IN THE NEWS: Camp Snowy Owl

Since early 2010, Courtney, our Volunteer and Client Support Cooridinator  has been part of a planning committee to initiate and implement the first ever Camp Snowy Owl for individuals and their families affected by HIV/AIDS. The five-day summer camp was created for people in Ottawa, and was modeled from the amazing Camp Wendake on Lake Huron. The demand for Camp Wendake has become so high in recent years that they needed to limit their participation to be from their catchment area in London, and thus a need for a camp for Ottawa-area residents was obvious!

Camp Snowy Owl was held August 16-20th at Providence Point Camp in Lanark, Ontario. Although we did not attend the full week of camp, Courtney was able to visit on the last evening and joined campers and volunteer staff for dinner and closing ceremonies.  Our role on the planning committee (comprised of the Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation, ACO, Bruce House and support from CHEO and other local groups) had been that of the registrar for campers who wished to attend, and we were able to accept twenty-nine campers!

It became clear upon Courtney's arrival that the months of work and planning had really been for something amazing! Everyone was smiling, new friendships had been formed, and it was truly a safe space to be one ’s self.

This inaugural year has inspired us already to begin planning for the summer of 2011 – the dates have been set for July, and we are happy to be welcomed back to Providence Point camp!

Check out the CTV link to get more info, and watch the video coverage!