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Friday, January 8th, 2021—News marks its 10th anniversary today. To celebrate the occasion, Kickass Canadians reflect on the past decade, and share updates and insights about themselves and our world.

“Bliss” added to National Screen Institute’s online collection

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019—News

My short film Bliss is currently featured in the National Screen Institute’s Online Short Film Festival, and will remain on the site as part of their digital collection of Canadian shorts. Proud and grateful to be included! You can watch Bliss here. marks Canada 150

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017—News

The Kickass Canadians share their reflections and insights on what Canada 150 means to them—and what they hope to see from our country as we move forward together.

“Siwash Rock” by Kickass Canadian Roy Henry Vickers

Kickass Canadians founder Walks In Her Shoes for CARE Canada

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017—News

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, I completed CARE Canada’s Walk In Her Shoes challenge. The annual initiative aims to raise funds and awareness for the women and girls worldwide who walk an average of 10,000 steps each day to gather water, food, firewood and other basic necessities. For those females, walking that much leaves little time to get an education or earn an income, locking them into a cycle of poverty.

Thank you to my sponsors, who helped me raise $555 for CARE’s Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies initiative, and to the friends who joined me for the walk, including Kickass Canadian Gavin Thompson. You can read more about our walk here.

Walking In Her Shoes with Kickass Canadian Gavin Thompson (right)

Since its inaugural year, Kickass Canadians has organized several CARE Canada fundraisers. I’m proud to partner with such an important charity that does great work toward ending poverty and elevating the status of women and girls.

If you’d like to support CARE Canada, please donate here.

“Now That I’m Here” tops Blurb Books bestseller list

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016—News

Amazing news—Now That I’m Here is currently at the top of Blurb Books’ bestseller list! And Toujours ici, its French translation, is in the Top 20. Thank you to everyone who ordered a copy! Together, we’re increasing awareness of mitochondrial disease and raising funds for the CHEO Research Institute. You can learn more and order your copy here.

Blurb Books bestsellers

“Now That I’m Here” now available to order

Sunday, September 18th, 2016—News

Now That I’m Here, the fourth children’s book from my publishing shingle, Wonderpress, is now available in English and French for print-on-demand orders.

The book is a loving tribute to a young girl from Ottawa name Kate Drury, who passed away last year from mitochondrial disease. It’s also a universal story that aims to help children understand death, illness and disability in an uplifting way. All profits go to the CHEO Research Institute in support of research into SIFD, the type of mitochondrial disease Kate suffered from.

Here’s what people are saying:

Now That I’m Here is a touching, helpful book for all of us who deal with illness growing up. A lovely, sad, good and loving tribute that gives hope and strength where it’s needed most.”Chris Hadfield, astronaut & The New York Times bestselling author (An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, You Are Here, The Darkest Dark)

“This heartfelt storybook reads as a gentle tribute to resilience, imagination and an inspiring little girl. Kate’s letter to us is tender and stirring, accompanied by dazzling and colourful illustrations.”Sean Michaels, Giller Prize-winning author (Us Conductors)

Now That I’m Here is a strikingly beautiful and moving eulogy for the death of a child. The story masterfully captures the voice of a young girl, and its heartfelt optimism in the face of the darkest circumstances is profoundly emotional.”Hannah Moscovitch, award-winning playwright (East of Berlin, The Russian Play, This Is War)

For the latest updates on Now That I’m Here, please ‘Like’ the book’s Facebook page.

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A+ review for “Now That I’m Here”

Saturday, September 17th, 2016—News

Rebecca Lee of Service Dog Tales wrote a glowing review of my latest children’s book, Now That I’m Here! Her site features reviews of kids’ books that address disability. I had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca in the Daytime Ottawa greenroom before our interviews. You can watch her segment, on the Lions Foundation of Canada Guide Dogs, here.


Wonderpress author appears on Daytime Ottawa

Friday, September 16th, 2016—News

Thanks to Rogers TV’s Daytime Ottawa for interviewing me about Now That I’m Here! You can watch the segment here.

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Kitchissippi Times plugs “Now That I’m Here”

Thursday, September 15th, 2016—News

Thank you to writer Bhavana Gopinath for the Kitchissippi Times piece on my latest Wonderpress children’s book, Now That I’m Here, which comes out September 18, 2016.

Kitchissippi Times

Ottawa Citizen covers “Now That I’m Here”

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016—News

Thanks to the Ottawa Citizen and writer/photographer Bruce Deachman for the great piece on my new children’s book, Now That I’m Here. The book will be available to order via print-on-demand as of September 18, in English and French, with profits going to the CHEO Research Institute.

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