Meet Our Team
Our camp counsellors are all dog owners and dog lovers too. They are thoroughly trained to ensure that every dog at camp is enjoying his / her camp time. And each dog is always given personal love and attention.
Get to know just some of our team of dog care professionals below. We all look forward to meeting you in person!
Camp Founder and Director
Glen Kowarsky opened Dogs at camp way back in 2002! At the time, he had adopted his beloved Abby, who was a black lab mix. Abby had some challenging health issues, and as a result, Glen was moved to create a place for and about dogs like Abby – and for their owners. The result was Dogs at Camp – the first camp for Dogs in Ontario!
Glen wrote an article about ‘what goes on behind the scenes’ at Dogs at Camp, and how they care for all of their campers, which was published in Toronto’s ‘Dogs Dogs Dogs’ newspaper. If you’d like to read that article – click here.
Glen continues to ensure that the entire camp team works together to provide a positive and safe place for dogs, as well as an outstanding experience for their owners.
Melissa began volunteering at camp in 2002, started working the following year, and more recently became a camp supervisor. She’s been hooked since day one, and can’t imagine working anyplace else! Melissa says her favorite thing about working at camp is spending the day with the dogs, but more specifically forming bonds with them, getting to know their quirks, and watching less confident dogs become more comfortable.
Melissa adopted her first dog, Logan (a Border Collie/Beagle mix) in 2004 after he was found as a stray; however he sadly passed away in 2013. Currently shares her home with two former barn cats, Connundrum and Mystery, and her dog Petey, a Jack Russell/ Beagle mix who was rescued before entering a high kill shelter in Kentucky. In her spare time Melissa enjoys spending time with her pets, hiking, and doing photography. She is also a strong believer in adoption and has fostered two dogs in the past, both of whom were successfully adopted!
Karen has worked at Dogs at Camp for over 10 years and it is the true love & compassion of animals ( especially dogs) that has kept her working here. She feels rewarded everyday with unconditional love from the dogs, and feels that the most rewarding part of working at Dogs at Camp is experiencing the moment of excitement when clients and staff get to see for themselves how happy the dogs are to just be free to play and be accepted for who they are.
After camp time, there is also nothing more rewarding than the reunion of pets with their families, their dogs faces are just bursting with all of their exciting stories from camp. It was her love of animals that motivated her to make the decision to change careers and leave the hospitality industry .She went back to school and completed her Animal Care Diploma at Sheridan College in 2007 and graduated with honors . When not at camp she is either working part time as a Veterinary Assistant at the Oshawa Animal Hospital, or spending as much time as possible with her beloved dog Mase (her Australian Shepherd, adopted from Sheridan college) and her Cockateil Casey.
A lifetime dog owner and lover, Amanda is the newest member to our Dogs at Camp team. Amanda’s favourite thing about camp is bonding with the dogs, and capturing camp fun on camera! Amanda enjoys spending time with her very loveable Golden Doodle, Paisley; going for walks, trips to the dog park and hikes around the local Conservation Areas. She one day hopes to earn a certificate in Animal Care and remain in the field.
Laura has had dogs all her life. She has attended Sheridan College for Animal Care, and began working at camp in 2004. Currently she lives with her three dogs, Cannonball, Sheridan, and Snickers, and spends much of her spare time training them. Laura says her favourite thing about working at camp is working with all different breeds and getting her “puppy fix”, even when she doesn’t have a puppy at home. When she is not at camp, or with her dogs, Laura enjoys attending LARP (Live Action Role Play) events.
Laura is also very interested in dog sports. She has participated in various agility, flyball, rally-o, skijoring, dog sledding, and dock diving events. Snickers and Sheridan have even performed with the President’s Choice Superdogs team!
Diane has been working at camp for nearly 9 years. She’s lived in the country most of her life and has always had dogs, cats and horses. Simply, she loves animals! Diane says she really enjoys working at camp, and that she has learned so much more about dogs from her co-workers and the camp dogs themselves.
Recently, Diane adopted a senior rescue dog after losing her Jack Russel Terrier of 16 years. She’s great company for her other adopted dog, which was acquired from a camp client who could no longer keep her. In total Diane has 2 dogs, 2 horses, a cat (another rescue), and a parrot.
Jessica has always had a love for animals, and knew she was meant to work with them from a young age. She began volunteering at camp in 2008 and began working shortly after. It could be said that she somewhat grew up in the business! In her spare time Jess enjoys playing soccer and teaching her dog Maddi new tricks.
Jess says her favorite thing about working at camp is caring for dogs off all breeds and personalities. Currently she resides in Uxbridge with Maddi, and her cat Jake, and is working towards furthering her education in animal care.
Kailey began working at camp in 2015. She loves dogs, so naturally she also loves her work! Kailey’s favorite things about camp are learning new things about different dog breeds, caring for the dogs, and having a place to trust when she needs care for her own pets. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, doing arts and crafts, and doing different activities with her dogs.
Kailey’s “fur family” consists of two dogs; Lilly (a Beagle/Walker Hound) and Rolland (a German Shepherd/Border Collie). Both dogs love to go for long walks or cuddle on the couch, and of course they love camp!
Heather started at Dogs at Camp about five years ago. She currently works part time and does some of the transportation for Camp. She has Social Service Worker and Veterinary Assistant diplomas, and loves working with people and animals. Heather’s favourite thing about her job is when the campers are picked up to go home, because she gets to enjoy the reaction of the dog as well as connect with the pet parent. She has a ferret named Pixie and a husky named Raven at home.
Kerry has been with Dogs at Camp for 2 years. He started working as a volunteer and enjoyed spending time with the dogs so much that he applied to become staff. His favourite times at camp are the quiet times when he gets to have one on one cuddle time with the dogs. Kerry is currently living on a farm with two dogs and a ferret for company. He really enjoys working at Dogs at Camp and looks forward to many good times ahead.