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Duane Lar­son is an am­a­teur wildlife and na­ture pho­tog­ra­pher from Prince Al­bert, Sask. His love of pho­tog­ra­phy be­gan in 2012 af­ter ma­jor heart surgery prompted him to slow down and en­joy life’s sim­ple plea­sures. When Duane isn’t out shoot­ing pho­tos, you can find him hik­ing, bik­ing, draw­ing or paint­ing with the love of his life by his side and their two won­der­ful chil­dren. In ad­di­tion to his love of all things to do with na­ture, he’s also a car en­thu­si­ast and has worked in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try for more than 20 years. Check out his photo es­say Com­muning With Na­ture on page 8.


In­ter­ested in ex­plor­ing the hu­man story within our rich Cana­dian and North Amer­i­can his­tory, Jen­nifer com­bines her pas­sion and ex­pe­ri­ence in writ­ing, ed­u­ca­tion, his­tory and ge­neal­ogy by writ­ing fact-based, his­tor­i­cal fic­tion that en­ables read­ers to “dis­cover the hu­man­ity in his­tory.” She is cur­rently writ­ing her fourth book. Born in Corn­wall, Ont., her com­mit­ment to his­tory preser­va­tion is ev­i­dent in her My Home­town story on page 40, and in the vol­un­teer ac­tiv­i­ties she pur­sues as Pub­lic Relations Chair of the United Em­pire Loy­al­ists’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Canada (UELAC) and Face­book cu­ra­tor of the Lost Vil­lages Mu­seum, among oth­ers.


Born in White­horse, Carman spent the first ten years of her life at the Wat­son Lake Air­port, where her fa­ther was a weather tech­ni­cian. His first post­ing was in Snag, Yukon and this is­sue’s The Way It Was (page 42) is based on his anec­do­tal ob­ser­va­tions de­tail­ing the record­ing of Canada’s cold­est tem­per­a­ture in Fe­bru­ary 1947. Carman cur­rently lives west of Grande Prairie, Alta., with her hus­band, Doug. Her hob­bies in­clude cross-stitch­ing, scrap­book­ing, par­tic­i­pat­ing in car shows with her ’76 Rally Sport Ca­maro and show­ing off her 1947 Gib­son trac­tor at fairs, mu­seum days and com­mu­nity pa­rades.


Madi­son lives with her par­ents, younger brother and pre­co­cious labradoo­dle, Piper, in Kingston, Ont. She has al­ways loved read­ing and writ­ing, and her first writ­ing ac­com­plish­ment was plac­ing sec­ond in a Canada-wide chil­dren’s writ­ing con­test in 2007. In Home Child 216 on page 54, Madi­son shares a fact-based “jour­nal” that she wrote in Grade 9, from the per­spec­tive of her great­great-grand­mother, who ar­rived in Canada in 1913. Now in Grade 12, Madi­son in­tends to study English and his­tory in univer­sity, and then be­come a high school teacher, where she hopes to in­spire other young writ­ers to pick up a pen.

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