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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.


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.

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