life rattle Radio show no. 1138

Aired on CKLN FM 88.1 February 6, 2011


Hosted by Guy Allen



"Martin Luther King Day"
read live by Kathy Grant


"Going Home"
by Penny Verbruggen

Tonight, Life Rattle salutes Black History Month by introducing two new, very relevant, stories.

Two tonight's writers

Kathy Grant was born in Montreal in 1961, the middle child between an older brother and a younger sister. Her father was born in Barbados and volunteered to fight for Canada in WWII. He obtained his MSW from McGill and later a certificate in Diplomacy from Geneva. Her family bounced from various postings and in 1972, her father gave up his diplomatic career to become the Head of Social Development at the Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario. After a year, her mother filed for divorce, took the kids and moved to Toronto. At 16, Kathy graduated  from highschool and joined the militia. At 21, Kathy was married with two children and living on a military base in Petawawa. At 25, she left her husband, moved back to Toronto and joined Bell Canada. In 2005, Kathy moved to Montreal to look after her dad who was dying of pancreatic cancer. She returned to Toronto in 2009 and now works for a Research and Development firm. In 2010, Kathy founded The Legacy Voices Project, a national not-for-profit formed to document, digitize and publish the stories and memories of Canadians and Canadian immigrants.

Penny Verbruggen is mom to Jessica, Jeremy and Zoe. She teaches high school English and ESL at Denis Morris Catholic High School in St. Catharines. She is a PhD student at the University of Toronto, a writer, and a jewellery designer.