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The Forrester Family


Bob Forrester

Trained as a classical pianist, Bob also studied jazz piano with Ted Moses, renowned Toronto jazz musician and composer.

In the early 1970s he was the keyboard player in the rock band Steel River. They were signed with William Morris Agency in New York and toured with The James Gang, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Three Dog Night and had international success with four singles and three albums. He is an award-winning member of SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada).

In the late ‘70s, Bob returned to university to obtain his MBA. He has worked as a Sales Executive at Xerox and Honeywell, and is currently at Canada Post.

Bob now spends his spare time writing and recording music.

Janet Forrester

Janet has worked for BMO Financial Group for over 30 years. Since Liane’s death, she has worked hard to turn her family’s tragedy into something positive and has been committed to fundraising for the Sick Kids Foundation, Childhood Cancer Research Centre. She continues to be an inspiration to her family and friends.

Michael Forrester

In 2007, Michael graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from UofT, and then in 2012, he earned a PhD degree at Dalhousie University. His research on cancer biology and genetics includes working at SickKids with Dr. David Malkin (click here to view the article), and at the IWK Health Centre with Dr. Jason Berman (where he used animals -- not mice, but the tropical zebrafish! Read more about this). Michael has also worked for SickKids Foundation to raise awareness at community fundraising events, such as "A Run For Liane." In Nova Scotia, Michael also volunteered with the Canadian Cancer Society to share Liane's story with rural communities and high schools. In 2011, he was featured on a poster for Daffodil Month. Currently, Michael is back in Ontario, pursuing his MD at McMaster University in Hamilton (the fun never ends)! He hopes that people will be inspired by Liane's story and remember the valuable lessons that she has taught us.

In the video below (filmed 2011), nine-year-old Haligonian, Blythe, is on a mission to find out where the money has gone that she has donated to the IWK Foundation. Blythe meets Michael in Jason Berman's lab, where he researches treatments for cancer using zebrafish.



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