Born in Vancouver in 1939 to Miho and Shinichi Maeba, third child in a family of six children. My parents lost their first child in 1934/35. Internment to Slocan in 1944/45 and from there to Neyes in northwestern Ontario, on the shores of Lake Superior. Dispersed to Lahti’s sawmill camp nearby, and finally in 1947/48 to Geraldton, north of Neyes. I refer to Geraldton as my home town. I attended North Bay Teachers’ College.
Taught in Sault Ste. Marie, Geraldton, Keswick, Delta, Alert Bay, Sointula and Vancouver. Lived in England, North Vancouver, and Tsawwassen. Travelled throughout interior BC and the west coast of the States and BC coast by sailboat. Lived the longest time in Alert Bay and Vancouver while teaching and retired to the Sunshine Coast. We moved to Comox recently to be closer to children.
My eldest daughter Mieko, husband Dion and son live in Courtenay on 11 acres, developing an apple orchard for a future cidery. Her eldest of two children, Somaiah, lives in Victoria. My second daughter Kimiko lives in Montreal with her son Miro, completing an art course through Concordia. She is planning to return to the Island. My son John, works in Emergency Management, wife Sara vice principal in Richmond and son Kai just recently moved from the Strathcona area in east Vancouver to Ladner.