Meet Our Leadership Team

James Lortie, Executive Director

James has been the director of Belwood Lodge and Camp since 2012, with almost 20 years in the industry.  James has an educational background in Family and Social Relations and Primary/Junior Education.  Some of James' favourite activities at camp include Pool Program, Drag Race, and the Video Dance!

Alix Oates, Associate Director/Program Director

Alix has spent 11 seasons at Belwood Lodge and Camp.  Alix designs and supervises the camp program and brings so many wonderful ideas and incredible expertise to the program and the entire camp operation.  Some of Alix's favourite activities at camp include large group games, Coffee House, and Banquet. 

Lizzie Smyth, Assistant Director/Cabin Life Director

Lizzie has been working with Belwood since 2014 and has worked her way through almost every area of camp, from Cabin Counsellor to Program Counsellor, to the Leadership Team and now the seasonal Directing team.  Lizzie's background in education brings the cabins structure as well as cabin-related activities.  Some of her favourite activities at camp include theatre/music, Game Show night, and campfire.


Since 1946, Belwood Lodge and Camp has provided an engaging, safe holiday experience for people with intellectual disabilities.  Many of our participants and staff have been attend year after year, establishing lifelong friendships and creating a lifetime's worth of memories.

Charitable Business Number: 11880 3154 RR0001



322 Third Street Pvt.

Belwood, Ontario

N0B 1J0


Phone: 519-843-1211


Executive Director: James Lortie

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