I was born in South Africa and began my elementary education in Durban with Dominican sisters and Oblate priests at Our Lady of Fatima convent school. I have now lived as many blessed years here in Canada. My husband, Ian, and I have three daughters: the eldest is married, lives in Victoria, BC, and she is currently enrolled in the Masters of Physiotherapy programme at UBC, her sister graduated from Northeastern University and she still lives and works in Boston, US and the youngest, graduated from Michigan State University, and presently works and lives in Chicago, US.
I taught Religion and English at Little Flower Academy for 11 years and then for 4 years at St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Secondary. Then, I had a strong calling to make a change from teaching and open a Catholic Christian bookstore in North Vancouver. I owned and ran Footprints on the Shore Books Music Gifts Ltd. for over two years and my learning curve was the steepest ever! Without a doubt, it was Prof. Stapleton's Organizational Leadership course at St. Mark's College that helped inspire the fortitude to embark on such a remarkable faith adventure/project. As well, I graduated with a Master of Religious Education degree here at St. Mark's in May 2015, and returned formally to teaching in January 2016 where I served a 5 month short term contract teaching senior English at Vancouver College. In September 2016, I officially returned to teaching as a full time senior English and Christian Ed. educator at St. Patrick Regional Secondary and I have, concurrently, been invited to teach EDUC 410 at St. Mark's College for the winter 2017 term.
God knows what the journey means and it is all part of His plan. As my special friend and mentor, Sr. Josephine Carney once said: "Faith does not always have the answers to our questions; it gives us the strength, courage, will and wisdom to live the mystery!"