My “next step”
from St. Andrew’s was a little different than for the rest
my peers. I went to Imperial College, London University and graduated
with a B.Sc.(Hons.) in Chemistry in 1969. I spent a year travelling,
arriving in Canada in 1971. To finance my travels, I used my science
training and worked in some very interesting settings: a South African
goldmine, a research ship in the middle of the Atlantic and the
Geochemistry Department at Harvard University.
In Canada, I met up with Dermott,
a boyfriend from University and we married in 1975, but the marriage
ended in 1984. I have two “children”, a son Ronan, 27
and daughter, Adrienne 25. Adrienne lives and teaches in London
(England) and Ronan lives with me in Toronto and works as a web
While the children were young,
I returned to University, in Toronto, and did my MBA part-time.
It took me four years, instead of two but I got there in the end.
1984-2002, I applied my business administration skills in a variety
of healthcare management settings. In 2003, I changed direction
and am now very happily working as a Project Administrator for a
five year, $20 million Imaging Research venture at one of Toronto’s
largest hospitals. It is a perfect job for me, combining my science
and business backgrounds with my desire to work for a human services
I have a partner, Mike –
originally from Croydon, Surrey, and we have just bought our first
home together in the country. I love Toronto, but it is getting
too big, too congested and too polluted - too fast!
Click here to find out more about Toronto http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/
I'm an outdoors gal,I love sailing, canoeing,
hiking, camping and cross-country skiing. The winters here are far
too long but Canada has endless opportunities for getting away from
it all. I still love to travel and come back to England to visit
my family whenever I can.
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