D.J. (Dorothy)


Dorothy lived in Burlington from 1951 until she left for the University of Toronto in the 1960s.  A graduate from Burlington Central High School, Dorothy has become one of the top selling authors in Canada.  Her debut novel The Witch of Babylon, was shortlisted for the Crime Writer Association’s Debut Dagger Award and won the Arthur Ellis Award for best unpublished crime novel. The Witch sold in twenty countries and was chosen by Amazon.ca as one of the best books of the year and by CNN International as one of six enduring historical thrillers.

I was five when my family moved to Woodland Park Drive and, at the risk of dating myself, in those days Burlington was called Port Nelson. So many memories of growing up in Roseland: playing outdoors all day long with our neighborhood friends in the wood behind the old Carter home, roasting apples on the fires from leaves my Dad raked to the roadside curb, the annual fair at at the Roseland Park Club where I once won a softball, walking to Laurie Smith elementary at the start of the school year, the air filled with the scent of tomato canning from the Aylmer plant, sliding down the Duff’s big front hill after a snowfall, listening to the big bands at the Brant Inn from our sneak seats on the railway tracks, birthday celebrations at the Estaminet, swimming in Lowville creek, cave hunting with my friend at Mount Nemo, skiing at Cedar Springs. Moving down the street to  Lakeshore Road where my sister and I had endless days of summer fun on the Lake Ontario shore.  Now, when I pass through Burlington I barely recognize some of my old haunts but I savour those early days and always love coming back to see the city prospering in it’s beautiful setting by the lake.