Jane was awarded her PhD in English from the University of Alberta in 1997. Since then, she has become an award-winning writer, researcher, editor and book producer. She has worked with a range of clients to capture the varied history of British Columbia as it is expressed in relationships between people, place, and the regional economies that have shaped settlement patterns, agriculture, and development.
She also works with organizations and individuals to get their stories out in heartfelt and clear ways, to find the right words to document, to persuade, to heal — sometimes for strategic planning, sometimes for granting, and sometimes just for individual pleasure as a family legacy.
She is the book review editor for British Columbia History and writes a column called Rear View Mirror for BCBooklook.
During her studies, she was the recipient of the SSHRCC Graduate Fellowship, the Walter Johns Graduate Fellowship, the Alberta Heritage Award of Distinction, and the Henry Kriesel award for Canadian Literature.
As a consultant, Jane has had the good fortune to be the recipient of the British Columbia Heritage Federation’s Certificate of Honour for Historical Writing in 2000 as well as the BCHF’s Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing for 2006. In 2008 she received a Chilliwack Heritage Award from the Chilliwack Museum and Historical Society.
Jane is a regular speaker in the Fraser Valley, having conducted workshops or seminars over the last few years for such groups as the Township of Langley, School District 34, BC Farm Machinery and Agricultural Museum Association, the Langley Heritage Society, the Derby Reach Brae Island Parks Association, the Langley Centennial Museum, Metro Vancouver Parks, School District 35, the Maple Ridge Historical Society, the Friends of the Fort, the Fraser Valley Regional Library, Fort Langley National Historic Site, the University of the Fraser Valley’s Eldercollege, the Aldergrove Rotary Club, the Lower Mainland Sheep Producers Association, and the Alder Grove Heritage Society.
Since the publication of The Boy Who Paints in 2013, she has done book talks and workshops with Richard Cole to just over 1,000 children and teachers.