Dorota is the creator and has been principle director of Arts, Sports&Animation Camp since 2003.
She has been at The Sterling Hall School for the past 15 years, running an innovative Visual Arts Program for her JK-8 boys and summer camps. Dorota and her her teammate, Suzanne Lagacey, were nominated by their community for the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence and spoke at several Canadian and international conferences on creativity. Dorota studied Art History and completed her Masters of Education at The University of Gdansk in Poland. Her interest in Education in Art continued with numerous courses at The Ontario College of Art and OISE, University of Toronto. She was sourced to create a Visual Arts Department at a school in Washington DC.
Suzanne is a graduate of Ontario College of Art, where she majored in Photography and Illustration. She then continued her education at York University with an Honours Psychology Degree, completing her studies in Education at OISE, University of Toronto. Suzanne has been teaching Visual Arts and Photography at SHS since 2002 and invested her expertise in the photography part of our camp.
Having Andrew with us every year is reassuring that campers are safe and happy. Andrew is a true team-player. He can always be counted on to go the extra mile for a child or for a colleague. Andrew has been working as a Health and Phys-Ed and Experiential Education teacher at the SHS. His experience as an Assistant Director at Camp Kandalore is a great benefit to the Arts, Sports & Animation Camp.
Vlad is behind all the scheduling logistics and daily activities. He makes sure that each day is balanced with mindful art sessions in the studio, outdoor games and challenges, sports with professional coaches, Destination Imagination instant challenges, and everyone’s favourite Stop-Motion animation. Each year, activities are refreshed based on feedback. With Vlad’s business and coaching experience, the camp has gained a strong reputation over the years.
Drew Gulyas is a big fan of summer camp. From 2001 to 2004, he was the Assistant Director at Camp Oochigeas in Muskoka and from 2012 to 2016 Drew ran the summer camp and outdoor education program at the Mansfield Outdoor Centre. Drew focuses his camp programing on teaching people how to work with one another and learning how to use tools to build things with their own hands.
Daniel is always striving to promote a safe and fun camp experience for all children. Through physically active games and activities held indoors and outdoors, campers will learn and enhance their fundamental movement skills, while collaborating and communicating with their fellow campers. With Daniel's diverse and vast physical activity background, along with being certified to teach Health and Physical Education by the Ontario College of Teachers, he hopes to make everyone’s summer camp an experience that will be cherished and happily remembered for the rest of our lives! See you at camp!
Tamara is a curious life long learner who loves art, creativity and big ideas.
Having her dream job as a Head of Visual Arts Department at Ashbury College, she feels passionate about teaching students to actualize their potential and to solve problems creatively.
Tamara is an effective Creative Problem Solving Workshop Leader and is completing her M.Sc in Creativity at Buffalo State University. She has helped to implement the Destination Imagination component of the camp.
Check out her TEDx Talk, The Progress of Creativity in Schools ..(opens in new tab)