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 Juno Award Winning 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.
Hannah is a recent graduate of the Outdoor Adventure Program at Algonquin College, and has returned to Yellowknife where she was born and raised. Hannah has spent the last two years doing intensive guide training; living the dream and excelling in all sorts of outdoor pursuits including rock climbing, ice climbing, white-water rafting and canoeing. Safety has always been her main focus which is why Hannah was pleased to successfully complete the 80 hour Wilderness First Responder course. Hannah is also a certified snowboard, ski and canoe instructor. When she’s not busy teaching, she loves planning trips almost as much as going on them. Her favorites so far have included a seven day hiking trip in Scotland and a nine day sea kayak expedition on Georgian Bay. She can’t wait for her next adventure and always enjoys hearing about other people’s outdoor pursuits.
Felix is currently a student at Algonquin College in a 2-year Outdoor Adventure program. Born in Ottawa, Felix has lived in various other places including Russia, Quebec, and for the last 8 years – Yellowknife. Felix’s primary language is French, but throughout his years of living up north he has developed his English vocabulary, making him bilingual. Felix is a Paddle Canada Tandem Canoe Instructor as well as having his Wilderness First Responder certification. Through Felix’s college program, he has experienced lots of outdoor activities involving whitewater paddling, outdoor survival and several other winter activities. Felix’s combination of professional training and experience qualify him perfectly as a member of the NARWAL Team.