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Ashley Spires

Ashley Spires is the author and illustrator of numerous award winning children’s books.

She has created many beloved characters, including Small Saul, 2016’s TD Grade One Book Giveaway, Esther the fairy scientist and Binky The Space Cat, who is now featured on his own animated television series. Ashley’s bestselling book The Most Magnificent Thing, has been translated into nineteen languages worldwide and was recently adapted into a short animated film.

She studied at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC and Sheridan College in Oakville, ON. During the rare moments when she is not creating, she enjoys fostering kittens and supporting animal welfare in her community of Delta, British Columbia.

Dale Allen Berg

Dale is the Canadian dad blogger of the year, a captivating storyteller and public speaker, and a stay-at-home dad to three kids under the age of six each diagnosed with special needs - all while battling with MS himself.

Dale has retired twice already, and he’s not even 40!  The first time was from a successful career as a Red Seal Chef, managing and owning multiple restaurants throughout Canada.  He then turned his passion into his profession and dove into the entertainment industry as a concert promoter, producing more than 500 concerts with his company, KeyNote Productions.  In 2018, Dale transitioned into a stay-at-home parenting role, while his wife re-entered the workforce.  Dale began blogging about his experiences and started to share stories of survival and resilience on his social media accounts as well as his blog.

Dale is currently elaborating on those stories and experiences and is planning to publish them in his forthcoming book, At the End of My Roll.