If you would like to get involved with the GDTA, think about joining one of our committees:
The general expectations for participation in a GDTA committee:
- Volunteers will participate in regularly committee meetings (e.g. every 2nd month or quarterly), via telephone or Zoom, or in person (when possible).
- Committees will be responsible for:
- determining committee objectives;
- planning and carrying out activities to achieve objectives;
- seeking board approval for any funding requirements or significant decisions;
- reporting back to the board on progress as required.
If you believe you have the skills, knowledge or passion for the trail and the outdoors like we do, get involved now. Send us an email if you would like to join a committee or get more information.
Ensuring Financial Capacity
- Ensure the longevity of the organization through securing robust, diverse revenue streams to support and expand our capacity for operations
- Oversee development and implementation of a fundraising plan
IT Security and Solutions
The IT Security and Solutions Committee (ITC) is responsible for guiding the GDTA toward transparent, sustainable, and responsive IT solutions, and to offer technical advice and assistance to the Board and other committees.
- Regularly and proactively evaluate the sustainability of critical IT solutions, including issues related to maintenance and security.
- Provide advice and guidance to the Board and other Committees, and
- Assist in troubleshooting IT issues
- Project manage the implementation of IT Solutions or changes approved by the Board.
- Ensure that the GDTA has applicable policies, procedures and strategic plans in place to grow and protect the organization
- Ensure the continuity and sustainability of the organization through the individuals involved, including the Board, members and volunteers. Ensure that the roles and responsibilities of the Board, members and volunteers are clearly understood and are consistent with the mission and vision of the organization
- Lead the Board nomination process, engaging potential candidates and ensuring that the Board includes an optimum mix of skills and characteristics that align with our values
- Champion the Volunteer Recognition awards and other mechanisms used to honour members and volunteers
Outreach, Engagement and Education
- Build awareness of the Great Divide Trail and GDTA
- Ensure that the mission of the GDTA resonates with a broad audience of users, volunteers and funders through effective communication strategies and programs
- Plan and coordinate robust and thriving outreach and education programs and events
- Publication on the GDTA website, social media, Pathfinder Newsletter and other mediums to promote the Great Divide Trail
Safety and Environment
The Safety and Environment Committee assists the Great Divide Trail Association in ensuring a robust culture of safety and environmental protection.
- Create an effective Safety and Environmental Protection Program and implementation plan in keeping with all applicable laws and rules and in keeping with the Association’s Values.
- Develop and implement a documentation methodology for safety and environmental reporting, record keeping, tracking of certifications, etc.
- Develop and implement training sessions to familiarize leaders in the requirements of the Great Divide Trail Association’s Safety and Environmental Protection Program and practices.
Trail Building and Maintenance
- Ensure an outstanding wilderness experience for current and future users that is consistent with the conservation and preservation of the scenic and wilderness value of the Rocky Mountains of Canada
- Foster quality trail design, construction, management, protection, and maintenance, that ensures an excellent trail experience for current and future users
- Engage GDTA members in order to strengthen the community of volunteers that support the Great Divide Trail
Trail Protection and Advocacy
- Pursue formal recognition and protection of the Great Divide Trail
- Develop and maintain alliances with key governmental agencies and stakeholders, provincial or federal