Rocky Mountain House
Alberta T4T 1A2
FOR FURTHER DETAILS
Phone: (403) 845-7878
Fax: (403) 844-4325
TOLL FREE: 1.877.846.7878
(Klondike Ventures started in 1992)
Your instructors, Jill Bennett and Jeff Wilson, each have over 35 years experience in outdoor and adventure education working with a wide variety of groups and agencies. They are currently the owner/operators of Klondike Ventures (skijoring, dog sledding, cross-country skiing and backcountry skills in the winter) ... running our own dogs since 1985 - after years of Jeff working the sled-dog program at Outward Bound in both Minnesota, U.S.A. and Thunder Bay, Ontario ... married in 1985. Klondike Ventures started in 1992.
Jill has a B. Phys.Ed. (U. of Toronto, 1974) and a MSc. Ed. in Outdoor Education (Northern Illinois University 1985). Jill is past director of Outdoors Alberta delivering outdoor education packages to schools throughout Alberta. Jill designed and directed the Westlock School Board spring outdoor education program and has been the on-site instructor at Blue Lake Centre and Yamnuska Centre in Alberta. Jill was a staff member in 1984 and 1985 at the Canadian Outward Bound Wilderness School, instructing adult and teacher leadership courses. Her certifications have included: CANSI Level II ski instructor, Royal Lifesaving Award of Merit, RLSS and Red Cross Swim Instructor, CSA Winter Tour Leader III, CRCA Lake Canoe Instructor/Examiner, ARCA River Instructor, Advanced Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness EMT. From the mid 1990's until 2007 Jill along with her partner Jeff Wilson have run Voyageur and Klondike Ventures. Giving up the summer canoe business they continue to operate their Dog-Sled business in the winter months and the B & B year round.
Jeff has a B.S. in Biology (U. of Illinois, 1975) with graduate training in environmental health education (Southern Illinois University) and mediation (University of Calgary). He spent 7 years with the Minnesota and Canadian Outward Bound Schools as senior instructor, working all seasons. Other positions held included course director for the youth at risk programs, winter staff trainer, and sled dog coordinator/trainer. Jeff worked for therapeutic wilderness programs for the next 7 years including Program Director for Enviros Wilderness School and wilderness/urbanexperience coordinator for TRUST Treatment Center. He is a full certified Alberta Child and Youth Care Worker. He is also a senior facilitator with Sources of Executive Action delivering custom leadership/teamwork programs to corporate clients. Certifications have included: ACA Class III Whitewater Instructor (open boat), Red Cross Advanced
Lifesaving and RLSS Bronze Cross, Ambulance, National Registry and Wilderness EMTs. Jeff ran a group home for youth in Rocky Mountain House for 7 years and for the last 4 years has been running an addiction treatment facility for 18 to 24 year old males in Nordegg as well as their Dog-Sled business.
Accreditation & Affiliations:
- Canadian Avalanche Association
- Canadian Ski Association (Tour Leader III)
- Canadian Assoc of Nordic Ski Instructors (Level II & Telemark I)
- Alberta Camping Association "accredited camp"
- Rocky Mountain House Chamber of Commerce
- Alberta Child and Youth Care Association
- Calgary Area Outdoor Council
- Red Deer Chamber of Commerce