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  • Keywords
    • Childhood stories,
    • Baby boomer,
    • 1950s,
    • 1960s,
    • Greater Toronto Area,
    • Growing up stories,
    • Canadian anecdotes

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Scarbro Boomers
The Real Dick and Jane
by Donna White and Michael Benson

In Canada, the era of baby boomers lasted from 1946 to about 1965, a period in which there was a sudden rise in the number of births observed from year to year. The 2021 Canadian census counts a total of 9,212,640 baby boomers; writers Donna White and Michael Benson may only be two of them, but they have a lifetime of stories to tell. From silly childhood antics to serious life reflections, Donna and Michael share their life journeys as baby boomers growing up in a suburb of Toronto called Scarborough, Ontario. History books will talk about Canada in the 1960s as having gained a new national flag, a national pension system, and a health insurance plan. But for a kid in the 1960s, there was more to it than all that. In Scarbro Boomers, Donna dons her poodle skirt and Michael equips his cowboy gear, and together, they show what life was really like for a baby boomer kid in those years—both the lighthearted kid shenanigans and the ever-looming threat of wars, both past and future. Scarbro Boomers is full of short stories from two old friends and is a fun, entertaining read for both those curious about one of the largest age demographics in North America and for those who are boomers themselves.

Donna White Ritch is a semiretired registered nurse currently living in Guelph, Ontario. Donna’s practice has included staff nurse, nurse educator, manager of a volunteer visiting program, and she also has experience in independent practice. She is known for giving presentations accompanied by humour. Donna has been teaching with the Canadian Initiative for Elder Planning Studies since 2004 and volunteers with Hospice Wellington. Donna is the happy grandmother of four grandsons who keep her laughing. Michael Benson is a retired police officer currently residing in Brampton, Ontario. Mike has held various positions in the police service, such as school safety liaison, fraud investigator, and various uniform and plainclothes duties. A gifted public speaker, Mike is a natural storyteller who is always ready with his quick wit. Mike is a married father of two daughters and five grandchildren. Scarbro Boomers: The Real Dick and Jane is Donna and Michael’s first book.


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