From different backgrounds but with the same spirit of adventure, Mike and Heather Mortimer found each other while travelling the world. Within three months of meeting they were married, eventually settling in Calgary where they dedicated their lives to volunteering. This is the story of Mike and Heather’s immense contribution to the mountain community as told by their long-time friend, Chic Scott.
Their volunteer efforts all started in 1979, when Mike and Heather took on the task of newsletter editors for the Calgary Section of the Alpine Club of Canada, and ended three decades later with five years as president and first lady of the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA), representing all the major mountaineering clubs of the world. Serving literally tens of thousands of hours in a multitude of roles, Mike and Heather’s generous spirits have given new meaning to the term volunteerism. Their example will be an inspiration for a new generation of mountain lovers to carry on their good work.