Mercede joins Wanapitei with an impressive background that includes extensive experience working with young people in the outdoors. Mercede is a professional educator, most recently having taught children as a middle school teacher. Her credentials include a Bachelor of Education (BEd), with a specialty in Outdoor and Experiential Education. For the past 6 years, Mercede has been the Director of Camp Wapomeo, where she oversaw approximately 65 canoe trips per season.
Although new to Camp Wanapitei, she is no stranger to the Temagami area, having explored the area in all seasons since she was a child. Mercede, her husband Mike, and two children (Dylan, 7 and Jude, 4) love camping and canoeing together. Most recently, her family completed three month long canoe trips throughout the Temagami region.
An active member of the Ontario Camps Association, Mercede has also worked as a guide and outdoor educator with Outward Bound, Camp Tanamakoon, Camp Temagami and MHO Adventures and has pursued training and certification in Risk Management from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). We are confident about Mercede’s fit with Wanapitei and excited by her commitment to the values Wanapitei strives to promote. She has demonstrated a passion for developing resiliency and a sense of community by fostering opportunities for youth to build authentic connections with one another and with the land through which they travel. Her proven track record as an educator, as a professional dedicated to creating and leading strong teams, as a lifelong canoe tripper, and as a good friend to both the land and people of Daki Menan will, no doubt, offer great strength to the Camp Wanapitei community, culture and experience.
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