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And the $5,000 VIA-Rail Travel Voucher goes to . . .

My all-time favorite moment as a hander-out-of-prizes came late last year. At the Toronto launch of 50 Canadians Who Changed the World, I was honoured to give The Best Little Boy in the Whole Wide World Award to James P. McGoogan, who by good luck happened to be in the audience. That would be James in the photograph, which was taken by his Nan. My second favorite prize-announcing moment is the present one, when I get to tell you who won the $5,000 VIA-Rail Travel Voucher. You'll remember entering that contest, which was sponsored by VIA-Rail and HarperCollins Canada. It attracted 11,353 entries, as you can see: ( Three runners-up won signed copies of 50 Canadians, which will soon be heading their way: Penny Routledge of Victoria, British Columbia; James Spurr of Milford, Nova Scotia; and Taryn McDonnell
of Toronto, Ontario. The grand prize winner, who will receive a signed copy of the book AND the $5K credit towards the trip of a lifetime is . . . drum roll please . . . Ernest Martin of Oshawa, Ontario. I hasten to add that I know none of these people personally. That you are all equally deserving. And that, had it been up to me, I would have awarded the Grand Prize to YOU. Maybe next time, eh?
Ken McGoogan
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Anonymous said...

Bravo Ernest Martin of Oshawa :)

Ernest Martin said...

Ernest Martin here. 😃 Hooray, Hooray ! Looking forward to receiving your book which Via tells me they will include with it the "how the prize works". My wife and I are thinking a trip to see the Rocky Mountains in BC would be absolutely amazing ! Thanks for your part in this Ken, this will be a once in a lifetime trip !

Ken McGoogan said...

Ernest, your copy of the book is inscribed and good to go. Congratulations! Yup! You have won the train-trip of a lifetime.

Before turning mainly to books about arctic exploration and Canadian history, Ken McGoogan worked for two decades as a journalist at major dailies in Toronto, Calgary, and Montreal. He teaches creative nonfiction writing through the University of Toronto and in the MFA program at King’s College in Halifax. Ken served as chair of the Public Lending Right Commission, has written recently for Canada’s History, Canadian Geographic, and Maclean’s, and sails with Adventure Canada as a resource historian. Based in Toronto, he has given talks and presentations across Canada, from Dawson City to Dartmouth, and in places as different as Edinburgh, Melbourne, and Hobart.