PearlAnn Reichwein is a historian and associate professor at University of Alberta with twenty years of experience in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. As an educator, she explores the significance of parks and enjoys nature outings of all kinds.
Her research studies Canada’s history of prairie west and mountain regions. Her book Climber’s Paradise: Making Canada’s Mountain Parks, 1906-1974 was awarded the Canadian Historical Association’s prestigious Clio Prize, a finalist in the international Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival competition, and earned an INDIEFAB Book of the Year Honourable Mention for Ecology and Environment.
Born in Edmonton, Dr. Reichwein grew up in its ravines and loves the North Saskatchewan River to its headwaters. In addition to serving on the NSRVCS board, she volunteers with the Sierra Club of Canada, Edmonton chapter, guiding hikes at Plain of Six Glaciers, and acting at Fort Edmonton Park as a park interpreter. She is also interested in governance, policy, and communications, and has worked in national parks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.