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From athletes and actors to politicians and scientists, some of Canada’s most celebrated have sat for Canadian photographer Don Dixon, who is hoping to shoot and interview 150 icons to mark Canada’s 150th birthday. Dixon began his self-published project in 2010 with a portrait of actress Jane Eastwood. He is now only 23 icons away from completing his goal, although he still hopes to secure funding to turn his work into a book. “We as Canadians need to recognize the important contributions that we are making to the world,” says Dixon, currently based in San Francisco. “We have the talent, experience and expertise to take a leading role in the world on a multitude of fronts, we just don’t know it.”Measha Brueggergosman, soprano“The Canadian culture is incredibly unique. It’s so unique because we have shied away from really defining it. It’s so strong and so well-regarded and so respected worldwide, but we are, by nature of being Canadian, … we just have a hard time embracing how awesome it is. In some ways I feel like until we can have a clear understanding of what it is we have here, we will never rightfully and justifiably and sustainably protect it. Because there’s no future without true identity. I feel like we’re on the cusp of losing who we are because we are scared about who we might be.”Roberta Bondar, astronaut, neurologistArticle Continued BelowRoberta Bondar  (Don Dixon/ASYLUM ARTISTS)  “I think of Canada as a place of promise; I think of it as a place of tremendous environmental importance to the whole world; and I think it’s a place where people are underrated. I think, by and large, we are a country that, yes, maybe we have a reputation for being quieter and being peacekeepers and peacemakers, but we are still striving to develop that kind of international reputation.” Donovan Bailey, Olympic champion sprinterDonovan Bailey  (DON DIXON/Asylum Artists)  “Canada is incredible … as we grow as a nation, we see that we are starting to be even bigger and better. And one of the things we should do is own what we’ve done, own our success. It’s something that I’ve done and sometimes been criticized for it, but I truly believe that Canada is the best, and when I was honoured to be serenaded by the national anthem in the victories over the 10 years of my career, they were the greatest, proudest moments in my life, other than my two kids.”


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