Remembering Ed Harder

Posted on: June 12th, 2024 by SLMC Media

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Ed Harder, a cherished member of the Silver Lake community. Ed, a devoted Silver Laker, left an indelible mark on our camp through his leadership, dedication, and tireless volunteer efforts.

Ed’s journey with Silver Lake spanned decades. He was on summer staff in the early 1970s, which included leading the CILT program with his wife Jo-Anne. Through the 1990s, Ed served on the Board of Directors, playing a pivotal role in shaping the future of our camp. His hands-on approach was evident in the construction of the volunteer cabins and staff cabins that are still used today.

Former Executive Director Dave Erb fondly recalls Ed’s instrumental role in planning the reconstruction of our new dining hall after the old one was destroyed in a fire. Ed’s vision and meticulous planning were also crucial in the development of the new cabins on the north side of camp. His contributions have created lasting memories and spaces for future generations of campers.

Ed’s love for SLMC has been passed down to his daughters Rachel, a strong supporter of Silver Lake, and Rebecca (Heide), who works as a year-round staff member with the administration team. His grandsons Nick, Noah, Kieran, and Adam are all on summer staff, while his youngest grandson Toby is a CILT II this year.

In May of 2023, Ed was able to visit Silver Lake for the last time. He toured around camp and inspected every single building on site to make sure they were all holding up okay!

To honor Ed Harder’s legacy and his lifelong dedication to Silver Lake, donations can be made in his memory through the Ed Harder Memorial Fund. Your contributions will continue Ed’s mission of enhancing and nurturing the camp he loved so dearly.

Click here to make a donation.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ed’s family and all who were touched by his remarkable spirit. He will be deeply missed but forever remembered in the heart of Silver Lake.

Here is the link to Ed’s obituary to see visitation and service details.




Silver Lake raises record $67,700 at 15th annual Grand Paddle and Hike

Posted on: June 12th, 2024 by SLMC Media

We are thrilled to announce that the 15th annual Grand Paddle and Hike fundraiser (May 10-12) raised over $67,700. This amount marks the highest in the event’s history, significantly surpassing the goal of $63,000.

A heartfelt thank you to all participants, donors, supporters, and sponsors who helped us have a successful event, enabling SLMC to thrive into the future.

A special shoutout goes to Abe Fehr and his company, UniFab, for their generous donation of $10,000 to cap the event, which played a crucial role in exceeding our fundraising target. The substantial support from UniFab and other contributors highlights the strong community spirit and commitment to the camp’s mission.

This year’s event saw a record participation of 63 teams, a fitting number as Silver Lake celebrates its 63rd anniversary. The enthusiastic involvement from participants and donors alike underscores the enduring legacy and community connection of the camp.

Funds raised from the Grand Paddle and Hike will keep camp fees affordable for families and will support Silver Lake’s ongoing programs and initiatives, ensuring that we can continue to provide enriching experiences for campers of all ages. Again, we are deeply grateful for the unwavering support from our community and look forward to many more years of shared adventures and memories.


Notice of Annual Meeting Saturday May 11 Bylaw Changes

Posted on: April 5th, 2024 by Silver Lake Mennonite Camp

Notice is hereby given that the 2024 Annual General Meeting of Silver Lake Mennonite Camp Inc. will be held online on Saturday May 11th at 11:30am.  Click on the “2024 AGM Agenda” for meeting information and Zoom link.

Click here for Zoom link:  (Meeting ID: 984 425 352  Phone: 1 647 374 4685)

Click on the links below for meeting information.

Annual Meeting Agenda and Minutes

SLMC 2023 Review of Engagement Report Draft

2022 SLMC – Final

2023 Financial Statement A

2023 Financial Statement B

Nominations to the Board


Articles of Amendment


This page is brought to you by our 2024 Grand Paddle and Hike sponsors: Peaceworks Technology Solutions, Angela Friesen-Brown Real Estate Broker, Barclay Wholesale, MAC LLP, Herrle’s Country Farm Market

SLMC Executive Director Karen Cornies resigns

Posted on: April 4th, 2024 by SLMC Media

It is with mixed emotions that we share with you an important leadership update at Silver Lake. After 8 incredible years, Karen Cornies has resigned from her position as Executive Director.

Throughout her tenure, Karen has worked tirelessly to help the camp thrive. Under her leadership, Silver Lake has achieved unprecedented milestones and integrated many successful new programs, including offsite day camps, the Indigenous Land-Based Learning Program, Newcomer Family Holiday, bus transportation to and from summer camp, and many more. She will be greatly missed, and we wish her the best in her future endeavors as Associate Director of Work Integrated Learning at Conestoga College. We know she will continue to inspire people wherever she goes!

We look forward to honoring Karen’s impactful journey and everything she’s done for Silver Lake. Those wishing to express their gratitude for Karen’s service can do so by granting one of her final wishes:

  1.  Join the 2024 Grand Paddle and Hike Fundraiser. CLICK HERE to create your team.
  2. Donate to her final fundraising project, the multisport court. If five donors give $1,000 each, they will be able to attend an SLMC retreat for FREECLICK HERE to donate.

Over the coming weeks, Silver Lake’s Board of Directors will be determining its next steps which will include the launch of search process for the next Executive Director. In the meantime, beginning April 15, Outdoor Education Director Rebekah Caldwell will step in as interim ED as we prepare for the summer months. Rebekah brings a love for campers and staff, strong administrative skills, and a deep understanding of the values of the Silver Lake. Please be assured Silver Lake is in great hands!

We will inform you of updates as they become available. Any questions can be directed to Karen Cornies, Executive Director, or Christina Reimer, Chair of the board.

Thank you for your continued support for Silver Lake!

CILT Cabin Dedication Service scheduled for April 28

Posted on: April 4th, 2024 by SLMC Media

You and your family are invited to the CILT Cabin Dedication Service at Silver Lake on April 28 to dedicate the cabins and to honour Henry Pauls’ legacy and everything he’s done for Silver Lake. Those planning to attend are asked to meet at the Dining Hall at 10 a.m.

Henry’s mark on the camp has been an inspiration to many. Before he passed away in 2020, he was a board member, staff, and longtime volunteer with Silver Lake, who’s been an important part of the camp since its establishment in 1961. Between 1994 and 2003 he was the Administrator, overseeing construction of the Pines, staff cabins, volunteer cabins, new kitchen, and the washhouse renovation. He hardly missed a Work Weekend between 1994 and 2017, and he built Silver Lake’s popular Adirondack chairs that are used every day by staff, campers, and volunteers.

The rebuilding of the two CILT cabins was Silver Lake’s fundraising project of 2021. A generous donation of $60,000 was announced on April 7 of that year, made on behalf of the Henry and Nancy Pauls family, to build one of the CILT cabins. The Silver Lake community came together to make the second cabin happen. The cabins were completed in the spring of 2023 were used for the first time last summer by our Campers in Leadership Training (CILTs). Thank you to everyone who made this possible! We look forward to celebrating with you on the 28th.

Just a reminder that April 26-28 is also our Spring Work Weekend, so anyone who would like to stay the whole weekend and help open the camp can arrive Friday evening or Saturday morning. Meals provided!

Any questions about the CILT Cabin Dedication Service can be directed to

We’re excited to share this day with you!

How to Get Involved with Silver Lake this Month (March!)

Posted on: March 4th, 2024 by SLMC Media

Although mainly known as a summer camp, Silver Lake is action-packed year-round. Here are some ways you can be involved in our community in March!


We are hosting our first-ever basketball tournament fundraiser on March 23. Create a team of 3-5 players and meet us at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate in Kitchener for a fun day of basketball, pizza and connecting with other Silver Lakers.

If you’d like to be part of this event but are unable to participate on a team, consider volunteering (email for more info) or paying $250 to sponsor a team who needs financial support. All proceeds go to Silver Lake’s upcoming multisport court.

You can send your etransfers to with ‘Basketball Tournament’ and your email address in the memo line. Thank you for your support!

Find more info on this fundraiser by clicking HERE.


Silver Lake relies on donations to keep programs running throughout the year. In March, register as a Campfire Builder (monthly donor) with Silver Lake at $20 or more and CanadaHelps will add an additional $20.

If you’re already a Campfire Builder, increase your existing gift by $10 or more and CanadaHelps will contribute an extra $10.


Retreats at Silver Lake are one of the best ways to disconnect from the busyness of life and reconnect with nature and yourself. Stay in our retreat centre, The Meadows, and enjoy the convenience of meals cooked for you. Register at

Here are our upcoming retreats:

Weekday Wanders – Bruce Trail Sydenham End-to-End Hike: April 9-12 and/or April 22-26

Hike the Sydenham Section (170km) through our two-part series. Each day, hike approximately 20 kms. Complete half the series or sign up for both hikes and complete the entire section.

Music is Medicine: April 19-21

Fill your weekend with singing and instrumental music. Sing through songbooks, hymnals and more in the company of other music lovers.

Spring Work Weekend: April 26-28

This fun, family-friendly weekend is for those who enjoy doing physical labour and cleaning up camp. You can either come for just Saturday or leave Sunday after breakfast.

Connecting with Indigenous Culture: April 29

This is an Indigenous culture awareness workship with Diane Giroux, Giiwe Coordinator at M’Wikwedong Indigenous Friendship Centre of Owen Sound and award-winning presenter, George Couchie whose spirit name is Zoogiday ‘strong heart.’

Meet Anya Fieguth: new camp support coordinator and assistant director

Posted on: October 19th, 2023 by SLMC Media

Silver Lake is excited to welcome Anya Fieguth to the team this fall. Anya will serve as SLMC’s new camp support coordinator, as well as assistant director of overnight camps.

She will work year round for Silver Lake, doing a combination of onsite work with the Outdoor Education program and retreats, as well as administrative work to help SLMC prepare for 2024.

Having received her fifth-year paddle this past August after completing five years as a summer staff member, Anya says she is “super excited” to continue her work with Silver Lake.

“Silver Lake has always meant a lot to me,” she says. “I have had the privilege of being a part of the community for many years, from being a camper, to being a CILT, to five years on staff … I had always hoped to remain involved with Silver Lake after receiving my paddle, but I am especially grateful for this opportunity to continue working for this community in such a significant way.”

Anya adds that she looks forward to connecting with people on retreats, at summer camp, and at other events.