My Hero


The following is an adaptation of a slide-show by Lea Anderson, grand-daughter of, and occasional collaborator with, our own Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair. True North Perspective is proud to present this special appreciation of one of our finest columnists.


Image: Title of Lea Anderson's presentation: "My Hero"

My Hero
By Lea Anderson
Special to True North Perspective
Image: Photo of Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair with grand-daughter and collaborator Lea Anderson.I am here today to talk about my hero. I will not be talking to you about the regular superheroes such as Superman, Spiderman or Iron Man, but about my grandmother.
My grandmother was born in October of 1949 and was raised on a small farm in Cumberland. She spent her entire career as an elementary school teacher. She taught mostly in the Vanier area. Now retired, my grandmother focuses on writing. She is a published author. She has written two novels and is currently working on a third book.
My grandmother is a very optimistic person. She always finds the positive in the most difficult situations. She is also a very determined and perseverant person. She never gives up. My grandmother is a genuine person who is respectful and always nice to everyone.
She has faced very difficult times in her life. She lost both her husbands. One of them, Grandpa Brian, died from cancer when I was almost two. Even in those difficult moments, my grandmother found happiness. She focused on the things that matter to her: her family, her writing, her garden.
I consider myself to be very lucky. My grandmother gave me a very special gift: the gift of writing. We both love to write. I’ve had the opportunity to write and publish a book with her. Making a book with her was a dream come true. Ever since then, I have had the experience of going to book fairs, television interviews and have been in the newspaper several times. I am so grateful to have such a special grandmother. I look up to her. She is a good role model and I thank her for everything she has taught me.