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Heather O’Keefe

Heather O’Keefe

Executive Director
Heather O’Keefe founded StepStones in 2004. She has been the residential summer camp director and the Executive Director since this time. Heather believes that charities have a responsibility to operate efficiently and most importantly effectively. She believes that donor dollars must go directly to programs that have proven ability to effect positive change. She also believes...
Tara Evans Boodram

Tara Evans Boodram

Youth in Transition and Mentor Coordinator
Tara is a passionate and dedicated advocate for youth and she joined the StepStones Team after working for nearly four years with youth at risk in conflict with the law in Toronto, Peel and Halton. She completed her Honours B.A. in Criminology and Women’s Studies and her Master’s Degree in Criminology at the University of...
Maggie Hui

Maggie Hui

Program Support and Development
Maggie Hui joined the StepStones team in 2016.  Maggie has completed her Honours Bachelor of Science where she studied Neuroscience,  Biology and Psychology at University of Toronto.  When she is not studying physics… for fun… you can find her spiking volleyballs on Woodbine beach, glamping in Haliburton Highlands and has started to learn tennis for the...
Cherie Naseiro

Cherie Naseiro

Youth in Transition and Mentor Coordinator
Cherie joined the StepStones team bringing 10 years of camp experience and 2 years of experience organizing a mentorship program for youth at risk at a Boys and Girls Club.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child and Youth Studies and Criminology from Wilfred Laurier University.  Her energy and passion for working with...
Renata Empel

Renata Empel

Youth in Transition and Mentor Coordinator
After completing her Honours B.A. in Psychology at the University of Waterloo, Renata received a certificate in Youth Corrections and Interventions from Durham College and recently graduated from York with her Masters of Social Work (MSW) . For the past four years Renata has been working with at-risk youth in both Toronto and the Durham...
Abigail Joseph

Abigail Joseph

Camp Counselor
As a singer, dancer and musician, Abigail has performed on stages across the GTA. However, Abby is also a budding star at StepStones, bringing her artistic talents as well as her infectious energy and enthusiasm to her role as a cabin counselor. Her studies include the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, and she is active in...
Nancy Sgotto

Nancy Sgotto

Kitchen Staff
Nancy just graduated with a Commerce International Business Management degree at Seneca College.  Her hobbies include drawing, playing soccer, and going on walks. Nancy loves camping and recently spent some time in the great outdoors at Arrowhead Provincial Park. She has been a part of StepStones for eight years as a camper, volunteer and a staff...
Marsha Rampersaud

Marsha Rampersaud

Camp Counselor
Marsha, known to her friends, companion animals, and accomplices as “Doctor Rampersaud,” is our resident gymnastics expert and vocalist at camp.Marsha is completing a Master’s degree at Queen’s University. When she’s not winning awards or racking up graduate degrees, Marsha can be found reading, running half marathons, fleeing domestic animals, or some combination of the...
Rebecca Sgotto

Rebecca Sgotto

Kitchen Staff
Rebecca “Party Animal” Sgotto is currently studying interior design at Humber College. As a StepStones veteran, Rebecca is therefore your go-to-girl for both camp legends and suggestions for living room drapery (mauve is never wrong). When she’s not whipping up exquisite culinary creations in the camp kitchen, Rebecca most enjoys dock day and movie night....
Isabel Macquarrie

Isabel Macquarrie

Lifeguard and Camp Program Staff
Although Isabel usually lists her education as “lots,” when pressed she will reveal that after completing her B.A. at McGill University,  a Master’s degree at Queen’s University and is currently studying Law at Harvard. Isabel brings seven years of experience teaching swimming and working with youth to her position at StepStones. Although Isabel enjoys participating...
Emily Lannan

Emily Lannan

Waterfront Director
Emily Lannan is a special education teacher through the TCDSB. She exclusively teaches children with severe behavioural needs in a section classroom during the school year and volunteers her time up at StepStones during the Summer. Emily loves canoeing, running long distances for fun and the outdoors and has been involved with StepStones since 2004!
Jackie Power

Jackie Power

Camp Program Director
Jackie is a 14 year veteran of the summer camp industry. She loves anything to do with the waterfront – from canoeing, swimming, teaching lessons, to jumping off anything high up. She is currently a Logistics Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces and spends her summers volunteering with StepStones. She has an amazing husband and a...

Board Members

NameRoleArea of focus/ProfessionEmployer
Ken LeonardCo-ChairProject ManagementSGS Evolution Design work
Erin NeedraCo-ChairCorporate LawN/A
Melanie KoszegiVice ChairManaging Partner – Law FirmDavies Ward & Phillips & Vineberg
Nolan JarvisDirectorPrivate Banking AnalystScotiaBank
Taylor CasementSecretaryLegalMoodie Mair Walker Lawyers
Dianne RitchDirectorEducationHalton District School Board
Lindsey RigbyYouth AdvisoryMarketing/CommunicationsToronto Stock Exchange (TSX)
Carol BagozziDirectorFinance/MarketingWeekend at the Cottage
Steve McMillanTreasurerFinance (Portfolio Manager)Fidelity Canada
Heather O’KeefeDirectorSocial Worker/ Child ProtectionChildren’s Aid Society and SFY