I enjoy exploring past and present through history research, storytelling, travel and photography.

At the turn of the 19th century, my family emigrated from Lancashire and London to Vancouver Island. I grew up surrounded by family photos, diaries and documents that made me fascinated in the stories behind these people. No surprise that I enjoyed writing stories and plays as a kid and went on to study history at university! (In fact, I used much of my family material for a paper on British immigration to British Columbia).

I have an MA in Public History, an LL.B and a TESOL Certificate. My varied work and study experiences have always used my core “history detective” skills – searching for “clues”, analyzing and piecing together the “evidence” to build a story and sharing the story in a clear and engaging way.

Recently, I have returned to where it all started – family history! Thanks to all the newly digitized online resources (especially newspapers, census, directories and most of all maps!) I’m building a much greater picture of my family’s lives. I’ve also had some neat adventures to help others discover their family and community stories, such as editing prairie pioneer letters and curating an exhibit on Vargas Island ‘ranchers’ before and during the First World War.

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See my photography in Flickr Albums