Born in Galway, Ireland |
While living in London, England Jennifer received the unexpected opportunity to move to Toronto. Although initially apprehensive about leaving the city she adored and being close to her family in Ireland, the ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained’ spirit spurred her westward. Jennifer currently works as a writer and Communications Officer at the University of Toronto. She enjoys Ontario’s seasons, the walk-ability of Toronto as well as its markets and many restaurants.
Toronto as Home
Jennifer wanted to be photographed in the ravine behind Sir Winston Churchill Park. Hiking and the exploring the natural world were a fundamental part of Jennifer’s upbringing and being surrounded by nature continues to be part of her daily routine, both in the city at the local ravine in Cedarvale Park and in more faraway places such as Bronte Creek, Hilton Falls and Crawford Lake. Her dog Bo accompanies her on all of these ventures, regardless of distance.
Connection with the Past
Jennifer’s grandmother Mary was a strong and central figure in her childhood and she likes to be reminded of her every day. A securely anchored memorial card on the door of her kitchen fridge facilitates this. Her grandparents owned the general store in a tiny village in the west of Ireland and Sundays spent in their big country house make up some of her most evocative memories: the sight of a religious statue in the middle of a wood adorned with rosary beads and candles on an afternoon stroll; the traditional cooking, damp hair and bodies after long walks in the woods; the smell of turf fires accompanied by endless cups of tea and playing cards late into the night on Christmas day after another viewing of Jaws.