Welcome to this, my first
"Canadian Achievers" weekly newspaper column. I hope you enjoy
reading it and will look for it each week.
What is Canadian Achievers? Well, it's a continuation of the radio
series I hosted daily from 1985-99 on Canada's leading radio
stations. During that time I proudly reported the achievements of
living Canadians from all walks of life, Canadians who were
achieving and deserved recognition.
Canada is a county of achievers. Canada is the one country where you
don't have to be tall to reach the sky or come from a big city to
have big ideas. . If you are familiar with the radio series or have
read my book The Canadian Achievers, you will know how deep my
feelings run for this most wonderful country of ours and the people
who make it great. My stories are contemporary; they deal only with
However, if this is your first exposure to "Canadian Achievers" let
me warn you. As you read each column you may wonder if I am being
paid by the government or the Chamber of Commerce to sing the
praises of Canadians, many of them unknown. Let me assure you I am
not. My pride in Canada and Canadians comes from personal
I was born in Canada, raised on a small farm near Morinville, Alta.
Similarly, Aline, my wife of 50 years, was also born in Canada,
raised on a small farm near Rosairville, New Brunswick. We each
attended one-room, eight-grade schools. Aline is Acadian, I am a
francophone. We both cherish our heritage. I tell you this now so
you may have a better understanding of why my columns will be
crafted with shades of enthusiastic patriotism and deep admiration
for the people I will write about.
Canada is the greatest country in the world. Canada is the one
country where if your mind will conceive it, and your heart will
believe it, you will achieve it.