A third generation Harley rider, Sam waited what felt like a life time before getting, and learning to ride her own Harley. Inspired by her family members, Sam has held on to the dream of one day riding across Canada, from Vancouver Island to Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia where her Grandmother, a war bride, and her Mother landed in Canada at the close of WW2.
When Sam experienced “empty nest”, she returned to her dream of becoming a social worker, obtaining a degree in Social Work at the University of Victoria. Sam worked within the child protection system for 15 years, walking with families to enhance safety for children. Sam made the tough choice to leave the front line in 2017 and currently writes curriculum and facilitates training with a non-profit agency in Victoria, BC.
Sam’s passion for child safety lead her to become part of an organization of bikers who empower children who have experienced abuse in their lives. For three years, Sam rode Vancouver Island and BC’s mainland spreading awareness and empowerment, before deciding that it is time. Time to return to the dream of riding across Canada…but the dream has grown and gained a purpose. Sam wants to connect with other women who ride and gather their stories to be published, celebrating the accomplishments, adventures, frustrations, and tears shared by other women riders.
Sam grew up on Vancouver Island, on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen peoples, and although she has lived in many other places in BC and Alberta, the Island always calls her home again. Although Sam rides year round, she is excited for this year’s riding season to swing into full gear, “there is still so much more to see and experience, I just can’t wait to get out there and share the beauty of the Island and the rest of BC with other riders”!