Beverley Brewer was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. Toronto was her home until she moved to her Muskoka cottage in 2021 with her husband Jack and their two black labs.
Bev graduated from the University of Toronto with the notion of becoming a teacher, a missionary or a social worker. Her introduction to life skills teaching methodology and group facilitation set the stage for her life’s work. At Seneca College, Bev’s life skills groups supported adult students in job readiness and academic upgrading. When Bev took a position in the social service worker diploma program at Seneca, she taught what she loved doing––group work and counselling. She enrolled in a Bachelor of Education in Adult Education at Brock University and later had the privilege of teaching in the program. With an appetite whet for deep learning, she entered into the department of Curriculum and Teacher Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and acquired a Master of Education. An introduction to narrative inquiry and personal experience research methods incited her in-depth study into how friendship shapes learning at the college level. In her doctoral thesis, Bev defended the significance of navigating relationship and community in the learning experience. After she attained her PhD Bev joined the Teacher Development team at Seneca. Bev retired in her thirty-sixth year of teaching and learning in the community college system. In retirement, Bev writes short-fiction, and completed her first psychological character-driven novel, No One Knew. Her second large project is Dance into the Light, a memoir. When she’s not writing, you can find her in a kayak and when the water freezes over, on snowshoes somewhere on the lake. She’s happy to have found like-minded friends who like to sing, hike and play pickle ball year-round.