Sarah grew up just outside of Nelson BC. She spent most of her summers playing in the forests in her backyard. Most of her outdoor interests grew from her Girl Guide experiences. She achieved the top awards in the Guide, Pathfinder and Ranger branches of Guiding. In Guiding she participated in many backcountry treks. She also had the opportunity to lead and mentor younger girls during camps and meetings.
When Sarah turned 14, she asked her parents for a firearms license and hunting license for her birthday. The week after her birthday she took the courses and her interests developed. Her first hunting season was successful. Shortly afterwards she joined the Nelson District Rod and Gun Club’s Ladies Night Shooting program. Sarah is now a range officer as well as a regular shooter in this program.
In 2016 and 2017 Sarah was the West Kootenay youth delegate at the BC Wildlife Federation’s AGM. Sarah had the opportunity to hear some of the BCWF scientists present their findings. Both years she held the responsibility of voting during the meetings. In the 2017/2018 winter, Sarah started volunteering in the Nelson District Rod and Gun Club’s Sheep feeding program. In this program Sarah feeds and counts the sheep, and later sends a report to the biologist.
Sarah has recently completed her first year of the Recreation Fish and Wildlife program at Selkirk College. She will start her second year in September hoping to achieve the diploma, and possibly continue to a degree.