What makes us different is the team of people we have assembled here and we are proud to introduce them to you.
Not just a Bulldog owner, Amy is at the hub of all creative goings-on and oversees the company’s business development and strategic planning. She is Bulldog’s creative mastermind. Her passion and hard work is inspiring not only to the kids, but the entire Bulldog team. She can often be found with a power tool in hand, building some epic Survivor puzzles to enhance her lifelong passion of running Leadership camps for youth. She’s well versed in the art of communication, in tune with business and while Brent often threatens to take away her Visa card, she still manages to keep Bulldog looking great and on budget. Amy joined the Bulldog team in 2011 and she’s been managing the Bulldog shenanigans ever since. A lifelong sports fanatic means you’ll usually catch Amy sneaking into her office to catch the score of the game while simultaneously manning the Bulldog phone, paying bills and settling a dispute over a fidget spinner. We’re not sure how she finds time to do it all, but the sleeping bag stashed under her desk may be a clue. #whatwouldwedowithoutAmy
Having the dubious honor of being the most frequently called upon Bulldog staffer, Brent (or “BRENT!” as he’s known around here) oversees the operation and maintenance of Bulldog's general facility operations. Invariably calm, cool and collected, Brent seems to effortlessly head off a potential crisis, though we sometimes wonder about the large collection of stress toys around his desk. He’s got quite the set of skills in his arsenal. His patience is legendary. He can drive a bus of screaming kids with laser focus. You’ve probably seen Brent around town, driving our Bulldog Bus! Give him a big wave, he loves that! He’s also a veritable encyclopedia of Disney songs. Now, he associated this to having 4 children, but we’ve caught him tossing his Disney Hits CD in the back of his car real quick whenever he gives us a ride somewhere. You’ve heard nothing until you’ve heard his rendition of “A Whole New World”. Simon Cowell would be proud. Brent would do pretty much anything for Bulldog, though he denies ever having dressed up as a princess #morethanonce to complete our staff Halloween costumes.
Kara, a 2011 addition to our Bulldog team, serves as our problem-solving, go-getting, policy-writing Bulldog Ambassador! She heads our innovative kids’ programs and the kids appreciate her funny and outgoing demeanor, and the fact that she always goes above and beyond to make sure they have fun. Fellow Bulldog staff also appreciate Kara’s quirky positive attitude and agree it makes up for her all-out obsession with Harry Potter. A recent Bachelor of Education graduate, we convinced Kara to make Bulldog her future by changing her unofficial title to “Headmaster Kara” and letting her turn Bulldog into Hogwarts for one week every summer. We drew the line at the pet owl. As if she isn’t busy enough, Kara spends most of her free time competitively horseback riding her 20 year old horse, Owen. We’re convinced if she didn’t spend all of her salary on boarding and caring for Owen, that she’d be retired in a mansion in Beverly Hills by now. We’re keeping this on the down-low for now, no need to let her know. ;)
Trish is your first point of contact at Bulldog, our event coordinator, birthday party booker and the almighty telephone question answerer. Though her chief ambition is to make the most viral memes of all time, she busies herself in the meantime by manning the bumpin’ Bulldog Front Desk. Upon walking in to Bulldog you’ll be greeted by her smiling face and New Kid on The Block tunes. Trish spends her free time designing cute outfits and accessories for her daughter Olivia and her husband (much to his dismay).
Fun Fact: Trish is the most impressive “party mama” you’ve ever seen! Her party decor and witty ideas make you think she’s got some elusive membership to topsecretpinterest.com. You know those witty hashtags on our posts? That’s Trish, our hashtag specialist, our social media guru and she also bakes delicious treats for our Bulldog team. #doesyourfrontdeskbakeyoutreats?
Tahlia joined Bulldog in 2015 to help us take our summer camps to a whole new level. Her fluency in Star Wars, Disney and Pixar lingo and ability to make sense of a myriad of kid melt down scenarios enables Bulldog to provide clients with a top-notch camp experience! Tahlia is known to show up on any given day dressed up as a character from a Disney Movie or Darth Vader just to amp up a game she has planned. Cool right!? As a Group Leader, Tahlia is responsible for implementing a variety of lessons, fitness skills and fun into her daily group activities but it’s her built-in encyclopedia of on the spot “wing it” games that really impress us.
Tahl holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Phys. Ed with a minor in Psychology, which she says comes in handy working with us. We’re not sure what she means by that comment.
Always perky. Always smiling. That’s Sam. Even after putting in extra hours several days in a row, she’s still on top of her game. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that there are seven Starbucks locations on her way into the office. Joining Bulldog in 2016, Sam brings with her a Bachelor’s Degree from Liberty University, which comes in handy with the daily “I can’t find my shoes” meltdowns. If you’ve worked with Samantha, you’ve no doubt unwittingly benefited from her secret belief that there’s not a problem in the universe that a good sit down and talk won’t solve. On weekends when she isn’t rockin’ birthday parties at Bulldog, she can usually be found outside stand up paddle boarding with her husband and her dog, Chance.
Have you ever heard of an inverted somersault? We hadn’t either, until we met Courtlynne. In her younger years she was the Canadian equivalent to Simone Biles, and could be found tearing it up on the gymnastics floor. Now a days, she’s the modern day Shakespeare. Her love for classic literature explains her English Degree from York. Did you know she can recite the entire Romeo and Juliet play WITH a British accent. Impressive eh? Courtlynne’s passion for children's education and development has a positive impact on everyone around her. She’s hard core , and always finding new ways to ensure the kids have fun! It’s impossible not to love Courtlynne.
Danielle is Bulldog's preschool program all star. Her positive , creative and kind manner is loved all tiny humans and their parents. She can often be found reading books, playing with puppets and “eating” pounds of fake kitchen food all for the benefit of the children she works with. The fun doesn’t stop when she leaves work. Danielle loves the outdoors and is often found camping, acting or hiking with her husband and two year old son ! As much as she loves being outdoors, she hates nothing more than black flies so her Costco size bug spray comes in handy.
Adventure should be Cael’s middle name. When she is not running around playing every sport imaginable with our campers, she can be found checking out epic waterfalls, rollerblading and kayaking with her four-legged best friend, Sam. But we don’t blame her, her dog is pretty cool. Cael loves school just as much as she loves adventures and physical activity. She recently graduated from Nipissing University, and is attending the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy. Fun Fact, she can name every bone in the human body.
Camp Counsellor by day, Jedi Master by night. Greg’s passion for Sci-Fi makes him the perfect leader for our Star Wars week of camp. Nothing gets the kids excited like his Ewok impressions. When he is not battling the dark side, he enjoys helping save the environment. Greg is currently enrolled in the Environmental Technology program at Georgian College.
Who do you think Quinn’s idol is? If you guessed Bill Nye the Science Guy, you nailed it. She is a smarty pants, and has a passion for math and science. Her hard work and brain power has paid off, because she is currently an honours student at her High School. Future plans for Quinn? She wants to attend a medical science program at Harvard. #GoQuinn. When she is not working hard on her academics, she is loves to throw down on the court, and shoots some hoops. Who knows, maybe one day she will be playing on the WBA!