Author: Linda McIntosh
Linda McIntosh is a writer and artist who lives with her husband Don on the shores of beautiful Lake Agimak in the boreal forests of Northwestern Ontario, in the township of Ignace. The McIntoshes have two adult children.
During the 1980s and 1990s, Linda was a politician in Manitoba, Canada, first elected as a school trustee and then as a Member of the Legislative Assembly, where she served as Treasury Board minister, Education minister and minister responsible for the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation in Premier Gary Filmon's Progressive Conservative government.
Says the author, "I first met Steven when he came to see me during my tenure as a cabinet minister. Steven had been out of the hospital for a relatively short time, and he wanted the government to make some changes to its policies in order for him to realize greater independence. I liked him immediately. I liked the logic of his presentation and the way he articulated his case. I liked the way he had screwed up his courage and managed to get himself into the minister's office to make his pitch. He acted as if his life depended on it. And to a degree, it did.
"Eventually a deep and lasting friendship formed between us, a relationship that has always had as its hallmark a direct and honest dialogue." Linda has been Steven Fletcher's close friend and mentor for many years.