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Sandra in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Meet Sandra: Trail running and helping IAMAT members

We’re delighted to introduce you to Sandra Ferguson, our new Membership Officer!

Sandra joined our team in July. She manages member services, donations, and administration at our office in Toronto, Canada. We caught up with Sandra to learn more about her travels and what she enjoys about her role at IAMAT.

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Calgary, Canada where I grew to love the mountains and outdoors. I settled in Toronto in my late twenties after living in London, England for 2 years.

What is your most memorable travel experience?

Living in London remains a highlight of my travel experiences because London was the gateway to travel in Europe and Britain. I was immersed in history, culture, live theatre, and music.

I also explored the English countryside using the Good Pub Guide – pubs being the gathering place for local residents of many interesting English towns. Many of the pubs were in historical buildings, had interesting memorabilia inside, or served traditional food and drinks.

More recently, skiing has taken me and my family to different parts of Canada, the United States, and Italy.

Sandra at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, Canada.

What do you enjoy most about your role at IAMAT?

I enjoy talking to members and learning about where they’re travelling. It’s a great feeling when I can help them with their membership inquiries or direct them to our health staff who can answer their travel health questions.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I started trail running 3 years ago. Since then, I’ve participated in races in Ontario and British Columbia, Canada. My most recent race was the Black Spur Ultra in British Columbia, where I was part of a relay team of 6 people. It’s a 108 km trail race (my leg of the race was 19 km). The last leg was overnight, so my teammate had to run by the light of a headlamp and flashlights. This year’s race was very challenging due to smoke from nearby forest fires.

Sandra running the Black Spur Ultra relay in British Columbia, Canada. Photo by Raven Eye Photography.

When you’re not at IAMAT, what do you like to do in your spare time?

I run, ski, and play tennis. I also love to cook, especially keeping old family recipes alive and trying out new recipes from friends. One of my favourites is a family recipe for almond hazelnut biscotti: My mother makes them and I learned to make them from her.

First and second photos courtesy of Sandra Ferguson. Third photo courtesy of Raven Eye Photography.