Julie has a Bachelor of Tourism Management degree from TRU with a major in entrepreneurship and a minor in marketing. She is a proud entrepreneur owning an Aboriginal tourism gift shop in Kamloops called Eagle Eye Gifts as well as a professional event planner who owns Be Inspired! Events & Event planning business. Apart from her professional life,  Julie is a mother of three boys aged 10, 14 and 21.

In addition to directing her undergrad thesis,  Courtney and Julie have been working together on a research project that focuses on barriers to health that impact Indigenous youth in urban areas across western Canada (Kamloops, Winnipeg and Edmonton) since 2015.  As a proud Secwepemc woman from the Chase area,  Julie is happy to be working with two Indigenous youth groups in Kamloops (White Buffalo Aboriginal and Metis Health Society and a local high school group).