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I NSTRUCTOR PROFI LE Laurie Gullion


“Laurie is the best professor I’ve had. She’s the Chuck Norris of the UNH Outdoor Education Program. Laurie Gullion doesn’t


get frostbite—she bites frost!” —University of New Hampshire student


The Director’s Eddy I


n the first weeks of October the ACA held its 131st annual membership meeting in conjunction with our 4th National


Paddlesports Conference, 1st Stand-Up Paddling(SUP) Summit, and our 3rd Europe Conference. Whew! Lots of fun paddling activity over two weeks! I’m sure the first annual membership meeting was a little different in 1880, not to mention those founding members probably didn’t dream the ACA would have members in every state in addition to having members in 21 countries. This year the ACA hosted the first SUP summit which gathered


educators and instructors from all over the country to provide insight on education, training techniques, and safety ideas. I want to thank all of those involved for the time and effort to help make the ACA SUP curriculum relevant and easy for people of all abilities to participate. Lots of new initiatives for the ACA in 2012—more events, more


support for local paddlers, more stewardship initiatives, more volunteer opportunities, and we are even working more closely with USA Canoe Kayak on events, training, and community development. Visit americancanoe.org to learn more about our new initiatives. See you on the water…


Wade Blackwood Executive Director American Canoe Association


Years Teaching: 30


Number of whitewater canoeing expeditions to Arctic and sub- Arctic rivers in the United States, Canada, Norway and Finland: 11 Number of miles paddled in remote regions: 10,000+


Having taught canoeing and kayaking at the collegiate level for close to 30 years, Laurie puts a considerable amount of thought and preparation into making sure that her students are not only exposed to paddlesports, but learn, no matter their individual learning style. Laurie also teaches through her writing, having written several canoeing books, including the original ACA Instruction Manual (The Red Book!). Other titles she has contributed to include Canoeing and Kayaking for Persons with Disabilities and Canoeing: A Woman’s Guide. Her latest endeavor is a significant research project on the history of women’s involvement in canoeing.


“Laurie has established herself as one of the finest instructors of watersports in the profession.” —Professional Colleague


Welcome New ACA Staff! CATE HUXTABLE


Stewardship Coordinator TREY KNIGHT


Education and Outreach Coordinator ELI CRISPELL


Paddlesports Training Grant Coordinator CANDY PATTEN


Insurance Coordinator The ACA’s Board of Directors and Staff want to thank


Connie Blackwood for dedicating over 10 years to the ACA Board and truly helping to make the world a better place to paddle.


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