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.

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.

Hilary Smith

Camp Director

Hilary started attending GBC at the age of 7 and continued as a camper and staff member for 18 summers, including being a counsellor, Section Head, Program Coordinator and working year-round with Joc as the Director of Development for Ravens Ski Club & GBC. Her experience at GBC sparked a lifelong passion for the natural world and using an outdoor setting to provide transformative leadership opportunities for young people.

Hilary has a BA from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from the University of Victoria, where she studied international business. She is also a certified Personal Organizer through the International Association of Professional Organizers.

As a lifelong camping professional, Hilary was the Director at Campfire Circle (formerly Camp Oochigeas), Executive Director at Camp Winston and Camp Director at the Mansfield Outdoor Centre. Hilary worked as a Project Manager and Business Analyst at CampBrain, a camp management software company.

When Hil is not around a campfire, you can find her on a road trip, doing yoga, watching baking shows or hiking around Burlington, Ontario, where she lives with her husband, Drew and their three daughters, Charlotte, Ruby & Arden.