At age 92, Ellen Burka has reached the very height of success as a figure skating coach. Dutch national champion in 1946 and 1947, Mrs. Burka immigrated to Canada in 1950. She produced twenty-six Canadian medalists at the Olympic and world level. In 1978, Mrs. Burka received the Order of Canada and was inducted into the Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1992. Mrs. Burka shares her early childhood memories, her incredible story of surviving a concentration camp in World War II, talks about changing the face of skating with her student Toller Cranston and goes through details of her enormously successful career in Canada. This was an insightful interview for Paul and it was an honour for him to spend this time with Mrs. Burka, a gracious host and fearless in sharing her profound experiences. This is the first part of the interview and click on the link below for the second part.

Episode 15: Mrs. Ellen Burka Part Two.