Wendigo Lake Expeditions has an exceptional team of well trained and highly motivated frontline staff selected from across Canada and beyond for their skills and commitment to working with youth in an adventure-based therapeutic program setting. Our Leadership Team is composed of highly skilled and experienced staff with well over 100 years of combined experience working in our programs. Our internal expertise is also supplemented by externally contracted professional who offer clinical support, aboriginal culture and healing, chaplaincy, and medical consultation services.
Leadership Team & Support Staff Biographies
Stephen Glass, M.Ed.
Stephen held previous positions including: Regional Director of Northeast Region, Ministry of Community and Social Services (1999-2000); Program Supervisor with responsibility for oversight of Probation Services and a wide range of children’s agencies providing child welfare, youth justice, children’s mental health and addiction services (1990-1996); Coordinator of Community Services, Emmanuel United Church (1985-1990); Specialized Treatment Home foster parent (1986-1987). Stephen graduated cum laude from Laurentian University with an Honours B.A. Political Science in 1985 after being a Residential Counsellor for L’Arche group homes from 1976 to 1982. Stephen also holds a Masters in Education degree from Nipissing University.
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Jeremie Carreau, MHK
ACHIEVE Program Supervisor
Jeremie began his relationship with Wendigo Lake Expeditions in 2005 as an Instructor/Residential Care Worker and Trip Leader in the Project DARE program. Today, he supervises the ACHIEVE Programs while still taking the opportunity to facilitate workshops. Jeremie is also the Deputy Director at Wendigo Lake Expeditions. Jeremie holds degrees in Physical and Health Education (BPHE honours) specialized in outdoor adventure leadership, and Human Kinetics (MHK) specialized in outdoor adventure group dynamics, both from Laurentian University. He teaches at Nipissing University and Laurentian University on behalf of Wendigo Lake’s ACHIEVE Program. Jeremie is a lifelong learner.
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Wendigo Lake Expeditions has seen Marc in many different roles since he started in 2011, mainly facilitating ACHIEVE Programs and as a REACH Instructor/Residential Care Worker. He is currently the Supervisor of the REACH Programs at Wendigo Lake Expeditions. Marc holds a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University and has about 9 years of teaching experience in Canada as well as abroad. Marc has a strong relationship with teaching/education and the outdoors which led him to his position here at Wendigo Lake Expeditions.
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Joanna Gibson, MSW
Joanna joined Wendigo Lake Expeditions in 2017 as a Residential Care Instructor and has recently taken on the role of Therapist, specializing in trauma-informed interventions with youth and families. She has experience utilizing motivational interviewing, mindfulness techniques, and experiential/adventure-based therapy in both clinical and residential settings. Prior to this, Joanna was employed as a Child Protection Practitioner and Residential Care Worker. Joanna graduated with a Bachelor of Human Services / Masters of Social Work from La Trobe University, Australia. Joanna has always enjoyed outdoor experiences and has spent the last three years snowboarding, surfing and hiking in British Columbia, Canada.
ASHLEY DI BENEDETTO
REACH Admissions & Case Management Coordinator
Ashley originally joined Wendigo Lake in 2013 as a Program Coordinator and has recently returned to take on the role of Admissions and Case Manager for the REACH Program. Ashley is an experienced social worker with a background in youth justice and mental health. Prior to this position, Ashley was an Area Supervisor at Eastern Residential Services Therapeutic Foster Care, managing foster homes in the North Bay to Gravenhurst areas and assisting youth and families in the foster care system. Ashley graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Nipissing University, where she concentrated her studies and achieved a double minor in Sociology and Psychology. She also holds a degree in Mental Health and Addictions from Canadore College, where she received training in Trauma & Crisis Intervention and Behavioural Based Interviewing. Ashley has a passion for working with youth and is excited to be a part of the Wendigo Lake family.
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Project DARE Program Supervisor
Curtis has been with Wendigo Lake since the spring of 1994. Curtis spent his first 7 years as an Instructor/Residential Care Worker working in the Project DARE program. In 2001, he took on the role of Project DARE Program Supervisor. Curtis moved over to a Supervisor role in the REACH Youth at Risk Program in January of 2006, and returned to the position of Project DARE Program Supervisor in 2014. Curtis is a graduate of Seneca College Outdoor Recreation Technician Program (1986). He has a strong kinship with the out of doors having been introduced to wilderness canoe travel, camping, and cross country skiing at a young age. Curtis is married and the father of two children.
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Project DARE Admissions & Program Coordinator
Derek has been employed by Wendigo Lake since 2001. Currently the Project DARE Program Administrator, Derek previously served as a frontline Instructor/Residential Care Worker, Admissions Coordinator, and most recently the Project DARE Program Supervisor. Prior to joining Wendigo Lake, Derek earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Windsor.
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Program Support & Maintenance Supervisor
Deon started at Project DARE in the spring of 1985 as a Summer Instructor/Residential Care Worker, and moved to a Full Time Instructor/Residential Care Worker role in the Fall of 1985. He became the Supervisor of the Project DARE Secure Custody Program in Spring of 1986 and has filled a number of different Supervisory positions since then with Project DARE and Wendigo Lake Expeditions (as of 2000). Deon took part in the first province-wide Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behaviour (PMAB) training in the Summer of 1986 and has been a part of PMAB and its Northern Focus group training and certifying PMAB Instructors across Ontario’s North. Deon has spent the better part of his life tripping in the wilderness and guiding summer and winter trips in Ontario and the Northwest Territories. Deon is married and the father of two children.
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Risk Management & Training Supervisor
SOLO Canada Program Director
Andrew began his employment with Wendigo Lake Expeditions as a frontline Instructor/Residential Care Worker in 2001. He became the Project DARE Program Supervisor in 2005, and more recently has taken on the role of Risk Management and Training Supervisor. He is a graduate of the Cambrian College Outdoor Recreation Program and he comes from a vast summer camp background. Andrew is a volunteer fire fighter and first responder, a Red Cross First Aid Instructor and a nationally registered emergency medical technician (NREMT-B) in the United States. Following certification as an EMT he became an Instructor with SOLO (the oldest continuously operating school of wilderness medicine in the world) and has helped establish a partnership with SOLO to extend their services in Canada under the name SOLO Canada, Wendigo Lake’s newest division.
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Wendigo Lake contracts a handful of external individuals to provide additional specialized services including clinical support, aboriginal culture and healing, chaplaincy, and medical consultation services. These partners include:
Dr. Graham Wood
Medical Director and Consulting Physician
Aboriginal Healing Elder