Meet Our Team
15 Staff Members, Professional and Experienced, and All Dog ‘parents’ too.
Our Camp Manager, Assistant Camp Manager, Camp Supervisor, Camp Coordinator, and Quality Assurance Supervisor – along with all of our Camp Counsellors – work hard every day to ensure that every camper has a fun and safe experience!
We share your love of dogs, and when it comes to the care of our own dogs we expect nothing but the very best. We miss our dogs when we’re apart from them, and we certainly understand that you’ll miss yours, too. But camp is fun, and we do our best to give each camper a wonderful experience while your’e away!
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 our team of dog care professionals below. We all look forward to meeting you in person!
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!
Pictured above is Glen with “Wifi’ – his current canine buddy, also a rescue from the streets of South America.
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.
Donna Power – Having been around dogs my entire life, I am very much at home in the midst of a pack of dogs. I spent 10 years in dog rescue trying to help vulnerable dogs locally and internationally. I will never fully stop rescuing but it is both emotionally and financially draining. Rescuing is easy compared to giving them away when I have found a great home for them.
That is probably why all my dogs were originally my rescues and are now my family. When not at Camp, I am an Adoption Coordinator with Basset Hound Rescue Ontario. I am so proud to be part of the Dogs at Camp team. We are all dog owners and their welfare and ensuring they have fun during their stay with us is paramount.
Assistant Camp Manager
My name is Mandy and I am the Assistant Manager at Dogs at Camp. I have been a member of the DAC team for almost three years, and a dog owner and lover my entire life. My favourite part of camp life is being outdoors with the dogs and capturing camp fun on camera!
When I’m not at Camp, I enjoy spending my free time playing and watching hockey, and going for hikes with my Golden Retrievers, Paisley and Wrigley.
I look forward to meeting you and your dog(s) and making camp feel like home away from home for your furry friends too!
Cindy Lyle – Hi my name is Cindy Lyle and I’m the camp supervisor here at Dog’s at Camp. I’ve been working here for just over a year and I love it! I’ve always had a close connection with dogs and working here gives me the opportunity to strengthen and grow this bond. I live just a short distance away on a hobby farm and when I’m not at work I’m busy taking care of my horses, chickens, garden and my own dog Bella. Bella is a mini schnauzer with a very large heart! I share my life with my husband Joe and our daughter Hannah.
We have a great team here at Dog’s at Camp and I’m happy to be their supervisor. You won’t find a better place to trust the care of your pet. We all love dogs and it shows when you meet us. I can’t wait to meet you and your dog and make sure you both have the best experience at Dog’s at Camp.
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!
Quality Assurance Supervisor
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.
Senior Camp Counsellor
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.
Amanda Tyo – Hey! My names Amanda and I just started working at Dogs At Camp. I absolutely love it. Being around dogs all day makes me incredibly happy. It is amazing how you could be having a bad day and then as soon as you walk through those doors, everything changes. I am so lucky to have this dream job! I live in Oshawa and I have three dogs of my own. There names are Shep, Masi and Zeus. In my spare time I like to relax with my dogs and take them to the park!
Mark Luening – My name is Mark and I’ve been working at dogs at camp for just over a year. Taking care of dogs is great and I enjoy working with the other staff. I play hockey, swim and love to hike so taking the dogs on trail walks is a lot of fun for me!
Jess Lauzon – Hi my name is Jessica and I’m a worker here at Dogs At Camp. I’ve only been hired not that long ago and I really enjoy working here!! Being a vet tech student, I am getting a different type of experience and insight on the dogs that I wouldn’t get anywhere else. I love dogs and even have one of my own, a 2 year old Aussie named Misha.
Tracy Hennessey – Hi my name is Tracy and I’m loving my job here at Dogs at Camp. I’m very passionate about dogs and I love being able to direct that love at my job. I live in Ajax and when not at work spend time with my own dog Oso a loveable Husky.
Taylor Baggs – Hi, my name is Taylor and I’m very happy to have found a place a t Dogs at Camp. I love the people I work with and having the opportunity to wake up and spend my day with dogs is amazing. I have my own dog named Clyde who is a labradoodle, german shepherd mix. I can’t wait to meet you and your pets and show you our wonderful facility.
Reanna Griffiths – Hi, I’ve been working at Dogs at Camp for awhile, first as a part time student and now full time. I really enjoy it! The people are great and the atmosphere is awesome. I love spending time with all the different types of dogs that come and stay with us. When I’m not at work I spend my day playing with my golden doodle Spike.
Hope Harvey – Hi, my name is Hope. I was drawn to Dogs at Camp because I have a huge passion for dogs but I don’t have one of my own. I love spending time with them and getting to know their individual personalities. Dogs are wonderful beautiful creatures and I’m so happy to have the opportunity to take care of them. In my spare time I love to draw and paint and have also applied these talents around camp. I look forward to meeting you and your dog!
Tara Harvey – I joined Dogs At Camp in the winter, and have been enjoying it ever since. I am a huge animal lover, having many pet responsibilities my whole life. Now, I have a chocolate lab 2yr old (Java) who takes up all my liesure time for play. I am an independent gardener, which has allowed me to take on the gardening here at camp, on top of working with the dogs. I treasure the outdoors, and feel very fortunate to work at such a camp as this!
Jason Steltman – Hi, my name is Jason, and I’m the Camp Shuttle Driver and Social Media Manager! I’m passionate about dogs, as well as art of all kinds. I’ve been in the industry for two years and I feel my passions for animals and customer service have found a perfect match here at Dogs at Camp.