Born in the Prairies, grown in experiences in the Rockies, and now living beside and connected to the Pacific Ocean on Vancouver Island, Jennie’s life centres on her family and the desire to seek out and share wild spaces close to home. Giddiness ensues at the thought of piling gear into the van and hitting the road - and then the trail, river or lake - to discover natural places, where moments stand clear and still, the hustle of daily life quickly fading in the rearview mirror.
Jennie’s two young daughters have moved her to examine what it is that feeds and develops our own sense of adventure. She believes that the best way to cultivate curiosity and respect for nature in her own children is through the at-once simple yet challenging act of daily modelling. Jennie feels that by attending to the wonder that is in our backyard, her daughters will learn that adventure is in our hearts - it is a way of being - not to be measured by how far the plane takes us, how high the mountain climbed or the class of river descended.
Through an undying love of new opportunities for learning and adventure, Jennie has throughout her life sought out immersive, hands-on experiences that challenge both mind and body. Schooled in chemistry, geography and agro-ecology, this curiosity has led her to professional pursuits including managing an organic farm, starting-up a wood-fired bread baking business, and working in the world of high performance sport - through it all finding a deep satisfaction in the process of awakening her inner explorer.
Spurred by a guiding belief in the power of storytelling, through the sharing of her own experiences Jennie hopes to continue her and her family’s process of expanding outside and to find and create connection to others seeking to live fully, widely, and imperfectly in their wild.