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r e m a r k a b l e T e aCH e r 29 September 2016 | Professionally Speaking pHoTo: CbC CBC Radio host Matt Galloway honours the literature teacher who taught him how to captivate listeners. by riCHard ouzounian I f you live in the Greater Toronto area, odds are you're waking up with Matt Galloway. More than 392,000 listeners tune into the CBC's Metro Morning to hear him discuss current affairs and timely topics. On a national level, the host of the highest-rated morning show in Canada's largest city is known for his Olympic coverage. When not speaking to athletes, police chiefs and politicians, the on-air personality fits in frequent conversations about the state of the school system and the important role teachers play in it. Although education is a top-of-mind topic for this early riser, it wasn't until fate placed Galloway on the same path as a perfect stranger that he realized just how much he owed a teacher of his own. "Last year, as I was heading up to the Thomson Collection at the AGO [Art Gallery of Ontario], a woman asked: 'Are you Matt Galloway? You don't know me but my mother taught you English — her name was Edna Lukianchuk.'" And, just like that, Grade 9 memories came rushing back. "You just never know who is listening to you on the radio or when your paths might cross." In this case, the woman from the gallery was Oxanna Adams — one of his former teacher's three children. It wasn't until Galloway gained prominence at the CBC that Adams learned from her mother (who died in 20 08) that he was a student of hers at Grey Highlands Secondary School in Flesherton, Ont. "There are a number of teachers who are responsible for changing my life," says Galloway, after a recent session on the airwaves, "but it was Edna who truly unlocked something special in my brain." He ponders for a minute. "I guess I always knew subconsciously how important she had been, but it didn't come into focus until that chance meeting." Between listening to Galloway's morning interviews and recalling her mother's school-day stories, Adams confesses a feeling of familiarity when she saw the CBC star. His on-air enthusiasm and seeming desire to know all there is to know about his guests — well, that curiosity was something she definitely recognized. It was something her mother possessed, both in and outside of the classroom. "The thing I remember the most is her being incredibly passionate about literature, which was her subject," says Adams, who had the unique experience of being one of Lukianchuk's students. "You couldn't help but get involved in what she was teaching."

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