The Camp Safety Network is made up committed members who are here to help cover safety needs from many different angles.
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Thomas Appleyard, MSW, MBA is a seasoned management consultant and trainer with a breadth of expertise, including:
· emergency & risk management
· occupational & psychological health & safety
· pandemic planning / response / recovery
· policies & procedures
· skills for new managers
Thomas has worked extensively in the camp and health care industries. He has over 20 years of experience in emergency management, including as Manager of Emergency Response & Recovery with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. In addition to his consulting work, Thomas is Part-Time Faculty at the Schulich School of Business
Bev Unger is a Registered Nurse, who has been involved in camp operations for 40 years. From camp counsellor to director, her passion and main body of work has been in camp health at day and overnight camps. For 30 years Bev has been an active volunteer with the Ontario Camps Association. As the Director of Health and Wellness at a summer day camp she has firsthand knowledge of current needs in the camp health field. She has worked and consulted in both the not for profit and the private sectors. In addition to her camp life Bev works as an RN in the community at a college wellness centre and with children who are medically fragile. She is thrilled to be the mom of adult Quadruplets.
Suzanne is a trained Mental Health Fist Aid Instructor, as well as a Certified Emergency Medical Dispatch Operator.
Her training as a Community Mental Health Practitioner combines front line mental health support, as well as the development of policy and training strategies at the organizational level. Suzanne has provided training for groups such as CNIB, BMW Group Canada, and Second City Toronto. In-person and virtual training available.
Suzanne is the founder of Elevation Mind Aid, a training and consulting firm operating in the GTA.
- MHFA Standard & Youth
- Stress Management Techniques for Teams
- Top-Down Solutions for Mentally Healthy Workplaces
Suzanne is also the mom of a long-time camp kid.
Eric is an advocate and an active expert in the areas of drowning and injury prevention
· He owns and operates swimming and cpr training centres in Toronto
· As an Aquatic Safety Inspector National Lifeguard Instructor/First Aid Trainer and Examiner, Eric works with a variety of organizations training staff and participants to be prepared in case of an emergency
· Eric is a former camp director for day and overnight camps
· Eric is Past President of the Ontario Camps Association, former Vice President OCA, Past Standards Chair of OCA and Past Co-Chair of the Crisis Response Manual
· Eric is an active member of the Canadian Drowning Prevention Coalition representing the Canadian Camping Association
· Eric is a certified teacher having taught with the York Region District School Board for 12 years
Eric has been working closely with OCA camps and Outdoor Education centres for the past 30 years. He has a passion to help camps build on their safety plans to enhance their injury prevention programs / training. Eric is a regular speaker at conferences, panels, podcasts and interviews.
Robin Squires, Partner at BLG, grew up at PineCrest, Arowhon, and Taylor Statten Camps before reaching his goal of becoming a Camp Director. Robin was the Camp Director of RKY Camp (Kingston Family YMCA) for eight years before becoming a lawyer. Robin advises the OCA and many camps and outdoor centres, and helps them navigate their legal needs. Because he understands the challenges of running a summer camp, he can quickly and practically identify the legal resources best able to assist you.
As a professional with extensive experience within Ontario’s public health system, I believe we can improve our own health and well-being by understanding public health principles and how we interact with the environment.
My experience ranges from traditional public health programs that ensure safe drinking water, food, public pools and recreational camps to evolving areas such as climate change and exposure to hazards in the environment.
We offer remote consultations to assist operators understand and apply public health regulations. Send your questions or issues to be discussed in advance of the consultation to ensure maximum value for your time.
Tony Amalfa, CEO
Advance Public Health Consulting
Shawn O’Grady has twenty years experience as a Firefighter / Officer. He is a Fire Marshal in Vulnerable Occupancies including Care and Treatment Centres and Acute Care Hospitals, including Long Term Care Facilities. Shawn has several certifications with the National Fire Protection Association, including vulnerable occupancies, inspections, instructor and Incident Safety Officer.
Shawn is an Adjunct Instructor for the Ontario Fire College educating new / experienced Fire Fighters and Officers in numerous fields. He is a certified instructor in chemical / biological / radiological / nuclear and explosives and in hazardous materials awareness and response.
Shawn is an Incident Safety Officer with Ontario’s Emergency Management Assistance Team and has extensive experience in Life Safety Inspections including and not limited to Fire Safety Plans, Life Safety Systems, Extinguishers.
Unstoppable Tracy brings 30 years' experience in Camp as a results-oriented Camp Director at Easter Seals and March of Dimes Canada, Facilitator, Accessibility Advisor Authority and motivational speaker with corporate, city, educational, government, hospitals, multiport, not for profit, recreation facilities, sport and extensive board experience.Organizational, Learning and Professional Development as it relates to: ADA, ADA Compliance, Change Management, Diversity, Employee Engagement, Government Relations, Inclusion, Leadership Development,Performance Management and Team Building.
Tracy's involvement with the Pan Am Parapan Games, for workplace Parapan Planning and Integration, is described as the 'best prepared city ever' ensuring accessible services and operations for TO2015 games.
She is an expert on Disarming Limiting Beliefs, seen in Oprah Magazine with 100 million ++ viral video views about
#NobodyLeftBehind, International Award-Winning Leader, Accessibility Consultant, Auditor & Speaker at IF, GGC,#OCAConnects, Decorated Athlete, World Cup Sailor, 1st amputee who climbed the Himalaya Mountains,Bestselling Author, and Canada Disability Hall
and much, much more!
#UnstoppableTracy Schmitt Hon. BRLS, BEd, MBA
Susan has been providing comprehensive primary care to families and children for 20 years. Her expertise includes child and adolescent wellness, public health, quality improvement and mental and sexual health. Susan is committed to helping camps and outdoor education centres offer a safe, healthy and joyous camp expereince.
Rachael has over fifteen years of experience working in community mental health; with thirteen years of focused experience within the field of higher education. Her experience ranges across the lifespan across various aspects of community mental health, crisis intervention, and trauma. She has a passion for continuous learning, compassionate understanding, and sharing to invite and empower others to foster a deeper sense of community and health.
Her diploma in Social Services Work along with her various training credentials (ASIST, SafeTALK, Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, etc.) has allowed her to work and serve as a community advocate and educator for positive change in diverse and dynamic arenas.
A soon-to-be graduate, Rachael’s Bachelor of Community Mental Health education offers unique perspectives in understanding mental health at micro and macro levels, creating a constant committed conversation around positive challenge for change