Trillium Telegraph – Fall 2014

Published on October 3, 2014

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Moving out and Moving in

Jenn Wolfenden, Nursing Director, known affectionately as “Jenn the nurse” by many over 18 years at camp, has decided to move on to an exciting position at McMaster Children’s hospital. Jenn has worked passionately with our nurses, body shop and camper families to ensure the best possible care at camp, and represented Camp Trillium on several health care committees for camping organizations and pediatric oncology groups. She has been a great leader in oncology camp nursing, and we are proud of Jenn’s accomplishments.

Brooke Minnie, assistant nursing director, and Ian Elliott assistant director of programs, have welcomed their new baby daughter Lauren to their family in July, and are getting married in October. With the changes to their family, both Brooke and Ian have decided to start anew in southwestern Ontario.  Brooke has been a wonderful addition to our nursing team. Her care, calmness and knowledge allowed our campers and families to have a safe fun experience regardless of their medical issues. Ian Elliott is leaving behind a legacy of campfire skits, theme days and many other creative programs. His dedication to the campers and families of Trillium was demonstrated in his quality of programs and his leadership in oncology camping associations.  Ian will be putting his university degree to work in his new career in farming and agriculture.

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Allie Taggert, our new Nursing Director

Allie Taggart has moved in to the Body Shop and has taken over as Nursing Director. Allie is a pediatric oncology nurse at McMaster Children’s and jumped into the role of charge nurse at Rainbow Lake this past summer. Allie’s patience, care for the campers and families and her eagerness to take on the challenges of camp were evident over the summer. We are pleased to welcome Allie to our team!

What Happened to Community Youth Group?

We’ve had a few family asked us why they haven’t been able to register for Youth Group yet. Let us update you on this:

After 30 years of camp, we thought that it was time to reassess our programming and look at how to bring the best programs to camp and to the communities you live in. Some changes and some new additions will start to happen over the next year which we hope you will like.

Unfortunately, over the last number of year’s participation in our youth groups has dropped off, so we have decided to cancel the monthly youth groups and implement special community programming which we think will be more exciting and bring the entire Trillium community together at home. Stay tuned for more information on our new community programming.

What’s New in 2015?

  • In March, our 5th teen conference will be held at Rainbow Lake
  • At the end of 2015, Camp Trillium will be hosting the Children’s Oncology Camping Association International Conference in Niagara Falls. If you have any session ideas or would like to lead a session please let us know.

We look forward to an incredible 2015 and welcome any ideas you may have for new programming at Camp and in your community.