Britta Elmberg grew up in the Ottawa Valley area. She obtained her first degree at Carleton University (English/Music History) in 1983.She met her husband in 1985 and later studied Music and Education at the University of Toronto( B.Mus., B.Ed.) She left teaching at the Toronto District School Board in 1996 to look after her family which eventually included four children.
Britta’s first publication was a collection of poetry, Poems for Now, which was included in the Read Local collection of the Caledon Public Library. After the publication of the collection, Britta created a website to support the launch of this book, and this can be seen at www.brittaelmberg.wix.com/poems-for-now. She hopes you will view the new poem written for Remembrance Day, Home from Afghanistan.
Bunny and Ankaand The Passage of Agnes May were published in early 2015 and launched in April 2015, at Educatus Learning in Brampton. For info and background about the books and Britta visit her Stories for Young Kids site: http://brittaelmberg.wix.com/britta-elmberg.
2015 has been a very busy year for Britta. During the spring of 2015, she was selected by Headwaters Horse Country to paint a fibre glass horse statue for the Parade of Horses, a local initiative created to promote the Equestrian Events held at the Caledon Equestrian Park during the Pan Am Games. Please visit http://headwatershorsecountry.ca/horse-country-happenings/headwaters-parade-horses/britta-elmberg/. Britta’s horse was named Charlie and he currently resides at the Grange Farm on Highway 10 in Caledon. The Parade of Horses recently received the 2015 Creative Cultural Event Award.
During 2015, she has also continued to pedal her arts and crafts at the Bolton Farmer’s Market and on-line which you can view at www.brittaelmberg.wix.com/artsandcrafts.
Mary E. Fam
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Mary E. Fam, an Educator, has taught students of all ages locally and abroad. She also serves her community as a Youth Mentor. In addition to her Master's thesis/dissertation "The Social and Academic Effects of Bullying" (Fam, 2006), Mary has published various articles on teaching tools that promote student success and been involved in curriculum development at elementary and secondary levels. She is a member of numerous educational organizations that specialize in professional development for teachers and excellence in Education.
A two-time cancer survivor, Mary, at the age of fifteen, battled with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and Thyroid cancer at the age of thirty. With the unfailing love and support of her family, a team of dedicated Oncologists and health practitioners, and a stubborn case of perseverance, today Mary holds the prestigious title of "CANCER-FREE".
Mary's professional and personal experiences have infused her children's books with not only valuable learning opportunities but also a genuine love that each child deserves.
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Helke Ferrie was born in 1948 in Germany to parents who, with Bishop Martin Niemoller’s group, were founding members of the resistance movement against Hitler. Helke grew up in India where her parents worked for the newly independent Indian government and was educated in an American international school and Zurich University. During a year at Benares Hindu University in Varanasi, India, she met her Canadian husband, Dr. Robert K. Ferrie, then a urologist and since 1984 a psychotherapist. They married in 1970 and raised three biological and eleven adopted children. By 1995 she earned a B.A in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology, Chinese history and philosophy and an M.A. in Physical Anthropology from the University of Toronto.
Following a serious illness caused by a life-long exposure to DDT and mercury dental amalgam, she became interested in the politics of medicine. Her articles on these issues have been published since 1997 in many venues; since 1999 she writes the monthly lead article in Toronto’s Vitality magazine. In 2002 she incorporated Kos Publishing Inc., which produces books on medico-political issues. Helke and Robert live near Toronto. www.helkeferrie.com.
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Vanessa Grillone is a writer and blogger from Bolton, Ontario. She has been writing since the age of twelve (if not earlier) but never had the courage to share her work. She started her blog in 2010 as a way to get her writing out into the world and believes strongly in the power of finding your voice. Her blog is home to her lifestyle and personal posts, narratives, short stories, book reviews, and product reviews. Vanessa self-published her first book, a collection of poetry and prose entitled My Pen, My Voice in 2011. In 2013 she self-published her first adult fiction novel Twenty-One Truths. Although she has no immediate plans to self-publish again, she is currently working on a novella and a 'sequel' to her first book. Vanessa dreams of a career in publishing, but for the moment you'll find her serving pizza at a local gourmet pizza place, tutoring, and writing.
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Aldonna Kaulius-Barry is an award-winning corporate magazine editor, training facilitator, and executive coach. Through “Distributed Learning” on her website abphireandinspire.com, Aldonna has written training workbooks guiding executives and their employees to reap personal and profession rewards through outstanding performance.
Aldonna, her husband Michael, their daughter Danielle and a menagerie of horses and dogs, are long-time Caledon residents. A corporate writer by profession, her greatest love besides ice cream, gardening and kayaking has been the lyrical word, the tenderness of prosaic storytelling and poetry, which she has written since her childhood. Aldonna has just finished an epic debut novel, “The Amethyst”, a 19th century historical romance in which the protagonist travels from Yorkshire, England to India on a perilous journey by ship during the opulence of the British Raj.
The second edition of her children’s book, “Mikey’s Wonderful, Terrific, Upside-down Monday” was recently released on Amazon.com.
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Quinn Kavaner enjoys reading, writing and drawing. When he was twelve, he had an Idea for a character and a story. Within a year he managed to write, illustrate and publish his very first book, “The Frown Who Wanted to Smile”. It’s a children’s book about a Frown who goes on a journey to find his smile. Although it is a children’s book the message applies to all ages. Quinn is looking forward to publishing another book. Currently, he is working on a short children’s novel and a second Frown book. Quinn is sharing his experience with other children to inspire and encourage them to write a book and take action on their dreams. Beyond school and writing, he enjoys many outdoor activities. Quinn lives in Caledon with his family and pets.
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is a successful and proud Canadian, a Registered Nurse, an Educator, and the mother of two boys. She is a great example of a person, demonstrating a high level of individual excellence. Born in Russia, she demonstrates by all her life that a non-Canadian born immigrant can really make a success in Canada.
Svetlana glows with positive energy, emanates assuredness in the day of tomorrow and energizes people around her to move and do positive things. She inspires people to dream big about their future, helps them to envision it, to set goals and to strive to reach their goals. People who get in touch with her get the energy and thrust to strive for more, to study, work on reaching their goals and finally to become a tangible success in their lives. Her glorious example leads many to set higher goals in life, to reach them and to continue developing excellence in professional sphere, wellness and peace in personal sphere and well-being in their families.
She is the founder of the “ImmPress Institute” which she created to assist and motivate others through the immigrant experience. She has written a book -“The Sky is No Longer the Limit” – a flight plan to success for immigrants with big dreams. This book is about breaking through barriers and overcoming self-imposed limitations.
Svetlana is shining, luminescent, pure – brings light to all whose lives she touches.
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Lauren Macri is currently a student at the University of Toronto - Mississauga, with a major in Professional Writing and Communication. Lauren has loved writing since a young age and was encouraged by her parents and teachers to continue pursuing that love. Don't Stop Now: A Collection of Short Stories is her first publication. Visit her blog at https://anxiousandawesome.wordpress.com/.
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Goldie Millar, Ph.D., is a clinical and school psychologist. Since earning her Ph.D in counselling psychology from the University of Toronto in 2003, Goldie has worked with children in hospital, forensic, community, and educational settings. She has a deep interest in children’s mental health, emotional regulations, and evidence-based intervention strategies. Goldie lives in Ontario with her husband and their two young daughters.
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Melissa (M.J.) Moores’ passion for the arts ignited at a young age as she wrote adventure stories and read them aloud to close family and friends. The dramatic arts became a focus in high school as an aid to understanding character motivation in her writing. Majoring in Theatre Production at York University, with a minor in English, she went on to teach both elementary and high school for 10 years throughout Simcoe County.
Now living in Caledon, Melissa keeps busy with her emerging authors’ website Infinite Pathways: hosting writing contests, providing editing services, free publicity tips, book reviews, and opportunities for authors to build their writing platform and portfolio. In addition, she writes articles, edits freelance and is preparing to launch the 2nd book in her Sci-Fi quartet The Chronicles of Xannia.
Carolyn J. Morris
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Carolyn’s country roots began on the family farm on the 10th line of the old Nottawasaga Township. Her passion fills her classroom, home, and church life. She lives with her family in Beeton. Carolyn j Morris has taught in both Toronto and rural communities for 30 years and is currently a Junior Kindergarten teacher at Kleinburg Christian Academy.
Her most recent adventure is the writing and publishing of her four books - Mourning Dove, Barn Swallows, Pine Warbler, and Chickadees at Christmas. She writes honest, heartwarming stories that show respect for farming and families. Her storytelling in the classroom has extended to speaking engagements on various topics. Carolyn can be contacted through her website, www.railfencebooks.com.
Born in Toronto, Ontario Canada in 1942, Don Norris developed a passion for motorcycling at age eight. Riding became a reality at age sixteen with the purchase of a 1952 Triumph 350cc Twin.
The next seven years were spent learning life’s lessons through the gang culture, sometimes violent, but always an adventure. His involvement with Satan’s Choice, sometimes referred to as Canada’s answer to the Hells Angels, earned him the Presidency of the gang. He also enlisted with the 48th Highlanders of Canada as part of Headquarters Support, Signals Platoon in 1960.
He made his living as a mechanic, later a truck driver, then a factory supervisor and a pneumatic tool service manager. During thirty years away from biking, he raised four children while working as a National Manager of Customer Service, and later as a salesman. After six grandchildren, the call of biking was too great to ignore any longer. He now is a great grandfather.
Don Norris has written for several magazines, Canadian and US, including Wing World, Riders Mag and RideOn. He was a Leadership Trainer for the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, a group of over 83,000 motorcyclists. Don lives with his wife Carolyn in Bolton, Ontario, and is retired as a Quality Manager for an international trucking company. He still loves the freedom of the open road and the wind in his face. At 72, camping is getting a little uncomfortable.
D.L. Narrol, Dianne was born in Toronto, Canada. She grew up relishing in adventure novels, like Clavell’s Shogun, and Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. She enjoyed Wells’ Time Machine but disliked the lack of characterization. She always wanted to write an adventure series that would depict the fine work of a classic sci-fi of Wells or even Verne, and always felt compelled to set her novels in the early 1900s. Little did she know, she was setting the stage for a steampunk fantasy sci-fi adventure series. Her books are always heavy weighted with interpersonal relationships and untraditional romance – very untraditional!
In 2011, her stand-alone romantic-fantasy, When Beowulf Meets Kyla was released. Written in Kyla’s point of view, where she underwent a trial of initiation in order to prove her love for her ancient Viking warrior. Also, in 2009, she won a short story contest, where her short story, ‘Kate’s Choice’ was chosen as part of a compilation of stories for The Caledon Collection published with Giant Beaver Press.
She has two degrees in Geography – that’s where her vivid physical descriptions come from. She has made several journeys around the world – she doesn’t write about a place she hasn’t seen. Her readers have described her novels to be a cross between Diana Gabaldon and Kurt Vonnegut. Humour is of the essence when it comes to time travel.
Kay is one of Kerry's elder sisters. After attending Teacher's College she began her career in a one-room schoolhouse in Wyebridge, Ontario. When her little school closed she moved to Brampton where she raised her two sons while teaching elementary school for the Peel Board. Her career was varied as she specialized in Primary Methods and Special Education alternating between classroom and withdrawal settings throughout the years. Upon retiring she returned to Clarksburg to assist her sisters with the care of her ageing father and Kerry. She now resides in the town of Meaford, Ontario.
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Eric Orchard is an award-winning writer and illustrator. His publishers and clients include Macmillan, Scholastic, Top Shelf and others. He is the creator of the graphic novels Maddy Kettle as well as Bera the One Headed Troll.
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Shelley Peterson is the best-selling author of five young adult novels; 'Dancer', 'Abby Malone', 'Stagestruck', 'Sundancer', and 'Mystery at Saddle Creek'. Newly released is 'Dark Days at Saddle Creek'. She's currently busy writing the seventh, 'Jockey Girl'.
She was trained as an actress and has over one hundred acting credits to her name, including stage, television, and film. Fox Ridge is a horse facility, stabling 20 horses, which Shelley owns and operates. It's a boarding stable, as well as being a small breeding operation.
As well as being the mother of three accomplished children and grandmother to two boys, a businesswoman, horse breeder, actress and author, Shelley has long been active in the communities of Toronto and Caledon. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Last year she was honoured by the Headwaters Arts with the Shelley Peterson Literary Scholarship.
She has assisted the United Way, Family Transition Place, The Cancer Society, Children's Helpline, and Journalists for Human Rights -- among many others in the performing and literary arts.
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Harry Posner is a self-published poet and author, whose love of writing evolved in a natural progression from short story writing to children’s picture books, to poetry, novels, and spoken word performance.
He is a member of the spoken word/percussion duo known as The Rubber Brothers and is a member of the Words Aloud Poetry Collective, as well as the Headwaters Writers Guild, Writers Ink Alton, and an associate member of the League of Canadian Poets. As well as teaching creative writing in the area of Caledon, Harry is the author of two novels (Charivari and A Softness In The Eyes), a book of poetry (Word Birds)and a workbook for developing writers (The Conscious Scribe).
His latest book, Little Exits, a collection of flash fiction exploring through imagination the nature of death and dying, was released early in 2015. Visit Harry's website at www.posnerbooks.com.
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Michael Reist is a nationally-recognized authority on the needs of children. He is the author of the Canadian bestseller Raising Boys In A New Kind Of World as well as What Every Parent Should Know About School and The Dysfunctional School: Uncomfortable Truths and Awkward Insights on School, Learning and Teaching.
His most recent book is entitled Raising Emotionally Healthy Boys.
He has published over 90 articles on topics ranging from education, spirituality and parenting to movies, books and popular culture.
Michael’s work has been featured on CBC Television and Radio, Global TV, CityTV, TV Ontario, Today’s Parent Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The National Post and the Toronto Star.
He is a frequent speaker to parent groups and conferences across Canada where his workshops on how boys and girls learn differently and the influence of technology on kids have drawn large crowds and enthusiastic responses.
A classroom teacher for over thirty years, Michael now works in private practice where he is a mentor to young people and their parents.
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Raised in Caledon on southern Ontario's Niagara Escarpment in Toronto's urban shadow, Nicola Ross developed a keen sense of place at an early age. She attended the Belfountain Public School and then Mayfield Secondary School. Nicola topped off her formal education with a BSc in biology from the University of Guelph. Then it was off to see the world and to pursue her career in environmental studies.
After living away for more than a decade and a half, Nicola returned to Belfountain, the Niagara Escarpment and her beloved Credit River in the 1990s. She created the Caledon Countryside Alliance (CCA) to engage citizens in stewarding the areaís precious countryside. She also played a key role in Caledon being named the Greenest Town in Ontario, which contributed to her being honoured as Caledon's Environmentalist of the Year in 2003.
Along this path, Nicola discovered the benefits and joys of adding a pen to her environmental battles. Before long she was writing feature articles on environmental topics ranging from gravel pits to urban sprawl for In the Hills magazine. Her description of the CCA's efforts to reduce its ecological footprint garnered Nicola a coveted National Magazine Award. Another decade and a half later, she is one of the magazine's longest running and most regular contributors to the magazine. She is also the author four books, including Caledon, Dufferin County, Healing the Landscape and The Carrying Place Trail. She has published articles in The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, Explore magazine, Mountain Life, Ontario Nature, Alternatives Journal, In the Hills magazine, Harrowsmith Country Life and more. Formerly, the editor-in-chief of Alternatives Journal, Canada's national environmental magazine, Ross is now pursuing her love of writing, travel, sport and Caledon on a full-time basis.
In 2015, her newest book, Caledon Hikes: Loops and Lattes, will be published in time for residents and visitors alike to head out for a walk on Caledon's plethora of wonderful hiking trails.
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Mary Scattergood is an artist and author. Her primitive folk-art style of painting was inspired by the great American artist, Grandma Moses. Mary’s Memory Paintings invite the observer into a wonderful, peaceful world of days gone by
The Fairy pictures and stories grew from Mary’s fond memories of her own happy childhood. It is her hope that her work brings you as much joy as she experiences in creating it.
Watch for Mary’s next book, the second in the Fairies series, coming soon.
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Heather Scavetta, RN Non-Practising is a Reiki Master and founder of School of Miracles. She has been teaching meditation, psychic development, mediumship and Reiki since 2006. She has been channelling The Council since 2009. Heather developed her clairvoyant abilities after the death of her daughter Elizabeth in 2004. In her studio in Caledon, Ontario, Canada, she continues to help people who have experienced loss and those seeking more in life to develop their spiritual gifts and open up to communicating with Spirit.
She and her husband, Tony, have twin girls and live on their hobby farm with Canadian and Icelandic horses and two German shepherds. She has recently released her first book The power of love : a mother's miraculous journey from grief to medium, channel and teacher / Heather Scavetta.