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Paddle Alberta – Board & Committee Directors

Our volunteer Board/Committee Directors and members are what help make Paddle Alberta the great organization it is. Their passion for getting people out paddling and the paddling environment is what makes them so great for the job.

Our Board and Committee Directors are elected for 1 year terms at our Annual General Meeting in Spring of each year.

Board of Directors & Staff

Amanda Mercer

Amanda Mercer

President

I started paddling …when I was in high school in 1998
My first overnight trip was an 8 day trip in Temagami Ontario 
My favorite trip meal is…Egg McMuffin breakfast over the fire… anything over the fire really! 
Provinces I’ve paddled in: Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, BC, New Brunswick, 
My local Club: the Borealis Canoe Club
My favorite paddling memory happened when I was guiding in Johnstone’s Straight. Our group had decided to go out for an evening paddle and headed out towards Robson Bite Ecological reserve when a resting line of about 12 Orca’s passed right under our kayaks. 
Silvia Kozlik

Silvia Kozlik

Vice President/Education Director

I started paddling in 1986
My first overnight trip was a 5 day trip in Sweden
My favorite trip meal is chicken curry with rice
I’ve paddled in: Nova Scotia, Ontario, Labrador, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Yukon, Northwest Territory,  British Columbia.
My local Club Bowwaters Canoe Club
My favorite paddling memory is the epic ride in 4th canyon on the Nahanni.

 

Keo Ohler

Keo Ohler

Secretary

I started paddling when I was 8, my dad put me in an old Dancer kayak and I just kept going!
 My first overnight trip was 4 days on the North Sask
Favorite tripping food …Corn!
Provinces I’ve paddled in; Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan 
I don’t really belong  to any clubs at the moment
Favorite memory on a trip; Eating lots of fish on a 7 day Churchill river trip!
Erik Rust

Erik Rust

Treasurer

I started paddling as a young boy on lakes and rivers with my family in Saskatchewan.
My first overnight trip was a 4 day trip from Nordegg to Rocky Mountain House on the North Saskatchewan River.
My favorite trip meal is Ranchers Breakfast (eggs, cheese, hashbrowns and bacon).
Provinces I’ve paddled in are Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
My local club is the Outdoor Centre Whitewater Paddling club.
My favorite paddling memory was a 21 day canoe trip on the Hood River and the feeling of reaching the Arctic Ocean after a 10km portage across the barrens with good friends.
Donna McKean

Donna McKean

Safety & Touring Director

Bio coming soon.
Hannah Koslowsky

Hannah Koslowsky

Enviornment Director

I started paddling when I was 2 years old… if that counts as paddling 😉  My family did a canoe trip each summer.
My first overnight trip was a 3 day trip down the Spanish River near Sudbury, Ontario.
My favourite trip meal: Does GORP (Good Old Raisins and Peanuts) count as a meal?
Provinces I’ve paddled in: Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, British Columbia
My local club: Borealis Canoe Club
My favourite paddling memory: Dawn paddles!  It’s tough to get up that early in the dark and with the bugs swarming, but it is so worth it when you experience the sunrise and morning calm from the water.  I try to do one each trip, particularly if I’m with someone who has never experienced it before.

 

Lori Davis

Lori Davis

Instructor Rep

Bio coming soon.

Angie Shroderus

Angie Shroderus

Member at Large

Bio coming soon.
Lana Madsen

Lana Madsen

Paddle Canada Regional Rep for Alberta

I started paddling when I was 20

My first overnight trip was a 3 day trip on the Little Smokey River.

My favorite trip meal is hot soup and veggies

I’ve paddled in: Nova Scotia, Alberta, Yukon, Northwest Territory,  British Columbia, Yukon.

My local Club – Rocky Canoe Club

My favorite paddling memory is Moose Ponds, first trip on the Nahanni in 1986

John Stoodley

John Stoodley

Member at Large

Bio coming soon.

Karla Handy

Karla Handy

Program Services Coordinator

I started really paddling in college. My first overnight trip was a 2 day trip on the Bow river Calgary to Carseland. My favorite trip meal is my egg and ham breakfast bagels. Provinces I’ve paddled in are BC, Alberta and Manitoba. My local clubs are the Bow Waters Canoe Club and Paddle Junkies. My favorite paddling memory is…that’s a tuff one… I love the Kootenay river and I’m always dreaming about fishing and paddling it every year as much as I can.

"You can't cross the water merely by standing and staring at it."

– Rabindranath Tagore

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