Episode 58: Taking Over Mid Season with Donna MacPherson



Donna MacPherson took on the difficult task of taking over as director in the middle of the camp season.
Our hosts Professor Dave and Patti explore what prompted such a sudden change, what Donna did to help ease the transition, and what surprised her most about the situation.

Donna also gives advice for others who may find themselves in similar circumstances, AND for directors who may have to leave mid season in the future.  Patti also throws a little bit of shade.

Lightening Round

What book would you recommend for other camp and or recreation professionals?

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

What’s a word that has meaning for you professionally?
Laundry (It’s kind of a long story guys.)

What’s one piece of advice you have for an emerging camp/ rec professional?
Explore other camps when you can

What’s your favourite quote?
“Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine.”

– Chris Hadfield (Canadian Astronaut – and all around rad dude!)

Things we’re grateful for

Donna – All the coffee
Dave – Autumn in Philly (where there may or may not be coloured trees… jury’s still out)
Patti – Her husband for making pancakes… or maybe just for pancakes!

How to reach Donna

Donna’s Instagram
Camp Tidnish’s Instagram
Donna’s Patchwork Store (It’s called Rainboots and Tie dye…. that’s close to rainbows and gumboots… heh.)


How to reach us

Patti: The Camp Nerd

Dave: Professor Dave

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