Valerie Pringle & Dick Drew
Valerie Pringle is one of Canada’s most interesting and recognizable achievers. A 1974 graduate of the Ryerson College Radio –Television Arts course, she began her career as a reporter at CFRB, Toronto. She joined CBC-TV and helped launch their current affairs program Midday, which she hosted for eight years. While there she also hosted other major event TV programs.
But like most high achievers, Valerie kept looking over the fence for greener pastures, which she found at the rival CTV network, hosting the popular Canada AM.
She surprised everyone by leaving to go out on her own and be her own boss where she now produces major independent TV specials.
Along the way Valerie has earned numerous awards, including the Order of Canada and recognition by the Banff Televison Foundation as one of the 50 most famous faces in Canada.
But that is only part of the Valerie Pringle story.
The real story of Valerie Pringle is the work this human dynamo is lovingly doing as the volunteer chair of the Trans Canada Trail.
It began in 1996 in Caladon, Ontario and by the time the 2010 Winter Olympics open in Vancouver and Whistler the Trans Canada Trail will stretch for 21,000 kilometres, joining Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
Valerie has dedicated herself to making it happen and making Canadians aware and proud of this incredible achievement. I met up with her in Halifax recently where she was the keynote speaker at a conference. Following her address she remained in the room answering questions until her assistant pried her away to rush off to the airport and another city to share her incredibly infectious enthusiasm and passionate view for Canada with another audience. WOW.
After hearing her and watching her share her passionate view for Canada, I hope the audience responded to her not-too-gentle plea for donations to help complete the Trail.
“Dick,” she told me, “this trail is not just for us now; it’s for our children, their children and their children’s children.”
Learn more about Canadian Achiever Valerie Pringle and the Trans Canada Trail at www.canadianachievers.com