Meet the Staff: Clarinda Herfst
Clarinda is our Assistant Director of Business Administration at Charis Camp & Conference Centre.
Clarinda, what is your role @ Charis these days?
I take care of all the accounts receivable and payable, payroll, month end and anything to do with finances at the camp. It’s kind of boring to describe but I love it.
How did you end up at Charis?
It all started with my husband Rick working here doing maintenance and telling me there was need in the kitchen. I didn’t know anything about camp at that point! I started working here in the kitchen in 2010 with Morris Jalbert and Dan Wedel. The quote in those days was “try not to freak out” because something always seemed to go wrong. In 2012 Darren Duncalfe was helping out in the office and he asked me if I was interested in working in the office. I said yes, as long as I could keep driving my bus. The camp was really struggling with maybe a booking a week so I sat in the office and prayed for more bookings. Summer camps only had 20-30 people in each. What a change in 6 years….we have to turn groups away and our Summer Camps have wait lists.
I love the community here, building relationships and I know this is where God wants me to be.
Tell us about some of your favorite moments at Charis so far!
So many good memories here it can't be just one.
Wow, those are a lot of awesome memories!
What does life @Home look like for you?
I have 8 kids now and 2 beautiful grand-babies. Rick and I have been married 31 years. I was a baby when we got married. Only two of our kids live at home now but everyone still drops in all the time. There were years where friends stayed with us and we had 3 kids packed into a bedroom...it's much quieter now. In my free time I like playing with my grand-babies. We enjoy hiking, baking, playing games, having campfires and going camping with them! My kids just love coming home and hanging out together.
When I’m all alone I love to knit and do embroidery or curl up in bed and watch Netflix but that rarely happens.
Thank you for sharing so many memories, Clarinda! And thank you for crunching the numbers at Charis for the team!
What the team thinks is awesome about Clarinda:
Clarinda has a great sense of humor and a heart to see people connected to one another and to God. She is thoughtful and is good at noticing important details. She is always up for some fun. Clarinda adds to the office with her smile, warm welcome, love for Jesus, essential oils and another essential-coffee!