Meet the 2021 Board Nominees

CNS Presidential Candidates

Vaness Burns

Bader Kanawati

Vanessa Burns

Candidate President

Hello! I’m Vanessa Burns and I am your candidate for the President of Climb Nova Scotia. For the past two years I have served on the CNS Board as the training course coordinator. My other climbing community contributions include teaching youth classes at East Peak, coordinating Ice Fest, judging Tour de Bloc, and enthusiastically spreading (and dancing out) the stoke. So why do I want to be CNS President? The answer is simple. To take my Board experience to the next level and collaborate even more with the community in order to continue to build the passion for climbing in NS. The community is growing rapidly and Climb Nova Scotia has to be ready to grow with it. This includes being accessible for everyone - no matter age, size, shape, sexual orientation, skin colour or ability. This also means maintaining respectful crag access and appropriate, safe development. Serving as CNS President will allow me to share my 20+ years of skills in board management and not for profit leadership, volunteer engagement, government relations and fundraising so the Board can continue to evolve and grow the CNS community. Fast facts: My proudest climbing moment was summiting a 9,000 foot mountain in the Italian Dolomites for my 50th birthday. My favorite aspect of climbing is definitely the people and my motto is “The best climber is the one having the most fun” Climb on!

Alex MacLean

Alex MacLean

Candidate for President

Originally from a small island off the coast of Cape Breton, I started climbing when I first moved to Halifax to finish my undergrad degree in Mechanical Engineering. Although I started with indoor bouldering, I prefer getting outside and sticks my hands in cracks these days. As president, I want to prioritize accessibility in two ways; ensure all our current end future crags remain accessible to us, and work on ensuring the sport of climbing is accessible to all newcomers.