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!



Executive Director

With more than 35 years’ experience in youth ministry, Ruth brings a wealth of experience in helping young people reach their full potential.
For more than 25 years, Ruth served as a staff and ministry director for InterVarsity’s campus work in Quebec. For more than 10 years, she directed a Leaders in Training Program at the Quebec-based camp, Frontier Lodge, which enabled her to work with college and university students during their summer breaks. In 2011, Ruth moved from Montreal to Sundre, Alberta, to become the Executive Director of Alberta Pioneer Camp. She is responsible for both the Sundre and Rocky Mountain House sites.


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Staff at Pioneer Lodge, Sundre



Guest Group Coordinator | Bookkeeper
Bonnie finds great joy in working with our Year-Round Guests at Pioneer Lodge and also 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.


Office Manager | Summer Registrar
Della is originally from Manitoba and has worked in ministry overseas and in Canada for more than 20 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 Office Manager for Pioneer Lodge, Sundre and doubles as the Summer Camp Registrar for both the Sundre and Rocky Mountain House sites.


Special Programs 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.


Program Coordinator
Quin grew up going to camp at Circle Square Ranch in Austin, Manitoba (Spruce Woods CSR) and in 2016 participated in the 8-month LEAD program at Pioneer Camp Alberta. Upon completing the program he joined us at Pioneer Lodge as our Year-Round Team Leader. In Spring of 2021, Quin became the Lodge’s Program Coordinator. Quin loves campers and has a servant heart. He is a great asset to the Pioneer Team.
Alanna Waines


LEAD Program Director | Director of Operations
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.
Daniel Waines


Site Manager
Daniel Waines’ love of camping and the outdoors began in Liberia, West Africa. As a young lad he used to spend hours pondering the deeper questions of life while hiking through the jungle or bobbing in the tropical ocean’s crashing waves. He loves working with his hands, figuring things out, and connecting with people.  He is thrilled to be working full time at Pioneer Camp Lodge and hopes that God will use him to bring Jesus’ love, joy and encouragement to the people he interacts with.


Herds Manager
Leticia is from Calgary, AB and in 2017 participated in the LEAD program at Pioneer Camp Alberta. Since completing the LEAD program, Leticia has held a variety of positions at Pioneer Camp. In the spring of 2018, she joined the team at Pioneer Lodge as a wrangler. The summer of 2019, she joined the team at Pioneer Ranch as their Summer Riding Director. In the fall of 2020, Letica joined the staff at Pioneer Lodge as full time Herds Manager. She loves to be outside (in the mountains especially), hiking, playing sports, and taking photos. She has been fortunate to be able to travel and see some amazing places. Leticia is excited to reach out to people who come to camp through the horse program.

Staff at Pioneer Ranch, Rocky Mountain House

Claudia Cisterna


Administrator | Assistant Cook
Claudia has been connected to Pioneer Alberta for many years, both as a volunteer and as the mom of two daughters who grew up attending camp at Pioneer Lodge in Sundre. Growing up as a pastor’s/missionary kid, she had the opportunity to explore the outdoors, get to know lots of people, and (along with her siblings) participate in her parents’ ministry. She has a background in education and graduated from Prairie College with the Theatre and Arts Program. For the last 11 years, Claudia has worked privately with people in the autism spectrum, assisting and implementing developmental therapies. She also served in her church as worship leader, but believes that God led her to take a 360 degree turn in her life. In May 2020, Claudia joined the team at Pioneer Ranch. To be part of the ministry of InterVarsity at camp is something that fills her heart with gratitude and excitement.


Site Manager
Jim grew up on a farm in Central Alberta and is a carpenter by trade. He got involved with Camp Little Red after high school and worked with the horse program and maintenance there for many years, and then at Blue Bronna Wilderness Camp. Jim is glad to be serving God at Pioneer Camp.


Food Services Manager
Martha has lived in Alberta all her life and has been involved in camp ministry since she was 13. She is the mother of 5 grown sons and now has 4 daughters (in-law)! She therefore has always done a lot of cooking and enjoys feeding people. She has also cooked at Camp Little Red and Blue Bronna Wilderness Camp. Martha believes that cooking at camp is a ministry that God has called her to and she is very happy to be serving at Pioneer Camp.
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Program Director
Kevin has been working and volunteering with Pioneer in various positions since 2011 and joined the year round team at the Ranch in 2021 as their Program Director. Kevin has a teaching background and is excited to use his skills and passion for the outdoors to welcome people to camp. He enjoys climbing, woodworking, music and many other outdoor activities. He is supported at camp by his wife and two young daughters.

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