Christian Persaud is the assistant director at Camp Medley, while his
wife, Maren McLean-Persaud, is the director. McKnight photo
Leadership in place at Camp Medley
By Gisele McKnight
It’s not salt water, but the St. John River is a close second to the Northumberland Strait, as far as Maren McLean-Persaud is concerned.
The Pictou County, N.S. native is Camp Medley’s director this summer, and she’s thrilled to be back in the Maritimes.
“I love it,” she said of being close to home this summer. “I like Ontario and I love Toronto, and when I lived in Alberta the mountains and prairies draw you in, but here it’s the water.”
Maren’s husband of nearly 18 months, Christian Persaud, will act as assistant director. He was born and raised in Toronto. The two met at Knox College in Toronto and both graduated with Masters of Divinity degrees this spring.
“Until we’re called to a church, we’re not reverends,” said Christian. “We’re just people with theology degrees.”
In the meantime, they’re eager to put those degrees, their faith and their experiences to work at Camp Medley. Maren has extensive leadership experience at Presbyterian Camp Geddy in Merigomish, Pictou County. Christian has experience as a camp chaplain in Alberta and became hooked on camping ministry.
The two heard about the Medley job openings from a friend and were looking for something they could do together.
Maren will oversee the camp’s staff, programs and policies, and Christian will support her, the staff and campers in whatever way is needed.