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. Over the years there has been development in the areas of- facility, transportation, administration, communication, delivery and variety of programs and staff hiring practices.
Over the last 32 years, Crestwood has provided tens of thousands of campers and staff a unique camp experience that promotes building self-esteem, personal skills, friendship, social networking, fun-filled activities and lasting memories. Many camp alumni send their children to Crestwood to give them the same everlasting experience they had growing up.
Reide Pastor-Baranek, Director
Reide has been at Crestwood for the last 27 years. She started as a young camper and has worked her way up the ranks starting as Counsellor, then Office Administrator and current role as Director. If anyone knows every aspect of Crestwood operations and programs- it’s Reide!
Reide plays a key role in camp communications, administrative policies and procedures, staff development, recruitment, nutrition and technology advancements. Reide provides mentorship and guidance to our Senior Staff throughout the camp season. She is often seen working with campers who need some ‘TLC’ and keeping parents informed of a camper’s progress at camp. Reide has a wealth of experience with all age groups and ability levels. She is available to give families camp tours and answer any questions or address any concerns that may arise.
Katie Bookman, Assistant Director
Katie has worked at Crestwood Valley Day Camp for the past 18 summers. She has worked in many different capacities from activity specialist, unit head, office administration to speciality coordinator. She is thrilled to be taking on the role of Assistant Director.
Katie graduated with her Bachelor of Education and has been a member of the Ontario College of Teachers since 2008. Her focus has been teaching primary students, as well as students with special needs. With her abundance of both camping and education experience, Katie can’t wait for summer 2021! She will be working directly with our staff team and campers- bringing exciting new training, programming and fun to Crestwood Valley Day Camp!
Gemma Morgan, Camp Administrator
Gemma loves camp. Growing up in England, she didn’t have the opportunity to attend camp until she arrived here in Canada a couple of years ago. She caught the camp bug and has never left. Gemma has extensive customer service, sales, administrative and child care experience. She worked for British Airways as a flight attendant for 4 years and has a degree in Travel/tourism and hotel management. More recently she was an Office Administrator in a dental office in Toronto. She is also the favourite aunt to her 4-year old nephew Jaxson.
Gemma is instrumental in communicating with parents, staff and campers alike on a daily basis. She is available to answer questions, concerns and looks forward to meeting all of our Crestwood families during tours and family nights
Eric Shendelman, Director
Eric has been actively involved in camping, aquatics and education for over 30 years. He is the past President of the Ontario Camps Association (OCA), former Vice President of OCA, and former Standards Chair of OCA. Eric was the director of Crestwood Valley Day Camp from (2005 – 2014) and Camp Arrowhead (1997-2004).
Eric is also a member of the Canadian Drowning Prevention Coalition and sits on a variety of committees that utilize his expertise in the area of Aquatics, First Aid and crisis response. Eric is also a qualified Primary, Junior and Intermediate teacher who taught in private and public schools over a 12 year period.
Eric is the owner of Shendy’s Swim and CPR Training Centres in Toronto, Ontario Canada (since 1992). With Eric’s wealth of knowledge and swim qualifications, he has been instrumental in developing policies and programs with Ministry of Health representatives, the Ontario / Canadian Camping Associations, the Lifesaving Society and local school boards. He speaks and provides training at a variety of conferences, camps, schools and local businesses on the importance of learning CPR / First Aid and safety in and around water.
Reide, Katie, Gemma and Eric 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!”
We are always available to talk so give us a call anytime at (416) 444-9595 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Together, we are committed to providing the best camp experience for campers, staff and parents alike.