Corey Mandell

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“Growing up at Timberlane, I had the chance to be exactly who I was – a creator and a performer. I was encouraged in those things and celebrated for them. I would not be the person I am today without Timberlane.”

Corey has spent 39 summers at Timberlane, starting as a camper in 1980. In 2006, Corey became owner and director, committed to reinventing the Timberlane experience. His vision was clear -- maintain the traditions and values of the camp experience that shaped him, while setting new precedents in programming, staffing and camper care. He is incredibly proud of the camp that Timberlane has become – a place where kids can have the best and learn from the best, while having the support and encouragement that allows them to figure out who they want to be and how they want to shine. Corey looks forward to continuing to work with the amazing leadership team to constantly raise the bar on Timberlane’s standards of camper care, staffing, programming and facilities.

Corey Mandell, Owner/Director

Corey was educated at York University in Toronto. He attended Sheridan College Television and Film Program and is the CEO and Founder Mandell Entertainment Group.

Ida Gold

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“My job at camp is truly special to me. I feel proud and empowered every summer witnessing campers and staff grow and evolve in such a positive way. For me, camp is family. Camp is pride. Camp is home. I love what I do.”

Ida has literally grown up at Timberlane, spending 38 of her 40 summers there. Her mom, Judy, was one of the original Timberlaners, starting in 1958 when Barry founded the camp. Having grown up at camp herself, Ida understands firsthand what it means to be part of the camp community and to be shaped by the camp experience – making lifelong friends, being away from home, trying new things, and finding yourself, your voice and your confidence. Ida understands how great her responsibility is to parents and their campers, and works tirelessly every day to make sure that Timberlane is a place where kids can be their best, feel their best and love themselves.

Ida holds a B.A. in Sociology from York University and a B.Ed. from Trent University. During her teaching career, she specialized in Special Education for more than a decade at a small private school.

Ida Gold, Director

Ida has a Bachelor of Education from Trent University’s School of Education and Professional Learning 2007.

Harley Hayman

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“The connection that I have with the campers and staff, year after year, is irreplaceable. Being part of and leading such an inclusive, family environment is incredibly meaningful to me.”

Harley has spent 20 summers at Timberlane (so far) and has been a full-time member of the leadership team since 2010. As part of his role, Harley spends close to five months up at camp, overseeing not only Timberlane’s programming, but running the off-season programs as well. For Harley, there is no place that he would rather be. Regardless of what he’s doing, where he’s traveling or whom he’s meeting, Timberlane is his compass, and all roads always bring him back there. Harley feels privileged to be part of a team that is committed to constant progress and strong community. He is truly proud of the hard work that the leadership team has put in to improve the caliber of camping at Timberlane.

Harley holds a Masters of Science in Education from the University of Miami and a BA in Sport Management (Honours) from Brock University.

Harley Hayman, Director

Harley has a Masters of Science in Education from the University of Miami and a BA in Sport Management (Honours) from Brock University.

Brit Lowes

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“I am so grateful to my parents for starting a summer camp that has been an integral part of my life for all of my life. I share my parents’ passion for camping and am so thrilled to carry on the Timberlane traditions that they started 60 years ago.”

Camping is in Brit’s DNA. He has been at Timberlane from the start, watching his parents realize their vision of creating a unique summer experience for kids. Educated as a lawyer, Brit knew that his heart and real purpose was in camping. He is a vital member of the leadership team, overseeing the business and programming aspects of Timberlane’s operations. Brit is excited to continue to develop Timberlane’s state-of-the-art camping facilities while maintaining the core values and traditions that his parents established when they founded the camp 60 years ago.

Brit Lowes, Director

Brit was educated at College du Leman Switzerland, York University and received an L.L.B. from the University of Windsor.

Barry Lowes

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Barry has a BPHE from the University of Toronto and a M.A. from New York University.

“Timberlane was born from my parents’ two main passions – children and camping. They were true pioneers in Canada’s camping industry, and their founding values persist today and continue to shape the Timberlane experience.”
Brit Lowes

In 1958, Barry and Philomena Lowes had a vision to start a summer camp whose spirit was defined by community, family and celebrating and encouraging individuality. Their goal was to create a place where kids could learn, grow and define the values that they would take as adults into society.

While Phil is no longer with us and is missed greatly, Barry embodies the essence of Timberlane and is loved and revered by campers and staff alike. He takes great pride in seeing the generations of Timberlaners – current campers and their parents and grandparents who also grew up camp – embrace the values that he and Phil rooted Timberlane in at the start 60 years ago.

Barry Lowes, Co-Founder/Director

Barry has a BPHE from the University of Toronto and a M.A. from New York University.

Philomena Lowes 1921-2015

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Philomena ``Phil`` Lowes will always remain dear in our hearts.

Philomena Lowes, Co-Founder/Director

Philomena “Phil“ Lowes will always remain dear in our hearts.

A Dedicated & Caring Staff

Camp Timberlane carefully selects the men and women of our staff for their interest and commitment to working with children.  Each staff member meets a high standard of dedication and skill.  Interviews are conducted, references are checked and background checks are completed.  Staff members attend an intense orientation, which emphasizes counseling skills, group dynamics, safety procedures and activity skills.  Our staff forms a strong, committed team with a single focus: a safe summer filled with fun, learning and growth opportunities for each camper.

Some of our counselors began as campers and grew up at Timberlane. Many stay on through their university years returning each summer to become experienced and valuable staff members.  They know every phase of camp life from personal experience.  The one comment we hear most often from a parent is, “Your staff really care about their campers.” They do, and it is one of the principal reasons why Timberlane is so special.

If you are interested in spending a unique summer, away from the city, in an environment of talented, creative and fun people, dedicated to working with children towards the goal of building skills, friendships and self confidence, then Camp Timberlane may be the opportunity for you.

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