Rob and his wife Mary Lou Carroll live on 17 acres of woodland in eastern Ontario, near Perth. Raised in North Vancouver, he also lived in New Brunswick for 18 years, and the national capital region for ten. Rob’s passions include hiking, canoeing and biodiversity conservation; turn to page 24 to read his story, Conserving Canada’s Wild Species. He also enjoys community choir and musical theatre. In 2012, he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work on poverty in Canada, and in 2013 reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro on a fundraising expedition for Outward Bound Canada.
Heather was born in Quebec, grew up in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and has lived in British Columbia since 1971. She enjoys travelling abroad, and trips from coast to coast have increased her love of Canada. A retired nurse and educator, she continues to encourage people to maintain good health, and volunteers with her local hospice society. Bike riding with her husband, Gary, and keeping up with their six grandchildren via texts and emails are favourite pastimes. She thinks Positively Canadian, the subject of her Showcase piece on page 30, will be her one and only book.
SGT. CAITLIN YACUCHA
Caitlin has been serving as a signaller in the Canadian Armed Forces for the last ten years. In 20092010, she deployed to Afghanistan while concurrently pursuing her post-secondary education. Upon her return, she wrote a letter to students about the experience, which she shares in Letter Home on page 40. Currently assigned to 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in her home province of Manitoba, she spends what little free time she has napping with her English bulldog, restoring her heritage home and operating her small soap business.
Born in Mimico (Toronto) in 1937, Paul is the seventh of eight children. He joined IBM Canada in 1961, where his career in administration, management, sales and marketing spanned 31 years. He and his wife have five children, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He retired from IBM in 1992 and moved to Kelowna, B.C., where he started a winery-tour bus business, created the Kelowna Dragon Boat Festival and became a charter member of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Ogopogo. Paul shares a story from his youth— An Incredible Journey— on page 56.