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Camp Awakening: The Alumna Connection

Alumna Dolly Menna-Dack ’99 recently returned to St. Clement’s School to talk to the girls about Camp Awakening.

Dolly is a Clinical and Research Ethicist at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the Bloorview Research Institute.  As a child, Dolly was a Camp Awakening camper and now serves on its Board of Directors.

Camp Awakening was founded in 1982 and is located in the Land O’Lakes region north of Kingston, Ontario. The camp was created to offer programs for youths with physical disabilities, providing them with the opportunity to increase independence, develop confidence, make new friends and do things that they perhaps never dreamed were possible.

Having lived with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and Systemic Stills Disease since she was a young child, Camp Awakening was an experience that Dolly still holds dear. She shared with the School the value of the camp and expressed her delight that it had been chosen as SCS’s designated charitable organization for this year.

In addition to talking about Camp Awakening, Dolly also explained what a bio-ethicist does and how she ended up following that particular career path, and also spoke of the professional and personal rewards of serving on a board of directors.

Dolly’s visit was informative and inspiring and left all of SCS looking forward to the next time she returns to 21 St. Clements Avenue.

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