Suzanne was born in Marmora, Ontario where she was raised on a 300 acre farm. She worked in Toronto for 7½ years (Bell Canada office and Air Canada Reservations) then moved to Victoria where she married *Irv in 1971 [deceased Christmas 2016*].
Most of her working [secretarial] career was with BC government in various branch offices, four of these years as caucus secretary for Langley MLA / Chief Government Whip. In October 2001 she took early retirement from civil service and, post 9-11, worked for a final 5½ years as a pre-board security screener at Victoria airport.
She has volunteered with a number of organizations, two of these being Victoria Hospice and Greater Victoria Victim Services and is currently a volunteer medical driver for Beacon Community Services.
In 1986 she developed tinnitus which prompted a hearing test confirming some hearing loss in both ears. With hearing loss prevalent on her mother’s side of the family, this came as no surprise. However, it took several more years to accept the inevitable and relent to wearing hearing aids (1997). As her hearing loss becomes more significant this creates endless frustrations and challenges and she is eager to become involved in bringing increased public awareness to all those who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Suzanne has 2 wonderful stepsons & daughters-in-law, 4 grown up grandkids and her sweet household Siamese companion, Lyra. She enjoys walking/hiking, travelling and all manner of interaction with people … including her membership in the Red Hat Society!