Our Full Time Camp Leadership
Simon Wolle, Camp Director
Simon is excited to be returning for his 8th summer as the Camp Director at Camp Northland-B’nai Brith. Simon has acted in many capacities in the world of Jewish overnight camping. He has been a Camp Director and a Board member at other camps including Camp Gesher and Camp Shomria. He has also led and participated in numerous youth Israel tours and Shabbatonim, and enjoyed his time as a Faculty member at Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (CHAT), having served as Dean of Students and a member of the teaching faculty for almost 15 years. Simon also recently served as a volunteer board member at the Toronto Heschel School, chairing the Health, Safety and Security areas, and sits on other community building committees. Most recently Simon was a member of the Ontario Camps Association provincial Covid-19 task force for overnight camps, and he remains a dedicated member of the Ontario Camps Association Standards Review Committee and Camp Accreditation Committee. Simon is also an alumnus of Camp Northland having started as a six year old in Section I Cabin 1!
Simon has an exemplary reputation in our community and brings unique and diverse experience to the role of Camp Director. Simon is a trained lawyer in the area of risk mitigation, Emergency Medical Responder, and Advanced Emergency Care Instructor. He has owned and operated a health and safety training company and has extensive business and legal experience. He is a skilled professional, a dynamic Jewish educator, proud husband to Stacia (also a key member of the camp team) and proud dad of four(ish) children (Shayne, Spencer and Seth - and his dog Splash). You can reach Simon at email@example.com or call the office at 905-881-0018 ext. 305.
Rob Abbs, Maintenance Director
Rob celebrated his 35th summer at Camp Northland in 2016. He has been the heart and soul of keeping the facility safe and magical each year for us to enjoy. He works extremely hard managing the site and facility through out the entire year. Rob is extremely skilled and talented and provides the Camp NBB community a safe environment to enjoy.
Marisa Reby, Development Manager
Marisa has been a Jewish communal professional throughout North America for the last 14 years and genuinely loves building relationships with people and making a difference in the organizations she is a part of. Most recently, Marisa was the Director of Development at one of our amazing Toronto Jewish Day Schools, and prior to that was a fundraising professional for a large Jewish overnight camp in the USA.
Marisa grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and received a bachelor’s degree at Indiana University and a Master’s in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. She credits her love of building community and relationships from her own experience as a camper at Jewish overnight and day camps throughout the most formative years of her life. Marisa is beyond excited to be a part of the Northland team and to share the stories and experiences of how transformationally remarkable a summer at Jewish overnight camp truly is.
In her spare time, Marisa enjoys trying out new recipes in the kitchen, spending time with family, including her husband Alex, their boys Micah and Noah, and their dog Macey, and would love to be able to explore and learn more about the beautiful city of Toronto (once it is safe to do so, post-pandemic!)
You can best reach Marisa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Kertesz, Associate Director
Adam brings with him a wealth of Jewish camp knowledge and experience in his role as Associate Director at Camp Northland. Prior to joining Camp Northland in this role, Adam had spent over 15 years growing up and working at various Jewish overnight camps throughout North America. Adam had most recently spent almost 7 years as the Assistant Director at The Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp operating out of the JCC. Prior to joining Centre Camp, Adam spent 7 years as co-owner of Dynamix Toronto. In this capacity, he facilitated team building and skill development workshops for kids and teens. Amazingly, he even has fond memories of coming up to Camp Northland to lead Staff Training workshops over 10 years ago!
Adam and his amazing wife, Lauren, have two incredible children, Cole and Isla, and a super cute and cuddly dog named Oscar, who is also excited to be up at camp with the other camp dogs! You can reach Adam at email@example.com or call the office at 905-881-0018 ext. 303
Denise Harris, Administrative Director
Denise has been part of the Northland family since her days as a camper, counsellor, unit head, program director and assistant director at camp. Denise joined the NBB team in 1977 to work year round to ensure the best possible experience for all of the Northland family. From the moment parents make the decision to send their child to Northland, she assists in the registration process, helping to organize and prepare them for the upcoming season. You will see Denise at camp on Visitors Day, departure and arrivals, and at many of the community events. She continues the NBB traditions while connecting with alumni and welcoming the next generation to the NBB family! You can reach Denise at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 905-881-0018 ext. 302.
Alex MacPherson, Office Manager & Registrar
Alex is a Camp Northland alumni and is very excited to be rejoining the NBB family. From the moment her mother enrolled her into camp, her life was forever changed. Her passion for working with children and camp experiences enables her ability to continue the Camp Northland spirit which will be passed down to future campers. Some of her fondest memories include cookouts/overnights, Northland olympics, NBB burning and friendships that have lasted over 20 years.
Growing up in Thornhill, Alex maintains strong relationships with her 2 older siblings who also attended NBB. Alex graduated from Seneca College with a degree in Early Childhood Education, which she credits her love of children to the amazing students she has worked with in the past.
In her spare time Alex loves to exercise, travel the world, bake homemade sweets and be a mother to her dog Bailey. Her dedication to living a healthy lifestyle allows her to turn everyday baked goods into something parents would love to feed their kids.
Alex is honoured to be able to reconnect with the Northland values, while welcoming the next generation to the NBB family!
You can best reach Alex at email@example.com