By MYRON LOVE Eleven years ago, Danielle Weidman was one of the co-founders of Camp Quality, Manitoba’s first camp for children who are going through cancer treatments or have had cancer, as well as their siblings.

Although Weidman has been studying medicine in Toronto for some years now, she still keeps returning to her hometown every summer to work at the camp.
“Camp Quality is close to my heart,” says the daughter of Lorne and Lois Weidman. Even though I am studying in Toronto, I am still a member of the Camp Quality organizing committee and I am still the camp registrar.”
Weidman returned to Winnipeg last week for the annual BNI Givers Gain Golf Classic. “I was very excited and honoured to have been invited to be the guest speaker at the tournament dinner last Thursday (June 18) at the St. Boniface Golf Club,” she says. “This will be the 10th year of the BNI golf tournament and the 6th year in support of Camp Quality Manitoba. The tournament has raised over $67,000 to date for Camp Quality Manitoba. This year’s tournament is expecting to raise another $20,000.”
Camp Quality, Weidman explains, is a non-profit organization that hosts week-long camps for kids dealing with cancer. The international network of camps was founded by a lady named Vera Entwistle in Australia in 1983 and has been in operation in Canada since 1988.
Weidman had many years of experience as a camper and counsellor at the Winnipeg Beach Day Camp before her involvement in Camp Quality. As well, she was involved in a university-related project working with children with cancer who are in the Children’s Hospital oncology unit. It was based on those experiences that Weidman became involved with Camp Quality.
 “I brought this international organization to Manitoba in 2004 after visiting a Camp Quality location in Ontario,” she says. “Our year-round programming and free camps give kids with cancer the power to turn challenges into adventures. Camp Quality offers children with cancer, and their siblings, the opportunity to ‘just be kids’ for one week every summer.”
The camp, she says, runs for one week. “We provide transportation, three wonderful meals per day, lots of snacks, great activities, and a week of fun, laughter and uplifting experiences.”
 Each camper, she notes, is paired with a companion - a personal counsellor. This one-to-one ratio ensures that each camper has an exciting camp experience that meets their individual needs and interests. If space permits, brothers and sisters of a new camper can attend for the camper’s first year to help the child feel more at home.
The campsite is the Variety Club of Manitoba’s Camp Brereton in the Whiteshell. “We are planning and preparing another great week for our campers,” Weidman says. “We have a record number of children (45) already registered for camp this summer and are expecting more. Consequently, we are in need of many volunteers to help with the success of our program.
Professionally, Weidman graduated from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine three years ago, after which, she moved to Toronto for her pediatrics residency at The Hospital for Sick Children. In July, she will be starting her fellowship in Hematology/Oncology.
 “My passion has come full circle from volunteering with children with cancer (which I started at age 16), to becoming a doctor specializing in children’s cancer,” she says. “I always planned to return to Camp Quality Manitoba in the role of camp doctor, and I look forward to this in the near future.”
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