Retirement, for Kay, is the beginning of a new vocation in which she feels called to the Earth. Originally from the Alberta prairies, she breathes more easily when the horizon is in view. Living within steps of Lake Nipissing feeds her soul.
Kay’s earlier vocation was ministry where she specialized in experiential education. For many years she taught in a feminist theological school in Toronto, preparing [mostly] women for ministry in United and Anglican churches. Her feminism was heightened, and her innate love for the earth became a passion, especially when she discovered the connection of women to nature and the oppression of both women and nature by patriarchy. In 1970 Kay was living in downtown Toronto and riding her bicycle to work well before it had become accepted as a mode of travel. Her friends learned to dress warmly when they visited because she kept the house cool…yet her young son survived just fine and remains a joy in her life.
Along with her two sisters Kay played in a family trio all her growing years. Now, in retirement, she is returning to music---playing violin with the North Bay Symphony, in string quartets, and teaching beginner violinists.
Kay first encountered Transition Town through a United Church Observer article [January 2009]. Shortly after she saw a video of TT Totnes and was inspired by its vision . Kay believes that TT has the potential to turn the world around, towards life instead of death, through respect for the land, the water, the beings on this earth.