Meet Our Staff

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.

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.

Mckinly Rochon - Programming Coordinator

McKinly Rochon joined the Camp Manitou team full time in 2023 as the Administrative Coordinator where she manages all the bookings, scheduling, and administrative needs of the camp. Mckinly completed the Business Administration program at Red River College and initially joined the True North Youth Foundation in October 2022 as a coach for the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Academy and an activity leader at Camp Manitou.

Quentin Linklater - Facilities & Grounds Assistant

Starting part-time in 2018, Quentin’s commitment led him to a full-time role by 2024. A Winnipeg Jets Hockey Academy graduate, Quentin now assists with the maintenance, safety, and cleanliness of our camp’s buildings, activity areas, and grounds. With his meticulous care, Camp Manitou provides unforgettable experiences for many youths.

Emily Neufeld - Administrative Coordinator

Emily Neufeld joined the Camp Manitou team full-time in Spring 2024 as the Administrative Coordinator. In this role, Emily manages all the bookings, scheduling, administrative, and financial needs of the camp.

A fun fact about Emily: her first job was with True North Sports + Entertainment as Event Staff at the Canada Life Centre from 2018 to 2021.

Emily is a recent graduate from the University of Winnipeg, holding a bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies with focuses in Emergency Management and Political Science.

Outside of work, Emily is a true people person and can often be found in any sort of crowd. She loves attending local venues to see concerts and performances, as well as volunteering in the community.