Jordana grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba where she completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Manitoba in Recreation Management and Community Development with a minor in Geography. During this time, Jordana studied parks and protected areas management through an undergraduate research study involving revitalization of the Two Jack Day Use Area in Banff National park, and was also a research assistant with a study that explored film industry perspectives in regard to film tourism marketing opportunities. Jordana played five years of CIS women’s volleyball with the Manitoba Bisons, winning a national championship during the 2013/2014 season and maintaining academic all Canadian status during her time on the team. Jordana's athletic background instilled within her a passion for health and wellbeing, including her love for being active and competition. For the past five summers, Jordana has been involved in youth camp programming, particularly as a supervisor with Mini U Programs at the University of Manitoba. Her connection with the natural world stems from camping and road trips with her family as a child, as well as more recent domestic and international tourism experiences.
Phenomenological Investigations of Spiritual Nature-Based Recreation Experiences
Jordana's research interests lie within the areas of outdoor recreation, health and wellbeing, and outdoor experiential education. She is particularly interested in how outdoor recreation can be used as a tool to enhance a sense of holistic health and wellbeing. Jordana's MA thesis explores the dimension of spirituality, and how spiritual nature-based recreation experiences can enhance positive environmental attitudes, increase overall health and wellbeing, and lead to larger social and environmental movements. Jordana is also interested in studying outdoor experiential education, with a focus on early year outdoor experiences and intergenerational outdoor recreation programming.