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Melynda Jarratt has been researching the Canadian War Brides since 1987, when she began working on her Thesis on the War Brides for a Master of Arts in History at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Melynda speaks frequently in the print, radio and television media about the history of the War Brides and has written extensively on the War Brides for the Internet.
Melynda was instrumental in having 2006 declared Year of the War Bride in New Brunswick after getting the support of MLA TJ Burke, whose grandmother, Jean Paul, was a British War Bride. Thereafter, she worked tirelessly in a volunteer capacity to galvanize support for Year of the War Bride across Canada, lending her expertise and advice to War Brides in each of the seven provinces where it has been declared.
Melynda owns her own Internet Company in Fredericton, New Brunswick, called Maven New Media Inc which specializes in web and applications development for clients in the Arts and Heritage fields. She is the Webmaster of the award winning Project Roots website, which won the New Brunswick Multimedia Award in 2000.
Melynda has worked on innumerable War Bride initiatives including History Television's "From Romance to Reality"; the War Bride component of the Queen Mary II History of Cunard Exhibition in (January 2004); and Canada Post's War Bride Commemorative Envelope (June 2005) to name a few of the interesting projects she has been called upon to contribute her expertise. In February, 2006, Melynda organized a widely publicized and well received national event to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Mauretania at Pier 21. The Audio-Visual presentation which she created for this event has been widely distributed across Canada and has been used by many other organizations at events to mark the Year of the War Bride. Throughout the spring, summer and fall of 2006 she was the guest speaker at a number of public functions including the Colchester Historical Society AGM in Truro, Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia War Brides Reunion in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the Southeastern Branch of the NB Genealogy Society in Riverview, New Brunswick. In November 2006, she was the guest curator of an exhibition on the War Brides of New Brunswick for the York Sunbury Museum in Fredericton, NB, which will remain open until August 2007.
Melynda would like to this opportunity to thank the many individual War Brides, their children and grand-children as well as other interested persons who contributed their own stories, photographs and otherwise helped to make www.CanadianWarBrides.com possible. Here they are, in alphabetical order:
Debbie Beavis, England
Gloria Brock, Abernethy, Saskatchewan
George and Stephen Butters, Fredericton, New Brunswick
Johan DeWitt, Burton, New Brunswick
SmartyPants.com, Fredericton, New Brunswick
Christine Dubue-Bertrim, Kanata, Ontario
Leah Halsall, Victoria, British Columbia
Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Kiss the Bride Productions, Kanata, Ontario
Anna and Aurele Lavigne, Bathurst, New Brunswick
Doris Lloyd, Plaster Rock, New Brunswick
Eswyn Lyster, Victoria, British Columbia
Andrea Moritz, Parks Canada, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sharon Olscamp, Bathurst, New Brunswick
Erez Segal, Vancouver, BC
Kay Ruddick, Shediac, New Brunswick
Contact Melynda at email@example.com