1. When and why did you decide to become a Hike Leader:
In the 1980's a hike leader decided for me by telephone advising that he could not lead his hike because of a broken leg. I lead the bus hike successfully. This was before the Hike Leader certification program.
2. What's your favourite part of the Bruce Trail:
I am often asked this question on the trail and my answer is always the same. My favourite part of the trail is the section we are currently hiking. The why is explained by my understanding that this is the only hike we can enjoy in the here and now.
3. What's your favourite Toronto-section Trail area:
The same as my favourite part of the Bruce trail, my favourite Toronto section is the section we are currently hiking.
4. What do you love about volunteering with BTC:
My passion for the trail is always appreciated by the recipients of my enthusiasm.
Ways I have been involved with BTC
A three year commitment (in the 1980's) on the committee (four or five members) empowered by the TBTC directors to prepare a standards of practice for hike leaders. This introduced certification of hike leaders and all existing hike leaders at that time had to take the certification program and receive a certification number to be eligible for promoting their hikes in footnotes.
My certification number is 003. We are currently certifying in the range of 250.
Participation in "Go to Blazes" day provided by the Toronto Club for other clubs.
Attended many Bruce Trail information booths for the public. The sportsman show, home and garden show, MEC, etc.
Have been a member of the Fund Raising committee since its inception. In this capacity I have managed or participated in concert ticket sales, raffle ticket sales. silent auctions, garage sales, hike-a-thon, top contributor to the BTC "ambassador" program and still proving this service.
HIP (Hiker Initiation Program) since inception
Hike leader training on an ongoing basis to the present etc.
5. Why should GTA residents get outside and enjoy the Bruce Trail:
We can only be examples of the benefits of this activity.
6. Do you have any special hikes on your bucket list:
I have no bucket list. If I wanted to do it, I have done it.
My photo was taken on my annual Algonquin Park trip in May 2015, taken by one of our hikers.