Sylvia Gunnery is a recipient of a Prime Minister's Teaching Award for her innovative work with junior and senior high English language arts students. Sylvia is the author of many novels for teens as well as books for younger children. Much of the inspiration for her own writing and for her student workshops grew from her experience at The Baniff Centre. Sylvia has presented at conferences, libraries, and schools across Canada and has worked with teachers, school boards, and ministries of education on a variety of literacy initiatives that range from curriculum development to assessment. She lives at Crescent Beach on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.