Many Thanks to Our 2015 Camp Staff
Sarah Kirwin - DIRECTOR
Sarah Kirwin is a life-long Newporter, who received her Bachelor’s Degree of Science from the University of Rhode Island in 2008 and anticipates returning to graduate school to gain a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology. Sarah has been involved in Sail To Prevail’s Confidence is Cool Summer Camp since its start in 1997. She began as a volunteer, later becoming a counselor, and ultimately acquired the position of Director in 2006.
As the Director of the Confidence is Cool Summer Camp, Sarah has doubled the number of participants that attend these camps, as well as the number of sessions that are offered.
Sarah is a cornerstone of these camps. Her experience, ability to make sound judgments concerning children with a multitude of disabilities, and the relationships she has developed with other long time Newport non-profit institutions has been instrumental in the success of these programs.
Hi! My name is Samantha Kirwin, and I have been involved with Confidence is Cool for over 10 years. When I was younger, my sisters were counselors for the camp, and I occasionally volunteered because I loved playing with the kids. Now, I enjoy coming back every year as a counselor because I still love playing with the kids! I graduated from Portsmouth High School in 2014 and am currently studying at Simmons College in Boston, MA, as a nursing major. Summer is my favorite season because I love to be outside. Some of my favorite activities include singing, dancing, sailing, hiking, and of course, tye-dying. I am so excited for the camp season this year!
I'm Tori (Kirwin) Canario. I have been involved with Confidence is Cool since 1997, when the program first launched. I was just 12 years old then, and was eager and excited for the opportunity to be involved with such a worthwhile camp; and now at 30 years old, I am even more so! I currently work for East Bay Community Resource's Options program working one self-directed support for adults with special needs. I am lucky enough to currently be working with my sister-in-law, Olivia. With her, we are involved in many RI Special Olympics and Unified Sports activities. I am also an independent consultant for Trades of Hope, which is a direct sales company that specializes in helping women out of poverty through Fair Trade sales of hand-made jewelry, scarves and home decor items. I live in Portsmouth RI, with my husband, DJ, who's a Portsmouth Fire Fighter, and our two children, Michael (4 years old) and Rylee (2 years old). Sail To Prevail's Confidence is Cool program has inspired me for more than half my life now, and I feel so blessed for the opportunity to be a counselor again this year
Hello! My name is Jack Grzechowiak and I will be a sophomore at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY in the upcoming school year. Currently, I am studying Computer Science and I love anything to do with technology. I have been involved with the Confidence is Cool program for two years and I’m excited to make that time frame even longer. Coming to this camp and helping out is not only fun for me, but more importantly, for the kids. I enjoy anything that gets me moving and promotes great fun with friends. In my free time, I enjoy playing piano and creating computer programs that will make things easier. I’m so excited to meet all of the campers this year and bring on the fun!
Hi, I'm Philip Kirwin. I am a Senior at Portsmouth High School and will be entering my Freshman year at Marist College in the fall of 2015. I got involved in the Confidence is Cool Camp about nine years ago when my sisters were counselors there. I return year after year because it makes me feel happy to see the impact this program makes on the lives of the participants. Being the youngest of five kids in my family, I enjoy feeling like I can be a mentor to the participants who are younger than me. In my spare time, I like to learn about computer programming and I like to play music. I have taught myself how to play the drums, bass, and guitar. I look forward to another fun summer at Sail To Prevail.
Sheila Mitchell – NURSE
I’m Sheila Garrahy-Mitchell. I was born and raised in Rhode Island. I currently live in South County. I am married with 3 boys (and 2 dogs). Currently, I work as a nurse at the University of Rhode Island as a Health Educator. I enjoy tennis, golf and the ocean. My faith is very important to me. I am coming up on my fourth summer working at Sail To Prevail and hope to continue to learn the meaning of life through our campers, which has inspired me in other areas of my life.