I was born and raised in Canada. Originally from the West Coast, my family moved east and back again as my father rose through the ranks of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
I studied journalism and public relations in college and went on to work for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, and Rogers Communications, Inc.
How did I end up on Alaska? The story starts with a camel named Hubbly Bubbly and a couple of traveling Kiwis.
I love to travel and years ago, I decided on a solo backpacking trip to Morocco. I bought a new backpack, booked a flight and off I went. While in Marrakesh I signed up for a camel trek in the Sahara. On that trek, balanced on a surly camel named Hubbly Bubbly, I met two fantastic New Zealanders who, as coincidence would have it, were moving to my neighbourhood in suburban Vancouver.
After they arrived and settled, the three of us, along with my cousin and some our friends started the Spinster Challenge. The challenge was to pick an online dating service, try one date per month and report back to the group so we could pick the best service out there.
As luck would have it, I met my husband during the challenge. Bill was living in Dillingham at the time, a small community off the road system about 90 minutes flight time from Anchorage.
We married in 2007 and spent a year and a half living in bush Alaska. I loved it. I volunteered to help teach elementary school classes and helped a university researcher study the biology of Bristol Bay while I waited for my official work permit. On our off time, Bill (a private pilot) and I would fly our Citabria all over Western Alaska exploring the different communities. We fished the legendary Nushagak River whenever we got the chance, and I learned to fly fish in the rivers of the Wood-Tikchik State Park.
Bill and I moved to Homer in 2008 with our adopted dog, Milton, so that my husband could start a new job. We bought a house, started a family and have spent years exploring all that Homer has to offer. In 2014, we took a year’s working holiday to New Zealand.
We came back to Homer in January because there really is no place like Homer.