February 2019 Update

Good morning everyone,

Please see below for the latest update from Camp Chestermere. Again, the update is provided in two formats. There is an email form and a newsletter format at the bottom. Please print and share the newsletter. Thanks everyone. So glad the weather is starting to warm up.

Staffing Update

We are very excited to welcome to Natasha Karcz to our Year Round Team. Natasha has been hired as our new Office Administrator and is into her third week on the job. SHE IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!. Natasha studied Insurance, Finance and Business Management with particular focus on marketing, and an extensive background in customer service. She is passionate about travel and wildlife conservation, both of which led her to live in South Africa for a brief time, where she founded a scholarship program that provides resources and opportunities for kids and young adults looking to make a positive environmental impact, study the Big 5, and achieve their licensing as a field guide and/or research assistant. Natasha is so excited for the opportunity to continue working with youth at Camp Chestermere. Oh, and the official camp name for Natasha is........... Shuteye. The girl likes her sleep.

CCI Conference

At the end of February, the Year Round Team had the chance to attend the Regional CCI Conference at the Salvation Army Camp near Red Deer, AB. Camp Director Shannon (Coach) was asked to be the keynote speaker this year. This was especially special to Coach as this is the camp he went to as a child. It was an incredible time to connect with other camps and learn from them, share ideas, and spend time with people who do the same work you do.

New Mission Statement

At the February 19, 2019 Board Meeting, the Board of Directors, in collaboration with the Year Round Team, passed a new mission statement. The new mission statement for Camp Chestermere is At Camp Chestermere we present the love of Jesus Christ to youth and communities by Building Relationships, Creating Experiences and Developing People. A HUGE thank you to our Board of Directors and especially the Governance Committee, and the Year Round Team who put in countless hours working on this statement. We are very excited to move forward with this as our mandate. And, to be honest, we don't really see this a change but rather as a continuance of the amazing work that has happened within our organization for over 60 years.

Guest Services

We are about to pick up again in our Guest Services Department as we are booked for most of the month of March. More and more people continue to take advantage of the incredible services we have here at Camp Chestermere. We hope that this will continue to be our normal moving forward. We want Camp Chestermere to be seen as a gift to the community and this is happening more and more which is awesome. Thank you to those who continue to book with us and please help us spread the word about the amazing services we have to offer. Remember, our philosophy is, "the answer is yes, ask the question".

Volunteers

Camp Chestermere is always in need of volunteers. We always have opportunities for people to help in the kitchen, help with cleaning around the site, help with office admin work, and more. If you have an interest we have a possibility. Please feel free to contact me at campdirector@campchestermere.com if you would like to volunteer. A special thank you to Jamie Vanderkooi who came out last month to help us in the office while we were in the transition period between Office Administrators. Her help was very welcomed and appreciated. Thanks Jamie.