Cameron Shaver, Alumnus
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s walking down the street … in cow shorts? It must be Captain Cam.
He may be known as mild-mannered grade school teacher Cameron Shaver (BMus ’02) by day, but after a quick change in a phone booth Shaver transforms into Captain Cam, amateur superhero and gallant protector of fictional Steel City. His mission: to entertain children everywhere, from birthday parties to day camps.
Shaver earned his Bachelor of Music Education at Laurier and, according to his official biography, minored in superherodom, which included classes in criminal psychology and towel-cape tying. (A call to the registrar confirms this minor is no longer offered.)
Shaver has performed over 450 shows as Captain Cam. His performances include the usual magic tricks and playing music, but Captain Cam dazzles children with his superhero strength and extraordinary mindreading abilities. He also sings tales of saving princess Tiffany, the seven-year-old ruler of Steel City, from the nefarious Mr. E.
As a teacher, Shaver knows the importance of creating positive role models for kids. So, princess Tiffany may love pink and wearing tiaras, but she’s also good at balancing capital costs and negotiating with world leaders. She’s even rescued Captain Cam a few times.
Being a positive role model for children is something Shaver has aspired to his whole life. In elementary school he volunteered in kindergarten classrooms over his lunch hours, playing with the kids and helping them get out their toys for recess.
When it came time to go to university, Shaver knew that he wanted to be a teacher. He enrolled at Laurier because he had a passion for music and his goal was to become a well-rounded music educator.
“Sometimes the Captain comes out a little when I’m teaching, but I think that’s OK,” he says.
“The best way to impact kids is to make a connection with them. Many kids just want to connect with someone they can feel safe with, and then they are more willing to engage and the learning can begin."