Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Criminal Check as of October 2017.
A conscientious, capable, and good-natured, sociable person who places great value on mutual respect and well-timed silliness.
Appreciates harmonious, clean, tidy, peaceful living quarters.
With my late husband, for 30 years of weekends and holidays, looked after our 66 acre mid-19th century homestead. After the sale of the farm, I moved to a smaller Montreal apartment.
Worked at McGill University for a number of years, first as a scientific typist in Chemistry, then as assistant to the two associate Deans in the Faculty of Engineering.
Have a Master's degree in English Literature.
For ten years, gave private English instruction to children and young adults. Students came from a wide-range of competencies and cultures, and included native English speakers. Based on each student's needs and interests, I created original teaching material each week that they responded to with enthusiasm and interest.
While teaching, I was also hired to do some writing and French to English translation.
As a volunteer demonstrator with Patient Partners in Arthritis, I had the great pleasure of working with 2nd-year medical students at McGill University demonstrating the fine points of a musculoskeletal exam.
I volunteer with the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, making calls to movers and shakers in the business and arts community.
Most days, I enjoy long walks around town as I run errands and photograph whatever catches my eye.
Whenever possible, I join the Sunday walks at the local sports shop, The Running Room. I also enjoy attending the weekly talks and events at Montreal’s downtown private library.
Until their deaths in January and April of 2014, my attention was devoted to caring for my father and my husband through serious illness for a number of years.
Now, it is time for me do a little bit more than simply see the world. I would like to get to know communities, to meet people and hear their stories.
I hope also that house-sitting will bring me a little closer to connections with family - in Ireland and Australia, Scotland, England and the U.S.A. - as well as with my extraordinary friends on opposite shores of Canada.
Completed a successful 5-week house-sit in Halifax, Nova Scotia in May-June 2017.
The last two weeks of September 2017, I took care of the house and 10 year-old cat of a lovely couple in White Rock, BC.
From February 9, 2018 to March 16th, I will be returning for a second house-sit for the same White Rock couple.