Meet the Staff

Introducing… the 2024 Whale Camp staff!

Amy

Amy

Head of Operations

Before Whale Camp, I was an outdoor educator in California for two years and worked in summers on the east coast with seal and sea turtle rehabilitation, stranding response, and field research on humpback whales, right whales, and dolphins. I began working at Whale Camp in 2011 as an Environmental Science Instructor. I fell in love with our camp philosophy right away and hoped I could continue to stay involved (forever?).

Since my first summer, I have continued to work with Whale Camp in some way while I pursued my master’s degree in education and worked in other organizations. When I’m not at Whale Camp, I teach ecology courses and work with graduate students and classroom teachers to engage students in place-based learning and community science. At Whale Camp, I hire and train our staff, develop programs with our camp director, and take care of behind-the-scenes operations. I recently moved from the mountains of Wyoming back to the ocean in Maine. In my free time I love tidepooling, hummingbirds, playing accordion, and adventures with my husband and dog.

Pam

Pam

Summer Camp Director

Hi! My name is Pam, I use she/they pronouns, and I am the Camp Director! I graduated with a degree in Marine Biology from Dalhousie University, where I studied whale songs & communication for my honours research project. I love being outside, acting like a goof, and teaching and learning from kids and teens, so when I found Whale Camp in 2018 I fell in love! Last summer I stepped into the role of Camp Director, and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying sharing my love of the place with everyone who comes to the island.

If you could be any kind of sandwich, what would it be?

Avocado, cucumber, and some kind of creamy, herb & garlic vegan cheese. Throw an egg on there if you like.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Seeing old faces, meeting a whole bunch of new campers, and creating a safe and inclusive space where everyone can be themselves and nerd out together!

Sandra

Sandra

Camp Cook

Miss Sandra is our wonderful cook at Whale Camp, and she is really in charge of us all! She is originally from Newfoundland, but her and her husband have lived on Grand Manan and worked at Whale Camp for a long time now!

What is your favourite thing to make at camp?

Probably Shepherds pie

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Looking forward to meeting new campers and staff and also getting to see our regular campers and staff!

If you could be any kind of sandwich, what would it be?

If I were a sandwich I would be a panini bbq chicken sandwich

Gerald

Gerald

Grounds & Maintenance

Gerald takes care of camp in so many ways – if something needs doing, Gerald Fudge is your guy! He and his wife, Sandra, are the backbone of camp and we are so lucky to have them!

Forest or beach?

Forest

What is the best kind of tree?

Red Cedar

Oscar

Oscar

Environmental Science Instructor

My name is Oscar Gómez, my pronouns are he/him and I will be working as an Environmental Science Instructor. I am from Mexico and I’m currently studying marine biology at La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. I love swimming, board games and spending time with my friends.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

My hopes for this summer are to learn a lot, meet as many people as I can and especially to have a great time.

What is your favourite marine creature?

My favourite marine creature would be the moon jellyfish, a simple but beautiful animal that has no worries (except for those predatory sea turtles), only swimming and eating, just living the dream.

Emma

Emma

Environmental Science Instructor

My name is Emma, I use her/she pronouns. I am coming from Scotland where I got my degree in marine biology. I graduated a few years ago and since, have worked on a couple of conservation projects which were very exciting. In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors, going for a swim or paddleboard and learning different arts and crafts.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

This summer I am most excited about seeing the differences and similarities in marine life from different parts of the world, and sharing my enthusiasm and excitement on the subject with the campers.

Charlotte

Charlotte

Environmental Science Instructor

Kia ora! My name is Charlotte, and I’m from Auckland, New Zealand. My pronouns are she/her. I live for the outdoors, whether it’s hiking, running, swimming, rock climbing, or diving. I love immersing myself in new environments and am eager for the exciting summer ahead, filled with incredible wildlife!

What is the best kind of tree?

One of my favourite trees is our native pōhutukawa, also known as New Zealand’s Christmas tree, which bursts into vibrant red blooms during our summer months of December – February.

Sequoia

Sequoia

Environmental Science Instructor

Hi everyone! My name is Sequoia and I use she/her pronouns. I’m from Ottawa, Canada and have been living in different places across Canada while studying environmental science at the University of Guelph. In my free time I love camping, hiking, paddling, reading, and playing games!

If you were a sandwich, what kind of sandwich would you be? I’d be a breakfast sandwich.

What is the best type of tree? I might be biased but I think sequoia trees are the best!

What are you most looking forward to this summer? Seeing puffins and meeting lots of awesome people!

What is your favourite marine creature? My favourite marine creature is the green surf anemone because they are a super cool colour and are crazy fierce. Even though they look cute and harmless when a mussel or urchin brushes them, a harpoon like structure is ejected and inserts poison into their prey. They also have a symbiotic relationship with algae which gives the anemone its colour!

Forest or beach? Forest

If you could turn into a piece of furniture, what would you turn into? A hammock

Avi

Avi

Environmental Science Instructor

My name is Avi Solomon and my pronouns are they/them! I’m from Central Pennsylvania but have been studying geology up in Massachusetts and soon, Utah! I love hanging out with my friends, especially outdoors. I’m super excited to explore Grand Manan this summer with everyone!

If you could be any kind of sandwich, what would it be?

If I were a sandwich I’d be a microwaved grilled cheese sandwich.

What is the best kind of tree?

I think ginkgo trees are one of, if not the best, type of tree. Their leaves are funky and they’re a living fossil!

Pouya

Pouya

Environmental Science Instructor

Coming soon!

Kira

Kira

Outdoor Recreation and Dormitory Instructor

I’m Kira, and I use she/her pronouns. I’m from South Florida, and I’m currently in college in North Carolina studying environmental and marine science. I love trivia, whitewater rafting, and spending time outside. I’m looking forward to a great summer!

Rowan

Rowan

Outdoor Recreation and Dormitory Instructor

Coming soon!