Jeff Hofer - Camp Director
As the Director of Camp Manitou, Jeff Hofer oversees the operations and development of the 39-acre camp located just West of Winnipeg. Hofer took over the role in February 2023, and has a long history with True North, having worked for 10 years in Logistics Operations for True North Youth Foundation’s Winnipeg Jets Hockey Academy, as well as time with the Community Relations department and hockey for all centre.
Hofer, originally from Sanford, Manitoba, has committed his entire career to sports and recreation. Having graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Kinesiology, Hofer has experience working in program supervising with Hockey Winnipeg, and spent four years running the Play On street hockey tournament in Winnipeg, as well as across Western Canada.
Jim Proulx - Operations Manager
Jim brings years of maintenance, construction and safety experience gained through previous employment, as well as through his personal hobbies and lifestyle. He is responsible for keeping Camp Manitou’s 40 acres safe and well-kept all year round. Jim works with the Camp Manitou leaders to ensure campers have a safe, fun and memorable time at camp, and is passionate about working hard, getting his hands dirty, and getting the job done.
Jim has spent 20 years coaching children in minor hockey, soccer, and baseball and he continues to enjoy sports himself in his spare time.
Audrey Hicks - Manager, Training & Risk Management
True North Youth Foundation – Camp Manitou is currently creating a “Training Center of Excellence”. Audrey’s role is to lead in that creation as well as offer instruction in a variety of courses both internally and externally and oversee Risk Management at Camp. Internally, the training will include Camp Manitou, TNYF, and True North Sports + Entertainment employees, and externally it will include not-for-profits, camps and other organizations. Audrey was previously the Director of Training and Education at another camp, and was also a part-time instructor with the University of Manitoba’s department of Kinesiology, Red River College and Assiniboine College, providing needed certifications to students in various departments.
Cassidy McGowan - Program & Guest Services Coordinator
Cassidy joined the True North Youth Foundation in the role of Program & Guest Services Coordinator, Camp Manitou in 2021, bringing over six years of experience creating and coordinating programs with the North West Winnipeg Ringette Association as the Director of Player Development. She has also worked for Ringette Manitoba as a Ringette 4 U Instructor. She graduated with a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology from the University of Winnipeg.
Leanndra Rajkumar - Administrative Coordinator
Leanndra joined the Camp Manitou team in 2022 as Administrative Coordinator, bringing years of experience in the customer service industry to a role where she manages all the bookings, scheduling, and administrative needs of the camp. Leanndra is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Recreation Management and Community Development, with previous work experience at BGC Winnipeg as a Program Coordinator, as well as at Victoria General Hospital as a Student Recreation Coordinator.
Jesse St. Cyr - Facilities & Grounds Assistant
After working two years in a part-time role, Jesse accepted a full time position at Camp Manitou in 2019. He came to the True North Youth Foundation after many years of building and grounds caretaking for the Assiniboia West Recreation Association. Jesse has a keen attention for detail and makes safety a priority with every project. He takes a great deal of pride in successfully completing challenging tasks and is willing to take the time and effort to get the job done correctly the first time. Jesse is skilled mechanically and helps to complete equipment repairs and regular maintenance on the vast variety of machinery at camp. Jesse likes to spend some of his leisure time computer gaming.