Lake O’Hara Trails Club Board of Directors
Caroline Marion, President (Canmore)
Caroline retired from Parks Canada in 2015, after 19 years in various positions on the Kootenay/Yoho/Lake Louise field unit’s Management Team. During her time with Parks Canada, she spent many glorious days hiking in the Lake O’Hara area, one of the most beautiful place in the Canadian Rockies and indeed the world, in her humble opinion. She is looking forward to working with Parks Canada and the Trails Club board, its members, and its volunteers. We all share the same goal, to ensure that this beloved area retains its pristine character while continuing to welcome visitors to this special place.
Leslie Taylor, Vice President and Secretary (Banff)
Leslie grew up as a nomadic “army brat”, but has put down her roots in Banff since 1981. Her work background is varied: Parks Canada, the mountain culture division of The Banff Centre, two terms as Banff mayor and two terms as a Banff councillor, interspersed over almost three decades with her work as a contract facilitator and trainer. Leslie loves Lake O’Hara for its landscape, but also for the wonderful people who have been part of its history. She’s happy to volunteer her time to further their legacy and to continue the protection of this special place.
John de Bruyn, Treasurer (Calgary)
Having hiked at Lake O’Hara and elsewhere in the Canadian Rockies for the last 30 years, John realizes how precious Lake O’Hara is, and how we all have an opportunity and obligation to keep it in its pristine condition. This core vision of the Trails Club is the reason John is happy to contribute to the board with his financial background.
Hailey Monod (Banff)
Born in Banff Alberta, Hailey comes from a family with a history and passion for the outdoors. Her first trip to Lake O’Hara was at the age of 5; and she has been enjoying the area in both summer and winter since then. With a background in Geographic Information Systems and dedication to her hometown, Hailey currently works for the Town of Banff. As a new member of the Lake O’Hara Trails Club, she is honoured for the opportunity to work with a team of people in pursuit of preservation and education of this exceptional mountain environment.
Penney Gaul (Canmore)
Penney has had the opportunity to enjoy the Lake O’Hara area for more than 30 years – hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter. It is one of her favorite places in the world. Closing in on retirement from the medical field and having more time to give back, Penney is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the LOTC board and work with a group of people who share the common goal of preserving and maintaining this very special place for everyone to enjoy.
Deb Hornsby, Newsletter Editor (Banff)
Debra Hornsby worked in communications for over 30 years, including stints as a CBC Radio producer, Public Information Manager at the Town of Banff, and as Director of Communications at The Banff Centre. In 2012, she came to her senses and retired, and now spends her time hiking, skiing, biking and running. When she isn’t heading down a trail, she works part-time as a road warrior for the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival. She counts Lake O’Hara and its trails as one of her favourite places in the world.
Alison Millar (Canmore)
Alison has had the privilege of calling Lake O’Hara home for over 20 years. Her primary responsibility with LOTC over that time has been keeping Le Relais operational in the summer months. The highlight continues to be working alongside a fantastic group of LOTC Board members, all committed to helping preserve and maintain this very special place.
Dan Verrall (Canmore)
Dan first came to the O’Hara area in 1965 as a 12 year old, attending a family camp at the Alpine Club of Canada’s Elizabeth Parker Hut and climbing Mt. Schaffer, an experience that initiated his love for the area. After school and university years, Dan moved to Banff and began working as an apprentice electrician. By 1984, Dan was working full time with the ACC managing the Clubhouse in Canmore. That was the start of 22 years of work with as ACC Facilities Maintenance Manager, looking after the back country cabins (numbering 6 when he started and expanding to 24 during his tenure) and making regular visits to the Elizabeth Parker and Wiwaxy Huts, as well as the Abbots Pass Hut. After 7 years being involved as a partner in a new back country lodge operation, Talus Lodge, Dan is now semi-retired and has time to volunteer. He joined the LOTC Board in 2016 and looks forward to continued involvement with this uniquely wonderful place!
Susan Webb, Trails Committee Chair (Canmore)
Sue is never happier than when out hiking, so a position on the Trails Club Board was a natural fit. Born in Banff, Sue recalls many happy hiking trips to O’Hara with her family. She worked as a recreation programmer and planner with the Town of Banff for 26 years before retiring to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Trail design, construction, and signage are particular interests for Sue.