Head Staff

Administration Team

Head of Operations: Dora Scharf

Dora Scharf

Dora was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, and began working at Camp B’nai Brith of Ottawa in 2008. Dora worked as a staff on B Girls for two summers before becoming Head of the Junior and A Girl units, a position she held for three consecutive summers. In 2014, Dora began working with Westcoast Connection 360 Student Travel. In her first summer, she led a 40-day trip from New York to California, and spent the next two summers directing month-long travel programs. Dora returned to CBB for Summer 2017 as Head of Operations. In addition to overseeing daily operations, new this year, Dora will be part of a team in charge of Staff Development.

Dora completed a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from McGill University, a Bachelor of Education in Primary/Junior Education from the University of Ottawa, and most recently, her Masters in Education in Social Justice in Education at the University of Toronto. As of September 2018, Dora has been working at The Ottawa Jewish Community School as a French teacher (you can take the girl out of Montreal, but you can’t take Montreal out of the girl).

Senior Camp Camper Care Supervisor & Assistant Head of CITs: Andréa Black

Andréa is a proud CBB alum who is thrilled to be returning to her home away from home after a 14 year hiatus! Over the years, she was a camper, Dance and Drama staff, Head of Drama, Head of B-Girls, and Assistant Program Director. Since 2007, she has been moulding young minds as a Junior Kindergarten teacher at Ganon Preschool in Ottawa (some campers may recognize her from when they were 4!!) and she continues to feed her passion for musical theatre as a performer with various Ottawa theatre companies when time permits. Andréa can’t wait to spend the summer working with the Senior Camp Campers and CITs, and the amazing CBB staff, reliving her youth and creating awesome new memories!!

Junior Camp Camper Care Supervisor: Lianna Krantzberg

Lianna is from Ottawa, Ontario and is a Grade 1 teacher at the Ottawa Jewish Community School. In Lianna’s free time, she works at her Synagogue, Machzikei Hadas, as the Youth Programming Coordinator and teaches dance at a studio in Barrhaven. Lianna has been attending CBB of Ottawa since 2002 as an A-girl, making this her 18th summer at camp. After many summers running the Dance program while twinning on A-Boys, one summer as Head of B-girls, one summer as Head of Senior girls, one summer as Head of CITs and Staff Development, and last summer in the new role of Female Camper Care Supervisor, Lianna is extremely excited to be back at CBB as the Junior Camper Care Supervisor and Staff Development. With her extensive camp experience and her knowledge from working with children in an educational setting, Lianna is eager to jump into this role and ensure that our campers’ health and wellbeing is properly taken care of. Lianna is looking forward to working with all of the staff and campers at CBB to make 2019 the best summer yet! Lianna is counting down the days, hours, and minutes until she can share her enthusiasm, excitement, and extremely loud voice with everyone at CBB!

Assistant Program Director: Eric Buckshon

Eric is from Ottawa, Ontario and is currently attending Algonquin’s Culinary Arts program while working in the hospitality industry. This year, he will be celebrating his tenth summer at CBB. After being a camper for four summers, and then a staff member and supervisor, he is now ready to take on the challenge of joining the administration. He’s very excited to be working as the Assistant Program Director alongside the very experienced Admin team. His job will focus on helping to expand existing programs and helping to develop new ones that ensure every camper has a meaningful and great experience. Eric has always enjoyed the fantastic special events that are traditional at CBB, and now is very committed to help make them even better! His goal is to make sure every camper has the summer of a lifetime!

Head of Waterfront: Tommy Friedlich

Tommy is excited to be back at camp for his 14th summer! CBB, and especially the Beach, has been his favourite place to be for over a decade. Having been a ski staff from 2014-2016, Head of Ski in 2017, and Co-Head of the Waterfront in 2018, Tommy is more ready than ever to tackle this challenge one more time! When he’s not at camp, Tommy has been studying Biochemical Engineering at Queen’s University. He is set to graduate this Spring, travel Europe with friends and then spend some time on the beach. Following camp, Tommy will be beginning his studies at Law school!

Front Office Manager: Jill Doctor

Jill was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, spending her summers at camp in Algonquin Park. This is where her passion for summer camp exploded and helped shape her to be the woman she is today. After graduating from McGill University with a Bachelor of Education, Jill enjoyed being a director of a teen tour for Westcoast Connections and then went travelling in Australia. After meeting her husband in New Zealand, she spent the next 5 years living there, working as a facilitator at an outdoor education centre for school groups as well as corporate team building manager. Upon returning home, she continued her love of working with teens as Director of BBYO (Montreal), only to move to Ottawa with her family in 2010, where she joined the awesome team at Ganon Preschool as an early childcare teacher. Jill has enjoyed spending the last 8 years helping the family business, Green Rebel, in the office as Catering Manager, however there is nothing more exciting for her than getting back to her true passion of summer camp. Although this will be her first summer at CBB (along with her 3 kids), she could not be more excited to experience the magic she has heard so much about and join the CBB of Ottawa family.

 

Specialties

Head of Waterski: Jory Katz

Jory is from Montreal and is currently in her first year at Dawson college studying health sciences. This will be Jory’s 11th summer at CBB of Ottawa and she is so excited to be running the ski program for summer 2019! Ever since her first summer as an A Girl in 2009, waterskiing has always been her favourite activity at camp. After spending her CIT summer on the beach and the past two years as a ski staff, Jory can’t wait to be a supervisor and to show this year’s campers what ski has to offer. With our brand new boat and an incredible group of staff, Jory knows that this summer will be the best one yet!

Head of Sail: Sam Wiesenfeld

Sam was born in Montreal and raised in Ottawa, and has currently returned to Montreal to study at the Ingram school of Nursing at McGill University. Sam has been attending CBB of Ottawa every summer since she was a first-year Junior Girl, and this summer will mark her 13th summer at CBB! As a CIT, Sam spent most of the summer on the beach and it was then that she fell in love with sailing. When she joined the staff of CBB, the beach and the Sail program were a natural fit for her! Sam is thrilled to share her passion for Sailing and the beach with this year’s campers as Head of Sail!

Head of Canoe: Benedict Schriefers

Benedict is excited to start his first year at CBB! Originally from British Columbia, Benedict moved to Montreal to pursue his passion of Psychology at Concordia University, and is currently in his third year of his undergraduate degree.

With a very strong background in water sports and aquatic activities, Benedict is excited to bring his devotion and knowledge to his position as Head of Canoe. He is ready to bring his energetic attitude and love for teaching to all the campers at camp!

Head of Swim: Kelsey Jessiman

Kelsey is originally from a wee island at the top of Scotland called Orkney. Due to limitations in education on her peedie island, in 2015, she decided to take the leap of faith and venture to the city of Glasgow to study Sports Therapy. This will be Kelsey’s first year at CBB of Ottawa, and is super   excited to be the Head of Swim, as she has a great passion for swimming, loves gaining new experiences and can’t wait to meet new people. Kelsey is outgoing, bubbly, energetic, enthusiastic, happy, and positive, looking to make the best memories and hopefully friends for life! She’s also very competitive so she’s particularly excited for Olympics! The countdown is on and she can’t wait!

Head of Landsports: Emily Eiley

Emily is from Montreal and is currently studying Pure and Applied Science at Dawson College. Her first summer at CBB of Ottawa was in 2009 as an A Girl. After spending some summers elsewhere, Emily couldn’t stay away from her home away from home, and returned to CBB as a CIT in 2016, making this her 6th summer at camp. Emily spent most of her CIT summer and both of her summers as staff on Landsports. She is honoured and excited to be making the transition to supervisor, as well as being the first ever female head of Landsports! With her love of sports, Emily is thrilled and excited to work with her staff to implement an awesome game plan through new, fun, and creative activities from her playbook. With her love and passion for sports, and the help of her great staff team, Emily knows this summer will be a slam dunk!

Head of Tennis: Andy Haston

Born and bred in Scotland in a town just outside Edinburgh, Andy has just finished his undergraduate degree in Marketing and Human Resources at Strathclyde University. Seeming unable to break free from the education system, he’s heading back to Strathclyde after summer to start his journey as a Primary teacher with mixed feelings of excitement and anxiousness. With his love of the outdoors and genuine passion for working with younger people, he has been seeking adventure after adventure, working abroad during his summers since finishing high school. This has taken his to summer camps in America, France, and subsequently, Canada, where he was blessed enough to join the CBB family last summer. He had a truly fantastic summer, meeting so many amazing people and making memories that will last a lifetime (especially the A-Boy squad!!)… so much so that returning this year was a must! Already returning as a tennis coach, he can’t wait to now take on the position of Head of Tennis. He is super excited about this opportunity, hoping to help make camp that much better this summer by bringing his energy, personality and passion! He is looking forward to working with all of the supervisors and staff to make this the best summer yet!

Head of Dance: Stefany Ruiz

Stefany (Stefy) studied Innovation in Education at the UDLAP (Universidad De Las Américas Puebla). This will be her second year at CBB of Ottawa, and she is so excited to see everyone again! This summer, she will be the Head of Dance, and her goal is to do her best  to let everyone’s artistic side out and free. Stefany has studied dance since she was 12, has practiced ballet, jazz, and belly dance, and she started to give dance classes at the age of 15. Now, she also practices capoeira (Brazilian martial art combined with dance and music). Stefany is so excited for the summer! She can’t wait to be back at camp, and see everyone expressing their happiness artistically!

Head of Arts & Crafts: Angela Gallo

Angela is from Vancouver, though she is currently studying Psychology at Concordia University in Montreal. This will be Angela’s first summer ever at CBB, and she is excited to incorporate her knowledge of both arts and science as the Head of Arts & Crafts. Growing up, Angela attended several camps, worked at YCC day camp in Montreal and is now thrilled to become part of the CBB family! She has always had a passion for both art and music, and is eager to exchange other’s creative ideas to make arts and crafts interactive and just awesome! Angela can’t wait to meet everyone at camp and have an amazing summer!

Head of Music: Noah Berdowski

Noah can’t wait to be back at camp! He spent his summers at CBB ever since he was an A Boy, as well as three summers as a member of the music staff. After being away from camp for the past two years, he will be returning as Head of Music! Noah is from Ottawa, though he is currently studying Electroacoustics at Concordia in Montreal. Noah looks forward to keeping the musical traditions alive at CBB through music shows and Shabbat singalongs, while giving campers creative new songwriting and recording opportunities in the music cabin. Whether you’re looking to pick up an instrument for the first time or you’re an experienced musician, Noah can’t wait to jam with you this summer!

Head of Drama: Mariia (Masha) Bashmakova

Masha was born in Russia, spent most of her life in the United Arab Emirates, and now lives and studies Theatre in Montreal. While she spent most of her childhood at the beach, drawing or playing piano, she eventually discovered her love for theatre through teaching, and has been working at schools and camps both ‘back home’ and in Montreal for the past 5 years. Since then, she’s been combining her passions for the arts and alternative education by bringing theatre to people of all different ages, interests and backgrounds. When she’s not busy practicing stilt walking, building costumes or rehearsing, Masha loves to spend time outdoors and spends as many weekends as she can out in the mountains. She is very pumped for her first summer at CBB and is sure that it will be a fun, perfectly ridiculous and inspiring new chapter of her life-long adventure.

Head of Media: Michelle Waxman

Michelle is from Montreal, Quebec but has been living in Ottawa for the past 4 years. She graduated from Algonquin College in the TV Broadcasting program in 2016. Since then, she has worked several jobs in the industry and spent a month working in Los Angeles, California. Michelle worked at CBB from 2013-2015 and is looking forward to making her return as the Head of Media for Summer 2019! With her experience working on Juniors, B Girls and Senior Girls as well as her knowledge of videography and photography, Michelle is excited to bring her love for camp and love for media together this summer!

 

Units

Head of Juniors: Lizzie Greenberg

Lizzie is from Ottawa, Ontario and is halfway through her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, where she is majoring in Human Biology with minors in Physiology and Sociology. Lizzie has been attending CBB since 2008 as a first year A girl, making this her 12th consecutive summer at camp. She has previously worked as Junior Girl, Pathfinder Girl and Music Staff. Lizzie is extremely excited for her first summer as the Head of Juniors! She is ready to bring her past camp experiences and creative new ideas to the most energetic and best unit in camp! Lizzie can’t wait to spread the love and passion she has for camp to the youngest members of the CBB family.

Head of A Girls: Rachel Smith

Rachel is originally from Ottawa and is currently studying Science at Queens University in Kingston. Rachel’s first summer at camp was in 2008, and she hasn’t missed a fun-filled summer since, making this her 12th summer at her home-away-from-home. After being a camper for eight summers, going through the CIT program and being an A Girl staff for the past two summers, Rachel cannot wait to take on the role of Supervisor! She is counting down the days until she can share her love and excitement for camp with all the A Girls and A Girl staff. Whether it’s playing outside in the sun or hanging out in the cabins, Rachel knows that Summer 2019 will be the best one yet!

Head of A Boys: Cynthia Sedlezky

Cynthia is from Ottawa, but is currently residing in Kingston to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Queen’s University. Cynthia’s first time working on A Boys was as a CIT in 2015. That summer, the Head of CITs had challenged the group to try a placement outside of their comfort zone. Cynthia had never experienced working with nine and ten-year-old boys, so she thought it would be the ideal challenge. This placement turned out to be so rewarding and memorable, that despite having been certain her whole life that she would be a counselor on a different unit, she applied for the position on A Boys the following summer. Her past three summers as a staff and as Assistant Head of A Boys have been incredible, unforgettable, and have helped her define her ultimate career goals. Cynthia can’t wait for this summer to get back to what’s truly important in life: water guns, missing Crocs, sleeping bag races, and football. Summer 2019 with the A Boy dream team is undoubtedly going to be the best one yet!

Head of B Girls: Jess Bloom

Jess is a Montrealer, a Habs fan and a McGill Anatomy & Cell Biology student; but despite her Montreal roots, CBB of Ottawa is her second home! Jess has spent the past 6 summers at CBB and feels so lucky to get to spend another amazing summer in Quyon. When Jess was a CIT, she spent most of her summer on B-girls (so much so that her campers put her name on their cabin sweater)! After that, she spent her first year as a staff on B Girls before moving up to Senior Girls as a 2nd year staff. Last summer, she made a change and spent a summer as the Assistant Supervisor for A Girls, where she learned so much about what it requires to be a Supie! Jess is thrilled to finally become a Unit Head this year, especially because she is doing it for the best unit in camp! Jess hopes all of the B Girl staff & campers are as ready as she is to make this summer absolutely unforgettable!!!

Head of B Boys: Matthew (Tyler) Rosenthal

Matthew, aka “Tyler”, is an Ottawa native. He has completed the Police Foundations program at Algonquin College and is actively pursuing a career in Law enforcement. His first year at CBB was in 2014 as a Landsports specialist, and he had a great time. During the Summers of 2015 and 2017, he was a staff on Senior Boys. He is looking forward to taking on new responsibilities and challenges in supervising the B Boys this summer. Tyler is a fun, caring, humorous and respectful person. He looks forward to creating fun times and great memories for the staff and campers!

Head of Senior Girls: Shir Levy

Shir first attended CBB of Ottawa in 2015 as a B Girls counselor, and ever since, planned on returning! She was born and raised in Israel, and recently served in the army for 3 years as a First Lieutenant Logistics Officer, in charge of 50 soldiers during their basic training and 6 commanders. Shir loves playing the piano, doing DIYS, and her favourite activity is traveling in the old cities in Israel. Shir is so excited to be back and to rejoin her CBB of Ottawa family! Her goal is to make sure each of her campers and staff will have the best summer ever!

Head of Senior Boys: Tristan Huber

Tristan, aka “The Dude”, is originally from Washington, DC but has been living in Montreal for the past four years after studying two years of drawing and painting, and now completing a Degree in Electro Acoustics/Sound Engineering at Concordia University. This will be Tristan’s first summer at CBB and he is really looking forward to being the Head of Senior Boys! His confident, outgoing charisma and super laid back yet attentive attitude will bring nothing but joy to the Senior Boys. His motto is “Stay Super”. Tristan is super excited to be at camp this summer and hopes that all the Senior Boys are stoked for an awesome time!

Head of Pathfinders & Staff Rec: Jason Schacter

Jason was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Camp has been in his life since he was 9, and has been a camper, counselor, specialist, and head staff member at multiple different camps over his 17 years of camp experience. This will be Jason’s first year at CBB Ottawa as Head of Pathfinders and Staff Rec.

Jason completed a Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in French and Psychology, from Wilfred Laurier University, and a Bachelor of Education in junior/intermediate education from the University of Windsor. He has been teaching abroad in South Korea l, Taiwan, and most recently England.

Jason is psyched to get up to camp and have the best summer ever!