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Location: Cremona, Alberta

Reputation: International

Born and raised on a farm west of Ponoka Alberta, Noreen Olson is a farm wife, mother and grandma who live near Cremona Alberta. After High School and a couple of rather dreadful jobs, worst of which was apprentice egg grader, she joined the Provincial Treasury Branch (ATB) and worked her way to Accountant at Ponoka and assistant accountant at Calgary Main. While working at Calgary Main she met and married Ralph Olson and just before their first Anniversary, they moved to Ralph's family farm. They are still there, surrounded by growing things.

For 25 years Noreen wrote a bi-weekly column for the Didsbury Review. The column was primarily humor but there was also nostalgia, warmth, human interest, social comment, family, birds, animals, and love for the country. The columns have been collected into a series of books, six of which were published by Contemporary Graphics and the seventh by Douglas and McIntyre of Vancouver. Two of the Columns recently appeared in The Penguin Anthology of Canadian Humor, several of them have been aired on the CBC.

Noreen is a long time member of Alberta Women's Institutes and Sons of Norway. She teaches Communication Classes, is past chair of the Alberta Rural Child Care Pilot Project and is a Marriage Commissioner.

Interests besides writing include; reading, bird watching, handicrafts, antiques, history, genealogy, and gardening. In 1997 her poem was the Grand Prize Winner of Canada's Cowboy Poetry Festival Contest. Her poems have appeared in several publications including, BARBED LYRES - CANADIAN VENOMOUS VERSE.

She accepts public speaking engagements and has spoken at everything from Community bridal Showers to The Women's Canadian Clubs in both Calgary and Edmonton.

Her children Mark, John and Kirsten are all busy with family and careers. Grandchildren Jonas, Maxwell and Anna visit the farm often and are a total joy.

For more information: 1.866.420.3338 toll free or 780.455.33338 email: info@speakersalberta.com

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