Blue Lake Forest Society names new executive director


Blue Lake Forest Education Society is extremely pleased to announce the recent appointment of Kelly Diamond as the new Executive Director. Kelly has recently moved to the East Kootenays from the coast to join Blue Lake. Kelly started attending summer camp in Ontario back in the 80s where her mother was the camp nurse , which allowed her to attend camp for the whole summer.

“The experiences I had at camp as a child were transformational. It provided me with a great appreciation for nature and a respect for our precious earth resources,” said Diamond.

After working as a kinesiologist in Ontario for a number of years, Kelly moved to the West Coast to return to school in Outdoor Recreation Management. She worked as a back- country ranger for BC Parks and for the Forest Service, as the Community Access Coordinator in West Vancouver programming inclusive recreational programs and services, and as the program liaison to the 2010 Paralympic Games. Her most recent work includes the opening of a new outdoor centre in the Gulf Islands just outside of Vancouver.

Kelly is very passionate about the outdoors, specifically teaching today’s youth about global environmental issues. She is actively involved in stewardship initiatives and hopes to expand Blue Lake’s programming to a global level, teaching our community about local resource management.

“There’s so much going on in the Kootenays with respect to resource extraction. We can affect change in the way that we currently use and abuse the planet by educating today’s children.”

She is passionate about outdoor education experiences and is excited to provide an opportunity for all people to share the unparalleled magic that occurs in the forest. Her vision is to continue the expansion of educational and recreational programs at the camp as well as to make the facility world class.

Kelly replaces Jody Mcinnes, past Director of the camp.  During this time Blue Lake saw many positive changes and the Society and Board of Directors extend their sincere appreciation and thanks for the efforts and years of service from Jody, and wish him well in his future endeavours.

Blue Lake Forest Education Society is a registered non-profit organization which encourages responsible stewardship of our surrounding forest lands by informed and concerned citizens.

The Society’s primary focus is to deliver a variety of educational programs and experiences to the young people of the Columbia/Kootenay region based on the principles of experiential learning. These programs promote integrated forest resource management and social responsibility to one another and the environment we live in.

As well, Blue Lake now offers its facilities for year round activities and events such as retreats, seminars, weddings, camping and other functions.  A grand opening and naming of the new structures is planned for the Fall of 2012.

For further information on programs and activities please visit: or call 250-426-3676 or toll free at 1-888-328-9998.

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