Was born in Russia. Moved to Canada in 2003. Graduated from the U of Manitoba with a PhD (2013) and Master’s (2008) in Education, majoring in Teaching English as an Additional Language; and from a Russian University with a Master’s in Philosophy (1986). A Certified Translator (Russian > English) and a Certified Community Interpreter ( Russian English) for the ATIM, and an affiliate member of the ATIA, the ATIS, ATINS, and the STIBC. A freelancer full-time translator and a WRHA interpreter.