40TH ANNIVERSARY – VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION
KEN LINFORD was a major part of promoting, guiding and continuing the spirit and commitment of the Whitecourt Trailblazers. Ken became involved in the Club in the mid 1990’s as a young fellow and also supported us in the community through his business. Unfortunately for us, Ken is no longer living in Whitecourt; however, he still has ties to Whitecourt and visits often.
Ken Linford was and still is a leader of the sport of snowmobiling in Alberta. He is well spoken, charismatic, a tireless volunteer and very well respected in the snowmobile community in Whitecourt and throughout Alberta. He is a true leader of our sport. Lucky for us, through Ken’s job in Edmonton, he still promotes our club and our trails.
In the past, Ken held the President, Vice President and Past President positions on the Executive. He regularly attended ASA AGM’s, ASA Jambories, and Rallies held by neighboring Clubs to represent the Whitecourt Trailblazers. He offered sound advise to many smaller clubs in terms of finances, fundraising, casino applications, grant applications, mobilizing volunteers, etc. Ken was key to building the Golden Triangle group back up to operating.
Under Ken’s leadership, the Whitecourt Trailblazers Snowmobile Club has consistently been one of the top 3 largest snowmobile Clubs in Alberta in terms of members and arguably the most active Club in Alberta in terms of actives, innovations, fundraising, and accomplishments. Ken was heavily involved in ALL Club activities since 2007 to 2017. Annual Club Activities include: Fall Trail Cleaning, Annual Poker Rally organizing committee leader, Casinos for Club Fundraisers, Annual Snowmobile Raffle, Staging Area Clean up, Cabin Repairs, Trail Repairs, assisting with building new cabins and lookouts and Snowcat Repairs. Major accomplishments for the club, he helped organize the 2009 and 2015 Invasions.
Ken is a true volunteer. He worked tirelessly and gave up business and personal time to the sport and Club and expected nothing in return. Ken was also a huge donator to the Club through his stores in Whitecourt and Edson. Ken had always hoped that the ASA and the Whitecourt Trailblazers will continue the legacy of strong leadership and community involvement. Ken has received awards for his hard work and dedication to the club.
We thank you Ken, Mistie and Jordan for your support, time and expertise in guiding the Trailblazers. We always look forward to seeing you in the community and hope you can find time to come back and ride the trails, visit the facilities and club that you helped build up. THANKS!!!!!