special education.

Mark is thrilled to be a part of the camp community and help create a camp experience for Katonim’s 90th anniversary as safely as fun as camp can be!

Haylie Cordick, Director of Operations & Leadership

Haylie Cordick is very excited about her new role as Camp Katonim’s Director of Operations and Leadership. Haylie began her journey as a Camp Katonim staff member in 2017 and looks forward to another fun-filled, action-packed summer season!

Haylie’s leadership experiences include president of the Trent Education Students group, Boys and Girls Club Sports Leader, Big Brother Big Sister mentor, and even a volunteer English teacher in Peru. As an elementary teacher who loves working with children, Camp Katonim is a perfect fit for her. Haylie loves the 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 can’t wait to see all of the returning Katonim campers and welcome new campers to the Katonim family!

Sierra Zieper, Head of Junior Camp

Sierra cannot express how excited she is to be returning to Katonim this summer as Head of Junior Camp! She began working at Camp Katonim in 2018, but this will be her 8th year working at summer camp.

Sierra is currently completing her fourth year of university, where she is obtaining an Honours BA in Psychology, and is in her university’s Concurrent Education program, studying to become a teacher. Outside of school, Sierra is a member of a sorority, and has held a position on their Executive Board. 

Camp Katonim is Sierra’s home away from home. Whenever she’s at Katonim, she feels a true sense of comfort, positivity, and nothing but pure joy! Katonim was her favourite place to be as a camper, and this still holds true for her as a staff member. Sierra believes that the memories and friendships you make at Katonim are special and everlasting. She cannot wait for another amazing summer at Katonim, and to see everyone’s smiling faces!

Jordyn Zieper, Head of Senior Camp

Jordyn is thrilled to be returning to Katonim as Head of Senior Camp! She will also be running our LIT/CIT program. She has 7 prior years of camp experience as a counsellor, and this will be her 3rd summer working at Katonim.

Jordyn is completing her fourth year of university, working toward her degrees in Psychology and Education, with the goal of becoming a high school teacher. She is also an active sorority member.

Jordyn is looking forward to continuing beloved camp traditions, seeing everyone’s smiling faces, and making memories that will last a lifetime! Since she was little, Katonim has held a very special place in her heart, and she is beyond excited for the greatly anticipated summer of 2022!

Izzy Zimmerman, Lead Swim Specialist

This year, Izzy is coming to Katonim as the lead of the swim program. Izzy plans to make this summer’s swim periods a fun time to be with cabin mates, and learn some new skills all while staying safe in the lake. She can’t wait to meet new campers and reconnect with returning campers at her favorite place, the Lake Simcoe waterfront. From beach days on the slip and slide to Huckle Buckle and Kick the Can on rainy days, Izzy is looking forward to it all!!

Erynn Levy, Ski Specialist

Erynn is very excited to come back to camp this summer as a ski specialist! Erynn has been going to camp Katonim since she was two and a half and this will be her 15th summer at camp. She is super excited to be a first year staff! Erynn just finished grade 11 at Northern Secondary School in Toronto. She is very involved in her school. She is the VP of the Duke of Edinburgh Club, she is on the Girls Athletic Council and is an active member of the executive team for the United Way Committee. Outside of school Erynn plays rep basketball and competitive tennis throughout the year. Erynn can’t wait to go back to camp and is so excited to be on staff this year. She is looking forward to teaching campers how to water ski and sharing her love of Camp Katonim, a place that has been so special to her for so long.

Jordana Katz, Swim Specialist

Jordana is so excited to come to camp as a swim specialist this summer! During the year she is a student at Northern secondary school and will be going into grade 12 next year. She’s also been teaching swimming lessons at the Prosserman JCC to kids from ages 3-10. She is really looking forward to meeting new people and engaging and working with all the campers this summer. She absolutely loves the water and loves how camp allows her to be her outgoing self. Jordana is super excited for this summer!

 

Spencer Otis, Junior Camp Counsellor

Spencer Otis is excited to be returning to Camp Katonim for an amazing summer as a Senior Counsellor for Junior Camp.

Spencer looks forward to graduating from Durham College, Oshawa, from the Community Integration through Cooperative Education Program (CICE) in June 2022. Spencer’s passion is working with children and guiding their learning through play. Spencer is thrilled to be part of the Camp Katonim family and is hyped to make this anticipated summer the best for campers and staff.