Judy is curious by nature, a trait that has taken her down roads less traveled and rewarded her with interesting people and unique experiences, always with camera in hand. Born a city girl, Judy quickly realized her love of the outdoors and wide-open spaces. From a young age, her summers were spent at the family cottage exploring Lake Winnipeg and the Interlake region, cementing a love for nature and being on the water, as well as a deep commitment to conservation and land stewardship.
Raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Judy’s interest and awareness of the natural world led her into a bachelor's degree from the University of Manitoba, where she majored in animal and plant sciences. She followed up by earning an MBA at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. While studying with some of Canada's top nature and wildlife photographers, she realized the pull of nature and creativity was one of her callings, but life’s twisty path led her to be part-owner of her family’s fourth-generation furniture business in Winnipeg, running her own photography business, and marketing the business school at the University of Manitoba. Judy constantly has had her fingers in various research and conservation
efforts, both through her work and as a volunteer. In
addition, she teaches kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, is Paddle
Canada certified (Level 3 sea kayaking), and has taught and organized
numerous photography workshops for people of all ages.
Then she fell in love with Churchill, and the rest is history. Countless trips north to experience, photograph, learn and volunteer there have allowed her to bring her passions, energy and talents together. She has volunteered countless hours at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, where she sits on the board as an executive member. Whether sea kayaking or running rapids in remote areas, waiting with camera at the ready for a red fox to pounce on a lemming, ice fishing at 30 below, watching in awe as the Northern lights explode across the tundra, or counting birds migrating north out of the marsh at sunrise in spring, Judy’s infectious enthusiasm and pure enjoyment is always fully matched with her commitment to safety for herself and others. She is keen to share her knowledge and interest and grateful for every opportunity to learn something new and to fully experience nature.
Upcoming Adventures with Judy:
Polar Bears of Churchill
Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:
“Wow! Judy was beyond fantastic.She was super kind to our children and kept us engaged the whole time. It was our first time doing a tour, and it far exceeded our expectations. Judy made us feel welcomed and at home the entire time. I did not want to leave.”
“We couldn't have been more pleased with our guide, Judy. My sister and I have taken a lot of trips and she rated among the best guides we’ve ever had. She was friendly, knowledgeable and always had interesting facts to share. Judy really made the trip for us!”
“Judy was upbeat in the perfect way. She was flexible, exceptionally knowledgeable, readily prepared for all situations and had great repartee with guests. It’s obvious that she has an abiding respect for polar bears and their environmental needs. She handled both her job and her responsibilities beautifully.”
“I feel like our group hit the jackpot with our leader! All of Judy's future groups should feel lucky to have her as a guide. Judy’s enthusiasm for wildlife and energy were infectious throughout the trip. I really cannot say enough wonderful things about her.”
“Judy was very friendly, organized and attentive. She made our experience memorable with her fun-loving personality. Her hospitality blew me away, as I have never been taken care of so well before on an excursion. She was hands-down one of my favorite things about this trip.”