Aaron Curtis, Lead Educator
Aaron was born in Eastern Ontario and spent his childhood in the Rideau Lakes area, primarily Lanark and Leeds Grenville counties, an area that marks the high elevation point of the Rideau Canal. In his younger years Aaron could be found playing competitive hockey in the winter and enjoying the countryside in the summer.
His employment experience includes work as a home construction labourer, building supply yard worker, truck driver, fire and burglar alarm installer, circuit pack repair technician (Nortel), production worker (3M), and archaeological assistant.
During the mid-2000s, Aaron attended the University of Calgary where he earned a degree in Archaeology (B.Sc.) and a minor in Earth Sciences. Upon graduation, Aaron went overseas. After a year and a half of teaching English to youth in South Korea, he returned to Canada and attended the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (University of Toronto) where he received his B.Ed. After leaving Toronto, Aaron was hired as an occasional teacher for both the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario and the Upper Canada District School Board. Over the course of a few years, Aaron settled into a role that allowed him to focus his teaching efforts in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Realizing that student enrolment was trending down and that increasing numbers of teachers were being surplussed, Aaron decided that for greater job security he would accept a job with an environmental consulting firm in Calgary, Alberta.
Prior to his time at Valour Canada, Aaron worked for five years at the environmental firm alongside countless First Nations and Métis communities in Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, and N.W.T. During the course of his employment, he spent weeks with many incredible people who taught him a ton about traditional knowledge and ways of life. Aaron will always be thankful for this experience.
Currently, Aaron resides in Calgary and vacations near his grandfather’s farm in Rideau Lakes Township (formerly Bastard Township). He spends the majority of his leisure time reading, playing recreational hockey, and with family.