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About Us

Our mission is to provide grieving children with the tools and resources to manage their grief in a healthy way, and to provide companionship in a supportive environment.

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Our Story

Camp Koala was established in memory of my sisters, Shelly (12) & Heather (9), who died in a car accident on Mother's Day, 1989. Through this camp, I hope to give meaning to their short lives, because they meant so much to everyone whose lives they touched.

 

On 9/11/06, the idea came to me. After 20 years, I decided to create a camp as a living memorial to them, to help kids who experienced what I went through when I was a kid. I don't want kids to spend 20 years grieving alone like I did. It's hard for parents to help kids at times like this, because they're grieving, too, and kids feel better talking with kids who have been through a similar situation.

 

My hope is that through Camp Koala, kids can find a safe place to talk about their feelings and find friends to help them through these hard times, and also have fun! With the help of many great volunteers and a fantastic Board of Directors, we've created a safe place to work through these challenges, where people don't treat you like you're contagious.

Welcome to camp!

Lisa Streett-Liebetrau

Founder & Executive Director

"Since attending camp, my son has begun to open up to his therapist, which he never had done before your camp. His therapist was amazed at how much camp had impacted his life, and how much progress he is making. He is talking about his Dad now, and has even cried for the first time since his death." - Camper Parent

Our Team

Lisa Streett-Liebetrau

Executive Director, Board President

Kimberley Sawyer

Board Treasurer

Michael Streett

Board Member

Emily Gorski

Program Director

Christine Heim

Board Secretary

Lauren Simmons

D. 2018, Member Emeritus

Jon Liebetrau

Board Vice President

Terry Stockdale

Board Member

Audrey Aarhus

D. 2018, Member Emeritus

Our Commitment to Equity & Inclusion

At Camp Koala, diversity is an integral part of our work. Inclusion is the way we treat and perceive all differences, as grief knows no bounds. We want to create an inclusive culture where all forms of diversity are seen as real value for our camps.

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