Eric Brooks Leader Award
A Mountaineering and Ski Mountaineering Award for Strong Commitment to Learning and Applying Technical and Leader Skills
This award was instituted in 2001; its name was changed to honour Eric Brooks in 2005.
is intended, under normal circumstances, that the Eric Brooks Leader
Award would be awarded as a prerequisite to obtaining the Silver Rope
for Leadership Award.
Born in England in 1902, Eric
Brooks was a teacher by profession. He joined the ACC in 1929, and until
his death in 2001, Eric devoted much of his energy to the Club. In 1937
he was awarded the Silver Rope for Leadership, was President from 1941
to 1947, and Honorary President from 1954 to 1964. While representing
the ACC at the Alpine Club centenary in London, he was made an Honorary
Member of that club. He acted for many years as the Camp Manager of the
General Mountaineering Camp. In 1995 he was awarded the A.O. Wheeler
Legacy Award. Few members have made such a significant contribution to
the Club over such a prolonged period of time. But Eric’s contribution
to the Club was not restricted to his lifetime. As part of his estate,
Eric bequeathed $50,000 to the Club, the annual investment income to be
used to support the publication of the ACC’s Canadian Alpine Journal.