It’s with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of one of our Alberta Parks Ambassadors, Cecile B. Cecile will be deeply missed. She was a true ambassador for inclusion and spent endless hours volunteering with Push to Open Nature; Adaptive Nature Challenges in Kananaskis and Drayton Valley; the Alberta Parks Ambassador Program as well as other volunteer organizations.
Since 2008 she has been helping Alberta Parks understand inclusion as an exercise in creating welcoming communities in nature. She didn’t just participate passively; she lead the way by being present and engaged, taking a risk to try new things, and providing thoughtful and eloquent reflection on all the experiences she was part of. She brought light and laughter to everything she did. Her spunky personality and amazing sense of humor always brought smiles to everyone around her. No matter how tough things got, Cecile charged life with grace and was a reminder that life is a precious gift and we must seize the day. Cecile’s memory will live on and she will be there with us on the trails where we find solace, the trees where we find shelter, and the wildflowers that bring us serenity. The idea that “everyone belongs outside” was made more meaningful thanks to the perspective Cecile added.
Alberta Parks Ambassadors are united by a common passion for all things Alberta Parks and a desire to share their experiences. This spring, 130 people applied to take part in the Ambassador Program and from those applicants 13 were chosen to bring their adventures to life for everyone to enjoy and to inspire people to have their own Alberta Parks experience.
Through this 13 part blog series, we will introduce your Alberta Parks Ambassadors and share what they’ve been up to this summer.
Flora finder: Cecile B
Cecile is a nature lover, who has been exploring the mountains with the introduction of adapted hiking equipment. One of her passions is to identify flora while hiking. She has made it her goal to see as many of the “hidden” Alberta parks as possible.Cecile has also been helping Alberta Parks ensure it is possible for everyone to enjoy our beautiful parks. In trying out different adapted activities such as canoeing, biking, hiking, and horse riding, Cecile hopes to provide a different perspective in her blog.
This summer Cecile has been out assisting Alberta Parks with accessibility audits at:
- Park Lake Provincial Park
- Tillebrook Provincial Park
- Dinosaur Provincial Park
- Kinbrook Provincial Park
Read some of Cecile’s blogs on her summer adventures:
- Parks Day
- Three Day South Alberta Auditing Extravaganza
- Sikome Lake Opening
- Pilot Project – Fish Creek Provincial Park Minibus
- First Ambassador Outing for Alberta Parks
Cecile describes her travel type as “Authentic Experiencer”. What kind of traveler are you? Discover your travel type and get insight on your ideal vacation
Follow all of our Alberta Parks Ambassadors for more great adventure ideas and tips throughout the summer and beyond. Want to give an adventure a try? Many campsites can be reserved online at reserve.albertaparks.ca!