Summer camp can be one of the most cherished of memories for a girl. For many, it has been an important experience that has shaped their lives. That is why we strive to have the highest quality leadership team to make this a reality for the girls who come.
Every member of our team desires to help each girl experience Christ more personally in a safe and fun environment! We are grateful to the consecrated women of Regnum Christi, and to the diocesan and Legionary priests who are able to offer spiritual support.
There are many generous people involved in planning and preparing for Captivenia. The list on the left highlights some of the key leaders who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make Captivenia a success, and who will be directly involved with working with the girls.
Valerie Doran | Founder & Director
For many years, Valerie has desired to help young people to experience God’s love and acquire a deeper knowledge of the Catholic faith. While growing up, she led music in her parish for 10 years. As a young adult, she obtained a certificate in sacred studies at John Paul II Bible School, and also traveled for a year with NET Ministries, putting on retreats for youth all over the States.
Later in life, Valerie saw the success of Arcātheos (a boys’ camp started and directed by her husband for eight years). She heard a number of girls expressing their desire to also have an adventure camp, and felt the need to make this a reality.
Seven years ago, Valerie looked to create a team of talented young women and mothers. This team shared in the desire to help others discover God’s love, the gift of the feminine genius (as taught by St. John Paul II), and find their potential as Catholic leaders in the world. Within three months of beginning, there were 20 people working toward this vision, creating a unique camp, not found anywhere else!
Valerie directed Captivenia for two years, then focused for four years on spiritual aspects of the camp. She is now back directing , and is very excited for what God has in store!
Valerie loves her life in Okotoks, Alberta, where she resides with her husband, Dr. Brian Doran, and her seven children.
Karen Doran | Theatrical Coordinator
Karen Doran is excited to be the Theatrical Coordinator for Captivenia. She is appreciated for her leadership and strong theatrical background. It has been her greatest blessing to use these gifts for the glory of God!
Along with her Bachelor of Arts, double-majoring in Drama and French, she has also obtained an after-degree in Drama Education from the University of Lethbridge. As an actress, Karen has also performed lead roles in many main stage productions.
Karen has a deep appreciation for her Catholic faith and has participated in many organizations involving missionary work and Catholic formation including: International Catholic Programme of Evangelization (in New Zealand), The Community of the Beatitudes (in France), and Living Waters Youth Ministry (in Scotland). Karen has also served as a youth minister in the diocese of Edmonton, and for five years she enjoyed directing a Catholic day-camp in Lloydminster. She has recently been working as a french and drama teacher in the Alberta Catholic school system, and has enjoyed directing large scale plays and musicals.
Her fun personality and ability to reach out to the youth is a treasure! This will be Karen’s seventh year with the Captivenia Core Team and she is looking forward to focusing on the theatrical storyline for Captivenia. She will surely help girls and young women discover their beauty and potential in the light of Christ!
Nadia Rhodes | Assistant Director
Nadia was overjoyed when she received an email announcing the founding of a sister-camp to Arcātheos designed specifically to form the feminine heart. Having witnessed the rich fruits and graces of Arcātheos in the lives of her sons and husband, Gerald, she had prayed many years for a similar program specifically for girls.
Nadia was invited to be part of the 2011 founding team for Captivenia in the position of Meresera Liaison (coordinating the back-up team of mom volunteers). The following year she expanded her responsibilities by taking on the position of Assistant Director overseeing administrative, and operational needs for Captivenia.
Nadia has a great love for sharing the beauty and riches of the Catholic faith. Her desire to bring Christ to others ignites her heart in reaching out and serving in her local parish community and beyond. As a wife and mother of five, she has had the privilege to focus on caring for her family and serving in ministry for close to 26 years. Her apostolate work includes: parish administration, sacramental preparation, catechist, Kids 4 Jesus, Challenge, Pure Fashion, Familia Facilitator, and Small Group-Study Leader.