André Boutin-Maloney teaches at Bert Fox Community High School in Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan. He often talks about being "adopted" by the Japanese Canadian community by virtue of his beautiful wife, Hiromi, and children, Noah and Amélie. Living in a in a mixed union he often talks about walking with a foot (or at least his toes) in another world. He sees his children not as "hafu" or half Japanese/Canadian but as "double." He is currently the president of the Regina Japanese Canadian Club. He talks openly about the awkwardness of representing the group as white person but finds value and purpose in ensuring there is a space for his "happa" family.

Yoriko Gillard (BFA Honours, MA) is a Japanese immigrant, artist, researcher, and educator. She is currently working on her art-based research, HEARTH Project: hear/heart/art/earth. Her research is about human trust and bond that is enhanced by one’s creative mind and acts. She has been raising questions about life through her artwork series, Kizuna (Bond), which is accompanied by her poetry such as My Liminal Place. Her work Kizuna: Bond (2013) was awarded the UBC student art-based research award from the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies in 2013.
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Sheena Koops teaches at Bert Fox Community High School, and has taught in urban, First Nations and rural Saskatchewan within private, band, community, and public schools. She is a published author (Voice of the Valley, 2006). Sheena and her husband Michael agree that their favourite accomplishments are three girls: Victoria, Moira, and Arwen, and now they are proud to include their son-in-law, Tyler. The Koops’ live in the beautiful Qu’Appelle Valley, Treaty Four Territory where Sheena blogs her Treaty Walks and plays table tennis every chance she gets.

Gregg LeRock is a Juno nominated FSL educator and performer who has performed for more than 500,000 students -- both Core French and French Immersion. Hear song samples, see Gregg's videos and read teacher testimonials now at

Murray Reiss lives on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. His poetry and prose have been published in literary magazines and anthologies in Canada and the United States, and short-listed for a number of prizes and awards.

His first book, The Survival Rate of Butterflies in the Wild, reclaims a childhood haunted not only by the Holocaust--in which the poet's father's entire family perished--but by his father's subsequent silence and shame at having survived. It was awarded the League of Canadian Poets' Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for the best first book of poetry published in Canada in 2013.