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Elysia Hickox

Executive Director

Camp Gencheff Employee Since 2003

Olivia Leger
Program Manager
Camp Gencheff Employee Since 2012

What experience do you have working with adults and children with intellectual and physical disabilities?.
I have worked with children and adults, ages 5 through 70, with intellectual and/or physical disabilities for 9 years. I began my experience working at Camp Gencheff in 2012.  Since beginning at Camp Gencheff, I have been a one-to-one worker for a woman with epilepsy doing respite care in her home.  I have volunteered with Parasport PEI and helped set up a Parasport day where the athletes taught grade school-aged children how to play sports with modifications suited to their needs. I was a special needs assistant for a child in grade 2 with an intellectual disability at an after-school program.  I also worked as a summer student and casual educator with Chances Early Learning Centre for two years in their preschool program and after-school program.

How long have you worked at Camp Gencheff? What is your position?
I was hired at Camp Gencheff as a Junior Counsellor in 2012. I immediately fell in love with working at Camp Gencheff because of the positive, fun atmosphere and the bonds you make with the clients.  Since my beginning in 2012, I have worked my way up through the various positions and am now the Program Manager.

What is your educational and/or volunteer background?
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Sociology from St. Francis Xavier University.  I am certified in Mental Health First Aid.  I also have completed courses and training in relation to LGBTQ+ allyship, working with various abilities in the workplace, active listening, and cultural competency.

What made you want to work at Camp Gencheff?

The people.  I have met so many amazing, incredible people, both clients and staff, from working at Camp Gencheff.  I love being able to form connections and bonds with new clients, learn about their interests and help them meet their goals. There is absolutely no place on earth like Camp Gencheff.  

What is your favourite summer activity?
My favourite summer activity is Wheel of Misfortune! We have a wheel similar to the one on Wheel of Fortune where each spot is covered with a staff member's name. Each client gets a turn spinning the wheel and whatever staff member it lands on they get to dump a bucket of freezing cold water on their head. It really becomes a memorable part of the week.

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James Sobey
Supervisor
Camp Gencheff Employee Since 2012

What experience do you have working with adults and children with intellectual and physical disabilities?.
I have family members with autism and have worked 3+ years at Camp Gencheff.


How long have you worked at Camp Gencheff? What is your position?
10+ years. I am a supervisor.


What is your educational and/or volunteer background?
Child and Youth Careworker, Addictions Support. I worked for the Council of PLWD as a puppeteer and then again as a youth worker.


What made you want to work at Camp Gencheff?
The people. They make it a place you want to be.


What is your favourite summer activity?

Ghost stories around a campfire.

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Cassy Lane
Supervisor
Camp Gencheff Employee Since 2017

What experience do you have working with adults and children with intellectual and physical disabilities?

My experience started with Camp Gencheff, but I have met and worked with a lot of different children and adults throughout my schooling.


How long have you worked at Camp Gencheff? What is your position?

I have been working here for 5 years and I am a supervisor and one to one worker.


What is your educational and/or volunteer background?

I am a 3rd nursing student at UPEI.


What made you want to work at Camp Gencheff?

My mom recommended it and then I fell in love with the atmosphere and people. It is a very rewarding job.


What is your favourite summer activity?

Our talent shows and dance nights!