Ada Glustein is a writer, educator and group facilitator. She served as a kindergarten and elementary school teacher for many years, later becoming a faculty associate and sessional instructor in the Faculty of Education at SFU. Ada received her Master of Arts in Education from SFU, her thesis and academic work focusing on themes of story, identity and belonging. In retirement, she has followed those interests by writing stories of her childhood, schooling and teaching life. She has published articles on compassion, building bridges of understanding, and on aging as spiritual opportunity. She won the 2013 prize for creative non-fiction in the Federation of BC Writers’ Literary Writes contest. Ada has taught classes in memoir, mentored groups of practising teachers, spoken as a pain patient to groups of healthcare professionals, and led support groups and self-management classes for people living with chronic pain. Her ongoing interests lie in her mindfulness meditation practice, in sharing the experiences of aging in a retirement group, in numerous knitting projects and in her beloved grandchildren.