Meet Heather E. MacKenzie
Heather MacKenzie was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and now resides in Greater Sudbury, Ontario. Her life has been about family, friends, community and volunteer work as well as following her spiritual path. She has been a social, political and union activist with a compassionate interest in women’s issues. She was part of a women’s lobby group who helped secure government funding for all Ontario Women Centres. Other community volunteer work were youth recreational sports, Olympics for both special and disabled athletes, nursing home seniors, church events and musical festivals.
Heather has organized spiritual pilgrimages to local First Nations sacred and holy sites as well as co-facilitated spiritual and metaphysical conferences and workshops. She has travelled to sacred sites such as Sedona, Egypt, Mt. Shasta, Banff, Mt. Cadillac, Stonehenge and First Nation Dreamer’s Rock. She travelled to southern France to join other pilgrims on an organized Thomas Merton in France pilgrimage hosted by the Thomas Merton Society of Canada. She is a member of the International Thomas Merton Society (ITMS), and has attended ITMS conferences.
Since Trappist monk Tom Merton contacted her, service work and the concept of community evolved to a new level of understanding and expression, as she revealed within her book. She has a B.A. in Religious Studies and a B.A. in Native Studies. She enjoys reading, writing, walking, movies and Bollywood, music festivals and drinking earl grey tea and being a grandma.