About the Author

Author Mary Smith arrived in Canada in 1968. She has always had the penchant for the arts, having always been interested in oil paintings, sculpturing, and writing short poems. She believes in constant learning and thus after completing her GED postsecondary skills, she continued to earn three more diplomas and many college course certificates and attended numerous self-improvement workshops.

She has been learning while working. Between 1998 and 2006, she was connected with Boeing/McDonnell Douglas CAW Adjustment Centre and Labour Action Centre, placing displaced workers and newcomers to Canada. And in 2006 to 2007, she was with Canadian Hearing Society as job developer for the deaf and hard of hearing people. She had also taken care of her mother from 1998 to 2018.

In 2007, however, she became critically ill and unable to go to work. But being always active, she needed to find something to keep her occupied. In 2019, though, while decluttering, she came across a fifteen-page story she wrote on a 5x7 notepad. And this became Maxi’s Travels.