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Don Cassidy

Elaine Cassidy

Coots and Cameras

by Don and Elaine Cassidy

After 38 years of educating teenagers, Don Cassidy joined his wife Elaine in their shared passion of watching birds and chasing that perfect photograph. Since the summer of 2017 they have travelled to popular Alberta birding sites, seeking out their own first sightings of different bird species while creating memories together.

Through their “Coots and Cameras” column, they will share their adventures and growing knowledge about the magic and beauty that birds provide. “Full disclosure though,” Don says. “Elaine and I are fledglings in this shared pursuit and we are learning as we go.”

Learn along with them in every issue of Respect. Or if you are a seasoned naturalist, write to us and share your own observations!

James MacTavish

Rebecca Vargese

Checkfirst: Dollars and Sense

by James MacTavish

James MacTavish offers the latest advice on investing and recognizing and avoiding the red flags of investment fraud and scam artists. His column appears in every other issue of Respect. Learn more about investing wisely and investment scams at CheckFirst.ca.

James is a Senior Advisor, Investor & Industry Education at the Alberta Securities Commission.

Max Johnson


by Max Johnson

“The travel industry is a fascinating world,” Max says. “It is a complex place with a myriad of factors affecting our decisions, forecasts, and business plans on a daily basis. From the extraordinary volatility of the currency markets to medical pandemics, the industry is hit by one new factor after another.

“And yet it continues to grow, prosper and enchant.”

Max has spent a lifetime as a traveller and a career in the travel industry. His monthly Globetrotting column, exclusive to Respect, offers travel advice as well as vicarious visits to Max’s favourite destinations.

For more, visit his blog at maxglobetrotter.com

Virginie Dallaire

La vie en rose sauvage

by Virginie Dallaire

Virginie est une journaliste albertaine chevronnée avec un intérêt pour les histoires albertaines. Dans cette nouvelle, elle propose des histoires et des commentaires captivants pour les lecteurs francophones.
La vie en rose sauvage apparait dans notre journal Respect à toutes les deux publications.
Phil Crump

Phil Crump

Reflections on Living

by Phil Crump

Phil served as the Pastor of Community Baptist Church in Cold Lake for 31 years. He volunteered for several years as the manager and director of the Cold Lake Food Bank. Now retired he enjoys fishing, camping and visiting different places in the world. 

Phil and Lynn have three children and four granddaughters.

James Skarnikat

The Old Time Radio Show

by James Skarnikat

James is a full-time touring musician who has decided to focus his career on entertaining seniors. He has a background as a Nutritional Manager in seniors’ residences turning to Recreational Programming a decade ago, so he has an easy rapport with older audiences.

In The Old Time Radio Show, James will share his stories and observations using familiar song lyrics as context. The column runs in alternating issues.

Jeff Gaye

In Every Respect

by Jeff Gaye

Respect editor Jeff Gaye shares his thoughts on the issues of the day: important issues like healthcare policies, and unimportant issues like prune juice!

Sometimes thoughtful, sometimes thought-provoking—and sometimes seemingly without much thought at all—In Every Respect offers an easy and often lighthearted read.


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