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Recycle this Gazette Leave it in your local children's gym Summer Leadership Course for ACC Volunteers Twice a year, ACC sec ons from across the country send their leaders to The North Face – ACC Leadership Course 2017 Loca on: Albert Icefields (GMC week 4: July 29 – August 5) | Price: $995 Deadline for applica ons: April 28, 2017 | Photo: Amber McMinn ACC Programs Director Chelsea Lindsay on maternity leave with baby Hadlie. subMitted photo Acting ACC Programs Director Christopher Petrauskas. subMitted photo 30 The Alpine Club of Canada Gazette spring 2017 to engage young gym climbers with the mountains as well as to advance the skills of our Amateur Leaders. In short, those fundamentals which make our Club truly unique, rather than being just a chain of backcountry huts. At a time where many of my fellow millennials are increasingly questioning the relevance of national alpine clubs in the age of the Facebook "meetup groups", these are things that lie close to my heart. Having grown up in a large city, hundreds of kilometres from the nearest mountains, without outdoorsy parents, friends or role models, learning to trad climb, lead steep ice, or take part in expeditions to the Greater Ranges would have been far flung fantasies without the ability to meet like‑minded people through the local mountaineering clubs of Edinburgh and London, the organization of camps and expeditions by e Alpine Club of the UK, and the time given by passionate volunteers who gave up their weekends to share their skills and experience with me and others. Mountains have the ability to change lives by inspiring and challenging us. And I firmly believe that the ACC, alongside the world's other great alpine clubs, will continue to be critical to facilitating this for Canadians and non‑Canadians alike. I look forward to meeting and work‑ ing alongside everyone involved with this fantastic organization through 2017, and congratulations once again to Chelsea and Patrick on the birth of baby Hadlie, who will hopefully live to see the ACC continue to go from strength to strength in the years and decades to come. W ith a new year comes new beginnings, a phrase which couldn't be truer for Chelsea Lindsay who recently relinquished (temporarily) the role of Alpine Club of Canada Programs Director follow‑ ing the birth of her beautiful baby girl, Hadlie. Canmore's 2017 New Year's Baby has already been pictured rope in hand and Chelsea's personal commitment to growing the ACC membership—not to mention her hard work, organization and dedication to the role—makes for some large boots to fill. Managing the Programs Director brief also makes 2017 a year of firsts for me. Having previously spent my working life in the world of finance in the UK, I'm new to Canada, the Rockies and the ACC. And I couldn't be happier to have made the leap, swapping the sweaty brawl of the London Underground for a breathtaking forest hike to the Canmore Clubhouse (or the best commute in the world, as I like to call it), and trading three‑hour approach, blizzardy, thin seams of Scottish ice for out‑your‑car‑ boot, Weeping Wall style belays in the Alberta sunshine. So what exactly does the ACC Programs Director do? It's a question I have been asked a lot. My answer is: If it's not finance, it's not IT and it's not huts, it's me! Alongside Keith Haberl (Marketing), Micki Chong (Memberships), Crystal Como (Adventures) and Suzan Chamney (Publications) I will be pushing to expand our membership benefits with corpor‑ ate discounts and additional insurance offerings, organizing events such as the Mountain Guides Ball and 50‑year anniversary celebrations of the Yukon Alpine Centennial Expedition, award‑ ing grants to help young and aspiring Canadian adventurers to realize their dreams, celebrating mountain culture and sharing alpine stories through our publications, and developing programs Open Air by chris petrauskas, acting prograMs director

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