Born and raised in Western Canada, I didn't know what I wanted to be when I grew up, so at 21 I joined the Army. They taught me how to repair and maintain electronic and electro-mechanical equipment. As a Type A personality, I enjoyed the challenge of fixing things, and it turned out that I was good at it! I completed my "basic engagement" after six years with the Army, then moved back home and joined the reserves. From there I progressed to a civilian job supporting Engineers who were developing a new digital communication system for the Canadian Army. In my spare time I found a partner, had a baby and discovered I liked gardening. I'm now mostly retired, keep busy singing in a Sweet Adeline Chorus, gardening when weather permits and travelling when it doesn't.