In addition to my teaching and research pursuits at VIU, I enjoy wilderness canoeing and hiking and long-distance cycling. Another passion is training Labrador dogs and my field companions extraordinaire – Char (R.I.P.) and Piper. I am a long-time member of the Nanaimo Ebbtides Masters Swim Club and compete in open water swim races and triathlons. Two highlight races that have been crossed off my bucket list are the Ironman Canada Triathlon completed in 2009, and the famed Alcatraz Sharkfest swim race in 2012.