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Meet Our Leadership

Camp Director - Emily Cowley

Worship in the Adanac, canoes tipping on the lake, laughter during sponge wars – these are the sounds that ignite my heart! Having attended camp for eleven years and worked on staff for an additional five before becoming Director, I have a deep passion for Silver Lake’s ministry. In fact, I am a product of its ministry. Silver Lake is a community like no other, with a servant’s heart that’s unmistakable and my dream is to see it continue.

Outside of camp, you can find me facilitating outdoor education programs for youth at other camps around Ontario. When I’m not at work, you’ll likely find me outside feeding chickadees, backcountry camping, or traveling but – wherever I am – you can be sure that I’m dreaming about Silver Lake! I know God has amazing things in store for our campers this year, and every year, and am committed to bringing Jesus’ heart to life through camp. I cannot wait to spend the summer alongside all of you!

Assistant Camp Director - Grace Deter

Hello Silver Lakers! My name is Grace, and I am so unbelievably excited to be one of your Assistant Directors this summer! My life completely changed when I was introduced to Silver Lake as a volunteer in 2019, so I can’t wait to continue serving on staff. I love all things about Silver Lake, but I’m an especially big fan of Sponge Wars, the Shaving Cream Game, and Session.

When I’m not dancing up a storm in session at camp, I’m finishing up my degree in nutrition at the University of Guelph. Outside of school, I help lead a really awesome Christian young adults group with friends. I love all things outdoors, spending time with friends, whipping up amazing food in the kitchen, and my (stinky) dog Barney. I just know that the Lord has some incredible things planned at Silver Lake this year, and I am so honoured to be a part of it. I can’t wait to have the best summer yet with you all!

Assistant Camp Director - Mackenzie Neuman

Hello! My name is Mackenzie, and I have been given the great honour of being one of your Assistant Directors this year! In years past, I have worn many hats, but am so excited to step into this new position. My life has been radically changed by the love of Jesus that I first encountered here at SLC. I cannot wait to share that with all of you through canoe wars, worship, and wild adventures! 

During the school year (when I’m not winning every game at camp), I’m studying to be a registered nurse at Brock University. I have a big passion for music and pour a lot of my time into leading worship and jamming with friends. In all that I do, I want to show others the love that God has shown me. I can’t wait to dive head first into summer 2024 with you all!