Myrtle Rae Forberg Siebert
Myrtle Rae Forberg Siebert's deep appreciation for books came during childhood when she lived where there was no school and certainly no library. The only option was to take her lessons by correspondence, guided by her mother as the teacher.
Myrtle's interest in writing books began when as a young teacher she served on a Ministry of Education Textbook Selection Committee and was asked to revise a long-used ministry text. In 1975 Management and Foods, became the first book to achieve a then much-coveted metric “M” designation at the time Canada was converting to the metric system. It can still be found on the shelves of some of BC high schools libraries.
Thanks to a ministry contact that first publishing success brought educational publisher, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, to her door. In 1994 Ms Siebert's Food for Life became a popular foods text for grade 9 and 10 level students.
After the death of both parents in 1995 Myrtle began searching for the original homes of all four of her grandparents. from Fjord to Floathouse, one family's journey from the farmlands of Norway to the coast of British Columbia is the result of one part of that family history research. It tells the story of Norwegian immigrants Andy Forberg and his wife, Gunhild, in Canada, and extends into the lives of their children and grandchildren.
Following her passion for books and love of writing Myrtle published Beyond the Floathouse, Gunhild's Granddaughter. It is her remarkable life story begun on the remote BC coast and continuing on to a one-room school, followed by high school in Campbell River. Always she had a connection to the sea.
Beyond the Floathouse, Gunhild's Granddaughter is the story of Myrtle's remarkable childhood, begun on a family floathouse in a remote BC coast location, continuing on land in a truck-logging camp to finish with high school graduation in Campbell River.
It's sequel, Beyond the Floathouse, Lifelong Learning with friends and family continues with accomplishments and events of her life after high school. It is the third volume of “The Floathouse” Series.
Myrtle lives with her husband near Sidney on Vancouver Island. From a matured garden in North Saanich she delights in frequent visits with, and pictures of, her three grandchildren.
Updated: August 19, 2016