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Shattered and Sundered – A Film Tribute to Canadian Veterans in WWI

kieran-shattered shotIt’s been exciting to see a project in which my son Kieran is involved take shape this past year.  Filming is about to begin and Director Jeff and his team have been crowd sourcing some financial support in order to make their film as professional as they can – and they’ve met their goal!  This project is a dream come true for Kieran, because although his friend Jeff wrote about his great-grandfather’s experience at Vimy Ridge, Kieran’s own ‘Poppie’, James Orr, survived the Battle of the Somme at age 16 and was a member of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.  We spent many Sunday nights listening to Poppie retell his experiences of trying to survive life in the trenches, so to see Kieran depicted in the promo video was a bit haunting.   I’ll never forget my grandfather, responding to something my Mom was NOT going to let me do as a young teenager (the details escape me) — saying “Aach…Kathleen, when I was her age I was in the trenches in France fighting for my life…let her go! ”

We are so proud to see Kieran involved in telling this story – and Poppie would be so proud too!  Thanks so much to the friends and families of these young artists – your contributions are making dreams come true! 🙂

More about the film…and the donation campaign:


Organ Donation – Please Help!

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NEW! Since the time of writing this post, organ donation registration is now available online.  Please go to and get registered! My friend and colleague,  Janet Parr, a Vice-Principal at UGDSB, came to our Program Services meeting today.  I … Continue reading

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The Impotence of Proofreading

The teachers out there will like this! What spellcheck won’t always pick up!