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Our staff are well trained to mentor & guide in all aspects of camp life, from developing skills to engaging in conversations about life and faith. We are here to serve you!

 

JENNY AL-ADRA

General Director

With not only growing up at Pioneer Camp Alberta, Jenny has also been a consistent leader here for most of her life, even as she pursued other vocational callings and began to raise her family. Coming onboard in 2023 in the role of General Director, she is now responsible for both the Sundre and Rocky Mountain House sites.
 
Jenny holds degrees in both teaching and counselling and has worked as a counsellor in the school system and private practice. She has previous experience as a youth pastor and InterVarsity campus minister for high school students. Since 1999, she has also served consistently as a summer director at Pioneer Alberta.
 
When Jenny turned 10 years old, she began to attend Pioneer Alberta as a camper. However, her life at Pioneer began before she could walk, when her parents, Don and Margie Stinton, served at camp. Now her own children are campers.

“I was a staff kid,” says Jenny, “I have a deep connection to the history of Pioneer Alberta. I also have a clear calling to the future. As we emerge from the difficult years of the COVID pandemic, I am eager to help bring stability, clarify purpose and renew hope for this generation of young people.”
 
Jenny values camp as key place for children, teens, and young adults to know Jesus and experience God in significant ways.
 
“People need hope,” says Jenny. “So many people feel so stuck; camp gives them a break from the hard stuff of life and gives a sense that there could be connection, purpose and meaning.”
 
Email Jenny at [email protected]

Staff at Pioneer Lodge, Sundre

 

BONNIE BALES

Bookkeeper
 
Bonnie finds great joy in keeping the books for Pioneer Camp Alberta for both of our sites. With a great attitude and a friendly demeanour, Bonnie is a great asset to Pioneer Camp. Bonnie and her husband, Scott, live in the Sundre area.

DELLA GANSKE

Registration & Website Coordinator
 
Della is originally from Manitoba and has worked in ministry overseas and in Canada for more than 30 years, with a focus on administration and teaching. Della has also worked to create online ESL courses for international students wishing to improve their English skills. In 2011, Della moved from Prince George, BC to Sundre, Alberta to join the staff at Pioneer Camp. She is the Registration & Website Coordinator at Pioneer Alberta for both the Sundre and Rocky Mountain House sites.

JUD HILLOCK

Sites & Operations Manager
 
Jud has a lifelong history with Alberta Pioneer. Jud grew up at the Lodge volunteering and working there. He loved attending Jr. and Sr. Boys during the summers and has fond memories of pack trips, fishing, and campfires.

Jud brings a unique set of skills and interests to his role. He has a love for the outdoors (which include hunting, horseback riding, farming, dirt biking, and snowboarding) and a passion for leading others to Christ. Jud’s strong work ethic, business background, and excitement to lead are a perfect fit for Alberta Pioneer. With a background in welding and owning a business, Jud’s strong managerial skills have made him an invaluable asset to Pioneer. As the Sites and Operations Manager, he is responsible for ensuring the smooth and efficient running of the camp’s two facilities.

Jud understands the significance of his role in a faith-based organization like Alberta Pioneer and strives to create an environment that fosters spiritual growth and transformation. Through his work, Jud seeks to inspire and guide campers and staff towards a closer relationship with God.

SANDRA HILLOCK

Guest & Personnel Administrative Coordinator
 
Growing up, Sandra attended Jr. and Sr. Girls and loves reminiscing with her kids about out-trips, horseback riding, and being on Crimson Lake at Pioneer Ranch.

Sandra and her husband, Jud, were married in 2000 after meeting at Pioneer Lodge in 1998. They have three children (Hunter, Tristan, and Emerson) who have also grown-up attending Pioneer summer camps.

Sandra is currently serving as the Guest and Personnel Administrative Coordinator for Alberta Pioneer Camp. With a solid background in office administration, Sandra brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role. Sandra’s attention to detail and organizational skills have proven invaluable in maintaining smooth operations at the camp.

Outside of work, Sandra can often be found walking her two dogs, volunteering at taekwondo classes, skiing, or paddle boarding. Sandra believes that there is no greater place for youth to meet and learn about Jesus than at Pioneer and is excited to re-join the Pioneer team.

EMMA SZOSTAK

Lodge Summer Director
On Maternity Leave
 
Emma was born and raised in Canada, mainly in BC and Ontario, and revelled in the unique beauty each area offered. In 2017 she moved to Alberta where she met her husband, Steve. Emma was invited by a friend to volunteer at Sr. Girls camp in 2016 and volunteered with Pioneer Camp Alberta every year afterwards! In 2023, Emma came on staff with Pioneer Alberta and is excited to now be working as the Summer Camp Director at the Lodge. She loves the unique ministry that summer camps have in creating a safe space for people (campers and staff alike!) to adventure in creation, challenge themselves, and experience God. Some of the things Emma enjoys are paddleboarding, camping, hammocking, and exploring new places. She also loves learning new skills from water colouring to quadding, especially with friends!
Alanna Waines

ALANNA WAINES

LEAD Program & Operations Support
 
Alanna (Watton) Waines is from small town Alberta and grew up going to Pioneer Camp. As a teenager, Alanna’s family moved to West Africa and since then she has enjoyed travelling the world and learning about different cultures and exploring diverse landscapes. For ten years, Alanna spent a portion of each summer volunteering at Pioneer Camp in various roles. Her favourite roles were cabin leading and directing Plunge, Pioneer Camp’s High School Camp. In 2016 Alanna joined the Pioneer Camp Team with a Bachelor’s of Social Work and diverse camp and outdoors experiences. She is excited about using her skills to encourage others and extend community to all who come to Pioneer Lodge.

Staff at Pioneer Ranch, Rocky Mountain House

 

LAURA ANDERSON

Ranch Program Director
 
Laura and her family enjoy a life of adventure, having fun no matter where they are or what they are doing. From travel to camping, board games, and 4x4ing, they are always open to new experiences they can share with the people around them.

In 2022 they sold everything, moved into their travel trailer, and drove across Canada and the US for a year of exploring and intentional reconnection. After jumping into Pioneer Camp ministry in the Spring and Summer of 2023, Laura and her family fell in love with camp life and moved to the Ranch full- time.

As the year-round Program Coordinator at the Ranch, Laura is excited to meet new people, host groups and be more involved with IVCF, Pioneer Camps, and the surrounding communities.

RACHEL SCHMIDT

Ranch Summer Coordinator
 
Rachel Schmidt grew up in Drayton Valley, AB and has been involved with Pioneer Camp as part of the Staff since 2013. Rachel loves the Great Outdoors and loves working with volunteers and our seasonal staff teams. For several years Rachel served at our Pioneer Ranch site as their Guest Group Coordinator and then as the Pioneer Lodge Summer Director. Rachel now lives in Calgary with her husband Ben and serves as our Special Programs Coordinator.

LAURA STACK

Barns Manager
 
Laura has been an integral part of Alberta Pioneer Camp for many years. With her passion and expertise as a registered veterinary technician, she has made a significant impact on the well-being and care of the horses at the camp. As the Barns Manager, Laura takes on the responsibility of overseeing the health and management of the camp’s horses in Sundre and Rocky Mountain House and oversees both the year-round and summer camp riding programs.

Laura’s expertise extends beyond her role as a vet technician. She has become an invaluable resource for the camp volunteers, staff and campers alike, providing wrangler training, supervision, guidance and education on horse care and handling. Her passion for teaching others about horses has made her a vital member of our team.

Summer Teams

 
Each year, Pioneer Camp welcomes many young adults to our Summer Camp programs to teach, guide and support campers and oversee activities. These dedicated youth are the most valuable resource that we have. Positions available vary greatly but the same commitment and hard work is necessary for all.
 
We look for energetic young people who have a heart for God and who are willing to give of their time and energy to be models and mentors to the many campers who come to Pioneer Camp. Check out Summer Staff & Volunteer opportunities below.
 
Summer Staff