Yowochas Staff

YWCA Edmonton has been providing summer camp experiences on the shores of Lake Wabamun since 1916. Yowochas believes in the incredible power of summer camp and we challenge our campers every day to push themselves outside their comfort zone, to make new friends, and to try new activities. Our staff also helps each camper discover their potential by encouraging them to be courageous, make decisions, solve problems, communicate and connect with one another. It is our mission to teach our campers respect for themselves, others, and the environment.





“T-Rex” brings a creative passion to his role as Director at Yowochas. Since his start at Yowochas in 2007 Terry has been an Outdoor Programmer, Leadership Specialist and Program Coordinator. Terry believes strongly in the experiences and outcomes of summer camping and experiential education. He is driven to ensure that no camper is ever overlooked. He particularly enjoys seeing campers return year after year and watching them progress through our leadership programs and into staff roles. Terry, with his wife Krista, daughter Ruby and sons Luke and Jack, are excited about being part of Yowochas present and future.

“Woodchuck” has been the Maintenance Supervisor at Camp Yowochas for the past two years. While Daniel has worked in carpentry his entire life, he loves the larger sense of purpose he gets from working at Yowochas – the sense of family and community makes it not just a job, but an integral part of his life. Daniel greets everyone with his happy smile and easy-going, carefree nature while keeping everything maintenance-related running smoothly at camp. In his downtime, Daniel can be found gardening, listening to podcasts and learning more about things he’s passionate about – particularly the environment and equality for all. 





“Thistle” spent two years working at camp over the summer before joining the team year-round at the beginning of 2019. Casey had such fun during her Yowochas camp experiences as a child, she grew up knowing she wanted to be a camp counsellor one day! As an Outdoor Programmer, Casey loves getting to know all our campers as she helps to create an environment that is both safe and adventurous for them. Whether it’s facilitating a day at camp for a group, leading activities and teaching, or preparing for new programs, Casey is hard-working and cheerful, always finding purpose in her day. In her downtime, you can often find Casey sitting by a campfire and enjoying the company of friends while experiencing the beauty of nature that surrounds her.

“Fen” has returned to Yowochas this year after some time away exploring the world. The lure of getting dirty and making memories at camp brought Gini back to Yowochas in the role of Outdoor Programmer in 2020. She loves helping kids explore the magical world of the forest and the lake while also learning about themselves. In a typical day, you might find Gini and the kids looking for birds and insects as they set up for the day, and closing out the day with some reflection and quiet time. Gini’s patient and approachable nature coupled with her enthusiasm for things like habitat conservation, gender equality and learning new things are a perfect fit for her role at Yowochas!