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Freda Mellenthin

Author Freda Mellenthin, (formerly Freda Starck), was born into a traditional, German-Baltic family, who had been living for generations in the Hanseatic town of Riga on the Baltic Sea, the capital of Latvia. Due to the Second World War her family was displaced, spending the war years in Poland and fleeing under drastic conditions to Germany in 1945, where she went to school. In 1956 she graduated from a German secondary school and subsequently completed a two-year technical agricultural sciences program.

Freda was always an adventure-driven and sport-minded person, enjoying gymnastics, hiking, climbing, biking, skiing and swimming. In her teens she learned to love nature and wilderness camping while hiking through many European countries with members of a post-war youth organization.

In 1958 she immigrated to Canada and married a year later. At the age of forty-two, when her four children had become more independent, she started attending Simon Fraser University and received a bachelor of arts with a French major and then a professional teaching certificate. Subsequently she taught French Immersion in the public school system. In 1991, she was widowed after thirty-two years of marriage. Three years later, she volunteered for six months to teach languages in a secondary school in Russia.

In October 1998 Freda met Ted Mellenthin, a like-minded person, who introduced her to whitewater canoeing. He also enticed her to accompany him on canoeing expeditions into the Canadian Arctic. The pair married after their first canoe trip into the tundra in 1999 and since then have undertaken ten canoe trips north of the sixtieth parallel, among many other canoe and kayak trips. Ted and Freda live in the Mission area in British Columbia on rural property.

  Books by Freda Mellenthin

Love in Northern Rapids
Paddling Adventures in the Canadian Arctic and Beyond
by Freda Mellenthin
Release Date: 2015
CDN$ 23.99 (paperback)


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