Spring 2019 Lodge Member Spotlight – Jackie McKay
“Jackie Savage McKay was a first time Ondessonk camper in 1960. Having learned about Camp at her school, Queen of Peace, Belleville, she attended somewhat reluctantly. She “didn’t care for it much”. Her family was not outdoorsy, so the rustic setting was new, foreign, and challenging. Jackie returned in 1961 – this time with a friend. Camp seemed different that summer. It still felt rustic, but the joy of being an Ondessonk camper overcame the misgivings she had her first summer. Plus, Camp Ondessonk had horses! Now retired, Jackie volunteers for several weeks every summer. Jackie is the consummate Camp Ondessonk volunteer. She never turns down a request to help, be it taking over at the eleventh hour to chair the Camp Ondessonk Gala, finding supplies for Lodge, or sparking enthusiasm in others to do what they can for Camp.
With her dedication to Camp, demonstrated by all she does, it was obvious that she would be a natural in a leadership role. As a result, Jackie was nominated to serve as a member of Camp Ondessonk’s Program Committee. Last year, Jackie began serving as a member of Camp Ondessonk’s Board of Directors. Most recently, Jackie stepped up to assume the role of Secretary of the Board of Director’s.
She cherishes the sense of purpose, the feeling that she is a part of something important, and the opportunity to work alongside fellow wranglers, whom, it should be mentioned, love and adore her.
It’s likely you will see Jackie if you visit Camp this summer. She will be there again volunteering for the lion’s share of the summer session. Next time you see her, make sure you give her a big Heepwah for ‘Teaching What Matters Most.’ ” – Belinda Bauer
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