In the heart of bustling, hustling Vancouver lies an oasis of calm and beauty called VanDusen Garden.July 2019 by Marie Milner
Marie Milner is celebrating a new life. She was born and raised in Saskatchewan, moved to the Vancouver area as a young adult, and then came to Cranbrook in 1995 with her husband John and their young son Tom. Always a lover of words and language, she worked for most of her adult life in secretarial and administrative positions in the medical field, using her English skills whenever she could. A heart attack and loss of her job in spring 2011 rocked her world, and for a time her horizons seemed very near.
Within three months, though, Milner found the opportunity to do some writing and photography for a local community newspaper, and after ten months with that paper, she came upon Koocanusa Publications’ ad for a “skilled writer.” With a sense of “What do I have to lose?” she applied for the position.
“I always thought of myself as a writer without a story to tell,” Milner said. Now, busy with the community paper, Koocanusa Publications and freelance requests, her work is an opportunity to tell all sorts of stories. And those horizons? Not even in the picture.