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Barbara Seagram

Canadian contract bridge teacher, writer, and administrator

1949   -  

occupation: writer

Barbara Seagram (born 1949 in Barbados, West Indies) is a Canadian Registered Nurse and bridge writer (the game of contract bridge), teacher, and administrator. In addition to being recognized for her professional bridge teaching business and as co-author of twenty-six published bridge books, she is most widely known for co-writing with Marc Smith 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know, which received the American Bridge Teachers' Association (ABTA) Book of the Year award in 1999. The book is in its 13th printing and has been translated into French, German, Japanese and Danish. It has been named one of the top 5 top selling bridge book of the last 50 years. Seagram was a member of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) Board of Governors from 1997 to 2009, has served as president and vice president of ACBL Unit 166 (Southern Ontario), has contributed to the ACBL Bridge Bulletin, and is annually recognized as one of the top ten recruiters of new ACBL members. She has also served on the Board of Governors and Board of Directors for the ABTA.Seagram is a Sapphire Life Master player (3500+ master points) and a Master Teacher (American Bridge Teachers Association A.B.T.A.) She has received the Kate Buckman Award, given to the person who has contributed most to others' enjoyment of the game, and received the Audrey Grant Award for teaching excellence in 2011. She and her husband Alex Kornel run the Barbara Seagram School of Bridge in Toronto.For many years, Seagram & her husband owned and ran the Kate Buckman Bridge Studio. This was the largest bridge club in Canada and the fourth largest on the continent. The club ran 25 games a week and taught thousands of students. In 2012 the ACBL named Seagram number 40 on the list of 52 most influential bridge personalities during the organization's 75-year history, citing her work (along with Paul Cronin) promoting friendly behavior at the bridge table.Seagram and her husband travel all over the world and have now visited 164 countries. Seagram, in conjunction with Patti Lee of Toronto (and the whole bridge community) has raised funds to build several schools in Cambodia; they now sustain four and are currently (2017) building a fifth. In addition, they have raised monies for the Canadian Landmine Foundations for outreach programs for victims of landmine accidents. Seagram and Lee are also involved in raising funds for water filtration for remote villages in Laos through Adopt a Village, an NGO which also builds schools in Laos. Seagram & Lee have raised many thousands of dollars annually to each cause with donations from the Toronto and USA bridge communities.
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