Our Full Time Camp Leadership
Simon Wolle, Camp Director
Simon is excited to be returning for his 5th 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 currently serves (on leave of absence) as Faculty at Tanenbaum CHAT in Toronto, having served as Dean of Students and a member of the teaching faculty for almost 15 years. Simon is also a volunteer board member at the Toronto Heschel School, and sits on other community building committees. 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 to the role of Camp Director diverse experience. Simon is a trained lawyer and Emergency Medical Responder. He owns a health and safety training company and has extensive business experience. He is a skilled professional, a dynamic Jewish educator, trainer, communicator, coach, athlete, musician, boater, husband to Stacia (also an experienced educator, youth program leader and guidance counsellor), parent of three children (Shayne, Spencer and Seth) and dog Splash, and a true Jewish Community leader. If you ask Simon what he has always dreamed of doing he would answer ”being Camp Director at NBB”. You can reach Simon at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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. 304
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.
Vashti den Besten, Office & Camp Administrator
Vashti is thrilled to have joined the full-time team following her 1st summer camp in 2018. Since moving to Canada, Vashti has loved the change in climate, food, and way of life – including all there is to know about the Jewish culture. Vashti comes with years of experience being part of a fun, dynamic, child-friendly workplace. She was previously running a Performing Arts School back in Australia for 13 years. Vashti loves to travel and ensures all her adventures include a memorable tale to share with family and friends. So far, she’s travelled to over 40 countries and has lived in China and Canada as a child with her parents. If you call the office in Thornhill or Haliburton, you may get the chance to hear her Australian accent! You can reach Vashti at email@example.com or call the office at 905-881-0018 ext. 301.