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I grew up in a house where magazines and newspapers covered pretty much every horizontal surface. You couldn't put your drink down anywhere without having to move some dog-eared magazine or misfolded paper out of the way first. My father was a great story teller, so between his adventures and the stacks of magazines everywhere, I was doomed to be a writer from the start.
I sold my first magazine article when I was 14. As a high school student, I was a semi-regular contributor for two different Canadian publications. By the time I finished school, I was hopelessly committed to sharing my experiences with the world. And I have to say, it's been a great ride. Fast-forward a little over three decades and I'm honoured to say I've published thousands of magazine articles, a couple of books, gigabytes worth of website content and more. I earn a good living telling stories of Canada, and I'm blessed with clients - and readers - all around the world. I'm proud to say I don't feel like I've ever worked a day in my life.
My enthusiasm for telling great stories stems from having so much awesome material to work with. The more I write about Canada, the more deeply I come to appreciate how lucky I was to be born in the greatest country on earth. Learning the stories of my fellow Canadians, and being entrusted to pass them along to new audiences all over the world has shown me that the values and promise that built this great nation not only live on today, but have never been more alive than they are right now. While it's easy to be distracted by events around the world, some of the most incredible stories are the everyday experiences of people right here. These stories need to be told.
In the connected world we live in today, it has never been more important to share our stories, and let the world know who we are, where we've come from, and where we're headed. I'm delighted to see Canadian Heritage take a leadership role in driving this forward. While Canadians may very well spend up to 21 hours a week on the internet, it is more important than ever that they - and the rest of the world - have access to quality Canadian content. Ours is a story worth telling.