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JC Rodrigue (1966) was born in So Tiago de Cendufe, Arcos de Valdevez, a small Romanesque town of northern Portugal.

So Tiago de Cendufe, once Celtic land, only to be conquered by the Romans, the Visigoths, and even the Arabs, a culture that is more than four thousand years in the making, only came to a rest with Christianity about one thousand years ago. JC Rodrigue was raised with his grand mother in this environment, culture and history, in the parish of Father Manuel Antonio Gomes Himalaya (1868-1933), up the valley of Lima, in the mountains of Arcos de Valdevez.

As a child he was a shepherd, raising cattle, goats and sheep, up in the mountains of Cendufe, with the company of other boys from the mountains, playing the flute, and even cowboys in and around the large granite rocks.

At 11 years old, he immigrated to Canada and rejoined his parents in Kitchener Waterloo. He returned to Portugal in 1981 and attended the secondary of Valdevez. And, after his compulsory military service in 1987, he returned to Canada.

Like the spirit of his native land, well known for its history of kings, explorations and wonderful Port wine, he led a very active life. He made home in Gatineau, in the beautiful province of Qubec, where he still lives today.

Attended the University of Ottawa, sociology, and made many community based projects with the Portuguese Canadian National Congress, namely with the elderly. He was elected counsellor to the Portuguese Government in the council of communities, CCP, in 1997, which he had to resign due to a major automobile accident in 1998. The next 10 years were the darkest days of his life... In his own words: "I don't remember anything just waking up much later in the hospital, but I do remember the dreams I had before the awakening and they were wonderful... Now I understand certain things much better... The problem is that I no longer accept certain things well..."

This traumatising car accident severely affected his life and he had to undergo many changes. In the process of healing he started to write.

In 2004 he published his first book Le Dragon du Lac Osisko, and in 2007 he published an autobiographical novel, his life work, The Niche of So Tiago, in English and Portuguese, that brought him two national prizes.

In 2008 he won the National COPA Ward for Vision, for his work in the past within the Portuguese Canadian National Congress, and the Portuguese Canadian Communities across Canada.

He now leads a quiet life in Gatineau, isolated and in reflection, writing...

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