Russ is 69, retired and makes his home with his wife Christine in Sherbrooke, Que. Russ became interested in photography around 1967 with the purchase of his first SLR camera. Although his career was in sales management, his favourite pastime has always been photography. After taking a couple of courses, his interest was further piqued. Russ enjoys posting his photos on Flickr, as well as sharing favourite pics from the past 50 years with a “Photo of the Day” post on Facebook for family and friends. His talent is on display in this issue’s photo essay Holy Macro! beginning on page 8.
Nekessa is an award-winning chiropractor, a registered and medical acupuncturist, and one of Canada’s fastest-rising and sought-after health and wellness experts in the industry today. She is the current owner of Mississauga’s The Chiropractic Office, a comprehensive injury management clinic focused on sportsrelated injuries and womens’ health issues. She also runs a practice in downtown Toronto at Integra Health Centre, where she works among other leaders in the health care field. Read about her in this issue’s Cause For Applause on page 16.
Born on the outskirts of Toronto, Janice prefers her quieter life now in Port Perry, Ont. Since retiring from her municipal government job of almost 20 years, she enjoys camping and travelling, especially within Canada. Passionate about photography, she snapped more than 2,000 photos on a recent family vacation out west; you can read about the trip in this issue’s Our Travels on page 20. Another favourite pastime is biking along the Trans Canada Trail with her husband Selwyn and son Ethan. Janice’s life philosophy is that the cup is half full, not half empty!
Karen makes her home in Almonte, Ont., with her husband Ken and their Shih Tzu princess, Miss Abigail. A recently retired registered nurse, Karen enjoyed a full and rewarding career. A highlight of her life was the ten years spent living year-round in a small cottage on the shores of Three Mile Bay, White Lake, Ont. Karen says that, fortunately, her many photos capture the precious memories of the beautiful perennial gardens, and the serenity and pleasure of experiencing all four seasons at the lake. Read her story Extraordinarily Ordinary about summers at the cottage on page 24.