Personal Biography

I was raised on a grain farm in west-central Saskatchewan and have had an interest in western Canadian history since I was first introduced to the children’s historical novels written by Manitoban Olive Knox when I was about 11 years old.

My husband Don’s career as an engineer took us from Regina to Montreal to Newfoundland before we arrived in Winnipeg in 1970. We have remained in the Winnipeg area since then — punctuated by brief stays in Northern Manitoba, Brazil and Arizona.

Since 1989 we have lived along the Assiniboine River just west of Winnipeg, near the historic White Horse Plains. We enjoy spending time with our children and grandchildren who live nearby.

We are avid travellers, who especially enjoy going someplace warm for a couple of weeks every winter. In the fall of 1997, I spent three weeks in China while Don was working there. Click You Friends on the left sidebar to read about one of our Chinese experiences.

My grandfather Jerome Ternier spent much of his life working on a highly-fictionalized story of his life.  In it, he casts himself as a superhero character. He becomes a high school athlete in his home country of Belgium; he immigrates to Canada where he becomes a handyman in Winnipeg and a ranch hand near Portage la Prairie; and finally he travels by train to Vancouver and makes his way to the Klondike during the gold rush.  To read his story, click onto to My Early Life: A Novel below or in the left sidebar.

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