“There is always something smaller, and always something bigger” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Jane Kieffer by © Jeannette Breward

“For Jane’s shoot, she wanted to show off a few of her favourite sports – skiing, baseball and soccer! And of course, being a Canada Day baby, she needed to have her Canadian pride on display as well. And the story of Jane’s birth is quite interesting! Her family was staying at a cottage in Algonquin when her mother went into labour early – they had to take a boat to the mainland for Jane to be born. And two days later, she was back on the water headed back to the cottage! There’s not a better Canadian location to be born on Canada Day than Algonquin!” – Jeannette B

Image © Jeannette Breward

An Interview with Jane

Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?

A. Going to Canada’s Wonderland with my friend, my mom and grandma.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. My dad made me take a long ride in the car for my birthday instead of before, and I went to Ottawa and I couldn’t see my godfather because he was in the hospital seeing his dad die.

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?

A. Walkie-talkies.

Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?

A. East Side Mario’s cheesy bowtie pasta.

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. Being with people you love. Getting closer to the age where you can drive but not to drive away from your parents.

Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?

A. I see fireworks every year on my birthday because I celebrate my birthday with Canada’s.