LKMB Award recipient 2022

Congratulations to Alex Elckerton, recipient of the Lisa Korthals Memorial Bursary. Alex has successfully completed the CSGI Level 1 and is already setting her sights on her next set of goals.

Utilizing and capitalizing on life’s challenges has led Alex to the mountains, sharing her energy and lessons learned with everyone she meets, including great work with the Whistler Adaptive Program and Braille Mountain Initiative. 


The Lisa korthals Memorial Bursary is pleased to support a small part of  Alex’s journey and we look forward to watching her develop in her career. Congratulations Alex!

LKMB Presents 2 Awards for 2021 !

The Lisa Korthals Memorial Bursary received multiple applications this year and thanks everyone who took the time to apply. Lisa would be thrilled to see so many strong candidates moving through the CSGI program. The committee has chosen two of these applicants to receive the bursary in 2021 based on their quality resumes and successful, strong results in their courses this spring. Congratulations!

Melanie Weiss:

Congratulations Melanie! Melanie has demonstrated passion for the mountains coupled with the desire to learn. Her ability to reflect with humility on what she doesn’t yet know and step back into a position of observation rather than leading before she is ready shows maturity and respect for the industry in which we work and the mountains. Giving herself that time to observe and reflect has made her a stronger guide for it and will serve her well as she moves into a guiding role. Her drive to share her knowledge with others, especially women, through teaching AST courses and developing forums for sharing information and tools for terrain management is encouraging and inspiring.



Kine Denstad:

Kine has excelled in athletics through her life and the trend continued when she found her way into the mountains. She embodies Lisa’s drive and determination for tackling big goals and leading the charge. Her skills are solid and demonstrated with the confidence of someone who has trained extensively to reach her goals yet she is also skilled in the soft skills of client care. She is able to assess her group’s individual desires and manage them effectively so that everyone’s day is a success. The LKMB committee is thrilled to see Kine on her way to the final exam in the CSGI stream and wishes her well.

LKMB Presents 2 Awards for 2020 !

The Lisa Korthals Memorial Bursary Committee is thrilled to announce two awards for the 2020 / 2021 season!

Congratulations to Rosie Langford and Kate Ediger! We know that both the CSGI and these hard working mountain women are keen to have CSGI courses recommence as soon as it is safe to do so. The LKMB committee looks forward to their successes on CSGI courses.

Rosie spent her youth exploring the mountains with her family and is now studying at Simon Fraser University under Pascal Haelglie in the Avalanche Research Program. She also volunteers her time as the president of Mountain Mentors, a mentorship program to encourage female participation in the mountains. She currently works as an AST provider.

Her drive, enthusiasm and passion for being in the mountains and selflessly sharing her knowledge with others embodies Lisa’s mindset. We look forward to seeing where Rosie will take her career and all the women she will motivate to take their first steps in the mountains along the way. Congratulations Rosie!



Congratulations to Kate Ediger! Kate was so full of passion and energy for life and the paths it can lead us on that she forgot to tell us the boring stuff, like what courses she was planning to take! Her story is one of determination and strength that was awe inspiring.

Kate works as a tail guide in the interior of BC, educating herself through courses and mentors. She has a passion for travel and a list of goals and objectives a mile long. As a mother to a young son, she looks for the balance of caring and sharing life with her son and pursuing her own objectives. Not an easy task for a mother in this industry but one that Lisa handled with style and grace, an inspiration to Kate.

The Lisa Korthals Memorial Bursary Committee looks forward to watching the careers and adventures of these deserving women unfold over the years.

The LKMB accepts applications year round and we encourage all women involved with the CSGA to apply for the bursary. If you would like to donate to the LKMB click the link above. 

bursary DETAILS

Funds will be awarded to the recipient chosen by the board. Applicants should fill an application online. The following is required in your application package:

  • An essay describing your development as a guide including:
    how you feel you embody Lisa’s adventurous mountain spirit
    your contribution to supporting others, female or otherwise, in the mountain environment
    your future goals.
  • A reference letter from a mentor in the guiding industry
  • A resume of work experience and relevant personal adventures
  • A photo so that we may put a face to your story

2024 bursaries have been issued.  New submissions will be reviewed for the 2025 season.

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Past LKMB awards

2019-2020 : Morgan Dinsdale

2018-2019 : Jessica Roy