Bonnie Lendrum is the author of Autumn’s Grace, a story of how one family manages the experience of palliative care with hope, humour, and grit, despite sibling conflicts, generational pulls and career demands.
A graduate of the Atkinson School of Nursing, Toronto Western Hospital, and the University of Toronto Faculty of Nursing (BScN and MScN ), Lendrum’s early clinical experiences included surgical intensive care, community care, and long term care, although, the bulk of her career was spent in administration and research. She has presented papers at provincial, national, and international conferences (nursing and gerontology), been an invited speaker to nursing conferences, authored book chapters in Nursing Management in Canada (first and second editions) and co-authored many research papers.
Lendrum no longer practices as a Registered Nurse. Instead she applies everything she ever learned about health, communities, and organizations to her role as a volunteer. She has worked extensively with the Waterdown Montessori School, Hillfield Strathallan Parents’ Association, and a citizen action group – Friends of Rural Communities and the Environment (FORCE). In March 2013, FORCE successfully prevented a large industrial open pit mine from getting started in north Flamborough. If Lendrum were to carry a banner it would be printed with Margaret Mead’s observation,“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
In the early ’00’s when she experienced a cluster of illnesses with family and friends, Lendrum began to write. The outreach programs at The School for Writers – Humber College were instrumental in developing her confidence that the issues that worried her could be explored through fiction. That confidence wavers every time she sits in front of a keyboard.