On your days off, where would we most likely find you?
There is so much living to do ... reading, doing Yoga, visiting friends, going for walks, spending time with my daughter, entertaining, taking in a musical theatre production, seeing a ballet, attending the symphony, a music concert or other cultural event.
Describe a time that you wanted to quit something you were doing, but didnít.
During my 30 year career at IBM there were times when the stress and demands of the job seemed impossible to bear. I would have loved to quit just to take a break but I had to pay the mortgage and support my daughter. Now, as a retiree looking back I am proud I was able to survive and sustain a wonderful career for that length of time. I learned and accomplished so much and made many lifetime friends.
Who is your favourite superhero and why?
I grew up reading about Superman in comic books and watching Superman on TV. He was the epitome of chivalry. I, like Lois Lane, looked up to him and admired him for his superhuman powers and his ability to rescue those in need.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
In the 50's women did not have the same opportunities as men for careers. It was expected that you would marry and have a family. In my teens my mother went to work as a teacher and had a wonderful career. So in highschool, I decided I wanted to become a teacher of French and Math.
What is the most spontaneous thing youíve ever done?
At 20 years of age I took a year off from university and travelled (hitch-hiked) through England, Europe and North Africa. For the last few months I worked in London, England as a dresser at the Picadilly Theatre and a seamstress at Fox's Costumiers. I celebrated my 21st birthday in London before returning to Canada to continue university.
If you were stranded on an island, what one item would you want with you?
A picture of my daughter would help me feel connected to her and not so alone.
What is your favourite outfit to wear?
My signature outfit is a pair of jeans, teamed with a cotton sweater and denim jacket
What was your favourite childhood television program?
There weren't many choices on TV in the 50's. I loved to watch Captain Kangaroo first thing in the morning. When my grandmother came to visit we would curl up in a chair and watch the great Hollywood movies on TV together.