|Officers and Administrators|
Lorrie W: President, Volunteer Committee Lead, Event Coordinator (Since January 2015)
Grant P: Vice President, Training Coordinator, Event Coordinator (Since June 2014)
Gen G.: Treasurer
Jim F: Secretary, Sponsorship Committee, Event Coordinator (Since February 2006)
Noel Sam: Director, Technology Committee, Event Coordinator (Since November 2011)
Derek Y: Director, Technology Committee,Event Coordinator (Since March 2010)
Barbara B.: Director, Event Coordinator (Since July 2008)
JJ (Julie): Director, Membership Coordinator, Event Coordinator (Since February 2015)
Rhonda S: Club Founder
Marg: Disabilities Ambassador & Event Coordinator (Since September 2004)
David Meisner: Disabilities Ambassador & Event Coordinator (Since June 2011)
Geoff C: Photo Historian, Event Coordinator (Since January 2010)
Wendy Wong: Content Editor, Event Coordinator (Since July 2004)
Lynda: Content Editor
Yannick: Technology Committee, Francophone Liaison, Event Coordinator (Since March 2012)
See our Job Descriptions for more information.
If you are interested in Volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Lorrie and the VC Squad at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you on the potential list.
Volunteer Committee Lead
Event Coordinator (Since January 2015)
|Lorrie is one of those rare native Calgarians who just has to be constantly active! Having the
mountains in her “back yard” as a child, she found her renewed love for the mountains later on
turning point in her life and was introduced to the COC in April 2006. Through the COC she has
made some great new friendships and rediscovered her passion for outdoor activities.|
Working as a professional accountant, she found the best way to achieve a work/life balance was to commit to weekend outdoor activities such as cycling, hiking, running, downhill skiing, snowshoeing and kayaking.
She loves to travel and has a genuine interest in meeting people from all over the world. Her travels have taken her to Italy, Switzerland, Germany, England, Poland, Greece, Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan, Peru, Cuba and of course, within Canada and the U.S.
She enjoys taking friends and out of town guests into the mountains to experience her passion for outdoor activities. Having always being told she should do this for a living, which she knows won’t pay the bills, she has done the next best thing and will coordinate events through the COC in activities she is currently passionate about. In the winter, these would be downhill skiing and snowshoeing and in the summer, hiking and running. Her goal is to ensure all skill levels can participate and have fun!
The duties of the President include:
- Promoting the objects of the Society
- Promoting membership in the Society
- Making policies for managing and operating the Society
- Approving an annual budget for the Society
- Paying all expenses for operating and managing the Society
- Maintaining all accounts and financial records of the Society
As a Volunteer Coordinator Lead, Lorrie recruits event coordinators from experienced and knowledgeable membership base, trains and coaches event coordinators on club procedures for leading events, assists new event coordinators with their first events as needed, monitors events to ensure procedures are being followed properly by all coordinators and answers inquiries sent to email@example.com . On a quarterly basis, the committee members conduct a coordinator review.
If interested in becoming a Coordinator, please review our Coordinator Checklist,
contact us with your
interest at firstname.lastname@example.org
Event Coordinator (Since June 2014)
|Grant has lived in Canada nearly half of his life, but originally came from Yorkshire. He started
rock climbing in 1995 and eventually
progressed to ice climbing. He moved from the Niagara peninsula to Alberta in 2005 when he decided
winters were getting too short.
While riding his bike to an ice climb, he decided it was fun and he ought to do more of it. He now
has three bikes, but still climbs
Grant is not so active with the COC in winter, when he is mostly found ice climbing. In summer, you'll find him on various biking events. He'll be coordinating a mix of beginner to intermediate events. Don't be surprised to see Grant pushing his bike up hills or falling off - he has no shame.
Grant will often let the group make decisions, provided its safe and everyone is comfortable. As coordinator, he does reserve the power of veto. He wants to ensure everyone has fun and makes it home OK. Scrapes and bruises are acceptable, but not missing body parts please. If ever someone on an event of his is uncomfortable with the pace or with any other aspect, please let him know and adjustments will be made.
Grant may also organize other types of events occasionally, but whatever the activity is, fun, smiles, and apres event refreshments are all welcome.
The duties of the Vice-President include:
- Presides at meetings in the President's absence
- Replaces the President at various functions when asked to do so by the President or the Board
- Attends all meetings of the Society, the Board and the Executive Committee
- Carries out other duties assigned by the Board.
As the Training Coordinator, Grant is responsible for organizing training events and recruiting coordinators to conduct training events in a variety of activities. If you have any ideas or suggestions for training events, you'd like to see offered by the COC, please contact Grant or any club executive at email@example.com.
See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Grant P.
|Gen is originally from Montreal. After a few years working in Europe and projects in Africa she moved to Calgary in
Avid lover of anything outdoor from skiing, hiking to having a drink on a patio, Gen is hoping to bring some of her experience to the Calgary Outdoor Club and is excited about meeting great people in the journey.
The duties of the Treasurer include:
- Paying all expenses for operating and managing the Society
- Maintaining all accounts and financial records of the Society
Contact Genevieve at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Event Coordinator (Since February 2006)
|Jim moved from Winnipeg to Calgary in July of 1979. He has worked at many major Oil & Gas
companies over the years. He officially, finally, absolutely, retired in January of 2007.
good, particularly since he joined the COC in May 2006.
His motivation for becoming a coordinator centered on having people, especially mid week, to raft the Bow and X/C ski with; maybe even RV with. Most of all, Jim knew he needed help with his Mustard Seed Charity Garage Sales. Thanks everyone!
Jim likes do his best to stay with the lead pack. He also enjoys being the “Sweep” once in a while. On his events, Jim simply looks for good honest effort and ability on par with the posted difficulty rating. If in doubt, call Jim before the event.
The duties of the Secretary include:
- Attends all meetings of the Socity, the Board and the Executive Committee
- Carries out other duties assigned by the Board
As the Sponsorship Committee Lead on the Executive, Jim maintains a variety of portfolios. Contact Jim or any club executive at email@example.com.
See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Jim F.
Event Coordinator (Since November 2011)
|Noel has been in Calgary since the mid 1980s. He came from a tropical island called Mauritius
there is no snow but there are lots of hiking trails and beautiful beaches. Noel owns a
His background is in Computer Science and he is also an Auto Mechanic Journeyman.
He has always enjoyed outdoor adventures. Every year, he tries adding one new sport and one new ski hill to his bucket list. He enjoys hiking, camping, mountain and road biking, downhill skiing, swimming in the ocean and snorkeling , kayaking, and snow shoeing. He also likes badminton, ping pong, squash, volley ball, soccer, photography, keeping fish (salt water and fresh water) and playing with all kinds of electronics.
Noel plans on coordinating skiing, hiking, camping and kayaking events at a moderate pace. On occasions, he will organize events specifically for advanced or for beginners. He loves trips that require staying overnight like going to Whistler, Whitefish, Fernie, Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, Castle Mountain, Purcell Mountain lodge, etc.
Noel loves trying out new things to keep life challenging and fun. He has been trained as a Canadian Ski Patrol (CSPS) and also a ski instructor (CSIA). He is a cancer survivor (from several years ago) and does not take life for granted. He volunteers a lot with cancer patient programs.
As a Director on the Executive Committee, Noel maintains a variety of portfolios. Contact Sam or any club executive at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Noel Sam.
Event Coordinator (Since March 2010)
|Derek is originally from Edmonton, moving to Calgary in 2004 for work after graduating from
university. During the week, Derek spends most of his time working as a Systems
Analyst. In 2006, he picked up hiking as a change of scenery on weekends and to stay
relatively fit. He joined the COC in June 2009 to take advantage of even more outdoor opportunities.
Since then, he regularly heads out to the mountains, expanding his season to include more winter
In the summer, Derek enjoys the long day hikes that allow for more varied scenery. On occasion, he may also go mountain biking. In the winter, Derek goes snowshoeing, downhill skiing and is becoming more proficient at cross-country skiing. Perhaps one day he may also get half decent at ice skating and snowboarding. Beyond his outdoor pursuits, Derek is starting to become a regular runner, plays around with tech gadgets and continually learns new skills such as photography and cooking. Tips would be much appreciated!
Derek generally likes to coordinate more difficult hikes at a moderate to quick pace, taking as few breaks as possible. However, he will take the time to capture the scenery when warranted. From time to time, he may decide to take the pedal off the metal to spend time learning more about his camera or go bushwhacking. Side trips are certainly OK if the group decides so, and only the most extreme of weather conditions can stop a trip from happening.
Some of Derek's favourite hikes include those around Lake O'Hara, Iceline Trail, Parker Ridge and Sentinel Pass. In the future, he intends to do a lot of exploratory hikes, including trips to points further away such as Jasper National Park, Waterton Lakes National Park and possibly Glacier National Park in Montana.
As a Director on the Executive Committee, Derek maintains a variety of portfolios. Contact Derek or any club executive at email@example.com.
See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Derek Y.
Event Coordinator (Since July 2008)
Barbara is a downtown person during the week, but always aims to escape on the weekends.
discovering new places, and areas that offer something unique generally make it to the top of
list. Throw in some
bushwhacking or a view of a glacier and she will be there. Winter activities primarily include
alpine touring and cross-country skiing,
while summer events generally involve hiking, backpacking, and scrambling. Barbara loves to go
the beaten path and get up high
to experience those great mountain views. As many of her events go off-trail, you should
come ready to explore. Bring a
smile and a sense of adventure, and don't be in a rush to get back to the city.
Having led the development of the Difficulty Rating scale, Barbara also serves as the Difficulty Rating Auditor, reviewing events as they are posted.
Event Coordinator (Since February 2015)
|Julie was born and raised in small town Langley, BC and made the choice to move to the big city
of Calgary, the land of opportunity and cheap housing, in 1999.
She joined the COC in 2009 to meet active people. Dodgeball, albeit intimidating, was her first event and it was there she met a great group of people who made her feel welcome, liked to have fun and shared her passion for exercise.
Wanting to become more involved in the club which is a great network for active people, she became the Membership Committee Lead in late 2014 with the goal of optimizing member and coordinator involvement, and keeping the calendar full of opportunities to enjoy life to its fullest!
As a mother of two teenagers, taking advantage of her free time is a rare treat. Some of the activities you can catch her participating in are bike riding, dodgeball, tennis, hiking, skiing and ice skating.
See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by JJ (Julie).
|Bio coming soon
As a Director on the Executive Committee, Cvjetan (CJ) maintains a variety of portfolios.
Contact Derek or any club executive at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|Rhonda is a software developer, originally from Red Deer, living in Calgary (most of the time) since
1993. She is the founder of the Calgary Outdoor Club, and therefore its first president and
dictator (and, naturally, its very first ex-president, as of Oct 2005).
She stole the Outdoor Club idea from the Atlanta Outdoor Club, which was started by a friend during Rhonda's 14-month
stay in Atlanta. The COC was the third 'sister' club after the AOC and MOC ( Maryland Outdoor
Club), and has now spawned four more clubs, the TOC (Toronto Outdoor Club), EOC (Edmonton Outdoor Club), CCC (Calgary Culture Club), and V-ROC (Vancouver Regional Outdoor
Due to asthma, Rhonda is a slow (but enthusiastic) hiker. Rhonda hikes year-round, with snow shoeing and x-c ski events supplementing the winter hiking schedule. Do note, however, that she is a fair-weather hiker and in the event of yukky weather will either move a hike to a different location (if the weather's nicer somewhere else), or cancel/reschedule the hike if it's yukky everywhere. During bear season, Rhonda is a "hike nazi", keeping her hikers in tight groups of six or more in bear country. Her hikes are often posted at a slower pace, with an average of 3- 4km/hour.
See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Rhonda S.
|Disabilities Ambassador & Event Coordinator (Since September 2004)|
|Marg was born in Taber and moved to Calgary right after high school to pursue post-secondary
education. She discovered the club through some hiking friends and joined in 2004. She likes the
wide range of activities available for varying ability levels, and the friendly people she meets
through the COC. Marg is a slow-paced hiker who likes to stop to enjoy the views, catch her
breath and take a few photos. Marg's out-of-town events may be changed to an urban or alternate
activity if possible unsafe driving conditions become an issue.
Marg coordinates hiking, snowshoeing, cycling, multi-night easy-to-moderate backpacking trips, cross-country skiing, skating, and camping. One of her passions involves assisting people with disabilities to be active and included in mainstream community life, and she volunteers with the Alberta Association for Community Living.
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|Disabilities Ambassador & Event Coordinator (Since June 2011)|
|David is an avid outdoorsman and has been an enthusiastic participant in the Calgary Outdoor Club
since July 2004. He has a developmental disability on the autism spectrum and is the COC’s Ambassador
for Adults with Developmental Disabilities.
In addition to hiking, David participates in backpacking events, skiing, skating, snowshoeing, cycling, go-karting, laser tag, rollerblading, gymnastics and other sport/adventure activities, as well as our volunteer activities such as Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, Tree Wrapping in Fish Creek Provincial Park, and Trail Maintenance in Kananaskis Country. David attends sometimes with his mom, Margaret , or, if Marg isn’t into it (ie. go-karting, laser tag), David may attend with one of his favorite support partners. David’s other interests include off-highway quading and skidooing and he works at Totem Building Supplies part time.
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Event Coordinator (Since January 2010)
|Geoff has lived in Calgary for almost 10 years, but grew up in Vancouver and Victoria BC. He
snowshoeing, skiing, canoeing, backpacking and car camping. He seeks the best powder snow on
downhill skiing. His indoor favourites include bowling just for fun, reading action novels,
work, performing chemical
Geoff likes to coordinate medium-sized groups travelling at a moderate pace. He likes to stop and take photographs whilst on the outing. He stays close to plans unless he spots something really interesting - and the group agrees to join him.
As one of our Photo Historians, Geoff is responsible for:
- Managing our Fotki albums, and posting photos submitted by club members.
- Selection and posting of photos to the slide show on our homepage
For photo related questions or submissions, Geoff can be reached at email@example.com
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Event Coordinator (Since July 2004)
|Wendy has called Calgary home since she was 3. She didn't discover winter sports until forced
of hibernation due to a
volunteer commitment. Once she realized she was not going to freeze to death, she decided to
out what she had been
missing. Unable to convince friends to join
her in her quest of things new and different, she ventured out on her own - from paragliding to
shelter building. Her
goal is to try at least one new sport (or race) per year, so when she saw dogsledding on the
event list, she knew she
had to join!
With an art and teaching background, Wendy is able to spot a typo in less than 30 seconds and constantly fights the urge to correct all spelling errors and crooked wall hangings. However, members need not be afraid of (or avoid) her as she has no authority to expel you from the club for spelling mistakes!
When she is not running or hiking/snowshoeing, Wendy is out enjoying her favorite or new culinary and cultural/artistic happenings.
As the Content Editor, Wendy is responsible for:
- Ensuring correctness and accuracy of website content
- Ensuring correctness and accuracy of event details and write-ups
- Ensuring correctness and accuracy of member data, including calendar postings
If you notice any problems with the website content, please send them to Wendy or Lynda at firstname.lastname@example.org
See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Wendy Wong.
|Originally from Sherbrooke, Quebec, Lynda has lived in Calgary since 1980, with a nine-year break spent in Invermere and
British Columbia. She’s called Calgary home (again) since 2001, and has been an enthusiastic member of the COC since
With the exceptions of hiking, skiing, cooking and eating, this COC content editor loves nothing better than to fix a typo, spelling mistake or an awkward sentence.
Lynda also enjoys snowshoeing, camping, canoeing and dabbling in other outdoor activities as well as social events, and is always open to new adventures.
As the Content Editor, Lynda is responsible for:
- Ensuring correctness and accuracy of website content
- Ensuring correctness and accuracy of event details and write-ups
- Ensuring correctness and accuracy of member data, including calendar postings
If you notice any problems with the website content, please send them to Lynda or Wendy at email@example.com
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Event Coordinator (Since March 2012)
|Yannick left the province of Quebec for Calgary in 1998.
His outdoor interests are cross-country mountain biking and skiing, all types of cycling, skating, badminton, team sports and a lot more.
He will be coordinating cycling events, but also plans to bring diversity to the club by hosting all sorts of events. His cycling events will be at a moderate to fast pace, but he will make sure to regroup often so no one is left behind.
Colder weather or showers will not stop him, to an extent, and he will usually stick to his planned itinerary, but a bit of exploring or side trips are possible.
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|Event Coordinator (Since April 2012)|
|Andra moved to Calgary from Nova Scotia in 1984. Growing up near the ocean, her playground was the
beach but now it is the mountains and she can’t imagine it being any other place. You will find her
there on Saturdays, some Sundays and most vacation days. From Monday to Friday, she works as an
engineering technician in Oil & Gas at a major bank.
At first, her time in the mountains was spent hiking, then came snowshoeing, and now it includes easy scrambling, car camping, photography, cross country skiing, alpine hut visits and soon to include backpacking, now that she has all the equipment. Some of her favourite events have been rappelling into slot canyons in Utah along with hikes like Angel’s Landing in Zion, Murphy Hogback in Canyonlands and Peigan Pass in Glacier Park. Locally, the long hikes with wide-open views are most memorable, such as Birdwood Traverse, Mount Bourgeau, Daly Glacier Overlook and Lake O’Hara.
She will coordinate events for early risers, those that can keep a moderate steady pace and enjoy long days with lengthy summit visits (as long as the weather cooperates). She believes the reward for the hard work of reaching a summit is taking time to enjoy it.
She will coordinate snowshoe events in the winter and the balance of the year will include moderate to difficult hikes. She prefers keeping to a planned itinerary, but be warned that planned itineraries may include going off trail, bushwhacking and creek crossings. Since photography is a recent interest of hers, she may post events geared towards that as well.
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|Event Coordinator (Since November 2009)|
|I was born and raised in the cold and flat terrain known as Winnipeg. I eventually left the cold terrain and moved to (an almost as cold
and flat place) Edmonton to pursue graduate studies, and after five years I moved to Calgary in 2001 to complete an internship. I
secured a great job after my internship ended in 2002 (in Student and Enrolment Services at the University of Calgary) and have been
there ever since.
In the summertime you can likely find me on the tennis courts or on hiking day trips to the mountains. In the winter I often stick closer to the city, participating in activities like urban hikes and volleyball (and we can’t forget social events!), but I hope to get out more into the mountains during the winter with activities like snowshoeing, and I’d like to learn how to cross-country ski.
I coordinate events such as easy to moderate hikes, urban hikes, social events, and tennis. I hike at a slow pace and enjoy hiking with other slower paced folks while enjoying the scenery and keeping the group together.
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|Event Coordinator (Since August 2007)|
|Ben likes kayaking, trail running, hiking, bushcrafting, backpacking and overnight trips, not
necessarily in that order, amongst other things. He is usually trying to learn something new, has
wanderlust and likes to travel to places he has not been to before. He is certified by Paddle
Canada as a Kayak Instructor and by the Outdoor Council of Canada as a Field Trip Leader. Ben
organizes activities year round including his favourite, winter camping but is a much better
snowshoer than a skier. He also has a goal of being the oldest participant in a trail run race so
he can finally win his age group by default.
On his days off, if he is not doing any of the above, you will find him at the movies, enjoying food somewhere or out riding his motorcycle. He is the proud owner of a head band that says, “I run so I can eat” so that the jelly cream donuts know where to go.
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|Event Coordinator (Since July 2007)|
|Beth has lived in Calgary since 1988 and has found a passion for activities outdoors and in the
mountains. She started by being a Ski Friend at Lake Louise where she would show Lake Louise guests
some of the best runs and best snow at Lake Louise. Now she would like to explore the outdoors with
others from Calgary. Her interests include skiing (both down hill and cross country), hiking,
backpacking, skating (both ice and in-line), snowshoeing, cycling, kayaking ï¿½ and is up for new
Beth is interested in coordinating trips that have a good fitness component - but can also stop and take lots of photos and bask in the amazing part of the world that we live in.
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|Event Coordinator (Since May 2015)|
|Bob grew up in Beijing, China and immigrated to Canada in 2009. Since arriving he has taken up a
number of outdoor pursuits including scrambling, caving, backpacking and skiing. He is
particularly interested in scrambling and would like to finish Kane’s book in the near future.
Bob is very interested in helping others experience his love of outdoor pursuits and wishes to facilitate the outdoor experience for COC members. He hopes to eventually be a full-time mountaineering guide. Bob is fluent in both Mandarin and English.
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|Event Coordinator (Since September 2013)|
|Brian arrived from Vancouver in 2000 and did not intend to stay in Calgary but is glad he did.
He has lived in the U.K., various parts
of Canada, once sailed across an ocean then hitchhiked across
His hobbies are fly fishing, street and dirt motorcycles, canoeing, kayaking and reading. He has also been a volunteer with a few army cadet corps both in Vancouver and Calgary. Coaching the army cadet biathlon team is a highlight. He hopes to soon start volunteering with a local youth navy league cadet corps.
He joined the club in 2009. Brian keenly participates in any x country ski or back country ski event available, the occasional club hike, tennis, squash and canoeing. He hopes to start a street or dirt bike chapter as well as organize fly fishing activities for all comers. He also hopes to one day master use of his GPS device.
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|Event Coordinator (Since August 2011)|
|Almost a native Calgarian, Bruce moved from the frozen north (Edmonton) at the tender age of 1. As a Calgary city kid, he grew up
with family in the oil patch, so after college, he promptly decided to take the different path of working in sales and marketing for
providers of vehicle/industrial components. Although he lived in Calgary, he travelled extensively. Career changes led him to a
Calgary downtown oil patch position and he now has more time to get out of the office and explore surrounding areas.
Being a long term distance runner who had to curtail that activity, he now frequently rides his mountain bike. Thanks to a friend who suggested the COC, his off-road mountain biking technical abilities are improving (maybe it’s the bike), and he tends to ride at a moderate pace (definitely the bike). Bruce plans to coordinate some intermediate level rides at a reasonable pace, some technical rides and some rides of varied lengths. Fitness, outdoor fun and camaraderie are his priorities.
Bruce is not averse to getting caught by a sudden shower, but he appreciates fair weather riding much more than foul. He likes to plan, but he also appreciates flexibility which allows requests from the group.
Since Bruce usually forgets his own camera, please bring one.
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|Event Coordinator (Since October 2009)|
|Bruce was born in Ottawa, but he considers Calgary to be his hometown and
Banff his playground. He loves hiking, x-country skiing, and above all,
socializing after an event. Bruce likes to maintain a moderate pace for
events, yet doesn't mind if the group takes its time or even stop to take in
the scenery. He tends to stick to the "Classic" hikes and gets inspiration
from Kathy and Craig Copeland's "Don't Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies."
Bruce's main goal as a coordinator is for everyone to have fun.
In his remaining spare time, Bruce is either busy working on a BA in European History or spending "quality time" with his little furry friend named Rusty.
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|Event Coordinator (Since August 2007)|
|I'm originally from Edmonton, but spent 8 years in New Zealand before
returning to Canada in 1989. My passion is the outdoors so it just made
sense to move to Calgary rather than Edmonton.
I spent a number of years hiking, backpacking and scrambling, but once I started mountain biking I was hooked. I love the speed and the technical challenges of biking. I am also an avid skier with backcountry skiing being at the top of the list, followed by downhill and cross country skiing. I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie, and love anything that is fast and gets my heart pounding.
Most of my trips will be intermediate to advanced and at a reasonable or moderate+ pace. Not all trips will necessarily go as planned as weather and conditions change and I like to be adaptable. I joined COC in spring '07 and am keen to met new people to share adventures with.
Check out some of my adventures at http://www.headwaysystems.com/Personal.htm.
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|Event Coordinator (Since February 2013)|
|Life has a way of giving you what you need - if you're open to it. That's how Cheryl ended up back in
Calgary after 30 years. She grew up in Montreal, and moved here in 1980 when her Dad was transferred.
The time wasn't right, and she headed back east 1.5 years later. She spent the better part of the
years since her return raising her children. Life has happily brought her back here at a time when she
most appreciated what this city has to offer.
Cheryl has worked with the Red Cross and is on a Search and Rescue team, so safety is paramount. She has a 'No Getting Hurt' policy on her trips – it’s just not allowed. She likes to do just about any outdoor activity, in any weather, and prefers the unbeaten path over the well-worn route.
Cheryl organizes a variety of events - running, biking, hiking, skiing and dancing - whatever! She is open to suggestions.
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|Event Coordinator (Since December 2010)|
|Claudine is originally from Montreal and moved to Calgary in 2007. She works in finance and loves the
outdoors. She is interested in fitness, health, learning, exploring, dancing, living and laughing! Her
favorite types of trips have included backpacking through Europe, camping in Canada and the US, and
snorkeling in the ocean while on a sunny winter vacation. |
She plans to coordinate a variety of events including cycling, hiking, camping, canoeing, horseback riding, team sports, skating, snowshoeing and skiing. Her events will be mostly at moderate pace with fitness and fun in mind. Weather is not usually a big concern unless safety is an issue. She will generally keep to the plan, with some flexibility to accommodate surprises or group requests.
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|Event Coordinator (Since June 2017)|
|Bio to follow|
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|Event Coordinator (Since July 2007)|
|Debbie has been in Calgary since 1992, and came here via Regina and then Winnipeg. Her outdoor interests include hiking,
scrambling, kayaking, snow shoeing and x-country skiing. Debbie's all-time favorite trips include Athabasca Glacier Hike, gearing
up with ice cleats, helmets and harnesses and rappelling into a crevasse in the Athabasca Glacier, and hiking Akamina Ridge in
Waterton National Park.
Debbie coordinates moderate to difficult hikes and scrambles, and likes to go at a moderate pace in general and slow on steep ascents. She says if the day starts out with good weather but turns bad, she can still make a good day out of it. Not determined to sticking rigidly to her itinerary, Debbie prefers keeping an open mind to exploring and asks that you attend with the expectation of having fun and meeting new people.
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|Event Coordinator (Since June 2007)|
|Duane, a die hard Sens fan (is there any other kind?), was born and raised in Ottawa where he lived
for almost 20 years before moving to Saskatchewan. After a few years working at “Corner Gas” in
“Dog River”, he decided it was time for a change so he packed up and headed off to Calgary in 1998.
Duane has actively participated in team sports such as ice hockey and volleyball over the past several years. He also loves the mountains and enjoys exploring the many hiking trails within the Kananaskis region. His favourite hike of all time had to be Northover Ridge in June ’06 where he didn’t find his way back to the car until after 1:30 in the morning. Armed with only a pack of matches, he created a torch out of his walking stick burning most of his clothes by the time he had made it back to the parking lot (he’s been receiving flashlights as gifts ever since).
In the spring of 2007, Duane’s faithful hiking buddy moved away to Vancouver, kick starting Duane's interest in the COC. His plan was to seek out a fun group of people to share the odd hike with but ended up with a lot more than he bargained for. With so many great events to choose from he was instantly hooked and quickly decided he wanted to become more involved as a COC volunteer. Although he loves to hike it is more likely you will find him coordinating various sporting events such as soccer, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, hockey, ice skating and rafting.
Duane is always up for an outdoor activity and makes every effort to proceed with an event even if the weather is less than ideal (the friends he dragged along for an afternoon raft on the Bow during a hail storm will attest to that!!) He’s the type that generally sticks to the plan but is never opposed to modifying the itinerary if it is likely to improve the overall experience for the group. Duane’s number one priority on any event is to have fun and stay safe. He will always make an effort to ensure each participant feels included and comes away with a positive experience.
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|Event Coordinator (Since June 2008)|
|Frank has been in Calgary since 1989 after spending a few years in Regina, Saskatchewan. The
mountains and outdoor activities definitely played a big factor in his decision to move to Calgary and
All his free time has been filled with a variety of activities like tennis, hiking, scrambling, rock climbing and road biking. In the last few years, Frank added river kayaking and mountain biking to his list of activities. One of the highlight of his biking has been the Golden Triangle in one day in 2004. Both downhill and cross-country skiing are in his repertoire for winter days.
You can join Frank most likely on biking and cross-country skiing trips with moderate to difficult ratings.
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|Event Coordinator (Since July 2015)|
|Gil is a born and raised Calgarian. "Hello Calgary" as the song goes. He has an enormous family of 100+ in Calgary and
managing time with loved ones can be challenging. He has always loved the outdoors and enjoys good company, deepening
friendships, hearty laughs and ultimately, putting people first. |
He is an adventurous entrepreneur working to make a future better for others, but at his core, he has a pastor's heart. Those who know him call him "Reverend". The mountains remind him of the battlefield, beauty and brevity of life. It keeps him focused on things that matter: to keep moving and to find a way, one step at a time.
Gil is looking forward to the next adventure with you.
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Event Coordinator (Since September 2008)
|What's with all the third person stuff? No one is writing this on behalf of
me so here goes the first first person narrative of Gord, I mean me. In
Calgary 14 or so years, though I'd rather not say where I was from. No, I'm
not in a witless protection program, it's just the truth is too
embarrassing. I can confirm I've never looked back (or North about 3
hours). I moved to Calgary to work with pigs, (neither the 4 nor 2 legged
kinds though). Work was ideal if you love Dilbert, me, I decided big
(bureaucratic) companies (with lots of accountants) drive me nuts. So I've
stayed in the pipeline inspection industry but helping head up a smaller,
I've made a lot more room for outdoor pursuits in my life lately, usually on MTBs, XC or B/C skis, or in a departure from speed, snowshoes. DH skiing is also good for a few days per year, but I prefer a mix of all winter sports. These events would be my usual choices to lead. I enjoy talking and am happy to answer questions, so people new to the club or sport are welcome on the majority of my events. It'll take a serious rain before I'd cancel a ride, and below -12C for riding, -25C for ski/SS would be the temperatures that'll make me think twice. Night riding or skiing are also options I'm happy to take.
There is nothing I don't like in the bush except bear slobber on my neck. And I prefer exploring a bit, so don't be surprised if there is a bit of off-roading & bush-whacking but at a reasonable pace. Photography is also a favorite hobby and I'll usually have time for that on my trips.
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|Event Coordinator (Since June 2010)|
|Greg was born and raised in Calgary. He has been active outdoors for as long as he can remember.
In the summer, he enjoys hiking, backpacking, mountain biking and kayaking. In the winters you will
likely find him skiing or snowshoeing.
Greg enjoys travel when he can. In 2009, he was able to put another check on his bucket list, after travelling to Peru and hiking the Inca Trail. “It was an unbelievable experience to see Machu Pichu from the Sun Gate. It appeared to be floating in the clouds, a memory which I will cherish for the rest of my life.” Other trips on his bucket list include “The Great Wall of China”, “St. Peter’s Basilica and the Roman Coliseum”, “The Great Barrier Reef”, and the “Louvre Museum”.
In his spare time, Greg is learning to play the guitar. He is interested in learning conversational Spanish and wants to learn how to juggle. He is also intent on solving the Rubik’s cube…someday. He enjoys country western, ballroom and Latin dancing, but admits there are not enough hours in the day to do everything he enjoys.
Most of Greg’s events will be at the intermediate/advanced levels for those who already actively participate in it. He is easy going and enjoys diversions that can be infused into the original plan.
Outdoor pursuits include: hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, kayaking, skiing, and snowshoeing.
|Event Coordinator (Since June 2011)|
|Greg first came to Calgary in 2000 and currently works at a chemical plant in the oil and gas
industry. He was raised on a small farm in an isolated area along the Miramichi river in New
Brunswick and grew up with a deep love of the Canadian wilderness. In 1994, he moved to Banff to
work as a pastry chef and quickly became assimilated into the mountain culture. Alberta has so many
natural wonders, it is a pity that not everyone actually enjoys them.
His favorite events are cross country skiing, mountain biking, hiking and social events. He is used to spending time in harsh conditions, so he is not deterred by variable weather conditions. He also loves reading, movies, participating in Calgary's local theatre scene and cooking. Not being the super athletic type, he tends to do events at a moderate or fun pace, where the group can enjoy time in the backcountry.
Eventually, Greg would like to do some long hikes and cross country ski events deep into the backcountry, where the group would be staying over night in a shelter, lodge or tent. He would also like to take fellow COC members to theatre events within Calgary. Most of all, Greg wants to give people a chance to experience the outdoors in a friendly setting, where they can get new memories and make new friends.
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|Event Coordinator (Since November 2009)|
|James is a lifelong Calgarian and COC member since 2008. The city and outstanding surrounding outdoor areas have afforded him a wealth of opportunities to enjoy an active standard of living.
James' active interests include mountain biking, pathway & road riding, disc golf, squash, badminton, racquetball, skating and skiing. Being in the mountains on a bike puts a smile on his face, especially when heading downhill on a mountain bike. |
Having his own business and working from home, events through the COC have become an integral part of his lifestyle and he looks forward to each one.
James has an interesting sense of humour that is very observational and witty. He is also a good listener that appreciates life stories. James is very patient and not particularly competitive but he does strive for the feeling of accomplishment.
|Event Coordinator (Since Sep 2016)|
|Jim grew up in Calgary and has watched the city grow from, what his parents considered a 'hick' town, to a city with a population of over one million people. He runs a small business with his family, producing and importing various hot sauces, BBQ sauces and other spicy condiments.
Jim took an interest in outdoor activities when, after deciding to hike the Inca Trail, he realized he should train for this adventure. He fell in love with the mountains during his training and has been hiking ever since. Some other activities he enjoys are tennis, squash, bowling and other fun games.
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|Event Coordinator (Since August 2008)|
|Jason has lived in Calgary all his life, and still enjoys getting out to the mountains. He is an
avid runner and cyclist. Jason has run more than 10 half-marathons in the past few years. He was
tired of his friends always being too busy for outdoor activities, so he joined the COC in 2005 to
meet more people and expand his variety of activities.
Jason is an engineering manager and works locally for a Silicon Valley computer company. Thanks to his job, Jason has done a lot of traveling to all parts of the world including Israel, India, Korea, Taiwan, Brazil, and all over the U.S.
In the summer, Jason likes to go mountain biking or hiking, and in the winter, cross-country skiing or running. He likes events with a high degree of physical intensity, but doesn't consider himself technical, and would rather play it safe than risk an injury. In general, he sticks to the schedule but isn't afraid of a little off trail exploring when the time permits.
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|Event Coordinator (Since April 2008)|
|Judy moved to Calgary from Ontario in November, 2006 fulfilling a promise she made way back in 1994
when she first saw the Canadian Rockies. After spending over 15 years in the automotive industry
(and mostly missing out on a life), she packed it all in and drove to Calgary with high hopes and
not much else. Fortunately, an energy services company took pity on her, offering her a job to keep
body and soul together.
After spending her first winter exploring Calgary (and not venturing outside of the city limits), she found the COC through a co-worker and promptly joined up just to get out into the mountains.
Judy’s passion has always been hiking and she can often be found spending the entire weekend out on the trails. In 2008, she tried snowshoeing for the first time and found that it’s just like hiking only on bigger feet, so now she can finally say that she enjoys winter in Canada.
Her favorite hike so far has been to Phantom Ranch in the Grand Canyon, but she has also enjoyed the Iceline in Yoho and Mount Lady MacDonald in Canmore.
Judy co-ordinates hikes on the moderate side. She likes maintaining a fairly regular pace but is more than happy to stop for pictures, munchies or to just ogle the scenery. Although she hates getting her head wet, inclement weather is not a major problem and she will almost never miss a hike, no matter what the forecast.
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|Event Coordinator (Since July 2007)|
|Laura has lived in Calgary since 1996 and hails from Toronto, New York City, Winnipeg, Montreal and
Nelson. She enjoys living in Calgary, especially the weather, the bike paths and the proximity to the
mountains. She has always been an avid walker, bike path rider and camper, and since moving to Calgary
has added hiking and snowshoeing to her list of favourite activities. |
She prefers coordinating moderate outings at a slow pace and urban walks to explore our neighbourhoods
and parks. Some of her favourite hikes are to passes like Burstall Pass, Healy Pass and Piper Pass.
She also enjoys travelling, musical theatre, photography, reading and outdoor festivals.
|Event Coordinator (Since March 2012)|
|After varied careers as a biochemist, Wardair agent, and business manager, Laurie has been
‘repurposed’ towards a life of freedom, fun and flexibility, allowing opportunity for more rewarding
pursuits, such as personal development, volunteering, travelling with a purpose, and looking for the
next challenge. She recognizes that she will always be a ‘work in progress’. In addition to
volunteering in her rural community, Laurie also volunteers for the Calgary Stampede as a square
dancer; with the Calgary Bluesfest liaising with the performers; with the Elbow Valley Cycle club as a
trip coordinator and Golden Triangle support crew; and with Habitat for Humanity, building homes
locally, and around the world.
Although she is a ‘fair-weather’ outdoor enthusiast, she would rather salvage an event by deferring to Plan B, rather than cancelling due to nasty weather. Although her plans are generally well thought out, they are subject to change, based on conditions, human factors, or whim. She will coordinate primarily cycling events, as well as racquet sports and snowshoeing – at a moderate pace/intermediate level, with the focus on “f ‘n’ f” (fun and fitness).
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|Event Coordinator (Since May 2008)|
|Len has lived in Calgary since 1977, originating from Montreal.
Following a day hike experience in 2007, he became hooked on the mountains and was soon hiking and backpacking regularly. When the snow came, he couldn’t sit still, so he took up snowshoeing, another keeper! His events would normally be of moderate rating but he’s been known to do the easy ones and some difficult ones too. Recently, any of Len's spare time is used up trying to figure out his GPS. When he gets it worked out, there will be no stopping him.
His other interests include rock climbing, volleyball, yoga and regularly working out. He also enjoys the performing arts and he is especially fond of live theater. He has a bit of a crazy sense of humor which he says was inherited from his mom. When Len is not in the mountains, he works as a Project Manager in the Alberta residential construction industry.
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|Event Coordinator (Since October 2011)|
|I am a second generation Calgarian (can you believe it?). I grew up outdoors and I love to hike,
ride my bike, paddle my canoe & kayak, ski (both) and snowshoe. I have a passion for personal
development having taken extensive leadership training. I am a professional accountant working in
the business intelligence field. I am also interested in geology, rock polishing and astronomy.
I will be coordinating hikes, snowshoeing and cross country ski events. My events will be at a variety of paces to appeal to beginners and intermediates. I admit I like to go out when the weather is nice, but only extreme weather slows me down. I have a very structural nature, so will entertain side trips if they don’t detract from the overall itinerary. My favorite all time hike is Carthew – Alderson in Waterton, with a long list of runner up hikes from many other locations. Trips to Yellowstone and the Mayan Riviera feature high on my favorite trips.
My goal as a coordinator for the COC is to provide events that allow beginners/novices to gain the experience and fitness levels to consider more challenging events. My intermediate events will allow me to indulge in discovering new areas, sharing old friends with my groups and challenge myself physically. I love to have fun and share that with my groups.
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|Event Coordinator (Since June 2018)|
|Leslie is a born and raised Albertan and has lived in Calgary since 2005. She enjoys hiking, biking, badminton and swimming and when she is not working as a Postpartum Nurse, you will find her doing one of those activities. She also likes to cook/bake, travel and meet new people. |
Leslie is looking forward to seeing you at some of her COC events!
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|Event Coordinator (Since December 2008)|
|A young at heart gal from the East Coast (PEI) embracing all that Alberta has to offer. I moved
Edmonton (go easy on me) in the early 80’s and then on to Calgary in 2000 for a new job
I’ve always been a bit of tomboy doing or playing sports that are typically guy things
job as an Electrical/Instrumentation Designer Drafter.
I grew up in the county and love being outdoors doing whatever is on the go … baseball, field
hockey, skating, biking, hiking, swimming, camping, or just hanging out. Since moving to
I’ve enjoyed additional sports and recreation like skiing (both x-country and downhill),
snowshoeing, soccer, racquetball, canoeing, rafting, running and recently tri-training. I love
music, outdoor festivals and have been a regular volunteer at the Edm & Cal Folk Festivals for
years … and play a little guitar myself.
I first joined the CCC in the summer of ’07 to experience a few more Calgary social events and then joined the COC. I’m always on the go looking for new challenges, to meet new people from all walks of life and to encourage and enjoy the company of others. I’m looking at coordinating a few social events and also a few sporting events for the beginner/intermediate - at a moderate level. I’m pretty laid back, so if the group decides to stray off the beaten path I’ll go with the flow, but it’ll be a group decision … no one gets left out or behind.
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|Event Coordinator (Since January 2016)|
|Maggie has lived in Calgary since 1992. She was born and raised near Lloydminster and subsequently lived in Edmonton, Newfoundland and New York before settling down in Calgary. Her favorite place to be is outdoors, in the mountains, on a tennis court, in or on the water. She hopes to coordinate tennis, easy hiking and biking events, connecting these events to food.
Favorite saying: "If you think you are too small to be effective, then you've never been in bed with a mosquito."
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|Event Coordinator (Since April 2005)|
|Marcel grew up in a small town in New Brunswick and always had a desire to see the west and explore the mountains. He came out
here in 1980 and has been here ever since! He hikes every day and gets paid for it... well, sort of - he’s been a mailman for Canada
Post for the past 25 years.
He enjoys almost any activity in the mountains. In the summer, he mainly hikes and scrambles, and in the winter enjoys cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. He plans to try some mountaineering and backcountry skiing. His other interests include photography, going to movies and reading.
Marcel joined the COC in May of 2004 and enjoys the new (and familiar) faces on events, and the positive atmosphere which makes participating in and organizing events so easy. He coordinates hikes, scrambles, backpacking and car camping during the summer, and in the winter organizes some snowshoe trips. Marcel’s trips are usually rated moderate to difficult and are often best suited to the more fit and experienced participant.
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|Event Coordinator (Since April 2015)|
|Mark came to Calgary from Ottawa in 1987 to finish Grad school after which he worked for an
environmental consulting firm and more recently for a mining company. One advantage of his
current job is that it takes him down to the Fernie/Sparwood area regularly and he takes his
mountain bike and running shoes along whenever he can. He discovered the mountains shortly
after arriving in Calgary and became an avid mountain biker, cross country skier, hiker and
trail runner, and dabbled in backcountry and downhill skiing. His three children, now adults,
grew up with a love of all these activities, except sadly mountain biking.
He joined the COC in 2007 and has participated in mountain biking, road biking, trail running, downhill skiing and cross country skiing events. His favourite all time trips are mountain biking Around the Misty Range and the Kokopelli Trail, sea kayaking in the Queen Charlottes, trail running in the Death Race, and some epic back backing trips and hikes with his children.
Look for Mark to organize moderately paced mountain biking, road biking, and trail running events in the spring, summer and fall, and cross country skiing events in the winter. He is not very weather sensitive (except perhaps to rain), generally sticks to the planned itinerary, will adjust his pace to suit the participants and won't leave anyone behind.
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|Event Coordinator (Since January 2008)|
|Mark came to Calgary in '77 when he was 11 via Winnipeg via Edmonton a city to which to this day he
denies being born. The first winter in Calgary, his parents encouraged him to downhill ski and put
him in lessons, which consisted of dropping him off at Chinook Center where he would then take the
bus to Fortress Mountain. He really thinks it was just so his folks could get a break from him and
his brother. Sometimes it would be an extended break as they wouldn't pick him up until Monday
morning! Oh how he misses those decrepit old chair lifts (and sleeping in the dumpsters at Chinook
Mall) and as a result is petitioning for seat belts to be installed in the new high speed ones they
With 31 years of skiing under his belt, he is a self certified expert ski instructor known for his ability to coach people who have trouble skiing deep powder. His patented advice of "just point 'em down" has never failed to make a remarkable difference.
Mark’s first event with the club was mountain biking on a sport swap special that weighed approximately 100lbs in August of 2006. Despite being the slowest one in the group he was hooked and became addicted to the sport and that’s what you’ll find him doing the most of in the summer, although he has been known to hike but is always thinking about how much more fun it would be to be on his bike. Mark has also become hooked on XC skiing through the club and although he’s not that graceful at it he’s determined to become better.
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|Event Coordinator (Since February 2015)|
|Mark has lived in Calgary with his wife and 3 children for the past 20 years. Mark grew up in
South Africa where he developed a love for wildlife and the outdoors. He has traveled and worked
in many countries worldwide.
In the past he has been an avid hiker, marathon runner and motorcyclist. Currently his main interests are downhill skiing, road cycling and bird watching.
Over the years, Mark has been a member of many different outdoor clubs, community and professional associations often taking an active role. As he has started to decrease his work hours, Mark is now interested to coordinate some mid-week events.
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|Event Coordinator (Since November 2012)|
|Mélanie was born in Trois-Rivières, Québec. In the summer of 2004, she drove across the
country to Vancouver. After a few months, she decided to explore the mountains of Alberta and
briefly visited Calgary but then...never left! She has been an active member of the COC since 2008,
met hundreds of good people and became friends with many of them. She is thankful for meeting everyone
and being part of this amazing Club.
Her outdoor interests are mainly hiking, camping, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. She also started running in 2011 but let's see where it goes. Mélanie likes to welcome new members and has a "no one left behind" policy on her events. Weather is not usually a big concern unless safety is an issue. She is looking at coordinating mostly urban events – hiking, cycling, rollerblading, climbing stairs, etc.
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|Event Coordinator (Since September 2013)|
|Mick came to Calgary from England in 2001. He only intended to stay for a couple of years, but
the proximity of the mountains so much that he never left.
His main outdoor interests are hiking and skiing of all types. He also enjoys backpacking, snowshowing, and any activities that get him out into the great outdoors.
Mick's all-time favorite hikes include the circuit of Mt Blanc and backpacking through the wilderness areas of NW Scotland. In the Rockies, he loves the alpine lakes at the end of the Galatea trail, and the wild flower meadows of Healy Pass.
Mick will coordinate easier hikes, at a steady pace, where we can take a moment to enjoy the beauty of the mountains.
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|Event Coordinator (Since February 2008)|
|Michelle is one of the few people around actually born in Calgary. After
spending some time in that other Alberta city (Edmonton), she returned in
2004 and rediscovered the mountains of her childhood. She discovered the
Calgary Outdoor Club in 2007, looking for someone to hike with
while her husband was out of town.
Michelle enjoys trying anything, including kayaking, canoeing, sailing, hot air ballooning, hiking, biking, skiing and snowshoeing. She likes a slow to moderate pace. Hardly ever without a GPS (or more accurately, her husband Gord & his GPS), she is happy to take scenery stops and side trips without worrying about getting lost. She firmly believes enjoying the day and the company is the goal, not the top of the mountain.
Look for Michelle to organize easy to moderate cross country ski and snow shoe events in the winter, and biking and hiking events in the summer, as well as anything new that looks like fun. She doesn't let weather be a factor and will not cancel trips unless the weather is really really bad.
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|Event Coordinator (Since July 2008)|
|I've been in Calgary since 1985. I moved here from Brooks because I wanted to come to the big city. My interests include mtb and road cycling, downhill skiing, and bike mechanic(ing). Don't think that is a word, but oh well. Like live music as well.
I joined the COC in 2007 because many mountain biking friends were members. I work in an office for a land surveying company (because it pays WAY more than being a bike mechanic). I coordinate mostly cycling events, but probably some hikes, bike repair/maintenance, and mtb skills events.
I prefer a relaxed atmosphere on events - even when leading a more advanced trip. Time to take pictures and a leisurely lunch - weather permitting. Maybe take the occasional side trip, but don't feel I have to stick to a rigid program either. I guess I'm more of a fair weather person. Getting caught in bad weather happens regularly enough, I don't like starting out in the rain.
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|Event Coordinator (Since September 2004)|
|Mike has been in Calgary for many years, drawn to the mountains from the relatively flat surroundings
of Montreal and Ottawa where he grew up.
He is interested in most wilderness activities, particularly if they include a trip to the pub after! In the summer, he spends his time scrambling, mountaineering, and rock climbing. In the winter, he enjoys downhill, cross-country and backcountry skiing.
He joined the COC in 2004, and has served in the past, as a Director and head of the Safety Committee. Mike coordinates scrambles and skiing events, usually in the difficult to advanced range.
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|Event Coordinator (Since July 2015)|
|Raihan (pronounced Raa-ay-haan) is from Bangladesh. He moved to Calgary in 2005 (and never wants to leave!).
When he saw the Rockies, he had to collect his jaw from the floor. Now this sign hangs in his office:|
“A bad day in the mountains is better than a really good day at work”.
He joined the COC as many of his hiking buddies moved or started young families. In a short time he has met some great people through the club.
He looks forward to organizing day-hikes, backcountry trips, tennis, and soccer in the summer, and snowshoeing in the winter. Raihan hikes at a moderate pace and can carry loads like a Sherpa. He loves early starts and long days in the mountains. He is an all-weather hiker. Nothing short of a lightning storm (or other safety concern) comes between him and his objective. He hikes with the motto: “nobody gets hurt”. His favorite scrambles/hikes are Mt Temple, Mt Bourgeau, Crypt Lake, Bow Hut, and the Lake O’Hara alpine circuit. Raihan lugs a hulking SLR, so expect a few stops for photos.
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|Event Coordinator (Since March 2013)|
|Richard has been in Calgary since 2006. He grew up in Red Deer, spent 5 years in Edmonton and 10
years in Vancouver before making the move to Calgary. He works as a Client Manager for a small
Mountain biking is his first passion, with occasional road cycling, trail running, triathlons and skiing thrown in for variety. Richard is currently President of the Calgary Mountain Bike Alliance (CMBA) and actively involved in trail advocacy. He coordinates mostly cycling related events with a few related social events. A few events will be related to CMBA activities as well.
His cycling events are at a moderate to advanced pace, and social and other events are for all abilities. He prefers to do group events where everyone is encouraged to participate. He is a die- hard, so weather doesn't scare him, but he understands that everyone is not like that.
For a group event, it will be up to the group to decide whether to explore off the planned route. He likes to explore, but only if that is a safe alternative. Epic mountain bike rides or group road rides are his favorites, especially when they are followed by a BBQ or pub visit afterwards. He always enjoys meeting new people.
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|Event Coordinator (Since December 2007)|
|Rick grew up in Toronto, moved to the prairies in the late seventies and settled in Calgary 10 years
ago. He started mountain biking in Manitoba and has built his skills since arriving here where we have
real biking trails. The rest of his activities he took up with a vengeance more recently.
Rick coordinates more difficult mountain biking, hiking and snowshoeing with an intermediate approach
to scrambling, and downhill and cross-country skiing. He likes to be above the tree line and loves a
great 360 view. Rick likes to keep the group together and will get out in the rain, snow or sunshine.
The pace is usually moderate to fast with short breaks for lunch.|
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|Event Coordinator (Since Aug 2007)|
|Roy is an IT Consultant who came to Calgary from Central Alberta on a work transfer in 1987. His
outdoor interests include skiing and cycling and he also enjoys home brewing. He joined the COC
in 2007 looking to meet more mountain bikers and coordinates die-hard mountain bike events for
us. Roy says that his all-time favorite trip is to mountain bike Lake Minnewanka. He generally
sticks to his planned itinerary and says that fitness maintenance is always an objective when he
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|Event Coordinator (Since March 2010)|
|Shelley has been in Calgary for close to five years now. She's originally from the Vancouver area,
but after school in Victoria, she left the West Coast to work in Dawson City, Yukon for eight years.
Initially in Calgary on a year off to work and ski, she ended up liking it here enough to move
officially. Shelley loves to spend the summers hiking and backpacking, and the winters XC and
downhill skiing. Jogging helps make it all easier, and indoor climbing rounds out the mix of fun
stuff. Before moving to Calgary she rode and drove horses, and knows a thing or two about music.
When Shelley isn't spending her days teaching humanities and music to the next generation of outdoors people, she coordinates climbing, running, skiing and hiking events. She might consider overnight trips, rollerblading, socials and horseback riding on occasion as well.
She's not afraid of bad weather, but does her best to pay the weather bill to make sure the order for sunshine or fresh snow comes through. Her trips will stick to the trails and the original plan for the most part, but she doesn't mind some adjustments to the plan to better fit the group.
Shelley tends to move at a moderate pace (moderate by short leg standards, anyway!), but she's patient and doesn't mind waiting for slower hikers, and she welcomes all likeminded speedy hikers on her trips. On her events you count on the chocolate always being packed, and the bear bells only being permitted for accompaniment purposes at carolling sessions that fall between Dec. 20th and Dec. 25th. See you on the hills, walls, trails or pathways!
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|Event Coordinator (Since July 2018)|
|Although born Down Under, Simone grew up in Calgary. With her family she enjoyed drives in the mountains. Hwy 40 with picnics in the Highwood Pass was a family favourite. After living a decade in the US, Simone returned to Calgary in 2005 and joined the COC to get onto the mountains instead of merely passing beside them. It started with hiking and then snowshoeing. More recently she took up cross-country skiing and dabbled in kayaking. Simone has embraced the Japanese concept of forest bathing, shinrin-yoku. That means she is all about taking in the forest atmosphere and less concerned with sport and exercise goals while outdoors. |
As a coordinator, Simone plans to post hiking events that are easy to moderate and she’ll hike at a moderate pace, except when it’s really steep because then she is slow. She tends to wilt on really hot days but doesn’t let a little rain stop her. Simone loves green so prefers meadows to scree. As long as the mosquitoes are at bay, she doesn’t mind if you explore higher while she soaks up the sun. Come winter, Simone will coordinate beginner cross-country ski events. These will be half-day events so that no fingers are frozen from eating out of doors. She likes to conclude winter events with a warm-up at a café.
When not outside, Simone enjoys dance, yoga, and pilates. Reluctantly she lifts weights to prevent injury. She is a fair-weather commuter cyclist. Her other hobby is languages so if you speak another language and sign up for one of her events, please teach her some new phrases.
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|Event Coordinator (Since Feb 2019)|
|Steve recently moved to Calgary from Edmonton where he was a coordinator with the Edmonton Outdoor Club. He originally joined the Edmonton Outdoor Club in 2017 as his social circle was shrinking and he wanted to get out and meet people while getting some exercise. Not only did Steve find a large group of friends, he also found a love of the outdoors and became motivated to try new activities.|
While Steve enjoys hiking, snowshoeing and camping, he is looking forward to his first backcountry, kayaking, and scrambling events. Although Calgary has a very close proximity to the mountains, the City of Calgary also offers some fantastic opportunities for just getting out locally and Steve plans to put on weeknight local hikes.
Steve now finds himself back in the position of a limited social circle and is looking forward to growing it once again. Come out and meet him!
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|Event Coordinator (Since May 2015)|
|Susan has been in Calgary most of her life, with the exception of 9 years living in California.
By profession she works at ENMAX in Commercial Client Care. She is also a real estate investor.
She likes the social side of getting to know people in car pool events. She is interested in skiing, movies, billiards, and healthy living tips. Her goal is for everyone to have FUN in her events.
Her events will focus on “all ability level” ski trips. She also plans to coordinate easy to moderate hiking, non competitive walleyball, disc golf, camping trip to Lake Mcgregor and dog park walks.
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|Event Coordinator (Since February 2005)|
|Sylvia lived in Calgary and Banff many
years ago, and returned to Calgary in
1996. In between, she
travelled the world, and lived in
Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Her
outdoor interests include
biking, inline skating, ice skating,
hiking, snow shoeing, downhill and cross
country skiing and
camping. In the winter, she supplements
with swimming, pilates and weight
training. She believes in
the importance of giving back to her
community and volunteers extensively with
throughout the year.
Sylvia coordinates urban biking, inline skating and urban hikes as well as bowling and other social events for the COC.
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|Event Coordinator (Since April 2015)|
|Terrie has been in Calgary since 1983, with the exception of a 10 year relocation to the United
States. When moving to Texas, she threw her skis in the dumpster vowing to never move back to a
cold climate. After moving back to Calgary in 2001 and spending two winters indoors with the
heat cranked up, she decided to reignite her passion for skiing. She joined the Lake Louise ski
patrol (CSPS) then went on to become a ski instructor obtaining her CSIA level 1 and level 2.
By profession she is a registered nurse. She also has a small home-based business, custom painting and piece painting shabby chic furniture.
Her events will focus on advanced to expert level ski trips with some “all ability level” trips. She also plans to coordinate easy to moderate snowshoe trips, moderate inline skating events, dog inclusive events; and easy to moderate bike and running events.
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|Event Coordinator (Since May 2007)|
|Ursula balances her passion for the outdoors with an independent consulting business that she is
equally passionate about. If you are curious about Ursula’s work life, check out her web site at Liminalstrategies.com.
An avid cyclist, Ursula is torn between recreational road riding and mountain biking. She also enjoys just using her bike to do errands and attend meetings around the city. She’s keen on hiking and scrambling where’s there’s not a lot of exposure. Favourite hike: Dolomite Pass. In the winter, it’s cross-country skiing first, followed by downhill skiing with occasional backcountry tours thrown in.
When not working or outdoors, Ursula can be found at the theatre (Alberta Theatre Projects typically) in the concert hall, at a folk club, a movie, or just hanging out with friends, preferably with a good bottle of single malt or wine.
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|Event Coordinator (Since May 2019)|
|Wade is a lifelong Albertan and feels fortunate to live in Calgary with it's access to the various outdoor activities. Growing up in rural areas, he was always on dirt bikes but once that was left behind, he discovered a passion for mountain biking in 2013. Wade is a techie that works for a local software development company.|
Wade's events will primarily be for MTB, accessing some of the many trails that are close enough for a day/evening event. He may also consider coordinating 2-day events to explore areas a bit further away. Most of the events will be intermediate or advanced, and all will be no-drop, at least within any designated groups.
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|Event Coordinator (Since January 2008)|
|Wil is an all-weather person and follows the trail (+ explores a few side ones, if time is no factor).
He is experiencing pangs of excitement to go on trails he has not been on before. His all-time
favorite hikes (at this point) are Tent Ridge and Akamina Ridge in Alberta, West Coast Trail in BC and
the Cornwall Coast Trail in England (with all its ghost stories). In Holland, his favorite hike was to
the local neighborhood pub (terrasje pikken).
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