Even more than the stunning landscapes, exciting rivers, and majestic wildlife, it was people and relationships that brought me into guiding! It has been nearly a decade now, that I have had the pleasure of working for Nahanni Neil. In that time I have been extremely privileged to share northern rivers (and a lot of laughs) with individuals and families from all over the globe. I am constantly inspired by the amazing people that are drawn to these expeditions; it must be something about the North… (or something in the water!)
When I’m not living my summer dreams in the Arctic, I’m living my winter dreams down south in Canmore, Alberta. In between days on the ski hill I try to fit in some “real life” as a teacher with the Calgary Board of Education. I work out in the woods with some very courageous and self-aware young adults at a Wilderness Therapy Facility for youth with addictions. It is a challenging, yet rewarding, environment and I feel pretty honored to be apart of it. We focus on a wide array of life skills, often in a wilderness context. My role focuses on linking the client’s therapy and wilderness skill development into Alberta Curriculum and more formalized education. My co-teacher and I have developed a blog that highlights the program, special projects, wilderness excursions and footage from our 3 trail cameras. It has been a lot of fun and we are very proud of it! If you’re interested check it out at envirosschool.blog.ca , and let us know what you think!
I’m always looking forward to the next season, and can’t wait to migrate north once again to share some adventures, laughs, and memories with all of you! Until then, I hope you are all surrounded by friends, family, health and happiness and I look forward to our paths crossing soon!