Mrs. Canadian Jeep Girl

“In Dec of 2009 my life was stopped in its tracks. I was in a near fatal car accident due to black ice causing me to slide across the highway and hit an on-coming 18 wheeler Semi-truck. This was in my little 1991 sidekick I named my “puddle jumper”.”

“That day helped me see that there is no ‘later’, there is no next year and there is no time to waste. Even prior to this event I had always admired the “Jeep Life”. The freedom that comes with such an interchangeable vehicle and the community that helps each other, guides each other and shares a passion that is hard to explain. You have the freedom and community of a motorcycle but you can bring your family too!”

“Once I saw a convoy of Jeeps drive through my vacationing area in 1998 and told my husband “one day I will be one of them!”
“I had bought my sidekick instead of a Jeep because she was cheaper to maintain and she saved on gas. I loved off-roading with her and most off-road groups didn’t seem to mind me joining in. But I still craved to one day get a Jeep. To have a community that both helped me and that I could help. That my little puddle jumper was my first few steps to getting to be the woman I so admired. One that is capable, strong, defying society’s label of the genders. Because of my accident I pushed harder to be the woman I admired.”

“I bought my first Jeep in April of 2011! A beautiful 1997 Jeep TJ with a soft & hard top, only had 2 owners and had never been off-roading! She was my “Dirty Girl” and she was a 5 speed manual, so it took a bit to build up the strength to drive her after I had broken both my legs and had had 5 surgeries to try to repair them. Unfortunately the surgeries were not successful as the bones wouldn’t heal. I only got to drive her for a few months, and never took her off-roading.”

“While going through recovery I went online and could not seem to find a community or club that worked well for me. The groups I came across were all run by men. They all went camping, rig repairing and other guy stuff, which (while in a wheelchair, walking with a walker or crutches) was impossible for me. I just didn’t feel very … included. Men and woman can love the same thing but often enjoy it and speak completely different about it!”

“So I decided to do something about it and in September 28th 2011 I created the “Canadian Jeep Girl” Facebook page, in hopes of finding others like me. Later I added the “s” because I had actually found more women that had similar feelings and we began to share our passion together. Within a year I had gained a few friends that ranged from a pavement princess to a full on rig pig and they were all Jeep Girls. Some were even fellow Canadians!”

“Over time I had people help me create a logo, website and other social media outlets. Again the community and friendships continued to grow.”

“After the many reconstructive repairs to my foot it was found out my left foot could not heal and I was unable to drive a manual, thus I could not keep my Dirty Girl. Sadly I had no choice but to sell her. Taking a bit of a cut on the sale, I was able to sell to a fellow Canadian Jeep Girl! It hurt but at least I knew she was going to finally get off-road experience in her gears.”
“With my husband’s help I got a new 2012 Jeep JK, two door, a basic model with a Pentastar engine and she was a beautiful black. I was going to name her Beauty (you know Black beauty) but I love mud so she’s always dirty and I was asked how could you call something so dirty Beauty ? My response was “Mud is Beauty”, so she is tagged Mud Beauty.”

“In my journey I have found a great community that can help, guide & share with each other. No matter the situation, no matter the path you choose. Whether a soccer mom, mechanic or CEO, but in the end, you are still a Jeep owner and if possible a Canadian! Both men and woman have helped grow and guide CJG and I will always be grateful. There is not enough information about Jeep Girls out there. If you search the internet for Jeep Girl you’ll get half naked girls modeling with a Jeep, that I can only assume they do not own, and it is never giving information about her connection to the Jeep Community.”

“We aspire to be a fully accepting group and so we have made sure no negativity is allowed. No vehicle bashing, no personal insults and best of all no half naked ‘chick’ stretched out on the page. Each club across Canada and even the States has come to us to share their local events, for free. There are many groups that I participate in and go to local events, when my health allows. I have gained a great CJG team of woman that help monitor and share on the page and other media outlets across Canada, while enjoying their local events.”

“Over the years growing Canadian Jeep Girls I’ve gained some great Jeep Girlfriends and heard some amazing stories. With this blog I hope to highlight some of the many great members and friends we have. Share their stories and their passion. Along with that I’ll be looking to cover events, do some product review’s, write about our off-road adventures and maybe even along the way hopefully encourage others to discover the Jeep/off-roading communities perhaps even join in as a fellow CJG.” Photo & Story from Canadian Jeep Girls founder Terri Amey

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