Season Three: July 2011 Archives

Episode 6 - Ottilia Chareka - August 2 & 5

01670009.JPGOttilia Chareka grew up in a small, rural village in Zimbabwe. A beautiful young woman, her father expected to collect a "bride price" as quickly as possible, assuming she'd marry young.  But Ottilia had other plans.  She had ambitions to become the first girl in her clan to finish high school and become a teacher.  She succeeded. But when she moved to Canada, she found out her credentials were not accepted. So, she began again. While working as a maid at a hotel in Fredericton, she saved enough money for university tuition. After completing her PhD, she became a highly respected professor in the Faculty of Education at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS.  She was a spirited mother to five girls and her boundless enthusiam, intellect and empathy made her a favourite of both staff and students.  Tragically, Ottilia died on March 16th, 2011. Her husband has been charged with first degree murder.

The documentary on Ottilia Chareka was by Diane Paquette in Halifax.


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Episode 5 - Jon Lien - July 26 & 29

john lien.jpgJon Lien was the Whale Man, a shaggy-haired Viking from South Dakota who saved hundreds of whales from certain death in the waters off Newfoundland; the animal behaviourist found a way to get the marine giants co-operation, to let him free them from the fishing nets they were trapped in. In the process, he helped two species - the fisherman and the whale - learn to co-exist. He was also a passionate professor; an organic farmer; and a man who loved life, and his family, in equal measure. Jon was and is an inspiration to those who seek new and innovative answers to old problems.


The documentary on Jon Lien was by Ted Blades in St. John's.

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Episode 4 - Bryce Keller - July 19 & 22

15948096_115967664392_1.JPGBryce Keller wanted to be a solider. His parents were concerned, but accepting as their son felt it was a calling. Even in his childhood in Regina, Saskatchewan, Bryce was described as a natural born leader. Someone you could always depend on. But it was in the last few moments of his life that defined the person he had become. It was August 3rd, 2006 - in one of the bloodiest days of fighting for Canadians in the Afghanistan War, Bryce Keller went above and beyond the call of duty. The young man's heroic actions saved the lives of many on that fateful day.




The documentary on Bryce Keller was by Michael O'Halloran in Calgary.

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