Demiesha Dennis

Brown Girl Outdoor World - Founder and CEO

I would like to nominate Demiesha Dennis as a Woman of Inspiration in 2022. Demeisha is the founder and CEO of Brown Girl Outdoor World, an organization which is dedicated to changing the narratives assigned to the Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPoC) community in spaces used for outdoor adventure and recreation in Canada. Her enthusiasm and love of fishing, camping, paddle boarding, bungee jumping, birding, and spending time in nature are infectious, and she uses them to inspire others, especially women, to join the outdoor community. Not only is she a strong vocal advocate for diversity in outdoor spaces, she also volunteers a huge amount of time and energy towards creating and implementing practical solutions to make this goal a reality.For example, she has created a gear library that helps remove financial barriers for people who want to try a new outdoor activity, but aren't ready to make a large financial investment before determining whether they enjoy it or not. She also helps people who are new to the outdoor community fill knowledge gaps, like how to reserve a campsite.