Robert Proudfoot, an Edmonton, Alberta-based creative writer, tutor, and editor, was born and raised in Alberta, but spent four years as a high school and university student (1969 to 1973) in Lusaka, Zambia; and subsequently worked as an agro forester in Nigeria, west Africa from 1988 to 1991. Robert is also a professional environmental scientist and is married to Valerie, with whom they have two daughters, Annora and Alicia.
Robert writes about diverse, often controversial topics that interest him, including: mental health; truth and reconciliation; building bridges with, rather than walls against, other cultures and faiths; social justice; enjoyment of sports and nature; and relations between humans, the environment, and their Creator. He continues to learn about African as well as indigenous Canadian history, culture, concerns, and socioeconomics. Robert believes in Canada but he also feels that we all can do better to care about one another, as well as protect the world’s environment, which are all interconnected but unique to stakeholders and time.
Robert Proudfoot is a member of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. In February 2019, he published “Enduring Art, Active Faith - 3 Generations Create!”, a poignant collection of short stories, essays, poetry, and depictions of physical art work created by three generations of his family. Robert researched and wrote the background document for a CD prepared in 2009 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Edmonton’s First Mennonite Church. Mr. Proudfoot presented a biography of his grandparents who lived/worked in Edmonton during the early 1900s, called “A Playful Policeman Meets the Citizen-Making Teacher”, in May 1994 for “Come and Know Your History” project that celebrated Edmonton's 200th anniversary.