Valerie was born and raised in Botwood, Newfoundland & Labrador. She worked for the Department of Forestry for almost twenty years. Even during that time, she did as much creatively as her circumstances allowed.
For example, Valerie spent a season with the Northcliff Drama Club in Grand Falls, Newfoundland & Labrador where she played the part of Catherine in the play ‘A Book of Murder’, performed at The Arts and Culture Centre.
Valerie and her husband Joe have lived in Fortune Harbour for the past twenty-two years - Joe’s home town.
Valerie has two sons. Jude lives in Calgary and Lloyd resides in Nova Scotia. She also has a step-daughter, Maria, living in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador.
In 2010 Flanker Press, published her first novel ‘Harbour of my Tomorrows’. The novel tells the story of John Gavin (the great grandfather of her husband, Joe) from the age of seventeen in Ireland, to eighty-five, the day he died in Newfoundland.
Through the years, Valerie has created several characters, writes her own stand-up routines for them, and performs at local events.
Valerie’s stage play, ‘A Friend’s Lament’ was performed at the 2013 public festival in her home town of Fortune Harbour, Newfoundland & Labrador and played to sold out audiences.