St Thomas, ON
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Rachel McAdams Date of Birth 17 November 1978, St. Thomas, Ontario. Starting at the age of four, she competed in figure skating. By the age of 13, she was performing in Shakespearean productions in summer theater camp. In high school, McAdams intended to apply to college to study cultural studies, because studying theater would be "a bit of a joke". At the last minute, a drama teacher encouraged her to audition to be a drama major. McAdams eventually majored in theater at York University and graduated with honors and a B.F.A. degree.
McAdams began her professional on-screen career with an appearance on the Disney series "The Famous Jett Jackson" (1998) followed by a pilot for MTV. After a few more films, she hit it big after her appearance in the hits Mean Girls (2004) and The Notebook (2004). Attended Original Kids Theatre Company in London, Ontario. Her father, Lance, is a truck driver and her mother, Sandy, is a nurse. She has a younger sister, Kayleen and younger brother, Daniel. Born in the same hospital as The Notebook (2004) co-star Ryan Gosling in St. Joseph's Hospital, London, Ontario. In 1995, she received an acting award for her role in the one-act high school play "I Live in a Little Town" when it was presented at the prestigious Ontario Showcase at the Sears Drama Festival.
Studied theater at York University in Toronto, where she appeared in numerous stage and student film productions. During her senior year, she played a child in "The Piper", a workshop led by a creative team from Toronto's Necessary Angel Theatre Company. Worked at a McDonalds for 3 summers. Was told to partly model the character of Regina George after Alec Baldwin's performance in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992). Received a record five MTV Movie Award nominations in a single year. Graduated from York University in Toronto with honours & a B.F.A. in theater. Formerly a vegetarian. She donated many signed head-shots to Rocky Stone to be auctioned off to raise money to buy more toys for less fortunate kids as part of the Toy Mountain Campaign. Is of Irish descent.
Attended David Rothenberg's on-camera acting class in Toronto with fellow actors Scott Speedman, Kenneth Mitchell, Polly Shannon and David Sutcliffe. In December 2005, she was #1 on Much Music's "Who To Do: 20 Sexiest Girls" list. This list is aired each year, and there is also a separate list for guys. Named #14 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
Met her boyfriend, Ryan Gosling, on the set of The Notebook (2004). Ranked #17 on Maxim's hot list 2006. Considered for the role of Susan Storm/Invisible Girl in Fantastic Four (2005). Named #51 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006). While a student at York University, she lived in the same "house" as Ron Sparks in Vanier Residence. Had to turn down the female lead in The Last Kiss (2006) due to scheduling conflicts. The role was eventually given to Jacinda Barrett.
Was considered for the role of Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale (2006), before the role was given to Eva Green.
She was voted the #101 on FHS's list of Sexiest Women in the World (2005).
Is a vegetarian again. Lives in the popular Los Angeles neighbourhood of Silverlake. Other Silverlake locals include Beck, Bo Barrett, Christina Ricci, Jason Lee and Ryan Gosling.
Sister is Kayleen McAdams. Split with Ryan Gosling. [Mid-2007] Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#68). . Has a dog named George, which she shared with Ryan Gosling. She doesn't own a car. As part of her daily contribution to help conserve energy, she rides her bike or takes the bus. Was Jon Favreau's first choice to play Pepper Potts in Iron Man (2008), but she turned the role down. Likes shopping at Vintage clothing stores. Auditioned for the role of Cady in Mean Girls (2004), but the part went to Lindsay Lohan instead. Avoided flying airplanes until age 22. Auditioned for the role of Sophie for the musical Mamma Mia! (2008) but lost out to actress Amanda Seyfried. Seyfried had lost out to McAdams previously for the role of Regina when they both co-starred in Mean Girls (2004). Reunited with former fiancé Ryan Gosling (August 2008).
Has once again called it quits with former fiancé Ryan Gosling [November 2008].
Sharon, Maurice William (1875– 1940)
Weyburn Court House, designed by Maurice Sharon, and now a Provincial Heritage property. Calvin Fehr (Government of Saskatchewan, Heritage) Many of Saskatchewan’s most impressive public buildings were designed by its second Provincial Architect, Maurice William Sharon. Sharon was born in St. Thomas, Ontario on November 1, 1875. He graduated from the School of Practical Science (now the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering), and then apprenticed six years in architects’ offices. Arriving in Regina in 1906, he was first employed by the province as a cartographer and has been credited with drawing the first official map of the new province. He subsequently went into an architectural partnership with a former employer, Neil R. Darrach. Sharon and Darrach’s Regina works include Westminster United Church, the Donahue Block, and the Guaranty/Western Trust Building.
Sharon’s tenure as Provincial Architect from 1916 to 1930 coincided with the province’s boom years. Among his works are the Saskatchewan Hospital at Weyburn, the Provincial Normal School at Saskatoon, and the 1928 ballroom addition to Government House, Regina. However, his most distinctive and prominent designs are several elegant court houses. Yorkton Court House, a Provincial Heritage Property, is an example of the Beaux Arts style; it was featured on the $1 stamp of Canada Post’s Canadian Architectural Heritage series. Estevan Court House (also a Provincial Heritage Property) is considered Saskatchewan’s finest example of the Colonial style, exhibiting a symmetric design and fine detailing in stone and brick. Sharon’s other Colonial courthouse designs are Assiniboia and Weyburn (both Provincial Heritage Properties), Gravelbourg, Kerrobert, Melfort, Prince Albert, Shaunavon, and Wynyard.
Sharon was active in the formation of the Saskatchewan Association of Architects in 1912 and served two terms as its president. A Liberal supporter, Sharon lost his position as Provincial Architect following the election of the Conservative government in 1929. He spent his remaining years in BC, where his few subsequent works have all since been demolished. The excellence of his architectural capabilities is perhaps best attested to by the fact that many of Maurice Sharon’s buildings are still standing almost a century later, and over a dozen of them have been formally designated as Municipal or Provincial Heritage Properties. Maurice Sharon died September 8, 1940.
Philip Francis Pocock
Born in St. Thomas, Ontario on July 2, 1906. He studied Theology at St. Peter's Seminary, London and was ordained on June l4, 1930 by Bp. Denis P. O'Connor of Peterborough at St. Peter's Cathedral, London. In 1933, Father Pocock went to Rome for graduate studies and obtained the degree of Doctor of Canon Law. On April 7, 1944, he was appointed Bishop of Saskatoon. On June 16, 1951, Bp. Pocock was named Apostolic Administrator of Winnipeg, and on August 6 of the same year, Coadjutor Archbishop of Winnipeg. Abp. Pocock succeeded to the See as Archbishop on January 14, 1952. Due to Card. McGuigan's poor health, Abp. Pocock was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Toronto on February l8, 1961. He succeeded to the See of Toronto and became Archbishop upon Cardinal McGuigan's resignation, March 30, 1971. On April 29, 1978, Archbishop Pocock resigned the See of Toronto and took up residence at St. Mary's Parish, Brampton. He remained active as a priest, celebrating mass at elementary schools, confirming students, and visiting a senior citizens' home as well as performing his parish duties. He died on September 6, 1984 and was interred in Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill.
Dave Hudson born Dec 28 1949 St. Thomas, Ontario. Hudson was selected in the sixth round, 71st overall in the 1969 National Hockey League Amateur Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. He began his professional career at the age of 20, with Chicago's CHL farm team in Dallas, after playing three years of college hockey at the University of North Dakota. Hudson scored 17 goals and 54 assists in 69 games with the Dallas team that year. In 1971-72, Hudson returned to Dallas for 63 games, scoring 29 goals and 63 points.
Hudson was picked by the New York Islanders in the 1972 Expansion Draft, which finally gave him a shot at playing in the National Hockey League. In 69 games, he responded with 12 goals and 31 points. The following year, he played 63 games, but his offensive numbers dropped to just two goals and 12 points.
Once again Hudson was chosen in the Expansion Draft in 1974, this time by the Kansas City Scouts. In two full seasons with the Scouts, Hudson scored 20 goals and 72 points. Hudson always preferred playing a wide-open style of game, but more times than not the opposition had a greater abundance of raw talent, so Hudson and the rest of the Scouts had to learn how to play sound defensive hockey. He followed the franchise when it moved to Denver, Colorado in 1976-77 and was renamed the Rockies. Hudson remained with the team for two years, retiring at the end of the 1977-78 campaign. Hudson finished his National Hockey League career having played 409 games, scoring 59 goals, 124 assists and 183 points.
DJ Kennington, NASCAR Nationwide Series driver
DJ Kennington's return to the NASCAR Nationwide Series was not what the St Thomas, Ontario, Canadian had ever pictured. After competing full-time in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, that yielded a finish of 3rd in Championship Point Standings, Kennington was excited to return to the USA for competition. "It feels good to be back and we look forward to finishing better than we have in the past few outings", stated Kennington.
The MacDonald Motorsports driver started the weekend by staring at dark skies over Concord, NC at Lowes Motor Speedway. "It's not looking to good", claimed DJ after sprinkles delayed the first of two practices on Thursday, "but if catch a break, we are hitting the track!" Kennington got his break as the clouds parted for a brief moment and the Vector Security Dodge took the track. "We are not where we need to be but it is fixable. A little tighter than I like in the center, but we can tweak it."
Stephen Ouimette, Actor, Director
Widely known for his work at the Stratford Festival of Canada Stephen Ouimette is a Canadian actor and director, born and raised in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. Although mostly known for his stage work, particularly at the Stratford Festival of Canada, he achieved TV fame (and a Gemini Award) as the ghostly Oliver Welles in the drama Slings and Arrows. In 2006, he starred in the CanStage production of I Am My Own Wife. He also supplied the voice for Beetlejuice on the eponymous animated series. His other appearances include roles in X-Men and Babar.
Stephen J. Peters
Former Minister of Labour (Ontario) and Minister of Agriculture and Food (Ontario) Stephen J. "Steve" Peters (born January 19, 1963) is a Canadian politician. Presently a Member of Provincial Parliament of Ontario and currently serves as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. Peters served as a Cabinet Minister in the first term of the government of Dalton McGuinty.
Peters was born in St. Thomas, in the south-western section of Ontario. Both of his parents were the children of Ukrainian immigrants. He was educated at the University of Western Ontario, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1985. Peters subsequently worked as an archivist at Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario, and at Alma College in St. Thomas. He also worked as a stock clerk at the A&P food store in St. Thomas. Peters began his political career at the municipal level, being elected to the St. Thomas city council in 1988. He became the city's mayor in 1991, an accomplishment which made him the youngest mayor in the country at the time. Peters was re-elected by significant majorities in 1994 and 1997. Peters shifted from municipal to provincial politics in 1999, running as a candidate of the Ontario Liberal Party in that year's provincial election. Peters defeated incumbent Progressive Conservative (PC) MPP Bruce Smith in the riding of Elgin-Middlesex-London, 20,417 votes to 19,246. Many regarded this as an upset, in that most other ridings with a similar demography (i.e., rural and socially conservative) supported PC candidates in this election. Peters' victory was likely due to personal popularity, rather than his party affiliation.
The election was won by the Progressive Conservatives, and Peters became the opposition critic for Disability issues on June 26, 1999. In September 2000, he was named opposition critic for Agriculture. For the next three years, most of his interventions in the legislature were focused on agricultural and rural issues.
Peters was easily re-elected in the Ontario provincial election of 2003, receiving over 57% of the vote in Elgin—Middlesex—London (Bruce Smith, again running for the Progressive Conservatives, received just over 30%). The election was won by the Liberals; many political commentators predicted that Peters would be named Agriculture Minister in the event of a Liberal victory, a factor which undoubtedly contributed to his re-election.
Peters was, in fact, named Minister of Agriculture and Food on October 23, 2003. In late September 2004, he announced that the provincial government would provide thirty million dollars to farmers affected by the BSE crisis, which had prevented Canadian beef from reaching the American market. He was named as Ontario's Minister of Labour following a cabinet shuffle on June 29, 2005. Though he was re-elected in the general election of October 2007, he was dropped from cabinet in a post-election cabinet shuffle and was instead on November 28th 2007, elected by his fellow members as the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on the 4th ballot, defeating Michael A. Brown, Ted Arnott, David Zimmer and Lorenzo Berardinetti. In doing so, Peters became the first Ukrainian-Canadian to ever hold the position.
Janet and Greta Podleski
(Looney spoons, Crazy Plates, Eat, Shrink & Be Merry!), Food Network hosts and Reader's Digest columnists. Janet & Greta Podleski are the authors of three bestselling cookbooks, Looney spoons, Crazy Plates (a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Cookbook Awards) and Eat, Shrink & Be Merry! The pun-loving sisters are monthly columnists for Canada's number-one magazine, Reader's Digest, and were voted into Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2000. The sister act and their inspirational, self-publishing success story have been featured on dozens of national TV programs such as The Today Show, CNN, Canada A.M. and QVC, as well as on hundreds of radio shows, and in magazines and newspapers across North America. Originally from St. Thomas, Ontario, Greta now lives in Kitchener with her food-obsessed dog, Lexi, while Janet and her Jack Russell Terrier, Lacey, live in Ottawa.
(The Amityville Horror, The Color of Money, Judging Amy)
Shaver was born in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, and grew up in a small town near Toronto, Ontario with her five sisters. As a child, she suffered from rheumatic fever and was forced to spend six months of each year in bed. She dated screenplay writer Stephen C. Peters. Shaver is now married to top key grip Steve Smith (whom she met on the set of Desert Hearts); they have a son named Mackenzie.
Shaver has worked with such directors as Sam Peckinpah, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Brian De Palma. In 1978, she won a Canadian Film Award for her role as "Ann MacDonald" in the film In Praise of Older Women.
In 1985, she appeared in the film Desert Hearts as a 1950s university professor who falls in love with another woman, for which she won the Bronze Leopard Award at the Locarno International Film Festival. Shaver's performance, as well as realistic love scenes with co-star Patricia Charbonneau, drew critical praise.
Her most prominent film appearance came in 1986 as the love interest opposite Paul Newman in his Oscar-winning portrayal of "Fast Eddie Felson" in The Color of Money, a sequel to 1961's The Hustler. In 1990, she was a guest of the the murderer in Columbo: Rest In Peace, Mrs. Columbo. She also appeared on television programs such as Hill Street Blues, T. J. Hooker and as the title character of the short-lived series, Jessica Novak.
In 2000, she won a Genie Award for her portrayal of a drug-addicted prostitute in the independent feature We All Fall Down. In 2003, she won a Gemini award for best direction in a dramatic series for the Just Cause television series. In 2004, she was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.
Shaver has also directed a number of television shows and cable movies, including The Outer Limits, Judging Amy, Joan of Arcadia, Medium, The OC, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The L Word, Jericho, Journeyman, and Private Practice. She made her feature-length directorial debut in 1999 with Summer's End; the film went on to win an Emmy.
David Shaw, Former Professional Ice Hockey Player
(Stratford Cullitons, Kitchener Rangers, Québec Nordiques, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota North Stars, Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Detroit Vipers)
Born May 25 1964 St. Thomas, Ontario
Height 6.02 Weight 204 Shoots R
David Shaw born May 25, 1964 in St. Thomas, Ontario is a retired former professional ice hockey player who played 769 National Hockey League games for the Quebec Nordiques, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota North Stars, Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning. He won a Memorial Cup as a member of the Kitchener Rangers in 1982. He now lives in Columbia, SC.
San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, St. Thomas Stars
Joseph Eric Thornton (born July 2, 1979) is a professional ice hockey centre and an alternate captain for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League. Thornton was drafted by and played seven seasons for the Boston Bruins before being traded to San Jose. His on-ice vision, strength on the puck, deft passing ability, and power forward style of play have led to him becoming one of the league's premier top line centres. For the 2005–2006 season Thornton was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy for being the National Hockey League's Most Valuable Player.
Boston Bruins (1997 – 2005) Drafted 1st overall in the 1997 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins, Thornton played six seasons for the Bruins, his best season coming in 2002–03 when he scored 101 points. During the 2004–05 National Hockey League lockout, Thornton played for Hockey Club Davos on a line with fellow young Canadian star Rick Nash and Niklas Hagman, winning the Swiss ice hockey championship.
San Jose Sharks (2005 - present)
2005–2006 season After Thornton voiced his unhappiness with his contract in Boston in 2005, many teams reportedly sent offers to the Bruins. However, Thornton re-signed with the team on August 11, 2005, for a three year deal worth US$20.0 million. On November 30, 2005, Thornton was traded to the San Jose Sharks in a blockbuster four player deal, which sent forwards Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau and defenseman Brad Stuart to Boston. Thornton was the team's leading scorer at the time by a substantial margin and many felt that Bruins GM Mike O'Connell had dealt away one of the few players who was truly showing an exemplary effort. On January 10, 2006, Thornton returned to Boston as a member of the Sharks, but was ejected for checking Bruins' defenseman Hal Gill from behind at 5:13 of the first period. Thornton received a five minute major and a game misconduct. The misconduct was later rescinded by the National Hockey League.
Joe Thornton at the 2006 National Hockey League Awards ceremony. Upon arriving in San Jose, Thornton improved the Sharks' fortunes. Thornton made an immediate impact, hitting the cross-bar and almost scoring on his first shift as a Shark. With 14 points in his first 6 games, he found instant chemistry with winger Jonathan Cheechoo, often setting up Cheechoo for one-time shots in the slot. With Thornton as his centre man, Cheechoo became a 50-goal scorer and won the Rocket Richard Trophy. Thornton himself would lead the National Hockey League with 96 assists and win the Art Ross Trophy as leading National Hockey League scorer, the first player to do so the same season he was traded.
The 2005–06 playoffs saw Thornton in a familiar scenario as past postseason campaigns he has been a part of. He was never able to produce points as he was in the regular season and there was a startling lack of chemistry between Thornton and Cheechoo. Joe recorded 4 assists in a five-game quarterfinals series against Nashville and had 2 goals and 3 assists in the semi-finals series against Edmonton, a series that the Sharks lost in 6 games.
2006–2007 season Thornton began the 2006–07 campaign at a far slower pace production-wise than his Hart Trophy-winning year the previous season. He did not score his first goal of the season until the Sharks' 12th game. However, it was later revealed he was battling toe injuries for the entire first half of the season, until he was finally able to recover sometime in January. After recovering from the injuries, Thornton resumed scoring at the same frenetic pace that earned him accolades in 2005–06. Although 19th in league scoring at the time of the National Hockey League's Christmas break, Thornton scored so many points that he ended up battling Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby for the scoring title late in the year, eventually finishing 2nd in scoring to Crosby with 114, 6 fewer than the Pittsburgh sophomore. Always a tremendous passer, Thornton became just the third player in National Hockey League history (with the other two being Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux) to record consecutive 90-assist seasons.
It appeared as though Thornton was finally having the breakout postseason expected of him all these years after he recorded six assists (although no goals) in the first-round series against Nashville. He proceeded to score a goal and add three assists in the Sharks' first three games of the second round against Detroit. However, Thornton was effectively neutralized by superstar Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidström, among others, in the final three games of the series, as the Sharks were once again bounced from the playoffs in the second round.
In the off-season, Thornton signed a three-year contract extension worth US $21.6 million that will run to June 2011.
Thornton was under heavy scrutiny for his leadership while in Boston. He was criticized for being unable to raise his level of play during the playoffs, as he never scored more than nine points in two series or finished with a plus/minus rating higher than +1. Many people feel that Robbie Ftorek gave Thornton the "C" too early. Nonetheless, Thornton did tremendously in his new role in San Jose, as he put up career numbers in his first season with the Sharks. His success translated into Thornton becoming the Most Valuable Player of the league.
During the absence of usual alternate captain Alyn McCauley from the San Jose line-up, Joe Thornton donned the "A" for the first time as a Shark in a game against Phoenix on March 30, 2006 and wore the "A" whenever McCauley was out of the line-up for the remainder of the season. Thornton has worn the "A" continuously since the beginning of the 2006–07 season. Many critics expected Thornton to fare better in San Jose where leadership duties would be falling primarily to captain Patrick Marleau. This proved to be the case, as Thornton won the Art Ross Trophy handily, while Marleau still finished with 86 points.
Thornton scored at a slightly cooler rate in the playoffs, posting two goals and seven assists in eleven games, but unlike in Boston Thornton's performance was not worthy of criticism; the Sharks' radio and TV announcers emphatically proclaimed him the team's best player on the ice even in the games the Sharks lost to the Edmonton Oilers in the second round of the playoffs.
Thornton was selected to play for Team Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics and was expected to be key member of the Canadian National Team, unfortunately Thornton and the team failed to medal after they lost to Russia in the Quarter finals. Thornton was accused of hitting two police officers on May 17, 2003, after coming to the aid of his brother, John Thornton, at the bar Burty Bob's Two in St. Thomas, Ontario. He faced two charges of assaulting police and one of obstructing justice. Crown lawyer Kevin Gowdey announced at a court hearing he would not be pursuing the case against the Bruins Captain (at the time) in return for Thornton apologizing to the parties involved and beginning a "significant period of community service." Awards, 1996-Ontario Hockey League All-Rookie Team, 1996-Ontario Hockey League Rookie of the Year, 1996-Canadian Major Junior Rookie of the Year,
1997-Ontario Hockey League Second All-Star Team, 2002-National Hockey League All-Star, 2003-National Hockey League All-Star, 2004-National Hockey League All-Star,
2004-Won the Spengler Cup, 2004-Won the World Cup of Hockey, 2005-Won the Swiss ice hockey championship, 2006-Won the Art Ross Trophy, 2006-Won the Hart Memorial Trophy, 2006-Named an NHL First-Team All-Star, 2007-National Hockey League Western All-Star, 2008-National Hockey League Western All-Star.
Aaron Walpole Third-Place finisher in the third season of Canadian Idol
Aaron Walpole was the third-place finisher in the third season of Canadian Idol. Born in London, Ontario in March 7, 1979, Walpole currently resides in St. Thomas, Ontario. He makes a living as a singer and actor, being both the lead singer of his band and a performer at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, and his musical theatre background has been alluded to by the Idol judges on several occasions. Although his first attempt during the Top 32 round was unsuccessful, Aaron was brought back as a wildcard and was one of the top two performers that night, giving him a spot in the Top 10.
Songs that Walpole performed on Canadian Idol include:
Top 32: "Try" (Blue Rodeo)
Wildcard: "Drift Away" (Dobie Gray)
Top 10: "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) (Canadian Hits week)
Top 9: "You Haven't Done Nothing" (Stevie Wonder week)
Top 8: "Working For The Weekend" (Loverboy) (Eighties week)
Top 7: "I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me" (Big Band week)
Top 6: "Hot Blooded" (Classic Rock week)
Top 5: "These Eyes" (The Guess Who week)
Top 4: "Teddy Bear", "Love Me Tender" (Elvis week)
Top 3: "Break Your Heart", "Enid" (Barenaked Ladies week)
Walpole was eliminated on the September 7 results show after receiving the lowest number of votes from viewers. Aaron and his band have since performed at many events across south-western Ontario. His Self-titled cd was released on August 8th, 2006.
Aaron Walpole recently starred in the play, "Rock N' Roll" as Parker at the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario.
The Aaronauts are the official fan club of Aaron Walpole, started on the Canadian Idol Message Board. In three weeks time it grew to over 100 members on that site alone, however, most of the Aaron fans were not part of the website. The Aaronauts were originally called 'Aaronaught's until the starter of that club noticed the error in the spelling of the name!
Kari-Lynn Winters, children's book author, dramatist, literacy educator
Kari Winters, née Moore (born 1969) is a Canadian writer of children's literature. She teaches children's literature and drama at the University of British Columbia.
Born in St. Thomas, Ontario Winters has studied or taught in schools across North America. Her master's thesis, "Developing an Arts-Integrated Narrative Reading Comprehension Program for Less Proficient Grade 3 and 4 Students", was selected as best Master's Thesis in Literacy in Canada, 2005. It was on exploring the efficacy of using the arts to strengthen less proficient students' reading comprehension. Winters is currently completing a PhD on the subject. She holds a teaching degree from the University of Toronto, in regular and special education for children ages 3-13. She is also a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, where she earned a certificate in technical theatre. She puts her drama background to practical use by writing scripts for and performing with Vancouver's theatre-for-literacy troupe Tickle Trunk Players.
Winters has published a children's books, children's non-fiction articles, and academic articles. She says she didn't always consider herself a writer; many of her elementary school years were spent either resisting composition or struggling to write. Much of her current work explores how she came to appreciate storytelling and children's literature and eventually became a writer herself, and ways to effect a similar transformation in her students.
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