There's always something new to discover at FortWhyte Alive.
November 1, 2018 – FortWhyte Alive announces the retirement of long-time leader Bill Elliott and the appointment of his successor Liz Wilson as President and Chief Executive Officer of the privately operated, charitable organization for environmental education, effective today.
“After a thorough and thoughtful search process, we are thrilled to announce Liz Wilson as
President and Chief Executive Officer,” said Brian Thiessen, Chairman of FortWhyte Alive’s Board of Trustees.
“Liz is a natural leader and relationship builder with a proven track record of leadership
experience -- and we know she is the right person to build on FortWhyte’s success and position in the community.”
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to thank Bill for his tireless and inspired dedication to FortWhyte Alive over the past 35 years,” continued Thiessen.
“Under Bill’s visionary leadership we’ve witnessed the original ‘Fort Whyte Nature Centre’ evolve into Canada’s pre-eminent destination for environmental education and outdoor recreation. We are deeply grateful to Bill for his innumerable contributions to FortWhyte’s growth and success to date.”
“I’m thrilled that Liz is going to steward FortWhyte into its next 50 years,” said Bill Elliott. “Her experience, proven skills, and leadership abilities will serve FortWhyte and the broader community extremely well. We have a fantastic team of staff and volunteers to support Liz who are dedicated to providing innovative education and outdoor experiences -- and I am confident that Liz is the right person to lead FortWhyte through new frontiers.”
Wilson brings to FortWhyte an extensive background in the private sector combined with a rich variety of roles in the non-profit sector, having most recently served in fundraising and
development with Ducks Unlimited Canada.
“I’m really excited to join FortWhyte and build upon the great organization that Bill and his team have developed,” said Liz Wilson. “FortWhyte Alive is in an exciting stage and there are many opportunities ahead. I can’t wait to get to work!”
ABOUT FORTWHYTE ALIVE
Stewarding 660 acres of prairie, lakes, forest and wetlands, FortWhyte Alive is dedicated to providing programming, natural settings and facilities for environmental education, outdoor recreation, and social enterprise. In so doing, FortWhyte promotes awareness and understanding of the natural world and actions leading to sustainable living.
For further information, please contact:
Sarah Carson, Marketing and Communications Manager
(204) 989-8355 x 220
While you might not be ready to talk about winter, we can already imagine those winter nights — toasty bonfires, hot cocoa, ice skating, tobogganing, and great food.
Dates for 2018 holiday parties out here in the wild are near capacity — but we are now open for bookings for early 2019!
Winter parties at FortWhyte are a favourite option for...
We'd love to help you start planning your next event — head to fortwhyte.org/rentals to learn more.
This year's Frightening Fiver was definitely a night to remember.
We finally got a glimpse of fall, with perfectly mild temperatures and not a drop of rain or snow in sight! We had 209 racers enjoying the beautiful evening, championing either a 5km or 10km race.
Thank you to all who dressed up and everyone who participated in our largest race under the cloak of darkness, all in support of environmental education at FortWhyte Alive. You're the best!
The costumes that these troopers donned were incredible — our finalists included superman, elf fairies, and some glow stick superstars, among many more.
As always we need to thank our amazing crew of FortWhyte Alive volunteers. We couldn't do what we do without our volunteers — they are the real MVPs! Also, a big thanks goes out to Winnipeg Search and Rescue for ensuring all racers made it out of our trails safely.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS!
Check out the winner results below.
5 km Top Finalists
1st Place – Gordon Flett
2nd Place – Dayna Graham
3rd Place – Sarah Scarlett
10 km Top Finalists
1st Place – Nick LeBlanc
2nd Place – Eric Hough
3rd Place – Jenna Baraschuk-Modha
Even if you didn’t place, everyone who gets outside to support environmental education is a winner in our eyes, so thank you!
Full Race Results are available! Great job to all those who participated and finished!
Place a love note on our Wetland Boardwalk Trail, a meaningful gift perfect for graduation, weddings, and other milestone celebrations.
Your personalized plaque will be placed along one of FortWhyte’s best known and most loved trails, a floating pathway through a lively wetland ecosystem that boasts a diversity of flora and fauna. The trail is the ideal spot to stroll — or to simply pause, relax and reflect.
Boardwalk plaques are a long-time favourite gift for:
Proceeds from your gift are directly invested in the landscape that makes FortWhyte Alive a magical place for people like you and your family.
Boardwalk plaques are stainless steel, measure 5” x 2” and allow up to three lines for your personalized message. At $125 each, you will receive a tax receipt and a complimentary family day pass so that you may come to visit your special part of this beautiful trail.
To make your donation, please call (204) 989-8361 to arrange the details of your tribute gift, or click here to download the Boardwalk Donation Form.
Volunteers from all walks of life are the lifeblood of FortWhyte Alive. Volunteers are the ones on the ground, cultivating relationships with nature and making a difference in real time. You make the magic happen, FortWhyte Alive volunteers!
In the fall of 2013, Alice starting looking for volunteer opportunities. She had just retired from her role as a rehabilitation assistant and thought she would enjoy working with children in nature.
As it turned out, FortWhyte Alive was the perfect fit. Although she never worked formally in a school environment, she was very active with the parent councils, library and volunteering in classrooms when her children were young. This was all the experience she needed to jump into the role of School Program Leader.
As a FortWhyte Alive volunteer Alice expected to gain some knowledge about nature and the world and, in-turn, pass that knowledge on to young people. What she didn’t expect was that she would learn something new almost every time she comes to FortWhyte. Knowledge sharing is a big part of the culture among volunteers, staff, visitors, and even visiting students.
Alice is one of over 30 school program leaders that delivered programs to 32,843 students from 260 schools over the past year. She has also volunteered for special events such as Earth Day, Louis Riel Day, summer programs, and various gardening projects.
Alice has contributed over 1,400 volunteer hours since she started volunteering only five years ago. Wow!
From all of us, thank you Alice for your commitment and motivation to creating change in our community.
One of Alice's favourite memories:
"One winter morning, I was walking down the pathway and suddenly had the feeling like something was watching me. I looked up and there, was a marten watching me from a treetop. Where else could I have a nature experience like that in Winnipeg!"
Does this sound like you? We’re on the lookout for teens, professionals, educators and older adults who are looking to make a real difference by providing students and visitors with unforgettable outdoor experiences.