In 1989, Crestwood School purchased the beautiful valley at Lawrence and Bayview Avenue in Toronto, Ontario. In 1990, a select group of teachers and professionals created Crestwood Valley Day Camp, which opened that same summer.
Mike Levinsky, Crestwood’s Director, brings a wealth of both camp and education experience to Crestwood having spent the last 43 consecutive summers at camp – as a camper, staff member, and camp administrator.
He has worked at over 11 different residential and day camps over the past 27 years, most notably as Program Director for several years at both Camp White Pine and Camp Manitou. He has presented a variety of motivational workshops for both the Ontario Camps Association and American Camp Association, as well as a number of staff training sessions at various camps.
Mike has been a teacher for the past 20 years and is a graduate from the University of Arizona where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Drama Production. He later spent many years acting in Los Angeles in television and commercials and eventually moved back to Toronto where he received his post-graduate degree in Education.
Bobby Freeman, Crestwood’s Co-Director since its inception in 1990, is the spirit and energy of the camp. The children adore him and his stage presence every day!
Bobby has been the musical theatre director at Crestwood School for the past 25 years. He is a talented musician and an outrageous performer. He has a sincere love for children and a loyal dedication to providing the best for their welfare, development and fun.
Erin Gladman, Assistant Director, has been a member of Crestwood Valley Day Camp’s management team for over 10 years.
Erin is the mother of two young Crestwood campers and her warm, nurturing personality has branded her the “Camp Mom”.
Reide Pastor Baranek, Assistant Director, first came to Crestwood as a three year old camper, and never left! Camping is in her blood.
Reide has worked her way through every position at Crestwood Valley Day Camp including camper, leadership training, counsellor and administration.
Together, as Assistant Directors, Erin and Reide are involved in every aspect of camp life from programming, scheduling, grouping and parent communications. They are always available to talk. Give them a call at at 416-444-9595 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike, Bobby, Erin and Reide are excited to provide a dynamic, fun, safe and friendly camp atmosphere where we can all grow together and build memories to last a lifetime! Remember, “At Crestwood We’re All One Big Family!”