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Distinguished Service Awards

Non-profit associations rely heavily on their memberships to provide volunteer time and energy. Most cannot function well without it. The ACMG recognizes exceptional contributions made by individuals to the Association, as well as to the guiding/instructing profession, through the presentation of a Distinguished Service Award.

In 2009, the ACMG began to recognize three levels of distinguished service: Silver, Gold and Platinum. Each of these represents successively greater contributions to the Association or the guiding community.

Karl Klassen (Platinum)
Karl Klassen has dedicated numerous years to the development and running of the ACMG. His time on the board started in the early 90’s when he was the Assistant Guide Representative and ended when he stepped down from his 4 year term as President in 2000. He continued to be influential on the direction of the ACMG during his time as the ACMG’s first Executive Director from 2002-2005. Karl also contributed to the professionalism of the ACMG in his capacity as writer/editor of the ACMG technical manual.

Dwayne Congdon (Platinum)
He is a past member of the Board of Directors in both the vice president and president roles. He has worked on the training and certification program as an instructor and examiner. Dwayne oversees the CMSG program and puts in countless hours to assure the quality and success of the program.

Jörg Wilz (Platinum)
Under his financial oversight, the association assets have grown and remained extremely solid. Along with the ED and the Membership Services Manager, he helped to revamp the budgeting and reporting processes. He has also been chair of the Membership Services Committee.

Alex Fogden (Silver)
Alex was the first public member of the Board of Directors, where he stayed for two terms. His keen insight and experience provided essential outside perspective on many issues and convinced the Board that having public members is an excellent approach to governance.

Chris Miller (Platinum)
For his many years of service to the ACMG in a number of roles. Including instrumental work in the restructuring of the Training and Certification, development  of the Rock Certification and Climbing Gym Instructor programs. Volunteer work on the Tech, MCR and Award Committees.

Colin Zacharias (Platinum)
For his many years as Technical Director and as a instructor and examiner on the Training and Certification Program. Colin was influential in making the T & C program one of the best and most progressive in the IFMGA and humanizing the examination process..

Keith Reid (Gold)
For his work as a BoD member and for his terms as the ACMG President

Jeff Honig (Gold)
For his work on the BOD

Peter Amann (Gold)
For his work on the BOD

None awarded

Tom Wolfe (Silver)
For his hard work and dedication to the Mountain Conditions Report

Scott Davis (Platinum)
For more than a decade, Scott served the ACMG on various committees, as Vice-president and finally as President. Under his leadership, the professionalism of the Association grew tremendously.

Todd Guyn (Silver)
Todd served as Technical Director for several years, presiding over such key changes as the new Hiking Guide program and the snowshoe accreditation.

Rod Gibbons
For his work on the BOD as well as the ongoing work on the Conduct review Committee

Jim Bishop
For his pro-bono work on the ACMG bylaw revisions

Brian Spear
For his work on the BOD and the Climbing Instructor Committee

Harrison, Diny
• Served as Vice-president and President since 2001.
• Spearheaded the member survey, visioning session of 03/04.
• Started the process we are now engaged in, that is, the constitution and by-laws revision.

Norrie, Paul
• Served as restricted members representative in the mid 90s.
• Now Rockies representative since fall 04.

Harvey, Peter
• Has served on the Board for two terms.
• Has done a lot of work on sponsorship issues.

Gould, Brian
• 2 terms as West Coast Director on the Board.
• Very active in West Coast issues.

Sarrasin, Roger
•2 terms as West Coast restricted member director.
• Very active in West Coast issues.

Klassen, Mark
For all his work on ACMG News

Davis, Scott
Many years as West Columbias Director, acting Vice President, and active in Training and Certification Program

Shokoples, Cyril
3 years on BOD

Spear, Brian
CGI Director, developed and published CGI manual, significant contribution to development and operation of CGI Training and Certification Program

Stewart-Patterson, Iain:
Many years as West Coast Director working on technical issues and training for west coast members, active in Training and Certification Program

Yavorsky, Greg
Played many roles on BOD over many years including Apprentice Guide and Rockies Director

Andrews, Alison
3 years on BOD

Mathieson, Brent
(posthumous)

Blanchard, Barry
3 years on BOD

Bleuer, Herb

Congdon, Dwayne
3 years on BOD

Flavelle, Scott

Haberl, Jim
(posthumous, accepted by Sue Oakey)

Laurilla, Roger
3 years on BOD

Taylor, Graeme
3 years on BOD

 

Bonzi, Daniel
Many years on the Technical Committee and development of the Hiking Guide Program.

Corrigan, T S Buck
Many years on the Board of Directors and contribution to the operation and direction of the ACMG.

Lemire, Pierre
Many years on Technical Committee and significant contributions to the Training and Certification Program.

Miller, Chris
Many years of work on the Technical Committee, significant contribution to development and operation of Rock Guide program, and Climbing Gym Instructor program.

Orvig, Rob
Volunteering for several years in the National Parks portfolio.

Wyss, Jakob
Many years on the Board of Directors, past TD, many years on the Technical Committee and development of the Hiking Guide Program.

Zacharias, Colin
Many years of work on the Technical Committee and significant contributions to the Training and Certification Program.

Blench, James
Clarkson, Guy
Field, George
Fuhrmann, Peter
Gallagher, Lloyd
Gertsch, Rudi
Gmoser, Hans
Gow, John
Klassen, Karl
Kranabitter, Rudi
Lomas, Eric
Schiesser, Bernie
Stark, Dave
Stettler, Hans-Peter
Vockeroth, Don

 

 

 

President’s Award

This award is granted each year by the ACMG President to the person who has performed the most valuable volunteer service to the Association. This section also includes the ACMG Award of Excellence that was given in the past.

Larry Stanier
Presented the President's Award in recognition of his long term commitment to developing the Mountain Conditions Report (MCR) and chairing the MCR Committee.

Roger Bean
Presented the President's Award. Roger is the quintessential volunteer. Over the past couple of years, he has taken the initiative to organize professional development sessions for hiking guides with minimal support from the ACMG.

Derek Wilding
Presented the President's Award in recognition of hisexcellent work with the Awards Committee and Climbing Instructor Program

Marc Piché
Presented the President's Award in recognition of his exceptional level of dedication and invaluable service as Technical Director

Ian Tom
Presented the ACMG Award of Excellence in recognition of his invaluable volunteer service in reestablishing the Communications Committee

Rod Gibbons
Presented the President's Award in recognition of the excellent work Rod did in leading the Conduct Review Committee through its initial years as well as ther excellent job he has done running the elections at virtually all AGM’s

Helen Sovdat
Presented Award of Excellencein recognition of Helen’s unwavering response to volunteerism as well as in maintaining a solid bridge between the ACMG and the ACC

Christoph Dietzfelbinger
Presented the President's Award in recognition of his exceptional level of dedication and invaluable volunteer service on the Board of Directors

Jorg Wilz
Presented the ACMG President's Award for uncounted days of work as Secretary -Treasurer overseeing the association's financial health. In addition, his leadership of the Membership Services Committee led to an excellent insurance program as well as a revised Simon Parboosingh Guide Assistance Fund.

Mark Klassen
Presented the ACMG Award of Excellence for his unstinting contributions as editor/writer/layout person/ad chaser/chief swabbie of the ACMG News. Mark has been an integral part of the Membership Services and the Technical Committees and has been an excellent course leader for TRU's Canadian Mountain and Ski Guide Program.

 

Special Recognition Award

This award is presented annually by the ACMG to individuals or organizations, who have gone above and beyond to provide exceptional professional services or assistance to the ACMG, its members, or the mountain user.

Squamish Search and Rescue
In recognition of their exceptional level of service and dedication to the mountain community.

SSR

Accepting the Award for the Squamish Search and Rescue: John Howe

Helicopter Rescue Pilots

This year three rescue pilots were recognized for the impact their skill and experience has had on the safety of all mountain users. The award was given at the Mountain Guides’ Ball.

rescue pilots

Awarded to: Don McTighe, Jim Davies, Lance Cooper

Dr. Mark Heard

For exceptional professional services Dr Heard has provided to ACMG members in allowing them to get back to work after injury.

markHeard

Awarded to: Dr. Mark Heard

Industry Partner Award

This award is presented annually to the industry partner that has provided the best overall support to the ACMG.

julbo Julbo
MEC Mountain Equipment Co-op

Not awarded

Not awarded

Not awarded

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