Soundportraits - Audio Samples - Elephant
We have done hundreds of Soundportraits and have received countless letters of thanks from customers who sometimes joke that it's rare to send a thank you letter with a cheque! Here are a few audio samples from some of our favorite Soundportraits.



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J.W. Barnett

Jay is an irresistible Texan gentleman, beloved by his family and revered by hundreds of people who have know him as a dentist. Jay, his son, Shon and his grandson Evan all recorded their Soundportraits. Jay began life in poverty, during the Great Depression, but says, "It is a privilege to grow up underprivileged if you have loving and caring parents". [2:48]

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J.W. Barnett

Larry Davies

Larry spent 27 years as the Director of Alumni Affairs and Advancement for Victoria University in Toronto. He also has memories of growing up in the Bathurst and Eglinton area of Toronto in the 1950s.  We recorded in the chapel of Victoria University, and in this clip, Larry describes his neighbourhood as the kind where everyone watched out for one another’s children. [3:27]

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Larry Davies

DOROTHY GRAND

Dorothy Grand grew up in New Brunswick, in the 1920s, one of three little girls. She recalls she was the tomboy in the family, who often got into mischief. We asked her to describe herself as a young girl. [3:20]

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DOROTHY GRAND

Meg Wilson

It’s no small feat to complete medical school and this Soundportrait celebrates Meg Wilson’s accomplishment, and her commitment and  excitement about practicing medicine. In this small excerpt, Meg talks about the first time she saw a baby being born … in Kenya. [1:36]

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Meg Wilson

HELEN HINSON

Born in the American South in the late1920s, Helen Wright Hinson grew up in Cairo, Georgia, with a deep sense of community, and special affection for summers at the beach. [1:43]

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HELEN HINSON

Sybil Hovey

Many of our Canadian soldiers brought British wives home after the Second World War... our famous "War Brides." Sybil was one of those war brides, but here, she speaks about her time driving an ambulance for the Mechanized Transport Corps in London. [0:57]

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Sybil Hovey

AILEEN HOWSON

Aileen’s daughter Sharon called Soundportraits in the spring of 2011, to see if we could visit London, Ontario and interview her mother, Aileen, as a ninetieth birthday present. It was a wonderful afternoon, filled with hours of stories and laughter and a few tears. Always an optimist, Aileen could find positive things to say about everything – including her memories of growing up as a farm girl, during the Depression. [1:38]

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AILEEN HOWSON

PAT LEBLANC

Pat grew up in a tiny Quebec village, on Anticosti Island in the 1930s. One of eight children, Pat has vivid memories of her days spent at the island’s Catholic school and then greeting her Dad at the end of a long day. [2:03]

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PAT LEBLANC

Jack MacGillivray

Jack's family has farmed near Port Elgin Ontario since the 1800's. Here he remembers his chores as a young boy, and a bitterly cold sleigh ride into town with his mother. [1:00]

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Jack MacGillivray

Kevin O’Grady

Kevin was born in North Bay, Ontario and has devoted his working life to improving the dental health of the people there. He has found great satisfaction in his work, and in the community. As most dentists do, Kevin sometimes found treating children difficult. But here’s Kevin’s story about winning over a reluctant small patient: [2:21]

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Kevin O’Grady

IRMA PFINGST

Irma Pfingst was born into a prominent farming family in Sudetenland, Germany and until the outbreak of Second World War, she enjoyed a happy childhood. But when the war began, the Russians invaded and then the Czechs put all the German girls of her village- including Irma’s two older sisters - into work camps. It changed Irma forever. [4:00]

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IRMA PFINGST

Tom Routledge

When he was 18 years old, Tom Routledge headed to the U.K. to study, and on a train trip to visit relatives in northern England, he had a profound experience that for the rest of his life, changed the way he met people and valued each meeting. [2:23]

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Tom Routledge

DIBS STEWART

Dibs Stewart is a proud resident of Christie Gardens retirement home in Toronto, Canada and a summer resident of Lake Simcoe. Dibs is closing in on a century of living and she has a great strength about her. Her mind is sharp, her spirit feisty and her memory remarkable. [2:08]

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DIBS STEWART