Dash has the advantage of a real name that no one ever guessed- M’leigh Rempfer. Her incredible speed as a track runner earned the nickname for this returning staff member. I could tell before I even met her that she must be something special- she came to camp a week late and everyone who already knew her couldn’t wait for her to get there. They talked about her like they loved her, and greeted her like a best friend when she showed up. Dash is one of those people that no one can dislike. She was our junior staff coordinator this summer, meaning she was in charge of all the CITs, as well as a list of extra responsibilities longer than I even know about. As program staff she had to be firm, organized, and driven. But she managed to do it all with a sweet disposition and hardly revealed how incredibly stressed she was.
Dash is a lot deeper than what meets the eye. She perfectly balances a carefree outlook on life with the driven willingness to work hard and get things done. Dealing with pain in her own life has equipped her to help other people through hard times. When we faced an unexpected death at camp, Dash was able to selflessly help others through the process while also facing her own personal grief.
It’s easy to make Dash laugh, and everyone loves her laugh. Thin Mint loved it so much he spent hours learning how to imitate it perfectly. It’s the kind of laugh that you know isn’t forced, that makes you want to laugh, too. Only a genuinely happy person can laugh like that. I wish I had more time to get to know Dash better.