Born in Timmins, Ontario, Raymond D. Tremblay is a Franco-Ontarian and a registered citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario. Raymond received a master’s degree in social work from Carleton University in Ottawa in 1969. He worked in children’s aid and mental health settings for many years. In 2014, he retired from the Shepherds of Good Hope, an organization that offers a variety of services to the homeless in Ottawa.
Throughout his professional career, he has volunteered with different professional groups and charitable organizations. His articles on working with individuals suffering from mental illness and the need for professional accountability have been published in a variety of professional magazines and journals. Since 1993, Raymond has self-published collections of French and English poems on the homeless, staff, and volunteers who work with the disadvantaged, and on other topics of general interest. He has also self-published biographies of two of his older siblings. He is a current member of the Ottawa Independent Writers, “a venue where writers can share experiences and learn new aspects of their craft.”
In 2003, he co-authored a short work of fiction, The Call to Peggy’s Cove, and a novel on the homeless, Remember Who I Am, with J. René Barrette. In 2010, he published his second novel, Riding the Tides of Life, which focuses on the mental health breakdown of a young successful businesswoman, who becomes involved with the homeless to facilitate her recovery.
His children’s novel In Search of New Adventures, about a young Métis boy travelling in the Maritimes and discovering his heritage, is forthcoming from Hyperborea.