Edmonton Outdoor Club - Volunteers

Edmonton Outdoor Club - Volunteers

Officers and Administrators
Mark G: Volunteer Team Member Lead
Donna: Treasurer
Rhonda S: Event Coordinator, Webmaster, (Past President, and Club Architect)

See our Job Descriptions for more information.
Event Coordinators
Lynn F
Randy L
Rick C
Rob K
Sherri H
Steve S

We are always looking for Event Coordinators. If you think you may be interested, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Mark at volunteer@edmontonoutdoorclub.com.

Volunteer Team Member Lead
Mark G
Attracted to the EOC by the variety of activities and the desire to try cross-country ski trips, Mark joined the EOC in February 2007. Born and raised in Edmonton, he has spent many years skiing and cycling in the Alberta Rockies, as well as Edmonton's extensive North Saskatchewan River Valley Park System. Mark loves to brag that Edmonton's River Valley Park System is the largest connected urban park in Canada.

Mark has completed three bike trips from Jasper to Banff along the scenic Highway 93. Mark's aim is to share his passion for: downhill skiing, xc-skiing, hiking, scrambling, snowshoeing, cycling, backpacking, spelunking, geocaching, partying, team building, dog sledding, wine tasting, rollerblading, canoeing, camping, et cetera.....ing. Lately this includes lots of mountain biking and trail running.

Mark completed a solo thru-trek of the entire West Coast Trail to commemorate Canada 150 anniversary in 2017, and most recently the Berg Lake Trail and Owen Pass GDT High Route into Pinto Lake. He has backpack trips planned on the EOC calendar as a way to share experience and to train for future trips on the Canadian Great Divide Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Pinto Lake Trail, and the hopefully someday the Appalachian Trail.

Mark can always be counted on to be dependable and prepared, and he possesses a strong sense of direction. His priority on any event is to have fun and stay safe. He loves to explore new trails and tap the group's knowledge to improve on his planned trip itinerary. Mark will always make an effort to ensure each participant feels included and comes away with a positive experience.

Mark has previously served the EOC volunteering as Vice President and as a member of the Original Director Team starting in 2008, and Volunteer Team Member Lead since 2015.

Mark's role (as acting "President") is to:
- Work with the club volunteer team on the planning and decision making activities for the club
- Manage Facebook Page
- Help train new volunteers - Answer inquiries sent to executives@edmontonoutdoorclub.com

As Photo Historian, Mark's role is to:
- Receive photos from event attendees
- Review all event photos, selecting which ones to post on our Facebook Page
- Crop and enhance photos
- Upload photos to Facebook Albums and Google Drive service
- Manage photo albums
- Manage Facebook Page Posts - Select photos to include on the slide show (on the EOC Home Page)
- Select photos for photo contests
- Answering e-mail inquiries sent to photos@edmontonoutdoorclub.com

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

Donna has lived in Edmonton since 1981. She moved here when she graduated from university. Her outdoor interests are hiking, canoeing, cross country skiing, biking, camping, backpacking, and some astronomy. She was involved in Scouting for the last 13 years, but now her youngest son has quit, so she set out to find a group of people to camp and enjoy the outdoors with. This is what led her to the Edmonton Outdoor Club. She has been involved with the Girl Guides for nearly 40 years now, but her group does not get outdoors as often as she would like.

Donna enjoys being a math and physics teacher, but admits that the best times of my life were summer jobs where she worked in remote areas of Northern Canada where she would not set foot in a building for 3 months. Donna's dream vacation is spending the summer with a group of people who are all keen to paddle the North Saskatchewan River from Rocky Mountain House to Hudson's Bay. Expected travel time is 3-4 months.

Donna is not a fairweather camper, having lived outdoors for 3 months at a time and done some winter camping, her tolerance for bad weather is quite high, so her trips will go rain or shine. She loves to hike in the River Valley and does many urban hikes, but she will also organize canoeing and white water rafting trips.

As the Treasurer, Donna's role is to assist the treasurer with the following duties:
- Manage club finances, including receiving member payments for events and voluntary donations, and making event payments to service providers
- Manage club PayPal account
- Pay club expense payments, such as web hosting, etc.
- Manage the club budget
- Answer e-mail inquiries sent to treasurer@edmontonoutdoorclub.com

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Donna.

Event Coordinator
(Past President
and Club Architect)

Rhonda S
Rhonda is a software developer who moved to Edmonton from Calgary in late 2009. She has been a volunteer with the COC since 2003, and EOC since early 2009 (Rhonda is not often in Edmonton now, but we keep her on our hall of fame).

Due to asthma, Rhonda is a slow (but enthusiastic) hiker and cyclist. Her cycling events are always at a slower pace (approx 16km/hour average), but aren't necessarily "easy" - she's willing to do the hills and distance, just more slowly. 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. When in the mountains during bear season, Rhonda is a "hike nazi", keeping her hikers in tight groups of six or more for safety.

Rhonda is our current Webmaster.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Rhonda S.

Event Coordinator
Welcome to the Edmonton Outdoor Club! Your adventures will more likely increase now that you've taken the plunge and joined this amazing group!

I have been active with the club for awhile now. I'm a nature enthusiast and take every opportunity to explore this massive urban parkland in the city and beyond. I tend to lead moderate to difficult hikes and will sometimes take a path less traveled.

You will find that I am usually travelling with my loyal furry companion, Misia. :)

Looking forwarding to meeting you!

Beata has previously served the EOC volunteering as Volunteer Coordinator.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Beata.

Event Coordinator
Deb joined the Edmonton Outdoor Club in spring 2018 and instantly knew this club was for her. It fulfilled the trifecta of providing exercise, social connection and contact with nature. A hiking addict, Deb ideally would be out hiking every day, but unfortunately her boss would not approve of her absence from work so often.

Beware, Deb is an Aussie, which means she has a funny accent and often refers to things like beanies (toques), sunnies (sunglasses) and thongs (flip flops). If you donít understand her, feel free to ask for a translation.

Deb has travelled around Asia, Europe and parts of the US, and while she still calls Australia home, she has fallen in love with Alberta and all that it has to offer. She is also interested in wildlife and enjoys getting out in the snow. See you on the trails!

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Deb.

Event Coordinator

Louise is a transplanted Calgarian who has lived in Edmonton since 1997 and is an avid outdoor enthusiast who has a passion for exploration, adventure and travel. As a biologist she has had the opportunity to experience the myriad of natural wonders the province has to offer and has substantial experience in navigation and wilderness skills.

She has been an active member of the EOC for going on 10 years and can be found spending most of her time outdoors, be it out exploring Edmontonís river valley, local natural areas, the mountain parks, or off the beaten track. Louiseís primary interests are hiking, backpacking and camping in the summer, as well as cross- country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, though she also dabbles in canoeing and kayaking. She is an avid photographer, wildlife/bird watcher and all round nature enthusiast and is looking forward to giving people the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature through photography, tracking and other adventures.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Louise.

Event Coordinator
Lynn F
Lynn has been living and playing in Edmonton most of her life, less a stint in Victoria to complete University (she is not sure why she left). She joined the EOC in 2012 and become a Coordinator in late 2013.

Lynn works for the City of Edmonton, in Community Services as a Community Recreation Coordinator. Always an outdoor enthusiastic she has been in involved in various sports, teams and recreation activities her whole life. She enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including snowshoeing, hiking, X-country/downhill skiing and skating in the winter. Lynn is also an avid roadie cyclist, but also enjoys kayaking/canoeing (anything to do with water), hiking/backpacking and camping in the summer months.

Lynn loves all that Edmonton has to offer, but also loves to get out of the city for mini getaways.

Lynn has previously served the EOC volunteering as Vice President.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Lynn F.

Event Coordinator
Randy L
Randy was born and raised in Edmonton. He developed a love of walking and biking over the years exploring his neighbourhoods. Randy had never really discovered the extent of the river valley trails until joining the EOC in 2016.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Randy L.

Event Coordinator
Rick C
Richard C.(Rick) grew up in the lower mainland and Edmonton, got married in 1999 and has been living in Edmonton since then. Dreams of settling on Vancouver Island and sailing, he has 3 girls a dog and a cat. Rick owns and operates a family based Furniture Restoration and Refinishing shop in Edmonton.

He joined the EOC with his wife Sarah on October 14, 2017 and became a regular on Mark's Wednesday hikes.

Recently due to COVID-19 restrictions realizing the opportunity to stay in shape doing indoor activities were becoming less likely decided to start organizing his own hikes forcing him to be accountable to stay fit this winter :)

Most hike will be at an intermediate pace and will probably have some elevation trying to make sure your body benefits from each hike.

I look forward to seeing you out there and getting to know more about you.

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

Event Coordinator
Rob K
Rob has lived in Edmonton since 1983. He's also lived in Calgary, Kelowna, Vancouver and Victoria. He joined EOC in 2013 and became an event coordinator in 2015.

Rob is an environmental, occupational safety and health analyst. His outdoor interests include: hiking/backpacking/camping, cycling and most recently zip-lining. However, his outdoor passions are water, snow and ice related, including canoeing/kayaking, water skiing, SCUBA diving as well as snowshoeing, downhill and x/country skiing, and skating.

Rob also is passionate about photography and enjoys traveling.

Rob has previously served the EOC volunteering as Safety Officer.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Rob K.

Event Coordinator
Sandie has lived in and around Calgary almost all her life until Nov/06 when she relocated to Edmonton. She was a member of the COC for a couple of years and knew she had to join the EOC.

She enjoys planning events and getting involved in social activities, meeting new people, and especially traveling - Canada, western US (including Alaska, Oahu, and Maui), England, Greece, Denmark, France, Iceland, and Ireland. In 2018, she went on a 6-week walking/trekking trip to Croatia and southern Italy then on the 7th week she spent some family time in England.

Sandie has been an EOC member since Nov/06, has been on the Executive committee in varying capacities, and currently an Event Coordinator since Jul/08. Her events involve moderate paced hikes within Edmonton and the nearby provincial/national parks, car camping, snowshoeing, playing tennis, along with some social events.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Sandie.

Event Coordinator
Sherri H
Sherri grew up and lived in Calgary until 2007 when she relocated to Edmonton. In the spring of 2019, and after almost raising her two boys, she knew she was ready to meet some like-minded people to spend more time outside.

Sherri has lived, travelled, hiked and paddled in various places throughout the world. Her favorite place is Lake Louise. She also loved her time in NWT, Nunavut and Yukon, California to Massachusetts, the Australian outback, Switzerland and Nepal. Two summers ago Sherri spent four days in a kayak with her youngest son in the Broken Group Islands and in 2017 she did an 8-day trek through the Himalayas to Poon Hill (3100m) in the Annapurna range. This past summer she coordinated over 30 kayak trips and 15 hikes in Alberta with friends and family.

Sherri loves kayaking, hiking, downhill skiing, cycling (road/mountain), xc skiing and camping. When she isnít outside or with her kids, she can be found practicing meditation, yoga or hanging out with her Golden Retriever, Larry. She is also excited to learn backcountry skiing with ACC this winter, to plan a solo bike trip between Jasper and Lake Louise and to get back into backpacking so she can knock West Coast Trail (and others) off her bucket list.

Her events will be widely varied and ideal for those that just want to get outside and have fun! She isnít the slowest, nor is she the fastest. She will plan stuff local and then she will plan events that require some travel and exploration. Ultimately, she hopes to share her love of the outdoors and adventure while connecting and have great conversations with other members of EOC.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Sherri H.

Event Coordinator
Steve S
Steve began with the Edmonton Outdoor Club in the fall of 2017 as a way to get out and meet like- minded individuals. Originally from Wales, Steve grew up in Ponoka, AB before spending time in Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton. In 2017 Steve had a desire for self-improvement, part of which was more physical activity and increasing his social circle.

It took Steve quite a while to gather up the nerve to show up to his first Edmonton Outdoor Club event. If you ask him though, Steve will tell you how much his life has changed since his first event. You will often hear Steve say ďpeople just need to show up one time and it can change their lifeĒ. What drives Steve is not only the health benefits of the events, itís hearing the stories of the new people and what they are trying to get out of the Club.

An avid hiker, Steve also got into snowshoeing for the first time in early 2018 and looks forward to kayayking, backcountry, and cross country skiing in the future.

Welcome to the Edmonton Outdoor Club, I hope you find as much joy in it as I have!

Note: Steve is currently working outside of Edmonton, but we hope to see him back soon!

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Steve S.

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