Thursday 10 December 2020

Book ~ "Extraordinary Canadians: Stories from the Heart of Our Nation" (2020) Peter Mansbridge and Mark Bulgutch

From GoodreadsIn this timely and heartwarming volume of personal stories, Peter Mansbridge and former CBC producer Mark Bulgutch bring together inspiring Canadians from across the country, who in their own way, are making Canada a better place for all.

Hear Gitxsan activist Cindy Blackstock describe her childhood in northern British Columbia where she straddled two communities - Indigenous and non-Indigenous - and her subsequent fight for equitable health care for all children as the executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. Meet Matt Devlin, the US broadcaster who found a new home in Canada when he got a job with the Toronto Raptors, and read how he helped calm the crowd when a gunman began shooting in Nathan Phillips Square after the team’s NBA championship win. From the young woman living with Crohn’s disease - and proudly modeling her ostomy bag - to the rabbi whose family fled Nazi Germany - and who now gives the benediction on Parliament Hill each Remembrance Day - "Extraordinary Canadians" celebrates the people who have overcome adversity and broken down barriers to champion the rights and freedoms of everyone who calls Canada home.

Featuring voices from all walks of life - advocates, politicians, doctors, veterans, immigrants, business leaders, and more - this collection gets to the heart of what it means to be Canadian. These stories will change the way you see your country and make you fall in love with Canada all over again.

Peter Mansbridge is a former anchor of CBC’s The National and Mark Bulgutch is a former CBC producer.  They have put together a collection of stories of extraordinary Canadians which have been written by the Canadian themselves (so it's in first person perspective).

The stories are varied and interesting.  There is a bio of the person at the end of their story ... I would have moved them to the beginning of the story as I didn't know who these people are as they aren't household names.  I started reading the bio before I read their story to get an idea of who they were and what had made them so special.

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