Nikki Rottenberg
Writing Memoirs

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A Slice of Life is a collection of short stories of twenty-six older adults living in Burlington, Ontario. They are stories of overcoming hardships, refusing to give up, finding romance and realizing dreams. All of them full of hope.


All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Family Council Network 4 Advocacy Committee to help them continue to push for policies that ensure dignity and high quality care for those living in long-term-care homes.

To purchase A Slice of Life, email Nikki at [email protected]

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A tale of a woman volunteering as a nurse in a war zone and an account of a mother whose children were kidnapped by her husband are just a few of the stories Burlington seniors tell in the book A Slice of Life.

The book, which was written by local author Nikki Rottenberg features the true life stories of 26 Burlington seniors and is now available to the public.

Rottenberg, who has a background in social work and has been active on the City of Burlington Senior’s Advisory Committee, said the project got started just over a year ago when she approached Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) Halton Chair Tom Carrothers and asked if there was a project she could undertake for seniors, particularly seniors in nursing homes.

“He told me to run with whatever I want. I had no idea what to do, but I am a writer and I love stories,” said Rottenberg.

“I decided to apply for a grant from the Province. I got that grant and I decided to interview 26 older adults all from Burlington so they could share a slice of their life’s story. I wanted to show people seniors have lives. That the older person you pass on the street has a story.”

Rottenberg approached numerous seniors on the street, at various cultural facilities and elsewhere and heard a variety of stories, which she catalogued in A Slice of Life.

She said one 85-year-old Burlington resident talked about how when she was younger her husband abducted her four children. “She shared the trauma of years of trying to get her kids back and not,” said Rottenberg. “Her life was just full of hope. Just an amazing story.”

One couple talked about the struggle they went through to have children; another talked about her experience of overcoming alcoholism; other shared stories of meeting the love of their life.

Running For Their Lives
The Frederick Dryden Story
As told to Nikki Rottenberg

Now Available

Frederick Dryden, Founder and Executive Director of Liberty For Youth, ran from Ottawa to Hamilton sharing his vision to help marginalized youth.

Frederick has received many awards including
Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 which identifies and awards outstanding achievers in Canada who are changing the way things are done. These people, all under the age of forty,  inspire others and give back to their communities and to Canada.

Getting to know Frederick and writing his story on how he came to start Liberty For Youth and how he and his team of dedicated staff are reaching out to young gang members is truly inspirational.

Every day, countless older people across our communities provide care for someone they love – a spouse, child, grandchild, friend or parent. They put their own lives on hold and tirelessly attend to the needs of another. At times, it can be frustrating and exhausting, but they do out of love. 

Their voices however, are often unheard when they try to reach out and access help. Too often, they come up against walls and learn to navigate the health care system by trial and error.

 In the book, Voices of Older Caregivers, I recorded the stories and lessons learned from those living in the Halton Community who care for someone they love. Some of the stories are heartbreaking, others uplifting, all are inspirational.

Those interviewed spoke candidly and shared their experiences about lessons they learned about themselves, their loved ones and the frustrations of trying to navigate an over-burdened health care system.

Meeting these people and hearing their stories gave me an insight into the level of care many older people are providing to someone significant to them. I hope the stories in Voices of Older Caregivers will encourage and inspire you, as it did me.

To purchase your copy email Nikki at [email protected]

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: 

Life Lessons from the Dog. 

Available April 9th, 2019. 

You can purchase the book in stories or get a signed copy by emailing Nikki at [email protected] 

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