Administrators, Managers, and Coordinators

There is a small team of dedicated staff who work throughout the year to promote and support the Kinark Outdoor Center and all of the camp's visitors. Our year-round team has worked to support families and youth in recreation for many years. They have a ton of experience as parents, child-care workers, and in the pursuit of outdoor activities.

Program Director and Business Manager

Jane Isbister, MBA, BSC, ORC

Jane began her role as Program 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 1980s. As a parent to a child with significant disabilities too, Jane's appreciation for sharing time with families with common parenting experiences has grown; 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 or in offering a push in the right direction once back at home.
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Program Manager

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 Diploma.  Enjoying the staff, the program and the natural environment so much he was pleased to find out that the KOC was still looking for summer staff and applied to become an Outdoor Educator.  He quickly fell in love with the supportive programming the KOC offers and the variety of groups that attend the Centre.  Ryan has been a member of the KOC team since 2009 and has worked in a variety of roles including his current position of Program Manager.  When Ryan is not working you can usually find him playing guitar, in his garden, reading books or out on a trail.

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Program Supervisor

Leslie MacLachlan. 

Leslie has been with the KOC for 3 years,  in various roles. As the Program Supervisor, Leslie enjoys making meaningful connections with families before and during their time visiting the KOC. She is passionate about the outdoors and is inspired to share opportunities for exploration in nature with children and youth. With diplomas in Recreation Therapy and Outdoor Recreation, Leslie is excited to share her knowledge and experience with the Kinark Outdoor Centre team and clients! Outside of work, she enjoys being in nature, photography, making maple syrup and challenging herself in Escape Rooms! 

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Pat Lynch

It is completely surprising to many that Pat has rarely, if ever, been in a canoe or gone on a pontoon boat ride. She has worked at the KOC for over 25 years. She is a dedicated sister, mother, and grandmother, and when asked why she works at an outdoor center, she is quick to say that she loves kids. It shows!! Pat is the voice on the end of the phone when you call; she is detailed in her record keeping, and supports registration for families and coordinators alike. 

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Kitchen Team

Steve Stevens, Roseann Upton, Mackie Campbell

Maintenance Team

Shane Sisson, Donalda Smith, Lois Dunlop

Outdoor Educators and Facilitators

The KOC prides itself on the depth and talent of our staff team. 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 supports.  The KOC is dedicated to creating an inspiring a positive  experience for the Outdoor Educators by providing consistent regular support and thorough training throughout the season.