Mandy earned a Specialized Honours Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Physical Education from York University and she has a certificate in Adult Education from George Brown College. She is trained in wilderness first aid (40 hour). Mandy has completed the Interpretive Guides Association Apprentice Interpreter & 4 Season Group Management Certification and the Outdoor Council of Canada's Field Leader (Hiking) Certification. She is a master trainer with Urban Poling.
Mandy has spent her entire career in fields related to physical education: She has worked as a fitness club owner/operator, a corporate health promotion manager, a senior manager in municipal recreation, a community college lecturer, and as a consultant with the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Green Communities Canada - Canada Walks. A natural teacher/trainer, Mandy has taught swimming and lifeguarding, aerobics classes, aquafit, and alpine skiing.
After an early knee replacement in her late 40’s, Mandy discovered Urban Poling in 2008 and uses her poles religiously wherever she goes, whether in the heart of a city like New York, or to ascend the mountain peaks surrounding her mountain home in Canmore, Alberta. Today, there is nothing more Mandy loves to do than share her "passion for poling!"
"I believe we were born to be active, by nature and when we are active in nature, it can bring profound joy, a sense of accomplishment and wonder, in addition to dramatically improving health or maintaining optimal health."- Mandy