We are Camp Quality
CQ National Office
Located in Toronto, Ontario; Our Staff work to support our regional camps in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario.
Sr. Director of Programs
From Toronto, Lauren joined the Camp Quality team in 2018; she is passionate about camp and people. Over the past decade, she has worked for Camp Oochigeas, the YMCA and the SeriousFun Children’s Network, supporting children with serious health challenges and their families. For Lauren, camp is the perfect place for campers to connect with those who have a similar experience and learn new skills in a safe space. Lauren loves being apart of the CQ team and enjoys engaging with the campers, families and the volunteer community!
Director of Development
Fiona is a Community Builder and Fundraiser who has spent her career supporting causes that improve the quality of life for all children. She began in International Development with YMCA International and worked in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Following that, she worked with volunteers across Canada to support Save the Children Canada. Fiona was an active member of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of the Child, which led her to find a new direction with children and families affected by childhood cancer. She began at Camp Trillium leading the capital campaign for the construction of Camp Trillium-Rainbow Lake, the first year round camp for children and families affected by childhood cancer in Canada. Her passion for working with volunteers, dedicated survivors and staff has kept her with Camp Trillium to lead all fundraising efforts through the recent merger with Camp Ooch.
An award winning fundraiser she is dedicated to making the lives of families affected by childhood cancer better by supporting volunteers who build community and camp based programs. Fiona is excited to join the Camp Quality volunteers across Canada in bringing back camp in 2022. With Fiona comes her daughter, Brianna and husband, Julian who look forward to volunteering for Camp Quality.
Samantha has been a Registered Nurse since 2013, working primarily in Child and Youth Mental Health. More recently, Samantha has since joined the inpatient Hematology/Oncology team at McMaster Children's in Hamilton. Samantha brings over ten years of experience in oncology camping working with Camp Trillium in various capacities from Swim Staff to Nursing Manager. Other than jumping in the lake, for Samantha, the best part of camp is being able to support kids in being kids by creating a safe and supportive medical environment...with a sprinkle of unicorn magic! Where else can a nurse make a nursing diagnosis of "heart sadness" vs "angry hotdog belly"!
Manal Al Halabi
Bookeeper and Administrative Coordinator
Manal has a Bachelor degree in Accounting and Finance. She brings seven years of experience in the nonprofit and charity at Riverdale Immigrant Women's Centre, supporting immigrants and refugees.
Manal is very excited to support CQC mission to help bring joy and hope to the lives of campers and their families.
Manager of Grants and Operations
Maya joined the Camp Quality team part time as the Breaking Borders Program Specialist before joining the team full time as the Program and Administrative Coordinator. Maya developed her environmental programming and curriculum development skills working with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and Shoresh. Her experience as a childhood cancer survivor, and outdoor educator and summers spent at camp as a child have provided her with insight into how time spent in the outdoors and community can help people heal, and it is her goal to provide this opportunity to other childhood cancer survivors
Interim Executive Director
Jarvis brings over 10 years of experience in children’s camping and over 5 years of executive leadership in charity management to his new role with Camp Quality. Originally from Kitchener, he has lived all over Canada, most recently in Collingwood, Ontario, where he held leadership roles with the YMCA and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In camping, Jarvis worked with the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, Camp Summit, the YMCA and ALIVE Outdoors. Children’s causes have been the common thread and passion of Jarvis’ entire life. Jarvis is thrilled to lead Camp Quality into its next chapter, and looks forward to meeting all of the campers, parents, donors and hundreds of volunteers. Jarvis joined the CQ team in January 2019.
Board of Directors
Frederick (Fred) Glady
Fred Glady BA (dist.), LL.B., LL.M. is a business executive and lawyer with 25 years’ experience helping businesses, large and small, set and achieve strategic objectives. Early in his career, Fred provided legal services to technology businesses during the dotcom era. Fred then spent over 18 years at Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading provider of news and information-based tools to professionals, going on to lead three commercial divisions and marketing in Canada. Today, Fred is a trusted legal and business advisor and principal of GladyLaw. A childhood camper, and now a parent of two former campers, Fred knows the magic of summer camps for kids. Fred is committed to Camp Quality’s cause and is honoured and thrilled to be president of the board.
Anna is a licensed lawyer who was the head of the City of Toronto Legal Services Division from 2002 until her retirement in 2016. In this position, she was responsible for all legal advice provided to City Council and staff. She was also responsible for the management of over 300 staff including over 120 lawyers.
Anna’s retirement is filled with travel, golf, long walks and getting together with friends. She is pleased to have joined the Board in May 2018 and is excited to be a member of the Camp Quality team.
Lilian is a Chartered Accountant and joined the Board of Directors in March 2016. She is a Senior Manager with Deloitte LLP in Toronto, and works extensively in the not-for-profit space in the areas of accounting, internal controls, process improvements, and governance. Lilian is deeply committed to Camp Quality’s mission, and believes in the healing power of laughter and friendship, both of which camp life brings. She is chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and co-chair of the Fundraising Committee.
Rob has over 40 years of experience in the Canadian Banking industry and a history of tying strategy and governance protocols to the “customer” in order to look beyond the status quo, and build teamwork. Rob currently works in Data Governance for BMO Financial Group. His interest in Camp Quality Canada stems from years of camping through his involvement in Scouting both as a member and a Leader where he saw the benefits (to both mind and body) that camping brings to young people first-hand. Rob is excited to be part of the Camp Quality team and pursue the philosophy that “together, we can do anything, be anything and achieve everything.” Rob is co-chair of the Governance and Succession Committee.
Bharat Choudhary joined the Camp Quality Board in June 2021. Bharat Choudhary is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. He is the Vice President of Operations with Surgical Safety Technologies Inc., a healthcare data company focused on improving safety culture within the operating room. Having experienced the impact cancer has on the individual diagnosed with cancer and their families, Bharat is honoured to provide his support to improve the quality of life for children living with cancer.
Erin Godard holds the CPA, CA and CFA designations and joined the board in May 2020. She currently
works in Finance and Operations for a start-up in the healthcare technology sector in Toronto. From
2017 to 2019, Erin founded and ran a social enterprise in Rwanda, which provides training and
professional development programs to aspiring accountants in East Africa. Prior to that, she worked for
6 years in public accounting at Ernst & Young. As a kid, Erin spent many summers at camp and is now
excited to bring her accounting and finance expertise to Camp Quality’s board. In her free time, Erin
loves travelling, hiking and spending time at her cottage.
Matt is a radio host and producer based in Ottawa. He’ll bring a wealth of media experience to the Camp Quality board. He has been a volunteer at Camp Quality Northern Ontario for several years, spending time on the Camp Organizing Committee as a media coordinator. In his spare time you’ll find him excitedly preparing for the birth of his first child this fall.
Allison joined the Camp Quality Board in 2019. Originally from Northern Ontario, Allison brings to the table her 10 year volunteer experience with Camp Quality Northern Ontario, filling positions as a companion, teen program developer, volunteer coordinator, family coordinator and 3 years as Camp Director. She has seen first hand the magic of our camps, providing life-changing moments for children affected by cancer and their siblings. In real life, Allison is a Research Fellow at McMaster University conducting clinical trials to understand the changes of our immune system due to new and developing cancer therapies. In her off time, you may find Allison hiking trails, traveling to new destinations or rock climbing.
Jeremy is a senior leader in the technology space currently at Coral Health Inc.- a digital health venture. He holds a degree in finance from the University of British Columbia and MBA from the University of Toronto. He is also a Certified Analytics and Insights Professional (CAIP) and has been involved in several non-profit organizations where he serves as both a hands-on volunteer and board member. Jeremy lives in Toronto with his wife and two young daughters and spent much of his childhood summers camping. He joined Camp Quality due to his interest in improving health outcomes, his commitment to giving back to the community and his desire to help make a positive difference in the lives of children/youth with chronic conditions.
Alyshah Nurani was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, and is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alberta. She has served as an advocate for the vulnerable population for almost a decade, and it is her sincere honor to continue her work through the Camp Quality board. She is currently a Director of Clinical Care at a health care facility in Victoria, British Columbia. She has built a strong skillset in clinical operations and oversight for the vulnerable sector in this position. Her investment in Camp Quality comes from the years she previously spent conducting clinical drug trial research with patients who suffer from rare blood disorders. Alyshah will be moving back to Edmonton in June 2021, and she looks forward to sharing her knowledge, clinical expertise, and fundraising experience with Camp Quality's board.
Darin Thompson joined the Camp Quality Canada Board in May 2019. Darin is a Senior Vice President with Connor, Clark & Lunn in the Toronto office. Darin lives with his family in Toronto and spends much of his time traveling across Canada. He sits on the CQC Finance & Investment Committee. Previous to Camp Quality, Darin held volunteer leadership positions with other non-profits such as the Collingwood G&M Hospital Foundation, Devil’s Glen Country Club and The Thornhill Club.
Darin has over 20 years of experience in the investment management industry, both from a private client and institutional perspective. Prior to joining the CC&L Private Capital team, Darin was an executive with a major Canadian wealth management firm, directly responsible for the delivery of their proprietary investment solutions. Since 1998 he has held the CFA designation and is a member of the CFA Institute.
Lois has been involved with CQ since 2008 and although she has been active in all areas of CQ Manitoba, her primary focus has been fundraising. By training, she is a dental hygienist and personal trainer, and at the time of retirement, Lois was the Professional Relations Coordinator for an orthodontic practice. Lois joined the CQ board of directors in 2020, bringing with her a wealth of non-profit experience. She is married and has two children, and one granddaughter. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, exercising, and spending time with family. Lois lives in Winnipeg.
Kyra joined the Camp Quality board in May 2020. She works in commercial real estate development, leasing retail projects in western Canada. Kyra has worked in commercial real estate for over 10 years and has previous board experience with KidSport Winnipeg and Winnipeg Realtors. Kyra values her relationships and network for business development and as part of the Camp Quality Marketing and Fundraising committee.
Council of Advisors
Don is a founding director of Camp Quality Canada. He served as President of Camp Quality for six years, and he continues to serve on the Council of Advisors. During his tenure as President, Camp Quality hired our first Executive Director, started our camp in Alberta, and celebrated the 10th anniversary of our Southern Ontario camp. Don retired after practicing as a lawyer for almost 35 years. He is married and has two daughters. He and his wife have two residences; they spend the summer and fall in Sidney, B.C. and the winter and spring in Saint Maarten in the Caribbean. Don’s other charitable activities include serving as a director for Community Bible Study Canada and Chosen People Ministries Canada. He and his wife serve together as facilitators of a Christian marriage program called Love After Marriage.
Clara resides near Thunder Bay, ON, and contributes her non profit knowledge in many volunteer leadership roles including the Trans Canada Trail, cross border tourism, economic development and community fundraising. Having served on the Camp Quality board for 13 years and at the camp level for 4 more, Clara is ready to wind down her active involvement, however she will continue to advise on the importance of creating a Camp Quality family at all levels of the organization through fun and meaningful activities for kids with cancer, their families and the volunteers who help them.
Sylvia has been involved with Camp Quality since 1989 when she first visited the Southern Ontario Camp with Trumpets, a cuddly mascot that delighted the campers. From that day totally smitten and committed to the philosophy of Camp Quality to bring fun and laughter to kids living with cancer. Sylvia joined the Board of Directors in 1998 and brings expertise in facilities management, customer service, purchasing and contracting, safety, and food services management to the board. She is a graduate of Le Cordon Blue, Paris, and passionate about food and wine. After her broad corporate career she enjoys using her food and wine knowledge at Quails’ Gate Estate Winery in the sunny Okanagan, where she does educational tours, wine tasting for guests from all around the world. She operates a catering business at Wine & Thyme Cooking School in Kelowna, BC.
John is a Principal in Woodington Partners Cost Management consulting firm. He joined the Board of Directors in 1998 with the initial objective of helping out for a couple of years as a way to give to give back. As his passion for CQ grew, he has remained closely involved with the organization for over 20 years, previously as a Board Member, Vice-president, Chair of the Nominating Committee, and also as member of the HR & Compensation, Governance & Succession, and Fundraising/Marketing committees. He enjoys golf, curling, travelling the world with his wife Amanda (mostly on cruises) and spending time with his growing family and two pets Callie and Rosey.
Isabelle joined the Board of Directors in 2010 after being involved with Camp Quality in Ottawa for several years. Isabelle has been a Pediatric Interlink Community Nurse for the past 5 years, and coordinates care for children and teens and their families through the childhood cancer experience. She has worked extensively in the field as research nurse, educator and clinical nurse for about 20 years in Canada, the U.S. and abroad. She hopes to assist in the continued expansion of Camp Quality programs and contribute to the ongoing positive impact they have on the childhood cancer population. In 2016, Isabelle moved from the Board to the Council of Advisors.
Dr. Danielle Wiedman
Danielle is a Paediatric Haematologist/Oncologist in Toronto. She has been involved with Camp Quality since 2004 when she co-founded Camp Quality Manitoba (CQMB). Through her experiences with Camp Quality, her passion for childhood cancer was nurtured, which led her to pursue her medical career. Danielle was an active member of the CQMB Camp Organizing Committee (COC) for thirteen years, and remains involved in an advisory role. In addition, she was a member of the inaugural COC of Camp Quality New Heights. Over the years she has been a strong advocate for Camp Quality and childhood cancer in general. She enjoys travelling, spin classes, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her husband David and their family.
Gary joined the Camp Quality Board in January 2015, and brings to the organization more than 30 years of leadership experience in the energy industry both in eastern and western Canada. His work experience includes industry association board governance, public affairs, government relations, Aboriginal, community and stakeholder relations, as well as advocacy on energy policy and related climate change issues. In his current role Gary is responsible for leading the commercial development of natural gas-related infrastructure in the west for what is now North America’s premier energy infrastructure company. Along with his fellow board members, Gary shares the simple vision of providing uplifting experiences for kids with cancer. Originally from Ontario and a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Gary is now a long-time resident of Calgary, Alberta and brings a western Canadian perspective to our growing national organization.
Mandy Thomson enjoyed a rich career as an education administrator, partnership coordinator and curriculum and evaluation specialist for the North York Board of Education. On retirement, after updating her credentials in nonprofit management, she attempts to balance her life between doing board and hands-on nonprofit volunteering, enjoying the leisure and culture that Toronto offers, as well as wilderness canoeing and hiking, and travelling. For many years when younger, she was a keen camper, counsellor and waterfront director and is so pleased to be involved in camping again through Camp Quality.