Cathy is an Honours graduate (1979) from the University of Alberta Physical Education Program, where she majored in Outdoor Education. Cathy has a deep appreciation for the North and its Peoples, and is an excellent source of information both of Yellowknife and the North. She has been teaching paddling since 1977 and her experiences include a stint on Canada’s Whitewater Kayak Racing Team.
Cathy moved north in 1981 to teach canoeing and kayaking. She has demonstrated her commitment to the preservation of traditional knowledge through her work documenting and teaching traditional Inuit games, igloo building, and arctic survival.
Cathy has been teaching outdoor pursuits in Yellowknife and across the North for 34 years and has personally instructed thousands of course participants. She has completed several instructional manuals (e.g. Canoe and Kayak building, Arctic Safety and Survival, Emergency Shelter Construction).
She has traveled extensively throughout the NWT and Nunavut, teaching outdoor pursuits, first aid, and spending time with the family.
Her favourite pastimes include skijoring, hunting, and camping with her family.
Tiffany was born and raised in Yellowknife and is of Inuit ancestry. She attended University of Alberta where she graduated with a degree in theatre. Tiffany travels the world acting and speaking about Inuit culture. You might recognize her from her band Quantum Tangle! She is also a certified Paddle Canada Canoeing Instructor Trainer and a Kayak Instructor. Tiffany’s favourite pastimes include camping with her family.
Devon is of Inuit ancestry and has lived in the North all his life. Growing up, he spent a great deal of time on the land hunting and camping with his parents, sometimes for several weeks at a time. Devon’s patience and determination have made him a skilled hunter, including with bow and arrow. Devon is an accomplished outdoors-man and guide. He is trained in wilderness survival and is a certified instructor in first aid, canoeing, and motor boat safety.
Rachel is a born and raised Yellowknifer, she has been teaching and guiding for NARWAL since 2013. She loves teaching youth all over the NWT and Nunavut. She spends the winters iglu building, snowmobiling, and teaching Inuit games. She is a Paddle Canada certified Level 1 Kayak Instructor and Intermediate Canoe Instructor. She is also a Paddle Canada Introduction Canoe Instructor Trainer. Rachel is a motor boat (PCOC) instructor, an actress in the Floating Dinner Theatre and bannock maker extraordinaire. Rachel enjoys spending her time camping, paddling, hunting, skijoring, and hiking.
Isaac is gracing NARWAL with his vibrant and hard-working personality for the third summer in a row! Isaac started out as a NARWAL “minion”, but he is now a Paddle Canada certified Canoe and Kayak instructor. He was practically born in a canoe and has been paddling with his family ever since. When Isaac is not travelling the world or on paddling trips, he is living in Yellowknife. Isaac enjoyed a week long white water kayak course at the Madawaska Kanu Center in 2014. So far, Isaac’s favourite adventure was a three week trip on the Camsell River, which started in Gameti and ending on Great Bear Lake.