These guys really love what they do, and it shows!

Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team — all of whom provide guidance, support, and encouragement to the Camp Walden Staff — is composed of camp professionals whose backgrounds and experiences enable them to deal with the daily complexities of “operating” camp. Camp Walden’s leadership team meets regularly throughout the year to plan and prepare for the summer ahead. The Leadership Team is assembled in hopes that each team member can bring a unique perspective and expertise to our group.

Together, our team makes every effort to ensure that campers, families, and staff are afforded the best possible Camp Walden experience! It’s a big job to keep the Walden community happy, content, creative and allowing for lots of fun! Our Leadership Team is up to this challenge and we cannot emphasize how fortunate we feel in having these Walden personalities return summer after summer.

Howie

Howie Grossinger

Co-owner

Howie has focused much of his camp leadership on developing creative activities and training our staff to the highest standards. A former high school teacher, Howie has been a camp professional for over 30 years and has been positively impacting campers and staff as our “go-to guy” for creating and nurturing teamwork at camp. Howie is a past President of the Ontario Camps Association and continues to work with youth throughout the year as a club volleyball coach.  

 

Howie and Sari play an important role in all aspects of Camp Walden’s operations in the off-season. During the summer, Howie & Sari are the Directors of Camp Robin Hood, in Markham, Ontario and are the link between home and Camp Walden for our Home & Away campers, as well as valuable resources during their weekend visits to camp.

 

Sari and Howie are the proud parents of Jordanna, Cole & Zane who all spent significant time at Camp Walden as campers and staff.

Sari

Sari Grossinger

Co-owner

Sari has a deep appreciation for the value of camp as both a day camper and overnight camper, then as staff. She has been involved in every aspect of camp operations – from Swim Staff to CIT Coordinator and from Section Head to Camp Director. Her training as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist has allowed Sari to provide opportunities for children with special needs at Camp Robin Hood and Walden through our Camper Relations Program and gives her a unique perspective on the needs of campers in any environment.

Howie and Sari play an important role in all aspects of Camp Walden’s operations in the off-season. During the summer, Howie & Sari are the Directors of Camp Robin Hood, in Markham, Ontario and are the link between home and Camp Walden for our Home & Away campers, as well as valuable resources during their weekend visits to camp.

Sari and Howie are the proud parents of Jordanna, Cole & Zane who all spent significant time at Camp Walden as campers and staff.

David

David Ehrlich

Assistant Director

David is thrilled to be returning for his 15th summer at Walden! He is very pleased to be on the Walden Team again. He will continue in his role as Tracker this year for the CIT and Seeker units. As well, David supervises most members of the Leadership Team. David is involved in all areas of camp. He will be supporting various special programs and will be working closely with the other trackers throughout the summer. During the school year, David is a Principal at Donview Middle Health and Wellness Academy in Toronto. He looks forward to an awesome summer at Walden!

Seth

Seth Cole

Associate Director

As Seth begins his 36th summer at Walden, he is extremely excited for a summer full of continuing opportunities as Associate Director. During his time at Walden he has been Head of Swim, Director of Waterfront, Program Director and Operations Manager. He oversees all waterfront specialties and all aspects of safety in camp. Seth will continue to take on the massive job of Walden’s daily, weekly and summer scheduling as well as working with the Leadership Team to develop fantastic programs including the Walden Games. In his capacity as Associate Director, Seth will have the opportunity to contribute his many years of camping experience to the smooth running and supervision of the camp. Seth’s favourite meal at camp is the hamburger BBQ. During the 1990s Seth spent 4 years as a trip leader on West Coast Connection. Seth is currently a teacher with the Toronto District School Board. He is joined on staff by his son Jarred, who is following in his father’s footsteps and working on Swim.

Sol

Sol Birenbaum

Co-owner and Camp Director

Sol is committed to providing the very best in creative camp programming. Sol will provide leadership to the various staff teams to assist them in realizing safe and effective programming. Sol has over twenty-five years of camping experience at Ontario camps as a Camper, Counsellor, Area Head, and Director, as well as training and certification as a teacher. Sol makes every effort to hire a committed and highly skilled staff to facilitate camp activities. Sol’s other major focus is on the families of our Walden community. He communicates with families about their questions, cares, or concerns throughout the year and summer. Sol holds a Bachelor of Education degree and is a past recipient of the Ron Johnstone Memorial Award given annually by the Ontario Camping Association recognizing outstanding contributions in the field of camping.

Jen

Jen Birenbaum

Co-owner, Business Manager and Camp Tracker Support

Jen started her camping career at Goldman Union Camp in Indiana, and completed her Bachelor of Education in 2004. Jen’s experience and considerable skill with kids makes her a tremendous resource to the Leadership Team.

Sol and Jen are thrilled to be joined at camp every summer by their daughter Talia (11 years old), son Samuel (9 years old), daughter Alex (7 years old), and daughter Daniela (5 years old)!

Nadine

Nadine Block

Camper Tracker

After a few years away from Walden, Nadine is super excited to be back again at camp as a tracker on the Leadership Team! She is really looking forward to returning to the camp environment that she truly missed and have another amazing summer. During her years at Walden, she first worked for the Walden Leadership Centre before coming to camp full-time as a Colour Counsellor and Unit Head. In the off season, Nadine works for the Toronto District School Board as an Elementary Teacher. She can’t wait for camp to begin and get to know all her campers and their families!

Danielle

Danielle Zelikovitz

Camper Tracker and Staff Coordinator Director, Family Weekend and Walden Long Weekend

Danielle is thrilled to be returning for her 13th summer at Walden and her second year on the Leadership Team! For the past 3 summers Danielle has been a colour unit head, welcoming our youngest campers into the Walden family. Danielle is also the assistant director of the Walden Long Weekend, where she has the opportunity to share two memorable weekends with perspective campers. She also plays a large roll in our Walden Leadership Center as an assistant director during the months of June and September. She is excited and humbled to be joining the rest of the Leadership Team and is eagerly anticipating the summer! During the off season Danielle works as a coordinator where she manages the ticketing process for consumer shows. She is lucky enough to be able to step away from that role and step into her new role on the Leadership Team this coming spring!

Sophie

Sophie Lloyd

Camper Tracker, Director Walden Leadership Centre

Sophie is thrilled to be returning for another summer at Walden. She is from Australia and found Walden through Nyquest. Sophie is super excited to be a part of the Leadership Team as the Zodiac Tracker this summer while also taking on the role of Director of the Walden Leadership Centre which runs throughout June and September. Together with her team, she implements creative team building programming for schools and sports teams.

Sophie is relatively new to our Walden family, beginning her 3rd summer at Walden but we have loved to watch her grow and advance so quickly and can’t wait to see what she brings to the Zodiac Unit and the Walden Leadership Centre!

Matt

Matt Sherman

Program Team Coordinator

Matt is very excited to be returning for his 10th consecutive summer and 1st on the Leadership Team, as the Program Team Coordinator! For the past few summers, Matt has been a member of the Program Team, helping contribute to put on many incredible camp wide events throughout the summer! Matt is looking very forward to joining the Leadership Team and cant wait for the summer to begin!

Ben

Ben Fagan

Program Coordinator

As Walden’s Program Director Ben has spent a number of summers working closely with many of Walden’s specialties as well as its program team to ensure that all camp programs are organized, creative, and engaging for campers of all ages. During the year Ben teaches high school English, a career that allows him to continually develop his skills of interacting with youth and guiding them towards meeting personal and academic goals. Ben looks forward to many more summers at Walden filled with outstanding activities crafted to dialogue with the interests and skill sets of Walden’s campers.

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