When asked for advice to volunteers at our 50th Anniversary AGM, Oscar Zawalsky gave us this:
“Find a hike you like and make it your own.”
Several Waskahegan members do exactly that.
Some have a few favourites they lead every year. And some like the challenge of scouting new hikes every season.
Both types make great hike leaders—and that’s good news for the hike coordinator. The hike coordinator works with the hike leaders to put together the guided hike schedule for the season. Hike leaders contribute by suggesting hikes they want to do.
There are some hikes we try to do at certain times of the year…like kicking off the summer season at East Battle River to see the prairie crocuses in bloom…Stoney Creek in mid July for a chance to see cactus in bloom…and Irene’s hike at Miquelon Provincial Park in the first week in December.
The rest of the schedule is filled in based on past seasons and our collective experiences. (We learned the hard way that the trail westward to Schnee Hill should be hiked only AFTER the crops are taken off, and not in mid-summer.)
The hike schedule lets the email subscribers know who are wondering where we’re hiking on Sunday. It lets the landowners know ahead of time when we will be visiting their trails. And it guides the activities of the Trail Maintenance volunteers.
Duties of the Hike Coordinator
Twice a year
- Gather the hike leaders and organize the schedule for the next six months, due in March and October
- Publish the schedule for the landowners and Trail Maintenance
- Work with the Web Administrator to post the hike events on the website’s calendar.
During the year
- Be the point of contact for hike leaders and interested public
- Provide communications to hike leaders
- Receive the hike signup sheets and collect statistics
- Attend monthly board meetings
At year-end, prepare a report of hike statistics and announce the winner of the Order of the Laces at the AGM.
About the Board
The board meets on the third Thursday of most months via Zoom. Why not visit the next board meeting?
If you have any questions about the duties of the Permissions Director, acting Hike Coordinator Lee Stickles will be happy to talk to you.
Read about other board positions: