“Welcome to Camp Pugwash! I am excited to serve as your Camp Director this Summer! I am joined in the Maritime Conference by my husband, Brian, and my daughter, Sophia (both pictured) — we are #3Ministers4HIM. I was born in New Brunswick, moved to Ontario when I was 10 and spent 17 years in the US being educated and serving in our Adventist Educational Institutions, including two years abroad teaching in Taiwan and China. God called me back to Canada in 2013, and I’ve been serving Him in some form of leadership within our Church since then. Since my very first job interview in Michigan I have said that my passion is to ‘keep young people in our Church and on fire for Jesus’! One of my favourite texts is Psalm 16:8 – ‘I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken’.”
We have chosen the following acronym to give insights into each of our Camp Pugwash Team members on Staff this summer:
Awesome Summer Memories:
Favourite Bible Verse:
Jane McClair, Camp Secretary
Special Interests: My special interests are living more naturally, helping others to as well and guiding children, with Gods help, to navigate in this world that, for many, has become confusing and difficult.
Thankful For: I am thankful every day for the beauty of where God has placed me to live. It often takes my breath away and shows me how beautiful He is and how much He loves and cares for me.
Awesome Summer Memories: An awesome summer memory was at camp of course. It was several powerful staff prayer circles and I remember feeling that the Holy Spirit was with us in a very big way. That was a summer when so many young people gave their lives to Christ and were baptized.
Fun Fact: A fun fact about me is that from childhood through young adulthood, my parents owned a Dairy Queen. This gave me opportunity to learn good work ethics from early employment as a kid, exactly weighing out trays of French fries for 5 cents a tray, to loading buns on the toaster during sales to full employment during high school and college. This taught me honesty, fairness, thoroughness and even to save out a portion of my earnings for God. I also ate lots of ice Cream!
Favourite Bible Verse: I can’t say that I have a single favourite Bible verse but this is one that I love because it reminds me how God wants me to be on a daily basis as a Christian, and right in the middle of it, the key to His closeness with me to achieve those things. “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT
Ron Fall, Maintenance Director/Caretaker
Heather Harrington, Food Service Director
Special Interests: Visiting new places is my favourite thing to do! When I was 10 days old, I moved with my parents from Ontario to Nairobi, Kenya. This was the beginning of my life-long passion for travel. I also really enjoy photography. I love capturing glimpses of beauty in people and nature. I’ve had the privilege of photographing six weddings.
Thankful For: Most of all I am thankful that Jesus loves me so much that He died to save me. I can’t wait to thank Him in person when we get to Heaven!
Awesome Summer Memories: It would be impossible to list all my awesome summer memories, but I believe almost all of them have been made at Camp Pugwash! I’m looking forward to making many more fantastic memories this summer!
Fun Fact: I have lived in seven countries.
Favourite Bible Verse: Currently, my favourite Bible verse is Isaiah 41:10. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Any time I may feel overwhelmed, this is a wonderful reminder that I am not alone. My powerful, loving God is helping me all day every day.
Kay Graça – First Aid
Ricky Schwarz – DiscipleTrek Leader
Special Interests: My salt water fish tanks, my wife, pickleball, going on travel adventures with Stephanie, studying scripture
Thankful For: My family, all my past adventures with Stephanie, warm weather, awesome friends, new adventures with Stephanie
Awesome Summer Memories: Wakeboarding, playing softball, family vacations, going to the beach, summer adventures with Stephanie, hiking in the mountains
Fun Fact: I used to be a professional tumbling penguin, and I enjoy adventures with Stephanie
Favourite Bible Verse: One of my most favourite verses is Romans 5:8, because when God talks about loving me he doesn’t just talk the talk but he first walks the walk. He doesn’t just tell me, He shows me that He loves me.
Stephanie Schwarz – DiscipleTrek Leader
Special Interests: Music, anything outdoors, hiking, biking, swimming, traveling adventures with Ricky, food, my Jesus,
Thankful For: Family, friends, love, beaches, the sun, my God, adventures with Ricky
Awesome Summer Memories: Camping, family vacations, summer camps, getting baptized, adventures with Ricky
Fun Fact: I like giving people nicknames, and I like adventures with Ricky
Favourite Bible Verse: Too many to count, but my favourite book is Psalms because I can to what David is going through and often the cry of his heart is the cry of mine, the praise of his heart is the praise of mine and the peace of his heart is the peace of mine ♥️
Ashley Boehner, Program Director
Special Interests: Music, travelling, jogging, and hockey.
Thankful For: God and His blessings, loving family, supportive boyfriend, caring friends, and great opportunities.
Awesome Summer Memories: Spending time by the ocean, hanging out with friends, and being school free.
Fun Fact: As a child, my dream job was to own my own ice cream truck and travel the world in it.
Favourite Bible Verse: Psalms 143:8, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” To me, this verse captures the need within my heart for the love of Jesus which sustains me each and every day. It reminds me of where God has led me in the past, and the confidence I have in Him to lead me today and in the future.
Special Interests: Reading, baking, traveling, and dogs!
Thankful For: My amazing family, boyfriend, and friends, as well as the life that I’m blessed to live.
Awesome Summer Memories: I have so many, as summer is my favourite time of the year, but last summer I visited Europe and got to travel in France and Germany. I had so many amazing experiences there and those are definitely some of my favourite memories!
Fun Fact: I’ve lived equal halves of my life on both the West Coast and East Coast of Canada, respectively.
Favourite Bible Verse: Proverbs 18:10, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” This verse always reminds me that God is a constant tower of strength and protection in my life, and that’s something that faithfully brings me comfort whenever I’m struggling.
Catherine Joudry, Girls’ DirectorSpecial Interests: My special interests are spending time with loved ones, spending time outdoors, skiing, waterskiing, traveling, baseball, horses, and youth ministry.Thankful For: I am thankful for my family and friends, my amazing church family in New Brunswick, and the opportunity to be pursuing my second post-secondary degree.Awesome Summer Memories: An awesome summer memory is my entire time spent attending Université Laval in the summer of 2016 to attend a french program.Fun Fact: A fun fact about myself is that from a young age I had the opportunity to begin public speaking about issues that were passionate to me, such as Intimate Partner Violence, and have had the opportunity to speak with organizations such as Silent Witness Nova Scotia and at various services in Nova Scotia. This love for public speaking and advocacy has carried on to shape who I am today and was one of my driving factors into pursing Social Work, as well as it has given me the desire to share the message of the Gospel.Favourite Bible Verse: One of my favourite bible verses is Jeremiah 29:11, “‘[F]or I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” I love this verse because I remember a special moment walking on my family’s farm years ago when one of my cousin’s shared this verse with me. I think it is so important to always remember that when we follow Jesus, He will guide our path to do great things for Him.
Steven Bergeron-Meza, Boys’ Director/Gymnastics DirectorSpecial Interests: Computers, Biking, Card games, Mathematics and AcrobaticsThankful For: Education, health and familyAwesome Summer Memories: Long car trips across North AmericaFun Fact: I know some 60 digits of pi, I’ve got a dog who weighs almost as much as i do and I’ve played the trumpet since it was bigger then meFavourite Bible Verse: Jeremiah 1:6-8. I like this verse as it helps me when I’m stressed or unsure of something. It encourages me and allows me to find comfort in knowing God is always there.
Cheryl Hamilton, Spiritual Development Director
Special Interests: I love camping, singing, learning new things, Missions, sharing Jesus’ love with others.
Thankful For: I am thankful for Camp Pugwash, young people, and for religious freedom.
Awesome Summer Memories: I have many of fun memories of Vacation Bible Schools in Pugwash, camping & canoeing trips, and doing mission trips in other countries.
Fun Fact: I speak Cambodian, I have no middle name, I have had a pet skunk, and I have lived in the middle of bombing and war.
Favourite Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:4-5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thy own understanding, in all they way’s acknowledge him and He will direct they path. I have always tried to do this in my life and what great adventures God has taken me on! Living life with and for God is wonderful and I can tell you, He will direct your path in ways that will amaze you – will never regret it!!
Danika LeBlanc, Waterfront Director
Special Interests: Music, swimming and going on adventures
Thankful For: Life and family
Awesome Summer Memories: Working at the beach, going on adventures and making new friends.
Fun Fact: I’ve driven across Canada twice from Quebec to British Columbia and back to New Brunswick.
Favourite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13, “Don’t be anxious about anything, but in everything by prater and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” I like this verse because I know that I can count on God for everything and that He is with me constantly, helping me.
Special Interests: My special interests are cooking, travelling, and learning more about how cars work.
Thankful For: I am thankful for my parents because they have made many things possible for me that otherwise I would never have gotten to experience. I am thankful for my girlfriend Emily who has always been there for me and has helped me in so many ways.
Awesome Summer Memories: I can confidently say that 75% or more of the best summer memories I have would have happened at Pugwash. However my absolute favourite summer memory is going to Europe with Emily in the summer of 2018.
Fun Fact: I have never broken a bone in my entire life. I am fully German, and I have been to over 15 countries.
Favourite Bible Verse: “And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, He has identified you as His own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.” -Ephesians 4:30 NLT. This is my favourite verse because it motivates me to live my best life for God, while being healthy and active.
Krysta Walsh, Waterfront/Counsellor
Special Interests: My special interest is helping others. I have had the privilege of going on a mission trip in March to Belize. I admit I didn’t quite realize what I was getting into until I got there. But one day we took the morning off to tour the Mayan ruins, and when we came back to do VBS for the kids, we were met with such excitement and happiness upon our return. One little girl ran up to me and jumped into my arms and I hugged her for a long time. One of the group members heard a kid say that they had been watching and waiting for our bus all morning. It was that moment that I realized how much we meant to them, and all that hard work in the sun was really worth it.
Thankful For: I am really thankful for summer camp. Camp was a blessing to me growing up, and I am grateful for the chance to make it a blessing to others too.
Awesome Summer Memories: My favorite summer memories are of camp. I loved how at the end of every camp session, each cabin would have a special worship and people would tell their personal testimonies and some would decide they wanted to be baptized.
Fun Fact: A fun fact about myself is that my house is probably one of the fullest houses. We have a family of 7 people and 4 pets, but I like it that way.
Favourite Bible Verse: My favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” This is my favorite verse because I know that whatever hardships come my way, I can trust in God and He will help me through.
Special Interests: Playing the cello, computers, and mountain biking
Thankful For: Music, Friends and Family.
Awesome Summer Memories: Going on road trips with my family and hanging out with friends
Fun Fact: I love biking in winter, mostly when there’s about 6 inches of snow.
Favourite Bible Verse: Psa 121:1,2 “I will lift up my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” I like this verse because when I’m going through tough times and decisions, it reminds me where to go for help.
Horse Barn Staff
Justin Graça, Horse Barn/Counsellor
Special Interests: Music, camping, canoeing, and horses
Thankful For: Life
Awesome Summer Memory: Going for a trail ride in the woods.
Fun Fact: I drive
Favourite Bible Verse: 1 Peter 5:7 because it reminds me that God will help me through tough times.
Special Interests: Farming, playing guitar, raising animals, and working with horses.
Thankful For: I’m thankful that I can work at Camp, for my family, and my home with 10 acres of land.
Awesome Summer Memories: Hiking, camping, and working with the horses at Camp Pugwash.
Fun Fact: I am a registered goat breeder, and I work at an apple orchard.
Favourite Bible Verse: My favorite Bible verse is 2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” I love this verse because I can have faith that if I allow God to run my life I can have peace when I wonder what the future holds.
Rachel Steinke, Horse Barn/Counsellor
Special Interests: I enjoy singing, playing piano and guitar. I love spending time with animals, and being around people.Thankful For: I am thankful for being given the opportunity to work at camp this summer and being surrounded by amazing people.Awesome Summer Memories: Going to Montana for my birthday and exploring abandoned buildings with my Dad.Fun Fact: I can throw a football with my left hand, even though I’m right handed.Favourite Bible Verse: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:38-39. This is my favorite bible verse because, 2 months ago my friend and classmate was killed a serious car accident, and all I wanted to do was turn away from God and never be seen in His presence again. But the Lord continues to love me through these hard times and I know the last thing from me to do is turn away from Him. I am still here living and breathing and I know that Lord will always love and protect me.
Kyleigh Harrington, Assistant Cook
Special Interests: Singing, Photography, Cooking and baking, Traveling
Thankful For: Family and friends
Awesome Summer Memories: Riding the luge in Switzerland, Seeing the Matterhorn and Visiting Chamonix mountain in France
Fun Fact: I’ve been to 15 different countries and I’ve been to Oak Island and met Charles Barkhouse.
Favourite Bible Verse: Deuteronomy 31:6,8
Pamela Quispe, Kitchen
Special Interests: Reading, drawing, and baking
Thankful For: my family and friends
Awesome Summer Memories: Being able to volunteer at a camp in Newfoundland last year and making new friends there
Fun fact: I can speak Spanish, I really want to learn more languages and I’m camera shy (but trying to overcome it)
Favourite Bible Verse: Proverbs 16:3 “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans”, this is my favourite bible verse because it reminds me that God is in control of everything.
Rebekah Hamilton, Kitchen
Special Interests: Animals, farming, cooking/baking, making chocolates, gardening, piano
Thankful For: Our farm animals, my family and to work at Camp Pugwash!
Awesome Summer Memories: Being at Camp Pugwash, wilderness camping at Keji, and family trips.
Fun Fact: Our chickens lay green, blue, cream, and brown eggs, I want to be a vet, and one of my favorite hobby’s is making and selling specialty chocolates.
Favourite Bible Verse- Job 12:7 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;” I like this verse because I love to see God’s hand through His creation, and learn from the animals He has created.
Elizabeth Murphy, KitchenSpecial Interests: Reading, Hillwalking, and Football.Thankful For: I’m thankful for my family.Awesome Summer Memories: Working at camp in the kitchen in 2017, making new friendships and cultivating others.Fun Fact: I’ve been to 15 countries!Favourite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I like this verse for its versatility. Having a bad day? Sitting in an exam when you found your previous study efforts lacking? 5 minutes into a workout that you don’t wanna finish? I like this verse cause I always know God’s got my back. 😊
Joanna Armstrong, Dish Room
Special Interests: I enjoy listening to and playing music, drawing, and reading.Thankful For: My family and friendsAwesome Summer Memories: Being at Camp Pugwash and making new friends!Fun Fact: I don’t really enjoy sweets that much.Favourite Bible Verse: “With man, this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” – Matthew 19:26. No matter what, God will always be there guiding you and protecting you at all times.
Timmy Dennis, Dish RoomSpecial Interests: My Special Interests are getting to know new people and making new friends and trying to be more social.Thankful For: I am Thankful for my church family because they’re always so welcoming and cheerful, all our new members always feel welcome.Awesome Summer Memories: My Awesome summer memories was at Pugwash in 2018 when i went canoeing and i got to meet Pastor Borris, I also love his storey about Jonah and the Whale i laughed so hard definitely one of my favorite times.Fun Fact: Fun fact about yourself Is that Im very funny and seek to make others laugh I have really good humor.Favourite Bible Verse: Proverbs Chapter 7 Verse 1 “My son keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee” Its reassuring that God keeps His promise that we keep His commands He will look after us!
Faith Belhomme, Craft Assistant/CounsellorSpecial Interests: I have many interests I adore painting, drawing and mostly anything to do with art. I also really enjoy spending quality time with friends and family, for me family is the most important thing they’re always there for me and I keep them first. Cooking is another one of my special interests although lately I’ve began to enjoy baking more.Thankful For: I’m really thankful for family as anyone I’m pretty sure would say. I’m also delighted to be working at camp and for that I am thankful. I’m thankful for my dog especially he’s so great and I’m really thankful for my friends who are always there for me and that is important, but the most important is God and that is what I’m really thankful for because without him I have nothing.Awesome Summer Memories: I think my favorite summer memories was when I volunteered at camp. I met new people from many different places I spent quality time with my friends and I just felt so much closer to God I think that summer was the most important part of my development. Another of my favorite memories was my very first year at junior camp. The fun I had was unexplainable I and met so many people and made so many new friends everyone mad me feel so at home like my counselor and all of my cabin mates.Fun Fact: A fun fact about me is that when I was MUCH younger I always saw my brother and dad and they had something I didn’t an Adams apples and I really wanted one so I took a marble and tried to swallow it, it didn’t go well..Favourite Bible Verse: My favorite bible verse is Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? It’s my favorite verse because it demonstrates God’s power to me because if God the all powerful God, who wants to be our best friend is for with us and defending us then really who can stand against us we have nothing to worry about because he not only is there for us but he always has our best interests at heart.
Noah Clark, Adventure Pursuits/CounsellorSpecial Interests: Music, Different cultures of food, Hockey, Rugby, Soccer.Thankful For: My family, my church family, the friends I have made throughout my life, and lastly I’m thankful for my God that is always with me.Awesome Summer Memories: Biking with my cousins to the city of Pugwash, going for the swim in the dark, and lastly one of the greatest memories is jumping into the water of the port in the city of Pugwash.Fun Fact: I actually live on an island. It isn’t a big island but in fact it does hold a small community.Favourite Bible Verse: If God is with me who can be against me: Romans 8:31. This just shows that no matter what we face, nothing is too much for us because God is by our side.
Brayden Casey, Adventure Pursuits/Counsellor
Special Interests: Playing sports, biking, skateboarding, and being outdoors.
Thankful For: I’m thankful for my friends, family, and girlfriend. I am also very thankful to be working at Camp Pugwash.
Awesome Summer Memories: I have lots to of awesome summer memories at Camp Pugwash but one of my best memories is when me and Noah found a sweet road bike in the dumb and used it all camp.
Fun Fact: A fun fact about me is that I got player of the game during my first rugby game this year and I like drawing.
Favourite Bible Verse: “And this is the boldness which we have toward him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he hearth us” 1 John 5:14. I like this verse because it lets me know that He is always there to hear my problems and to help me when I’m in need.
Jason Bergeron-Meza, Gymnastics/Counsellor
Special Interests: Playing soccer, handstands, rock climbing, math, playing chess and spending time with siblings.Thankful For: I am thankful for my family and friends, that God has kept me healthy, and has helped me to do well in school. I am also thankful for the opportunity to attend Kingsway College and have a Christian Adventist education where I got to meet many great people.Awesome Summer Memories: Some of my best summer memories come from the road trips I did with my family. We went on a road trip where we stopped at the grand canyon in Arizona. The grand canyon was quite an astonishing height. Another one of my favorite summer memories was when I was much younger. I went to Camp Cherokee and I greatly enjoyed the camp, especially the activities that were in the water.Fun Fact: A fun fact about myself is that I have never broken a bone and I like climbing trees.Favourite Bible Verse: My favourite Bible verse is Psalm 37:34. “Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.” This is my favourite bible verse because it reminds me to be patient and to do what God wants me to do because God will come soon. It encourages me to follow God because I have something to look forward to.
Skylar Leger, Crafts/Counsellor
Special Interests: Playing rugby, going to youth group, being outdoors, also enjoy helping people in any way I can!
Thankful For: I am really thankful for the all the opportunities I have had in my life so far. I am also so very thankful for my family and to able to work at Camp Pugwash!
Awesome Summer Memories: One summer I brought my whole cabin to Christ!
Fun Fact: I met Jason Earles (Jackson from Hannah Montana) in grade 3! I have three cats from all different families and they all share the same birthdays!
Favourite Bible Verse: The end of something is better than its beginning. Patience is better than pride. (Ecclesiastes 7:8) I love this verse because it shows how important patience is. And I know I sometimes struggle with having patience with God but this verse reminds us that there’s always something better to come than how it seems in the beginning.
Nathanael Riviera, Maintenance
Special Interests: Electronics, parkour, singing in a Choir, hockey, soccer and football.
Thankful For: My family, my house, school, my teachers, Jesus and my momma.
Awesome Summer Memories: swimming in my pool back in Montreal, biking, flipping.
Fun Fact: I love my grandmother’s homemade coconut bread.
Favourite Bible Verse: 2 Corinthians 10:12 “For we dare not make ourselves of the number of compare ourselves with some that commend themselves but they measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves among themselves are not wise.” Jesus has made us all unique so we should not be comparing ourselves among ourselves.
Jordane Smith, DiscipleTrek Assistant
Special Interests: I love to sing
Thankful For: I’m thankful for the kitchen staff
Awesome Summer Memories: Spending time with the staff and campers at Pugwash last year
Fun Fact: I can touch my forehead with my toes but I’ll never show you
Favourite Bible Verse: Joshua 1:9 because it reminds me that I have nothing to fear as long as I follow God’s leading
“We are Vincent and Donna Eastwood from Antigonish, NS. We are members of the New Glasgow Seventh-day Adventist Church. We enjoy camping, home renovations and many other hobbies.”
“I enjoy life! ‘Drama! Drama! Drama!’ keeps me laughing and enjoying living for Jesus. I have a degree in Religious Studies from Burman University and my graduate work was done at Loma Linda University in their Marital and Family Therapy Program. These two focuses pair well with my passion to know Jesus and make Him known to our young people at Pugwash.”
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