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Section Saint-Boniface du Club Alpin du Canada Festi v a l e t c o m p é ti ti o n d ' es c a l a d e s u r g l ace | Ic e cli m b i n g f esti val an d c o m p e t i t i o n de Saint-Boniface February février 2017 25 & 26 Festival et compétition d'escalade sur glace Ice climbing festival and competition ACC Grants Program T hrough the generosity of many donors, e Alpine Club of Canada has estab‑ lished funds to support mountaineering related projects and initiatives. e deadline for submission of grant applications is January 31 each year. Grant recipients will be announced mid‑March. The Environment Grant provides support that contributes to the protection and preservation of alpine flora and fauna in their natural habitat. e focus of the grant is wilderness conservation. The Jen Higgins Grant promotes creative and energetic alpine related outdoor pursuits by young women. ese projects should demonstrate initiative, creativ‑ ity, energy and resourcefulness with an emphasis on self‑propelled wilderness travel, and should provide value and interest to the community. Jim Colpitts Grant encourages young climbers between the ages of 17 and 24 to participate in mountain related courses and programs such as wilderness first aid, avalanche training, rock/crevasse rescue and mountain leadership training. For info and application forms visit: or call the ACC National Office at 403‑678‑3200 ext. 108. every member who participates in volunteer- led section trips and camps benefits from the planning and execution of ACC leadership courses in specific disciplines. To support these courses, the Trip Leader Development Program was recently created to allow lower leader‑to‑participant ratios, and develop an expanded base of leaders who have knowledge of local routes and loca‑ tions, as well as the people and leadership skills to make every trip fun and memor‑ able for participants. Created in 2010 and inspired by Life Member Louise Guy's dedication to the GMC, the Louise Guy Commemorative Fund is used to pro‑ vide ongoing funding for training GMC volunteer leaders. A long‑time attendee of the GMC, Guy fully understood how leadership pro‑ grams couldn't run without donations from Club members. Among such members is Vancouver Section Life Member Jean Molson who has donated to various Club funds and initiatives over the years, including the Leadership Fund. "It's a good idea to help people get started in the mountains when they're neophytes," Molson said. "It's a respons‑ ibility for the leaders to take people out, and it's good to help them." Although it's been "ages" since she climbed a mountain, Molson said she credited the ACC with many great mem‑ ories and friendships, including knowing her long‑time friend, Elizabeth Walker. e two women met through the ACC in the 1950s and have been close friends ever since. Walker attended ten ACC camps over the years, and said that's where she learned to appreciate the abilities of the skilled leaders who led her on climbs. "I think it's quite a talent to have leadership qualities, and they should be encouraged," Walker said. To help encourage the next generation of leaders, both Molson and Walker were among a number of ACC members who donated to the Leadership and other ACC funds in 2016. Being a recipient of their generosity, McMinn said, is something she'll always be grateful for as she leads ACC trips in the future. "Overall, I think the best thing I learned during e North Face Leadership week was how to engage with a group of people who all have varying experience levels and comfort levels, and figuring out how we could all work together as a cohesive team that could confidently and safely organize trips and travel in the mountains together, all while still having fun," McMinn said. To help facilitate the develop- ment of enthusiastic, skilled trips leaders, contact Jolene Livingston at or to donate to the Leadership Fund, or any other ACC fund, visit

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