I write. I take pictures. And I’ve always liked the cold.
I grew up in Nova Scotia, a long peninsula that juts out into the North Atlantic. A place where spruce, maple, and birch trees battered by windy winter storms. Where, in March, seals whelp on frozen beaches. Where it’s impolite to not wave at passing drivers–even if you don’t know them.
It was a great place to grow up, but by the end of grade 11 I was restless for colder climes and more complicated and expansive places. I ended up heading west, first to the Yukon to work as a guide, and then to B.C. to attend Pearson UWC of the Pacific. Both experiences taught me immensely, and left me asking a simple question: what ties people to land or water?
This question brought me back east, to Maine, where I completed a BA in human ecology (the interdisciplinary study of people, and their social and physical worlds) at the College of the Atlantic. While there, I co-created two independent documentary projects about New Mexico and Maine, discovered that I could write–and fell in love with Maine and a Mainer.
Unfortunately, I had to leave the U.S. after graduating. I wanted to keep thinking through my question, and headed to UBC’s Vancouver campus to complete an MA in journalism. In this program, I complemented course-based work like reporting on a Squamish language class in the program’s “Reporting In Indigenous Communities” course with internships at publications in Prince Rupert, Iqaluit, Yellowknife, and Whitehorse. My final project in the program was a personal reported essay on the politics of wilderness canoeing on the South Nahanni river (NWT).
In the breaks between school, I’ve worked as a guide in the Yukon, a farmworker in Greenland and Maine, a trail builder in Iceland, and a maple harvester. I’m currently the communications manager for a B.C.-based ENGO, a part-time dog-walker.
I am available for freelance writing and photography projects.