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Elizabeth was born in Edmonton, Alberta and grew up in Williams Lake and Kamloops, B.C. She studied English, and Creative Writing at Cariboo College (now Thompson Rivers University), the University of Victoria, University of Calgary, the Banff Centre Wired Writing Studio and Booming Ground (UBC). Elizabeth has a Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and English from Western Washington University and a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Washington State University.  Elizabeth resides in Calgary where she also works as a Speech-Language Pathologist. She has edited the work of her late father, retired physician Sterling Haynes, also a published writer.

Inspired by a trip to Asia in her twenties, Elizabeth has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, Cuba, where she studied Cuban culture and Spanish, and South and Central America. She has worked as a volunteer Speech-Language Pathologist with CESO in Cebu City, Philippines and Yerevan, Armenia. 

Elizabeth is influenced by her paternal grandmother, the actress, teacher and co-founder of the Banff School of Fine Arts (Banff Centre), Elizabeth Sterling Haynes.

Read Elizabeth’s story about her grandmother by clicking here.

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