Owner and operator of FreshAir Adventure, Gina Miller grew up in Atlantic Canada, then headed off to taste-test several universities, collecting degrees she rarely uses, before moving to Hong Kong, China, in 2000. Today, Gina splits her year: wintering in Hong Kong, where she works as a business journalist, a sport-events coordinator, and a paddling coach and competitor, and summering on the Bay of Fundy coastline. As much as she loves the mellow tours of FreshAir Adventure, Gina also love to paddle fast on big seas. If you are interested in learning how to wave-ride, or paddle a surfski (which for the uninitiated, looks like an open-cockpit high-speed kayak), she is the woman to call.
Amanda Harrington grew up in Saint John, New Brunswick, a stones throw away from the Bay of Fundy. Amanda has a degree in Recreation Sports from the University of New Brunswick and is also a graduate of the Saint Andrew’s Adventure Leadership program. Besides being an avid white water and sea kayaker, Amanda finds time for wild hiking expeditions, long wilderness-seeking roadtrips, and rock climbing. Amanda is FreshAir Adventure’s Lead Guide and Operations Manager, and she has spend the last two winters leading expeditions on and off the water in Australia and New Zealand. She has an infectious laugh and tells truly terrible jokes.
Vince Di Lena is a recent graduate of the Adventure Tourism program at the Cegep of Gaspé, Quebec. Paddling since his early teens, Vince also enjoys climbing, camping, and fishing whenever he gets the chance. His love of the water is only matched by his passion for anything related to science, and while he is usually an introvert it can be difficult to get him to stop talking if it’s about biology, astronomy or physics. Vince is unmatched in spotting wildlife on the Bay, and if there is a porpoise to be seen, a seal to be spotted, or an eagle or peregrine falcon anywhere nearby – he will see it first and share the sights with you.
Benjamin Borowicz is a water enthusiast coming from the heart of Chile itself. Although currently a student in the Adventure Tourism and Business Operations program in Golden, BC, he loves to raft, whitewater kayak and stand up paddle in his free time. Alongside the water, he also loves music, playing his bass and travelling to new and exciting places. Be ready for bad jokes and endless smiles while on your tour.
Emma Lukas comes from Surrey, BC. In her early teens she joined the Army Cadet program where she had to opportunity to fall in love with nature, the water and also escape the city. After discovering this newfound passion, she enrolled in the Adventure Tourism and Business Operations in Golden, BC to make this passion her life and is now pursuing her second year. She also enjoys Whitewater Kayaking, Rafting, Hiking, and the world of arts and crafts. The only thing she loves more than the water is her kitten Izzy.
Aleksandra Crossman joins us this year for the first time before she heads of to Memorial University to begin her studies in Marine Biology. Alek is a new graduate of Kennebecasis Valley High School, an active sportswoman and a keen enthusiast of marine sciences. She has joined us as our in-house receptionist, guide-in-training, and general jill-of-all-trades. She is the youngest member of the kayak commune, so we expect her to teach us all the newest generation-z computer tech and secret handshakes.
Gerald Keyzer joins us this year from five minutes up the hill (and he still has the longest commute!). Originally from North Carolina, and following years in NYC, Jerry met Anne-Marie (co-owner of Fundy Highlands Motel & Chalets), got married, had a gorgeous little girl, and now spends his time between Montreal and Alma. A former surfer, a dedicated skater, and a wicked-fine actor, Jerry is wild, and wild to get back into the sea-kayaks and tear up the Bay of Fundy with guests.