The Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Society

Oversight of the centre is in collaboration with the Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Society on behalf of School Districts 69 (Parksville, Qualicum) and 71 (Comox Valley). The elected Board of Directors is comprised of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Directors at large. Should you have any questions, ideas for support, and/or would like to join the society, please email

Staff of TBOEC

Full-time Staff:

Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre has three full-time staff that are currently working to expand the scope of all programs and activities at TBOEC and upgrade the site facilities. Looking to support our full-time staff? Get involved here.

Kate Ortwein

Business Manager

Kate has been with TBOEC since May 2015. She has studied psychology and professional writing and communications with UVic. She has worked at various camps and outdoor centres on Vancouver Island and the surrounding Gulf Islands since 2010.

Alex Ortwein

Program Manager

Alex has been with TBOEC since May 2014. He studied Adventure Tourism Management at Thompson Rivers University. Alex has worked at camps and outdoor centres on Vancouver Island since 2011. He worked as an NLS certified lifeguard and grew up hiking all around Strathcona Park and the rest of Vancouver Island.

Seasonal Employees:

Sarah Quenneville

Head of Catering

Sarah started working at TBOEC in 2018 but has years of experience as a Chef in the Comox Valley. Connect with us to talk to her about catering options for your group!

Catering Staff

Looking to gain some catering and kitchen experience or have a fun summer job in a beautiful location? TBOEC hires 2 full-time employees for May to August to work with our Head of Catering to provide meals for our customers. Optional maintenance work can be included.

See Employment Page on how to apply!

Program Facilitators

Looking for work in Outdoor Education? TBOEC hires 6 full-time employees each season. Staff are expected to have previous experience or certification in: Sea Kayaking, Rock Climbing, High Ropes and Low Ropes courses, Team Building, and general guiding or teaching experience with youth and families.

See Employment Page for more details on applying.

Connections to TBOEC

Serina Allison

Lead teacher of Environmental and Outdoor Learning

School District 71 (Comox Valley)



School District 69 (Parksville/Qualicum)

Lead teacher of Environmental and Outdoor Learning