Camp Kerry Ontario

Camp Kerry Ontario

Camp Kerry Ontario

Camp Kerry Ontario

Camp Kerry Ontario

Camp Kerry Ontario

Camp Kerry Ontario

Camp Kerry Ontario

Camp Kerry Ontario

Camp Kerry Ontario
A Message from Camp Kerry Ontario Coordinator Shelley Hermer
Shelley Hermer

Shelley Hermer

Manager of Regional Programs: Canada East

As a social worker and family therapist in children’s mental health, I have had a long-standing interest in bereavement care for families. In 2011, I reunited with Dr. Heather Mohan, a colleague with whom I had worked and lived during our university summers, providing therapeutic recreation programs with children and families coping with mental health.

In 2011, 2012 and 2014 I traveled to BC to volunteer at Camp Kerry and then began working with my local community in Ontario to bring this family-centred model East. The response has been wonderful and we are so looking forward to our sixth Camp Kerry Ontario in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands.


COVID-19 Support Groups for Frontline Workers

— Camp Kerry Society PresentsCovid-19 Support Groups for Frontline WorkersThese groups currently convene monthly on Tuesdays at 4:00pm PST, 7:00pm EST, 8:00pm AST - Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8 and on Wednesdays at 7:00pm PST, 10:00pm EST, 11:00pm AST - Oct 28, Nov 25 and...

Reflective Writing Series

— Camp Kerry Society PresentsReflective Writing SeriesNovember 16 - December 7, 2020 Mondays 7:00 - 8:30pm PSTThis introductory series is for those without any writing experience and seasoned writers alike. Prior to writing, each session will begin with a check-in and...

Connections: Beyond the Virus 2020 Fall Sessions

— Camp Kerry Society PresentsGrief Support Groups for Adults Impacted by a Loss During COVID-19 As people face a time of increased anxiety, fear and isolation in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, those, who are coping with bereavement, are increasingly...

Grief Modules for Teachers

— Camp Kerry Society PresentsGrief In the Classroom: Online Resources for TeachersWe appreciate the sense of vulnerability that can arise with loss and stepping into uncomfortable conversations, the worries about “getting it wrong”, about “making things worse” – these...

Virtual Grief Support Groups: Fall Sessions 2020

— Camp Kerry Society PresentsConnections:  Virtual Grief Support Groups for Adults - Fall 2020In response to COVID-19 and the requirements for social distancing, the Camp Kerry Society is pleased to offer a variety of programs and workshops virtually to those impacted...

Connections: Youth 2020 Fall Sessions

— Camp Kerry Society PresentsConnections: YouthOct. 20th - Nov. 24th 2020 Tuesdays online from 4PM - 5:30PM PST, 7PM - 8:30PM EST, 8PM - 9:30PM ATL What to expect: Each week, participants will be able to choose a new outdoor challenge to complete with someone in their...
The History of Camp Kerry Ontario

The first Camp Kerry was held in British Columbia in 2007 and it was named after Kerry Kirstiuk; an inspiring young mother and wife from West Vancouver who lost her battle to cancer in 2006.

Our first Camp Kerry Ontario retreat took place in the fall of 2014 but of course the dreaming and planning started many years before that! Our organization’s founder Dr. Heather Mohan was born and raised in rural Ontario. Growing up in a family that valued camping and outdoor experiences, and inspired by her father Mel who had a great love for the outdoors Heather had the opportunity to fully embrace Ontario’s “camp culture” as a camper, a counsellor and a program leader. Having the opportunity to share the Camp Kerry BC model with families from Ontario in the same beautiful Northern Ontario landscape where she had spent so many memorable summers herself was a great gift.

Melville Mohan was always passionate about the outdoors. Even during his teaching career he found creative ways to bring the outdoors into the classroom!

What’s Happening Now

As most of you are aware, we are in the midst of unprecedented times and uncertainty. In response to Covid-19, many of our existing services (family bereavement retreats, community choirs, support groups, workshops) are being offered online at no cost, so we encourage everyone who feels the need for support and wellness to take advantage of them.

In place of our family bereavement retreat, Camp Kerry Ontario, we encourage you to register for our Virtual Grief Convention, Kaleidoscope 2020. Here you will find several opportunities for connection, inspired learning, and hope.

When to Apply

In response to Covid-19 many of our existing programs will be offered online throughout the year at no cost (support groups, workshops, and more). If you are interested in participating we encourage you to either check in regularly through the portal for available programs in your area or email our head office for more information.

Program Contribution Fee

We understand that there a lot of families who are facing financial challenges as a result of Covid-19, therefore, the Camp Kerry Society will be waiving all program contribution fees for this year.

We wish to thank all of those who have given and continue to donate, for it is your contributions that make this option possible.

Register Below

Register for Camp Kerry Ontario Programs

To register for programs that we offer throughout the year for residents of Ontario please click on the button below to proceed.

If you wish to attend Kaleidoscope 2020 then please click HERE.

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