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George Blackburn Biography

George BlackburnGeorge G. Blackburn, M.C. enjoyed a varied career as a newspaper reporter, civil servant, radio producer, documentary scriptwriter, playwright, lyricist, composer and writer. He was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces during World War II and was awarded the Military Cross. His personal accounts of his experiences as a soldier in World War II--Guns of Normandy Guns of Victory, andWhere The Hell Are The Guns? - have made a significant contribution to Canadian military history. His books have received the Ottawa Citizen Book of the Year Award (1996), the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction (1996), and the C.P. Stacey Prize (1996/97). Mr. Blackburn died in Ottawa on November 15th, 2006 in his ninety-first year.

The Edna Staebler Fund was established in 2000 by a generous donation given by Edna Staebler, a well known author and Past President and Life Member of the Kitchener-Waterloo club, to promote better knowledge and understanding of Canada's history. Edna Staebler was born in Berlin (Kitchener) in 1906, and graduated from the University of Toronto. After a short career as a teacher, she turned to writing. She became well known for her work in journalism, contributing articles to MacLeans, Chatelaine and other magazines. She wrote books on life in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and the Mennonite community of Waterloo County. Her cookbooks, especially Food That Really Schmecks, won her wide acclaim. She was been given many awards and honours, notably the Women's Press Club Award (1950), Honorary Doctor of Letters (Wilfrid Laurier University, 1985), and the Order of Canada (1996). She died in Waterloo on September 11, 2006 in her one hundred and first year.