Born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada, in 1959, Gerianne B. Bullen (nee Hull, and formerly Van Vugt) moved to the province of Ontario, at age eleven. During her years there, she attended The Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, (formerly Sheridan College) in Oakville and received her Diploma in Human Services Administration. In 1986, she attended George Brown College, in Toronto, where she graduated with honours from its Human Services Management Program. Upon graduating from Sheridan, she was employed in this field by the Ontario March of Dimes; Disabled Persons Working Together; and Persons United for Self Help (PUSH Ontario).
In 1989, she moved to Pasadena, Newfoundland. There Gerianne revived her literary interest, when she took on the position of Editor of a monthly economic development newsletter, published by a local business development centre – formerly The Venture Centre.
Gerianne decided to embark into new territory in 1997, by independently publishing her first two books. Early that year “Is That Wheelchair Really Dead?… Gerianne’s Humorous (and Useful) Little Booklet on Creative Wheelchair Repairs” was released. This publication combined her literary talent with her firsthand knowledge of being a wheelchair user and brought you her personal experiences with what she refers to as “creative, non-conventional, wheelchair repairs.”
In October of that same year, Gerianne touched the hearts of many with her emotional book of original poetry and personal reflections, in “A Little Insight.” In Gerianne’s own words: “Writing ‘A Little Insight’ was like exposing the deepest recesses of my soul, for all the world to see. Doing so was as essential to me as breathing, yet at times when I stopped to think about just how much I was revealing about myself, I felt terrified!”
Upon her arrival to Halifax, in the fall of 1999, Gerianne was compelled to let her spiritual / Christian faith emerge. She began attending a local church. For Gerianne this church was a very warm and welcoming place. It wasn’t long before she was an active member of the church. She served on Parish Council for three years, took on the Editorship of the church’s newsletter for nearly two years, and was a contributing writer for The Diocesan Times – a provincial Anglican newspaper. During this time, Gerianne’s faith and commitment to God grew stronger, deeper & more steadfast.
Early in 2002, Gerianne felt a new calling on her heart and created the first incarnation of www.written-in-faith.net She became a student of Grace College of Christian Ministry Association, Halifax, in 2005, first taking its Christian History – Foundational Program, then on to its three year Biblical Studies Program. She has also taken shorter online courses with Elders Institute, St. Andrew’s Hall, University of British Columbia, and various “Minister’s Bible Studies, at Calvin Presbyterian Church, where she’s now an active and involved member. From October 2008 until December 2011, she was employed as Church Secretary at Calvin, until due to restructuring, the position was eliminated. In 2012 Gerianne accepted the invitation to become a contributing writer for “The Calvin Connection” – the church’s monthly newsletter. After attending her first international conference on Theology and Disability, with The Summer Institute on Theology and Disability, in July 2013, Gerianne now works with her church (and others) to strive to become more fully inclusive to all, with a little extra focus on persons with disabilities. With this emphasis in mind, she became a member of Calvin’s Missions & Outreach Team, in September 2013. Gerianne also continues her “Indie” efforts with her writing and her Written in Faith website.
Gerianne’s poetry has also been published in New York, Texas and Newfoundland and of course many of her articles have been printed in various publications.