Thursday, April 22, 2010

A tribute to Steve Hannon: Amazing Camp Director, Incredible Role-Model...

posted by: Mitch Zeltzer

While this posting is long overdue, I still felt it necessary to pay homage to Steve Hannon, who was not your typical camp director.

Steve was one of those people who was just amazing at what he did.  And, what Steve did best was find a way to make a difference in the life of every child who passed through Camp Kennebec, in Arden Ontario.

Kennebec was the first sleep away camp I attended.  I can safely say that my experiences there helped mold me into who I am today. The life skills and the relationships I gained at Kennebec have made a lasting impression on my life and are, in many ways, responsible for the path I have chosen for my life.

Sadly, Steve Hannon passed away in Kingston, Ontario on February 24, 2010 at the age of 66.  I know I speak on behalf of anyone who had the privilege to be apart of Steve's world when I say that Steve was an amazing man that everyone loved, respected, and admired.

For me, Steve continues to be a role model.  I can only hope that I can do him justice as I try to emulate Steve and the incredibly positive impact he had on those around him, particularly kids.

There was a great article on Steve in the globe and mail.  Visit this link to read more about Steve:

Thank you Steve for amazing memories that will last a lifetime!


  1. Hi Mitch,

    You really said it beautifully!! Steve really did touch so many of our lives and had a huge impact on all of us. We were all lucky to have him in our lives.
    Would you be wiling to post this on the RIP site on facebook?
    Hope you are doing great.

  2. Hello,
    I just had a flashback of my camp years, happened to punch in Camp Kennabec and was so sad to find out that Steve passed. I was a camper in the 80's. Unfortunately I was not one of the best campers. I was a problem child and Steve being my fathers cousin took me off their hands for two summers.
    I am so happy to hear that he changed the camps vocation for children with special needs.
    I was not physically challenged but, I sure was emotionally. Steve tried his best to help me and I am so sad I never thanked him.
    I can only hope that he knows...

    One day I might take a drive and visit the camp.

    Tanya Codas


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