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Our Canada

August/September 2019

The extraordinary magazine that brings our country to life! Share in the stories, photos, special hometown places, and family-favourite recipes that make this the most unique, proud-to-be-Canadian magazine ever. Every picture and story in this one-of-a-kind magazine will bring Canada to vivid, colourful life for you. Join over 1,000,000 readers - and celebrate Canada!

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Thanks for the Memories Thanks for publishing my story, “Farmerettes Helping at Home” (April-May 2019). The response has been awesome, with former farmerettes contacting me to share their stories and photos. Children who recall their moms telling them they were farmerettes have told me their stories as well. They are all very excited to know there will be a book available in 2019 that acknowledges the service these young girls provided toward food production during World War II and beyond. Bonnie Sitter, Exeter, Ont. A Grateful Daughter I just want to send a heartfelt thank you to your magazine for being just who you are. Let me explain. I am a family caregiver for my father, who has dementia and has been receiving Our Canada for several years now. Dad loves looking at the…

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contributor spotlight

CAROLINE HALE Having grown up in Quebec, Caroline now resides on Vancouver Island with her boyfriend, Nikolas, and their three fur babies, a Jack Russell-cross named Zak, a 50-pound Chocolate Lab named Gryffin and a cat called Gunner. Read all about the family’s cross-country road trip in Caroline’s feature story “Our Travelling Circus” on page 16. In her free time, Caroline enjoys exploring the beautiful island, fostering animals for the local SPCA and photographing anything and everything. She hopes to one day run her very own animal shelter and photography business. LAURA SNIDERMAN Laura is the founder and CEO of The Get Together, a women’s festival launching this summer in Ontario (see Cause for Applause on page 18). A 29-year-old graduate student in clinical psychology with a passion for women’s empowerment and community…

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editor’s letter

STRIKING A BALANCE As most of you know, between Our Canada and More of Our Canada, we publish 12 issues a year. The one you’re reading through right now holds the distinction of being the only issue that spans two seasons of the year. Striking the right seasonal balance in terms of story selection and visuals can be a bit tricky, but thanks to you, we always have excellent submissions to consider. Take our cover photo, for example. Provided by contributor Diane Laybourne of Lloydminster, Sask., the image bridges summer and fall very nicely, and serves as an excellent lead-in to the “Fields of Gold” photo feature beginning on page 44 within the issue. Another case in point is the photo essay on page 8 by Mark Lachovsky, who spends his summer and…

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our canada

Chairman of the Board Christopher Dornan Editor-in-Chief, Reader’s Digest Canada Dominique Ritter Our Canada Editor-in-Chief Gary George Executive Editor, Digital Brett Walther Senior Editor Maryanne Gallagher Editorial Intern Mehanaz Yakub Proofreader Imogen Brian Art Director Robert Bigras Graphic Designers Pierre Loranger, Michel Pelletier Assistant Web Editor Robert Liwanag Content Operations Manager Lisa Pigeon Circulation Director Edward Birkett THE READER’S DIGEST ASSOCIATION (CANADA) ULC President Brian Kennedy Legal Barbara Robins Financial Director Corinne Hazan Product Manager, Magazine Marketing Mirella Liberatore National Sales Director James Anderson National Account Executives Suzanne Farago (Montreal); Melissa Silverberg (Toronto); Robert Shaw (Vancouver) Marketing and Research Director Kelly Hobson Head of Marketing Solutions and New Product Development Melissa Williams Senior Project Manager Meri Ward Production Manager Lisa Snow Toronto Office: 121 Bloor St. E., Suite. 430, Toronto, ON M4W 1E6 TRUSTED MEDIA BRANDS President and Chief Executive Officer Bonnie Kintzer Editor-in-Chief, International Magazines Raimo Moysa…

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veteran profile

Robert E. Spooner 438 SQUADRON Robert was born on September 12, 1920, on Vancouver Island. He joined the RCAF in 1941 and flew the famous Hawker Typhoon with 438 Squadron. “The Typhoon was a tank of an airplane. I once had a mid-air collision over Germany (with another Typhoon in the squadron.) We were in a cloud and I pulled up to get away from his Typhoon, and he must have seen me at the same time, rammed his stick and his aircraft hit my aileron. My aileron jammed where I had little control. We both made it back, but it was the closest I came to using a parachute.” Robert flew 97 missions over Europe, and participated in the support of Falaise and Nijmegen, the crossing of the Rhine and the German Ardennes…

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finding beauty in your own backyard

The morning silence was shattered by the echoing sound of the call of a loon. I had been fast asleep, but knew I now had to drag my body out of bed to visit with my friends. I am fortunate enough to have a house on a lake in the Laurentians, an area with small mountains and lakes about an hour north of Montreal. I spend as much time there as possible, particularly in the warmer months when my kayak becomes my favourite mode of transportation. I have a very stable kayak that allows me to bring my camera with me without fear of it falling into the water. Photographing from a kayak takes careful practice, but once mastered, becomes second nature. My camera must be ready at all times as nature…