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.