AVALANCHE HOUR PODCAST - 6.6 Avalanche Mamas - Wren McElroy, Bree Stefanson, Lisa Paulson
Three experienced women from the Canadian Avalanche industry sit down with guest host Dom Baker for a conversation about parenting and motherhood as an avalanche worker.
Lisa Paulson is an ACMG mountain guide – the 8th female fully accredited ACMG mountain guide in Canada. She works as a Visitor Safety Specialist for Parks Canada, doing technical rescue as well as highway and public avalanche forecasting. When time allows, she guides both mechanized skiing and ski touring, as well as teaches both recreational and professional level avalanche courses. Lisa lives in Banff with her family, that includes two kids launching into the teen years!
Wren McElroy is currently a lead forecaster with 6 Point Engineering on the Kemano T2 project in Northwestern BC. Wren has taught both recreational and professional avalanche courses and previously was the Snow Safety Supervisor at Whitewater Ski Resort in Nelson, BC. Wren is mom to Conrad, 21 River, 17 and stepmom to Jack 13.
Bree Stefanson is an Avalanche Technician with the BC Ministry of Transportation Bear Pass Avalanche Program based in Stewart, BC, as well as a SAR Manager with Stewart Search and Rescue. Prior to this role she did other highways avalanche work, as well as industrial avalanche work throughout northwestern BC. Bree got her start in the avalanche patch as a pro patroller at Castle Mountain Resort. She is also a former CARDA avalanche dog handler. Bree lives in Stewert with her family, including a young daughter.