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Sheila Marchant As a longtime resident of northern Manitoba, Sheila Marchant enjoys capturing the natural beauty of this region in poetry. Sheila gathers inspiration everywhere, but particularly from her scenic views on her monthly bus rides from Flin Flon to Prince Albert. “You can never get bored if you look out the window,” she says.

Shirley Barbeau Shirley Barbeau is a long-time resident of The Pas, and former resident of Cranberry Portage. A recent graduate from UCN, Shirley works for both The Pas Arts Council and The Pas & District Chamber of Commerce. In her free time, Shirley taps into her creative side with crafting projects and art installations; she is also a MS Walk ambassador.

Maryn McKee Maryn McKee is an 11-year-old crafter from Flin Flon. She has assistant-taught at Flin Flon’s NorVA Centre for the past three years, creating items such as duct tape purses, popsicle-stick fruit bowls, and tie-dye shirts. Maryn’s passion for crafting has led her to start a small home tie-dye business with her friend Nevada Shirran called TNT Explosive Wear.

Richard Billy Richard Billy is the former co-owner and editor of The Reminder and editor of Hudbay's Northern Lights. He lived in Flin Flon for 50 years before retiring to Calgary in 1999 and is currently working on a number of stories about his time in Flin Flon.

Morley G. Naylor Morley G. Naylor was born in Sherridon and has lived in Flin Flon since. For 32 years, he has travelled all over northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan with CBC TV and CBC Radio. “I’ve really come to appreciate the beauty and diversity of our area,” Morley says. “There are so many stories to tell.”

Penny Byer Penny Byer moved to Thompson in the late ’70s to open up the CBC North Country studio. She moved into print as editor of employee publications with a mining company and has freelanced for various organizations and publications. She also teaches courses on communications and leadership.

Jim Parres Jim Parres is a prospector/geologist who was born in Timmins, Ontario, but raised in Flin Flon, Manitoba. He has co-authored two Manitoba mining books, The Nor Acme Gold Mine Story and Headframes, Happiness and Heartaches along with Marc Jackson.  Jim also writes a bi-monthly column in the Snow Lake paper.

Gerry Clark Gerry Clark is a retired schoolteacher whose whole career, starting in 1969, has been at Hapnot Collegiate, Flin Flon. His interests include drawing, mostly portraits and some caricatures; photography, mostly wildlife but also sports, involving his four grandsons; and writing, mostly about local history.

Shannon Smadella As a charitable business professional, humanitarian and former Miss Canada, Shannon has travelled the world aiding various causes. From TSN Sports Host to freelance journalist, the University of Saskatchewan alumni enjoys writing for various publications in her free time.  She is working on her third book and is a mortgage specialist with RBC Royal Bank.

Marc Jackson Marc Jackson has lived in Snow Lake for 42 years. He is married to Leone and has four children and three grandchildren. For the past number of years, Marc has written, edited, and published Snow Lake’s Underground Press, as well as a syndicated column that runs Fridays in the Flin Flon Reminder, Opasquia Times, and Nickel Belt News. He has co-written two books.

Pat Vickery Pat Vickery was born and raised in Flin Flon. She attended the University of Saskatchewan and obtained a B.A. and a B.Ed, teaching in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Wisconsin. Vickery’s work for children was published in W.J. Gage anthologies, textbooks, and workbooks and her poetry has been published in Canada and the U.S. • • @cottagenorth


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