THUNDER BAY – Alice in Wonderland is the theme of Day 6 at Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario . As the Mad Hatter said, “ There is a place, Like no other place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery and danger! Some say to survive it : You need to be as mad as a hatter. Which luckily I am !
We, the volunteers at Camp Quality, wear many hats! Our volunteers range in age from 18- 75. They have rearranged their lives for this week, devoting holidays, time off without pay or came out of retirement to work harder than they ever have in their life!
Families, pets, gardens, and sports teams are doing without them this week.
In a quick survey this morning, I found out what businesses are missing their employees for this week: Balmoral Dental Designs, Bootlegger, Caribou Restaurant, Chapples Golf Course, Dave Repay Productions, E.R.B. Transport, Fort William Historical Park , Fresh Air , GNC – General Nutrition Center, Halfway Motors/Carstar, Health Canada- First Nations Health Branch, Lakehead Public Schools, Learn to Swim, Lifeguarding at Sandy Beach, Little Angels Daycare, McDonalds Restaurants, NorMaxx Financial Group, Our Kids Count, Porter /United Airlines, Premier Royalty, Re/Max, Shoppers Home Health Care, Slate River Veterinary Services, Sport Chek, Subway, The Foundry , The Keg, Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre, Thunder Bay Research Institute, Tim Hortons, Tony & Adams and Whitewater Golf Course.
Our plans for Thursday were disrupted because of the rain. We had so looked forward to a tennis tournament led by Jerry Stitt and family, and a soccer game and fishing with the Thunder Bay Police. Instead crafts were made, log books to sign, surveys to complete. Everyone knows it’s the last full day and there is no sense of urgency for it to end. A few members of the Thunder Bay Police Services joined us for dinner attired in their best hats. They brought with them Fishing gear and gifts for the campers.
We enjoyed a Mad Hatters tea party. This evening was awards, karaoke and fireworks between the rain drops. Friday the parents arrive and before you know it is over but the cleanup.
We have much to be thankful for this week: the perseverance to keep this ship afloat despite the weather and facility challenges, the friendship and love for one another during difficult times, the ability to support each other when the work load gets too unbalanced, the trust that the parents of these wonderful campers put in us to let them go on this adventure with us, year after year.
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