President’s Message


Please note: All May, June and July events (including Children’s Camps and Youth Programs) have been cancelled. Please read our COVID-19 Statement here.

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Greetings from the Unicamp Board of Directors!

Another exciting season is about to begin. Your Board has been hard at work with questions of governance with our new board Governance Chair, Rich Bailey. You may have received information emails to clarify the role of the board, the charter and the by-laws.

Iris Murray, our Treasurer and Executive Director Yvette Salinas have been working on the budget. The board is responsible for fiscal management, and we have discovered that many of our prices have not kept up with inflation, nor were wages high enough to support our staff. Our delegates at the AGM tasked us to pay a living wage to all our staff. With this in mind, we have had to raise our accommodation and meal plan fees by 20%. This is reflected in the 2020 Unicamp brochure. Our children’s camps were excluded from this fee increase, as we find that our children’s camp fees have kept pace with other similar church camps.

We are excited to offer new programming as well as old favourites, and we welcome your input and suggestions as to the kind of programs you want to see at Unicamp. Our renovation of Dave’s cabin is moving along, and with your valuable input will include a private accessible unit for those with disabilities. The new design will also include a separate, smaller unit that can open up to the accessible unit with an adjoining door when needed. We are thankful for those whose planning of the ‘forever fund’ along with your personal donations has allowed for these improvements for our campers with special needs.

We have been busy working on our compliance to AODA and have created policies and procedures that align with our non-profit and charitable status.

We are so happy to have Jenny Thomas-Bojin back again—this year in the role of Camp Director—with her experience and knowledge gleaned from her work out east and her many years as camp staff. I have every confidence that Jenny and Yvette are equipped to handle all issues as they arise. They both have extensive experience with children and have been long time Unitarians.

Thank you to all who support this camp financially by your donations, with your volunteer work, and with your passion to keep this jewel of nature growing wild. We share this space with many birds and animals; let us remember to support the continuance of this place where we can all celebrate and protect the web of life of which we are all a part.

Janice Canning
Unicamp Board of Directors 2019-2020
March, 2020