Dear CCA Camps,
I am contacting you on behalf of the Canadian Camping Association (CCA) Lobbying Committee.
We need your help. Recent changes to the federal Temporary Foreign Workers Program are making it extremely challenging for camps to hire American and International staff. Canadian camps have always taken pride in hiring mature, skilled individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. These staff help create a diverse, safe and caring culture within our camps ensuring that the highest of standards can be met. They often are campers who grew up in our camps as well. While camps prioritize hiring Canadians, our international staff fill gaps in our staffing that we are unable to fill with qualified Canadian applicants.
The recent elevated changes to the costs and logistics associated with bringing foreign workers into Canada will make it virtually impossible for some camps to hire them for this coming summer and in the future. The government originally was very supportive of our cause, but now has postponed scheduled meetings and is very slow to communicate with us and literally is not responding.
We are asking all CCA camps (regardless of whether or not your hire international staff) to help us by contacting any Conservative MP that you may know- either by sending a letter indicating your concern or by a phone call. If you do have any very close contacts or a personal relationship with Minister Alexander or any Conservative MP please contact Mark Diamond (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that he can determine the best way to communicate with such a person to help present our position.
Mark Diamond, Owner/Director | Camp Manitou
April 30 is also the deadline to register your camp for the Roberta Bondar Challenge. Visit the website today and submit your application.
Learn more at www.therobertabondarfoundation.org/the-bondar-challenge
It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the passing away of Philomena Lowes peacefully at her home on Wednesday April 15, 2015. She was 93 years old.
Phil was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. She was the co-founder and a director at Camp Timberlane. She will always be remembered as our “camp mom” and the “glue that kept everything together”. She will be dearly missed by all of us.
The family has requested a private funeral service.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Barry, Brit and Kim and the rest of the Lowes family.
Donations in Phil’s honour can be made by contacting One Family Fund at 416-489-9687 or by clicking on the following link onefamilyfund.ca/donate
Mike Stewart receives CCA’s second highest recognition, the Jack Pearse Award of Honour.
For several years, Mike has significantly enhanced CCA communications through his work with the CCA website and social media. Mike also provided leadership at the 2012 Canadian Camp Directors Course and organized the Cross Canada Tour for the International Camping Congress in Quebec City in 2008. We continue to benefit from Mike’s conscientious and competent contributions.
Craig Perlmutter receives the CCA Special Recognition Award for his work in writing a course designed specifically for camps to replace the more onerous Small Vessel Operator Proficiency course. The course piloted in summer 2014 is awaiting final approval by Transport Canada.