About Camp Fincayra
Camp Fincayra is a place for children and youth with exceptionalities to focus on building relationships, communication and job skills, while also providing a motivating environment for the development of social, emotional and cognitive skills.
It is our belief that camp should not just last a few weeks throughout the summer but should be available year round to provide the outdoor, nurturing environment children need and deserve.
Throughout the year Camp Fincayra runs several summer and weekend programs that will inspire growth in all attendees who take part.
OUR Team & Directors
From the time he was an owner in a Montessori School for Autism, to the
breakthrough with Carly Fleischmann who “found her voice” while working with Howard, he was inspired to nurture and develop these skills where others could benefit. From early on, Howard had a vision and was committed to his passion in working with children and their families, for learning, for advancing his knowledge of technology and for his expertise with augmentative communication skills. In the past five year, he developed a program dedicated to teaching job skills too …….and was successful because of partnering with Starbucks. In particular, a young man, Sam Forbes was hired to work at a Starbucks and now is recognized worldwide as the “dancing barista”. This event has gone viral with over 6 million views world wide. This innovative approach and collaboration can ultimately provide a solution to help other young people with opportunities...on a path to changing their lives. ….which would be Howard’s greatest MISSION – changing one person’s life, one person at a time.
After receiving her ECE, Julie decided to further her knowledge in the special-needs field by obtaining her Advance Studies and Special-Needs Post-Diploma Certificate. Julie has worked in a wide range of different and unique settings. She has worked with children with vision deficits, children on the ASD spectrum and with a wide range of children with physical and developmental disabilities. Julie’s passion is helping children meet their full potential.
Alex McDonald will be filling the roll of Assistant Director in 2020. With nearly 10 years of experience working with adults and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Alex has become a valuable asset to the team. Alex went to school at Humber College for Social Work where he discovered his passion for supporting individuals with ASD. He then took an Autism and Behavioural Science program at Fanshawe College. Alex looks forward to sharing his joy of outdoor living with the participants of the camp in a creative and compassionate way.
105261 Southgate Road 10
Conn RR3, ON N0G 1N0
As Camp Fincayra has no visiting days we believe that our campers should be able to spend the most time with their families before starting their programs. As a result we require parents to provide transportation to and from camp on the specified start and end dates. Campers may be picked up or dropped off between 9 am and 12pm on these days.