I am a third generation Latvian-Canadian and a genealogist specializing in Latvian genealogy. I love history, languages, travel and geography, and have found genealogy to be an excellent way of combining all of these interests into one.
My mission in life is to educate people about my little corner of the world – Latvia. I was not born in Latvia, but I do live here now, finally fulfilling a mission I’ve had since I was a child. I want to help everyone learn about Latvian history, and help other people with Latvian heritage connect to their roots.
- BA (High Honours) in Classics & Religion and European & Russian Studies, concentration in Central and Eastern European Studies. Carleton University (Ottawa, ON, Canada), 2007.
- Ontario College Advanced Diploma in Applied Museum Studies. Algonquin College (Ottawa, ON, Canada), 2012.
- Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies, German Records Concentration. National Institute of Genealogical Studies (Toronto, ON, Canada), ongoing, projected completion 2015.
- Fluent: Latvian, English
- Intermediate: German, Russian, French, Spanish
I also graduated from the TLB Saturday School (1998) and TLTA Friday Night High School (2002) programs for Latvian youth in Toronto, ON, Canada.
My internship for the Applied Museum Studies program was completed at the Latvians Abroad Museum and Research Centre in Rīga, Latvia, from January to April 2012. I participated in many aspects of museum work, but my primary focus was in Collections and Research. I have also been a board member of the museum since October 2012.