Our Team

Dana Leahey

Dana Leahey
Director

Dana has dedicated a lifetime to the outdoors and to sharing this passion with children, youth, and mothers from all walks of life. As Camp Director for over 40 years, she has been integral to Camp Scugog’s success, bringing a deep compassion, empathy and respect for both campers, staff and the natural world. She is an expert in building community, connection, and programming that resonates with children and teens. Deeply passionate about environmental sustainability and land stewardship, opening a Nature School has been a lifelong dream. She is excited to see Scugog Nature School reach new children, and instill in them a profound appreciation for the natural world so that they may be positive stewards of our environment.

 

 

 

 

Vicky Spence

Vicky Spence
Registrar

Vicky has played a key role in Camp Scugog’s leadership team for 9 years, as both Office Manager and Registrar. She is responsible for supporting families and agencies to successfully enroll in camp, and connecting with donors to ensure they understand the impact of their gifts. She is now excited to support Scugog Nature School, and meet new cohorts and children and families. Vicky is passionate about creating awesome experiences for children, something she’s been doing for over 30 years as a dedicated Scout leader.

 

 

Abhishek Gupta

Abhishek Gupta
Educator

A born teacher and student, Abhishek is always looking to learn and engage with the natural world, and to share that passion with others. Abhi was raised in India where he completed a Masters in Business Administration and built a career in management before realizing his passion for the outdoors, ultimately leading him to enroll in the Outdoor Adventure Naturalist program at Algonquin College. He has led canoe trips through Algonquin Park, guided trekking expeditions through the Himalayas, and worked at a YMCA camp, forest school and outdoor education center. At Scugog Nature School, his aim is to connect children with nature and more importantly with themselves so that every child can grow into their full potential.

 

Charlotte Tousaw

Charlotte Tousaw
Educator

Nature has sparked Charlotte’s curiosity since she was young. She has always been eager to learn more about the world around her and to inspire the same curiosity in others. Charlotte earned her Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Science from McMaster University where she focused her studies on ecology and environmental science. Charlotte has worked in a number of outdoor education settings at Bronte Creek Provincial Park and Conservation Halton. At Scugog Nature School, Charlotte is looking forward to inspiring more children to become better caretakers of our Earth.