I was born in Edmonton, and lived in Ottawa, Saskatoon, Brandon, Waterloo, Montreal, Toronto, and Monkton. My education includes a Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University; a Master of Music from McGill University; a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School; Web Design and Development certificates from Humber College and the University of Waterloo; and two months of German studies at the University of Vienna.
I have been a classical pianist and cellist, music director of professional theatre productions, sole practitioner lawyer, legal secretary, editor of legal publications, photographer of university convocations, Web developer in a major bank, freelance Web designer, and certified rock climbing instructor. In Toronto, I created, organized and performed in The Birthday Series, a series of chamber concerts honouring composers on their birthdays, and the Heliconian Choir and Orchestra for the Heliconian Club, an organization for professional women in the arts that had existed for over 100 years without a choir or orchestra. I have enjoyed racing keelboats, riding a Honda CB450T Hawk motorcycle, and lead climbing in the Shawangunks and Adirondacks, My husband, Bill, and I rode our bicycles over 7,200 kilometres across Canada.
My mother was a registered nurse who also worked as a psych nurse, and my father was a cancer survivor for over 30 years who helped people with holistic healing. My teaching experience includes mentoring individual piano and cello students, and teaching groups in undergraduate music classes at McGill University, and in rock climbing classes for The Toronto Climbing Academy, Rock Oasis, and Equinox Adventures. Currently, I teach adult skills upgrading for the local school board at the local employment centre.
Purr Healing evolved from my love for my cat, Shura, who purrs beautifully and is sometimes called Shura Purra. I was very allergic to cats, and Shura was our first hypo-allergenic Siberian. Born in Moscow, she worked until age six as a breeding mother in Florida and upstate New York. Shura loves all people, cats and dogs. As a mother, she fed and washed all the kittens, not just her own. In 2006, she retired and joined our family.
We left Toronto in August 2011 for the countryside near Monkton, Ontario, envisioning a calm lifestyle with more animals. In our rural home, Shura showed me how to widen my love to respond with love to tragedies that brought more cats to us, including Francine and Patches, below. Shura became a mediator of cat disputes, showing new arrivals how to live peacefully together.
In May 2012, a tooth veterinarian whose X-rays revealed cancer in her head thought Shura may have only a few days to live. My desire to help her and the greater love she inspired in me led me to energy healing. As I have been learning and sharing healing with my cats, Shura’s health and vitality noticeably improved. By developing healing skills to help her, I have also been healing myself. Shura lived and actively participated for 2 years and 4 months after the vet’s diagnosis, until two busy weeks when instead of her usual daily reiki she received no reiki, went downhill fast, and passed away, in September 2014. My energy healing practice is dedicated to dear Shura.