MEET OUR STAFF

Mat Whynott

Executive Director

Mat has pretty much done every job at camp from CIT to Summer Camp Director to parent and now full-time year round Executive Director. 

Mat's passion in life is giving kids the opportunity to have fun, get dirty, learn a little about their faith and how to be a good person in life. Prior to Mat's job at camp he was the Minister of Children, Youth & Families at Hope United Church in Halifax. 

"Camp gives kids the opportunity to be themselves, to learn from each other and to listen to each other. There isn't any other place that I have seen where kids get this type of experience."

Sherbrooke Lake Camp grounded him in his faith. Camp gave him the opportunity to become closer with God and with his church. 

"For me, camp is church. What better way to experience faith than on the 1000ft beach at camp, or sitting at chapel island or sharing in a laugh in the cabin. For me, that is community and that is church."

In his previous career, he worked in politics in Nova Scotia for 12 years. In fact, at the age of 23 he was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly as the MLA for Hammonds Plains-Upper Sackville. 

Julia Lawrence

Summer Camp Director

Jules Lawrence started at Sherbrooke Lake Camp in 2000 as a camper and fell in love almost immediately. Jules has stayed involved with camp over the years in various capacities, in most recent years as our volunteer camp nurse.

 

Working with kids at camp inspired Jules to dedicate her life to working with children. After graduating from St.FX’s Nursing program, Jules went on and worked as a camp nurse for Brigadoon Village followed by Diabetes Camps of Canada’s Camp Lion Maxwell.

 

Camping is in her heart and soul. She loves singing “I’m a Nut”, building fires, and sleeping under the stars. She currently works at the IWK Health Centre as a nurse is very excited to come back home to Sherbrooke Lake Camp for Summer 2020! And we're sooo happy to have her!

Ryan Hamilton came to camp for the better part of his childhood. He is beyond enthusiastic about being back in his adulthood to contribute to a place that gave him so much.

 

His goals include helping kids prepare for their futures, enabling personal development through understanding their strengths and weaknesses, and assisting in the discovery of knowledge and faith. He is an advocate for nature-based learning and camp is at the foundation of that passion. 

 

“Kids need to experience the outdoors; camp puts them in it. For one week a kid’s whole environment changes and it prepares them for life outside their own comfort zone. It gets them socializing, learning about the world, themselves and exploring their faith in a safe place.”

 

Ryan is currently a Teacher in the Annapolis Valley. He's pumped for an awesome 2020. And we're sooo happy he's back. 

Assistant Summer Camp Director

Ryan Hamilton

Sherbrooke Lake Camp is a camping ministry of the United Church of Canada

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