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151 true inspiring stories from the radio series. Stories of living Canadian Achievers. From every walk of life, every corner of Canada. Proving that Canada is a country of achievers.

The book, now out of print, was itself a Canadian achievement. Self published, because I was unable to locate a Canadian publisher with sufficient confidence in Canada to publish the book.
It went on to sell over 60,000 copies.
"If your mind will conceive it.
And your heart will believe it.
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"This cop bought the doughnut shop"

Ron Joyce

In 1965 Ron Joyce and his wife operated a small Dairy Queen outlet on Main Street in Hamilton, Ontario. His wife ran it: he worked there while not on duty with the Hamilton Police Force

One day Ron, 35, showed an advertising salesman a boarded- up gas station around the corner on Ottawa Street. He said he was resigning from the police force to open a doughnut/ coffee shop. He explained how he and NHL hockey star Tim Horton were forming a 50-50 partnership with plans to franchise a chain of doughnut shops under Tim’s name.

The salesman urged him not to.

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Photos shown are a sample from previous Canadian Achiever columns.

Calin A. Lawrynowicz • Bill Roberts • Esabelle Hudson • Akina Shirt • Ian Wilson • Dee Neukomm • Ron Bremmer

Ron Joyce • Gail Asper • Ben Barry • Rich Litte • Sharon Mcnamara • Catherine Swift • RCMP Cst. John Kennedy


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–Brian Wilford, Editor, Cowichan Valley Citizen The Citizen was the first newspapers to sign up for the series.


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