People Behind YouthSafe Outdoors
Dr. Glenda Hanna
Glenda Hanna, Ph.D., M.A., B.P.E., Principal of Quest Research and Consulting Inc., is the creator and principal investigator and author of YouthSafe Outdoors. Glenda has been actively researching, writing, teaching and speaking about risk management and legal liability in education and recreation for over 35 years. She is the author of several books and over a hundred articles and reports on the topic and has been sought after as a speaker on the subject at dozens of provincial, national and international conferences.
Glenda is recognized internationally for her ability to effectively and accurately articulate the industry and community custom for outdoor education and recreation programs. She has served as an expert witness in numerous legal cases involving school boards, camps, resorts, and other organizations and has provided risk management consulting and auditing services to several organizations.
In addition to her strong commitment to “coming from research” in developing YouthSafe resources, Glenda has a huge professional and personal experiential base from which to draw on. She was a professor of Outdoor and Environmental Leadership at the University of Alberta for ten years, where she taught and mentored many of today’s academics, teachers and leaders in the field.
She has also been:
- an outdoor pursuits instructor (more than 20 different activity pursuits),
- an outdoor pursuits instructor trainer and certification course examiner (in eight activities),
- technical director and Master Course Conductor of a sport/recreation certification body (the Canadian
- Association of Nordic Ski Instructors),
- municipal recreation program supervisor in the City of Edmonton,
- the Youth Program Director of a YMCA in Winnipeg,
- the Executive Director of a non-profit organization providing a major sport tourism event (Canadian Birkebeiner Society),
- a camp counsellor,
- a wilderness guide,
- a travel excursion and exchange trip leader, and
- a volunteer executive member of local outdoor activity based clubs (e.g., Edmonton Nordic Ski Club, Ceyana Canoe and Kayak Club).
Glenda has traveled extensively on land, water and snow. She’s completed numerous extended expeditions: e.g.; cross country skiing from Jasper to Banff, sea kayaking the Queen Charlotte Islands, canoeing the Coppermine River to the Arctic Ocean and racing the Yukon River Quest from Whitehorse to Dawson City, backpacking throughout the Rocky Mountain National Parks and Wilderness Areas. She is an avid cross country skier and six-time winner of the Canadian Birkebeiner Cross Country Ski Race (55 km carrying a 5.5 kg pack).
Global Woman of Vision Award Presented to Dr. Glenda Hanna
Glenda is the recipient of the Global Woman of Vision Award for her work in creating and authoring YouthSafe Outdoors. This award celebrates women whose personal dedication and actions toward realizing their dreams improves life in the community and serves to inspire others.
Key selection criteria focus on the degree to which the individual provides an inspiring example of a woman who has had a bold vision of something that could benefit to the community, believed steadfastly in herself and the initiative she has created, done the hard work involved and overcome significant obstacles along the way to make it happen, and, ultimately made a significant, beneficial impact on the community.
The Global Woman of Vision Board agreed that Dr. Hanna's efforts to encourage and promote healthy, safe outdoor activities for youth and safety on school field trips through the YouthSafe Outdoors initiative were worthy of such recognition. The fact that the three year project led to about eighty percent of the school jurisdictions in Alberta adopting and distributing YouthSafe Outdoors resources to all of their schools, speaks highly to the tremendous impact the project has had in that province.
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Other Professional Associates
Synergy Canada Inc. provided operations management for YouthSafe Outdoors projects from 2001 to 2007. Many thanks to Mike Hanna and his sub-contractors for contributions in this area.
YouthSafe Outdoors involves the efforts of other associates on a project by project basis.
Advisory and Review Groups
YouthSafe Outdoors initiatives have benefitted from many dozens of people from across education systems who have brought their expertise and wisdom to bear in co-creating and/or conducting detailed reviews of draft YSO resources to ensure they are the best they can be. Many have been involved as part of formal project-specific advisory groups who met regularly and/or worked iteratively electronically to help ensure we got it right. To all of these amazing, dedicated people, thank you.