Never too old to achieve dreams

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It’s never too late to achieve dreams.

First-time novelist Corrine Jeffery will speak about the first book in her Understanding Ursula trilogy, Arriving 1909-1919 today at Mulberry Estates and tomorrow at the Moose Jaw Public Library. Jeffery, born on a farm in Duff, Sask., is 66 years old. A graduate of the Brandon General Hospital School of Nursing, Jeffery lived for many years in Alberta.

She is living proof that no matter how old a person is, dreams are still within reach, even ones as big as getting a novel published. It shows that if someone lives in a smaller centre, it is possible to do anything as long as there is dedication and perseverance. While it might be long going and difficult at times, if one keeps forging ahead the ultimate goal is achievable.

Her book is historical fiction that chronicles 80 years of Canadian history through the Werner family who are German Lutheran pacifists that fled Russia to pioneer the prairie and lay roots in Melville.

That chapter of Canadian history is a rich part of the culture of the province. Descendants of the many people who did make that journey in those troubling times still reside in this province and in the prairies.

The novel is an example of the deep cultural history that is shared in the Land of the Living Skies. This is important for Moose Javians and other Saskatchewan residents to take in and to show that this province is comprised of more than wild sporting teams.

Jeffery deserves a bravo for documenting such an important piece of Saskatchewan and Canadian history at an age that should be an inspiration for everyone else to not give up on dreams.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Public Library, Brandon General Hospital School of Nursing

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Duff, Alberta Russia Melville

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