I started Lady Archers of Ontario in 2017, after some of my friends asked me to teach them archery. As a woman I find it difficult sometimes learning from a man, as we both think differently. My main goal with my business was to introduce women and youth into the outdoors and back to our HERITAGE. Being that I am more then just archery, I decided it was time to rebrand. Coming up with Heritage by Nature.
My mission statement is : Getting folks back to ur roots, back to our Heritage. Whether that be archery, hunting, fishing, gardening, canning, the outdoors. “Own who you are” . I am a hunter, I am a gardener, I am a outdoors woman, I am getting back to my roots. I love where I came from and am very proud of my Heritage.
I grew up in a family that hunting and fishing was a way of life. I watched and learned from my grandfathers, uncles and my dad. I have applied everything they taught me to my own hunting and fishing ways. I remember when we were kids, and my father and grandfather came back from hunting with their deer that they had harvested, and had it hanging in the tree in the yard skinning it. My grandmother would try and keep us kids in the house while they were processing the deer outside. I was always the one that ended up outside wanting to help and learn, watching in aww. The tattoo in the picture is in memory of all of them. I wasn’t old enough to go hunting with my grandfathers before they passed, which if i was giving one wish it would be to hunt with them, share that family tradition with them.
Not only did the men in my life inspire who I am today, the women in my life were huge inspirations to me. My grandmothers, my aunts, and my mother worked hard all their lives, they were strong women. I remember watching them making homemade quilts. I quickly learned how to make them and have made many so far in my life. I remember sitting in my grandmothers basement with her and my mom being taught how to put the quilting frames together and putting the fabric on the frames, and then how to tie down a quilt. They also did a lot of canning, making jams, and pickles, which I do a lot of that now. We have 2 vegetable gardens and can yummy salsa, jams, pickles as well as beet pickles. So not only does hunting and fishing get us back to ur heritage but canning fruits and vegetables, and quilting all together is part of our heritage.
I love the traditions in peoples lives, everyones is different. I wouldn’t change one tradition in my life. I just wish I would have learned at a younger age how important these were, and would of cherished them way back then. You never get time to go back to share these with the people who inspired you. I think as I write these and remember all the things that my family did when we were younger that most of the time didn’t seem to matter back then but now means so much.
“Own Who You Are – Be proud of your Heritage and get back to your roots