Summer Staff 2017
Rev. Ted Creen - Worship Co-ordinator
Ted Creen will once again be a part of the summer mission of Huron Feathers, serving this year as Pastoral Co-ordinator. Currently Ted is a "retired" but very active minister of the Presbyterian Church. Huron Feathers has been a very significant part of Ted and his wife Lorraine's ministry over many years. Following his ordination to the ministry in 1974, they served for the summer at Sauble Beach. Ted returned as Director for four summers in the 1980's while he was also an Associate Minister at St. Andrew's Owen Sound. Three more summers at Sauble began in 2011. Adding in last summer, this will be the 10th summer for the Creens ministering at Huron Feathers!
As well, Ted is an author, having just published "Myrrh is Mine" for Christmas. Both Ted and Lorraine add to the music ministry at Sauble: Ted on guitar and Lorraine with the piano. Ted's hymn, "Lead Me Jesus" is included in the most recent Presbyterian hymn book.
Through the winter months Ted works with the Victoria Order of Nurses offering bereavement support groups throughout this area.
Ted and Lorraine are looking forward to another exciting summer at Huron Feathers.
SOMETHING NEW FOR 2017
Mark De Vos
Huron Feathers is entering into a partnership with the Presbyterian Church in Stokes Bay. Like Huron Feathers, this church is a seasonal ministry particularly for those vacationing and visiting the Bruce Peninsula.
Mark de Vos will between Huron Feathers and Knox, Stokes Bay.
For Stokes Bay,Mark will provide Sunday services plus one half day children/youth program per week.
For Huron Feathers, Mark will assist with Day Camp 3-4 times per week, particularly with the swimming project, as he has lifeguard qualifications.
Mark is a former Director of Huron Feathers, and comes to us from Cambridge, Ontario, He completed seminary studies in 2012 at which point he worked at Redeemer University for three years as an Assistant Chaplain. Subsequently he worked in the Niagara Health System in Spiritual Care where he supported patients, families and staff in times of crisis and transition. He has also spent 15 years working in landscape and lawn maintenance. Mark will be declared a candidate for ordination in the Christian Reformed Church this summer. In his free time he loves reading, kayaking, mountain biking, cooking, hiking and spending time with friends and family.
Melissa Vansteenbergen - Day Camp Coordinator
Melissa van Steenbergen is excited to be back again at Huron Feathers for her seventh summer! Melissa was Huron Feather’s camp lifeguard for a total of five summers. After working at Huron Feathers, Melissa went off to work on cruise lines facilitating children’s programs onboard different ships around the Caribbean. After a couple of years at sea, she moved to Hamilton, Ontario with her husband, Joel, and worked as a program coordinator at CityKidz Ministries in Hamilton. Melissa is happy to be back at Huron Feathers this summer as our Day Camp Coordinator. She cherishes the friendships she has with families from Huron Feathers and is honoured to have the privilege to continue to journey through life with them. Through creative programming she hopes to help make this summer amazing for everyone involved at Huron Feathers. Joel and Melissa are proud parents to a sweet little redheaded boy who will be spending the summer at the beach too. Their family is excited for a sunny and sandy summer at the beach that promises to be filled with fun, friendships, and faith!
Joanna Hummel - Staff
I am so excited to be returning to Huron Feathers again this year! Last year was the first time I became part of the Huron Feathers family, and it was such a wonderful experience for me! This past year I have taken time off between high school and college, and went with my family for a six-month mission trip to Nicaragua, SA. During this time, I had the opportunity to be a part of a children’s after school camp run by The Way of the Cross Ministries. The theme was ‘Treasure Hunt’ and it was so much fun to see the kids come and learn more about God. During this camp, I have been improving my Spanish-speaking abilities and have been working with a team of young adults to explain Bible stories to the children, facilitate games, lead songs, and make crafts with the children. I have been really encouraged by the young adults in The Way of the Cross Ministries when observing the young adults share the same passion for kid’s ministry that I have, and really loving God like I do.
In September 2017, I will be attending Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario for a diploma in Early Childhood Education. I love working with kids, and I am so grateful to have people encouraging me to grow my faith with God, and to pursue this next chapter in my life.
Dani Katona - Staff
I am thrilled that Huron Feathers has invited me to be part of their family for this summer. I’m excited to be the camp lifeguard. I have been working as a lifeguard/instructor for the past three years at W.G Johnston Centre and it’s going to be fun for me taking my work outside on the beautiful beach. I love being outside and going swimming and working with children so this is the best summer job for me. I have had a lot of fun at church camps and this is my first time being counsellor and I’m so delighted to share in this experience. I currently finished high school and will be starting my first year of University at Carleton in the fall. I’m looking forward to a summer filled with sunshine and fun.
Josie Sloan - Staff
Hi my name is Josie Sloan and I am returning for my second year at Huron Feathers! I am 19 years old and from Toronto. I spent the year working and volunteering with at risk youth. I can't wait to be back in Sauble. I love the water, I love the sand and I love the people. Can't wait til Huron Feathers starts. I'm counting down the days! See you all soon!