Our Community

It takes a village.

Our work is only possible because of our dedicated community. Camper families, volunteers, staff, and supporters pool their efforts each year to ensure neurodiverse kids and youth have a safe space to build their confidence, connections and community. Want to be a part of something special?  Check out Ways to Give to Camp Kirk, to see ways you can volunteer, give and join the fun of our events.

Our Staff

Executive Director, Erica Park-Coutts

Erica Park-Coutts (she/her)
Executive Director

Erica leads our organization with a wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion for our population of campers. Working closely with our Board of Directors, staff, and camper families, Erica creates a nurturing and inclusive camp community.

Erica has a background in child development and psychology and has worked with autistic children in both group home and family home settings for over 15 years. After receiving her Masters of Arts in Child Study and Education in 2010, Erica became Camp Kirk’s full-time Camp Director. In 2018 Erica moved into the Executive Director role to oversee both the camp program and charity.

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Tara Allman (she/her)
Development Director

Tara joined the Camp Kirk team in 2016. Working closely with our donors and volunteers, she spearheads Camp Kirk’s fundraising efforts. Through event planning, corporate sponsorship, community outreach and donations, Tara ensures that Camp Kirk has the necessary funding to allow our programs and campers to thrive.

Prior to joining the Camp Kirk Team, Tara worked at the Jane Goodall Institute, where she was responsible for fundraising, event planning, database management and planning Dr. Goodall’s Speaking Tour across Canada.

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Victoria Crawford (she/her)
Camp Director

Victoria has been a staff member at Camp Kirk since the summer of 2012, and has a passion for working with neurodiverse kids. Previously, Victoria worked closely with children and adults with complex diagnoses in a therapeutic setting, where she was able to develop her skills working with individuals needing social and behavioural support.

In 2018 Victoria came on board in the position of full-time Assistant Director, and in 2021 she transition to be our Camp Director. As the Camp Director, Victoria works closely with camper families and oversees the camp experience for both campers and staff.

Our Board of Directors

Camp Kirk’s Board is a group of passionate volunteers that lend their knowledge, skills, time and networks to support neurodiverse kids and youth.  We’re always looking for passionate volunteers. If you are interested in joining our board and empowering kids with ADHD, autism and learning disabilities, check out our latest Call for Nominations or Submit a Board Application.

Reid Bowlby

Reid Bowlby
Chair of the Board of Directors

I am very pleased to play a supporting role in helping Camp Kirk achieve its mission. The full time and seasonal staff do an amazing job helping these young people find their stride, build their self-esteem, and having a lasting positive influence on their lives.  

 

Jamie Bunston

Jamie Bunston
Chair of the Fundraising Committee

I support Camp Kirk because it is an amazing community of like-minded individuals focussed on promoting strong mental health for youth through recreation. I myself benefitted from summer camp and want to help provide more opportunities for more children who traditionally might not be able to attend camp to have the same opportunity.

Linda Dougherty

Linda Dougherty
Member of the Fundraising Committee

I am passionate about creating inclusive spaces and experiences for children and youth who are on the Autism spectrum or who have meaningful learning differences. The world is not built for them, and too often leaves them feeling that there is no place in it for them. Camp Kirk creates that place where they can be themselves, have fun and grow.

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Barbara E. Hnatiak
Member of the Strategic Plan Committee

As a parent of a child with neurodiverse abilities I’m thrilled to be a part of the special place called Camp Kirk and to help implement the strategic plan. Service to others defines one of my primary values, in addition to building inclusive camps and communities. 

Bob Henderson

Bob Henderson
Member of the Strategic Plan Committee

Camp Kirk is a lifeline for many kids, and for all kids a blessing of spirited good cheer in a safe environment. That shouldn’t be rare, but for many it is rare and Camp Kirk should never underestimate its value in the world. On a sessional note: I failed Grade 6 with unnoticed dyslexia. School till grade 6 was a struggle. Camp was my lifeline.

Alix Herber

Alix Herber
Chair of the Governance Committee

I was inspired to join Camp Kirk as a board member in 2018 after hearing how devoted the organization is to supporting children with different abilities by providing a nurturing and welcoming environment. I was thrilled to participate and provide my skill set to ensure the Camp Kirk experience continues and expands to provide more programs to support children with different abilities.

Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer
Chair of the Finance Committee

As a father of a son with Down Syndrome I enjoy being involved to support an organization that works to improve the lives of children. Hopefully, my past experience in my professional life will bring value to the financial stewardship of this important not for profit organization.

Shelley Peterson

Shelley Peterson
Member of the Strategic Plan Committee

Hearing the stories of the children and families that are part of the Camp Kirk community convinced me to support the organization. I could feel the positive impact. I’m new to the Board and even in these early days, it’s very personally rewarding to play a role in promoting strong mental health, building confidence, belonging, and resilience in kids and youth that have it a little harder given social, emotional, and learning challenges.

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Paul Rich
Member of Fundraising Committee

Camp Kirk provides a nurturing environment for kids to improve confidence, develop high self-esteem and pride in their abilities. In addition the Camp helps kids build strong mental and emotional health. I wanted to be involved with the Board to help Camp Kirk expand on this mandate and support the continued growth of the Camp, Campers and their families.

 

Shelley Peterson

Sandy Zidaric
Member of the Governance Committee

I love that Camp Kirk focuses on the opportunities and abilities of those who are neurodiverse. Building confidence and connections through the camps and programs allow the participants to develop an appreciation for their own skills and unique value which will support them as they go through life.

Our Partners and Supporters

The Lions Clubs Camp Kirk Foundation

The Lions Club’s Camp Kirk Foundation

The Lions Clubs Camp Kirk Foundation (LCCKF) have been our partners since the very beginning. They are unwavering in their dedication and support of the Camp Kirk kids. Through their tireless fundraising efforts and volunteer hours, LCCKF ensures the camp property is a welcoming and safe home for our campers. On top of annual maintenance and contributions to our financial aid program, LCCKF funds special projects at camp.

 

 

Our Foundation and Corporate Supporters

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