Judie Steeves – Recording Secretary

I grew up in the Okanagan, roaming the hills and fishing with my dad, then took journalism at Vancouver Community College after working for a year, part-time, for the Penticton Herald. After stints as editor of the Delta Optimist, then as a reporter for the daily Columbian Newspaper, I worked for Douglas College, Pacific Vocational Institute, BCIT and UBC as an information officer.We then moved to an isolated part of the Cariboo with our first baby, where we had our second, and where we built a log home on 40 acres off the power grid surrounded by forest. It was amazing to live so close to the natural world that has always fascinated me. There’s always something new to learn about bugs and birds, plants and animals, air and water, rocks and earth and how interconnected they all are.While there, I produced a beef recipe book for the B.C. CattleBelles.In 1985 we moved back to the Okanagan where I’ve been writing for the Kelowna Capital News for 21 years, including a weekly outdoors column called Trail Mix for 20 years or so and a weekly food column, from Jude’s Kitchen, for 14 years.Okanagan Trips and Trails, co-authored with Murphy Shewchuk was first published in 1999 while Jude’s Kitchen was published in 2011.