Civilian - - Marie Avgeropou­los -

“I’m only will­ing to take on sto­ries that are au­then­tic, that can touch peo­ple. Whether it’s com­edy or some­thing that will bring peo­ple to tears. That’s why I’m a sto­ry­teller,” says Marie Avgeropou­los who ac­tu­ally didn’t set out to be an ac­tress or an ac­tivist; she set out to tell sto­ries. Through that sin­gu­lar goal, the 33-year-old Cana­dian has found her­self on tele­vi­sion and movie screens, pro­duc­ing a doc­u­men­tary, and aid­ing young girls in In­dia.

Avgeropou­los grew up in Thun­der Bay, a city rest­ing on the Cana­dian shore of Lake Su­pe­rior. A self-de­scribed “wild child,” she re­mem­bers hap­pily liv­ing “like most children” – one day at a time without much thought on the fu­ture. Through camp­ing, hunt­ing, fish­ing, and fam­ily bar­be­cues at a lake house, Avgeropou­los fos­tered a great love and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the out­doors that have stayed with her. From time to time, she might be found snow­board­ing the moun­tains around her Van­cou­ver home or join­ing her girl­friends for trips to Burchell Lake (“the Burchell Babes”).

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