Joanne O’Leary is a post-secondary educator / administrator and was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada where she resides with her husband Glenn, son Matthew, and grand-daughter, Maya. She brings her passion for life , self-empowerment, personal leadership development and her love of nature to her writing. Her grandfather Lloyd Horwood introduced Joanne to all things nature and she now enjoys shorter hikes and longer treks on the East Coast Trail in order to feel closer to him and to get in touch with her true self. With over 30 years working and studying in higher education, Joanne experienced a repetitive strain injury resulting in nerve damage to arms. She now uses assistive technology to operate a computer and dictate the text for this book.