Mary Ruth spent the first 26 years of her life in the heart of southern Ontario’s agricultural mecca of Essex and Kent counties. Known as one of the most competitive media markets in all of North America—the seed of writing and journalism had taken root. After a year exploring Europe, back on Canadian soil she landed in Victoria, BC. A few days later she informed her family she would be living in British Columbia for the rest of her life. Over 30 years later and counting: the first 18 in Victoria, the next eight in Comox Valley, then three in Campbell River and now Sayward, Mary Ruth embraces every opportunity to share stories of adventure, discovery, and experience.