Kim & Adam Grin are the founders, owners and directors of the Winning Techniques Camp. Kim was a competitive skater in singles, ice dance and pairs. She has over 30 years of coaching experience, being certified at 16 years old. She also pursued a bachelor of arts from York University. Kim has a passion for cooking and enjoys educating our campers in healthy lifestyle and eating choices. She’s also a former (and current, says Adam) beauty queen 🙂
Adam is the eldest of 6 siblings. He left home at 12 years old to pursue competitive skating. In his ice dancing career, Adam competed at 6 national championships and worked his way up to becoming a member of the national team. He studied psychology and philosophy in his post-secondary education. Adam also enjoys motorcycle racing and skydiving!
Kim and Adam are adventurers and world travellers. They are currently on their way to completing a circumnavigation of the globe on their sailboat, SV Grin, along with their children Elly and Carl. Kim and Adam feel fortunate and thankful that parents have been trusting them for over 25 years in helping their children grow and learn. Their hope is that our Top 8 Skills Character Development Program will assist our campers in winning in their game of life.
Advisory Board Member
Jane’s career in camping spans four and a half decades – from camper to staff to co-owner – all at Camp Tawingo, on the shores of Lake Vernon in Huntsville, ON. Jane is a graduate of Western University (B.Sc) and The Ivey School of Business (M.B.A.). An accomplished camping professional, Jane developed and co-authored ten books on camping and outdoor recreation. She provided leadership to conferences on camping and outdoor education on five continents, including as Chair of KUMBAYAH 1994, the third International Camping Congress. An Honorary Life Member of the Ontario Camps Association (OCA), Jane is the recipient of multiple awards including the Dorothy Walter Award of Excellence from the OCA, the New Brunswick Camping Association Award of Service, the OCA International Development Award, and the Canadian Camping Association’s Ron Johnstone Lifetime Achievement Award. She was also honoured by Ernst & Young as the Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year in 1997.
Via Camp Wenonah
Advisory Board Member
Jeff is the Founder, Owner and currently Executive Director of Camp Wenonah in Muskoka. He spent 33 years as a Summer Camp Director working at various points with each of OCA’s kindred groups including the YMCA (agency); Camp Couchiching (religiously affiliated); Burlington Parks and Recreation (day); Ontario Cystic Fibrosis Camp (special needs) and Wenonah (private).
Jeff has over 35 years experience as a volunteer with the Ontario Camps Association, Canadian Camping Association, and International Camping Fellowship. Jeff is the current Co-Chair of the OCA’s Equity & Diversity Committee.
Jeff is a two-time Past President of the Canadian Camping Association, and has served on the Board of the International Camping Fellowship for 21 years (currently as the Program Chair for the 2017-2020 term). He has also been a member of the Society of Camp Directors for 25 years.
Advisory Board Member
Pat has been involved in camping since 1982 and has been a Counsellor, Section Director, Program Director and Outdoor Centre Director at Camp Tawingo since 1991.
Assuming ownership of Camp Arrowhead in 2003, Pat is working with past and current staff, parents and campers to ensure that all of the amazing and fun activities continue to be a part of the Arrowhead Experience.
Advisory Board Member
Stephane was elected to assume the role of Canadian Camping Association (CCA) President in January 2017.
He is the Director of Camps and Youth Programs for the Canadian Diabetes Association. He is the Past President of the New Brunswick Camping Association and for several years has worked on the CCA Board. Currently serving on the CCA Board as the Chair of the Database Task Force, Stephane has been working with the International Camping Fellowship to develop a much needed national database program for Canadian camps. Given his many contributions in the past and his ongoing commitment to Canadian camping, we can be confident that CCA will continue to thrive under the capable leadership of Stephane Richard.
Adventurous and ready to try anything new, Carl thrives in the position of teaching one of our most exciting sports at camp – the Intense Watersports Program. As the director of Watersports, Carl is certified through Waterski and Wakeboard Canada and teaches their progressive skills advancement program called “Rip ‘n’ Ride.”
But that’s not all – When he isn’t on the water, Carl is the one you can find flipping and twisting on the trampolines by the beach, and as a certified Trampoline instructor he is always willing to help campers improve and work towards new skills.
Carl is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in International Business at University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Managment. Outside of camp Carl enjoys snowboarding, downhill skiing, cross country ski racing, surfing, kite surfing, and scuba diving.
Some hockey players are known for their blistering slap shots while others are famous for flying down the ice at warp speed. NHL legend Dennis Maruk played in the National Hockey League for 14 years; his strength was in his ability to stick handle like a magician and put the puck in the net. In the 1981-82 season Dennis joined NHL’s 60 goal club, scoring 60 goals. This is a feat that only 19 people have accomplished thus far. He is a two-time NHL all-star, with a career total of 356 goals and 878 points in 888 games.
We are thrilled to have Dennis as a guest here at Winning Techniques. Dennis spends time with the kids teaching them the secrets of hockey, and of course focusing on stick-handling techniques.
One of Maruk’s team records stood for over two decades, finally being broken in 2007-08 by Washington Capitals captain, Alexander Ovechkin; Maruk was there to cheer Ovechkin on. “Records are made to be broken,” says Maruk generously. “I was really happy for him; we still communicate and I go to watch him play to this day.”
Lene Massey is the owner/operator of High Hurdles, with extensive experience with horses, starting at an early childhood.
As a teenager, Lene worked for the Rockwells, spending many summers working on a large Welsh Pony farm in Ontario and being involved with Pony Club. Lene worked for Frank Stronach galloping Thoroughbreds and worked as a stable hand in Aurora. She also travelled the U.S. working as an event groom. Both of these jobs were a great way to obtain experience and gain knowledge in the horse industry.
Lene has showed at the CNE and the Royal Winter Fair. She attended Kemptville College and achieved certification for the Equestrian Coaching Program.
Over the years Lene has acquired a number of different horses, each with a different skill set. Being able to think outside the box made it possible for her to help each horse reach their full potential. Lene continues to take riding lessons from a Level 3 coach to further develop her riding and coaching
We are very excited to have Jamey as one of our instructors for our hockey program this summer! Jamey, his wife Christy and their six children are from Sundridge, Ontario.
Jamey has held roles as a teacher and vice principal in the Near North District School Board and has been teaching for 21 years. In his hockey career, Jamey played at the Junior B and C levels throughout the 1980’s as well as playing for the University of Waterloo’s varsity team from 1987-1990. He also has a great deal of experience coaching hockey. He is a D1 level coach and a previously qualified goaltending instructor, as certified by the OMHA. He has coached Beginner to Midget levels for almost 20 years with the Almaguin Minor Hockey Association and multiple summer hockey camps along the way.
When he is not in school or on the ice, Jamey enjoys doing odd jobs around his home, playing sports, going biking, travelling and playing music!
“Miss Sue” obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, while balancing a successful career as a professional dancer and choreographer in Film, Television and Live Theatre. She is the current Owner and Artistic Director of the Muskoka Dance Academy where she has been training dancers professionally and recreationally for the past 28 years.
“The Recipe for Life Is Simple – Take One Great Camp…. Add a Safe & Fun Waterfront; Sprinkle in Lots of Summer Sunshine; Mix a heaping amount of Amazing Campers & Staff; Stir Things Up & Enjoy. :)”
Karen Craig brings her 20+ years of experience and returns once again to Winning Techniques Camp, as our Waterfront Training Director. As our camp’s Lifesaving Society Instructor-Examiner, Coach, and Instructor-Trainer, Karen trains up our Leadership candidates in the various Waterfront Aquatic programs.
Karen also holds the Lifesaving Society SEE Auditor designation which helps ensure that effective lifeguarding and supervision of the Winning Techniques Camp Beach and Waterfront meets and/or excess provincial legislated requirements during the camp season.
When not at camp, Karen operates Rescue Training Camps of Canada – assisting companies & municipalities in the GTA with their Advanced Aquatics, Lifeguarding, Lifesaving Sport programming, First Aid, CPR & AED training requirements.
Liz is our lady of all trades – From helping with transportation to water testing, Liz does it all! Being a trained Water Technician, Archery Coach and Photographer there isn’t much she can’t do. Additionally, she is always willing to lend a hand with building, cleaning, gardening, cooking and overall maintance.
Her relationship with Winning Techniques Summer Camp started as a camper’s mom back in 2007, and we have seen her every summer since!
Assistant Skating Director
Julia has been a part of the Winning Techniques family for close to a decade. Having been with us so long, she knows our skating program inside and out. Julia is very accomplished in her own skating career, achieving triple gold status in dance, interpretive and skills as well as attaining her coaching certification. Her favourite part about our camp is the opportunities she receives to create long-lasting friendships with campers and staff from all around the world.
Julia helps our camp all-year round as she has done work for our production company and makes (so) many of our Top 8 Skills pins!
Julia will attend her first year of post-secondary schooling in the fall, enrolled at Trent University’s Nursing Program.
Tara is our girl for all things day camp! She loves our day campers and is amazing at keeping them safe while still having tons of fun! She has spent her whole life on the lake, beginning her waterskiing lessons at age 2. Her favourite part about our camp is being able to help her campers try new things and see them grow in the process. She also loves making new friends each week here at camp!
When she isn’t with our day campers, she loves to run, be outdoors and ride horses. Tara has her own horses and is even a competitive horseback rider!
Kimmy has been a part of Winning Techniques her whole life! Having spent so much time on our property and in our programs, it is safe to say Kimmy knows how we work around here! Kimmy is our counselor for Horseback Riding and Dance as she has plenty of experience in the two sports. Kimmy loves how camp brings her closer to nature and closer to the many friends she’s made here.
Outside of camp, Kimmy likes to play basketball, listen to music, do some horseback riding of her own and spend time with her friends.
Assistant Waterfront Director
Lauren has been with us for close to 10 years now, beginning as a camper in our skating program. So along with her water safety qualifications, Lauren holds plenty qualifications in skating as well and is part of our team at the rink. Lauren has achieved triple gold status in her skating career as well as becoming a two-time national medalist with Meraki Synchro’s intermediate team. Along with these accomplishments, she also has her coaching certification. Her love for being active extends beyond skating as she also enjoys running!
When she’s not sprinting or stroking, you can find Lauren listening to music, spending time outdoors, or with her family and friends (and cats!)
Next year, Lauren will be attending Western University, pursuing a general science degree. Her hopes are to work in either the medical or space science field.
Assistant Leadership Director
Meaghan began here at Winning Techniques eight years ago, as a camper in our skating program. While her role is in our leadership program, she is also part of our skating program staff. Meaghan has achieved quadruple gold status in free skate, skills, dance and interpretive. She also won a national championship with Meraki’s Intermediate Synchronized skating team. As well, she has her coaching certification.
Meaghan enjoys being in the water or on the boats at camp, and loves meeting all different campers from all walks of life. Beyond camp, Meaghan enjoys listening to music and spending time with friends and family.
She is going into her second year at Western University studying Media, Information and Technoculture.
Evan Has over 10 years of experience under his belt at Winning Techniques as both a camera and staff member. He has participated in our hockey and watersports programs as a camper and various positions in our crew, making him a very well-versed member. Evan’s favourite place to be at camp is in the boats, driving them or behind the boats, skiing.
In his free time, Evan enjoys flying. Currently, he is working on attaining his private pilot’s license! Evan is going into his second year at Carleton University for their Electrical Engineering program.
Michael is a longtime camper of ours, who we first met in our hockey program. He is excited for this summer to be one of our instructors within the program. This past season, Michael played for the Lorne Park Clarkson Wild and qualified for the Ontario Hockey Final. He also made an appearance in the Mississauga Hockey League vs. Greater Toronto Hockey League All Star Game.
When Michael isn’t on the ice you can catch him on our boats or at the archery range! Outside of camp, Michael also enjoys hiking, weight lifting, biking, photography and digital art!
Next year. Michael will begin his studies at York University for his bachelor’s degree in Information Technology.
Assistant Day Camp Director
Cameron has been with us since the very beginning! Cameron was a longtime figure skating student of Kim’s and one of our very first campers EVER. Cameron spent a significant amount of time as one of our boat drivers and now helps in heading up our day camp program.
Cameron loves to wakesurf, especially at sunset, as it doesn’t get much better than that! He loves being apart of our day camp program and especially enjoys his position when he sees his campers trying new things!
From a young age Patrick has invested all of his energy into the sport he loves – hockey! With countless years of experience and many distinctions under his belt Patrick makes a great addition to our Hockey Program.
As a highschool student Patrick moved from Spain to Aurora, Ontario to pursue hockey at St. Andrews College, a school known for their amazing athletics department. Here Patrick played on their Hockey team for 2 years, and found a love for Canada that brings him back each year!
Currently, Patrick plays centre for CHH Txuri Urdin, winners of the Spanish League Championship in the 2016/17 season. Additionally, alongside his club play, Patrick is also is the Assistant Captain on the Spanish Men’s National Hockey Team, and a former member of their junior teams. Together Patrick and Dennis Maruk make a highly experienced team that curated the best program to develop the skills of all of our hockey campers – whether they are beginners or high-level athletes!
Idoia first joined the Winning Techniques family at 11 years old when she flew across the Atlantic Ocean from Spain to Canada for her first summer as a skating camper!
Since then, Idoia persued competitive skating and even spent some time on the Spanish Youth Olympic Team.
Although skating is one passion of Idoia’s, which she gets to share as she leads the higher athletes on the ice, she also just loves the atmosphere and community that exists here at Winning Techniques.
Mackenzie can’t seem to remember his first year at camp, it was too long ago. However, Kim and Adam can remember him running around camp as a young boy excited to try everything, and now at 21 years old Mackenzie is always ready to take on any job at camp!
After many years as a camper, and then a counselor, Mackenzie persued a certification to drive for watersports. He spent his days on the lake with our Watersports Program coaching, playing tunes and creating a fun environment.
Additionally, Mackenzie has just graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Laurentian University, but he will never forget the experience he has gained as a member of the Winning Techniques team when he puts his degree into action next year.
Moritz is our resident fish here at camp – if you can’t find him at the beach lifeguarding, then he is probably on an accompanied swim around the lake!
During his leadership and Bronze Cross training Moritz excelled in the water, and knew that his best fit at camp would be at the waterfront. He then went on to recieve his National Lifeguard certification from the Lifesaving Society, and proved himself a great leader for our waterfront staff in keeping the beach safe!
Moritz’s favourite part about camp is getting to be outdoors, or by the lake, and as our Head Lifeguard he gets to enjoy our Northern Ontario landscape all day. Aside from the beach, Moritz loves the camp community and familial atmosphere at Winning Techniques where everyone helps each other out and has a great time together.
Emily loves camp so much she can never seem to leave… Although she is persuing a degree in English Language and Literature at Carleton University in Ottawa, she is back each summer to run around, swim and have fun with the day campers.
Emily has hopes of a career in publishing and writing stories one day, but her favourite ones to tell are those from her many years at camp. Tallying in at 10 years at Winning Techniques, Emily started off as a camper in the Hockey and Intense Watersports programs, progressed into the Leadership program and spent over five years working with us.
Outside of camp you can find her reading, writing, or practicing with her competitive cheerleading team!
Joan may have been apprehensive when he first came to camp from Spain with his sisters Nina and Pati, but he quickly found a second home here at Winning Techniques. Now he returns every summer to volunteer for us!
As an experienced slalom skiier and wakeboarder Joan loves to help out the Intense Watersports campers in the boat, and his favourite part of camp is that anyone gets to try out this awesome sport if they choose – no matter what program they are in!
Back home in Barcelona, Spain, Joan competes in sailing and loves to be by the beach.
Zoe is our creative mind at camp, you can find her leading crafts like painting, bracelet making, and weaving in the craftroom.
Zoe first joined our camp family three years ago when she drove all the way to camp from Boston with her brother’s and sisters for seven weeks of camp! Since then Zoe knew she just had to work here, and now she fits right in as an assistant volunteer with our traditional program.
Thalia first came to Winning Techniques for skating at age 11, and loved it so much she couldn’t stop coming back! Thalia worked with us as a Figure Skating coach and camp counsellor for 3 years, and has now graduated from McMaster University studying Kinesiology (BSc).
Thalia’s favourite part of camp was working at the rink where she loved to run lively workouts, choreograph dances, and prepare skating test days. A close second was spending time on the boats trying out wakeboarding and wakesurfing!
Melanie McCreary calls her experience at Winning Techniques Camp “a life changing experience.” The bright, personable and articulate seventeen year-old gives much of the credit for her outgoing manner to the time she’s spent with Adam and Kim at camp. She calls the inspiring couple her “second parents.”
She laughs, “I’d been babied my whole life, so I was really nervous when my parents suggested a week at camp in a figure skating program when I was twelve.” She explains, “I was pretty attached to my Mom and at that delicate age of learning to be social and moving toward independence.” She ruefully adds, “I shed more than a few tears when they dropped me off.” When Melanie’s parents returned to pick her up from camp she cried again because she didn’t want to leave.
The second year Melanie did a traditional camp program, returning after the first week for two more. She helped out a bit that year with the younger campers but had to wait until she was fifteen to take the four week Leadership Course, which qualifies candidates to be camp counselors. Winning Techniques fast became part of Melanie’s regular summer schedule and something she eagerly anticipated all year long.
“Adam and Kim create an amazing atmosphere at Winning Techniques,” Melanie recounts. “It just feels so good and positive there and I’ve grown so much.” She says, “I’ve learned to appreciate and understand different types of personalities and I’ve become more independent. I’ve taken those skills and been able to use them at school, with my family and at my winter job back home.”
In her last year of high school, Melanie sadly adds, “I’m not sure if I’ll be able to return to camp once I’m away at university.” Whatever the future holds, her time at WT will never be forgotten. Without hesitation she calls her camping and working experience at Winning Techniques, “the best thing I’ve ever done.”
Alyssa first joined Winning Techniques Camp as a figure skater when she was just 10 years old! Although we missed her for a few summers while she was training with the Nexxice Synchro team, Alyssa was more than excited to come back to camp and use her skating experience to good use as a skating counsellor. While working here at camp she loved to help on the ice, but loved that there was also the opportunity to participate in all our other camp activities – especially Watersports!
We miss you, Alyssa! We wish you all the best in your endeavours, and hope that your time at Winning Techniques will not be forgotten. 🙂
Some words from Alyssa:
“Winning Techniques Camp has been my home away from home every summer since I was 10, and working here gave me the opportunity to give that experience to other campers. This place is truly a fun, beautiful, friendly, goal-oriented and safe environment!”
As a camper Meaghan got to know almost all of our specialized sports programs; she was a figure skater, a watersports enthusiast and a dancer. Additionally, as a camp counsellor she was so versatile and fit in as a skating coach, and a Watersports instructor!
As one of our long-time campers, and then a veteran counsellor and boat driver we were sad to see Meaghan leave Winning Techniques to pursue her post-secondary education. Meaghan is now going into her fourth year at Guelph University where she is studying for a Bachelor of Science, Honours Human Kinetics with a minor in Psychology: Brain and Cognition.
Even though she no longer spends all 8 weeks of summer here on the lake, Meaghan still likes to pop in to see her mother Liz, who is now our trained Water Technician. Maybe you will still see Meaghan around!