Meet Gwen Dell’Anno, New Executive Director of the Alberta Camping Association

Posted on December 13, 2012 by Catherine Ross

Gwen was raised on a sheep/cash crop farm near Niagara Falls, Ontario.  As an eight-year-old, she became a camper at her church camp in North-Central Ontario.  The rugged, lonely landscape with its abundant wildlife and natural beauty drew her back year after year.

Gwen returned as a counselor and served as the first, female, summer maintenance worker at camp. She preferred mowing lawns, emptying garbage cans and stacking wood to cooking and washing dishes.

After completing an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology, Gwen spent a number of years teaching environmental education to youth in several regions around Southern Ontario. During this time, she also served on the Board of Directors of her home camp as well as actively participating in volunteer-work-weekends on site. Since then, Gwen has filled a variety of roles at camps in BC, AB and ON including Office/Business Manager, Outdoor Education Coordinator, Guest Host and Executive Director. About the only role she has never taken on is that of Camp Cook (whose skills she greatly admires and respects)!

Gwen is married to an artist and has one son who is just entering the tween years. They currently reside in the foothills about an hour northwest of Calgary, where she raises a small flock of chickens and gardens in her spare time. We welcome Gwen to her new role as Executive Director of the Alberta Camping Association!

Past Communications Officer at Canadian Camping Association
Catherine's lifelong love of camping began in 1953 when she accompanied her mother, the new camp cook, to Camp Tanamakoon in Algonquin Park. She remained at Tan until 1978 as a camper and in several staff roles. After five years as a teacher, in 1979, Catherine and her husband George purchased Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da for girls in Parry Sound, Ontario which they owned for 20 years. Catherine has served on the Board of the Ontario Camps Association, and is Past President of the Society of Camp Directors. She is served as Communications Officer on the Board of the CCA, as is a recipient of the CCA's Ron Johnstone Lifetime Achievement Award. She is past editor of Camps Canada, published by the CCA, and the OCAsional News, the newsletter of the OCA. She is the author of four publications. Her articles on camping have appeared in numerous magazines.