I’ve been a naturist since 1988 when I discovered Crocus Grove Sun Club near Winnipeg.
A news piece in the local newspaper about a nudist convention being held an hour’s drive from the city caught my eye. I had tried topless hiking at a friend’s cottage on weekdays a few times when no one was around and loved the sense of connection to nature that it gave me. Discovering there was a safe place to go nude close by was very inviting and I phoned for more information about the Park.
It was suggested I come for a first visit during the week when there wouldn’t be as many people around as a convention attracted. That visit led to my being a member of Crocus Grove for 20 years until it closed. Over time some great friendships developed as I experienced my first naturist community. In the following years as a result of experiencing nature in a natural state I overcame my fear of water to learn to swim, and I grew a lot in self confidence. These weren’t things I had expected to happen to me when I drove out to Crocus Grove that first time and began my naturist journey 32 years ago now. Crocus Grove will always hold a special place in my heart.
Over my years at Crocus Grove I held the position of Trustee for the club, acted as club photographer, and researched and wrote a history of Crocus Grove for the 40th Anniversary. I prepared a slide show about Crocus Grove to promote Naturism and the Park at a Health and Wellness show in Winnipeg. I answered questions about naturism from people visiting our booth and signed up several interested people for visits to the Park.
When visiting Toronto I looked for opportunities to participate in nudist events and discovered social events with TANS (Toronto Area Naturist Sports) and the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) Skinny Dippers. I met Stéphane Deschênes and learned so much about social nudism and naturism from him. It was his encouragement in 2003 to get involved with the FCN that led to my joining the board of directors to represent the Prairie region for Manitoba. I’m also responsible for Publications for FCN. My photography interests are nature - and wildlife - related, but when an additional photographer was needed, I worked as an official FCN photographer for three Festivals. I’ve also written articles for the Going Natural magazine.
One of the things I enjoy about being a part of the FCN board is the opportunity to educate about naturism. One of the many things I like about naturism is the experience of community that you get wherever you go, and the accompanying respect. I’ve met some of the nicest people in naturist settings.
I am very passionate about the many benefits of Naturism, especially the advantages it holds for women.
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