Volunteer Profile: Anne Brennan

Volunteer role: Website coordinator

Company name: Allegro Communications

Website: If I tell you, I’ll have to finish building it.

Which famous person (living or dead) do you think (or have you been told) you most resemble?
No idea.

What’s the most important lesson you ever learned?
“Always take the time to say all that is in your heart.” I read that on a Holly Hobbie poster in 1973, and I think it’s still the most important advice I’ve ever heard.

What or who makes you laugh out loud?
Just about anything! Everything strikes me as funny.

What is the best book you read in the last year?
I can’t narrow it down to just one. Nonfiction: Writing for Dollars, Writing to Please: The Case for Plain Language in Business, Government, and Law, by Joseph Kimble. Fiction: A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life, all by Deborah Harkness.

What is your favourite reading: fiction, non-fiction, or poetry?

What is your guilty pleasure?
Quilting. It’s not all that guilty all the time, but sometimes it is!

What is your favourite proofreading mark?

What is your favourite punctuation mark?
The interrobang.

What is your dream vacation destination?
Antarctica. Or skiing in the Alps.

If you were presented with a book that told the story of your entire life from start to finish, what would you do with it?
Burn it without reading it. I don’t want to know what’s coming until it gets here.

What is your favourite word? Why?
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Because, as Mary Poppins says, it’s the perfect word when no other word will do.

Who are your favourite poets?
Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost.

What is your favourite place in Canada?
West Coast forests and beaches.

What is the last book you read?
The Rainbow Comes and Goes, by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt.

What are your favourite book genres?
Pop science, medieval novels, fantasy novels, and biographies.

Which actor would play you in a biopic of your life?
I hope to god there’d never be a biopic of my life.

Which band or singer provided the soundtrack to your teen years?
Barry Manilow.