Flynn was born in Limerick
Ireland. Her family emigrated to Canada when she was two years old,
settling in Oakville, Ontario. The family name O'Flynn (O'Floinn)
was changed to Flynn when the young family moved to Canada.
Mary believes that there is a bit of the leprechaun in her, which
explains her small stature, lively spirit and quick Irish wit. It is no
coincidence that she has kissed the Blarney Stone twice in her lifetime.
In fact, it explains quite a lot.
After graduating from the University of Guelph with a bachelor of arts
degree in English, Mary attended Lakeshore Teacher's College and
obtained her B.Ed. in 1972. She began a teaching career that spanned 28
Retiring from formal teaching duties in September 2000, Mary is quick to point out that she took an early retirement
from teaching, managing to get out with most of her sanity still intact
- a fact which her family and friends readily dispute.
Recently, she actually started receiving her DRP (Drastically Reduced
the course of her career, at Teacher Retirements or at end-of-the-year
gatherings honouring colleagues who were transferring or leaving, Mary
has always been "the entertainer".
She is the person to create
that "special tribute", writing the lyrics to a song or poem
and gathering a group of co-conspirators to present the material
in song or verse. A master of manipulating photos using computer
software, she has taken many a colleague's less than desirable
school photo and transformed it into a treasured keepsake on
display for all to see.
These festive "Teacher Roasts" became a tradition at her
school. It was a
colleague who pointed out the need for this type of service for any
staff requiring tribute material for a colleague.
Check out her Teacher Retirement Parties
Mary has been called a straight-shooter.
She claims that she has been making people laugh all her life and that
occasionally she is even funny. She has written more than 500 poems and
songs for various occasions. Principals, vice-principals, custodians,
teachers, superintendents, members of the clergy, nurses, business
professionals and just "regular" people in all walks of life, have
experienced the charm of her gentle humour presented through song and
verse. Helping people to laugh at themselves has always been her goal and
"nudging them" towards that end is what she attempts to accomplish with
her poems and song parodies.
Seven years ago Mary created her Personalized
Wedding Speeches website
www.personalized-weddingspeeches.com. She writes personalized,
custom-written speeches for weddings using information provided by the
customer. This uniquely personalized service has become very successful
over the past few years.
Mary's Character Kids
was created five years ago. Check out her four E-Books available for
Teachers, Mary's original Web Site, has been in existence for 13
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