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Our staff are well trained to mentor and guide in all aspects of camp life, from developing skills to engaging in conversations about life and faith. We are here to serve you!

Peter Dearborn
Generation to Generation & Development Director
Pete “Drifter” Dearborn has served at Manitoba Pioneer Camp for nearly 30 years. He and his wife Cindy have four grown children and three grandchildren. Pete has significant experience mentoring and leading young people, having worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s high school ministry for 15 years before being appointed to direct the camp in 2012. In his current role as project manager, he turns his focus towards site renewal and nurturing relationships with alumni and supporters.

Email Peter: [email protected]

Neil Steward
Executive Director
Neil “Houston” Steward joined the Pioneer Camp team in the spring of 2012. Neil has brought his experience and expertise from the world of the food and beverage industry to bless our world of operations and camp. Neil is married to Sharon and they have three boys, Nikolai, Zachary and Samuel.

Email Neil: [email protected]

Sharon Steward
Co-Director & Food Service Director
Sharon is a Red Seal Certified Chef and took over the kitchen at Pioneer Camp when Neil joined camp in 2012. She joined the year-round team in 2017 and has recently released VOLUME, Pioneer Manitoba’s cookbook.
Click here for VOLUME website.
Sharon also oversees training and support of the camp cooks at the IV camps across Canada, as we continue to focus on showing Christ’s love through hospitality. Ask her about this amazing new initiative!
Email Sharon: [email protected]

Office Manager & Summer Camp Registrar
Spencer (aka Cousteau) Kushnir is our staff registrar. She is a full time student at the university of Manitoba studying Linguistics. She came to camp for the first time in 2012 as a camper and has been a summer staff since 2015. One of her favourite things about camp, is bringing girls into the wilderness and showing them how strong they are!

Email Spencer: [email protected]

Program Director
Nate “Dusty” Rempel joined camp in 2020 and is the coordinator of summer staffing and programming. He has worked in forestry, off and on, for the past ten years and in youth ministry since 2018. He is excited about the mission of the camp, as it is now and will be in years to come.

Email Nathan: [email protected]

Administrator & Summer Camp Registrar
Anna (aka Peppo) has enjoyed a myriad of roles at camp throughout her entire life, from being a staff-kid, a camper, to kitchen team leader, canoe instructor, and cabin leader. Summer of 2022 brought her to the administrative team and we are so happy that she’s joining us year-round. When she’s not working on camp stuff, you’ll find her in a classroom teaching in French, in Winnipeg! Anna is married to Simon and has camp ministry in her blood.

Email Anna: [email protected]

Summer Teams


Each year, Pioneer Camp welcomes many young adults to our Summer Camp programs to teach, guide and support campers and oversee activities. These dedicated youth are the most valuable resource that we have. Positions available vary greatly but the same commitment and hard work is necessary for all.

We look for energetic young people who have a heart for God and who are willing to give of their time and energy to be models and mentors to the many campers who come to Pioneer Camp. Check out Summer Staff & Volunteer opportunities below.

Summer Staff