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.