University Settlement carefully screens applicants from all over Canada, but only hires those who enjoy working with children, and who can be the best possible role models for our campers. This page offers a quick look at each member of the Summer Camp staff and a description of their role at University Settlement.
Hi, my name is Cassidy Chau and I am thrilled to be returning as the Lead Ladybug Camp councillor! I have just finished my first year of science at Queen’s University and could not be more excited for camp to start. I look forward to all the games, arts & crafts, and cooking we will all be doing together. I will be going into my third year of camp after years of volunteering in various programs at University Settlement, and after attending the camps here myself. University Settlement is my second home.
I’m a student currently enrolled at the University of Toronto, completing my Masters degree in social work specializing in children and their families. I have over 4 years’ experience working directly with children in camps, schools and in the community. I enjoy working with children and recognize it as a truly rewarding experience. I’m a lover of the arts and love spending time outdoors. I’m looking forward to working at summer camp this year with your children.
Hi! My name is Joe and I am thrilled to be a part of University Settlement Summer camp this summer. I have worked with children in various settings, ranging from summer camps, school, and educational facilities. I have recently been added as an occasional teacher for the Toronto District School Board and enrolled in the Early Childhood Studies Masters program at Ryerson University. My passions include playing sports, board games and hanging out with friends and family.
Hi! My name is Helen Plesko. I am going into my third year at Trent University and I am in the Primary/Junior Queens – Trent Concurrent Education Program. In previous years, I’ve worked as a tutor and at a summer camp. I enjoy working with children and in my spare time I write and spend time outdoors. I am very excited to be a junior Camp Counsellor with the Butterfly Camp!
Hi! My name is Emma Selkirk. I am very excited to be a part of the University Settlement team as an academic camp instructor. This is my seventh summer working in children’s camps. I am an elementary teacher with the Peel District School Board. When I am not teaching I can be found enjoying the great outdoors. I am looking forward to an outstanding summer!
Hello! My name is Jen Gershman and I just completed my 3rd year in the concurrent Education program at Queens University. This will be my fifth summer working at a summer camp as I spent my past four summers working at a sleepover camp as a counselor and Assistant Head of swimming. I also have had several teaching placements where I have worked with children from ages 4 to 12. In my spare time I enjoy spending time outdoors, cooking, and swimming!
Hey, my name is Andrew Gillard. I have been with University Settlement for quite some time, about four years. I have never enjoyed a position more, watching and helping children grow and develop is very rewarding. A part from that, I am also a dance teacher. I am continuing my education in Early Childhood education at Sheridan college as well as studying dance.