OELC engages and motivates youth to maximize their potential as leaders. We empower youth to develop leadership strengths and skills… inspiring them to be agents of change in their community and beyond.
I would like to thank you for the opportunity to attend OELC. I found my experience to exceed my expectations. I liked the co-operation with the other students and that they were from so many different places. I learned the importance of optimism and how I need to keep looking at the positive and opportunities in life I have shared with my teachers and my students how great camp was. We developed trust so quickly with one another. I also learned to tuck in you pant legs with around chipmunks! “For all things that we have or ever might, the grandest thing that we will have is one another. Thanks again.
Our daughter, Maggie, absolutely loved her experience. She kept a journal each day and upon arrival home shared almost every moment of every day with us. Her enthusiasm, energy and personal reflection was wonderful. She commented before going to sleep last Thursday that it was “strange going to bed without a bunk over her head and she felt like a different person now.” I know she grew, as a person in a positive way and that would not have happened without the professionalism and support of your staff. Both of our daughters have had the privilege of attending OELC as grade 6 students. Thank you for that.
Sincerely K.S. & J.S.
OELC is the only place that I have ever been in my life that fosters acceptance of self and others. The unique atmosphere, the incredible staff, and the duration of stay allow each leader to accept who they are, what they have to offer, and teaches them how to use it in the most meaningful way. Whereas other camps focus on improving a specific skill, OELC focuses on improving the person. Just like Ghandi said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world". OELC makes you feel like you can.
K.C., Bridlewood Elementary School, Kanata
Kay and I were honoured to be invited and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the experience. We commented that people were obviously enjoying 'being back’. The fellowship was infectious; everyone chatted and exchanged compliments about their experiences at OELC flowed naturally.
Our conversation while viewing the pictures brought back personal memories long buried. My experience in Cabin 6 was reflected by every other participant. Such consistency of program outcomes over so many years is very unusual and highly commendable.
The experience has awakened my love of the Centre and of the special education experiences it provides. Congratulations to staff and the excellent volunteers who were so ready to assist us. After teaching for a whole career I still have faith in our young people. I believe our future is in capable hands.
Thank you this uplifting experience.
Kay and Burle Summers