Member Profile

Olga M. Dey-Bergmoser Thompson

Photo: Rev. C.L. Thompson 1998

Olga M. Dey-Bergmoser Thompson was born in Holland, grew up in Germany and was a voracious reader with a keen interest in poetry, swimming, and languages. Trained as a multilingual translator, she did a lot of travelling and, in 1963, settled with her family in Toronto. Intrigued by the Arctic, they visited Povugnituk in 1964 and two German newspapers published her articles, thereby reinforcing her urge to write. In 1978, she graduated from the University of Toronto with an M.A. with A-standing. Following 25 years of full-time translation with the provincial government and freelance writing more than 50 articles, she is now writing on a full-time basis. She served as VIP hostess at the Montreal Olympics and travelled extensively in Scandinavia, Ireland, India, Mexico, Bolivia and Peru. She married Rev. C.L. Thompson, tenor and short story writer, in 1994. Meanwhile Olga had several short stories published in different anthologies as well as several contributions to the Celebrations series published in the States being part of the PaulAndrewDawkins projects. The husband and wife team co-authored two children's books, i.e. CHARLIE ISBN# 978-0-9810048-0-8 AND LITTLE JENNY AND HER PENNIES ISBN# 978-0-9810048-1-5.

Phone number:
416 239-4961

Publications

More Faces, More Spaces: Artists in Canada. ed. Betty Coulter. Oakville, ON: Mosaic Press, 1991.
Many Faces, Many Spaces: Artists in Ontario. with K. Majumder, ed. Betty Coulter. Oakville, ON: Mosaic Press, 1998.
People. Toronto: Plowshare, 1981.
Under the Spell of India. Cornwall, Ontario: Vesta Publications, 1978.
LITTLE JENNY AND HER PENNIES co-authored by Olga and her late husband. O. Hermine Thompson, 2008
CHARLIE co-authored by Olga and her late husband. O. Hermine Thompson, 2008
COME READ WITH ME. FGC Naji Naaman's Foundation,Jounieh,Lebanon, 1st edition - Feb. 2012

Awards

The Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada for incl. MANY FACES, MANY SPACES and MORE FACES, MORE SPACES - books about Canadian immigrant artists, 1992
honorary title of MEMBER OF MAISON NAAMAN POUR LA CULTURE for YA ALLAH in multilngual PRIX LITTERAIRES 2009 anthology, 2009
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

reading of books

getting students involved

explaining how to get started, etc.

Workshop Description:

age-adapted guidance as to how to get started (genres, etc.)

for older students, where to submit, multiple submissions, pitfalls to avoid, etc.

THE JOY AND AGONY OF WRITING

Northern OAC WITS:
No
GST:
GST not applicable