Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, raised in Walkerton, Ontario, Liana Brittain has always focused her energies on being creative, no matter what form it may have taken.
Liana's love for children has played a major role in shaping the course of her life. Prior to becoming an elementary school teacher, she did volunteer work with developmentally delayed children, taught Sunday school and swimming lessons, worked as a camp counsellor and, eventually, became a governess in Europe.
In Trogen, Switzerland, Liana worked at the Pestalozzi Children’s Village as a governess in the German household. While there, her duties included helping the underground movement aid refugee children during the Prague uprising in the fall of 1968. After some time in the United Nations primary school, in Geneva, and a visit to England, she returned home to complete her education and begin teaching in London, Ontario.
Over the years, she continued her studies, taking courses at the University of McGill and Ottawa University. While raising her own children, Liana continued to work in the field of education, ultimately ending a 32 year career as a teacher in the Ottawa Valley, in the town of Almonte.
As a teacher, she worked on numerous education committees developing innovative new programs, curriculum materials, assessment devices and report cards. She also delivered a variety of professional development seminars, workshops and information sessions for parents. In addition, Liana was granted a Board funded, one year Sabbatical to study early literacy acquisition. Her investigations led her to a prolonged examination of literacy in the New Zealand education system. Upon returning, Liana was invited to guest lecture in education courses at Ottawa University and Queens University, in Kingston, while she continued to teach.
After field testing a family history enrichment program for young children, she was encouraged to further enhance and develop a genealogy program for children. The originators of the program, the Education Committee at OGS, Kingston Branch, released their copyright and, in collaboration with Corel Corporation, “Genealogy for Children” was published. Liana introduced this field professionally and in the genealogical community through workshops and lectures.
In the fall 1997, Liana developed Fibromyalgia. This rheumatoid condition forced her to re-adjust the focus of her life. As she learned to cope with her restricted mobility, Liana discovered new challenges. Once again, she turned to her love of writing, fine art and photography. Her current projects include a new genealogy program for younger children called, “The Magic of Family History” and an exploration into the world of digital art. She continues to give a variety of lectures and workshops in genealogy, writing and the arts. Liana also exhibits her art and photography in a variety of locales.
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