Hello everyone! Summer is here and with it comes a busy training season. We are particularly excited about the newest additions to our training tools.

Our Pleasure Craft Operator Training (PCOT) is fully launched and is receiving huge uptake and rave reviews. We are proud of this boat safety training option that we now provide Canada wide. Our Fishing Education Program is about to launch after a total rewrite and it too is a tremendous tool in our training arsenal. Last but not least is our Sheep Essentials Program. This new program is the finest of its kind and introduces the learner to Bighorn Sheep, their habitat, their habits and lifestyle, physiology, species and class, tagging and registration, a review/comparison of Dall Sheep, Stone Sheep, Desert Bighorn Sheep, hunting preparations, equipment and more. You can take your course and exam online at the following link: https://bit.ly/2NLh6Am . Check out our newest programs and feel free to share this information with others!

I am also pleased to let you know of some new additions to our AHEIA team this spring, as well as a few positions still to be filled.

In the Calgary office we have two new Administrative Assistants, Laura Seymore and Darlene Klippenstein, working alongside Donna Hansen. In the short time they have been with us, Laura and Darlene have already become an important part of the Calgary office assisting with reception duties, instructor requirements and memberships.

At the Calgary Firearms Centre we welcomed Taryn Kerr. Taryn is an Administrative Assistant and works at the reception desk greeting new and returning shooters to the club and ensuring that everyone is signed in and ready for a fun and safe day. Please be sure to say hello to Taryn the next time you are in the clubhouse.

In the north we welcome Mike Mussolum, who is in the newly created role of Project Manager for the Conservation Education Environmental C.A.R.E. Campus in Strathcona County. Mike is helping finalize plans for our role in the development of this exciting project.

We are also pleased to announce that Al Bernhard has accepted the position of Camp Manager for the Alford Lake Conservation Education Centre for Excellence. Al will be managing and supervising activities at the camp and coordinating user groups. If you wish to visit the facility or book a group, Al will ensure your requirements are met for a fun and safe experience.

We still have two positions that need to be filled: An Administrative Assistant / Communications Coordinator for the Calgary office and an Assistant Conservation Education Program Co-ordinator working out of the Edmonton office.

The Administrative Assistant/Communications Co-ordinator position in Calgary requires someone with experience utilizing social media platforms, website development and maintenance, and who will work with the Marketing Director on the promotion of AHEIA programs, special events and the message of conservation education. Job descriptions for all three positions are available on our website at the following link: https://bit.ly/2I4uPQ0. If you are interested or know of someone who might be a good fit with AHEIA, please have them apply in confidence as soon as possible.

Finally, we are always in need of volunteers to help us deliver our programs, camps and special events. If you are interested in joining our dedicated crew of volunteers throughout the province, please let us know. Watch our online feeds for news of special events and an upcoming work bee at our Alford Lake site. We could really use a hand on some necessary tasks to ready ourselves for our busiest season! Working together with you, our volunteers, and all of our staff, we will continue our message of conservation education, safeguarding our natural resources and ensuring all Albertans have access to our abundant and wild outdoor spaces.


Robert A. Gruszecki




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