About Toody Shirran: In the early spring of 1925 Everett Greenlee brought his oung family to Canim Lake in the Cariboo District of British Columbia. The family settled at Sand Point just below the Clearwater Trail, an ancient route used by First Nations people to travel from Canim Lake to the Clearwater Country. Toody Greenlee Shirran and her three sisters worked with their parents, doing “whatever had to be done” to survive on a wilderness homestead. It was a hard life but one that shaped the girls’ futures as women who pioneered in a man’s world, working as independent
loggers, truck drivers and well drillers. Toody’s stories and poems tell of a time when there were no roads, neighbours were few and far between, and a chance to go to school meant the world to a young girl.