Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail

I am an author, freelance writer, and personal historian. If you’re looking for someone to help tell the story of your life, your company, or your community, please feel free to contact me.

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John Bogie to be inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame in 2018!
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John Bogie to be inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame in 2018!
Members of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame are selected for their contributions to Canada’s development through their integral roles in the nation’s aviation history. The inductees in 2018 will join the ranks of the 228 esteemed men and women inducted since the Hall’s formation in 1973, bringing t...
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Rod Digney remembers Laurentian Air Services
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Rod Digney remembers Laurentian Air Services
Rod Digney’s Monday Memories #78 For many years, the north field at Hunt Club and what is now Paul Benoit Driveway was the home base of Canadian aviation pioneer Laurentian Air Services. The founders of LAS began operating at the Hunt Club Field in 1919, incorporated in 1936 and actually ow...
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Canada’s History Takes Centre Stage in Ottawa-Gatineau
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Canada’s History Takes Centre Stage in Ottawa-Gatineau
I’m just back from a whirlwind trip to Ottawa-Gatineau where I got to emcee the 10th annual Canada’s History Forum and gala. They were held at the Canadian Museum of History on the Quebec side, and it was a stimulating and inspiring series of events. At the heart of it all, I felt, we...
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Review of Haunted Hospitals
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Mark Leslie and Rhonda Parrish, Haunted Hospitals: Eerie Tales about Hospitals, Sanatoriums, and Other Institutions (Dundurn, 2017), 220 pages.   When Rhonda Parrish moved in next to the Charles Camsell Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta – reputed to be the most haunted building in the city...
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Harvey the Cat at Sienna Library on Oct 29!
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Harvey the Cat at Sienna Library on Oct 29!
In honour of National Cat Day, the Sienna Branch Library in Missouri City, TX is hosting two hours of kitty purrfection on Sunday, October 29. From 2-4 p.m., come out to make DIY cat toys, cat treat recipes, see adorable cats up for adoption, watch funny cat videos, and get transformed by the tal...
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Harvey the Cat: A Nearly True Story of Hurricane Harvey and the Houston Floods
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When life throws overwhelming experiences at me, I write about them. That’s just what I (and most of the other writers I know) do in order to process and make sense of things. So it didn’t surprise the people who know me best that when I recently went through Hurricane Harvey with my ...
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Q&A with Shawn Selway for Hamilton Review of Books
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Q&A with Shawn Selway for Hamilton Review of Books
I really enjoyed getting the chance to chat with Shawn Selway, author of the recent book, Nobody Here Will Harm You, about the Tuberculosis evacuations of Inuit from the Eastern Arctic.                     Read our full conversation over at the Ha...
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Airforce Magazine “highly recommends” Polar Winds!
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Airforce Magazine “highly recommends” Polar Winds!
A lot of the podcasts and interviews I’ve listened to about writing lately have centred on the idea of a book lasting for ten years. The question to ask yourself when you embark on a book project is: ten years after it’s been published, will it still be read and be relevant? I always ...
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RISE Book Club Reading Guide – In This Together
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It’s been a year since In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation came out, but the conversations we wanted to highlight with our essays are still relevant and ongoing. That’s why I’m so excited that RISE-Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton (which, full disc...
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RISE Book Club Reading Guide – In This Together
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It’s been a year since In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation came out, but the conversations we wanted to highlight with our essays are still relevant and ongoing. That’s why I’m so excited that RISE-Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton (which, full disc...
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