Valerie hails from Canada, the land of the polar bear and the maple leaf. At a young age, Val fell in love with the Canadian outdoors and made that obsession her vocation. An avid kayaker, climber, camper and tree hugger, she spent many years helping others stretch their boundaries and step out of their comfort zone through personal development work.
Val worked at several Outward Bound schools in both the United States and New Zealand. Between work stints, she completed several university degrees, was involved in an arctic studies program in Finland, taught outdoor education in Australia, and spent 12 months exploring the culture and hidden gems of Central and South America and Thailand.
She enjoys helping others discover the magic of Antarctica and the Arctic by kayak. When not on a ship, she spends her time between New Zealand and Canada, where she teaches children and teachers to hug trees and save the world.