Agnes Niewiadomski - Camp Director

Agnes graduated from OCAD University’s Sculpture/Installation program in 2008 and hasn’t stopped making things since. She has many years of experience working at arts focused summer camps, as both instructor and administrator. Agnes is very excited to finally start up her own camp because she honestly cannot think of a more meaningful way to spend her time.

Agnes's desire to share her wealth of knowledge has led her down the path to create Mindful Makers. Her aspirations are to spread the joy of maker culture, and to empower people with skills to lead life with a DIY ethic.

Agnes has a deep interest in materials and processes, and a love-affair with CNC fabrication and meticulous repetitive tasks. She always seems to have an impressive project in the works, whether it’s laser cutting over-sized flowers for a scenic display, or meticulously shaping delicate sugar flowers for a wedding cake.

Agnes is an active member of kwartzlab makerspace, and organizer of Maker Expo

Participating in community events is a big part of why Agnes loves living in Kitchener-Waterloo. She has been involved in many fantastic events such as: NIGHT\SHIFT, Summer Lights Festival, Steel Rails, Family Hack Jam, Nerd Fest, FUNtario Fridays and Maker Expo.

You can check out her portfolio online at and get the latest updates on Twitter and Instagram by following @agnesmakes.

Meet Our Instructors:

All of our staff are First Aid and CPR Certified and have passed a Vulnerable Sector Screening.


Jen is a local artist / maker. She shares her art through In Paper Dreams, her whimsical papercut greeting card and art business. 

She also loves building community. You can find her at events throughout the region, making awesome stuff, usually out of cardboard or paper. 

Jen's excited to share her love of making with kids at Mindful Makers this summer.

You can check out her work online at and get the latest updates on Twitter and Instagram by following @inpaperdreams.


Alistair is a journalist and entrepreneur from Waterloo who specializes in fusing pre-industrial manufacturing techniques with 21st century technology. An avid cook, he has written about the local food scene in KW for The Community Edition and is part of the Steel Rails volunteer staff.

Having spent 5 years at Apple Inc. in various capacities, he crafted his teaching skills doing software workshops, internal employee development, and helping launch 4 retail stores across Canada. He believes the best way to learn is by diving in and doing. This approach helped him crowd-fund his current venture, MB Publishing House, which makes notebooks right here in Waterloo Region. You can read some of his writing and learn more about projects he is working on his blog or follow him on Twitter @aiMacLellan.

Meet Our Volunteers:

Vanessa Moniz

Vanessa is a maker, teacher, and lover of all things arts and crafts. She has several years of experience developing art and STEM based programs for youth and families at THEMUSEUM, the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, and Waterloo Community Arts Centre.

She currently works at the Waterloo Public Library as a Library Programmer where she loves playing, singing, and reading with families and kids of all ages. Her hope is to keep inspiring people to use their imagination and to make meaningful connections with the tools and resources around them. Vanessa is super excited to get creative and have some fun with our mindful makers this summer!


Julia Mathers

Julia is an avid maker, and is a grade 12 student at Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute, and is in the International Baccalaureate program. She enjoys visual arts, particularly painting with watercolour and oil paints. 




Kathryn is a grade 10 student at SJAM. She loves reading books and also likes building with LEGO, knitting, crocheting and sewing. She helped her brothers build their LED dance floor.

She enjoys going to maker events like Maker Expo and Discovery square and library maker programs, and has volunteered at Tricon, Hamfest and a number of other local events.


Julia Cosma

Julia is a student in the international baccalaureate program at Cameron Heights. She enjoys all of the arts. She mainly draws using graphite, ink, and charcoal. She also enjoys creating and painting clay works. With the help of a few others, she painted a mural on the walls of one of her schools.