This year’s Annual Fall Conference Organizing Committee is very excited to be welcoming Jacob Rodenburg and Henri Audet as our Keynote Presenters.
Jacob Rodenburg, Executive Director of the Kawartha Outdoor Education Centre & Camp Kawartha
A Pathway to Stewardship and Kinship
There are a lot of problems facing humanity, from climate change to over population, from pollution to habitat destruction. As an outdoor educator, inspiring kids to want to protect the environment can seem both daunting an overwhelming task – much like trying to stop a river armed only with a spoon. How can we nurture the next generation of environmental stewards? How can we inspire children to care for each other and the earth we all share without engendering a sense of “Ecophobia” or a fear of an uncertain environmental future? In his address, Jacob will share an innovative approach to stewardship education that involves the whole community. He’ll share some stories, games and ideas to help forge a strong and lasting connection between children and their “neighbourwood.”
Jacob Rodenburg has taught in the field of Outdoor Education for almost 30 years. He is currently the Executive Director of Camp Kawartha, a summer camp and outdoor education centre. He teaches part time at Trent University in environmental education. Jacob has published a number of articles on children, nature and the environment. Recently Jacob co-authored “The Big Book of Nature Activities”with naturalist Drew Monkman. Jacob conceived and spearheaded the construction of one of Canada’s most sustainable buildings at Trent University called the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre. This unique facility teaches children and future teachers about sustainable living practices, alternative energy and conservation. Jacob is also working with stakeholders throughout the region to create an environmental framework for children of all ages. Called the Pathway to Stewardship & Kinship, this approach to environmental education helps provide children with the key experiences they need throughout their development in order to become future stewards. Jacob has also collaborated with local organizations to establish the Peterborough/Kawartha area as a designated UNESCO Regional Centre of Expertise in environment and sustainability education.
Henri Audet, Musician and Retired Executive Director of Camp Kirk
In 1993, I had the good fortune of co-founding a small residential camp for kids with exceptionalities ranging from Learning Disabilities to AD(H)D, Autism Spectrum Disorders and other co-morbid conditions. Tonight, I want to introduce you to Camp Kirk and give you a brief outlook on the camp’s mission and goals. I also want to share with you some of the songs and music that has shaped my life and that I have had the pleasure of performing over the years. I hope you will listen to that little voice in the back of your head that says: “sing… sing…sing…” and join me in song.
Born in Quebec City, Henri Audet has been a professional musician, a social worker, a youth worker and was in the recreational camping industry for over 40 years. Between 1993 and 2016, Henri was the co-founder and Executive Director for Camp Kirk, a residential camp for children with exceptionalities ranging from Learning Differences to AD(H)D, Autism Spectrum Disorders and other co-related conditions. Married with two wonderful daughters, Henri and his wife Jane now live in Huntsville where he is enjoying retirement and his favorite pass time, singing. He has dedicated much of his life to raising children’s self- esteem through the camp experience and through his love of music.