Thank You Trail Captains!

05/11/2020

As the 2020-2021 maintenance season nears, we want to offer our sincere thanks to the previous season’s (2019-2020) Captains for their time and effort.

In the years leading up to 2019, a selection of executives had been maintaining almost all of the 24km of single-track within the Agreement Forest. That activity was done in addition to hosting rides, events, build days, solving day to day issues and attending board meetings to plan for our future. It was a welcome and needed relief for our Board when a group of members stepped up during last year’s AGM to help with the workload.

It gets better because last year’s Trail Captaincy was an amazing success. The forest’s single-track network reached a new level of excellence as members within our community evolved their roles. It’s not so common to see people voluntarily leap from passive to engaged (if those are the correct terms). And yup, HAFTA recognizes that such a thing can only occur when people are in the right situation (physically, psychologically and financially). HAFTA is grateful for any support received because we know the confluence of favourable factors that allow volunteering to happen aren’t common in this busy world.

In addition to just finding an opportunity to volunteer, throw in that maintenance tends to be a slog. It isn’t the glamorous side of stewarding trails. Nobody thinks much of maintenance unless it’s to curse a raspberry cane somebody missed, the work’s pretty repetitive, you mainly do it alone and often under trying conditions of heat, humidity, biting insects, stinging insects and sometimes cold. But when you do it with the right attitude, the maintenance becomes a redeeming act which supports your own well-being and other’s.

What follows is a list of last year’s Trail Captains. During the previous season each of them maintained and monitored approximately 2.4 km of trail for us.

  1. Darryl W.
  2. William H.
  3. Doug P.
  4. Kim R
  5. Andy K.
  6. John B.
  7. Trevor M.
  8. Rachel S.
  9. Coulson B.
  10. Andy B.
  11. Willy C.
  12. Mark J.
  13. Andrew M.

Each of these Captains was shadowed by one of our executives, so I want to take a moment to thank the exec as well for their efforts and time (hey, sometimes you gotta pat yourselves on the back). We appreciate each Captain’s help and want to go a bit further for the “higher-scoring” Captains by giving them a token of the community’s appreciate in the form of some HAFTA merch. HAFTA also wants to take a moment to recognize Brad from ParkingBOXX for contributing our blaze orange HAFTA “Trail Crew” T-shirts. Each Captain had the option of wearing one and looking pro while out volunteering.

If you’re interested in a spot on the 2020-2021 Trail Captain program please drop us a line ASAP: Info@hafta.ca.

Ascend if you dare,

HAFTA

I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain. One always finds one’s burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. He too concludes that all is well. This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night-filled mountain, in itself, forms a world. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy

Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus

One Response to “Thank You Trail Captains!”

  1. Kim Rosano says:

    I will continue as a captain this year. Just working on getting to the waiver and signing it.


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