Our team

Our Staff – A team like no other!

At Camp La Grande Aventure en Anglais we work hard to find the best counsellors and outdoor specialists. We hire older students from Colleges and University across Canada, mainly Québec and Ontario students studying in many fields including future teachers. When hiring, we look for staff who are passionate about children, want to live an incredible outdoor experience and students who have previous experience working with children. We also want our staff to be responsible, mature, fun, dynamic and welcoming.
Our staff all speak English fluently and have a good comprehension of the French language to help your child progress in English conversation throughout the day. Whether it be at the rock wall helping campers climb to the top, while canoeing, directing each other on how to manoeuvre through the rapids or teaching campers how to make a friendship bracelet, our staff is always around to ensure that campers are speaking English or have someone to help them with words or phrases they do not know.

Our staff is an example of positive leadership for your child in encouraging their independence, self confidence and support, but most importantly, our staff help your child feel safe and integrated at camp.

Charlotte Gélinas-Gagné (Slinky)

Co-director

Charlotte aka Slinky holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Concordia University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bishop’s University. She is also in the process of completing a master’s degree in Child Studies and Child Development.

Charlotte’s camp philosophy is to provide a positive and unique experience for each camper through building partnerships between parents and camp while training strong, compassionate, and energetic staff. During the summer, she is often seen making friendship bracelets, wearing a life jacket, or a princess costume. Canoeing, yoga kayak, and biking are some of Charlotte’s favourite activities at camp and stimulate her outdoorsy personality. Oh, and camping! Charlotte loves camping!

She is passionate about the effectiveness of the English-immersion program at camp La Grande Aventure, as she herself learned English at camp. Through her experience at camp as a camper, assistant counsellor, counsellor, outdoor specialist, and coordinator she strives at providing support for staff members, campers, and parents.

Marjolaine Paradis (Clumsy)

Co-director

Before becoming a camp counsellor at LGA, Marjolaine aka Clumsy spent four summers as a camper and a summer as Counsellor in Training (CIT). Seeking new challenges, Marjolaine left LGA in 2016 and worked as a coordinator in a sailing camp and as a traveling agent for youth in North America. Marjolaine holds a Leisure Management degree from Cégep de Saint-Jérôme and a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Studies from l’UQAM.

In constant need of adventure, Marjolaine lived in different areas of the country, notably in Gaspesie, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, and Vancouver. She also travelled to New Zealand and Asia among other countries.

Marjolaine strongly believes in the impact of camp on the development of youth. She hopes to foster critical reflection, autonomy, and self-esteem in campers through her role as a director. She loves having deep conversations with campers as much as she loves to laugh with them. Her summers at camp always include tons of laughter, singing, dancing, and silly costumes. Canoe-camping is definitely Marjolaine’s favourite activity at camp!

 

Sara Coutts (Koda)

Coordinator

Sara is an Ontarian who spent two incredible summers at LGA back in 2016 and 2017 as a camp counselor/cabin leader. After graduating with a 4-year Bachelor of Arts degree in the Social Sciences, she decided that she wanted to gain more life experience by travelling abroad. Most notably, she travelled Asia and New Zealand, lived in Australia, and then in Whistler, BC just last year, where she worked and practiced her sweet snowboarding skills!

Sara is beyond excited to add more to LGA's story this summer as the coordinator! She is passionate about music, dance, the outdoors and helping others reach their fullest potential. That's a huge part as to why Sara is so excited for her role in supporting the staff in any and all ways. She believes that by providing them with exceptional tools, our counsellors and outdoors will exceed in guiding our campers through an extraordinary summer. She is really looking forward to seeing positive growth in both staff and campers and can't wait for the camp magic and to make memories of a lifetime!