An excerpt from Heidi’s forthcoming book LiveBig! is featured in Canadian Geographic’s January/February 2016 print edition. Editor Aaron Kylie’s interview of Heidi is on their website at

The book is an historic story of tragedy to triumph and reveals the behind-the-scenes story of the tragic 2003 avalanche that buried a school group of 17 from Strathcona Tweedsmuir School and killed seven Tenth Graders.  Grieving parents Donna Broshko, Judith Arato and Peter Arato decided Never Again, and worked with Parks Canada CEO Alan Latourelle, Parks staff Eric Dafoe, Grant Statham and others to make permanent change in Canada.

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I wrote this book in tribute to these heroes.  And in memory of the seven extraordinary children: Ben Albert, Daniel Arato, Scott Broshko, Alex Patillo, Michael Shaw, Marissa Stadden, and Jeff Trickett.

May we all find the courage to make change so the world is better for our having walked here. 

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