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Yvonne Penney is a native of Toronto, and claims she's old enough to have watched the original run of Star Trek. After living for two years in the much warmer climes of San Diego, California and Yuma, Arizona, she returned to Toronto in 1978, and discovered fandom and SF cons.
She was introduced to fandom through Star Trek, Star Wars, and other SF/media films and TV shows.
She and her husband Lloyd Penney were two of the founders and chairmen of Toronto Trek Celebration, the predecessor of the Toronto Trek/Polaris series of conventions, and Yvonne was the chairman of Toronto Trek Celebration 2. She worked on the Ad Astra committee on and off for 30 years, and has now retired. She co-chaired Smofcon 6 and was on the Ditto Fifteen committee.
After years working on the successful Toronto in 2003 Worldcon bid, Yvonne returned to one of her first loves, space and aviation, and she has been involved with The Planetary Society, the Canadian Space Society, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, and the Mars Society
Yvonne and her husband are also involved in steampunk.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1992 -- Maplecon 13
- 1995 -- Astronomicon 4, Contradiction 15
- 1998 -- CUFF winner
- 2000 -- Ad Astra 2000, VCON 25
- 2003 -- EerieCon 5
- 2012 -- Loscon 39
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