Anne is interested in people, their stories and making meaningful connections. She wrote her first book The Lucky Ones because of her interest in refugees’ personal stories. Anne is excited that this book has enabled her to create a philanthropic component to her volunteering. Her second book Redemption: Stories of Hope, Resilience and Life After Gangs is being published by Great Plains Publications and will launch October 2017. All author proceeds from this book will be donated to gang member rehabilitation and mentorship through GAIN (Gang Action Interagency Network).
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 is a founding board member of Humankind International a group of Somali- Canadians and their Canadian friends who built an early years school in the Dadaab Refugee camp in Kenya in 2014. Anne co-facilitaes the Book Mates Bookclub at the Women's Correction Centre that she and a librarian friend co-founded. Anne is also involved with Unicef Canada's 25th Team and The Family Resource Centre Initiative at The United Way of Winnipeg.
Anne is a proud Winnipegger, living there with her husband and their children.