Julie studied at the University of the Fraser Valley, majoring in Geography with a concentration in Urban Studies and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and has earned an Urban Design Certificate through Simon Fraser University. She currently works as a development and land use planner with the City of Chilliwack, where she is able to apply her passion for strategic problem solving, neighbourhood planning, and community engagement.
She currently resides in Cultus Lake and considers herself lucky to have access to trails so close to home. In her free time, she enjoys a wide range of activities, including listening to her records, playing board games, squash, and mountain biking.
Although she doesn’t consider herself a ‘seasoned’ rider, Julie has been actively involved in the the mountain biking community since 2016, assisting in local trail maintenance and planning projects, volunteering on the Vedder Mountain Classic Race Committee, and forming part of the FVMBA Board of Directors as former Vice-President and Director of Communications.
Since her first trip down the mountain, she’s been amazed at the opportunities mountain biking has provided in taking her to so many new places and helping her to build self-confidence on and off the bike. The community provides a space for positive social engagement and fosters a sense of environmental stewardship throughout the community that she wants to share. As the new President of the FVMBA, she is eager to see the community grow while respecting its unique and wild history.