Linda was born in the city of Toronto and grew up in Mississauga. After high school graduation from Clarkson Secondary School, Linda chose to attend Lakehead University because of its renowned Physical and Health Education Program. She also went on to complete a Master of Science Degree in Coaching and a Bachelor of Education Degree.
Linda was a member of the Lakehead University Women’s Volleyball Team from 1982-1985 after being instrumental in having this varsity program re-instated into GPAC (Great Plains Athletic Conference) after a five year absence. She also went on to be an Assistant Coach for this program under the Head Coach Keith Roy, after graduation.
After spending seven years as a student in post-secondary education at Lakehead University, Linda began her career in teaching, coaching and sports administration. Linda has worked in seven different post-secondary schools in three different provinces, for over the past 30 years. She is currently living in Olds, Alberta where she is the Olds College Broncos Athletic Director, referring to herself as the “Proud Mama Bronco”.
Linda was a high level Men’s Volleyball Coach for more than 20 years, coaching both indoor and beach volleyball teams with Grande Prairie Regional College, University of Victoria, Camosun College, Team Alberta, Team BC, and she had the opportunity to coach in two cycles of Canada Games. She was also the National Coaching Institute Mentor for Volleyball Canada at the University of Victoria, where she mentored coaches from Botswana, St. Lucia, Zimbabwe and Canada.
When Lakehead University held their 50th Anniversary, Linda decided to attend the Homecoming Event to re-connect with a place she called home for seven years. It was such a wonderful experience for her to visit a campus and a city that had helped to form her life and to reconnect with many Lakehead Alumni. It was also an opportunity for her to reconnect with her women’s volleyball team who now plan annual summer trips to get together.
Following Lakehead’s 50th Anniversary, Linda continued to attend Homecoming and the Athletics Wall of Fame celebrations. It was during one of these events, that she was asked by past president Lou Pero if she would be interested in being a part of the Lakehead University Alumni Association. Linda’s response was, “I am thrilled to be asked to be a part of such an amazing organization. As a three time graduate from Lakehead University, and as a former student-athlete, I am so excited to give back to a school that shaped my life.”