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Volunteer Spotlight: Gary Brown

Posted on February 1, 2021

For anyone who has met Gary Brown, one of FortWhyte Alive’s most dedicated volunteers, on the trail, you know he embodies everything that FWA is: community and tranquility.

Gary stumbled on FortWhyte Alive after winning a membership during a charity fundraiser. After experiencing FortWhyte Alive in all its seasons, he knew this is somewhere he wanted to be.  

Personally I really like winter and all it has to offer and cross country skiing and snowshoeing are two things that I love to do.”

Gary’s enthusiasm and connection with nature shined through, and before he knew it, he was leading his first walking tour. 

Gary has been involved in a number of opportunities at FortWhyte Alive like hatchet throwing, voyageur canoe trips, educating students, and much more. He still feels the same thrill of experiencing FortWhyte in the winter and is always elated to share his excitement with others. 

Like Gary says, “the opportunities for someone looking to volunteer here are almost endless.

Gary gives as much as he receives from FortWhyte. He and his wife use the space as a way to heal both mentally and physically. They have found nature to be an integral part of mental health and he believes volunteering only amplifies that effect.

Gary’s fondest memory of FWA was when a parent approached him and asked if he was the same Gary who taught Wilderness Survival. The visitor went on to tell Gary how a hissing goose approached his family and how his daughter swiftly jumped into action. 

She was able to ward off the unfriendly bird using techniques Gary had given her during a Wilderness Survival seminar. Gary says he doesn’t feel right unless everyone he encounters as a volunteer has learned something to improve their visit.

Columns of names are listed on a black buffalo shaped piece of metal, titled Volunteers Charging Ahead! 2019-2020 Honour Roll

Thank you, Gary.

From all of us, thank you for your commitment to FortWhyte and the contributions you’ve made in helping others connect with nature.

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Volunteers are the lifeblood of FortWhyte Alive. They come from all walks of life. From retired professionals looking for something different to students looking to gain experience, what they have in common is a desire to make a sustainable impact.

Head to fortwhyte.org/volunteering to learn more and apply today.