MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION
A born and bred ‘townie’ from St. John’s, I obtained my B.A/B.Ed from Memorial University in the 1980’s. Soon after, I began my teaching career on the south coast of Newfoundland, in the isolated community of Francois. This was followed by a two year stint as a teaching Principal in the small community of Lodge Bay, Labrador. Upon returning to St. John’s in 1991, I visited The Fluvarium, fell in love with it, applied for a ‘six week’ position, and stayed for twenty years. I love the outdoors, hiking and fishing, as well as carpentry and gardening. I recently took up ice hockey again, after a thirty year absence! Still waiting for the Leafs to win the cup!
Education Coordinator/Environmental Interpreter
Growing up in rural Newfoundland, in a large family that seemed to be at home next to, in or on a pond, camping, hiking, berry picking and hunting it seems logical that I ended up as an environmental educator. My dad, an avid outdoorsman, taught me about the importance of our natural world, our place in it and our need to respect nature. I took that respect and a natural curiosity about the living world to Memorial University where I completed a B.Sc and a B.Ed (Intermediate/Secondary). After falling in love with my best friend and settling down in Mt.Pearl I was looking forward to a formal teaching career, but instead was drawn to the informal education setting of a non-profit science centre… and never looked back. Ten years later my love of teaching, young minds, science and our natural world led me to another non-profit, The Suncor Energy Fluvarium and I am once again feeling at home next to, in or on a pond.
Community Outreach Coordinator/Environmental Interpreter
Growing up in the Guiding movement and spending my years pining for summer camp, to this day my love for connecting with nature has never waned. These days, when I am not teaching kids about frogs (and loving as their parents learn just as much) or coordinating all sorts of other nature encounters at “work”, I am teaching my Guides, Trex and other Guiders how to love, respect and enjoy nature. If I am not at camp, planning a hike or training for my next big adventure I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. I am a practical girl, I shop only for clothes I can hike in, I grow only plants I can eat and when I slow down long enough to read, I likely found my book in the reference section.
Education Summer Staff
CATERING & EVENTS