Dear Camp Bow Isle Family and Friends:
It is with great pleasure and a deep sense of gratitude that we announce that Alison Osborne of Bowen Island, British Columbia, will serve as the incoming Executive Director of Camp Bow-Isle. This decision is the result of a prayerful and extensive search conducted by Camp’s Executive Board over several months. The search included soliciting applications from many Christian Science publications and organizations including churches, schools, and camps. And, it was specifically supported by the loving work of a Christian Science practitioner.
Throughout this process, the Board was committed to ensuring that the continuity of good remains intact and to building upon the wonderful foundation established by Camp’s prior directors, particularly Jon and Karin Heath. Alison shares that commitment and brings an irrepressible enthusiasm about the value of Camp for campers and for the Christian Science movement. Her love of Camp has a solid foundation in years of experience both as a camper and counselor. These experiences give Alison a firm understanding of Camp’s operations, programming and traditions.
In fact, Alison already considers Camp Bow-Isle to be her home. More than any other one place in her life, Alison has consistently returned “home” to Bow-Isle because of the opportunity it provides her to bless and be blessed each time she arrives on Camp property. For the past 15 years, she has enjoyed summers as a camper, CIT, counselor, family camp staff member, and Camp Bow-Isle Outdoor Center (BIOC) staff member. As a year-round resident of Bowen Island, Alison has also seen the importance and opportunity for Camp’s role in the local community.
Common threads of Christian Science, youth mentoring, leadership, education, outdoor education, and camp run throughout Alison’s personal and professional experience. After her undergraduate degree, Alison spent two and a half years in Denver as the Program Coordinator and then as the Program Supervisor of DiscoveryBound’s National Leadership Council (NLC) program. She currently serves as a program class leader. Most recently, Alison completed her Masters in Intercultural and International Communication, including three months living and working in Kisumu, Kenya. During that time she helped with the construction of a girls’ school. She is also a Board member of the Sunrise of Africa School near Nairobi.
In her application and during her interview, it was very clear that Alison’s education and experiences give her a firm grasp of the fiscal and managerial requirements of an Executive Director. She has also presented a plan to grow Camp and reinvigorate the Guild through outreach and social media.
Alison is grateful for the opportunity to bring fresh inspiration to Camp’s operations and to build on Camp’s legacy and the mentoring and foundation provided by Jon and Karin Heath. She can’t wait to continue giving back to a place that’s given her so much. And, we can’t wait to give her that opportunity. Please join us in welcoming Alison as our new Executive Director.
With love and gratitude,
The Camp Bow-Isle Executive Board