I was born in the Laurentians of Quebec, in the year when "Perry Mason" first made its debut on TV and when Slinky and Hula Hoops were popular toys! And yes, the TV set was in black & white!
My interest as a writer revolves around history, genealogy and women’s stories within those contexts. I find that women have been understated in our historical narrative, and I am trying to correct that -- one story at a time.
I have written over three hundred articles for The Cornwall Local, a now-closed Torstar website. Unforgotten Mary Mack was my first book, the biography of a unique lady, the first female city councillor in Cornwall, Ontario. In addition, several short stories have been published in collections, magazines and newsletters. I write in both French and English.
I joined the Canadian Armed Forces when non-traditional trades were opened to women to take advantage of its learning opportunities. I was an airframe technician (aircraft mechanic) for 12 years. My first posting was in Trenton, Ontario, and it is along Highway 2 and Prince Edward County that I fell in love with the Ontario red brick houses and learned about Loyalists.
Because it was my dream to go to university someday, I left my military career to start a BA Honours in Geography at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan. I chose geography because of its broad scope of places and people. A mental hyperactive, there is always the need to keep busy and do different things, hence my ever-changing work life!
Now retired, I live in Cornwall, Ontario, where I volunteer with various heritage, history and genealogical groups. My partners in crime are KC and Oscar, my two rescue cats.
My passion for history, writing, old buildings, and Cornwall is one constant in all of this.