about_us

Who Are We?

The Seneca King Campus is an environment rich in wetlands, riparian (wet soil) forests, old growth forests, agricultural lands, gardens and rolling hills. Located on the Oak Ridges Moraine these 696 acres support a vast network of common and unique species of plants and animals as well as over 14km of maintained trail. The wetland complex of the King Campus is one of the largest and most diverse in the Oak Ridges Moraine and is most well known for its kettle lakes and adjacent upland woodlands.

The Sport & Recreation Services Department of Seneca Collegemanages the Seneca Outdoor Centre and King Day Camp. We deliver a wide range of programs for schools, community groups, corporate clients, and students in Seneca's academic programs. The staff are committed to providing meaningful outdoor experiences to our clients in a safe environment.

Our Mission Statement

“We promote positive life skills, self worth and self-esteem through the use of outdoor experiences and leadership training. We create a healthy community that develops and nurtures individuals.”

Kelly Mathews

Kelly Mathews, Camp Director

Manager - Community Recreation, Seneca Day Camp Programs & Outdoor Centre: kelly.mathews@senecacollege.ca
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55029

Kelly joined Seneca College and the King Day Camp team in April 2012 and brought to Seneca a wealth of camp programming and operations experience in both day and residential camp settings. Supported by a degree in Kinesiology & Health Science from York University as well as a Certificate in Sport Administration, Kelly has been working in a leadership capacity in the camping industry for over two-decades with reputable organizations such as: The Town of Markham, Parks, Recreation & Culture; the Canadian Tennis Association; Ontario Place; and, the Canadian Diabetes Association. Kelly has also been active as a consultant in the camping arena and has assisted several not-for-profit associations, municipalities and private camps with their programming, health and safety plans, and partnership development programs.

 

Kelly is very involved with the Ontario Camps Association (OCA).  She is a member of the OCA Board of Directors (2017); she’s the Chair of the OCA Mentorship Committee (2017) and a Camp Mentor (2016-2017); she’s the Board Liaison for the OCA Archives Committee (2017); the OCA Counsellor Conference Committee (2017, host venue); and, she’s the current Chair and ongoing member of the Annual OCA Directors Conference (2012-2018).  In 2017 Kelly received an OCA Volunteer Recognition Award for her service to the association.

 

Kelly is a published author and has written a book on the history of Eaton Hall at Seneca College King Campus titled, Eaton Hall: Pride of King Township.  Kelly is currently working on her second book, The Road to Marylake (due Fall 2017). 

 

Kelly has a passion for hiking and being in the outdoors and currently holds the record for the fastest hike across the entire Oak Ridges’ Moraine Trail where she hiked 300km’s in just seven days in the Fall of 2016.  Kelly is a certified Advanced Medical First Responder (AMFR).

Kelly Allair

Kelly Allaire, Program Director

Senior Recreation Coordinator: kelly.allaire@senecacollege.ca
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55054

Kelly brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to KDC having been re-assigned to Seneca’s King Campus in January 2013 from the Newnham Campus, where she led the Community Recreation & Summer Camps portfolio as the Senior Program Coordinator and Camp Director for 16 years. Kelly has degrees in both Environmental Science and Art Psychology from Queens University. Kelly resides in Newmarket with her husband and 2 girls Katie and Grace who have both enjoyed their summers at King Day Camp.  An avid outdoorswoman, Kelly spends her time away from work mostly at her cottage in Honey Harbour enjoying activities such as kayaking, skiing and an array of arts and crafts. Kelly is known for her programming, organizational and planning skills and is a tremendous asset to the senior leadership team!  Kelly is also a certified Medical First Responder and a High Five Instructor.

Tim Beckner

Tim Beckner, Operations Director

Operations Coordinator: beckner@senecacollege.ca
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55173

Tim Beckner joined the Seneca Outdoor Centre Team in March 2012 as a Recreation Services Technician responsible for site-operations and maintenance. Tim grew up in the camping-world which included 6 years on staff in 3 different positions at Camp Widjiitiwin. Tim Studied in a 2-year Outdoor Adventure Program at Algonquin College and moved on to the position of ‘Builder’ with AdventureWorks Assoc. Inc. Tim made his first connection with Seneca College and King Day Camp during High School, where he completed a Co-op Placement and obtained 6 credits. Tim has a passion for Rock Climbing, Canoeing, Kayaking Mountain Biking, Skiing and everything else you can imagine outdoors. Tim is a wonderful addition to the Seneca Outdoor Centre. His hard-word, dedication and energy have been a wonderful addition to the team!

 Sandra Chianelli

Sandra Chianelli, Administrative Director

Office Coordinator: king.outcentre@senecacollege.ca
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55042

Sandra is happy to be back at KDC after being away on Maternity leave this past year.  She is a happy mother of 2 children, Eden who's 4 and Noah who's 2. Sandra graduated from Seneca College with a diploma in Early Childhood Education. During her spare time she enjoys redecorating, party planning for any occasion and a great book! Please contact Sandra for any administrative questions or concerns and she would be happy to assist you.

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