From Flin Flon to France, the story of realizing a dream
In 2014 I left behind the beautiful Canadian Rockies and moved to Arras, France for my dream job as a student guide at the Canadian National Vimy and Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorials with Veterans Affairs Canada. The dream job turned out to be one of the most personally fulfilling jobs I have ever had in my long career in tourism, and I simply could not imagine returning to my former life in Canada. Hence Living Memory Tours was born in 2016, however extenuating circumstances have prevented me from operating beyond 2019 and I must return to Canada.
Growing up in Creighton, SK / Flin Flon, MB, I dreamed of living in France after my first visit to Paris as a young girl in 1982. The road to my dream was a long and winding one which began by heading west to Alberta after graduating high school in 1990. After a short career in hairstyling in Edmonton and a return to university in Camrose to study French and History, I found myself in Banff where I spent nearly two decades in hospitality and tourism. Another return to university studies in Business, Sales & Marketing at the age of 40 allowed me the opportunity to become a student guide with Veteran's Affairs Canada in France no less than four times. Not only was I able to apply my education and skills, I fell in love with the city of Arras and the history of the Great War. Surrounded by a very significant era of Canada's history I was able to keep alive the memory of the brave men and women who served in the one of the world's greatest conflicts. I hope to continue to share my inside information with visitors and help make your trip one that you will remember forever.
Living Memory Tours specialized in the history and battles of the Canadian Corps and the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, and has now become a resource for visitors planning a trip to the Western Front. I hope that this site will help you find an excellent battlefield guide and assist you in planning your trip. If you require more personalized assistance, please do not hesitate to use the contact form below to get in touch.
Doggie Brasco and I will return to Canada, however our rescue cat, Lady Lochnagar, who I found by the Lochnagar Crater on the Somme in 2016, will be rehomed in France. We will miss her very very much.