Emma first attended Camp Ak-O-Mak when she was 10 years old, participating in a training camp weekend with her competitive swim team. She loved every moment being outdoors and the fun atmosphere at camp. Emma set her sights on attending as a summer camper, she was a camper for 5 wonderful summers. Her love of Ak-O-Mak inspired her to become a counsellor so she could share her love of camp with the next generation of Ak-O-Mak girls.
Emma currently attends the University of Guelph studying Animal Biology, taking a minor in Nutrition. She is a University of Guelph Ambassador and loves giving tours to prospective students. She volunteers with the Orientation Team, helping to ensure that first year students have a successful transition into university life. Throughout the school year Emma also maintains a part-time job on evenings and weekends as a Veterinary Assistant.
Emma was a competitive swimmer from ages 6-17 in Brantford ON; first for the Brantford Aquatic Club and then for W. Ross Macdonald Swimming. Swimming helped Emma develop life skills that have contributed to the success she enjoys as a university student, as she works towards her goal of studying Veterinary Medicine.
Emma spends 1-2 weeks each summer working with a local Veterinarian providing a Junior Veterinarian Camp experience for children. This started in a volunteer capacity and for the past two summers Emma has planned and delivered the program herself. She enjoys sharing her love of animals and empowering children to work towards their dreams at an early age.
When Emma is not busy studying, she loves to work out and practice yoga. Most recently Emma started running in order to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. Emma completed her first half marathon in November at the Road to Hope race in Hamilton. She has also participated in multiple triathlons and played rugby for 6 years, serving as captain during her senior year at high school. She especially loves teaching rugby at camp.
Emma’s favourite part of camp is Sunday night campfires, where the entire camp comes together for a barbecue and to sing camp songs. She is thrilled to be taking on a new challenge as Camp Ak-O-Mak program director.