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 Allison Roach Award 2006

Debbie GIBSON'68
Debbie has led the way as a role model for women trying to balance a professionally and personally rewarding life. She has achieved extraordinary results in all her endeavours—family, career, community, education, and skiing!
 
Born and raised in Toronto, Debbie attended Branksome Hall in the footsteps of her grandmother, Ruth McCORMACK Brown’15. She was a Prefect and member of the Branksome ski team and the Canadian Ski Team. Her passion for the sport continued, and she celebrated a gold medal win in the Master’sWorld Cup giant slalom in 1997.
 
Debbie graduated from Queen’s University with a B.A. in Art History. She later became the founding publisher of Canada’s first fashion magazine—Toronto Life Fashion. In 1988, she co-created and co-executive produced Fashion File, now syndicated to E-Entertainment in the U.S. and to over 80 countries worldwide. She transformed Canadian Art Magazine into a healthy business by organizing art exhibits and such fundraising events as the Gallery Hop.
 
In 2001, Debbie joined Canadian Living as publisher, managing Canadian Living Magazine, Canadian Living Television, Canadian Living Cooks, the Canadian Living website, and Canadian Living Books in partnership with Random House. The Complete Canadian Living Cookbook is a national best seller.
 
Debbie has been involved in founding Run For the Cure, Genesis Foundation, CanFar, Look Good Feel Better Foundation, andWomenWho Make a Difference Awards. She sits on the board of North York Harvest Food Bank, and has many other charitable and cultural commitments.
 
Debbie has a son, Michael Bienstock, a daughter, Candice BIENSTOCK’03, and two sisters, Diana GIBSON McNab’71 and Ginny GIBSON’76.

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