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ANNELIESE CUSACK

Anneliese came to Canada from Aus­tralia on a three­year nurs­ing con­tract in the Arc­tic—and has now been here for 16 years. Now mainly nurs­ing on the south coast of Labrador, Anneliese still has a small home base in Win­nipeg Beach, Man., from where she can travel in all di­rec­tions to en­joy all that Canada has to of­fer in terms of scenery and wildlife. Hav­ing come from a cli­mate con­sist­ing of hot sum­mers and mild win­ters, Anneliese ab­so­lutely loves Canada’s four dis­tinct sea­sons. She al­ways car­ries her small pocket cam­era to cap­ture all the coun­try has to of­fer; case in point, this is­sue’s Crit­ters on page 21.

TODD MCGOWAN

Todd has spent 27 years in the Cana­dian Forces as a sol­dier, medic, physi­cian’s as­sis­tant, para­trooper and proud Cana­dian. He was de­ployed for seven op­er­a­tional tours over­seas and spent time with the Army, Air Force and Navy. He is cur­rently re­tired and cy­cling the world at his own pace, which he en­joys im­mensely. This past sum­mer he joined a group of his fel­low vet­er­ans on the 2018 Wounded War­riors Canada Bat­tle­field Bike Ride through war-torn Bos­nia-herze­gov­ina and Croa­tia. Get a taste of this amaz­ing fundraising cy­cling tour in Cana­di­ans Abroad on page 37.

EDWARD JAMES

A re­tired school teacher, Ed is busier than ever, es­pe­cially in Novem­ber. Mo­bi­liz­ing his vast col­lec­tion of WWII-ERA mem­o­ra­bilia, he vis­its schools and le­gion halls with the aim of keeping the sto­ries of Canada’s war vets alive. With the aid of vin­tage78s, he also pro­duces a one-man show called “The Mu­sic of Their Life,” which he presents year-round at se­niors res­i­dences. Ed also writes for a lo­cal pa­per and plays drums in a band. See Col­lec­tors on page 40 for more about this self-de­scribed “wrin­kled rocker”and his ac­tiv­i­ties.

HARRY KUHN

Orig­i­nally from Nova Sco­tia, Harry has made his home in On­tario since the age of 12. Now 63, he has been writ­ing for about six years. Two years ago, he com­pleted a pro­fes­sional cer­tifi­cate in cre­ative writ­ing from West­ern Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies, which spe­cial­izes in adult ed­u­ca­tion, in London, Ont. Harry also co- fa­cil­i­tates a writ­ing group ori­ented to the home­less, those at risk of be­com­ing home­less, or those who have been home­less in the past. The group is called the Grit Uplifted Cre­ative Writ­ing Group. To en­joy one of Harry’s pieces of cre­ative writ­ing, turn to this is­sue’s Sto­ry­time on page 66.

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