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Barbara Dickson

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Barbara Dickson is a sought-after professionally-trained public speaker, local historian, and author in both fiction and non-fiction. She has been entertaining and educating audiences for over twenty years. She lives in Scarborough, Ontario.
Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1992, Barbara re-discovered her love of writing and history when she retired from her career as an IT software analyst. Barb has spent many years researching local and Canadian history focusing her efforts on:
Canadian history in the nineteenth century;
Ireland’s Great Hunger;
The invaluable contribution made by Canadian men and women engaged in war work during the Second World War. 
Now an award-winning, best-selling, multi-published author and public speaker, Barb has been invited to appear before myriad organizations including remembrance celebrations, church groups, military gatherings, women’s organizations, business and local service clubs, and historical societies.


Bomb Girls: Trading Aprons for Ammo. Dundurn , 2015
Mountains for Maddi. Multi-Media Publications, 2009


Short-listed 2016 Ontario Legislative Speakers Award for Bomb Girls: Trading Aprons for Ammo, 2016
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