Meet­ing Place

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Born into a mil­i­tary fam­ily Michelle has lived from coast to coast as well as abroad. Mov­ing mul­ti­ple times has given her a deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion for what she de­scribes as this amaz­ing, di­verse and beau­ti­ful coun­try we are priv­i­leged to live in. Michelle didn’t take up pho­tog­ra­phy se­ri­ously un­til her early 40s, upon re­ceiv­ing her first good cam­era. She’s al­ways had a love of an­i­mals, espe­cially dogs—check out her Bark in the Park photo es­say on page 8—who she says hum­ble her daily with their in­nate abil­ity to give such un­con­di­tional love, joy and laugh­ter.


Richard, who makes his home in Thun­der Bay, says that as he ap­proaches the mile­stone age of 60— some­times a time of re­flec­tion—he finds him­self ea­gerly an­tic­i­pat­ing his next na­ture hike or “light­house ad­ven­ture.” To read about one of his favourite light­house vis­its, turn to Our Trav­els on page 20, where he re­counts his trip to the Slate Is­land Light­house lo­cated on the Slate Is­lands ar­chi­pel­ago in north­ern Lake Su­pe­rior. Fas­ci­nated by the area, Richard says he is con­stantly on the hunt for the many hid­den gems along Su­pe­rior’s rugged shore­line.


Kellie cur­rently makes her home in Bar­rie, Ont., but was born and raised in Toronto. She grew up bilin­gual, speak­ing both English and Por­tuguese, and later stud­ied other lan­guages while in uni­ver­sity, in­clud­ing French, Korean and Span­ish. Kellie has been a French teacher for more than 20 years, work­ing in both Saskatchewan and On­tario. Her other pas­sion is run­ning, and she’s writ­ten a book called ONE The Power of One Step about her jour­ney to truly en­joy life ev­ery step of the way, which you can read about in this is­sue’s Show­case on page 38.


Born in Toronto, which is the sub­ject of this is­sue’s My Home­town fea­ture on page 54, Rick is a free­lance writer, poet and au­thor of screen­plays. His writ­ing mainly cel­e­brates down-to-earth sub­jects such as na­ture, with the oc­ca­sional foray into the su­per­nat­u­ral. As a jour­nal­ism stu­dent early on, and writer of busi­ness ar­ti­cles more re­cently, Rick prefers to keep his per­sonal writ­ing non­com­mer­cial, say­ing, “I never re­ally ex­pect to be pub­lished of­ten; I write when I feel deeply in­spired.” When not writ­ing, Rick spends two months a year vol­un­teer­ing his time to help home­less dogs in Mex­ico’s less for­tu­nate neigh­bour­hoods.

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