Growing up in Ontario, my family never went camping, but instead went on annual rafting trips on the Ottawa River, where I first grew to love whitewater. The first time I went camping, it was with Scouts – and I hated it at first, but once we went whitewater canoeing, I was hooked! Shortly thereafter, I began guiding canoe trips for summer camps all over Ontario, and going on trips of my own. I now find I camp equally as much as I am at home!
I always dreamed of paddling up North. My first exposure to the North was doing hydrology research in Iqaluit with Queen’s University and the Nunavut Research Institute in 2017. I fell in love with the beauty of the North, and wanted to return. I have returned North every summer since – I call it my annual migration.
Last summer, 2022, was my first summer with NRA/ CRE. I loved sharing the river and the North with others, working with amazing co-guides, and sharing the guests’ excitement over the amazing food.
When I’m not guiding, I work as a teacher in a small town of 200 people in the Kootenays. I teach a kindergarten to grade 6 split class. I enjoy seeing my students connect with nature and the place they call home. On my weekends, I can be found backcountry skiing, following my dog Sitka down pillows of fresh powder.