Director: Liza Rozen-Delman
Over 28 years ago Liza began her journey as a camper at Camp Hatikvah.
For eight consecutive summers, from a first year staff at seventeen to a twenty-four year old Assistant Director, camp was her obsession. Camp Hatikvah was the inspiration for Liza’s career path.
After completing the Early Childhood Education program in Vancouver and attending the University of Western Ontario, Liza realized her two passions could co-exist; working with children and youth, as well as giving back to her own community.
Liza’s first job was teaching Hebrew Preschool at the North Shore Hebrew School, Har El synagogue in West Vancouver and from there Liza became Primary Division Supervisor at a private school in New Westminster.
In 1995, Liza began her ten year position with the Jewish Community Centre in Calgary Alberta. Liza worked her way up from Children’s Program Director to Assistant Executive Director of the facility. But if you ask Liza what job produced her greatest accomplishments, she would say, “giving birth to my son Shane, who is now 20 and my daughter Hanah who is 17.” Thirteen years ago, in 2005, Liza and her family moved back to Vancouver from Calgary to be closer to Liza’s parents.
Her first year back in Vancouver, Liza worked for the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver in the Annual Campaign Department as the Director of the Women’s Division. In June of 2007, Liza was hired to continue her Hatikvah voyage – now as the Camp Director. Liza has a passion for jogging, the great outdoors and any sport activity – all activities that she first learned at Camp Hatikvah.
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 fourth year as Associate Director of camp and enjoys spending her days planning and getting camp ready for the campers each summer.