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As a child growing up Julia was an outside kid. These early experiences formed the base for her connection to nature and her love for the outdoors. Julia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Social Psychology and explored different fields of social work before starting a Masters Program in Adventure and Experiential Education. During her Master’s program, she got some more formal training in Mountaineering, Climbing, Kayaking, Sailing and Canoeing and further opportunities to work in the outdoor education world.  She offered adventure-based counselling programs to school groups, worked in an outdoor education centre in Scotland that offers outdoor activities to people with disabilities and spear headed a project in the field of nature and forest kindergartens in central Germany. Shortly after she started working for Strathcona Park Lodge as an Outdoor Instructor and later as the Instructor and Curriculum Development Manager in the Program Department.  Julia started teaching for the COLT Program in 2014.  As CO-COLT Director she facilitates the general flow of each semester. As a Level 3 Sea Kayak Guide with the SKGABC she teaches on the kayaking trips during the semester.

For Julia a beautiful day is nearly impossible to spend inside! She loves roaming around on our nearby trails, going for swims and paddles on the lake or climbing at the nearby crags.  When more time is available family adventures, longer sea kayak trips and mountain journeys fight for her priorities.