‘Invisible Child’ play wins Alberta Literary Award

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Cast and friends: Linda Grass, Sandra Anderson, Leilani O’Malley, Jenny McKillop, Randy Brososky

I was shocked and very happy to hear last Saturday that our Fringe play won the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for drama, at the annual Alberta Literary Award banquet.

Thanks and congratulations to the talented David Cheoros, who wrote this wonderful play. Thank you also to Lou for helping me write my story and bring it to David. And to Jenny, Linda, Randy and Vincent, for this labour of love.

Thank you to each and every one of you.

> Read the Edmonton Journal story
> See the award banquet photos

January 25, 1996: 16 years later

Reading this news release brings back emotions I felt 16 years ago to this day. That morning, I left the hotel to meet my lawyers, Sandra Anderson and Jon Faulds, at the Field Law offices in Edmonton. We were told the day before we’d hear the judge’s decision at 8:30 am, before the news release went out at 10:30 am. The press conference was scheduled for 12:30 pm. Oh my gosh, we laughed and cried when we heard! I remember making the sign of the cross and thinking, Jesus thank you, it’s over.

“What they did was wrong. They were playing God with the lives of thousands of people… This decision should make it easier for others who were treated like I was to come forward now and begin their own healing… I hope my fight is over now, and I can get on with my life.”

> Field Law News Release, January 25, 1996 — page 1 & page 2

CBC Interview with Anna Maria Tremonti

When Gillian Rutherford, a CBC Radio producer in Edmonton, heard I’d be giving a reading on October 23, 2011, she set up an interview for The Current’s Project Game Changer. A few weeks later, I spoke on-air with Anna Maria Tremonti. She asked me what it felt like to be left by my family at the Provincial Training School at the age of ten, and other questions. I’m thankful to Anna Maria and Gillian for producing this wonderful interview that aired on November 14, 2011.

Listen to the CBC interview here.

My first reading from my book

Leilani O'Malley

Credit: University of Alberta Extension

This news story from the St. Albert Gazette talks about the opening of an art exhibit called The Collective Memory Project: Responses to Eugenics in Alberta. The exhibit was part of Alberta Eugenics Awareness Week 2011. To help celebrate the opening of the show on October 23, 2011, I gave my first public reading from my biography. I was so proud of Anne Pasek, the bright young student intern who curated the art show. She did a wonderful job!

> Read the Gazette article
> See photos of the event