Born and raised in Winnipeg, Shelley Faintuch is the child of Holocaust survivors. She graduated with the gold medal in Honors French from the University of Winnipeg. She later went on to complete her Masters degree and undertake doctoral research at Laval University. Shelley wrote a monograph and published various academic articles about Language Didactics and Linguistics both English and French. She also coordinated and taught in both French and English. However, when she began to sense growing anti-Semitism, she moved to Toronto and then to Vancouver where her son, Zev, was born. Shortly thereafter, Shelley decided to return to Winnipeg to raise her son near her parents. She was the Director of Community Relations for the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg for over 20 years. Shelley speaks English, French, Hebrew and a smattering of Russian. She loves theatre, reading, music, cinema and dance.