Born in Toronto, Ontario and raised in Mississauga, Barbara moved to Europe as a young adult to pursue her studies. She received a master’s degree in applied linguistics from the University of Mainz in Germany, then moved to France where she worked at the université Canadienne in France for a number of years. In addition to her translation work, she has taught intercultural communication, ESL for engineers, and FSL for technical aid workers at several European universities and technical colleges.
Eventually, her travels brought her back to Canada where she discovered the great Canadian north. Barbara has travelled extensively to the Arctic and continues to be rivetted by the beauty of the land, the kindness of its people, and the diversity of Inuit culture.
When she isn’t travelling, Barbara runs Tamarack Lodge between Toronto and Ottawa with her husband, Reiner. At Tamarack, immersing guests in nature is part of the package. Both Barbara and Reiner are avid photographers and offer small-group art retreats in addition to vacation rentals at the lodge.