About the Author
Charles (Bill) Shirriff was born and raised in Saskatchewan during the Great Depression years of the 1930’s. After graduation from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, his love of learning and a penchant for new experiences led him to obtain a Master of Science in counseling psychology from the University of North Dakota and a B. A. degree from the State of New York. Over the years, he took additional courses in a variety of subjects at the University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, University of Connecticut (Storrs) and Stanford University in California.
His teaching career spanned 37 years. Thirty-five of them spent near Winnipeg, in the city of Portage la Prairie, where he held positions as teacher, counselor, Special Education coordinator, and consultant for the Gifted & Talented for the School Division. Travel related to his vocation of teaching has taken him north to Swan River, Cranberry Portage, Flin Flon and Norway House.
A brief foray into the field of meteorology provided him with the opportunity to live in the tiny settlement of Moosonee, on the tip of James Bay, doing upper ozone atmosphere research for the International Geophysical Year in 1958.
In the early years of personal computers, Charles worked on the development of pressure sensitive keyboards for use by physically handicapped people. Charles operated a part-time small company to manufacture and sell the keyboards across Canada and in the United States for several years.
He has presented papers on computer-assisted learning provincially for Exceptional Children Conferences in Winnipeg; nationally at the National Research Council Symposium on Computer Technology in Vancouver; and internationally at the Association for the Development of Computer-Based Instructional Conference in Washington, D. C.
He has written two novels. The first, Spirits of a Feather, is based on the life of a gay teenager from an abusive and dysfunctional family and his struggle to make his way in the world.
The second novel, Souls of a Feather, is a sequel. It touches on Hutterian life, the Bahá’i faith, First Nations people, New Age philosophy, and other facets of our multicultural society.
Charles resides with his wife, Wilma, in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, in their home overlooking beautiful Crescent Lake.
Their son, Ken, is a computer engineer with Google. He lives in California with his wife Kathryn and their daughter Sydney.
Their daughter, Anita, lives in Winnipeg with her husband, Henry, and their two daughters, Emma and Lillian.
Email: shirriff@gmail. com
Web site: shirriff.org