Personal Side Of Linda
- I spent my first year of life on the Chiquita Banana
Plantation in Costa Rica while my father dug for pre-columbian
- My first pet was a sloth named George. He accompanied us to
Niagara Falls,where I have made my home every since.
- I have four beautiful adult children and two teenage
grandchildren. Three of them are vegans. They didn't get that
- My grandpa was a beekeeper and insect photographer. I grew
up with a deep gratitude for nature. I still collect dead bugs.
- I grew up so close to the Falls that if the wind was blowing
just right, it would mist our grass.
- I still live by the water and love the old stories and
- I sign and act and play the piano. Lately most of my singing
takes place in the shower.
- Niagara is a magical place for me.
- I love road trips of all kinds and never shy from a new
- My grandpa used to say "There's always two ways to get to
the postoffice". The meaning is broad but I use it whenever I
get the chance.
- My dad always says "Be thankful in ALL things". I try my
- My mom always says "Failing to plan is planning to fail".
- I stretch my old bones to 70's rollerskating music at night.
- When I was young, I wanted to marry either the Professor
from Gilligan's Island or George Burns.
- I enjoy meeting new people.
- I enjoy eating just about anything and if I don't, I
disguise the flavour with lime. I have a thing for lime.
- I never tire of the beauty and diversity of Niagara...from
wineries to the roar of the Falls to cheesy haunted houses on
Clifton Hill....it has been a great adventure living here.
Professional Side Of Linda
- Certified Wedding Officiant
- Tour Guide/Escort for visitors from all over the world.
- Owner of Niagara Ghost Walks, where I love to combine
history with the lore.
- Published writer and editor
- Public speaker
- Professional actor (I prefer improv and musicals)
- Graduate and Faculty Award Recipient in Social Service
Worker Program (Niagara College) , studied philosophy (Brock
University), Business Education Certificate (Niagara College)
- Licensed tour guide. I guided my first tour 40 years ago. It
never gets old.
- Recipient of Trip Advisor Excellence Award for my evening
tour (Niagara Ghost Walks).
- Previously, I was an employment counsellor, running the
group workshops and working in individual counselling.
- Administrative social work and proposal writing as Director
of the Anti-Poverty Coalition.
- Tour guiding tends to be seasonal and in my off seasons, I
have had some interesting jobs. My daughter thinks I should
write a book about that.
- Some of my more memorable gigs have included:
- Singing telegraphs
- Being the CashMoney kangaroo mascot..driving business by
hopping about on the sidewalk of the busiest street in
Niagara Falls during a wind storm
- Posing as a live model for a college art classes. I was
Laura Secord and held a tea cup raised in my hand for hours.
Staying still was a challenge.
- Dressing in period costume and reciting Charles Dicken's
'A Christmas Carol' in a fake British accent for the annual
Christmas party at a British tea room/restaurant. I got to
judge the fascinator contest as well.
- Running a game in an escape room. This was just plain
fun but there's more to the job that meets the eye.
- Running haunted adult sleepover parties in creepy old
- Working at an international youth hostel
- Keeping the crowd entertained in the middle of the night
on boxing day, as they camped out waiting for Best Buy to
- A mock jurist
- Acted for Mystery on the Lake who created comedica
mystery walking tours. It was improv and I was cast as a
nonsensical old crazy lady that talked in rhymes and a batty
fortune teller that was terrible at her job. What fun!
- Census Enumerator
- Humour Columnist published in the Buffalo Evening News
- Gas station attendant
- Bingo runner
- Paper girl
Passionate Side Of Linda
- I am passionate about meeting people and enjoy the
opportunity to indulge that passion through my work
- I am passionate about all things Niagara and I love being a
- I am passionate about my interesting, creative and quirky
family. Individually and collectively, they bring so much to my
life. I am blessed.
- I love my oddball collection of acquaintances and special
- I never tire of laughter and I love to smile. Humour and
whimsy has helped me change the way I have felt through tough
times and made the good times ever better. Like Grandpa said,
"There are two ways to get to the post office"