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SHIRLEY O’CON­NELL

Shirley is the mother of three chil­dren and grand­mother of nine. Liv­ing in Perth, Ont., she is a long-time vol­un­teer with the Great War Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary. Shirley is a mem­ber of United Church Women at St. Paul’s United Church and a 48-year life­time mem­ber of the Or­der of the East­ern Star. She was rec­og­nized for her hu­man­i­tar­ian work with the award­ing of the 2010 Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award of ICROSS Canada and the Cana­dian Mil­i­tary En­gi­neer Branch Com­men­da­tion in 2016. Shirley’s in­spir­ing Cause for Applause story, about how one Cana­dian sol­dier’s sim­ple act of kind­ness af­fected so many peo­ple around the globe, be­gins on page 21.

ROBERT WIL­LIAMSON

Robert is a grad­u­ate of Mcmaster Univer­sity, a re­tired Hamil­ton sec­ondary-school ad­min­is­tra­tor and a for­mer com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of Hamil­ton’s Naval Re­serve. He was ap­pointed to the Hamil­ton His­tor­i­cal Board in 1999, and to the Plaquing sub­com­mit­tee in 2000. Some of Robert’s work in the field of his­tor­i­cal plaque writ­ing is fea­tured in this is­sue’s depart­ment on page 28. Hav­ing writ­ten sev­eral books about ground-break­ing her­itage sub­jects, he has re­ceived sev­eral awards, in­clud­ing the Sov­er­eign’s Medal for Vol­un­teers, and has been in­ducted into the Mcmaster Univer­sity Alumni Gallery.

ADRI­ENNE ASSINEWAI

Hail­ing from Man­i­toulin Is­land, Adri­enne now re­sides in Sud­bury with her hus­band Tod and their fe­line over­lord, Stry­der. She en­joys camp­ing, read­ing and trav­el­ling to New Brunswick ev­ery sum­mer with her fam­ily. Adri­enne cre­ates her var­i­ous works from home, which in­clude ev­ery­thing from wildlife and pet por­traits to fan­tasy il­lus­tra­tions. Raven­star Stu­dio orig­i­nated from her de­sire to unify her var­i­ous cre­ative works un­der one name, which you can find on­line at www.our­crater.com, in lo­cal shops and at var­i­ous mar­kets and fes­ti­vals through­out the year. Turn to page 54 to see her beau­ti­ful nee­dle felt­ing work in this is­sue’s Crafty Cana­di­ans.

DONNA MARRIN

Donna and her hus­band of 37 years Paul make their home in Markham, Ont., and have a won­der­ful daugh­ter, Jen­nifer. An ad­ver­tis­ing copy and cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions writer, Donna has also au­thored short fic­tion, po­etry and cre­ative nonfiction in a va­ri­ety of pub­li­ca­tions. Turn to page 66 to read her charm­ing

Sto­ry­time sub­mis­sion. Her favourite ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude read­ing, craft­ing and, in sum­mer, float­ing around Lake Scu­gog on her big old pon­toon boat. Check out her blog at don­na­mar­rin.wordpress.com.

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