Meet Our Directors
Jen Dundas - Executive Director
For the past 25 years, Jen has worked full time in camping. Jen is no stranger to the Lake Couchiching area as she worked at Camp Wahanowin, Geneva Park and Cooch in the past. More recently, Jen has been based from Oakville but travelling to work with both provincial and national non-profit camping programs. Jen is joining the full time Cooch team with a wealth of knowledge. She'll be living at camp this summer and she's keen to get to know the Camp Couchiching families. Jen's family will join her on site during the summer too. Her husband, Dave Buddell, is a former Geneva Park and Camp Couchiching employee (they were married at camp in 2001). Her daughter Tessa is excited to be a Cooch camper and they'll be joined by their friendly golden doodle, Lulu.
Jen can be reached at: email@example.com
Oona Ashmore- Associate Director
Camp Couchiching Summer Camp
Since age 7 when she first attended camp, Oona has been a strong believer in the camp experience and its ability to positively impact lives and transform individuals.
She has had the opportunity to work in both day and residential camp settings, and is proud to have worked closely with some of Ontario’s most recognized camp organizations. Her career includes stints with Camp Trillium, YMCA Cedar Glen, YMCA Northumberland and Camp Oochigeas. Oona is extremely excited to continue her camping career by joining the Camp Couchiching community.
Oona graduated from Brock University with a Bachelors of Kinesiology and most recently completed a Bachelors of Education focusing on experiential education opportunities. Throughout her career she has earned a reputation for developing inclusive youth programs.
Providing an active, positive experience for all children through camping has always been Oona’s passion.
Oona can be reached at her email address at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ross Mcintyre- Associate Director
Camp Couchiching Community Initiative (CCI)
Ross has been involved in a variety of camps and outdoor centre's throughout his career and camping has always been an important part of his life. He is motivated by the amazing outcomes of exceptional camp programs and there's nothing he enjoys more than being part of a growing camp organization.
Graduating from Bioethics and Politcal Science at the University of Toronto, Ross became passionate about the relationship between people and their environments. In addition to his camping and outdoor education experience, Ross has worked as a youth support worker and as a professional tutor for over 10 years. Having been a part of start-up businesses in both the non-profit and commercial sectors, Ross thrives in roles that incorporate continuous learning.
He is an environmental enthusiast at heart, serving as a team lead for the Couchiching Conservancy and he has been a member of the Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario for over 5 years. He feels most at home when facilitating an interactive hike through a wooded trail or when he has the opportunity to share his love of canoeing with eager paddlers.
Ross feels the camping movement is synonymous with personal development and social value. Participants are given an experience-based way to engage, learn, and grow. These invaluable aspects of camping become a reality everyday at Camp Couchiching and Ross is pleased to be a part of such an amazing community.
Ross can be reached via email at email@example.com