Lori Henry started Polynesian dancing when she was two years old, learning how to chant in Hawaiian, sing and dance the Maori kapa hakas, and shake her hips to Tahitian drums not long after she had learned to walk. Her performances include Expo ’86, South Pacific, welcoming Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, and the annual fundraiser, A Night in the Sun. Although she also played competitive ringette for many years, she chose to pursue dancing and went on to train in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop and contemporary styles. In addition to her dance education, she attended the full time acting program at Gastown Actors Studio in Vancouver – along with various other film acting courses – and spent many years working as an actor in film.
After travelling solo to Paris in 2002, Lori caught the travel bug and began a freelance writing career that would take her around the world as a travel writer. Her work has been published in Readers Digest, Air Canada’s enRoute, WestJet’s up! magazine, Western Living, British Columbia Magazine, Spa, FLARE, VIA destinations, Travelife, West, VIA magazine (an AAA publication), USAToday.com, Gateways (Carnival Cruise Lines), and bcliving, among many others. She has also contributed to Fodor’s Nova Scotia & Atlantic Canada, Explorer Publishing’s Vancouver Explorer and Sasquatch Books’ Best Places Northwest guidebooks. She is currently the Editor of Massage Matters, the quarterly publication for Registered Massage Therapists in British Columbia.
Books by Lori Henry span e-singles like Churchill: Navigating bugs, belugas and polar bears and Jordan: A Different Middle East to full length titles like Dancing Through History: In Search of the Stories that Define Canada. She has contributed to half a dozen other books.
Eating disorders and body image are also issues that are very important to Lori. She has fully recovered from bulimia and has spent many years doing advocacy and charity work for local organizations. She sat on the advisory committee of Jessie’s Hope Society (formerly ANAD), was a Director of the You Are Not Alone Eating Disorder Society, and was a Founding Director of Shelley’s Angels Society, which provided funding for those who couldn’t afford treatment. Her two books about her own struggle and recovery from bulimia are Silent Screams and Behind My Smile: How I Recovered from Bulimia. Lori was also the Founding Editor of Beauty: You Define It, a youth publication about defining beauty in your own terms (published before Dove started its Dove Campaign for Real Beauty).