Juanita lives in the Canadian Rockies and has been a mother for nearly forty years. She has three children with a 22 year age spread between the oldest and the youngest. During this time Juanita has also worked with youth in a variety of capacities including as a rehabilitation worker in the public school system and as program director and facilitator for a local youth group centre.
Magic and mysteries have been a life-long pre-occupation of Juanita's and she has published one book Almanac of the Infamous on the unexplained and unsolved. She also is known for her mystery entertainment parties (mysteryfactory.com) for children and grown-ups. Staying in touch with a playful spirit and miraculous possibility is something that she feels is vital to passing on to our children and retaining as adults.
Rabia Tredeau earned her BA in Early Childhood Education in 1975. As the oldest of six children and the neighborhood babysitter in the 1960s, playing with and serving children has been at the forefront of her life from a very young age. She is a parent of two grown daughters and a grandparent of a very lively 3-year old. She taught first and second grade in a rural elementary school in the 1970s; was the director and head teacher of a home schooling cooperative in the 1980s; facilitated a home-based playgroup in the 1990s; volunteered in a Howard Gardner multiple intelligences primary school in the 2000s; facilitated a “typical peer” classroom at a special-ed preschool in 2009-10; “taught” in the Infant Room at an early childhood education lab school in 2011-12. Her claim to fame is that she has read probably close to 10,000 books to children over the past 50 years.