Check out who is coming to Camp Makhaseh in 2021!
Interested in joining our Team?
Applications are available here: 
 

Stay tuned for more additions to our staff as we get closer to Camp…

 
NAME: Anne Haanappel
NICKNAME: “Mama H”
CAMP: Both
YEAR AT CAMP: 14th
ROLE AT CAMP: Crafts Director, Official Camp Mom, Camp Figurehead
ABOUT: Anne has been a part of camp for over a decade and is loved by all. She is very crafty and has recently become a grandma again and also recently got married to Electro!!
NAME: Audrey Green
NICKNAME: “Picassa”
CAMP: Senior Camp
YEAR AT CAMP: 3rd
ROLE AT CAMP: Tribe Leader
ABOUT:
 
NAME: Ava Blanchard
NICKNAME: “Avocado”
CAMP: Junior Camp
YEAR AT CAMP: 2nd
ROLE AT CAMP: Student Team
ABOUT: 
 
 
NAME: Cal Beresh
NICKNAME: “Wild Billy Bear”
CAMP: Both
YEAR AT CAMP: 1st
ROLE AT CAMP: Adult Leader
ABOUT: Cal is recently retired from practicing family law in Niagara Falls. He lives with his wife Jan, and they are parents to 3 grown children and have a bunch of grandkids too! In his spare time, Cal loves to play golf and eat ice cream sandwiches (not at the same time, though)!
 
NAME: Caleb Klassen
NICKNAME: Legolas
YEAR AT CAMP: 3rd
ROLE AT CAMP: Student Team
ABOUT: Caleb has been working at a landscaping business over the last few months. He likes spending time with friends, listening to music, and watching comedy/action shows and movies. Caleb also loves sports. He’s played ice hockey for 10 years and recently acquired a love for all things basketball.
 
NAME: Eli Penner
NICKNAME: “Chiken”
CAMP: Junior Camp
YEAR AT CAMP: 1st
ROLE AT CAMP: Student Team
ABOUT: Eli is an avid skateboarder and he even has a mini skate park in his backyard that he and his dad have built. 
 
NAME: Emi Merz
NICKNAME: “Ember”
CAMP: Both
YEAR AT CAMP: 1st
ROLE AT CAMP: Student Team
ABOUT: Emi is no stranger to Camp Makhaseh as she has been attending as a camper for a number of years. However, this is her very first year in a leadership position!
 
NAME: Emily Hilborn
NICKNAME: “Salsa”
CAMP: Both
YEAR AT CAMP: 1st
ROLE AT CAMP: Tribe Leader
ABOUT: Emily can be found driving around the streets of Niagara Falls jammin’ out to tunes in her reliable Toyota Corolla. She has been attending Redeemer for the past 4 years and is a sibling to both Chipps and Burrito.
 
NAME: John Haanappel
NICKNAME: “Electro”
CAMP: Both
YEAR AT CAMP: 4th
ROLE AT CAMP: Tribe Leader
ABOUT: John is a retired electrician from St. Catharines. He is recently married to Mama H, is heavily involved in his church and loves to serve and to spend time with his children and grandchildren. John frequently goes on missions trips to Africa with Galcom International.
 
NAME: Jonathan Mason
NICKNAME: “J-May”
CAMP: Both
YEAR AT CAMP: 4th
ROLE AT CAMP: Tribe Leader
ABOUT: Jonathan is attending Heritage Bible School in Kitchener, ON and is currently spending time in British Columbia where he is planting trees!
 
NAME: Josh Firth
NICKNAME: “
Bravo”
CAMP:
Junior Camp
YEAR AT CAMP:
1st
ROLE AT CAMP:
Student Team
ABOUT:
Josh loves everything sports! He loves playing basketball and is also a Pitcher on his baseball team. Josh enjoys talking with people and can often be found riding his bike through the streets of Niagara saying, “Hi ” to everyone he meets.
 
NAME: Katie Hilborn
NICKNAME: “Chipps”
CAMP: Both
YEAR AT CAMP: 2nd
ROLE AT CAMP: Tribe Leader, Camp Nurse
ABOUT: Katie is a Registered Nurse working on the Hemodialysis unit, and the Covid Mass Immunization Clinics in the Niagara Region. She loves to go on hikes, have campfires and loves a good car ride singalong. 
 
NAME: Leanne Firth
NICKNAME: “Uno”
CAMP: Junior Camp
YEAR AT CAMP: 1st
ROLE AT CAMP: Student Team
ABOUT: Leanne is in Grade 7 and enjoys babysitting, swimming, playing her Ukulele and decorating. Her favorite sports are Badminton and she is on the Niagara Rugby Team.
 
NAME: Kim Sjoblad
NICKNAME: “Sjobiz”
CAMP: Junior Camp
YEAR AT CAMP: 3rd
ROLE AT CAMP: Tribe Leader
ABOUT: Kim is a wife and home-school mama of two girls. She has been attending Redeemer for the past 2 years and is looking forward to leading her tribe to many victories at camp this year. When she’s not busy working or homeschooling, she enjoys painting, decorating, and anything creative.
 
NAME: Louisa McLeod
NICKNAME: “Mac”
CAMP: Both
YEAR AT CAMP: 4th
ROLE AT CAMP: Camp Director
ABOUT: Louisa graduated from Brock University with a degree in Rec & Leisure and is currently serving as the Director of Children’s Ministries at Redeemer Bible Church. Louisa has lived in the Niagara area her whole life and she is a huge fan of the New England Patriots…so if you know what’s good for you, don’t talk trash about ‘em.
 
NAME: Maria Krieg
NICKNAME: “Toast”
CAMP: Both
YEAR AT CAMP: 4th
ROLE AT CAMP: Tribe Leader
ABOUT: Retired Chippawa native Mari Ann loves to run around and play and has had lots of practice with her 9 grandchildren. Writing and illustrating stories, creating art from junk, and caring for her 86 year old mom are her favorite activities. And eating veggies. And encouraging others to eat veggies. Just ask her family.
 
NAME: Nathan Hilborn
NICKNAME: “Burrito”
CAMP: Junior Camp
YEAR AT CAMP: 2nd
ROLE AT CAMP: Student Team
ABOUT: Nathan is currently attending Stamford Collegiate. He enjoys playing sports and exercising, as well as playing the guitar and singing!
 
NAME: Paul Smylski
NICKNAME: “Cheese”
CAMP: Both
YEAR AT CAMP: 6th
ROLE AT CAMP: Camp Director, Survivor Host
ABOUT: Paul has been serving as the Pastor of Family Ministries at Redeemer Bible Church since 2014. Paul was a camper at the very first Camp in 1990 and went for a few years after that. Paul has been married to his wife Robyn since 2006 and they have 2 children together, Avery & Cody. Paul loves hockey and Frisbee Golf. His favorite movies are Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and pretty much anything superhero-related.
 
NAME: Rebekah Mason
NICKNAME: “The Vet”
CAMP: Both
YEAR AT CAMP: 5th
ROLE AT CAMP: Tribe Leader
ABOUT: Rebekah is currently attending Guelph University and is on track to becoming a Veterinarian. Rebekah has been a part of camp for a number of years and is excited to be back again this summer!