Born: December, 1959

Place of birth: Abbotsford, BC

Residence: Chilliwack BC

Employment; Education Advisor, University of the Fraser Valley Abbotsford, BC


Choosing to Smile (2010) - co-author


Michelle Rickaby grew up with two older siblings, Bonnie and Jim. After marrying her high school boyfriend, they started a family with the birth of their first daughter, Melissa. Two years later Melissa was followed by their second daughter, Megan. In 1988, Michelle Rickaby was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Doctors removed
her spleen and she underwent 40 radiation treatments. After a long
recovery she returned to University to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree. She has worked at the University of the Fraser Valley for the past 16 years and is currently an education adviser for International students.

Besides travelling, she also enjoys gardening, dragon boating and writing. She has published two travel articles and, in 2009, her personal story, My Symbol of Hope, was published in the April issue of the Canadian Living magazine.

[BCBW 2010]