From Chicken Soup for the Canadian Soul


Jann Arden was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and has become one of Canada’s most precious resources. Admired worldwide for her singing and songwriting, Jann is equally respected for her comedic and motivational speaking talents. With five hit CDs, a collection of awards and years of charity work—see for yourself.,

Sally Armstrong is a journalist and human-rights activist. Editor-in-chief of Homemaker’s Magazine from 1988 to 1999, she is presently editor-at-large for Chatelaine Magazine as well as a contributing editor at Maclean’s. She has been honoured by the National Magazine Awards Foundation for her writing, the YWCA’s Women of Distinction Award for communications, and in 1998 was made a member of the Order of Canada. In May 2002, Penguin books released her long-awaited book entitled Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of Women of Afghanistan.

Jennifer Bailey was enrolled in a writing course when she was encouraged by her tutor to submit her story to Chicken Soup for the Soul. She enjoys reading as well as writing children’s stories and skits that are based on Biblical truths.

Paul Banks has been a journalist since 1995. Now living in Gander, Newfoundland, he is currently the manager/editor of Gander’s Beacon newspaper. A former editor of the Flamborough Review in Southern Ontario, he can be reached at [email protected].

Karin Bjerke-Lisle and husband Doug live on the West Coast of Canada. Along with their four children, Forrest, Brontë, Paige and newborn Hunter, they take great delight in the ocean and the mountains. Forrest made a full recovery and is a truly wonderful big brother. The family hopes to welcome a new Great Dane into their lives soon.

Maree Benoit received her early childhood education diploma from Cariboo College in 1978. Maree taught preschool in Williams Lake for many years until her retirement. She and her husband, Leo, travelled all over the world before settling in McLeese Lake. Her main interest is providing good child care for all children. She can be reached at 250-297-6309.

Kurt Browning earned four World Figure Skating Championships and four Canadian Championships as an amateur skater. One of the best entertainers the sport has ever seen, when he turned professional in 1994 he won three consecutive World Professional and Canadian Professional Championships. Kurt has also released his own home video, “JUMP” and starred in three television specials. “You Must Remember This” won five Gemini Awards.

Linda Chamberlayne works as a special educator in Kelowna, British Columbia. She has also worked for Canadian publisher Wood Lake Books, writing church school curriculum and music for primary-aged children. Her book of songs and activities for church school, Joyful Noise, is available upon request at [email protected].

Katherine Cornell earned a B.A. in history from the University of Guelph and a M.A. in dance from York University. She cowrote one book and contributes to several magazines and anthologies. Katherine also teaches in the Learning Through the Arts Program. Please reach her at [email protected].

Faye Dance received her B.A. in applied arts from Ryerson University in Toronto in 1969. She has hosted many television shows and acted in commercials and movies. She and her husband, John Radford, have two sons, Jason, 20, and Mitchell, 14. She loves to read, work out, Rollerblade and spend time at the family cottage. Contact her through Sherrida Personal Management at 416-928-2323, or at [email protected].

Nancy Lee Doige lives in Aurora, Ontario, where she developed a national education program on transplantation and organ donation for grade five through eight students. The Classroom Connections “Gift of Life” Education Program is currently in 7,500 schools across Canada. Nancy draws on her education in family studies at Ryerson University, her work with children in elementary schools and her deeply moving experience when her son Ryan died. Visit her at or

Alex Domokos was born in 1921 in Szabadka, which was then in Hungary. He and his wife immigrated to Canada after the Hungarian Revolution. In the 1990s he returned to Hungary where five of his manuscripts were published. More recently, in Canada, two of his manuscripts were published by Crossroad Publisher as e-books. He now lives a modest and content life as a free man.

Peter Elliott is a Renaissance man with a strong passion for Canadian history and wilderness canoeing. He freelances as a video editor and cameraman in Toronto, but produces his own documentaries for television. Peter has worked as a living history animator, voyageur canoe guide and canoe ranger. He never stops. Contact him at [email protected].

Manuel Erickson received his B.A. from the University of Waterloo in 1974. Now retired, he owns a 1956 Cessna 172, writes, plays piano and surfs the Internet. His greatest love is for his life partner, Martha, to whom he has been married for over twenty years. Please contact him at [email protected].

Sharon Espeseth lives in Barrhead, Alberta, with her husband, Hank, and is the proud mother of three young adults—Michael, Christie and Jenny. After numerous years teaching and later developing courses for distance education, she is retiring. Sharon plans to enjoy her family, travel with her husband and further her career as a freelance writer. She may be reached at 4504 56th Avenue, Barrhead, Alberta T7N 1K2.

Trent Evans lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta, with his wife, Laurel, and their sons Justin and Jarret. He supervises the ice-making team at Northlands Park’s Skyreach Center. With all the continued attention around the loonie, Trent is currently working on an exciting new project. Stay tuned! You can reach Trent at [email protected]

Vince Fantauzzi was born in the small town of Sora, near Rome, Italy. At age fifteen he moved to Toronto, Ontario. Vince works as a letter carrier for Canada Post. In his free time he enjoys painting, reading, and writing short stories, and he is currently working on a full-length novel. He can be contacted at [email protected].

Penny Fedorczenko lives in Oshawa, Ontario. She has a B.A. in sociology and presently teaches public school. She is also the mother of two adult children. Penny enjoys travelling, writing, theatre, music and sports. She can be reached at [email protected].

Gregory Fouts is professor of psychology at the University of Calgary. His areas of expertise include how we become “attuned” with others and how we develop resilient personalities when faced with life’s challenges. Dr. Fouts is the recipient of awards for exceptional teaching and community service. He can be reached at [email protected].

Pat Fowler is a “people person.” Her pleasant, outgoing and assuring presence entices people of all ages to open up to her and share their experiences in life, both happy and sad. Check out her web site at, or contact her at [email protected] or at 780-464-7595.

Linda Gabris is a writer whose inspirational stories, articles and poetry have appeared in publications across North America and in England. She has been running creative and business writing workshops for over sixteen years and has a home-based writing consultant business. She can be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

Chief Dan George (1899–1981) was one of the most prominent First Nation Canadians. He dedicated his life to fostering awareness, understanding and friendship between the First Nations and white Canadian settlers. To all Vancouverites, Chief Dan George was known particularly for his moving and dramatically delivered soliloquies. Logger, musician, star of stage, screen and television, philosopher and advocate of the Indian cause—a very special kind of man! His book, My Spirit Soars, was published by Hancock House Publishing (1431 Harrison Avenue, Blaine, WA 98230-5005).

Lorrie Goldstein is the editor of The Toronto Sun. Veronika’s mother Julie Hanning, who delivered the toast at Leah and Veronika’s bat mitzvah, works as a professional model in Toronto.

Bill Gorman. Growing up in a small community on the edge of the Don Valley in Toronto, Bill Gorman and his friends spent many exciting days exploring the valley and looking for adventure. He now teaches elementary school in Toronto and shares his stories with his students.

Senator Jerry S. Grafstein, B.A., J.D., graduated from the University of Toronto Law School in 1958. Called to the Bar in 1960, he was made Queen’s Counsel in 1972. In 1984, Prime Minister Trudeau appointed him to the Senate. As Senator from Metro Toronto, he continued to act as counsel to Minden, Gross, Grafstein & Greenstein in Toronto. Currently he co-chairs the Canada/U.S. Inter-Parliamentary Group, composed of Canadian Parliamentarians and Members of the U.S. Congress. You can reach him at [email protected]

Rick Hansen, C.C., O.B.C., lives with wife, Amanda, and three daughters in Vancouver, BC. He’s president and CEO of the Rick Hansen Institute and Foundation, which has generated more than $137 million for spinal cord injury programs, and works to accelerate the discovery of a cure for spinal cord injury. In demand as a speaker, he has coauthored two books, and chairs the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society and the Pacific Salmon Endowment Fund Society. For more info, or to make a donation, please contact him at 604-822-4433 or via e-mail at

Jayne Harvey works as a mother, wife and registered nurse. Her passion for caring for seniors and writing about those experiences has launched a career as a motivational speaker for care providers, volunteers and chaplain groups. She plans to continue her writing and speaking endeavours. Please reach her at [email protected] or at 157 Cedar Street, Keswick, Ontario, L4P 2J4, or by telephone at 905-476-1590.

Carl Hiebert wears several hats as an author, aviator, photographer and motivational speaker. He has published four bestselling photography books and specializes in low-level aerial photographs with his ultralight aircraft. His current work includes photographing for charities in Africa. He can be reached at [email protected].

Ruth Hilton-Hatfield was legally blind. She was an avid writer, typing by “feel,” and published a book of short stories at age eighty-eight. She was born in Carleton, Nova Scotia, and graduated in 1928 from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. She died in 1998 at the age of ninety.

Allan Hirsh, M.A., is a psychotherapist, trainer and cartoonist. He uses gentle humour with his clients and in his stress management seminars. His latest book is Relax for the Fun of It: A Cartoon & Audio Guide to Releasing Stress, published by 2002 Caramal Publishing. Contact him by e-mail at [email protected], or at 705-476-2219, or at 348 Fraser, North Bay, Ontario P1B 3W7. His official Web site is

Michael Hogan wanted to travel the world but, because of his excessive weight, was having trouble walking three blocks. If you’d like to know how he learned to manage obstructive sleep apnea, lose eighty-five pounds and have some fun getting fit, contact him at or at [email protected].

Susan Hreljac received her B.S.S. with honours from the University of Ottawa in 1982. Susan and Mark Hreljac run the Ryan’s Well Foundation with the help of a small board and other dedicated volunteers. Visit the Ryan’s Well Foundation web site at E-mail Susan at [email protected].

Wanda James has been both a class “A” automobile technician and a graphic designer. After becoming disabled with rheumatoid arthritis, she turned to writing as a source of interest and comfort. Her book, Getting Up Is Hard to Do: Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis, is available from Little Bear Publishing, P.O. Box 45, Morewood, Ontario, K0A 2R0 or from [email protected].

Jo-Ann Hartford Jaques, teacher and writer, has a specialist degree in English literature from the University of Toronto, and a B.E. in special education. A board-of-directors member of the Down Syndrome Association of Toronto, she is a regular contributor to its international newsletter and founded Camp Talkalot, a speech and language program for children with Down syndrome. Contact her at [email protected].

Peter Jordan is host of the hardest working show on television, “It’s a Living.” Every week on CBC TV, he tries people’s jobs for a day. Today he’s trying to be a writer. He also contributes humorous stories for CBC’s Olympic coverage on “Peter Jordan’s Olympic Living.”

Kahlee Keane, Root Woman, is an educator and eco-herbalist. Her books, courses and medicine walks stress the sustainable use of medicinal plants and teach others to make and use the medicines that are their birthright. The founder of Save Our Species, she has a memoir in progress to be published in 2004. She can be reached at, or [email protected] or at Box #27, 2001–8th Street, East, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7H OT8.

Craig Kielburger is the author of Free the Children (McClelland & Stewart) and coauthor of Take Action: A Guide to Active Citizenship for Youth (Gage Educational Publishing). For more information on how you can get involved in FTC’s school building campaign or volunteer overseas, please visit: and Or, contact by mail: 50 High Oak Trail, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4E 3L9.

W. P. Kinsella has published over thirty books and novels. Shoeless Joe (the most honoured novel in Canadian history) was turned into the Academy-Award-nominated movie Field of Dreams. He has been distinguished alumni lecturer at the University of Iowa. He is a winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for his book The Fencepost Chronicles. Kinsella has three grown daughters and four grandsons. He lives in Chilliwack, British Columbia, in an 1891 Victorian Gothic home, which he and his wife, graphic artist Barbara Turner, are refurbishing. Contact him at [email protected].

Ernest Kowalchuk was born in Rivers, Manitoba, in 1945, moved to Toronto in 1950, and taught there from 1966 to 1970. He attended the University of Western Ontario, graduating with a degree in geology. He moved to London in 1970, teaching there until retirement in 1998. Outside interests lie in antiques, gardening, fishing, hunting and family.

Gary Lautens (1928–1992) The Toronto Star newspaper columns of Gary Lautens, Canada’s well-loved humorist and columnist, were syndicated throughout Canada, and briefly in the United States, during his thirty-year career at the Star. His columns have been compiled into several books, mostly on family themes. More information can be found at the Web site of his son, Stephen Lautens—

Mark Leiren-Young is a playwright, screenwriter, journalist, performer and Canucks fan. His plays, Shylock and Articles of Faith, are published by Anvil Press, and he created two CDs with his comedy troupe, Local Anxiety— Greenpieces and Forgive Us, We’re Canadian. Contact him through or [email protected].

Jeanette Lynes is a teacher, poet and novelist living in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She is also an associate editor at The Antigonish Review, a journal of creative writing. She can be reached c/o or by e-mail at [email protected].

Natalie MacMaster was born and raised in Cape Breton and started fiddling at age nine. She possesses a teaching degree, but has opted to pursue her music career, taking it to the international stage. Her accolades include a Grammy nomination, several East Coast Music Awards, Juno Awards and a Gemini Award. Catch the latest news on Natalie along with tour dates and locations at

Steve Magee received his B.S., with Honours, and is vice principal of Erin District High School in Erin, Ontario. Steve anticipates “touching the face of nature” while canoeing and hiking over North America. Founder of the Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre, you can contact him at [email protected]

Ted Mahovlich is a schoolteacher and author. His last book, The Big M: The Frank Mahovlich Story, was a number-one national bestseller in Canada. Ted is currently writing the biography of hockey great Marcel Dionne. A music enthusiast, Ted loves spending time in New Orleans.

Brenda Mallory is a legally blind artist, author, motivational speaker, journalist and comic. She taught grade one for many years in British Columbia. She lives on a five-acre bird sanctuary where she pursues her many careers. Please reach her at 250-846-5095, or at Box 550, Telkwa, British Columbia V0J 2X0.

George Mapson received his grade nine education. He would have continued school, but to help his mother meet expenses he went to a logging camp to work when he was fourteen years old. He has been happily married for fifty-three years and has been blessed with six children and eleven grandchildren. His hobbies are fishing, hunting and bird-carving.

Paul Martini skated with partner Barbara Underhill for twenty-one years. Before retiring in 1998, they were five-time Canadian Pair Champions, 1984 World Pair Champions, two-time Olympians, and won seven professional titles. In 1988 they were inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. Paul has provided colour commentary for skating events on CBC TV since 1991, including three Olympic Games. He and wife Elizabeth have two children, Robert and Kate. Contact Paul at [email protected].

Shelly McEwan lives in Sarnia, Ontario, with her husband Gord and their sons Joshua, Adam and Noah. She is an Early Childhood Educator at Lambton College. “Letters of Hope” was written for Gord’s grandparents, William and Martha Lindsay, who are now together in heaven, never again to be parted.

Darlene Montgomery is an internationally respected authority on dreams, spiritual perspectives and ideas. Author, speaker and clergywoman, she speaks to groups and organizations on uplifting subjects. Her book, Dream Yourself Awake, chronicles her personal journey to discover her own divine mission. To learn more about Darlene Montgomery’s keynotes and seminars visit, call 416-696-1684, or e-mail her at [email protected].

Marc André Morel is one of Canada’s most sought-after speakers on business and personal success. He delivers powerful keynotes to Fortune 500 corporations, associations and organizations around the world. Past president of the Montreal Chapter of the Canadian Association for Professional Speakers, he is also the founder of the Morel Centre of Leadership for Youth and of the Winners Circle of Montreal. He has been interviewed and featured in Canadian business journals.

Mary Lee Moynan is an optimist, a Christian, a passionate wife, and a compassionate mother and grandmother. Her inspirational book, Get off Your Knees, is available through her publisher at, or by calling PublishAmerica, Inc. directly at 1-877-333-7422 or [email protected].

Elisabeth Munsterhjelm earned her H.B.A. and M.A. from the University of Western Ontario, which included a year at the University of Madrid, Spain. During her teaching career, Elisabeth took a year’s leave to travel extensively around Latin America. She currently owns two import boutiques and can be reached at [email protected].

Vern Murphy served almost twenty years in the Royal Canadian Navy and eighteen years as director of public relations with Veterans Affairs Canada in Ottawa, Ontario. As a writer he has produced various recollections of his experiences. He and his wife Pat reside in Charlotetown, Prince Edward Island, and can be reached at [email protected].

Diane C. Nicholson is a freelance writter and award-winning photographer living in British Columbia. She and her family own Twin Heart Photo Productions and sell photo art prints and Limited Edition Prints, specializing in horses and companion animals through their Web site at She can be contacted at 250-546-2560 or at [email protected].

Tim O’Driscoll is a Burlington, Ontario lawyer. His general practise focuses on wills, estates and real estate. Tim is Karen’s happy husband and Liam’s proud father. For legal services, please contact Tim at 905-634-5581. For speech-writing (weddings, eulogies, etc.) or other writing assignments, please reach Tim at [email protected]

Susan Owen is a Kingston, Ontario writer. Her main focus is short story and memoir writing, but truth be told, procrastination is her specialty.

Bob Proctor is the bestselling author of You Were Born Rich. Author, business consultant, Fortune 500 trainer—these are just some of the many hats Bob Proctor wears. His phenomenal track record for helping individuals improve their results has won him global acclaim. Bob lives in Toronto with his wife, Linda, and their two dogs. Reach him at

Alan Ralston is a farmer, plays the trumpet, runs a business, and he and wife, Shirley have three very active children. Alan and Shirley were with Carl Hiebert at his accident, and Carl lived with them afterwards. On the day they smuggled Carl out of the hospital, tied him into the ultralight and launched him—leaving his wheelchair behind—Alan was happy to comply with Carl’s request to capture it on film.

Chris Robertson is a past president of CAPS, founder of the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame and has been voted Best Canadian Keynote Speaker. Chris is the author of the bestselling book, To The Top Canada and Exceeding Expectations: The Strategy of Personal & Organizational Excellence. Chris can be contacted at 905-387-0721 or at

Ruth Robins-Jeffery, a former lounge pianist and credit manager in Southern Ontario, now operates Landfall, a small bed and breakfast on the south shore of Prince Edward Island. Her e-mail address is [email protected].

Ariel Rogers has been involved in the entertainment industry since early childhood. A member of The Players Guild of Hamilton, she has won numerous dramatic and musical awards over the years. She manages Fogarty’s Cove Music, the company founded by her late husband. Reach her at

Leslie Scrivener is faith and ethics reporter at The Toronto Star newspaper. She covered Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope for the Star and later was asked by Terry to write the story of his run, Terry Fox: His Story, published by McClelland & Stewart.

John Seagrave lives in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, which is in the Arctic. He was one of the last generation of Canadian fur traders and witnessed the closing of an era of our history. He is presently writing a book chronicling his humorous adventures living amongst the Aboriginal people of Canada’s far north. John can be contacted at 5009-57 Street, Yellowknife, NWT, Canada, X1A 1Y4, or by e-mail at [email protected].

Doug Setter is completing a B.S. in nutrition at the University of Manitoba. A former soldier and welterweight kickboxing champion, Doug teaches fitness, kickboxing and self-defense. He is the author of Stomach Flattening and Women’s Kickboxing. Doug can be reached at: [email protected].

Carol Sharpe is the mother of five children and a grandmother of nine. She has recently received her diploma in creative writing. A very busy lady who enjoys sports, she also plays competitive billiards.

Stella Shepard lives on an organic farm in Morell, Prince Edward Island (PEI), with her husband Reg Phelan and son, Joshua. In 2000, Stella graduated from Holland College in PEI with a degree in journalism. She enjoys writing and caring for her gardens and many pets. She and Reg love working the land together growing cole crops for market. She dedicates “The Red Sweater” to her mom, Florence Fougere Shepard, who died December 5, 1997. Contact Stella at [email protected].

Neil Simpson became fascinated with Canadian history when he discovered that Canada actually had one. Born and raised in Brighton, Ontario, Neil moved to Peterborough in 1971 to attend Trent University, and he has since made it his home. Contact Neil at [email protected].

Mary Turner received her B.A. in English from the University of Manitoba. She is the mother of two grown sons and lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Mary has written for the Winnipeg Free Press and the Victoria Times Colonist. She also enjoys writing inspirational fiction and poetry.

Barbara Underhill skated with partner Paul Martini for twenty-one years. Before retiring in 1998, they were five-time Canadian Pair Champions, 1984 World Pair Champions, two-time Olympians, won seven Professional World titles, and in 1988 were inducted into Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. Barbara has done colour commentary for skating events with various TV networks since 1992, including three Olympic Games. She and husband, Rick Gaetz, have three children, Samantha, Matthew and Scott. After the sudden death of their daughter in 1993, Barbara and Rick founded The Stephanie Gaetz Keepsafe Foundation. Now in demand as a motivational speaker, Barbara shares her story with audiences everywhere. Contact her at

Penny and Vicky Vilagos specialize in inspiring team excellence and are members of the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame. As motivational speakers they translate “What it takes to succeed in sports” to “What it takes to succeed in business.” To arrange a speaking engagement to inspire your team, in English or French, call 1-866-426-5122, or e-mail them at [email protected]. Web site:

Pamela Wallin is a respected broadcaster and journalist. She currently hosts and produces Pamela Wallin’s Talk TV for the CTV Group through Pamela Wallin Productions, Inc. Her latest book, Speaking of Success: Collected Wisdom, Insights and Reflections, shares the perspectives of many of the celebrated people she has interviewed. In 1998, she published her bestselling memoir, Since You Asked, and in 2000, she hosted the Canadian edition of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire. She serves on many volunteer boards, supports many charities, holds four honourary degrees, and has been recognized both by Queen Elizabeth as an Outstanding Canadian Achiever and by the UN for outstanding contributions toward the advancement of women.

Gary Walsh lives in Toronto and owns Walsh & Walsh Court & Tribunal Agents, a paralegal and investigations firm specializing in inquest law and criminal injuries compensation applications. He is working on his first book, Proud to Have Served, detailing his experiences as a Toronto ambulance officer. His story, “Into The Night,” is dedicated to legendary paramedic Anton Tyukodi, who was killed in 2001 while serving others.

Wayne Watson is a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, working out of Ottawa, Ontario. He enjoys reading, writing, playing guitar and skiing. Wayne writes police management articles as well as short stories on family related subjects. He can be reached at [email protected].

Crystal Wood is a freelance writer living in Winnipeg. She has had several articles published in community newspapers and is working on her first novel. Ms. Wood has a B.A. in English from the University of Manitoba and is in her final year of study for a journalism degree. She enjoys reading, dance and interior design. Contact her at [email protected].

Frances Wright is president and CEO of the Famous 5 Foundation and a superb speaker. The magnificent Women are Persons! monuments in Olympic Plaza in Calgary and on Parliament Hill in Ottawa were funded ($1 million) by five remarkable women and their families: Ann McCaig and her daughters, Roxanne and Jane; Dr. Maria Eriksen and Ayala Manolson; Kiki Delaney; Senator Vivienne Poy and Heather Reisman. Thanks, also, to the fabulous volunteers, corporations and governments who have been our partners. Contact Frances at

Sigrun Goodman Zatorsky has a lengthy association with libraries, both from having worked as a cataloguer for schools and lately as an advocate for libraries and literacy. She is an avid reader and has also attained some success in writing, especially with stories about her home province, city and her family. Her e-mail address is [email protected].

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