Born on the Manitoulin Island of Anishnaabe and French-Canadian blood, my life has been devoted to telling stories. As a published author and radio broadcaster, and a technical writer by profession, I guess you could say I’m a professional listener.
For twelve years, I wrote documentation for global communications and data sharing companies, while developing my advocacy and organizational skills through volunteer activities with various sports groups, community drama companies and an urban forestry organization.
In the past five years, I’ve published a book of creative non-fiction entitled This Road Continues One Block North—a collection of sixty bicycle stories from the Greater Toronto Area—and launched two popular radio programmes. One of these programmes followed bicycle stories from around the world; the other originated in my family’s recent explorations of our Métis heritage, uncovering stories of indigenous sovereignty issues across Canada. I’ve also hosted a mini-series on homelessness in Kingston Ontario.
The book and radio programmes all obliged me to up my social media practices on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and as a blogger on WordPress. Both my radio and my sports personalities have generated regular media attention from newspapers and magazines, and I have been asked to give motivational talks to groups of volunteers and athletes.
Adventurous by nature, I’ve stood on glaciers and the equator, hiked through jungles, cycled up volcanoes and gasped at the aurora borealis. Various creatures—feral cats, eagles and hawks, komodo dragons—have interacted affectionately with me. (Heck, I was once rescued by an Icelandic pony!) Through all that, I learned the value of learning and then sharing truths. My children regularly inspire the environmentalist in me, and I’m astonished that anyone could not be startled at life.
What I know of Moricetown already—the gracious people, the rich heritage, the stunning landscape—all of this is knocking my socks off with its storytelling potential. I can’t wait to meet you.