Meet our LeadersOUR DIRECTORS

Glen Bernard Camp provides a caring experience in which campers and staff develop self-confidence. The environment fosters both independence and group belonging. Fun is fundamental to the success of GBC.

Meet our Directors

Jocelyn Palm

Owner and Executive Director

Jocelyn Palm has been the owner and director of Glen Bernard since 1977. Jocelyn originally joined GBC as a staff member following 15 years as a camper and counsellor in Quebec. From 1959 to 1965 she held a number of senior staff positions at GBC including waterfront and senior section director and leader of the counsellor-in-training program. She was also a staff member at the Ontario Camp Leadership Centre (Bark Lake).

Jocelyn was the National Director of the Royal Life Saving Society Canada for 15 years. She is a past President of both the Canadian and Ontario Camping Associations. She is also the previous owner of the Raven Ski & Snowboard Club, a skiing and snowboarding program for youths.

A graduate of the University of Toronto, Jocelyn holds degrees in Science and Education. She has taught secondary school in Toronto.

Jocelyn has a life-long interest in programs that foster the development of leadership skills.

Most recently, Joc was awarded the prestigious Order of Canada, being recognized for her outstanding contribution to the lives of thousands of individuals, spanning areas such as lifesaving and aquatic safety, youth development, women’s health and the camping community.

Sue Eckersley

Camp Director

Sue Eckersley was first a camper at GBC in 1978 and loved the experiences over the next 9 summers. Always keen to discover all the animals, insects, plants and birds, she was ready to be outside with a curiosity that drove the counsellors into their wildlife guides and current reference books. She became an excellent canoeist, sailor and kayaker in addition to mastering the land sports and games.

Sue was a staff member from 1988 to 1993 holding various positions during which time she attended Acadia University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and History).

Her camp experiences prepared her to be a full time outdoor recreation instructor/youth counsellor at Project D.A.R.E., Ministry of Community and Social Services. In July 2006, Sue founded her own event management and communications corporation, Watermark Communications Inc, as well as fulfilling an instructor role at Capilano College and Capilano University, from 2006-2012.

Over the last two years, in addition to operating Watermark Communications Inc, Sue has served as GBC’s Assistant Director. Sue is honoured and excited to assume the role of Camp Director, as GBC marches towards 100 seasons!