OUR NEW PRESIDENT GOES TO CAMP
In August, Frontier College’s Stephen Faul had a chance to participate in the Summer Literacy Camp at Cat Lake First Nation. Along with some esteemed guests, Stephen spent a day reading, playing, and learning with the campers.
Every year, the president of Frontier College joins the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and other valued supporters for a visit to our Summer Literacy Camps. While every visit is special, this year’s trip was especially notable because it was the first opportunity for Stephen Faul, our new President and CEO, to see a camp in action.
And not just see: Stephen, along with The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, Ted Gruetzner, VP, Corporate Relations and Communications, Ontario Power Generation, Hon. Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, and Tiffany Blair, Policy Advisor, Office of the Minister of Education, spent time reading, playing, and engaging in literacy activities with the young campers. Stephen also spoke with community members and leaders, where he heard about the impact and value of Summer Literacy Camps on their communities. The importance of one-to-one communication with the people who live in the regions in which we work cannot be stressed enough. It is Frontier College’s goal to meet each community’s needs so that we can gain a fuller understanding of the unique aspects of delivering programming in fly-in and remote locations.
While we take our work very seriously, the camps are also a chance to get outside and have some fun with kids who are spending the summer reading and staying engaged with learning—even if learning is sometimes disguised as making a recipe or playing a word game.
We’re proud of the success we see in our campers’ school achievements and we’re encouraged by the feedback we receive:
“The camp has given the children of Fort Hope a place to go and learn new things over the summer. I believe that the counsellors did a very good job in helping the kids with their reading and writing skills, and also being able to socialize with other kids. I hope to see that every year.” Community Member, Eabametoong First Nation (Fort Hope)
“I wish I could take all the books home to read. I don’t want to stop!” Camper, Neskantaga First Nation
“Summer camp this year was great. My daughter attended camp most of the days and came home many times to show me the items they made. [The camp counsellors] are great with kids and are welcome in our community if they ever return. Thank you Frontier College for this year’s activities.” Parent, Marten Falls First Nation
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