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 resilient stories of the disempowered. 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). Both 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 is currently working on her next book which will tell the stories of strong and thriving women who grew up in the foster care system.
Anne has been a committed volunteer for 30 years. She began working with the refugee community in 2007 at IRCOM where she spent nine years assisting newcomers learning English. Anne was a founding board member of Humankind International who built a school in the Dadaab Refugee camp in Kenya in 2014. Anne co-founded and co-facilitates the Book Mates Bookclub at the Women's Correction Centre. She also sits on the For Every Family Initiative subcommittee of the United Way of Winnipeg and is involved with Unicef Canada's Unlimited, a women’s philanthropic group. Anne is the 14th chancellor of the University of Manitoba.