Michelle, known at camp as Konk, fell in love with camp her first year at Camp Iona (Bala) when she was just 8 years old. From swimming to campfire, she loved everything about it. Since then there has not been a single summer that she hasn't been at camp as a camper, a staff member, a volunteer or a Director.
Over her 10 years on staff at Cairn, Michelle took on the roles of counsellor, Waterfront Director, Leader In Training Director, Head Counsellor, Program Director, Outdoor Education Director, and even had the opportunity to spend a month with a team from Cairn developing camping programs in Eastern Europe. Michelle left the Cairn Family of Camps with a passion for camping and leadership education. Since then, she has worked at Camp Edgewood, and directed at YMCA Camp Kitchikewana, before coming back to Cairn in 2018 as Executive Director.
Cairn provides a powerful experience and has the ability to transform each individual who experiences it. Konk's wish for Cairn campers is to grow in their skills, their faith, and their leadership so they can be their best selves both at camp and in the outside world.
Robynne, at camp known as Mapes, has been part of the Cairn community since her first year as the assistant administrator in 2012. Since then she has been a counsellor, an Adventure Programmer, Glen Mhor’s Program Coordinator, and the Outdoor Centre Director. Robynne has also spent two fall seasons and one winter season working at YMCA Camp Wanakita’s outdoor centre.
Robynne is a graduate of McGill University with a double major in Psychology and International Development Studies. An extensive history in summer camping and love of working in child development led her to pursue her passion for outdoor education and camping after graduation.
When she's not at camp, Robynne enjoys playing board games, going for walks with her family dog, cooking and baking, singing, and playing the guitar. She loves learning about the way human minds work.
Camp has the ability to provide a transformative experience to each individual camper that comes to our site. Mapes’ wish for the campers this summer is to see the potential of camp’s impact realized by each person that comes through our program. Her hope is that they can leave camp at the end of the week knowing more about themselves, the world, God, and living in community with others.
Bridget “Minky” Tilly has worked at Cairn behind the scenes since 2007. She is often the first person you’ll talk to when you call. Bridget handles all registrations, can answer any questions or concerns you might have, and also deals with the finance for camp. She’s the “local” person with the contacts, having lived in Baysville for 20 years with her husband Dave, son Sam and her dog, Lucy. Camp staff see her as the camp mother and she adores them.
Although primarily office based, Bridget is proud to say she has done Cairn’s high ropes, climbed the ‘wall” and “zipped” down the zip line. She also loves taking part in the ad-hoc kickball championships with the staff and LITs. She gets a wee bit too excited and has often lost a shoe while running wildly from base-to-base.
Bridget has lived in Scotland, England, the US and here in Canada. Her professional background is project management, continuing education and training and human resources. She is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and has post grad diplomas from the Institute of Personnel Management. She has been a member of her local church, Bethune, since 1999.
Jon 'Little Dipper’ Fairley started camping in the late 1990s at Camp Iona (Bala), there he developed a love and passion for the outdoors. His passion for canoe tripping led him to the Outdoor Leadership program at Algonquin College. The college program introduced him to new fun and exciting outdoor pursuits, and through friendships made, brought him back to the summer camp world; working as the Iona Program Director. After a season of directing at Iona, he returned to Cairn as the Site Manager.
Over the past six years, Little Dipper has worked as the Site Manager, and for Adventureworks, an outdoor leadership training and facilitation organization, building ropes courses and ziplines across the country. The love of camp and outdoors keeps him busy, and he is thrilled to be back at Cairn again as Site Manager.