After ten years of serving as Canada’s national public avalanche safety organization, the Canadian Avalanche Centre has changed its name and logo.
“Avalanche Canada will continue to provide the same award-winning and internationally recognized programs that have been developed over the past decade,” Executive Director Gilles Valade said in a statement released on Thursday, October 2. “As we look forward to our next ten years, we wanted to create a brand identity that is separate from the Canadian Avalanche Association, the organization that serves and supports professional avalanche workers in Canada.”
Avalanche Canada will continue to use avalanche.ca as its website address, so there will be no change to where users go for avalanche safety information. Avalanche Canada will also continue collaborating with public and private partners to fund its programs, which are designed for recreational winter backcountry users of all types.
Representatives from the Alberta and BC governments, both of whom announced continued commitments to public avalanche safety.
British Columbia will support in Avalanche Canada in 2014/15 with $450,000. This includes $150,000 from Emergency Management BC in the Ministry of Justice, $250,000 in community gaming grants from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, and $50,000 from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
Alberta will support Avalanche Canada in 2014/15 with $250,000. This includes $226,000 from Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, and $24,000 from Culture and Tourism