Camp Directors



Rowan started attending camp before she could even talk. Growing up with Camp Manitou being a huge part of her life, Rowan knows all the great things camp has to offer. She has volunteered with camp over the years, in many different areas of camp including, cooking, maintenance, councillor, manager, and now director.

Rowan loves spending every moment of her summer at camp and enjoying the outdoors. She is a professional bracelet maker at camp and is happy to share her talents with campers. As the program leader of the LIT program, she is excited to help young ladies realize their unique talents for themselves. Rowan is a passionate leadership advocate, and throughout the week she has many things planned to help build self-confidence, responsibility, creativity, but most important just have fun.


Gabriella Deubelbeiss-Mathieu

Gabriella has been going to camp for almost two decades. She first came to camp as a junior girl and now is thrilled to be leading the program that made her fall in love with Manitou. Gabriella spent years as a camper, went through the LIT program, volunteered as a counsellor and as a member of the kitchen staff. She spent many of her formative years at Manitou, creating positive experiences for those around her and making lifelong friends.

Gabriella is a registered nurse who specializes in pediatrics. Her care and love for kids is reflected in all areas of her life. She loves the outdoors, camping, and making memories with her family.

With Gabriella at the helm, Trail Seekers can expect a fun-filled week of games, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, singing, and crafts.



Frederic has been a long-time active member of the Camp Manitou community. Frederic has been involved at Camp Manitou as a camper, lifeguard, counsellor, and has assisted his brothers (Simon and Sebastian) in directing Pathfinders. The leadership camp will include a week in camp training and helping with the Pathfinders program. The second week will include further training in the beautiful waters and islands of the North Channel. Activities are designed to build leadership and camp skills.

When not at Camp Manitou, Frederic is a law student at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law University in Thunder Bay. Frederic recently served his home community of Nairn and Hyman as Mayor. He enjoys canoeing, curling, and spending time with friends and family.


Alison Smith and Olivia Gilbert

Ali has been attending Camp Manitou as a camper her entire life and has been volunteering for over 10 years as a counsellor, cook, and maintenance at both kids camps and family camps. Currently, Ali is studying law and legal studies at Carleton University and is working for Ontario Parks when she is not at school or camp.

Olivia has been a camper since she was 10 years old. She has been a camper, junior counsellor, senior counsellor, cook, and head lifeguard over her summers spent at camp. Currently, Olivia is working towards her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Loyalist College.

Olivia and Ali have recently taken over the roles of directing the senior girls Leader in Training program. This program fosters participants’ leadership qualities like teamwork, organization, and respect. We look forward to helping shape our girls as they start down the path to becoming our future community leaders



For over 10-years now Simon and Sebastian (with help from their brother Frederic) have directed the Pathfinders (Junior Boys) Camp. At Pathfinders, campers can expect a week that include swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sticks, capture the flag, and of course fantastic food!

The duo has previously been awarded the United Way Gen Next award for their volunteer work with Camp Manitou. When not at Camp Manitou, Simon enjoys boating and works for General Electric and lives in Little Current, Ontario. Sebastian is currently a resident physician in Timmins, Ontario.



Owen first attended camp in 2008 as a camper. Hooked from the start, he has worked as a counselor, assisted with program planning and as part of the maintenance staff over the years. Most recently Owen took over the Boys Leadership group during senior boys in 2022. The Highlanders Campers can expect a lively week full of paddling, hiking, camp games, and unforgettable experiences.  Currently Owen works as a Registered Nurse at Health Sciences North in Sudbury. In his free time, he enjoys camping, canoeing and snowboarding.