Honorary Life Member Award

The OCA is honoured to present the names of camp leaders, who over many years, have trail blazed, built bridges and set precedents, which have assisted others in the Ontario camping industry. Honorary Life Award Nominees hold a place of special significance in the traditions and successes of our Association. New paths and bridges created and implemented by current camp  professionals rest upon the solid foundations laid by these courageous pioneers. Honorary Life Members in our Association are a permanent part of our camp lives.

Recipients shall have met the following criteria:

  • Ten (10) or more years of distinguished service in the field of camping.
  • Held positions on the Board or have chaired committee(s), task force(s) or special project(s) for at least 10 years.
  • Held an executive position of a camping organization or agency for at least 10 years.
  • Retired from active service in camping or reached 55 years of age.

Award Recipient

Rob Carmichael

Rob is the former CEO and Co-owner of CampBrain, camp management software serving almost 2,000 camps across North America. Across 2+ decades, he volunteered with the OCA in a variety of roles, from Treasurer and VP roles on the Board of Directors to co-chairing the Directors’ Conference to being a long-time member of the Finance Committee. Living in Toronto with his wife, 13yr old son and wire-haired Dachshund, he also has 2 adult children (26 and 28 yrs old).

Award Recipient

Jennifer "JJ" Jupp

JJ has been involved as a dedicated and uplifting member of OCA for over 30 years. She has served as an OCA Board Member, OCA Vice President, a member on various committees, a Senior Standards Visitor and a regular conference leader. JJ has worked at both agency and private camps including Camp Arowhon and Camp Arowhon Outdoor Centre, Camp Wanapitei, YMCA Wanakita, YMCA-YWCA of Guelph Camp Nagiwa and Camp Wenonah, where she currently works. JJ’s contributions are numerous, which is why she was also selected to win the Dorothy Walter Award of Excellence. Thank you for all your work, JJ!

Award Recipient

Eric "Shendy" Shendelman

Eric “Shendy” Shendelman continues to make an impact, with over three decades of dedicated service. From his early days as a camper at Maple Glen Day Camp to his influential roles as Camp Director at Camp Arrowhead and Crestwood Valley Day Camp, and found of the Camp Safety Network, Shendy’s passion for the camp experience has never waned. Alongside his camp leadership roles, he has been the driving force behind Shendy’s Swim School since 1992, providing essential aquatic training for domestic and international camp staff.

Throughout his tenure, Shendy has been a beacon of innovation and advocacy within the camping community. His leadership roles within the Ontario Camps Association (OCA), including serving as President from 2017 to 2019, have been marked by his commitment to inclusivity and safety. Shendy’s contributions extend beyond camps; he has played a pivotal role in shaping national drowning prevention strategies and founded the No Push Movement, a global initiative originating from camps. As he is honored with the nomination as an Honorary Life Member of the OCA, Shendy reflects on the profound impact camp has had on his life and expresses gratitude for the enduring friendships and memories forged over five decades of involvement. His numerous awards, including the OCA Volunteer Recognition Award in 2007 and the Canadian Drowning Prevention Coalition’s Barb McLintock Memorial Communication Award in 2021, attest to his exceptional dedication and contributions to the camping community.

Past Recipients

  • Adam Kronick
  • Ada E. Adams
  • Janet Adamson
  • Madelene Allen
  • Henri Audet
  • Bill Babcock
  • Jean Babcock
  • Larry Bell
  • Pearl Bell
  • Marcello Bernardo
  • Margaret Bernardo
  • Cheryl Bernknopf
  • Joyce Bertram
  • Brian Blackstock
  • C.R. Blackstock
  • Diane Blair
  • Marjorie Booth
  • Jeff Bradshaw
  • Jeff Brown
  • Carolea Butters
  • Mary Casey
  • Bill Chapman
  • Elaine Cole
  • Ted Cole
  • F.B. (Skip) Connett
  • George Connolly
  • Rob Crew
  • Bert Danson
  • Joseph B. Danson
  • Hart Devenney
  • Mark Diamond
  • Jill Dundas
  • Joanne Dwhytie
  • Adele Ebbs
  • Harry Ebbs
  • Mary S. Edgar
  • Clarence Ferguson
  • Bert Fine
  • Janet Fine
  • Dr. Stephen Fine
  • Scotty Fleming
  • Eanswythe Flynn
  • Shirley Ford
  • Wally Forgie
  • Howard Gibb
  • Barb Gilbert
  • Peter Gilbert
  • Barbara Gilchrist
  • John Gilchrist
  • Al Goodman
  • Margaret Govan
  • Barb Gray
  • Liz Greenway
  • Alf Grigg
  • Howie Grossinger
  • Sari Grossinger
  • Jay Haddad
  • Irwin Haladner
  • Ferna G. Halliday
  • Sam Hambly
  • Mary Hamilton
  • Bruce Harris
  • Rob Heming
  • Stephen Heming
  • Barbara Hnatiak
  • Polly Hodgetts
  • Bruce Hodgins
  • Laura Belle Hodgins
  • Stanley E. Hodgins
  • Maj. John Hoyle
  • Cecil H. Irwin
  • Mickey Johnstone
  • Ron Johnstone
  • John Jorgenson
  • Eleanor Kay
  • Grant Kerr
  • Joe Kronick
  • Cliff Labbett
  • June Labbett
  • John Latimer
  • Peggy Latimer
  • Barry Lowes
  • Philomena Lowes
  • Marilee MacFarlane
  • Jane McCutcheon
  • Don Marston
  • S. Kate Moore
  • Sally Moore
  • Bruno Morawetz
  • Leon Muszynski
  • Ellen Nash
  • Harold Nashman
  • Dave Newnham
  • Mary Northway
  • Fred Okada
  • Howard Oretsky
  • Jocelyn Palm
  • David Palter
  • Elsie Palter
  • Jack Pearse
  • Ron Perry
  • Charles Plewman
  • Stephen Polevoy
  • Ann Prewitt
  • Elizabeth Raymer
  • Ralph Raymer
  • Ivan Robinson
  • Catherine Ross
  • George Ross
  • John Russell
  • Milly Russell
  • C.T. Sharpe
  • Bob Smith
  • W.H. (Win) Smith
  • Robert Sneyd
  • Ethel Statten
  • Bill Stevens
  • Helen Stewart
  • Patti Thom
  • Bev Unger
  • Peter Van Wagner
  • Dorothy Walter
  • Barb Weeden
  • Wendell White
  • Stan Wild
  • Bruce Wilson
  • Lisa Wilson
  • Kirk Wipper
  • Margaret Wipper