Some of you will remember Carol Ann as a typist with Bell in North Bay in 1965, with transfers to Kingston, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and back to Toronto. Carol Ann retired as a vice president in 1994 following a very public battle with breast cancer.
Both Carol Ann and her mother were diagnosed, just days apart, with breast cancer in January of 1992. Her mother, Mary Rose Cole (d’Entremont) lost her battle with this killer disease. In 2008 Carol Ann battled breast cancer for a second time.
Enjoying good health today Carol Ann admits depression entered her life after her second diagnoses. “For me, depression is like falling into a ‘black hole.’ This was new to me. Initially, I sought professional help and am still learning how to deal with all that comes with depression.” Carol Ann regularly hears from Bell friends and others who have battled both cancer and mental health issues and are seeking a listening ear.
In her mother’s memory Carol Ann founded the Comfort Heart Initiative with over one and one half million dollars raised to date for cancer research in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society. Many of these tiny pewter hearts have been purchased by what Carol Ann calls ‘her Bell team.” Today over 280,000 Comfort Hearts are in circulation all over the world.
In addition to Carol Ann’s volunteer work she is a best selling author. Bell employees and pensioners are familiar with Carol Ann’s first four books. We are proud to share the news about her first fiction – Paradise. To quote the back cover of her novel, “Such a decision for a sixteen-year-old girl. Should she stay within her adoptive family, and with Thomas, her boyfriend whom she has known all her life, or give it all up to follow her long held desire to become a nun.” In Carol Ann’s novel, the main character, Paradise, spent five years in the convent before leaving to return to her birth place, Cape St Mary, Nova Scotia. She becomes a Private Investigator, and is involved in a shoot-out before her life takes a dramatic turn …
Carol Ann has considerable experience with publishers, booksellers, and the marketing of your work after it’s ‘out there.’ “Paradise was six years in the making; three to write it and three to find the right publisher. Oh the stories I could tell,” she says.
Already a Member of the Order of Canada, Carol Ann has received numerous additional awards including; the Queen Elizabeth 11 Silver and Golden Jubilee Medals, the elite Maclean's Honour Role, the Terry Fox Citation of Honour, the Hope award from Markham Stouffville hospital, Bell Canada Heroes Award and L’Oreal’s dozen outstanding Canadians celebrating International Women's Day. She is profiled in 'Canadian Who's Who' and in the 2005 edition of '1000 Great Women of the 21st Century.'
To order a copy of Paradise, please go to Amazon, Pegasus or Chapters on line.