I grew up in Saguenay, Canada, located in the heart of beautiful, French-speaking Quebec. For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt as though I didn’t belong there. I didn’t belong in Saguenay. I didn’t belong in Quebec. At some point or another, every individual feels as though they don’t fit in and long to move far away from home. But this feeling, for me, never went away.
I knew I could never reach my full potential in my hometown and my home province. During my childhood, I discovered the English language, and it gave me the key to unlocking the world. I decided to dedicate my life to speaking fluently and writing in Shakespeare’s tongue. Come what may, I thought, I would live my life in the English language. I would master the language, understand the culture, and contribute to the world. I’ve been on this journey since.
During my journey, I’ve come to understand that all we need is a goal — however small it might be. Mine was learning English, and it made my wildest dreams come true. I studied English literature and professional writing at Concordia University, worked as a writing assistant, and moved to the United Kingdom and the United States, where I was a Fulbright fellow. I travelled to 10 different countries and connected with people from a variety of backgrounds.
While my ambitions were initially self-interested, I realize the path I am on has a social significance. Since the 1990s, the world has expanded thanks to information technology and globalization. Simultaneously, the world has been shrinking because the challenges posed by technology and globalization push us to take narrow views and look inward. Politically, culturally, and intellectually, we are living in testing times.
The key to the problems of our times lies in writing and cultural understanding. More than ever, we need to write well and think well to understand each other. More than ever, we need to be open to different cultures and make a real, genuine effort to understand others. My work as an author and writing coach focuses on these themes. My goal is to help individuals, families, communities, and societies improve through writing and cultural understanding.
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