In the suburbs of Montreal MC spent her teens up until her early 20’s working during the summers with disabled children, summer day camps and running a preschool day camp. After graduating with a B.A. in Sociology, she decided to head to Toronto where she landed an insurance claims position. During this three year period, she met and married her husband, Mark. In their first year of marriage she went to U of T Teacher’s College.
The First Five Years Teaching
The September after graduating, MC began teaching in 1984 with Dufferin-Peel Roman Catholic District School Board. After a year as an itinerant computer teacher she worked at Mary Fix Elementary School teaching junior grades. Her desire to infuse the workplace with fun was evident with her appearance at a staff meeting as a Super Fuzzy, her attempt to add fun and provoke staff to think of the importance of compassionate teaming.
Breaks and Beginnings
From March 1989 to the fall of 1997 MC took a leave from teaching to be a stay at home mom while starting a sole proprietorship, Knotty Fashions (fabric jewelry craft business featured on Marilyn Denis’ City Line), a fabric jewelry partnership Asymetrix, followed by founding The Governor’s Lane Resident’s Association, and a short period where she and her family ran Rolston House, a bed and breakfast out of their subdivision home. It was during this time that she began to write with her first story In Search of Something Green, followed by Sassy Frass. Both stories featured Nanabanana and Grandpoobee (my parents and our chalet in the Laurentians)