“Made in BC since 1888” — Between 1888 and 1914 various family members arrived in British Columbia. 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”, building and sharing the story in a clear and engaging way. My research and writing focuses on turn-of-the-19th century Western Canadian experiences. Among many projects, I’ve edited prairie pioneer letters and curated an exhibit on west coast “ranchers” on Vargas Island. I’m currently exploring WWI era experiences on the Home Front in Saanich. Read more about my projects and see what people have said. See my photography in Flickr Albums.