“I’ve always suspected it but never knew how much talent, courage and greatness we have in Canada until I read the wonderful stories in Chicken Soup for the Canadian Soul. To finally have all these wonderful stories in one place will make this book one of our greatest literary legacies.” –
Lynrod Douglas, Publisher, Black Pages Canada

Chicken Soup for the Soul creators Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen invited two Canadians to create and produce Chicken Soup for the Canadian Soul – in Canada… 

Meet the Canadian Co-Authors…
Who is Janet Matthews? 

Who is Raymond Aaron?

  Meet the Creators…
Who is Jack Canfield?
Who is Victor Hansen? 
Meet Our Contributing Authors
Our wonderful Contributing Authors are from all parts of Canada. You will find both famous and not yet famous Canadians in this special group. You may read about who they are, and what else they have done. If they have a website – there will be a link to it.

 

Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Jann Ardenis undoubtedly one of Canada’s most precious resources. Admired worldwide for her singing and song writing skills, Arden artfully conveys real-life experiences, and depths of emotion, through her insightful lyrics. With six CDs, 13 ...
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Faye Dance received her Bachelor of Applied Arts from Ryerson University in Toronto in 1969. She has hosted many television shows – travel, talk, lottery, business, National Santa Clause Parade and acted in commercials and movies. She and her husband ...
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Nancy Lee Doige lives in Aurora, Ontario, where she developed a national education program on Transplantation and Organ Donation for Grade 5-8 students. The Classroom Connections “Gift of Life” Education Program is currently in 7,500 school across Canada. Nancy draws ...
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Peter Elliott is a Renaissance man with a strong passion for Canadian history and wilderness canoeing. He freelances as a video editor and cameraman in Toronto, but produces his own documentaries for television. Peter has worked as a living history ...
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Manuel Erickson received his B.A. from the University of Waterloo (1974). Now retired, he owned a 1956 Cessna 172 for four years until May 2002, writes, plays piano and surfs the Internet. His greatest love is for his life partner, ...
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Sharon Espeseth lives in Barrhead, Alberta with her husband Hank and is the proud mother of three young adults, Michael, Christie, and Jenny. After numerous years teaching and later developing courses for distance education, she is retiring. Sharon plans to ...
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Trent Evans lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta with his wife Laurel and their sons Justin and Jarret. He supervises the ice making team at Northlands Park's Skyreach Center. With all the continued attention around the loonie, Trent is currently working ...
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Vince Fantauzzi was born in the small town of Sora, near Rome, Italy. At age fifteen he moved to Toronto, Canada. Vince works as a letter carrier for Canada Post. In his free time he enjoys painting, reading, writing short ...
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Penny Federczenko lives in Oshawa, Ontario. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and presently teaches public school. She is also the mother of two adult children. Penny enjoys travelling, writing, theatre, music and sports. She can be reached ...
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Gregory Fouts is professor of Psychology at the University of Calgary. His areas of expertise are how we become “attuned” with others and develop resilient personalities when faced with life’s challenges. Dr. Fouts is the recipient of awards for exceptional ...
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Pat Fowler is a “people person”. Her pleasant, outgoing and assuring presence entices people of all ages to open up to her and share their experiences in life, both happy and sad. Check her website at www.geocities.com/cdnheroes or contact her ...
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Sally Armstrong is a journalist and human rights activist. She was editor-in-chief of Homemaker’s Magazine from 1988-1999. She is presently editor-at-large for Chatelaine Magazine, as well as a contributing author to Maclean’s. She has been honoured by the National Magazine ...
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Linda Gabris is a writer whose inspirational stories, articles and poetry have appeared in publications across North America and in England. She has been instructing creative and business writing workshops for over 16 years and has a home-based writing consultant ...
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Chief Dan George (1899–1981) was one of the most prominent First Nation Canadians. He dedicated his life to fostering awareness, understanding and friendship between the First Nations and White Canadian settlers. To all Vancouverites, Chief Dan George was known particularly ...
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Lorrie Goldstein is The Editor of the Toronto Sun. Veronika’s mother Julie Hanning, who delivered the toast at Leah and Veronika’s Bat Mitzvah, works as a professional model in Toronto ...
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Growing up in a small community on the edge of the Don Valley in Toronto, Bill Gorman and his friends spent many exciting days exploring the valley, looking for adventure. He now teaches elementary school in Toronto and shares his ...
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Senator Jerry S. Grafstein, B.A., J.D. graduated from the University of Toronto Law School in 1958. Called to the Bar in 1960, he was made Queen’s Counsel in 1972. In 1984, Prime Minister Trudeau appointed him to the Senate. As ...
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Rick Hansen, C.C., O.B.C., lives with wife Amanda and three daughters in Vancouver, BC. He’s President and CEO of the Rick Hansen Institute and Foundation, which has generated more than $137 million for spinal cord injury programs, and works to ...
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Jo-Ann Hartford-Jaques, teacher and writer, has a specialist degree in English Literature, University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Education degree specializing in Special Education. A Board of Directors member of the Down Syndrome Association of Toronto, she is a ...
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Jayne Harvey works as a mother, wife and registered nurse. Her passion for caring for seniors and writing about those experiences has launched a career as a motivational speaker for care providers, volunteers and chaplain groups. She plans to continue ...
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Paul Henderson played in the NHL first for the Detroit Red Wings and later the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1963 to 1974 moving to the WHA and retired in 1979. He is now executive director of Leadership Ministries, a division ...
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Jennifer Bailey was enrolled in a writing course when encouraged by her tutor to submit her story to Chicken Soup for the Soul. She enjoys reading as well as writing children's stories and skits that are based on Biblical truths ...
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Carl Hiebert wears several hats as an author, aviator, photographer, and motivational speaker. He has published four bestselling photography books and specializes in low-level aerial photographs with his ultralight aircraft. His current work includes photographing for charities in Africa. He ...
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Ruth Hilton-Hatfield was legally blind. She was an avid writer and published her book of her short stories at age 88. She typed by “feel”, and had published many short stories. She was born in Carleton, Nova Scotia, and graduated ...
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Allan Hirsh, M.A. is a psychotherapist, trainer and cartoonist. He uses gentle humour with his clients and in his stress management seminars. His latest book is “Relax for the Fun of It.” A Cartoon & Audio Guide to releasing Stress.” ...
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Michael Hogan wanted to travel the world but, because of his excessive weight, was having trouble walking three blocks. If you’d like to know how he learned to manage Obstructive Sleep Apnea, lose 85 pounds and have some fun getting ...
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Susan Hreljac received her Bachelor of Social Sciences, with honours, from the University of Ottawa in 1982. Susan and Mark Hreljac run the Ryan’s Well Foundation with the help of a small board and other dedicated volunteers. Visit the Ryan’s ...
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Wanda James has been both a Class “A” Automobile Technician and a graphic designer. After becoming disabled with Rheumatoid Arthritis, she turned to writing as a source of interestand comfort. Her book Getting Up Is Hard to Do: Life with ...
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Lynn Johnston has been sharing the amusing, moving lives of the Patterson family with millions of readers since 1979, in her award winning comic strip For Better or For Worse. In 1992 Johnston was awarded the Order of Canada. Please ...
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Peter Jordan is host of the hardest working show on television – “It’s A Living.” Every week on CBC TV, he tries people’s jobs for a day. Today he’s trying to be a writer. He also contributes humorous stories for ...
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Kahlee Keane, Root Woman, is an educator and eco-herbalist. Her books, courses and medicine walks stress the sustainable use of medicinal plants, teaching others to make and use the medicines that are their birthright. The founder of Save Our Species, ...
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Paul Banks has been a journalist since 1995. Now living in Gander Newfoundland, he is currently the manager/editor of Gander’s Beacon newspaper. A former editor of the Flamborough Review in Southern Ontario, and can be reached at pbanks@nf.sympatico.caback to top ...
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Craig Kielburger is the author of Free the Children (McClelland & Stewart) and co-author of Take Action – A Guide to Active Citizenship for Youth (Gage Educational Publishing). For more information on how you can get involved in FTC’s school ...
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Ernest Kowalchuk was born in Rivers, Manitoba in 1945, moved to Toronto in 1950, and taught there from 1966-1970. He attended the University of Western Ontario, graduating in Geology. He moved to London in 1970, teaching there until retirement in ...
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W.P. Kinsella has published over 30 books and novels. Shoeless Joe (the most honoured novel in Canadian history) was turned into the Academy-Award-Nominated movie Field of Dreams. He has been Distinguished Alumni Lecturer at the University of Iowa. He is ...
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The Toronto Star newspaper columns of Gary Lautens (1928-1992), Canada’s well-loved humorist and columnist, were syndicated throughout Canada, and briefly in the United States, during his 30 year career at the Star. His columns have been compiled into several books, ...
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Mark Leiren-Young is a playwright, screenwriter, journalist, performer and Canucks fan. His plays, Shylock and Articles of Faith are published by Anvil Press and he has two CDs with his comedy troupe, Local Anxiety – Greenpieces and Forgive Us, We're ...
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Natalie MacMaster was born and raised in Cape Breton and started fiddling at age nine. She possesses a teaching  degree, but has opted to pursue her music career, taking it to the international stage. Her accolades include a Grammy nomination, ...
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Steve Magee received his Bachelor of Science, with Honours, and is currently Vice Principal of Erin District High School, in Erin Ontario. Steve anticipates “touching the face of nature” by doing what he loves, canoeing and hiking over North America ...
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Ted Mahovlich is a schoolteacher and author. His last book, The Big M: The Frank Mahovlich Story, was a #1 National Best Seller in Canada. Ted is currently writing the biography of hockey great Marcel Dionne. A music enthusiast, Ted ...
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Brenda Mallory is a legally blind artist, author, motivational speaker, journalist and comic. She taught grade one for many years in British Columbia. She lives on a five-acre bird sanctuary where she pursues her many careers. Please reach her at ...
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Paul Martini skated with partner Barbara Underhill for 21 years. Before retiring in 1998, they were 5 time Canadian Pair Champions, 1984 World Pair Champions, 2 time Olympians, and won 7 Professional titles. In 1988 they were inducted into the ...
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Shelly McEwan lives in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada with her husband Gord and their sons Joshua, Adam and Noah. She is an Early Childhood Educator at Lambton College. “Letters of Hope” was written for Gord’s grandparents, William and Martha Lindsay, who ...
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Marilyn Bell Di Lascio went on to swim the English Channel in 1955 after her historic Lake Ontario swim, and then the Straits of Juan de Fuca in 1956. After retiring from swimming, in 1957 she married her sweetheart Joe ...
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Darlene Montgomery is an internationally respected authority on dreams, spiritual perspectives and ideas. Author, speaker and clergywoman, she speaks to groups and organizations on uplifting subjects. Her book, Dream Yourself Awake chronicles her personal journey to discover her own divine ...
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Marc André Morel is one of Canada’s most sought after speaker on business and personal success. He delivers powerful keynotes to FORTUNE 500 corporations, associations and organizations around the world. Past President of the Montreal Chapter of the Canadian Association ...
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Mary Lee Moynan is an optimist, a Christian, a passionate wife, an compassionate mother and grandmother. Her inspirational book Get off Your Knees, is available through her publisher at www.publishamerica.com, or by calling PublishAmerica, Inc. directly at 1-877-333-7422, or moynanmarylee@hotmail.com ...
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Elisabeth Munsterhjelm earned her H.B.A. and M.A. from theUniversity of Western Ontario, including a year at the University of Madrid, Spain. During her teaching career Elisabeth took a year’s leave to travel extensively around Latin America. She currently owns two ...
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Vern Murphy served almost 20 years in the Royal Canadian Navy and 18 years as Director Public Relations with Veterans Affairs Canada in Ottawa, Ontario. As a writer he has produced various recollections of his experiences. He and his wife ...
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Diane C. Nicholson is a freelance writer and award-winning photographer living in British Columbia. She and her family own Twin Heart Photo Productions and sell photo art prints and Limited Edition Prints, specializing in horses and companion animals through their ...
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Tim O’Driscoll is a Burlington, Ontario lawyer. His general practice has an emphasis on wills/estates/real estate. Tim is Karen’s happy husband and Liam’s proud father. For legal services, please contact Tim at 905-634-5581. For speechwriting (weddings, eulogies, etc.) or other ...
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Susan Owen is a Kingston, Ontario writer who has published numerous short stories and essays. She is currently working on a children’s book. back to top ...
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Bob Proctor is the best-selling author of You Were Born Rich. Author, business consultant, Fortune 500 trainer - these are just some of the many hats Bob Proctor wears. His phenomenal track record for helping individuals improve their results has ...
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Alan Ralston is a farmer, plays the trumpet, runs a business, and he and wife Shirley have 3 very active children. Alan and Shirley were with Carl Hiebert at his accident, and Carl lived with them afterwards. On the day ...
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Maree Benoit received her Early Childhood Education Diploma from Cariboo College in 1978. Maree taught pre-school in Williams Lake for many years until her retirement. She has travelled all over the world with her husband Leo before settling in McLeese ...
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Chris Robertson is a past President of CAPS, founder of the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame and has been voted Best Canadian Keynote Speaker. Chris is author of the bestselling book To The Top Canada and Exceeding Expectations: The Strategy ...
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Ruth Robins-Jeffery, a former lounge pianist and credit manager in Southern Ontario, now operates “Landfall”, a small bed and breakfast on the south shore of Prince Edward Island. Her e-mail address is rrobjeff@pei.sympatico.ca ...
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Ariel Rogers has been involved in the entertainment industry since early childhood. A member of The Players Guild of Hamilton, she has won numerous dramatic and musical awards over the years. She manages Fogarty’s Cove Music, the company founded by ...
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Leslie Scrivener is Faith & Ethics Reporter at the Toronto Star newspaper. She covered Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope for The Star and later was asked by Terry to write the story of his run, Terry Fox: His Story, published ...
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John Seagrave (1959-2005) lived in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories- which is in the Arctic. He was one of the last generation of Canadian fur traders, and witnessed the closing of an era of our history. After Ogemah was chosen for this ...
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Doug Setter is completing a bachelors degree in Nutrition at the University of Manitoba. A former soldier and welterweight kickboxing champion, Doug teaches fitness, kickboxing, and self defence. He is the author of “Stomach Flattening” and “Women’s Kickboxing.” Doug can ...
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Carol Sharpe is the mother of five children and a grandmother ofnine. She has recently received her diploma in CreativeWriting. A very busy lady who enjoys sports. Next to writing she enjoys playing competitively in Billiard Leagues ...
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Stella Shepard lives on an organic farm in Morell, Prince Edward Island, with her husband Reg Phelan and son, Joshua. Stella graduated from Journalism at Holland College, P.E.I. in 2000. She enjoys writing, tending her vegetable and flower gardens and ...
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Bob Templeton was the Founder/Chairman of The Barrie Tornado Disaster Fund. He now lives in Dartmout NS, where he serves as President of Newcap Broadcasting, a communications company engaged primarily in Radio. NCC currently operates 57 radio licenses across Canada ...
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Mary Turner received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Manitoba. She is the mother of two grown sons and lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Mary has written for the Winnipeg Free Press and the Victoria ...
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Kurt Browning is one of the most prolific skaters in Canadian history. With jumps labeled “raw, confident and powerful,” in 1988 he was the first skater ever to successfully complete a quadruple jump in world competition. Kurt subsequently earned four ...
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Barbara Underhill skated with partner Paul Martini for21 years. Before retiring in 1998, they were 5 time Canadian Pair Champions, 1984 World Pair Champions, 2 time Olympians, won 7 Professional World titles, and in 1988 were inducted into Canadian Sports ...
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Penny & Vicky Vilagos specialize in inspiring team excellence and are members of the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.  As motivational speakers they translate “What it takes to succeed in sports” to “What it takes to succeed in business”. To ...
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Pamela Wallin, broadcaster and journalist, hosted and produced Pamela Wallin's Talk TV for many years, through Pamela Wallin Productions Inc. Her recent book Speaking of Success: Collected Wisdom, Insights and Reflections shares perspectives of many of the celebrated people she ...
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Wayne Watson Wayne Watson is a 28 year veteran of the RCMP who says that he would like to be a writer when he grows up. Born in Québec City , Wayne enjoys reading, writing, skiing and playing guitar. He ...
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Crystal Wood is a freelance writer living in Winnipeg. She holds degrees in English and journalism, and has worked as a writer and editor for film, television and print. She is currently working on her first screenplay. Crystal enjoys books, ...
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Frances Wright inspires others to follow in the footsteps of the Famous 5. This President and CEO of the Famous 5 Foundation is a superb speaker and invites everyone to visit the Women Are Persons! monuments in Olympic Plaza in ...
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Sigrun Goodman Zatorsky has a lengthy association with libraries, both from having worked as a cataloguer for schools, and lately as an advocate for libraries and literacy. She is an avid reader and has also attainted some success in writing, ...
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Linda Chamberlayne works as a special educator in Kelowna, B.C. She hasalso worked for the Canadian Publisher, Wood LakeBooks, writing church school curriculum and musicfor Primary aged children. Her own book of songs andactivities for church school, Joyful Noise, is ...
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Katherine Cornell earned a B.A. (Hon.) in History from the University of Guelph and a M.A. in Dance from York University. She co-wrote one book and contributes to several magazines and anthologies. Cornell also teaches in the Learning Through the ...
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