I’m a writer, educator, communications coach and advocate for change. Currently I hold the position of Program Director at the Stratford Chefs School. I have taught communications here and at the University of Waterloo for many years. From 2000 to 2010, I served as a trustee with the Avon Maitland District School Board; for five of those years I was chair. I’m on the board of Dying With Dignity Canada, a national member-based organization that believes Canadians should have the right to physician-assisted dying when they have terminal or progressive incurable illnesses and want to end their suffering.
My novel Goddess Fire was published in 2009. It is a fantasy novel about the impact of a repressive regime on both the oppressors and their victims. My short story Do Unto Others, set far in the future, explores what could happen if climate change ravages the world and certain religious groups see this as God’s will. I have recently completed a memoir of the year I spent in Paris at age eight. I have also written some stories about Stratford’s culinary history; you can read three of them on this site.
Born and raised in Montreal, for my final two years of secondary education I attended the United World College of the Atlantic in South Wales and met students from around the world. After obtaining my B.A. in Drama from Bishop’s University and an M.A. from the University of Toronto, worked in professional theatre as a stage manager for three years. Then I returned to U of T to complete my Ph.D. in Drama.
I moved to Stratford, Ontario in 1985 to work at the Stratford Festival and met my life partner, Jay Klassen. Shortly thereafter I abandoned my theatrical ambitions and began teaching communications. Jay and I have two sons, Mike and Jamie. I am also fortunate in being stepmother to Jay’s older children, Aaron and Carla. Jay and I continue to enjoy living in Stratford – and traveling, when it doesn’t get too twisted…