Steve & Jeanette Balzer - Managing Directors & Youth Camp Program Team
The Balzers know first-hand the impact of Christian camp and believe strongly that camp changes lives. Jeanette attended Stayner and Mishewah growing up, and later worked at Mish in various roles throughout her teen years. Steve attended Camp Kakeka as a child and was also a counsellor at Mishewah for a summer. Steve & Jeanette met while attending Emmanuel Bible College and have worked together in children’s ministry for over 40 years. They directed Trail of the Pines at Stayner Camp for 12 years and began directing kids camps at Mishewah in 2006. In 2018, they stepped into their current role as Managing Directors. Camp has played a significant part in the lives of the entire Balzer family: Steve & Jeanette have four adult sons and two daughters-in-law who love camp, and they are Gran and Pops to two granddaughters, who are learning to love camp too! Steve & Jeanette love to share about camp: if you are interested in having them come and visit/speak at your church, youth group, or other event, please visit our contact page and get in touch.
Chris & Sharon Jones - Youth Camp Program Team
Chris and Sharon have both been connected to Camp Mishewah for many years. They first met in 2006 while working together on Program Staff, and have played an essential role in our youth camp program for over a decade. Chris and Sharon are both teachers in Waterloo Region.
Heidi & Jonathon Sawatzky - Sr. Teen Directors
We are Heidi and Jonathon Sawatzky! Heidi works in a Kindergarten classroom in Waterloo and Jonathon works in tech support. We currently live in Kitchener with our dog Blue and can be found hiking, golfing, or camping in our down time! Mishewah is a very special place for both of us. We grew up attending camp as kids and actually met when we were both JR Teen campers. After many summers at camp connecting, writing warm fuzzies, and pretending we didn't actually like each other, we started dating in 2016, got engaged at Mish in 2018, and got married in 2019! We are super excited about directing Sr. Teen this summer and look forward to connecting and learning alongside all of the campers and staff. See you in August!
Rob & Sharlene Dilts - Pinaaz-i Zibi Maamawi Directors
Rob and Sharlene are passionate about travelling alongside Anishinaabe (Algonquin) and other Indigenous Peoples in eastern Ontario and Quebec and building paths between peoples, communities and our Creator, Jesus Christ. Rob and Sharlene live and minister in community with the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn and Golden Lake communities in Eastern Ontario. Central to their ministry is their direction of an Indigenous summer camp, Pinaaz-i Zibi Maamawi (Travelling the River Together), a Christ centered, culturally expressive camp serving Indigenous young people and communities with a focus towards reconciliation. With this “travelling together” focus, Rob and Sharlene partner with Indigenous and nonindigenous community members and churches in ministry with families and communities. These partnerships include Pinaaz-i Zibi Maamawi, regular community gatherings, coordinating a clothing bank in the local public school along with a variety of other relationship building opportunities. They also enjoy opportunities to engage in dialogue and learning focused on raising awareness of Canada’s shared history and experience as we all learn to travel this river of life towards reconciliation.
Nathan Cashin - Winter Custodian
Nathan has been involved with Mishewah his entire life: attending the camps, on staff as a student, serving on the ECM board, organizing spring work days, and most recently, working as winter custodian. Nathan enjoys the beauty of Mishewah and how God works in the lives of the people that come over the years. Nathan is a carpenter, and lives in Pembroke with his wife Beth.
Verlie Koch - ECM Finance Manager
Verlie joined our team as the bookkeeper for ECM in 2005. Since then, she has also taken on other roles, including Camp Registrar for Youth and Family Camps. A gifted musician, she has also had the pleasure of leading worship at both Stayner and Mishewah. Originally from Newfoundland, Verlie moved to Hanover where she met and married Doug. They have 3 adult children, and 5 grandchildren. Because Verlie works from home, she looks forward each year to visiting our camps to rekindle friendships and experience the spiritual refreshment that camp provides.