The Defining Moments Canada Team


Neil Orford – Program Leader

Neil is a retired History Teacher, from Dufferin County, Ontario. A winner of both the Governor General’s and Ontario Premier’s Award for History Teaching, his Digital Historian Project© won the 2015 Government of Canada History Award. He has been featured on CBC’s “The National”, TVO’s “The Agenda”, and in numerous articles across Canada. He has written for major Canadian publications and is a regular presenter at Conferences and workshops. He has worked extensively with the Juno Beach Centre and has led a Summer Institute for History teachers in Normandy. Neil is the owner and president of Defining Moments Canada, Ltd.

Blake Heathcote – Creative and Digital Leader

Blake worked as a director and playwright in theatres across Canada, the US, and the UK. In 1999, he conceived the Testaments of Honour project. The Testaments archive contains 550 veterans’ interviews on digital video (85 in the French language), 14,000 photographs, and 4,000 documents. He created interactive video displays for the Juno Beach Centre, HMCS Haida, Veterans Affairs, and is the author of several plays and books, including the #1 Canadian best-selling Testaments of Honour book (2002), and A Soldier’s View book (2005), both published by Random House, as well as Unremarkable: A Good Place to Start book (2015), the biography of John ‘Scruffy’ Weir, one of the key operatives in the Great Escape.

Tatiana Zamozdra – Program Manager

Tatiana holds a Master’s degree in European History from Queen’s University and a Bachelor’s degree in History and English Literature from McGill University. An alumna of the student guide program at the Centre Juno Beach/Juno Beach Centre in France, she is passionate about research, education, and telling history in a nuanced and compelling way. She contributed to research and educational programs at the Juno Beach Centre and has been involved in various capacities in research on 18th Century France, World War II in Asia and Europe, 1930s Canada, and the Spanish Flu Pandemic. Since 2018, she has worked with Defining Moments Canada to coordinate the Spanish Flu commemoration and manage the launch of Above and Beyond.

Teams – Juno75

  • Research & Content Development, for the Juno Beach Centre Association
    • Alexander Fitzgerald-Black
    • Jenifer Sguigna
  • Inquiry Learning, for the Critical Thinking Consortium (TC2)
    • Garfield Gini-Newman
    • Laura Gini-Newman
  • Testaments of Honour Video Interviewers
    • Blake Heathcote – English
    • Major-General (retd) Pierre Lalonde – French
  • Translation Services
    • Hélène Ally
    • Geneviève Desaulniers
    • Myriam Gagnon
    • Marie Eve Vaillancourt
    • Scott Entwistle
    • Katie Beaudette
  • Copy Editing
    • John Lorinc
    • Jennifer Hounsell
  • Teacher Reviewers
    • Melanie Williams – Dufferin Peel CDSB, Cardinal Ambrozic CSS, Mississauga ON
    • Kerri Martin – École Secondaire Oak Park High School, Winnipeg MB
    • Boni Thompson – Upper Grand DSB, Mono Amaranth PS (Gr.7), Orangeville ON
    • Anne Hodgson – Rosedale School (Gr.6 & 7), Calgary AB
    • Carly Wenner – St. George’s School (Gr.8/10/11), Vancouver BC
    • Kris Tozer – Centennial Collegiate VI (History), Guelph ON
    • Dave Hunt – Unionville High School (History), Unionville ON