Her childhood in Regina, Saskatchewan, rumbling inside her, Ellyn Peirson moved to Ontario at eighteen. Writing, photography and website design are her chief occupations. She perceives writing as the energetic combination of attention, eccentricity, music, perception and solitude. The laboratory is the imagination. The catalyst is the infusion of words, distilled from thoughts. The product is the story. For her, writing is physical and metaphysical. She has had a short story published in The Danforth Review, a poem published in Jones Av and another poem published on PiersAdams.com (The Red Priest).
Ellyn loves solitude and thrives in an environment of music, Venetian glass and windows to gardens and historic stone buildings. She happens to be Canadian with roots in England and France and a heart in Italy. Ellyn lives in Guelph, Ontario and at the family cottage on the northern shores of Lake Huron.
you can take the girl out of the prairies; but you can’t take the prairies out of the girl…
My whole childhood was spent in Regina, Saskatchewan, in the same house, about a block away from the intersection of the CNR and the CPR. I moved to “the east” to get away when I was eighteen, and my whole fam damily followed me… drove me to Hamilton Nursing School, went home, sold everything, and landed up virtually on my doorstep. So, I never saw inside my house again, and I never said good-bye to Regina or my friends. That and all that happened in my childhood, like all childhoods, shaped my life – massively.
The bleak prairies live deep within me.
My short stories, Joey and Veronica, come out of this prairie gal.
2002-now WRITING, with a lapse of 4 years because of illness in the family
1990-2009 PRIVATE PRACTICE—Counselling & Consulting with individuals committed to high level personal work
2001-2007 WEBSITE WEAVING: Web Design & Construction
WORKSHOPS & TEACHING; DIRECTOR of HUMAN RESOURCES: Hopewell Children’s Homes;
MEMBER of RESIDENTIAL PLACEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE – four county children’s institutional review;
CHAIR—Wellington Free-Standing Hospice Advisory Council;
BOARD MEMBER—A.I.D.S. Committee of Wellington County;
FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICES—Guelph/Wellington – Variously: Coordinator of After Hours Services & Ass’t. Dept. Manager, Resources Dept.; Acting Manager, Resources Dept.; Projects Officer/Foster Care Development Worker; Foster Care Support Worker;
AFTER-CARE for PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS;
PROTECTION WORKER, After Hours Services, F&CS;
STUDENT, University of Guelph, while raising four children
- Transactional Analysis/Object Relations Training & Practice;
- Wilfrid Laurier University/Interfaith Counselling Centre Training;
- University of Guelph—Teaching Assistant;
- A.I.D.S. Education—education, policy development, counselling;
- Family & Children’s Services Act: trained to train in the new Act;
- Personnel & Industrial Relations, U. of Guelph;
- Ministry of Community & Social Services Training;
- Workshops: addictions, grief, management, writing;
- Specialized Honours Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, University of Guelph: Dean’s Honours List; English Specialization; Sociology Minor; Family Therapy electives; Graduated with Distinction