Articles Written By Joan W. Winter

Ready, Set, Grow

By Joan W. Winter on Jun 1, 2013

President and founding member of Ladner Community Garden Society plants seeds - in the ground, and in the hearts and minds of local school children. Read more...

Isn't it About Time?

By Joan W. Winter on Mar 1, 2011

Twenty years ago, while driving a B.C. transit bus, Marilyn Joyce (M.J.) Milne had a strange encounter of the mystical kind. As she pulled into a stop and opened the door, a maroon-robed man with a black goatee beard was standing at the stop. Read more...

Easy Rider

By Joan W. Winter on Jan 1, 2011

Five years earlier, Marlene, then 60, dreamt that at age 65 she would cycle across Canada - from coast to coast - dipping her front wheel in the ocean at Mile 0 in Victoria B.C. and then cycle to Mile 0 in Newfoundland, through all 10 provinces. Read more...

A Treasure Trove of Talent

By Joan W. Winter on Jul 5, 2010

Sometimes, like undiscovered treasures, brilliant facets of a person's inner character remain hidden and surface only with opportunity presented by change. So it was with Margo Prentice, who'd never dreamed of being an actress when she left her family home in Winnipeg at age 19 and jumped on a westbound bus. Read more...

United In Song

By Joan W. Winter on Dec 1, 2009

Bob Poutt seats himself at the piano and strikes the opening chords of, "Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow." Bright sunshine warms the third-floor room at Vancouver's 411 Dunsmuir Seniors Centre. Christmas is still three months away, but members of the 411 Multicultural Choir respond with a rousing rendition. Read more...

GOGO Jesse

By Joan W. Winter on Aug 31, 2009

Africa holds a special place in the heart of Ladner resident and grandmother, Jesse Pringle. She lived there as a young mother in the 1960s, and again in the ‘80s. So, when she heard that in August 2006, the Stephen Lewis Foundation was bringing 100 African grandmothers to Toronto to meet with 200 Canadian grandmothers, I'm going, she decided. Read more...

On The Gold Trail

By Joan W. Winter on Feb 26, 2009

The community of Lytton, 265 km north of Vancouver, is nestled cozily at the confluence of the mighty Fraser and Thompson Rivers. Once known as "camshin" (Kumsheen) or "meeting place" by First Nations people, it is a natural gathering spot. In 1808, Simon Fraser came this way on his quest to find a route to the Pacific Ocean. Some years later, similar to many other Gold Country communities, it became a supply centre for gold-seeking adventurers and has remained an important social and cultural hub. Read more...

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