Retreat Organizer, Expressive Art Therapy Practitioner
Anne Marie Fortner is an avid long distance adventurer, talented environmental educator, outdoor expedition guide and retreat coordinator. She has travelled extensively exploring the different landscapes and flora and fauna in Canada, South and Central America, Europe, United States & most recently Asia. Her passion for the environment, physical challenges, the love of travel and Pelee Island, led her to establish Explore Pelee, an eco-tourism business on Pelee Island, in the spring of 2008.
Working and exploring in the outdoors has been a common thread throughout Anne Marie’s life. In 1999 Anne Marie backpacked 3400km on the Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine. This experience inspired her to study Geography at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and proved to be a cornerstone in building her ‘work hard, play hard’ ethic. Her summers in Northern Ontario were spent working as a forest fire fighter, canoe trip guide and hiking trails technician. She ventured to Pelee Island for the first time after graduating in 2003, where she worked for The Wilds of Pelee Island: Outdoor Centre for Conservation. It was during this two-year period that Anne Marie fell in love with Pelee and all that it had to offer an ambitious outdoor spirit, such as herself.
In 2006 Anne Marie navigated a 1000km ancient native canoe route from Winnipeg to Lake Superior, in efforts to raise awareness for ALS research. Fortner then moved back to the city where she worked a series of unfullfilling jobs that ultimately led her back to Pelee, where she now lives on Pelee Island seasonally and runs Explore Pelee full time. As well as, running the LIFT Series inspirational networking talks within Essex County.
Anne Marie’s love, knowledge and energy for the outdoors and drive to follow your passions will inspire you!