Thank You, Alison!
For the past five years, Alison Holland has shared her passion for the transformative power of the river through her position as Operations Director, working with guides and preparing gear for expeditions. We will miss her and wish her well in her new endeavor. We hope she’ll be back to row kids down the river in the future. —Emma Wharton, GCY Executive Director
Staff Highlight: Alison Holland
1. What have been the highlights of your five years of working at GCY?
It is always so hard to distill time in bullet points. Looking back, my highlights have included:
2. What are your dreams for the future of GCY?
Before COVID-19, I wished for a longer, more balanced expedition season. More months to get youth outside and not quite so crazy busy at certain times of the year. Now, I hope that GCY remains the strong, Flagstaff-based organization that it has been for over 20 years. After we are all allowed out of our houses, our mission will be even more important. I hope others feel the same way and continue to support GCY through their donations and time.
Additionally, I hope training continues to be on the forefront of how we grow as an organization. We have such high standards for our employees and the best way to continue holding that bar is to provide solid guide and driver training around concrete expectations and goals. Our field staff are professional and passion-driven; let’s continue to grow that so they can continue to uphold our mission and values.
3. Tell us about your next adventure and why you are taking this new path.
The next stop on Alison’s adventure of life is Oregon. I am moving to Rainshadow Organics, a full-diet farm in central Oregon. I am moving there to help out with the farming aspect (planting, harvesting, feeding and caring for animals) and manage the on-property farm-to-table restaurant, farm store, and glamping operation. Additionally, I will be managing the CSA and whatever else comes my way. Working on a farm is a bit like being a river guide: you think you know what your job description entails and then, kablamo, there are all these other things that just happen and suddenly, that’s your job, too.
That’s why I am so excited to do this – there is so much to learn. New food, new recipes, new ways of organizing things, new people, new ecosystem!
I find it very important in life to connect to landscape and place and help out the community. I am excited to be working outside again, feeling the seasons change with the corresponding changes in shadow and light.