Leana Novakovic Trip Leader

For eleven years I spent my summers at a camp in Georgian Bay, exploring the rivers and lakes of Ontario, it was here that I fell in love with canoe tripping. When my time at camp came to an end, I struggled with the thought that canoe tripping would not be a prominent part of my life. On my leadership trip on the Albany River I heard about the Outdoor Recreation program at Lakehead University for the first time. I knew it would be a perfect fit, so I packed up and moved to Thunder Bay! Now a recent graduate of Outdoor Recreation and a certified Teacher, I know that canoe tripping has made me the person I am today and has influenced many aspects of my life. I learned the importance of experiential education and spending time connected to nature. I spent my summers of University guiding canoe trips for youth at-risk in Temagami. After 5 years of working for different camps and organizations I knew I needed a change. While working for Project Canoe I witnessed first hand the passion, community, integrity, and generosity of NWL. Not growing up at NWL I was unsure if I would be hired, I was ecstatic when I was. Being a part of such a close-knit community with a common goal gives a sense of purpose and belonging. I didn’t notice what was missing until coming to NWL and finding the sense of community and support that is present here. When I am not guiding canoe trips, you can find me climbing rocks or ice, skiing, or traveling the world!