Merna Forster

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Merna Forster is an author, historian, naturalist and photographer. She has a particular interest in women's history, natural and cultural heritage, travel and the outdoors.

Merna grew up in the Alberta foothills, where she loved to ride horses on an uncle's farm with an impressive view of the Rocky Mountains. She earned a B.A. at the University of Alberta after studying both arts and sciences, and also took drama courses at the University of Victoria in B.C. A recipient of the Richard J. Schmeelk Canada Fellowship, Merna received an M.A. in history from Laval University in Quebec City.

A twenty-year veteran of Parks Canada, Merna worked with national parks and national historic sites across Canada in the areas of public education programs, outreach and visitor services. One of her favourite postings was in Haines Junction, Yukon - where she was the Chief of Visitor Services for Kluane National Park. Merna also enjoyed her many years as a Parks Canada naturalist in Jasper National Park, where she was a longtime board member and eventually president of the Jasper Yellowhead Historical Society.

Merna has worked in the field of Canadian Studies. While based in Ottawa she received the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal from the Governor General and served as vice-president of the Ottawa Independent Writers. In 2005 Merna was awarded The Lieutenant Governor's Celebration of the Arts Pin by Dr. Lynda Haverstock, Lieutenant Governor, Province of Saskatchewan. The author currently lives in Victoria with her two young sons and husband, a former underwater archaeologist for Parks Canada.

Source: http://www.heroines.ca/about/author.html

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Heroines.ca was developed by Canadian historian Merna Forster. She hopes that Heroines.ca will become a comprehensive site providing the best resources on the topic of women in Canadian history. She hopes to create greater interest among Canadians about the topic of women in Canadian history. She also hopes to encourage more reading of books and viewing of films and television programs about notable Canadian women