MAEEC instructor wins Canada Council grant

In April, MA in Environmental Education and Communication writing instructor Diane Dakers received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to write her first full-length novel for young adult readers. The story focuses on two sisters, one of whom dies in the first sentence of the book. The other sister is autistic, and is the only person who can communicate with her not-quite-departed sibling. The girls give each other agency, allowing them to accomplish the unexpected together.
Diane also published two biographies for middle-grade students this spring— Dian Fossey: Animal Rights Activist and Protector of Mountain Gorillas and Amelia Earhart: Pioneering Aviator and Force for Women’s Rights.  She is actually a prolific biographer, having published books on Chris Hadfield (astronaut), Oprah Winfrey (entertainer), Albert Einstein (physicist), Nelson Mandela (revolutionary), Elie Wiesel (Nobel Prize for Literature), Vera Wang (designer) and the Beatles (rock band).

A print and broadcast journalist since 1991, Diane specializes in arts reporting (focusing on the news, political and business aspects of Canadian culture) and science journalism. In Victoria, she has worked as arts reporter/reviewer for the Times Colonist, and as an on-air host, reporter, producer, editor and writer for CHEK-TV and The New VI (now CTV Vancouver Island). She has a Masters of Journalism and a BSc in physical sciences.