Quentin Johnson has lived in Guelph Eramosa Township for 23 years. He worked extensively in Canada and the UK in the milling and baking business for 42 years. He is a food technologist specializing in flour milling and baking technology and new product development. He has worked for major flour milling companies such as Ogilvie Mills (now part of ADM Milling), Robin Hood Multifoods and Maple Leaf Mills. For the past 19 years he has run his own food technology and nutrition company called Quican Inc. His current area of work is in international development helping countries fortify staples foods such as wheat flour, maize flour and vegetable oil. The work has taken him to more than 85 countries around the world providing technical services to UN agencies such as UNICEF, WHO and the World Food Programme etc. His work was recognized by the University of Guelph with an Honorary Doctorate in 2011. He is married and has two children and one grandson.
With a clinical focus on anti-aging and family health, Jennifer employs naturopathic medical therapies to optimize health. She has lectured internationally, written for a medical textbook and founded a free clinic in Vancouver while participating in alternative medical research nationally. As teaching is her passion, Jennifer has acted as an Assistant Professor and Clinic Faculty at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and was the head supervisor at the Anishnawbe Native Health clinic in Toronto. Currently Jennifer enjoys a dynamic and active family practice in Downtown Guelph. http://www.GuelphNaturopathicDoctor.com
Wendi and Hugh are both musicians who have organized and promoted many music related events. Starting in 1999 they started a 13 year run of an annual fundraiser for Sick Kids Hospital called ‘Songs For Hope.’ The total proceeds of these events exceeded $35,000. They also operate a music store in Rockwood, Music in the Wood, that promotes and hosts monthly house concerts featuring upcoming talented performers. All the proceeds go directly to the performers. Wendi and Hugh both play in a band known as Blue Yonder. Wendi has two solo CDs to her credit and another with a female trio known as Second Wind. She is currently working on a book of stories about children with cancer. Hugh is a luthier who builds custom banjos for players in the UK, USA and Canada. He has also authored a multimedia and textbook Transportation Technology teaching resource that is in use in many Canadian and American high schools. http://www.musicinthewood.biz; http://www.wendihunter.ca; http://www.midnightspecial.ca; http://www.blueyondermusic.ca
Susan Strachan Johnson Trained as a painter, Susan has worked almost exclusively in fibre since 2003, and she received a Diploma in Stitched Textiles Design from the City & Guilds Institute, U.K. in 2011. A multiple award winner, she exhibits throughout Southern Ontario; occasionally teaches workshops in fibre art techniques; and also gives private instruction at her studio. She is often asked to curate or jury art shows, most recently Insights (Elora) in 2011. A resident of Everton, Susan has been involved in many local arts events, including the Spirit Valley Experience and the Eden Mills Arts Festival. Website: http://www.strachanjohnson.com http://www.strachanjohnson.blogspot.com
Linda Sword is a writer. Her career as an arts administrator has included 10 years with the Canada Council for the Arts, 4 years as the General Manager of the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa, and 14 years as Associate Director of Great World Artists Company. An active volunteer, she has been a member of the Boards of the Elora Festival, St. John’s Kilmarnock School and the Grand Philharmonic Choir. A Nassagaweya resident she has managed and marketed events such as Jazz in the Barn with Peter Appleyard and concerts at the Eden Mills Community Hall, as well as being the communications director for Eden Mills Going Carbon Neutral and the Concerned Residents Coalition.
John Cripton is the President of Great World Artists Ltd., one of Canada's leading cultural brokerage firms, engaged in all aspects of the performing arts industry. Over the past forty years, as impresario and producer, he has produced Canada’s cultural programs in six World Expos and for ten years managed the Kirov Ballet’s international touring. He was also Executive Director of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. In June 2004, Mr. Cripton was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Guelph for his life-long contribution to the arts in Canada. A resident of Nassagaweya, he has been involved in many regional organizations and has produced, among others, the 1996 Spirit Valley Experience, Jazz in the Barn with Peter Appleyard, Eden Mills Community Hall and Acton Town Hall programming, as well as Eden Mills Going Carbon Neutral.