The Women

We are a group of four young women between the ages of 28-31 who desire to see increased visibility of female role models in Nature and outdoor education.

Jocelyn

Jocelyn Dockerty showed up late to piano practice as a kid because she was too busy digging ponds. Hailing from a farm community and spending a near decade in Montreal, she has now transitioned to living in the boreal forest region of Northwestern Ontario. She gets all excited about fiddleheads emerging in the spring and blueberry picking in the summer. Aside from spending time wandering the woods, Jocelyn is also passionate about the value of surrounding yourself with inspiring women who defy stereotypes. She has been surrounded by such women for much of her life. She is excited to spend time with great women during this canoe trip. Jocelyn also is adamant about the need for decolonization in Canada. She is intrigued at the process of paddling through what is often portrayed as a voyageur route. She hopes she can challenge that and recognize the route’s connection to Indigenous history and present day realities.

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Ledah

Ledah McKellar loves paddling, camping, fishing, the outdoors, and a good story. Recent transitions in her life had her missing strong female bonds. One day it occurred to her that she could merge her love of paddling with her desire to connect to more women. From there she invited three of her favorite women to embark on her first all-female paddling adventure! She can’t wait to see what shenanigans they get into.

Ledah is interested in expression through video and photography, and therefore excited to have the chance to film this adventure. You can see more of her adventures at dandelionsniffer.com

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Katherine

Katherine (Kat) Scott literally thinks your soul dies if you spend too much time looking at concrete and not enough time connected to people (and animals!), plants and place.  A feminist to the core, Kat believes it is imperative that women connect to their inner wild woman and seek out creativity, curiosity and love.  And because of this she feels so fortunate to be spending 9 days with these strong, intelligent and inspired women. Previously a backwoods wilderness canoe guide and currently working towards her homesteading goals, Kat is counting down the days until her nights are filled with campfire, boxed wine and wide open spaces!

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Dayna

Dayna Slingerland has always loved being outdoors and on the water. Growing up in Penetanguishene Ontario she has always felt a strong love for the waters of Georgian Bay. Now living in Thunder Bay she takes every opportunity to be outdoors, be it cycling, hiking, canoeing or simply walks in the woods she finds her time spent outdoors is the most calming for her. She is a teacher and an artist and celebrates the beauty of process in her artwork, acknowledging that what happens in the process of making art is as important as the final piece. She loves felting and working with natural materials. She hopes that in this canoe trip she can do the same, enjoy the process through each moment. She hopes to integrate some art making on this trip to celebrate the process of the trip, from the early planning, to the packing, paddling and small beautiful moments in between.

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