My love of rivers came from my camp experiences as a youth in Ontario. My guiding and Outdoor Education career has taken me around the world, but since 2007 I have been guiding in the north for CRE and have never looked back. I have paddled across the north and these rivers flow through my veins!
When not on the river I am a high school teacher at an Independent school in Ontario, Lakefield College School.
At home in Peterborough, after the northern summer I enjoy downhill skiing, cross country, biking, running and of course canoeing!
My favorite thing about guiding is the people that come on our trips. You get the most interesting people and it’s so great to learn about other peoples lives and all the amazing things that they have done. It’s very inspiring. I also find it so interesting to see the dynamics of a group of people that most likely have never met each other. Spending time in the outdoors for an extended period of time makes for great life experiences!
Life has been busy with our little boy Hamish who just turned 1in September. I had a great year off with him and am now back to work at Lakefield College School for year 10! Lie is good and we are looking forward to new adventures with our growing family.
We’ve had a great year as my husband Brad and I welcomed our little guy Hamish into the world on September 3rd. Life has been pretty exciting since he’s joined our team. Though he was in a canoe a lot while still ‘on the inside’ we can’t wait to take him out in warmer weather.
I’ve attached a photo as well – visiting santa! Hope all is well with yuh up north. I’m sure you’ve already got a few good ski days under your belt! We’re still waiting down here…
I have had a busy year! I got married in May to my now husband Brad Connelly at my family’s yacht club in Toronto. We also got a kitten and named him Tripper and fit in some travelling: we hiked in the south of Iceland for a school trip and went to France for our honeymoon. Life is good!
have had a busy 2014! In the summer I took a group of 6 students from my school (Lakefield College School) down the Keele River in the NWT. It was my first down the river and it was beautiful! Despite a lot of smoke from the forest fires we had a perfect trip – a little rain and a lot of sunshine and swimming! In the fall I took on two new positions at my school, Service Learning Program Coordinator and head of a girls residence. Both positions have kept me busy and on my toes. With the new jobs came a move. We are now living on the beautiful campus and our dog can’t get enough of it. Some exciting news for 2015, my partner Brad and I are getting married! We tie the knot on May 30th at my yacht club in Toronto. We are looking forward to having all our friends and family together and the party of course. I am also travelling to Iceland with students to go on the Hellismannaleio- Laugavegur-Skogar hike in late June. Never a dull moment for me!
I had another adventurous summer spent outside. In July, I had the opportunity to travel with several moms from my school, Lakefield College School, down the Nahanni for 10 days. It was an incredible group of women all of whom had great life advice for us young female guides. In August, I canoed down the French River leading a group of teenagers from Camp Oochigeas. I’ve recently moved into a new place with my partner Brad and am learning what it’s like to live with a dog – Findley not Brad! Now I am back at school, continuing to teach and play outside with my classes. For 2014, I head to Costa Rica for a service trip in March, the Rockies in April and then the Keele River in July. Life is good!
This past year, I have been busy teaching at Lakefield College School as an Outdoor Education teacher and also managed to travel a little on my time off. In February, I traveled west for skiing and also got to meet up with some fellow NRA guides living in Canmore. In March, I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to Thailand on a service trip, volunteering at an elephant rescue park. Over the summer, I was a bridesmaid (see photo!), guided students down the Wind River and also volunteered at a camp for kids with cancer. Looking back on the year, I realize how amazing it was. I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store!