Calgary Outdoor Club - Volunteers
Officers and Administrators
 
Mark MacG.: President, Sponsorship Coordinator, Event Coordinator (Since May 2008)
Lorrie W: Vice President, Volunteer Committee Lead, Event Coordinator (Since January 2015)
Lois: Treasurer, Event Coordinator (Since April 2014)
JJ (Julie): Secretary, Membership Coordinator, Event Coordinator (Since February 2015)
Noel Sam: Past President, Event Coordinator (Since November 2011)
Barbara B.: Director, Event Coordinator (Since July 2008)
Lev: Director
Claudine: Director, Event Coordinator (Since December 2010)
Gen G.: Director
Mick: Director, Safety Committee Lead, Event Coordinator (Since September 2013)
Raihan Khan: Director, Membership Coordinator, Training Committee, Event Coordinator (Since July 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
Ben C: Safety Committee, Event Coordinator (Since August 2007)
Cvjetan CJ: Safety Committee
Yannick: Technology Committee, Event Coordinator (Since March 2012)

See our Job Descriptions for more information.
Event Coordinators
Andra
Anna-Lisa
Baljinder
Barbara (Babs)
Barry McConnell
Ben Wards
Beth
Bob Z.
Biker Brian
Bruce Cl
Carol Guthrie
Carolyn L
Cheryl :)
Danny O
Debbie A
Derek Y
Doug B
Duane
Eva
Franco
Frank V
Gary Bowen
Gil
Gord P
Grant P
Gregory MacIvor
Ian Gammack
Jacques
Jim H
JamesVB
Jim S
Jason Sokolosky
Jeff S
Jeremy
Jim F
Jim K
Joni
Judy T
Karen U
Laura L
Laurie MacAdams
Leila M
Len M.
Leonard Kampel
Leslie P
Maggie S
Mance
Marcel B
Mark D
Mark P
Mark R
Martine
Mélanie
Michael A
Michelle P
Mike S.
Mike W
Nancy U
Parry Loeffler
Peter H.
Richard L
Rick M
Rob M
Roy Scarisbrick
ScottR
Shaun L
Sheena
Shelley R
Simon
Sue M
Sylvia(1) A.
Terrie W.
Tom E.
Tom S
Tsering D
Ursula
Veronique
Wil
Yvanne

If you are interested in Volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Martine and the VC Squad at volunteer@calgaryoutdoorclub.com and we will put you on the potential list.




 
President
Sponsorship Coordinator
Event Coordinator (Since May 2008)

Mark MacG.
Mark MacGillivray has lived in Calgary for most of his life and has enjoyed much of what Calgary and Southern Alberta offers. His interests include hiking, snowshoeing, XC skiing, scrambling and tennis. He believes that life is not a spectator sport.

Mark is President of his condominium board and actively participates in local, provincial and federal politics. He also acts and directs with a local theatre company.

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

Contact Mark or any club executive at exec@calgaryoutdoorclub.com

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Mark MacG..




 
Vice President
Volunteer Committee Lead
Event Coordinator (Since January 2015)

Lorrie W
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 at a 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!

As the Vice President on the Executive Committee, Lorrie maintains a variety of portfolios.

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 volunteer@calgaryoutdoorclub.com . On a quarterly basis, the committee members conduct a coordinator review.

If interested in becoming a Coordinator, please review our Coordinator Checklist, and contact us with your interest at volunteer@calgaryoutdoorclub.com

Contact Lorrie or any Club Executive at exec@calgaryoutdoorclub.com

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Lorrie W.





 
Treasurer
Event Coordinator (Since April 2014)

Lois
Lois was born and raised in Airdrie but spent a few years living away before realizing that Calgary was the best place in the world to live. Lois likes to take part in all that Calgary has to offer, including hiking, snowshoeing, ice cream, kayaking, any kind of sport, and cycling. In the past few years, Lois has discovered the joys of cycling abroad and is constantly thinking about her next big trip. Recently, Lois has cycled across Switzerland, a meter into Austria, to the highest peak of Peru, and down the 'road of death' in Bolivia.

Lois would like to share her love of Calgary (and area) with anyone that's interested in having fun. She will coordinate a variety of events, concentrating mainly on cycling. Lois is willing to go out in any type of weather as long as the conditions are safe; but the benefit of living in one of the sunniest cities in Canada is that the sun will eventually come out, if only for 10 minutes!

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 Lois at treasurer@calgaryoutdoorclub.com

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Lois.




 
Secretary
Membership Coordinator
Event Coordinator (Since February 2015)

JJ (Julie)
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.

The duties of the Secretary include:
- Attending all meetings of the Society, the Board and the Executive Committee
- Keeping accurate minutes of these meetings
- Having charge of the Board's correspondence
- Making sure a Register of Members is kept up to date
- Making sure all notices of various meetings are sent
- Keeping the Seal of the Society
- Filing the annual return, changes in the Directors of the organization, amendments to the Bylaws and other incorporating documents with the Corporate Registry
- Carrying out other duties assigned by the Board



See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by JJ (Julie).




 
Past President
Event Coordinator (Since November 2011)

Noel Sam
Noel has been in Calgary since the mid 1980s. He came from a tropical island called Mauritius where there is no snow but there are lots of hiking trails and beautiful beaches. Noel owns a business. 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.

The duties of the Past President include:
- Being a reliable counsel to the President and is available to take on special assignments
- Providing history for Society discussions when requested and/or appropriate
- Chairing the Nominating Committee
- Carrying out other duties assigned by the Board

Contact Noel or any club executive at exec@calgaryoutdoorclub.com

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Noel Sam.




 
Director
Event Coordinator (Since July 2008)

Barbara B.

Barbara is a downtown person during the week, but always aims to escape on the weekends. She loves discovering new places, and areas that offer something unique generally make it to the top of her 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 off the beaten path and get up high to experience those great mountain views. As many of her events go off-trail, you should always 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.

Recent highlight trips include backpacking the North Coast Trail, the West Coast Trail, a mountaineering week based out of Bow Hut, an alpine touring trip based out of the Campbell Icefield Chalet, and a multi-day trip kayaking the Broken Group Islands. Other favourite hikes/scrambles/backpack/ski events to date include Abbot Pass, Skoki, Observation Peak, Mount Temple, Eiffel Peak, Grinnell Glacier, Birdwood Traverse, Mount Tyrwhitt, and hiking in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. There are so many places to discover, yet never enough weekends!

As a Director on the Executive Committee, Barbara maintains a variety of portfolios. Contact Barbara or any club executive at exec@calgaryoutdoorclub.com.

Having led the development of the Difficulty Rating scale, Barbara also serves as the Difficulty Rating Auditor, reviewing events as they are posted.



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Director
Lev
Lev was born in the Siberian part of Russia, moved to Israel when he was 6, then to Vancouver when he was 12, and after 13 long and rainy years, moved to Calgary.

He was always an active kid growing up, usually spending more time playing outside cycling, mountain-biking, hiking, scuba-diving, and playing soccer and basketball. Being an active participant in the Simon Fraser University Outdoor Club, it was a natural transition for him to look for something similar upon arriving in Calgary, especially since he did not know a soul in the city. Joining the Calgary Outdoor Club was a great way to get active and meet new people.

Being a lawyer specializing in business and real estate law, Lev wanted to utilize his professional skills to give back to the club, so he became a Director in late 2014 to help with management duties.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Lev.




 
Director
Event Coordinator (Since December 2010)

Claudine
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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Director
Gen G.
Gen is originally from Montreal. After a few years working in Europe and projects in Africa she moved to Calgary in 2012.

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.

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Director
Safety Committee Lead
Event Coordinator (Since September 2013)

Mick
Mick came to Calgary from England in 2001. He only intended to stay for a couple of years, but enjoyed 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.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Mick.




 
Director
Membership Coordinator
Training Committee
Event Coordinator (Since July 2015)

Raihan Khan
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.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Raihan Khan.




 
Club Founder
Rhonda S
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 Club).

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
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.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Marg.




 
Disabilities Ambassador & Event Coordinator (Since June 2011)
David Meisner
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.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by David Meisner.




 
Photo Historian
Event Coordinator (Since January 2010)

Geoff C
Geoff has lived in Calgary for almost 10 years, but grew up in Vancouver and Victoria BC. He enjoys hiking, scrambling, snowshoeing, skiing, canoeing, backpacking and car camping. He seeks the best powder snow on the mountain when downhill skiing. His indoor favourites include bowling just for fun, reading action novels, and for work, performing chemical laboratory testing.

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 photos@calgaryoutdoorclub.com

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Geoff C.




 
Content Editor
Event Coordinator (Since July 2004)

Wendy Wong
Wendy has called Calgary home since she was 3. She didn't discover winter sports until forced out of hibernation due to a volunteer commitment. Once she realized she was not going to freeze to death, she decided to check 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 snow shelter building. Her goal is to try at least one new sport (or race) per year, so when she saw dogsledding on the COC 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 content@calgaryoutdoorclub.com

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Wendy Wong.




 
Content Editor
Lynda
Originally from Sherbrooke, Quebec, Lynda has lived in Calgary since 1980, with a nine-year break spent in Invermere and Golden, British Columbia. She’s called Calgary home (again) since 2001, and has been an enthusiastic member of the COC since 2005.

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 content@calgaryoutdoorclub.com

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Lynda.




 
Safety Committee
Event Coordinator (Since August 2007)

Ben C
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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Safety Committee
Cvjetan CJ
bio coming soon

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Technology Committee
Event Coordinator (Since March 2012)

Yannick
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
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)
Anna-Lisa
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 October 2007)
Baljinder
Baljinder moved to Calgary in 1982 prior to the oil sands boom. He was hired by an engineering company from England to work on oil sands project design in Ft. McMurray. He fell in love with Calgary and never went back. He has travelled on business to various cities in different countries and he still rates Calgary to be the best place to live and raise kids.

His interests are hiking, snowshoeing and backpacking. He also enjoys watching movies and a good glass of wine. Most of his hikes tend to be at a moderate pace with difficulty level up to D4, and he likes to stick closely to the plan. His favorite event was the backpacking trip to Elk Pass.

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Event Coordinator (Since March 2009)
Barbara (Babs)
I was born and raised in Calgary. Went to Toronto for too long, and took the long way back to Calgary by stopping in Vancouver. After experiencing 6 weeks of straight rain and my feet starting to web, I decided this wasn't the place to be, and the day after my contract ended, packed up and headed home. That was the year it flooded in Calgary. Yes, I do have a sense of humour.

I am an almost eternal optimist, and have a "stick with it" attitude. I am the same with the weather. I pretty much will go out in any kind of weather. Be prepared!

I enjoy hiking, biking, social events, and adrenaline activities. I have a very dry sense of humour. I am an "A" type hiker, with a "B" attitude. I do insist on hiking together, especially on difficult terrain or areas with bears.

I have backpacked on my own in Australia, New Zealand, Uganda, Tanzania, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. I am working on my next extended trip.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Barbara (Babs).




 
Event Coordinator (Since March 2005)
Barry McConnell
Barry was born in Edmonton, and moved to Calgary at a very young age. He comes from a large family, having 7 brothers and sisters. Barry has been employed with Calgary Coop for 25 years.

Barry's interests are varied but animals, sports and social functions are at the top of his list. His outdoor interests include camping, downhill skiing, walking his dog “Chico”, and bike riding on the city bike paths. He also enjoys a variety of sports, including volleyball, hockey, ball hockey, tennis, and golf. Going for dinner, movies, shooting pool, games, and dancing top his social list.

Barry joined the COC in Dec 2004 after hearing about it from a friend. He primarily is interested in organizing social and sporting events. He describes himself as "not an avid hiker", but has given it a try now that he’s volunteering. Barry is a wonderful person to be around and is one to make you laugh.

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Event Coordinator (Since August 2006)
Ben Wards
During the summer, Ben enjoys venturing off trail into remote areas of the Rockies. He enjoys discovering scrambles not in Kane’s books. He likes to keep the size of his groups small and likes to stay together! In the winter, he has an addiction for making turns. He has had a season pass at Sunshine for the last couple of years and can’t get enough of the place. When his addiction to making turns has been tempered, he likes to explore the countless valleys of the Rockies and Columbia, ski touring on skinny and fat skis.

Group members are expected to help out on route finding, decision making, and sharing chocolate with the coordinator. Ben is self-admittedly grammatically challenged and can't spell worth a darn, but don't hold that against him - his events are fantastic!

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Event Coordinator (Since July 2007)
Beth
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 � and is up for new adventures.

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 Z.
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)
Biker Brian
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 Canada.

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)
Bruce Cl
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 August 2007)
Carol Guthrie
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 May 2007)
Carolyn L
Carolyn is a singer, originally from Ontario, living in the west (mostly in Calgary) since 1988. She met her husband, Bill, on a COC scramble of Yamnuska in 2007. They were married that same year, becoming the first couple who met at the COC to get married.

Carolyn loves hiking, scrambling, sea kayaking, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, camping and scuba diving. She often picks trips to places she has not visited yet, but does have a few favourites she likes to return to. Her events can be on or off trail, and bushwhacking may be an option. Carolyn’s pace is generally slow on ascents and more moderate on descents. Those who enjoy photography breaks or opportunities to just “take it all in” will enjoy her events. She does like to keep her group together, that way she gets to meet everyone.

Recent Highlights Include: Mt. Yamnuska, Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska, Sea Kayaking trip up Princess Louisa Inlet to Chatterbox Falls (88 km).

Carolyn’s Favs: Mt. Yamnuska, Mt. Edith, Mist Mountain, Birdwood Traverse, Rawson Ridge (short but sweet), Kayaking: Princess Louisa Inlet, the Broken Islands, Vargas Island.

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Event Coordinator (Since February 2013)
Cheryl :)
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 May 2013)
Danny O
Danny was born in Toronto and his family moved to Airdrie when he was 7 years old. He found Airdrie too small and boring, so even from a young age he would bike ride to Calgary with friends. He grew up riding dirt bikes, cycling, camping and downhill mountain biking before there was full suspension bikes. He was looking for a group of people to mountain bike with and discovered the COC in late 2011. He enjoyed the club so much, that he decided to become a coordinator. He is a supervisor for an agency that supports adults with disabilities.

Danny has been trail mountain biking only since late 2011, but he really enjoys the nature and the challenge of the sport. His favorite rides have been long climbs to the top of mountains with a break for some photos and lunch before the short ride down. He is not necessary the most technical rider, but he really enjoys the view from the top of mountains. He started cross-country skiing in 2012. He always thought it was an old man sport, but discovered he was so wrong, even though he says some would consider him an old man. He also enjoys fishing and photography.

Danny will mostly be coordinating mountain biking trips rated D3 and D4, and probably some beginner cross-country ski trips as well as ice skating events. As far as pace goes, he is flexible and can do what works best for the group. He likes the challenge of keeping up with faster riders as it challenges his fitness level, but he also enjoys taking his time looking at the scenery. He doesn't mind the cold, and rides his bike during the winter, but tries to avoid muddy slushy conditions.

Danny prefers sticking to the trail when he is with a group, but he has no problem bushwhacking and exploring when he is on his own. He considers himself easy going and accommodating with a twisted sense of humor.

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Event Coordinator (Since July 2007)
Debbie A
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 March 2010)
Derek Y
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 activities.

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.

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Event Coordinator (Since November 2012)
Doug B
Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Doug decided it was time to experience a larger city, one with close proximity to the mountains, and Calgary it was. Now after 10 years of living in McKenzie Lake, he believes the right choice was made.

Doug would much rather be outdoors than in a gym. He loves outdoor activities, with his main passion being mountain biking. He mountain bikes year around and really looks forward to improving his technique and skills during the winter months. When it comes to icy sections, he may have an unfair advantage with his 700 studs in his homemade winter studded tires. Mountain biking for Doug is all about getting exercise and the challenge. He enjoys the climb more than the downhill and will avoid extremely technical downhill areas. His rides will be moderate to fast pace with the odd stop here and there, or at the top of a climb. He runs out of fuel at about the one hour mark, so make sure you tell him it’s time to break. Doug is not your average 160 pound mountain biker, some say he has a sweating disorder but don’t be alarmed, he’s not dying. At slightly over 200 lbs, he’s not fading away by any means and will eventually make it to the top.

Through the COC, Doug is hoping to find a few more biking buddies who share the same passion.

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Event Coordinator (Since June 2007)
Duane
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 January 2010)
Eva
Eva was born and grew up in the picturesque town of Carlsbad in the Czech Republic. Lived in Prague for a bit, moved to Germany for a while, spent a year in Australia, but decided that Canada is the place to be, for the time being anyways, which has lasted for over 10 years now so there must be something about this place.

She got completely hooked by the mountains a couple years ago. She loves their beautiful scenery, and the challenge. As there is so much to do and explore in the Rockies, you will not see her doing the same event too many times in a row.

Her favourite all year round activity is scrambling, but she tends to mix it up with snowshoeing and x-country skiing in the winter; and hiking, backpacking, camping, swimming and biking in the summer.

She favours moderate to faster pace for scrambling, and moderate pace for cross-country skiing as she is still learning. From time to time she will just take it “lazy”, snap some pictures and enjoy the nature. She likes to stick to the itinerary but doesn’t mind taking side trips if it’s OK with the group. She enjoys the outdoors rain or shine and will not cancel an event just because of a little drizzle or frost.

Other than the mountains, she likes yoga, good books, music, an occasional glass of wine and movies.

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Event Coordinator (Since March 2007)
Franco
Franco is a native Albertan originally born in Edmonton (don't hold that against him). He spent all of his childhood days living in Lethbridge. Work brought him to Calgary 20 years ago and he has no plans of leaving. He works as a computer programmer/analyst for a small software company in Calgary.

His outdoor interests include hiking/biking (summertime), downhill skiing (wintertime) and playing just about any sport invented by mankind. Other interests include music (listening to and actually at one time playing), photography and playing card games (crib/hearts). He joined the COC in Jan of 2004 looking to spend more time in the outdoors and to meet people that enjoy the same activities. His favorite trip within the club was hiking Mount Temple. As for outside the club, for him there is no better hike then the Zion Narrows in Zion National Park in Utah.

Franco coordinates a variety of events such as hiking, scrambling and camping trips in the summer and mainly downhill skiing events in the winter, with the occasional social event (card game nights). His hikes are of the moderate to difficult level, probably not venturing past moderate scrambling. The pace of the events would again be at a moderate speed, not super slow but also not super fast. Weather conditions would never stop him from going ahead with an event as long as it doesn't put anyone's safety at a moderate risk. There is always some form of risk in anything you do. As far as following a plan while hiking, he is always open to veering off, time permitting. On his trips, all he asks is that you come out and have some fun. After all that's what life is all about.

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Event Coordinator (Since June 2008)
Frank V
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 nowhere else.

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 December 2014)
Gary Bowen
Gary moved to Calgary in 2010 and has been actively involved in the Calgary Outdoor Club for most of his time in Calgary. On work days, Gary manages construction development budgets.

Outside of work, Gary is interested in organizing general fitness events that include running, boot camps, hills & drills, and swimming. Gary has also spent time volunteering with the Junior Chamber International and has spent three years working on their board.

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Event Coordinator (Since July 2015)
Gil
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)
Gord P
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, wizzier firm.

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 2014)
Grant P
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 plenty.

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.

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Event Coordinator (Since June 2011)
Gregory MacIvor
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 January 2005)
Ian Gammack
Ian was born and raised in Calgary. Over the years he has spent lots of time in the mountains hiking and skiing. Life cycles has brought him to more actively seeking adventures and socializing.

Ian joined the club in Dec 2004 and soon felt a desire to coordinate a couple of favorite hikes and skis. The camaraderie of the groups has kept him coming back.

Ian plans to coordinate both adventure and social activities for the COC.

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Event Coordinator (Since Oct 10)
Jacques
Jacques' employment as a Retail Supply Chain Director brought him to Calgary from Montreal in 1998. He recently discovered the pleasures of an active outdoor life and is making up for lost time. On his days off, you can find Jacques on all kinds of recreational outdoor activities such as hiking, road or mountain biking, scrambling, kayaking, snowshoeing, downhill skiing and his very favorite, horseback riding.

Discovering the COC was a great joy to Jacques, with well organized events and great people to join on all kinds of fun activities. His events would typically be at a moderate pace, with a friendly atmosphere. Jacques is an all-weather outdoors person, and is very unlikely to cancel an event due to weather, unless it appears that the event would compromise the enjoyment or safety of the participants.

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Event Coordinator (Since July 2010)
Jim H
Jim is originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He has lived in the Calgary area since 2005, and came here primarily for employment, but the outdoor lifestyle is now more important to him. He works as an electrical technician, and owns and operates his own contracting company.

Jim's outdoor interests are sailing, backpacking, hiking, camping, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. He coordinates hiking and/or backpacking events, and prefers smaller groups as he finds this makes for a better group dynamic. During his events, expect side trips and exploring as well as taking different routes back to the trail head. Jim also often enjoys going for food and drinks with his fellow club members after all the hard work is done.

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Event Coordinator (Since November 2009)
JamesVB
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.



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Event Coordinator (Since Sep 2016)
Jim S
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 Sokolosky
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 March 2008)
Jeff S
Born and raised in Calgary, Jeff has taken advantage of various opportunities to live in Europe for a few years and thoroughly enjoyed what Europe has to offer, including both culture and outdoor adventure to European mountain ranges. Upon returning to Canada in 1999, he immediately moved to Edmonton and in 2005 earned a bachelor's degree in French from the U of A.

Jeff joined the COC in July of 2005 so as to avoid backpacking the Sawback Trail solo. He enjoys the philosophy behind the COC and believes this club to be a good vehicle for pursuing outdoor activities with other like-minded enthusiasts. He hopes to contribute positively to the club.

He is looking to lead day hikes, multi-day backpack trips, scrambles, and the occasional winter activity involving snowshoes and x-country skis. He prefers a moderate pace to his events and likes to enjoy the journey rather than make record time on the trail. When backpacking, he has embraced the ultra-lite concept and enjoys the freedom to travel further and longer. Jeff’s events will go rain or shine but he may adjust his plans including location to suit the weather, i.e. a valley hike in the rain as opposed to an open ridge or summit. He is always open to exploring new areas and is never opposed to off-trail hiking or exploration, especially if it involves a better view or bagging a summit. He is goal-oriented and very ambitious when it comes to the outdoors.

Jeff has enjoyed many trips to the Rockies over the years and to mountain ranges overseas including Mt Jebel Toubkal in Morocco, the highest mountain in North Africa (4,167m). He has also reached the highpoint of mountains in AZ, NV, and CA, the latter being Mt Whitney (4,421m). He accomplished his 250th summit in September 2013! Little Yoho Valley and the Skoki region of Banff National Park are favourite locations for scrambles. He also enjoys the Rockwall, Skyline, lakes & larches, Assiniboine, Tonquin Valley, Berg Lake, Brazeau Loop, Sawback, Iceline, Skoki Loop, and Northover Ridge, to name a few favourite back-country destinations. Backcountry skiing to huts in Tonquin, Egypt Lake, and Assiniboine have provided pleasant winter escapes.

When not on a trail or summit, Jeff enjoys researching and reading stories of other people’s mountain adventures. He also enjoys running and has taken up triathlon racing. Having completed a half Ironman triathlon, he would one day like to accomplish the full.

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Event Coordinator (Since September 2011)
Jeremy
Jeremy moved to Calgary in 2004 to pursue work and the great outdoors like most of the local population. He has traveled all over Canada, United States, Europe and Jamaica. He now calls Calgary home after living here longer than any other place. When he is not participating in active sports, his hobbies include motorcycles, website programming, flying kites and R/C airplanes, and increasing his free t-shirt wardrobe at volunteer events.

Hockey is Jeremy’s primary sport, but other favorites include: hiking, mountain biking, crossfit, running, rafting, tennis, rollerblading, downhill skiing and anything else fun and adventurous.

Jeremy is drawn to the club by the camaraderie and the community spirit of the active outdoor lifestyles. He will be coordinating primarily hiking, cycling and running events, but may get creative from time to time. The pace will be moderate, accommodating everything from rookies to elite mountain ninjas! Attitudes must be friendly and supportive, with an occasional hint of fun- spirited competition! Beginners are always welcomed and encouraged to come out! Jeremy is also open to suggestions and doesn’t mind coordinating events by request!


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Event Coordinator (Since February 2006)
Jim F
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. Life is 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.

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Event Coordinator (Since September 2008)
Jim K
Jim came out west from Toronto after high school to pursue his passion for skiing. He's still here and still skiing, mostly downhill. He likes looking for powder in the trees. While he misses the lakes of Southern Ontario in the summer, he has a sailboat up at Sylvan Lake.

He joined the COC in the summer of 2007 to find people to mountain bike with and he has been having a wonderful time of it since. He enjoys most outdoor activities in the mountains and around water.

In most endeavors he likes a fast pace, but he is willing to stop and smell the roses. He likes exploring new areas and finding new trails to travel.

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Event Coordinator (Since May 2007)
Joni
Joni has been in Calgary for 28 years and says she arrived here via Hamilton, Toronto and then a 747 jumbo jet. Her outdoor interests include camping, swimming, fly fishing, tennis and urban bike rides and picnics. Other interests include music, photography, dancing, tai chi, movies/popcorn and fusion cooking. She joined the COC in mid-2006 dur to her need for “some kinda fun” (ref: Teenage Head song).

Look for Joni to organize archery, tai chi ‘n tennis, target shooting, stay ‘n toss frisbee, driving range golf and other unusual and fun events! She got the bug for hiking after Heart Mountain! Her all-time favorite trip to date has been the COC Spray Lakes camping trip.

Joni's words to live by:
"Life happens while you're busy making other plans" - John Lennon
"IT COULD BE WORSE!" - Joni
"There is nothing worth really fighting over except our freedom." - Joni

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Event Coordinator (Since April 2008)
Judy T
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 March 2015)
Karen U
Karen enjoys promoting an active lifestyle through her blog and volunteer roles as Alberta Parks Ambassador and Active for Life Role Model. She coordinated numerous events from 2004-2008 and held executive positions with the club from 2005- 2008 and is thrilled to be coordinating events for the COC again after a long break (had a couple of kids).

A fan of hiking, biking, scrambling, backpacking, and all winter sports, Karen can be found outdoors all year round. She coordinates moderate-paced hikes, cross country ski trips, and backpacking trips. Her all-time favorite backpacking trips include Berg Lake Trail & Mt. Assiniboine. Her favorite scrambles are Cirque Peak and Ptarmigan Peak. Karen doesn’t always know the trail that she’s taking you on because she doesn't like to repeat hikes, but armed with her B.Sc. in Geography, she’s good at finding the way back to the car to go for an apres-hike treat.

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Event Coordinator (Since July 2007)
Laura L
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.

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Event Coordinator (Since March 2012)
Laurie MacAdams
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 2009)
Leila M
Hi all. I moved from Ontario to Calgary in September 2004. My love affair with the mountains began at this time. I discovered this club about two years ago through a friend and have been feeling fortunate since this time.

I am an avid photographer and hiker. My events generally are slow paced due to the amount of photo time. I am currently learning to salsa dance.

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Event Coordinator (Since May 2008)
Len M.
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)
Leonard Kampel
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 December 2008)
Leslie P
A young at heart gal from the East Coast (PEI) embracing all that Alberta has to offer. I moved to Edmonton (go easy on me) in the early 80’s and then on to Calgary in 2000 for a new job opportunity. I’ve always been a bit of tomboy doing or playing sports that are typically guy things including my 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 Alberta I’ve enjoyed additional sports and recreation like skiing (both x-country and downhill), curling, 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 many 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 S
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 July 2012)
Mance
Mance has been in Calgary since the 80s, after moving from snowy Saskatchewan via tropical Vietnam. Working in an office environment, the lure to reconnect with nature and maintain physically fit has been a priority and a pleasure.

Through the COC, Mance discovered a wonderful network of people looking for outdoor adventures. Wishing to contribute and continue the excellence of the club, Mance decided to volunteer.

Mance's outdoor interests include hiking, scrambling, backpacking, jogging, canoeing, kayaking, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing. He's also interested in learning more and discovering new challenges. His events would typically be at a moderate pace, with a friendly atmosphere. A little rain or snow won't stop an event but safety is always considered.

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Event Coordinator (Since April 2005)
Marcel B
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 D
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 P
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 have now.

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 R
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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Volunteer Committee
Event Coordinator (Since November 2006)

Martine
Martine came to Calgary from Quebec many years ago to take an engineering position with an oil and gas company. She is now retired after spending her last dozen working years managing administration functions.

She joined the COC in 2005 and soon began coordinating events. Her main interests are downhill and cross country skiing, and mountain biking and road riding. She also enjoys traveling, movies and trading.

Martine is an avid skier and a moderate pace mountain biker. She generally sticks to her planned itinerary. A perfect event would involve skiing on a beautiful sunny day or mountain biking ending with a great downhill.



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Event Coordinator (Since November 2012)
Mélanie
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 July 2009)
Michael A
Mike came to Calgary in the Autumn of 2006 and discovered the COC shortly afterwards. Prior to that he lived in Ottawa, Thunder Bay, and Windsor, Ontario. He has had a diverse career as a canoe guide and outfitter, non- profit community development and fundraising coordinator, overseas ESL teacher, and now works as an EMT for Alberta Health Services.

Mike's interests include volleyball, basketball, learning and volunteer events. His outdoor interests include hiking, scrambling, ultimate frisbee, backpacking, running, canoeing, kayaking, snow shoeing and snowboarding and he's interested in developing his cross-country ski and rock climbing skills. Mike coordinates ultimate frisbee, hiking, scrambling and backpacking events for the COC. He hikes at a moderate-to-fast pace but is committed to hiking at the pace of the group and nobody gets left behind. He may postpone an event depending on the severity of weather conditions. Providing there is time, he will add some exploring in to his events and prefers to try new or rarely done hikes with stunning scenery. He likes to have fun and socialize at a pub after events.

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Event Coordinator (Since February 2008)
Michelle P
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)
Mike S.
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 W
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 October 2010)
Nancy U
Originally from Montreal, Nancy moved to Calgary in June 2007 to pursue a career opportunity. After 8 years of involvement in a triathlon club in Montreal, Nancy joined the COC and immediately fell in love with the magic of the mountains, shifting her focus to anything outdoors related.

Her interests are varied and in the summer include hiking, back-packing and camping, as well as road and mountain biking. In the winter, she is an avid cross country skier and also loves to skate ski. Her motivation to become a coordinator was sparked by an interest in taking up mountain biking, but finding few events at the beginner to intermediate level available within the club. Nancy looks forward to coordinating mountain biking events at the beginner level, along with intermediate to advanced cross country skiing and hiking events. She prefers to lead events with a brisk pace, but not so fast that there is no time to smell the roses!

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Event Coordinator (Since September 2004)
Parry Loeffler
Parry lives in Calgary, but in the past few years has contracted the dreaded itch - the travel itch - and begun to disappear on extended backpacking trips in search of treatment. According to him, a cure has yet to be found.

So far he’s spent time in India, the Middle East, New Zealand, and SE Asia – which resulted in his first book, Rice Crust from the Bottom of the Pot.

Parry loves anything to do with getting out into the mountains. In the winter he most often digs out the backcountry and x-country skis or the snowshoes. In the summer he climbs, backpacks, scrambles and also does some full-on mountaineering.

Parry started the popular Climber’s Night event a few years ago. His latest project is the Mountain Film Night event that runs during the winter months.

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Event Coordinator (Since February 2012)
Peter H.
Peter grew up in Northern Germany. He moved to Ontario from 1997 to 2000 with his former employer, and after a few years back in Germany, he relocated to Ontario again in 2004 with a Canadian company. A new project brought him to Calgary in late 2007, and he has since been involved in large Oil Sands developments.

Peter takes full advantage of the great outdoors in and around Calgary through many outdoor pursuits. He spends a lot of time on his road bike with the Alberta Randonneurs, riding distances between 200 and 600kms. He has developed a passion for the mountains and enjoys scrambling, hiking and mountain biking in the summer, and cross country skiing in the winter. He also enjoys yoga and swimming all year around.

Peter plans to organize mainly road riding and cross country ski events. His events will be rarely cancelled and will generally follow the planned itinerary. They will be either fast paced with high endurance, or recreational with focus on social interaction. The intent will be clearly stated in the description of his events.

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Event Coordinator (Since March 2013)
Richard L
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 software company.

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 M
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 September 2015)
Rob M
Rob has lived in Calgary since 2004. An import from Edmonton (Go Oilers Go) that moved to Calgary for work in the oil & gas industry.

He joined the COC in 2007 in the hopes of discovering what Calgary has to offer outside of the workplace. He wasn't disappointed. Through the COC his interests grew to include hiking, cycling, mountain biking, snowboarding and various team sports to name a few things.

He will coordinate a variety of events but most importantly events that will try to include his 4-legged furry friend.

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Event Coordinator (Since Aug 07)
Roy Scarisbrick
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 goes out.

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Event Coordinator (Since November 2014)
ScottR
Scott came to Calgary in 1985 to attend College. His main interests revolve around cycling, primarily mountain biking, but he occasionally enjoys riding his road bike. He tends to ride all year, studded tires and a fat bike make the snowy trails that much more interesting, and hitting the trails at night is always a blast.

His cycling pace is moderate, and he usually stops for breaks on a regular basis. His goal is to have fun, not torture himself or anyone else. That said, he looks at climbs or technical features as challenges and will try to give them his best shot. He usually sticks to the original plan unless circumstances like weather or conditions dictate a better option.

When it gets too cold for the bike then it’s time to get out the downhill skis and hit the slopes. His skiing ability is best described as “controlled crash”. He loves the bumps, especially if there is new snow. So if the conditions are good, he will hang out on the black runs until he is toast, and then goes to find some blue runs to finish off the day. An après ski beverage is a must.

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Event Coordinator (Since July 2009)
Shaun L
Shaun loves the mountains so much that he quit his secure job with the federal government in Ottawa to move to Calgary, without a job, in December 2008. He was working as an electrical engineer in the high-tech industry, but has been unemployed from the time of this move to the time he became a coordinator (and hopefully not much longer).

He grew up in Edmonton before his 9-year stint in Ottawa after university. During university, he got into sport rock climbing in the summers and scrambling/backpacking in the winters, all in the Rockies. Another passion of his is travelling, and he has visited over 150 cities in 28 countries on all 7 continents. Some outdoor adventure highlights include hiking the Inca Trail, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro (5895m), and trekking to Mt. Everest Advanced Base Camp (6400m).

Shaun coordinates events such as tennis, volleyball, and scrambling, catering mostly to Intermediate and Advanced levels. His pace is moderate to fast, and he dislikes being outdoors in the rain. He doesn't like to do the same scramble/peak/trail more than once, so patience may be required for routefinding. His favourite quote is from Helen Keller: "Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing."

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Event Coordinator (Since October 2008)
Sheena
Sheena first saw the Canadian Rockies at Waterton National Park in the fall of 2004, and fell in love with it --- it was love at first sight. Since then, she has been to the Rockies for over half-hundred times and just cannot get enough out of it!

Many of Sheena’s first-ever outdoor activities were through the COC: first ice hiking, first snowshoeing, first scrambling, first floating on the river, and first paintball… She has come across many wonderful people at the Club and has been learning a lot from experienced hikers. She would love to explore the mountains with like-minded people.

Her events will mainly be, but not limited to, easy/moderate scrambles, difficult hikes, and snowshoes in winter. She likes to hike in a moderate and steady pace; also loves to take the time capturing the beauty of nature with her camera.

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Event Coordinator (Since March 2010)
Shelley R
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 October 2013)
Simon
Originally from Montréal, Simon moved to Calgary in 2007, where he immediately gained a renewed appreciation for outdoor activities in the fantastic Rockies.

Simon’s main outdoor interests are hiking, biking, backpacking, camping, skiing, snowshoeing, and he is also open to trying other new outdoor adventures.

His events will range from moderate to fast pace,and will tend to include multiple breaks, allowing everyone to take pictures, enjoy the scenery, and even take a nap at the summit when Mother Nature allows it!!

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Event Coordinator (Since May 2015)
Sue M
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(1) A.
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 various organizations 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 W.
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 July 2015)
Tom E.
Tom was born and raised in Winnipeg, before moving to Calgary in 1977. He is a graphic designer by trade and worked in advertising prior to forming his own design/advertising firm. He recently retired so he could devote time to volunteering, hiking, rafting, travelling (been to Bermuda, Hawaii & all the warmer U.S. states, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, and of course Mexico every winter), socializing and hanging out with his trusty dog, Hoagie.

He joined the COC in 2011 after a friend, who ironically lives in Toronto, suggested he join it. Best idea ever!

Tom is a "fair weather" outdoor enthusiast. He tends to coordinate easier hikes at a steady pace, where one can take a moment to enjoy the beauty of nature. Tom typically coordinates urban hikes, as well as the occasional cycling and social events such as bowling or even a float down the Bow. And for Tom, socializing after an event is his top priority!

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Event Coordinator (Since Jun 2016)
Tom S
Tom was born and raised in Montreal and although he is not French he does speak en Français. Being a first generation Canadian from Hungarian and Austrian parents, he always admired people who were multilingual and the diversification and understanding of different cultures and religions. Having been a participant of the COC since Jan 2013, Tom has enjoyed the events he has participated in for the past 3 years plus.

Tom has been in Calgary for over 21 years as a result of moving here with his wife (at the time) and has two young adult children both of whom are in University. He has been active since a very young age and has played various sports including Softball/Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Badminton, Volleyball, Tennis and Golf to name a few. His outdoor interest include Travelling near and far, Music Concerts and yes even dancing (not 2 step though).

Working in Sales/Sales Management for over 25 years now, he loves to interact with people in work and in his leisure time.

Tom would like to introduce some new events such as pick-up Softball and Basketball as well as Beach Volleyball, Indoor Volleyball and some Tennis.

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Event Coordinator (Since July 2008)
Tsering D
Originally from LA (Lethbridge, Alberta) Tsering came to Calgary in 1996 and slowly began to transform from a strict urbanite to an outdoor aficionado. The transformation accelerated with joining the COC back in 2006 and he hasn’t looked back.

During the summer, you can find him mountain biking, hiking, scrambling, backpacking and trail running. When old-man winter comes around, he becomes a gravity rider doing mostly downhill skiing events with the odd cross-country or snowshoeing event.

Tsering likes to keep a moderate to quick pace for most events, but will take time to enjoy the scenery and stop for lunch.

Tsering’s most memorable trips in the outdoors so far have been: Mountain Biking the Kokopelli Trail (Fruita, CO to Moab, UT), hiking up Mount Temple, and downhill skiing at Kickinghorse.

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Event Coordinator (Since May 2007)
Ursula
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 June 2007)
Veronique
Moving to Calgary in February 2007 was a dream come true for Veronique who fell in love with the Canadian Rockies a few years ago. Originally from France, she enjoyed living in Europe and spent about 12 years in the UK prior to moving to Toronto in 2003.

Veronique loves hiking, scrambling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, tennis and yoga. She is always keen to discover new cultures and attend social/multicultural events as well as studying languages. She took several sabbatical leaves over the years to travel and hike around the world in Europe, Asia, Australia/NZ, North America and her all time favourite Latin America.

She joined the Calgary Outdoor Club in April 2007 as it was an amazing opportunity to meet great people who share similar interests. She prefers organizing difficult hikes (at moderate pace, rain or shine) and some easy scrambles. Bring your cheerful personalities along when you join her events as there are all about the company, scenery, fun and photography. The true meaning of the word "breathtaking" has taken a whole new meaning since moving to the Rockies.

Veronique works as a Senior Project Manager for a consulting firm and has been working in the healthcare industry for 15 years as it is challenging and extremely rewarding.

Her favourite hiking trips: Fitzroy National Park & Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Milford Sound in NZ, Machu Picchu in Peru and in the Rockies: Lake O'Hara (= healthy addiction :-) and Waterton National Park.

Favourite motto: Go confidently in the directions of your dreams and act as though it was impossible to fail”and put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even into your smallest acts as this is the secret to success.

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Event Coordinator (Since January 2008)
Wil
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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Event Coordinator (Since October 2014)
Yvanne
Yvanne moved to Calgary in December 2012 in part for its proximity to the Canadian Rockies, a hiker's paradise! Before coming to Calgary she lived in the Ottawa region (in Gatineau), Edmonton, Winnipeg, Nova-Scotia and Sept-Iles, a little town on the Gulf of the Saint-Lawrence, where she was born.

Other than mountain hiking, her interests are investing, jewelry art, nature, music, healthy living, active vacations, gorgeous scenery, learning something new, and the performing arts. Vacation hikes so far include the Sonoran Desert, the Chic-Chocs mountain range in the Gaspésie Park (Mont Albert elevation gain 1,088m), a Hawaii biking/hiking trip, and the Grand Canyon in and out to the campground past Supai.

Her favorite outdoor activity is hiking in nature, away from city sounds. She likes hiking in the mountains in particular for fitness conditioning, the terrain variety, and the serenity that nature provides. She also enjoys walking and jogging along the river pathway close to home. So far, the hikes Yvanne has done with the COC have been of varying difficulty levels, from D2 to D5. In the Fall-Winter-Spring, she plans on doing mostly urban short hikes. In the summer to fall, she expects she will coordinate mostly mountain hiking. She likes a good steady pace although she is quite slow on steep elevation. She likes it best when the weather is lovely and not too cold!!!

Yvanne’s career experience includes the federal government in many different functions, real estate, private lending, business development and jewelry design. Recently, she learned about and started investing in the stock market. Her latest project is writing a book about investing.

Yvanne looks forward to organizing events for club members!

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