“Children have always had a very special place in my heart”, says Diana McVitty, a dedicated Moorelands supporter for over 65 years, “You can imagine what a joy it is for me to see the capable, dedicated and compassionate leadership at Moorelands Camp today.”
Diana has been a dedicated supporter of Moorelands for over 65 years
Summer camp the way it was in 1942: No boats, no dock, no lifeguards, no sleeping bags and, if you wanted to swim, as Diana McVitty recalls, the rules were simple.
“I taught swimming using my self-authorized techniques and recall that some girls actually did learn to swim.”
Still a dedicated Moorelands supporter more than 65 years later, Diana admits “Children have always had a very special place in my heart. You can imagine what a joy it is for me to see the capable, dedicated and compassionate leadership at Moorelands Camp today.”
Rustic as it may have been, it was the Moorelands camp that set Diana out on her journey through adult life – Miss Longstreet, the camp nurse, inspired her to pursue a nursing career, and train at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.
Diana doesn’t dwell much on her own extensive contributions to Moorelands – she’s been a board member, raised funds for Moorelands’ annual Send-a-Kid to camp campaign, and continues to support Moorelands financially, verbally and spiritually.
But her long-time friend and fellow Century Club member Olivia Lee has no such qualms.
Diana, she writes, “has an amazing gift of empathy that draws on a deep inner well of compassion.
“With a keen appreciative eye for beauty in nature and in people,” Olivia writes, “she is quick to perceive and value the gifts that others have to offer.
“Diana herself,” Oliva notes, “will simply explain that it is God’s love that motivates and enables her to do all that she does.”