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Our Staff

Beth Brittain

Sales Manager

Beth Brittain

What are your hobbies:

Anything Visually Creative, drawing, painting, paper cut out designs, reading, being outdoors.

What is your favourite band/artist/genre of music?

I love Canadian music and supporting Canadian Artists.  My husband and I host House Concerts in our home.  We’ve had Craig Cardiff, Birds of Bellwoods, Brock Zeman, Irish Mythen, Deni Gauthier, Harrow Fair and Jadea Kelly to name a few.

What are you favourite foods?

I love appetizers, choose salty over sweet any day!

What is your favourite thing about working at Portage?

The people, freedom to be creative.

What is your favourite season and why?  

SUMMER!  I like sun and water.  SUP is a fav summer activity, also snorkeling with my son. My family spends a lot of time on the Madawaska River in the summertime.

Do you volunteer anywhere? If so, where?  

I’m a leader at our local Food Bank.  I volunteer at my Church, in the nursery (I like playing with little people!), if I’m not in the nursery, you can usually find me in the kitchen preparing Sunday morning Coffee.

Jodie Marc Lalonde

General Manager

Jodie Marc Lalonde

What is your personality type?  

Myers Briggs ESTJ

What is your super power/matrix?  

My superpower is accountability and my Matrix is accounting.

Can you describe yourself is 5 words?  

Husband, Dad, Paddler, Ski Patroller

Do you have a stress reliever?  

I love to laugh

Do you have any hobbies?  

Foodie

Darby Bartley

Sales + Brand Specialist

Darby Bartley

What are your favourite TV Shows: 

My favourite shows to watch are Peaky Blinders, Veronica Mars and Downton Abbey.

What are your hobbies: 

I love to Hike, Bird Watch and Canoe. (Pretty much anything that will take me outside.)

What is your favourite placed you’ve travelled?  

Paris, France. I loved the culture, art, fashion and food!

Did you grow up attending a camp, if so what’s it’s name?  

Growing up I attended The Cairn Family of Camps. I was on staff for 4 years and have been attending for 15 years.

What is your favourite band/artist/genre of music?  

My music genre of choice is indie rock and my two favourite bands are Needtobreathe and Kings of Leon.

What is your favourite season and why?  

Fall is my favourite season because I love hiking in cool temperatures with minimal bugs and beautiful leaves!

Name your favourite movies? 

The entire Harry Potter Series!

Do you have any nicknames or camp names?  

My camp name is Zel.

Can you describe yourself is 5 words?  

Loyal, Hardworking, Curious, Outdoorsy, Creative

What do you love to learn about? 

I love to learn about Birds, feminism and nutrition.

Megan Potts

Sales + Graphic Designer

Megan Potts

What are your favourite TV Shows:  

One Tree Hill, could watch that show over and over again. Also Suits & Stranger Things.

What are your hobbies:  

I like staying active by occasionally hiking/running and playing soccer. I also enjoy playing boardgames and reading.

What is your favourite placed you’ve travelled?  

Hard to choose, but probably Sao Miguel island in the Azores, Portugal. Such a beautiful place and so easy to see the whole island in 5 days to a week. Would definitely recommend travelling there.

What is your favourite band/artist/genre of music?  

Blind Pilot. I started listening to them because of One Tree Hill, and fell even more in love with them when I saw them in concert. Very chill music, that I’m almost always in the mood to listen to.

What is your favourite season and why?  

Definitely summer, because there’s always friends and family visiting at my house. And because it’s warm and we get to go boating & swimming & eat ice cream.

What are 3 things on your Bucket List? 

Skydiving, riding in a hot air balloon, and scuba diving. There’s several others but those are big ones.

Do you have any nicknames or camp names?  

Meg, Lil Meg, Mushu, Megoo

Do you volunteer anywhere? If so, where?  

I have been volunteering at my church as a youth leader for several years now, which is so fun and rewarding.

If you had 1 million dollars, what would you do with it? 

I would probably go explore the world for a while.

Katelynn Nangle 

Sales + Graphic Designer

Katelynn Nangle 

What are your hobbies: 

When the weather is warm you can most often find me hiking in the woods, paddling the river in the canoe, or camping with my dog and boyfriend! When the weather is cool I’ll most likely be bundled up listening to podcasts, crocheting, or reading a good book.

Do you have any Pets? 

I have a bull terrier named Ruby and a cat named Bowie!

What are you favourite foods?  

Heavy into sweets with a side-love of anything potato related. Always willing to eat anything McDonalds, too!

What is your favourite season and why?  

Spring has always been a favorite of mine… there is nothing better than seeing those first blooms and patches of green grass after a long, cold winter! Spring flowers, birds chirping, jackets shedding, days getting longer… couldn’t be better!

What is your favourite quote?  

“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”
― Oscar Wilde

What do you love to learn about? 

I really love watching documentaries about ship wrecks… anything in the deep ocean, really. As a child I was afraid of what lurks in the water – perhaps the fear turned into intrigue as an adult!

If you had 1 million dollars, what would you do with it? 

I dream about this often… if I ever won the lottery I would buy a beautiful chunk of land located on a lake and open up a dog sanctuary. I’d take in any and all dogs that needed some serious TLC.

Do you have any favourite books? 

11/22/63 – Stephen King
Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
Looking For Alaska – John Green

Miranda Thomas

Production Manager

Miranda Thomas

What are your hobbies:  

I enjoy walking trails, riding my bike, reading, painting and taking photos.

Do you have any pets?  

My husband and I have three cats; Loki, Penny and Simon. They add a lot of love and delight to our lives!

What is your favourite childhood memory?  

My father frequently read to my brother and me when we were kids. The Lord of the Rings, Alice and Wonderland; he was really great at it, did voices for the different characters and everything.

Describe your perfect Saturday?  

Lazy coffee with my husband and our cats. After that, the freedom to make our day up as we go is a refreshing change from the routine of the week.

What is your favourite season and why?  

Autumn! I love the smell in the air, the angle of the sun, the beautiful colours and the fresh-start feeling it gives me after the busy-ness of summer is over.

What are your favourite movies?  

In no particular order…
– Penelope
– The Darjeeling Limited
– Marie Antoinette
– Pride and Prejudice (the 2006 version).
– Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

What do you love to learn about? 

I love history in a cultural sense. Whenever I read a novel that takes place in a different time period from ours, I love to Google the era afterward to learn more about the life of everyday people during that time.

Do you have any favourite books/authors?  

I LOOOOOVE to read! Some favourites …
– Jane Austen in general
– The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
–  Sue Grafton and her Kinsey Millhone ‘Alphabet’ series (female PI in the 80s)

Jim Schiedel

Owner

Jim Schiedel

What are your hobbies:  

I love kayaking, snowshoeing, hiking, and tinkering in my man cave.

What is your favourite placed you’ve travelled?  

New Zealand.  Climbing glaciers, ocean kayaking, and wine tours all on the same day.  Doing all this with my daughter was the icing on the cake.

What is your favourite childhood memory?  

Soap box derby racing.  There was always a competition among my childhood friends.

What are you favourite foods?  

10 year old cheddar, apple crisp.  Mmm – apples and cheese.

What is your favourite thing about working at Portage?  

As the senior citizen I am inspired by the energy and great ideas of my youthful coworkers.

What is your favourite season and why?  

Fall – I love the colours and smells and cooler temperatures of autumn.

What is your hometown?  

Doon, Ontario – a village that got swallowed up by Kitchener. I just wrote a memoir about growing up in Doon.

Do you have any nicknames or camp names?  

Herb – nicknamed after a relative with a questionable reputation.

Can you describe yourself is 5 words?  

I am passionate, caring, energetic, sensitive, and I love routine.

If you had 1 million dollars, what would you do with it? 

I have all I need so I would give it away.

Pilgrim

Unofficial Therapy Dog

Pilgrim

Where are you originally from?

Attawapiskat, Ontario

How would you describe your perfect day?

Wake up, roam the bush, smell the tracks, eat some snacks, go to work, sleep under everyone’s desks, go home, roam the bush, eat some snacks, cuddle my humans, sleep, repeat.

Squeaky or bouncy —what do you look for in a toy?

Definitely a soft plush toy with a squeaky interior.

What’s your favorite place to be?

My deck is my favourite place to be, if there is snow I love it even more!

What’s your favorite food?

Beef bones are my all time favourite! Yum Yum Yum.

What do you like best about Portage Promo?

I like when my coworkers take me for walks to get the mail!!