Our Core Team

*in alphabetical order

Onyx Bailey

Group Sales Coordinator

Onyx joined the sales team at Cheakamus Centre in the winter of 2016. Before coming to the centre she was the owner/operator of a sustainably focused wedding and events business. She brings a diverse professional background to the team with strong skills in sustainable planning, management, sales, marketing and entrepreneurship. Onyx is delighted to be part of the Cheakamus Centre team where she can utilize her professional skills and passion for customer service. Onyx grew up on the Sunshine Coast and moved to Squamish just after her son was born in 2013. Community and sustainability are very important to her and she is very pleased to have found an exceptional place to live and work that meshes well with her values. When Onyx is not at work she can be found on the local trails with her family, reading about health & wellness or baking sourdough bread.

Sarah Bainbridge

Senior Development Officer

Sarah is returning to her roots in the role of Senior Development Officer with Cheakamus Centre. Raised in the community of Squamish, Sarah is passionate about education and has extensive experience collaborating with partners to create outstanding programs and projects in the Sea to Sky Corridor. As part of institutional planning, launch and operations teams for the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre and the Audain Art Museum in Whistler she is proud to be involved in this next stage of growth at Cheakamus Centre.

Sarah holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Simon Fraser University and is an active member of many boards and associations related to education, business, and not-for-profit organizations. When relaxing, Sarah enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and friends.

Steven Chappell

Maintenance Manager

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Steven joined Cheakamus Centre in the summer of 2013 as Maintenance Manager. With a degree in Industrial Design from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver and 17 years of hospitality experience, Steven brings a strong background in creative problem solving, maintenance and customer service. Responsible for the maintenance and care of Cheakamus Centre, Steven utilizes his extensive background to create an outstanding and unforgettable experience for every visitor, every time. Steven is very passionate about being in the great outdoors, and having the pleasure of growing up on the West coast of BC, has found, yet again, an exceptional place to live and work where he is surrounded by the wonders of nature. Steven has recently taken up cross-country mountain biking and when he is not at work you will find him exploring the endless beautiful bike trails in and around Squamish.

Ellyn D’Uva

Education Booking and Administrative Coordinator

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We are delighted to welcome Ellyn as the newest member of the Cheakamus Centre sales team. Ellyn has a contagious passion for nature and strongly advocates environmental education and conservation. She completed a Bachelor of Science with a Honours Specialization in Environmental Science at the University of Western Ontario, and a Master of Management at the Sauder School of Business. Ellyn brings a diverse professional background to the team, with strong skills in research, data analysis, sales, marketing and entrepreneurship. Her attention to detail is a key asset for delivering seamless service to our education groups, managing administrative tasks and keeping the team organized. Ellyn grew up in Niagara Falls and has been fortunate to travel across the globe. She has recently made a new home in Squamish. Ellyn chases adventures and memories, and is constantly admiring nature’s power and beauty through her hiking, snowboarding, climbing and backpacking endeavors.

Jason Fullerton

Facilities and Operations Manager

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Jason has been at Cheakamus Centre since 2012 as the Facilities and Operations Manager. Starting his career with Earls Restaurants and most recently with The Butler Did It Catering as Operations Manager, Jason has been actively involved in the hospitality and food and beverage industry for over 20 years. He brings extensive experience and passion to Cheakamus Centre where he hopes to have a positive impact on the people that visit the Centre, as well as the surrounding community. If not at the Centre you may find him cycling the local trails, searching for fresh powder or out climbing with his family.

Cathy Jenkins

Project Manager

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Cathy Jenkins is the Project Manager at Cheakamus Centre. Cathy joined the North Vancouver School District in 2006 as Operations Manager for the North Vancouver Outdoor School. Cathy is currently responsible for the long-term campus revitalization project at Cheakamus Centre. Graduating from George Washington University School of Business with a Master of Tourism Administration, Cathy brings an academic background in sustainable destination management, as well as prior experience as Director of Tourism at Royal Roads University and owner/operator of a boutique backcountry lodge in the BC Interior. Throughout her career, Cathy has been actively involved in promoting and advocating for sustainable tourism development, and her local community. Cathy is past Chair of the Board for Tourism Squamish. In her spare time, Cathy can be found running or skiing on the many mountain trails throughout the Sea to Sky corridor.

Kate Keogh

Vice Principal

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Kate has been at Cheakamus Centre for nine salmon seasons and looks forward to many more. As Vice Principal her role includes program instruction, designing curriculum, facilitating Outdoor School, Field School and Cultural programs at the Bighouse, and liaising with visiting staff and administrators. Kate has Bachelor degrees in Zoology and Education, as well as a Master of Arts in science and environmental education. Her work in environmental education began at an early age in Alberta, continued to the foothills outside Calgary and to a small island in Howe Sound. As a classroom teacher for more than a decade, she enjoys incorporating environmental education concepts into her lessons. Other passions include marine education and research, photography, rowing, cycle touring and hiking.

Heidi Lessman Simm

Teacher

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Heidi is excited to join the Outdoor School Program at Cheakamus Centre. Heidi completed her degree in Geography and Natural Resource Management at the University of Northern BC and started her career working with BC Parks and Water Resources. She was introduced to teaching experiential, environmental and outdoor education in New Zealand and the Yukon Territory. These experiences as a teacher were transformative and she has worked with a variety of schools and experiential education programs in BC ever since. Heidi has worked with programs such as the Sea to Sky School for Sustainability Education, the Explore Program at Collingwood School and the Sea to Sky School District. She has also designed and delivered Zero Waste and Sustainability Workshops in the Squamish to Lillooet Region for several years. Heidi recently completed Mindfulness for Educators Training. She believes that spending time in nature is a perfect classroom for mindfulness. When Heidi is not teaching she enjoys spending time in the forest or by the ocean with family and friends.

Conor McMullan

Director of Education

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Conor has worked in the field of outdoor environmental education for over 18 years. From the mountains and coastline of BC to the jungles of Indonesia, he has been fortunate to pursue and share his passion for outdoor and experiential learning in some of the most inspiring natural classrooms on earth. He has coordinated and facilitated programs at the elementary and secondary level as well as working with a wide range of international schools. Conor has also taught Environmental and Outdoor Education courses in UBC's Faculty of Education since 2004. From 2011 to 2013, Conor served as the Director of a residential environmental education facility at the Green School in Bali, Indonesia. As a dynamic regional hub for innovative and sustainability-based education, the experience reaffirmed Conor's belief in the power of authentic and engaging experiences that connect students to the natural world. He is excited to continue sharing his passion for learning in the outdoors at Cheakamus Centre.

Conor lives and plays in North Vancouver with his wife and 2 sons, all of whom enjoy exploring the outdoors as much as him.

Wade Rowland

Executive Chef

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Wade Rowland is the Executive Chef at Cheakamus Centre. He is a career service industry professional with over twenty years' experience anticipating and exceeding the needs of customers. Wade has trained at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, Vancouver Community College, Malaspina and completed his apprenticeship at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in 2005. He answered the call of Cheakamus Centre after running local kitchens for several years. His goal at Cheakamus Centre is to develop knowledge and appreciation of the place and impact of food, within our lives, our society, our economy and our environment. Wade is a long-time local, living with his family in Sea to Sky country for the last 14 years.

Teresa Rowley

Teacher

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We are delighted to welcome back Teresa for a second year on the program team. Teresa brings with her a strong background in outdoor experiential and environmental education. She has worked with a diverse group of learners in a variety of education settings beyond the classroom, including outdoor school, day and residential camp programs, wilderness trips, local field studies, and service learning with community organizations. Teresa holds a Masters degree in Environmental Education and Communication, and specializes in curriculum integration. Prior to joining Cheakamus Centre, Teresa most recently served as the department head of the TREK Outdoor Education Program at the Vancouver School Board. Before that, Teresa was a teacher in the Explore program at Collingwood Independent School, camp director at Camp Madawaska, and mountaineering instructor at Outward Bound Canada. Teresa has lived in the Sea to Sky Corridor for over three decades. Her childhood experiences exploring the temperate rainforest and waters of Howe Sound continue to inspire her work today.

Sepideh Tazzman

Events and Marketing Manager

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Sepideh was thrilled to join Cheakamus Centre as Events and Marketing Manager at the end of summer 2014, bringing with her an enthusiasm and passion for all aspects the Centre has to offer. Throughout Secondary School and University, she volunteered as a counselor for the Outdoor School Program and has many fond memories. She completed her undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University, with a strong focus in Philosophy and Psychology. After University, her passion for the hospitality industry led her to the direction of restaurateur, where she owned and maintained a successful and profitable Bar & Grill on the north end of Vancouver Island. This experience enabled her to pursue and fulfill her love of the hospitality industry, in particular Event Management. Life brought her back to her home to Deep Cove BC, where she enjoys a fulfilling life with her husband and her full of energy Shepherd/Labrador.

Amanda Woida

Event Coordinator

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Amanda is delighted to be part of the Cheakamus Centre events team where she can utilize her organizational skills and eye for detail to ensure everything runs smoothly in the Wedding and Events department. Amanda's previous experience as Wedding & Banquet Manager has fueled her love for both events and the hospitality industry. She has an undergraduate degree from McGill University in Economics and Marketing, where she was also the Vice President of the McGill Culinary Society, further fueling her passion for cooking. Amanda has very fond memories cooking bannock and sleeping over in the Big House as an elementary school student. Amanda has lived in Squamish for 17 years, and when not working can be found on the local trails and golf course, or in the kitchen baking.