Mary was born in a little village called Micoud, one of the villages that make up the island of Saint Lucia. It reminds her of the little village of Nazareth from the bible, where a disciple, before he became a disciple of Jesus Christ said, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” (John 1:46) Well, because of the size, some may be asking the same question about Micoud. Yes, something good came out of Micoud. Mary visited Israel in February 2012, and found it to be hilly, mountainous and lush with palm trees just the way it is described in the bible.
For as long as Mary can remember, she’d always wanted to be a teacher. Yes, remember what your child says from a young age what he or she wants to be. Our job as parents is to gently guide them in that direction. It may well be that that is their gift or calling in life. At a very young age, Mary wanted to be a teacher. She modelled her teachers and played school, pretending to teach a class of children. They did not have paper and pen to write with in those days. They had what was called a slate to write on and chalk to write with. It did its job then. She ended up teaching right after finishing high school for real, not pretend. She left that teaching position to migrate to Canada, where she met and married her children’s father. They have two daughters, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.