Muskoka Woods is a Christian youth development organization that welcomes everyone to an experience for a lifetime. Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Rosseau, we specialize in summer camp, school trips, group retreats and leadership development for all ages. We exist to inspire youth to shape their world.
Muskoka Woods offers a fun, safe and welcoming environment for all youth. At the heart of this offering are staff that share a common desire to help young people realize their full potential. We are committed to making fun experiences the foundation for building new friendships and self-confidence. Our staff make this possible by fostering a sense of community and encouraging youth to reflect on their experiences in order to draw life lessons from them.
John McAuley’s creativity and ingenuity propels the Muskoka Woods vision forward. He has an extensive background in the camping industry and experience in organizational leadership. He serves as a lead facilitator of The Leadership Studio at Muskoka Woods. An adult learner, John recently augmented his credentials in organizational leadership by completing his certification as an Adler Trained Coach. Together, John and his wife Lori have more than 36 years of senior leadership experience at Muskoka Woods.
Chris Tompkins leads the senior leadership team in bringing the Muskoka Woods vision to life. He holds a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Guelph, a teacher’s college degree from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Youth Development from Clemson University. His experience leading in local community, school, church and camp settings has spanned almost 20 years. His current role and expertise generates a demand for him to speak with teens and consult with youth leaders. He is an avid sports fan who enjoys an afternoon with a big cup of coffee and a good book. Chris resides in Stouffville, Ontario with his wife and daughter.
Ron Peneycad’s journey at Muskoka Woods began in 1986 as a Senior High Counsellor. He transitioned into leadership as a Section Head and then as the Business Administrator. Reflecting the financial stability of Muskoka Woods, Ron has performed his current role for over 25 years. He holds a degree in Commerce and Finance from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Tyndale Seminary. Married with three teenaged children, Ron is passionate about the positive impact camp can have on children and teenagers, including his own. He is an avid Raptors fan, loves playing tennis and squash, and enjoys reading about economics and financial markets.
Jackie Carmichael’s years as a Muskoka Woods guest, seasonal staff member and full-time staff member, give her the experience needed to thrive in her role at Muskoka Woods. Jackie first attended Muskoka Woods at the age of 9 and returned year after year. Jackie graduated from Queen’s University in 2010 with her Bachelor of Arts degree, and from York University in 2011 with her Bachelor of Education. One of her biggest passions is developing young leaders, which is why she has excelled in her role. Jackie enjoys travelling, serving in her community, and spending time with her friends and family. Jackie believes in the power of a transformative camp experience, as she has been impacted by it herself.
Cindy is an energetic and enthusiastic executive with 18 years of leadership, management, youth mentoring, counselling, philanthropy, training and marketing experience. Her career spans into the corporate and nonprofit sectors with roles such as Director of Marketing at West 49 and Billabong Inc., manager of a startup youth division at World Vision Canada and church leadership roles. Cindy is passionate about any and all outdoor activities, fashion, travel and social justice. More than anything, her and her husband's hearts lie with mentoring young people and enabling them to live a purposeful life.
Scott Brushett comes to Muskoka Woods with over 15 years of leadership experience within the travel and tourism sector. He is a creative problem solver that loves both people and process. Scott met his wife at Muskoka Woods and now they live at the resort with their three kids. He loves to mentor young adults working year-round at the resort and is humbled to watch camp continually transform their lives. Scott is passionate about his family, travel and the world’s greatest football team, the Buffalo Bills.
Leslie Brushett has been part of the Muskoka Woods community since she was 12 years old. Leslie attended Muskoka Woods as a guest, joined the summer staff when she was 17 and has worked full-time since 1995. Leslie has a passion for leadership development, teamwork and creating space for younger staff to discover their unique skills and abilities. Leslie has a degree in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, a certificate in Human Resources from Seneca College and is a graduate of the Arrow Leadership Program. Leslie and her husband, Scott, have three children, which keeps her busy from morning ‘til night!