Anne is an oral history writer interested in people, their stories and making meaningful connections. She was nominated for the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer in 2018.
Anne is especially interested in writing the hope filled stories of the disempowered. Her third book Overcome: Stories of Women who Grew Up in the Child Welfare System releases October 1, 2022. Her first book The Lucky Ones: African Refugees Stories of Extraordinary Courage (2013) was the winner of the Winnipeg Public Library’s On The Same Page Book Award. Her second book is Redemption: Stories of Hope, Resilience and Life After Gangs (2017). All are published by Great Plains Publications. Anne’s books have a philanthropic component, with all author proceeds being donated to a charity which supports the community each book represents. Anne enjoys interviewing her book participants just as much as she has enjoyed interviewing Michelle Obama and former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi.
Anne has been a committed volunteer for 35 years. She currently serves as the 14th chancellor of the University of Manitoba. She co-founded and co-facilitates the Book Mates Bookclub at the Women’s Correction Centre. Anne spent nine years volunteering at IRCOM assisting newcomers learning English and was a founding board member of Humankind International who built a school in the Dadaab Refugee camp in Kenya. Anne also sits on the For Every Family Initiative subcommittee through the United Way of Winnipeg and is a member of the International Women’s Forum and Unicef Canada’s Women UNlimited.
Anne has started working on her next book which will tell the stories of residential school survivors, in partnership with the National Indian Residential School Museum of Canada (and the community of Long Plains First Nation).