Today  you are You,

      that is truer than true.  

      There is no one alive

       who is Youer than You  

               Dr. Seuss

One might say that Sally’s creative spirit  encourages her audiences to connect with   magic, imagination and wonder as seen only through the eyes of a child.  In sharing her works with us she  provides an environment in which we can  find  and reconnect with,

…our inner child..

Sally Gilchrest-Unrau can be contacted at                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Author Bio
Sally Gilchrest-Unrau was born in Stratford Connecticut and has lived in Canada for over the past 30 years. She lives in  the small rural town of Morden Manitoba with her husband  Hank  and two dogs, Sage and Zula. Sally and her husband have one daughter Michelle Beaudry who lives and works in Vancouver, BC.

After receiving a teaching degree and a B.S. in Special Education at Southern Connecticut University, Sally moved to Canada and went on to have a career  in the field of Early Childhood Education …working in a variety of  programs and positions. She  has had extensive experience  working with preschool children, their parents, program staff  and other professionals ….and for the last seventeen years of her career she worked for the Province of Manitoba as a Child Day Care Co-ordinator/Licensing Body…visiting  and observing …programs assisting , ensuring they are meeting the standards set by the Provincial Day Care Standards Act and providing  assistance and resources.

Sally’s Published Works

Sally is a three time Breast Cancer survivor  who upon deciding to retire, started writing about the thing she knew best…children and their parents.   She began by writing …in  journals after being  first  diagnosed ..which later turned into more creative writing endeavors such as short autobiographical stories, poetry and childrens stories which  she has continues to write.

Sally has her  story…Location, location, location .. published in the book , Cup of Comfort for Breast Cancer Survivors which is  available at  book stores or on-line at She  has also written a poem entitled….Infinite Calm… a poetry anthology which was published and released in January 2010.

In 2010, Sally worked with Tate Publishing to release her first  children’s book …Sam’s Weird Afternoon. It was released locally on April 21st and everywhere else on May 25th 2010 and is available through or

In 2009, after living in Canada for over 3 decades,  Sally applied for and was thrilled to receive her Canadian citizenship.


In addition to writing, Sally has been a long time quilter who,  involves herself in a variety of other activities such as …making dolls, teddy bears, puppets and santas.  When asked why… she will tell you “it’s kind of magical to see each little creation come to  life” .  Collecting is another  love of hers as well ,which is obvious  when one sees the jars and jars of colorful buttons lined up in her sewing room, the heart shaped stones she has found and displays in a red fused glass plate, along with  her family of small metal insects which can be seen  displayed each summer in her back  deck. Sally enjoys the challenge of  finding and buying much of her materials at thrift and second hand stores. Friends have helped her in collecting and she is thrilled each time a jar of buttons or a unique heart shape stone is sent her way.


You will often find Sally,  reading to a group of young children and sharing  her book and other adventures of Sam.  She is a member of the Pembina Hills Art Gallery and  the Manitoba Writer’s Guild and  is available to visit, read or do a presentation to your school, organization group business or event on the following…

  1. Book/storytelling to young children
  2. Book publishing…process
  3. Preschool children – parenting, discipline, coping skills, and more
  4. Personal Power- looking at perspectives…how they affect us…how not to be a victim
  5. Yes…There is Life after Breast Cancer

You can contact Sally at .