Our Founder, David Stoch, had an undergraduate degree from Concordia University and an Master's Degree in Special Education from McGill University. His teaching experience includes many years of teaching regular classes and special education classes in Quebec and Ontario. He also worked with difficult to serve students at the Peel District School Board Diagnostic Centre. For the four years prior to moving to the Toronto area from Montreal, David taught in the Special Education Department at McGill University training special education teachers.
David had many years of experience administrating camps for exceptional children and teens in Canada and the USA. He started Camp Kodiak in 1991.
Dave's daughters, Ilana, Shari and Marni have been involved in the running of Camp from its beginning in 1991. Marni has been a teacher with the Toronto District and Peel District School Boards since 1995. She holds a Master's Degree in Developmental Psychology and Education. Ilana was a teacher with the Peel District School Board. She taught in mainstream and special education settings as well as guidance and English as a second language. She also has a background in outdoor education. Ilana is now working full time for Camp and Club Kodiak. Shari is a special education teacher with the Peel District School Board and spent time teaching at the Trillium Demonstration School. She has taught in contained classes for students with learning disabilities and in a resource room model. She holds a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on learning disabilities. They bring a wealth of experience and expertise to their roles as the directors of Camp and Club Kodiak.
Cassandra De jager
Cassandra is the current Interim Director of Club Kodiak. She has been at Club Kodiak since 2017 where she began as an Advisor, in 2018 she stepped into the seasonal role of Assistant Director. Over the past 3 years, Cassandra has done just about every job and worn every hat imaginable within a Club Kodiak summer. Cassandra completed her education in Police Foundations where she learned a variety of strategies to resolve problems and manage crises in many different types of scenarios. She also brings a great deal of experience and knowledge from years of volunteering and working at Autism Ontario.
CJ is the Director of Club Kodiak. She works year-round in the Kodiak office and brings a wealth of experience. CJ has a degree in Adult Development Families and Well Being, experience as an Educational Assistant for the Upper Grand District School Board, and experience designing and implementing an adult life skills day program for students transitioning out of high school. CJ has worked at Kodiak since 2009 and done everything from running the Kodiak Games to acting as the Assistant Waterfront Director.
Geoff is the Assistant Director at our kids & teens program, Camp Kodiak. He is a trained High School teacher, specializing in Theatre and Dramatic Arts. He spends the winter meeting new staff for both Camp and Club Kodiak, and is always happy to answer any questions you may have about either program!
Would you like to join our Staff team? Please complete a staff application - we would love to hear from you!
The foundation for the success of our program at Club Kodiak is the quality of our Advisors. Our cottages can house anywhere from 6 to 14 Guests, and we offer a 3:1 ratio of Guest to Advisor. Our staff consists of trained professionals, including teachers, child and youth workers or mature univeristy students. We have a high percentage of returning staff members, and this continuity is an important factor in running Club Kodiak. We are fortunate to have so many dedicated and caring people as part of our Kodiak family.