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The Alpine Club of Canada - Toronto Section 26 The Alpine Club of Canada Gazette Winter 2016 skills," she said. "Particularly, I wanted to improve my ability to deal with varying risk tolerance and conflict resolution within a group of people travelling in the backcountry together." While improving her own skills and knowledge is a key motivator to participate in ACC leadership courses, McMinn said, sharing her knowledge with others is equally important. As such, she passes on her skills by leading Club trips with participants with a range of experience levels, and also by helping to organize trips, and by participating as a mentor in the Vancouver Section's Alpine Mentorship Program. She feels especially grateful to e North Face Leadership Course, she said, and also to the ACC and the professional ACMG guides and experienced amateur leaders who instructed the course. "It was a wonderful week of growth and learning," McMinn said. "e fellow participants were awesome to climb with and the guides were amazing—letting us take it right to the edge both physically and emotionally, allowing us to push personal limits and learn, but knowing exactly when to reel us back in to keep the group safe." While not all ACC members are motivated to become trip leaders or to enroll in leadership courses, every mem‑ ber who participates in volunteer‑led section trips and camps benefits from the planning and execution of ACC leadership courses. And everyone, both leaders and non‑leading participants, benefits from the donations made by generous Club members that are essential to organizing and running high‑quality leadership courses. e opportunity to participate in professionally taught skills courses is an outstanding benefit of ACC membership. To help encourage and facilitate leader‑ ship courses, in 1997 the ACC created the Leadership Development Fund. rough the Fund, 20 volunteer trip leaders were able to attend e North Face courses in 2016, 10 each in summer and winter. As the Club's membership evolves to include those with increasingly varied mountain interests, from ice climbing to hiking to backcountry skiing, new courses are being designed to help train leaders Mountaineering Camp (GMC) in August. McMinn said she specifically wanted to build confidence in both her soft skills of leading groups in the mountains, and her technical skills of negotiating alpine terrain while leading others on Club trips. "I really wanted to build my technical skills while travelling on steep snow and glacier ice, and to learn advanced soft by lynn Martel O n every Alpine Club of Canada trip, there is always something to learn from someone. Knowing that provided impetus for ACC Vancouver Section member Amber McMinn to apply to participate in e North Face Summer Leadership Course. e course took place in the Sorcerer Group in B.C.'s Northern Selkirk Mountains during the Club's General Donations help grow skilled trip leaders

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