- M. A. (Leadership and Training), Royal Roads University, British Columbia, Canada (1999)
- While living in Metro Vancouver (1999 - 2010) she was a College Instructor in the Business Department at Vancouver Community College and Kwantlen College. Later she became a Web Tutor at BC Open University (now a division of Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, British Columbia) in the Business Program. She served as Board Director at Gateway Theatre, Richmond, B.C. and at The Gulf of Georgia Cannery, National Historic Site, Steveston, B.C.
B.A. (Economics) York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (1981)
Commercial Teacher's Diploma, Pitman's College, London, England (1969)
1982 - 1998 Maria was a high school teacher with the Toronto Board of Education and the Toronto Catholic School Board. She engaged her students in Computer Science, Business and Math.
1970 - 1981 Apart from raising a family and updating her educational qualifications, Maria gained experience in the financial sector and post-secondary colleges.
Maria commenced blogging in 2009; she posts personal reviews of the books she reads that include a variety of fiction and non-fiction. She also describes travel adventures in this blog. It is her personal archive. Maria’s love for reading and blogging prompted her to engage in writing fiction. She learned the craft of writing fiction from Ryerson University, Toronto and the Gotham Writers, New York that culminated into her first novel Beneath the African Sun; a tribute to her father’s legacy in Kenya.
Maria Lynch (Joanes) was born in Nairobi, Kenya to migrant parents from Goa, India. She immigrated to Canada in 1970. She has lived in Hamilton, Ontario, Montréal, Québec, Toronto, Ontario and Metro Vancouver, British Columbia. Currently, she resides in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Maria indulges in walking, hiking, travelling, reading and writing. At other times, she volunteers as a Newsletter Editor for for the Rendezvous Club--a retired teachers' organization in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.