ACC Volunteer Awards

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Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Alpine Club of Canada. Season to season, day in and day out for over a century, our volunteers run the sections, write articles, lead trips, protect the alpine environment and demonstrate their commitment to the club.

Our volunteers know the mountains. Every season, and in every part of Canada, volunteer trip leaders take enthusiastic groups and new members on climbing, hiking and skiing outings. Sometimes for an afternoon and sometimes for weeks at a time. Our volunteers are skilled, dedicated, giving and tireless. Without them there is simply no Alpine Club.

The ACC Volunteer Awards are intended to recognize those of our members who have made significant contributions in furthering the aims and goals of the Alpine Club of Canada and Canadian mountaineering in general. These Awards are one small way that we hope to show them our appreciation.

Note: In exceptional circumstances the Awards Committee may consider awarding a second award (i.e.: Distinguished Service Award, Silver Rope for Leadership Award, Eric Brooks Leader Award, Don Forest Service Award, President’s Award) to deserving individuals who have received that same award in the past. Please consult the Chair of the Awards Committee prior to submitting your nomination.

Awards for ACC members only
Awards for both ACC members and non-members

Nomination Deadline

The deadline for nominations for the current year is December 31. To nominate a member, follow the links to the nomination form on the individual award pages.

ACC Volunteer Award Recipients - 2018

These award recipients provide outstanding examples of the quality of volunteerism and club stewardship in the Alpine Club of Canada. The 2018 Volunteer Awards for contributions in 2017 (and previous years) were announced at the Annual General Meeting in May 2019.

A.O. Wheeler Award

None this year

Honorary Membership

Liz Scremin, Vancouver Section

President’s Award

None this year

Silver Rope for Leadership

Martin Siegert , Vancouver Section
Lida Frydrychova , Calgary Section
Nathalie Drotar , Calgary Section
Peter Amann , Jasper - Hinton Section

Distinguished Service Award

Lesley Young , Calgary Section
Chris Ruttan , Vancouver Island Section
Chris Jensen , Vancouver Island Section
Steve Fedyna  , Rocky Mountain Section
Ivan Hitchings , Saskatchewan Section

Eric Brooks Leader Award

Anne Drew Potter , Calgary Section
Alastair Ferries , Vancouver Section
Neil Kirk , Vancouver Section
Amber McMinn , Vancouver Section
Mike McMinn , Vancouver Section
Alan Fortune , Calgary Section

Don Forest Service Award

Ken Baxter , Calgary Section
Foster Karcha , Edmonton Section
David Hiscock , Vancouver
Dustin McLachlan , Edmonton Section
Iwona Erskine-Kellie , Vancouver Section
Kristine O'Reilly , Calgary Section
Ian Ross , Vancouver Section
Suzie Poirer, Toronto Section

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee meets each winter to review all nominations received and submits its recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval in March.

The Awards Committee members are:
  • Isabelle Daigneault (Chair), Rocky Mountain Section
  • Paul Geddes, Vancouver and Toronto Sections
  • Steve Traversari, Montréal Section
  • Dave McCormick, Saskatchewan Section
  • Bill Scott, Ottawa Section