Linda has had an eclectic career in fashion, shopping centre marketing, public relations, marketing communications and government relations, serving as a member of the Ontario Legislature (MPP), followed by a ten-year term as a Member of the Social Benefits Tribunal for the Ministry of the Attorney General, Government of Ontario.
She is now retired and a grandmother to Ben, Owen, Lily and Noah and lives with her husband in Paris, Ontario.
From Pound to Palace is her second book. In 2017, Linda wrote, Gander the Goose Celebrates Canada, in honour of Canada’s 150th Birthday.
Lisa Erichsen Bower
Lisa has 25 years of experience in corporate and non-profit marketing, communications and event management. In 2013, she launched her own company, Plus One Meetings, Inc., which offers on-site child-care at conferences and develops innovative programs for elementary and middle school audiences. Lisa has had a passion for writing throughout her career. She has published numerous articles and was a contributing editor of a book on financial strategies for women over 50.
In 2016 she wrote her first children’s play which is presented in elementary schools across Michigan. She edited Linda LeBourdais-Near’s first book, Gander the Goose Celebrates Canada, and was excited to co-author From Pound to Palace. Lisa has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario and currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband, Matthew, and their four children, Ben, Owen, Lily and Noah as well as a cat, a rabbit and a guinea pig – all of them rescue pets.
Author Linda LeBourdais-Near
Linda has had an eclectic career in the fashion field, shopping centre marketing, public relations, marketing communications and government, serving as a member of the Ontario Legislature (MPP), followed by a ten year term as a Member of the Social Benefits Tribunal, for the Ministry of the Attorney General.
She is now retired, a grandmother to Ben, Owen, Lily and Noah and lives with her husband in Paris, Ontario, next to the Grand River, home to many hundreds of Canada geese. Gander the Goose is in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday and a personal legacy for her grandchildren.
This book is dedicated to my mother Lillian Day and my daughter Lisa Erichsen Bower who are the two women who have most impacted my life.
My husband Wayne Near who has encouraged me to go forward with my belief in this project and to friends and colleagues, Jerry Amernic, Dorte Deans, Patrick Pardoe, Susie Farkas, Roy Skuce, of Green Heron Books, and my daughter Lisa Bower who managed the first edits of the book.