Meet Our Team @WestKootenay

Karen Waldal

Community Engagement Manager, West Kootenays

Joining the Foundation in October 2016. Karen believes the key to empowering others is to help them build personal support networks.

Tracey Billett


Tracey has been a member of the Take a Hike West Kootenay team since 2013. She taught in the alternate school system for the preceding 7 years.

Andy Holmes

Adventure-Based Learning Specialist

Andy joined the Take a Hike West Kootenay program in 2013 and is very excited to work with a great team within an exceptional model of Adventure-Based Learning. Andy has been involved in the outdoor education field for three decades.

Chris Gibson

Clinical Therapist

Chris began working with Take a Hike West Kootenay in 2013. Before Take a Hike, Chris worked with developmental disabilities and youth addictions in community and classroom settings.

Carmen Gattafoni

Child & Youth Care Worker

Carmen joined the newly formed Take a Hike West Kootenay team upon inception in 2013. She is an advocate of alternate education and has been working at Kootenay Columbia Learning Centre since it opened.