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From Newcastle, Ontario Canada
Age 81
Joined Sunday, September 29, 2002
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Bonnie Toews is a national award-winning business journalist whose articles and editorials have appeared in Canadian magazines and newspapers. After serving as editorial director of the Southam Magazine Group's 30 business-to-business publications, she helped Bell Canada Enterprise launch its YellowPages.ca web site in 1997. Since 1992, she has edited, designed and typeset numerous soft cover trade books. The most notable are: The Rise of the Ontario Dental Association (1992) by Dr. James W. Shosenberg, The Richest Canadian (1994) by Prof. Russell W. Thompkins, Dog Owners' Pocket Guide of Commands by Claudia Hehr (1999), Sanibel Scribbles by Christine Lemmon (2001) and Whispers in the Wind (2002) by Jeanine Allison.

In 1994, she covered the delivery system of humanitarian relief to the war victims in Rwanda for Southam’s Canadian Transportation & Logistics magazine. Then, the resulting mass of disease-ridden refugees were swarming the eastern border of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) when she arrived just after the massacre of 10 UN soldiers and over 800,000 Rwandans. What she saw in Africa changed her life.

"Western nations have failed to keep their promise to the world—NEVER AGAIN. The Holocaust in Rwanda should not have happened, but unfortunately this little country in Central Africa has no rich resources the rest of the world wants. I saw firsthand the work of our peacekeepers and non-government agencies, but providing food and clothing for helpless victims of war is not enough, not when you see homeless waifs and understand the horrors they have both experienced and witnessed."

The plight of children in war is a recurring theme in her fiction writing. Bonnie is presently working on her next intrigue novel, The Sun’s Tears, at her home in Wilmot Creek by the shores of Lake Ontario in Canada.

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