There is a team of dedicated staff who work throughout the year to promote and support the Kinark Outdoor Centre (KOC) and all camp visitors. Our year-round team has worked to support families and youth in recreation for many years. Our team loves the outdoors and are experienced parents and child care workers.
Camp Director and Business Manager
Jane Isbister, MBA, BSC, ORC
Jane began her role as Camp Director at the KOC in 2015, but her passion for camping and sharing the values of community and building self-worth through outdoor skill development began as a camper in the 1980’s. As a parent to a child with significant disabilities, Jane appreciates sharing time with families who have common parenting experiences. There are lots of comforts in coming together with families who have similar shared experiences. She loves watching parents connect, share resources, and guide one another through their time at the KOC, and offering direction/support once back at home.
Ryan Mortell, CYW
Ryan Mortell first visited the KOC as a participant in 2009 during a student placement while finishing his Child and Youth Worker Advanced Diploma. He enjoyed the staff, programs and the natural environment so much that he was excited to learn that the KOC was looking for summer staff. As an Outdoor Educator, he quickly fell in love with the supportive programming available to kids and families and the variety of groups that attend the KOC. Ryan has been a member of the KOC team since 2009 and has worked in a variety of roles, including his current position of Operations Manager. When Ryan is not working, you can usually find him playing guitar, in the garden, playing with chickens, reading books or out on a trail.
Scott began working at the KOC as an Outdoor Educator in 2016 and he quickly developed a passion for the work he did. During that first year he loved interacting with kids during the Autism Camp programs as well as facilitating the large community and school groups. Scott earned his diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education shortly before joining our team and has used his knowledge in this area to train and develop our staff teams’ skills. These days, when you cannot find Scott in the office, he will most certainly be found challenging campers on the ropes course or playing games at the waterfront. Outside of work Scott enjoys backcountry camping, playing with his puppy and learning new songs on his guitar!
Pat has worked at the KOC for over 25 years, so it is completely surprising to many that Pat rarely spends time in a canoe or on a pontoon boat. She is a dedicated sister, mother and grandmother, and when asked why she works at the KOC, she is quick to say that she loves kids, and it shows! Pat is the voice you hear when you call the KOC and she supports registration for families and coordinators.
I started at the KOC as an outdoor educator and coordinator and worked in this facet for five years. I moved to another facility, and over another five years, I gained a diverse skill set to aid me in my current role. With a happy heart I returned in 2018. I love the people who choose to gather in this wonderful place. Kinark calls to people who are mature, thoughtful, and giving by nature. This creates an inclusive and cooperative environment. This site holds different meanings to every person who comes here. For me, it was my first outdoor education experience while I was a student in the Forest Recreation Technician program in 1999. Working with the maintenance team, we have revitalized many of the cabins for clients and staff alike. We have improved the trail systems and have shifted the forward planning of the facility. As maintenance coordinator, I try to keep the hard-working staff motivated and the daily operations moving forward, while planning to optimize the facilities and environment for the future. Outside of work, I love to travel, hike, camp and ski with my wife and dog. I also enjoy woodworking and cheering for les Habitants!
Outdoor Educators and Facilitators
The KOC prides itself on the depth and talent of our staff. Our reputation, program diversity, and philosophy have enabled us to attract a group of highly-skilled and caring front-line outdoor educators and behind-the-scenes program support staff. The KOC is dedicated to creating an inspiring and positive experience for families and campers by providing consistent support and thorough training throughout the season.
Kitchen and Maintenance Team
The Kitchen team (Roseann Upton, and Mackie Campbell) prepares dishes for the whole family. Catering to unique diets and picky eaters is their specialty! The maintenance team (Shane Sisson, Donalda Smith, and Lois Dunlop) keeps our buildings, cabins and landscaping in tiptop shape for families and staff.
Join our Team!
The KOC facilitates a range of outdoor education, therapeutic recreation and experiential adventure programs designed to meet the specific needs of its diverse client population.
Visiting groups include: children’s mental health centres, community living agencies, elementary and secondary schools, colleges, universities, and various other organizations serving youth, and adults and individuals with special needs. The KOC also offers a range of programming for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, including Family Camps, Family Respite, and 5-day summer camp programs throughout July and August.
If you share our passion for helping children, youth and families, we invite you to view our available positions.