I was born in Schweidnitz (Silesia), raised in Bremerhaven, Germany, and lived five years in Spain before moving to Montreal. After a two-year residency in Durham, North Carolina, I returned to Canada and settled in Ottawa. Fluent in four languages, I am also an accomplished watercolour artist.
In June, 2022, I received an award from Femmes Remarquables Ottawa Distinguished Women and the City of Ottawa. The award is for my 33-year fundraising efforts for community and charity projects in Ottawa through the former New Edinburgh Players, a theatre I founded in 1980, and for my novels, in particular my children's fantasy trilogy, which I read to children in elementary schools and the Ottawa Public Library, each time encouraging students to read and write.