Associate Director: Eden Gutterman
Eden’s love for camp began in 2003 when on a whim, she decided to go with some friends to a camp in British Columbia after never attending sleepover camp as a child. Eden was born and raised in Toronto and while her parents tried their hardest to get her to try camp, she was reluctant. She did not know what working at Camp Hatikvah would bring but thought it would be fun to work with kids in a summer camp setting. She immediately fell in love with Hatikvah and the west coast. In her third year, she became Hatikvah unit head and stayed in that position for 5 summers. After that, she continued on her head staff journey, becoming head counselor and then assistant director.
In between summers, she attended McGill University where she obtained her B.Ed and then proceeded to teach in Toronto for a couple of years. She realized pretty quickly that the west coast was where she was meant to live and moved in 2010. She substitute taught at VTT for a year and then worked in Kindergarten for 3 more years. While she had thought she was finished with camp in 2012, she realized that she wasn’t fully ready to leave camp, and after going back in 2015, made camp her full time job in September. She now gets the incredible opportunity to spend each summer with the kids she grew so close with in Vancouver and watch them continue to grow and become the best versions of themselves at camp.
Eden is now beginning her 3rd year as Associate Director of camp and enjoys spending her days planning and getting camp ready for the campers each summer.