Eye of the Ocean contains a wealth of poignant stories featuring the universal themes of love, hope, and empathy. The book showcases Canadians who inspire us to help and lift up others. Landry is donating her proceeds from all book sales to the non-profit Hants East Assisting Refugees Team (HEART) Society of Nova Scotia, which assists at-risk refugee families escaping the dangers of war, global strife, and oppression. HEART helped to bring the Barho family from Syria to Nova Scotia. Eye of the Ocean includes the tragic story of their seven children who died in a 2019 Spryfield house fire and honours through these stories the Barho family, HEART, as well as the first responders and community members who have been impacted by the fire.
In its striking conclusion, readers meet the emergency communicator who helped the author during her own 911 call the day her mother, Theresa Landry, died. That gripping interview remains a highlight in the author's 35-year journalism career. Eye of the Ocean was written to mark this special milestone. Theresa is featured on the book's cover.
Amidst the long-term effects of the COVID pandemic, people need stories of love, hope, and empathy more than ever. The twenty-plus Canadians featured here share their messages in the hopes of proving no one is ever alone and people truly care.
About the author
Janice Landry is an award-winning Halifax journalist who has received three national awards for her mental health advocacy, books, and writing. She has worn numerous hats during her 35-year career: radio traffic reporter, television reporter and anchor, university instructor, script writer and video producer, strategic communications, mentor, conference host/presenter, magazine writer, social media management, among other duties.
The author worked for four years with Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency as writer/editor of its Feedline magazine. Janice started writing books in tribute to her late father, Capt. Basil (Baz) Landry, M.B. of the former Halifax Fire Department.