Meet the Gang

Meet the members of the Friends and Neighbours Club! Here, you can learn about each puppet, what they like, who they're friends with, about their family and so much more!


Adrien Lau

Adrien Lau
  • Age: I am 6 years old
  • Grade: I am in grade 1
  • Favourite Subject: I really like math but only adding, not the minus, that’s tricky!
  • Hobbies: I’m learning how to ride my bike really well, I also like to swim and I take karate.
  • Favourite Books: I like books about the ocean and the animals that live in the ocean.
  • Favourite TV Show: I like to watch Jake and the Neverland Pirates. I’d like to be a pirate, but a good pirate.
  • Favourite TV Show/Movie/Sport:
  • Favourite Animal: Whales and sharks…they’re pretty cool
  • Favourite Food: Chocolate cake
  • Best Friend(s): William

  • Family: I live with my Mom, just me and her, oh and my cat Bongo.

  • More About Me:
    I live with my Mom, just me and her, oh and my cat Bongo.

Andrew McCormick

Andrew McCormick
  • Age: I am 10 years old
  • Grade: I am in grade 5
  • Favourite Subject: I really like math.
  • Hobbies: I like to ride my bike and play video games with my buddy Marcus.
  • Favourite Books: I like books about things like snakes and bugs.
  • Favourite TV Show: I also love to watch Tv, especially the history channel.
  • Favourite TV Show/Movie/Sport: I like to play soccer at recess with the kids.
  • Favourite Animal: I like all animals but I think snakes are pretty cool.
  • Favourite Food: Cheeseburgers
  • Best Friend(s): Marcus is my best friend.

  • Family: I have two younger sisters and my younger brother William. I also live with my Mom and dad.

  • More About Me:
    I have to help look after my brother and sisters. Sometimes it’s a real pain. Sometimes it’s because my Dad has to work and my Mom has a drinking problem. When my mom’s not drinking, she’s great. She’s a lot of fun. Sometimes it’s real stressful to take care of my family. I actually like going to school so I can have a break.

Eve Blais

Eve Blais
  • Age: I am 6 years old
  • Grade: I am in grade 1
  • Favourite Subject: I like to read and I like when we get to do our journals.
  • Hobbies: I take swimming lessons and I play soccer. I also like to draw and make crafts.
  • Favourite Books: I like books about Princesses and Fairies.
  • Favourite TV Show: I like to watch Doc McStuffins Clinic – I want to be a Doctor when I grow up.
  • Favourite TV Show/Movie/Sport:
  • Favourite Animal: Bunnies, they are soft
  • Favourite Food: Ceasar salad…yum!
  • Best Friend(s): Molly

  • Family: I live with my mom and my dad and my baby brother, Ethan.

  • More About Me:
    My mom is a policewoman and my dad is a nurse. They work really hard. I want to be just like them when I grow up. I like school and I like to play with my friends. Sometimes my friends say I’m too bossy and that hurts my feelings. I try to not be bossy but sometimes it’s hard.

Jason Bruder

Jason Bruder
  • Age: I am 9 years old
  • Grade: I am in grade 4
  • Favourite Subject: I sometimes have a hard time focusing at school, but I like math the best.
  • Hobbies: I really like learning about dinosaurs and insects, I also like to play video games.
  • Favourite Books: I really like Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
  • Favourite TV Show: I LOVE to watch Phinneas and Ferb! It’s funny!
  • Favourite TV Show/Movie/Sport:
  • Favourite Animal: My favourite dinosaur is the Tyrannosaurus Rex and I like dragonflies and butterflies the best.
  • Favourite Food: PIZZA!
  • Best Friend(s): Simon Lau

  • Family: I live with my Mom and Dad and my sister Molly and we have a dog named Farley and a fish named swimmer.

  • More About Me:
    I have ADHD. I have to take medication called Ritalin to help me with it. Sometimes I have a really hard time staying still and sometimes I feel like I’m going to explode because I have so much energy. Sometimes it’s hard for me to keep friends. I think it’s important to talk about ADHD.

John Platter

John Platter
  • Age: I am 10 years old
  • Grade: I am in grade 5
  • Favourite Subject: I like school – I like gym class and recess and history.
  • Hobbies: I like to play outside and build forts, I also like to play video games.
  • Favourite Books: I like books that talk about things in the past, like history.
  • Favourite TV Show: like to watch shows on the history channel like Swamp People.
  • Favourite TV Show/Movie/Sport:
  • Favourite Animal: Sharks and Crocodiles – they’re pretty cool.
  • Favourite Food:
    Spaghetti and meatballs

  • Best Friend(s):
    I like everyone, Rusty and I have lots of fun together.

  • Family: I live with my mom and dad and my older brother, Jeff.

  • More About Me:
    I have Sever Factor VIII Hemophilia, which causes me to have severe bleeds and it causes me to bruise really easily. I get injections to help me stop bleeding. I sometimes feel like I spend a lot of time at the hospital. I got to CHEO (Childrens Hospital of Eastern Ontario) a lot. I have to always be careful when I’m playing.

Kathy Quinn

Kathy Quinn
  • Age: I am 9 years old
  • Grade: I am in grade 4
  • Favourite Subject: Of course that would be gym!
  • Hobbies: I love to do anything that involves moving – I play all sorts of sports! I also like working on my scrapbook.
  • Favourite Books: I like to read stories about real people especially people in sports.
  • Favourite TV Show:
  • Favourite TV Show/Movie/Sport: I love playing soccer, hockey and baseball. I also love to swim and bike. I would like to try and learn how to play tennis, I think that’d be fun!
  • Favourite Animal: My favourite animal is dog, I’d love to have my very own dog, but Mom says that they’re too much work.
  • Favourite Food: Anything quick in between my games – like carrot sticks and celery, but I also love my Mom’s lasagna.
  • Best Friend(s): I like hanging out with Simon.

  • Family: I live with my mom and dad, my older brother, Mike and my little sister, Cindy. I’m the middle child.

  • More About Me:
    My Mom and Dad are both in the military. I have lived all over Canada and even in Germany, we move around a lot. My mom and dad have also had to go to Afghanistan a few times. It’s not always easy being a military family. Sometimes, I hate moving and sometimes I like it!

Lise Garneau

Lise Garneau
  • Age: I am 9 years old
  • Grade: I am in grade 4
  • Favourite Subject: I’m really good at all subjects. I get level 4’s on everything I do, which is like A+'s. I especially like it when we get to go to the computer lab – I’m really good at computers and know how to do all sorts of things like uploading videos.
  • Hobbies: I love to play on my own computer at home, I also like to do arts and crafts
  • Favourite Books: I love to read, I read a lot at home. All kinds of books, like mysteries and funny ones.
  • Favourite TV Show: I love to watch funny movies and I like to watch the Disney Channel.
  • Favourite TV Show/Movie/Sport: I like to play soccer with my friends at recess.
  • Favourite Animal: My favourite animal is a Penguin.
  • Favourite Food: I love ice cream and fruit salad – but not together, that’s gross.
  • Best Friend(s): I don’t really have a best friend, but I like to play with Tara and Odina.

  • Family: My mom and dad are divorced and I spend one week with my mom and one week with my Dad. I’m an only child.

  • More About Me:
    Sometimes it’s lonely being me. I usually get everything I want and ask for, sometimes the other kids think I’m a spoiled brat. I try to get along with them. It hurts my feelings when they call me bossy.

Marcus Taylor

Marcus Taylor
  • Age: I am 10 years old
  • Grade: I am in grade 5
  • Favourite Subject: I love Science – especially when we are learning about space.
  • Hobbies: I collect hockey cards and I’m really good at building things with my legos.
  • Favourite Books: I love the book Inkheart.
  • Favourite TV Show: Watching hockey – especially the Boston Bruins, they are my favourite team. I also like shows that talk about space.
  • Favourite TV Show/Movie/Sport:
  • Favourite Animal: My favourite animal is a horse.
  • Favourite Food: Birthday Cake – especially chocolate.
  • Best Friend(s): Andrew McCormick

  • Family: I live with my mom and my older sister, Melanie. My mom and dad are divorced, but they get along. I get to see my dad whenever he has time. He works a lot.

  • More About Me:
    I have a lot of allergies. I’m allergic to stuff like trees, grasses, animals and even peanuts and wheat. I have to be very careful with what I eat.

Molly Bruder

Molly Bruder
  • Age: I am 6 years old
  • Grade: I am in grade 1
  • Favourite Subject: Reading time and I like to add.
  • Hobbies: I love to draw and play with my dolls.
  • Favourite Books: I like all books!
  • Favourite TV Show: Strawberry Shortcake
  • Favourite TV Show/Movie/Sport: Penguins
  • Favourite Animal: Penguins
  • Favourite Food: Strawberries
  • Best Friend(s): Eve

  • Family:
    I live with my mom and dad and my big brother, Jason and our dog, Farley and our fish, Swimmer.

  • More About Me:
    My brother, Jason, has ADHD which means that sometimes he has a hard time focusing. Sometimes he gets teased. That’s not nice, it makes him sad. He’s a great big brother. We just moved here recently, my dad is in the military so we move around a lot. I like it here.

Odina Patridge

Odina Patridge
  • Age: I am 10 years old
  • Grade: I am in grade 5
  • Favourite Subject: I love anytime we get to write in our journals
  • Hobbies: I love to write. I write short stories a lot. I also help out with the school newspaper.
  • Favourite Books: I love to read, but I love to read true stories or the local newspapers.
  • Favourite TV Show:
  • Favourite TV Show/Movie/Sport: I love to play all kinds of sports, especially soccer and hockey
  • Favourite Animal: I love all kinds of animals, especially ones that live in the wild like deer, wolves, bears, owls.
  • Favourite Food: My Grandma’s venison stew (that’s deer meat) and her homemade bread
  • Best Friend(s): I have lots of friends, like Rusty and Marcus and Lise.

  • Family: I am an only child and I live with my mom and dad. My grandparents live beside us and my cousins live down the road.

  • More About Me:
    My family lives on the Algonquin First Nations Reserve. I am very proud of my culture and I love to learn about it and read about it. My grandmother and grandfather tell my cousins and I a lot of stories. I think that’s where I get my storytelling from. I love to be outside and I love to look at and learn about nature and the world we live in.

Robert Presley

Robert Presley
  • Age: I am 10 years old
  • Grade: I am in grade 5
  • Favourite Subject: I love school – I really like science the best.
  • Hobbies: I like to read and I like to play chess, my dad taught me how to play. I also like to play sports.
  • Favourite Books: Any kind of science fiction book! I like ones about aliens.
  • Favourite TV Show: I love the movie E.T., my brother says it’s a classic!
  • Favourite TV Show/Movie/Sport:
  • Favourite Animal: My dog, Shadow.
  • Favourite Food: Banana pudding
  • Best Friend(s): I have lot’s of friends. I like to hang out with Kathy.

  • Family: I live with my mom and dad and my older brother, Ricky, and my older sister ,Renee.

  • More About Me:
    I am currently learning to speak Spanish and I can speak French too. I think it’s cool to learn new languages. My dad is in the military and his job is to diffuse bombs. It’s scary to me. I don’t tell a lot of people that. We move around a lot. I like moving and I like meeting new people. When I’m older, I want to travel around the world.

Rusty Walker

Rusty Walker
  • Age: I am 10 years old
  • Grade: I am in grade 4
  • Favourite Subject: Art! I really hate math.
  • Hobbies: I really like to draw and I like to ride my bike.
  • Favourite Books: A lot of people don’t know this but I really like to read books. I like mystery books the best.
  • Favourite TV Show: I don’t really like sports, I do like to ride my bike though. We don’t watch a lot of TV at my house.
  • Favourite TV Show/Movie/Sport:
  • Favourite Animal: My favourite animal is a….hmmm, I don’t really have one.
  • Favourite Food: I like Mac and Cheese
  • Best Friend(s): I like hanging out with Simon and Andrew and Marcus

  • Family: I live with my mom and dad, my older sister Samantha, I’m the youngest.

  • More About Me:
    My mom stays at home and my dad works at the local factory. He works shift work so sometimes he’s home during the day and sometimes he’s not. Sometimes I wish he worked all the time. He gets angry sometimes at my Mom or at me and sometimes he hits us or breaks things. Sometimes when I’m at school, I can’t concentrate because I’m worried about Mom. Sometimes, I’m angry.

Simon Lau

Simon Lau
  • Age: I am 9 years old
  • Grade: I am in grade 4
  • Favourite Subject: Is lunch a subject? I like lunch!
  • Hobbies: I love to tell jokes and make people laugh so I am always telling jokes, I also really like to do magic tricks.
  • Favourite Books: I read joke books and books about magic.
  • Favourite TV Show: Anything that’s funny I like!
  • Favourite TV Show/Movie/Sport: I like to play soccer at recess with my friends.
  • Favourite Animal: I have a dog named Ginger, so I like dogs the best!
  • Favourite Food: My mom’s homemade waffles! Yum!
  • Best Friend(s): I have lot’s of friends, I usually keep my best jokes for Lise and Marcus.

  • Family: I have two older brothers who live with us (unfortunately) and my mom and dad….and of course, Ginger.

  • More About Me:
    My older brothers can do nothing wrong, they’re practically perfect. It’s sometimes really hard because I don’t get straight A’s like they do, I mostly get C’s. I try really hard. I think that’s why I try so hard at making people laugh and stuff. My family is Asian, so that’s kinda cool. I like listening to stories about my ancestors and stuff.

Tara Mazumdar

Tara Mazumdar
  • Age: I am 9 years old
  • Grade: I am in grade 4
  • Favourite Subject: I love social studies and geography.
  • Hobbies: I love music. I play the piano and the clarinet.
  • Favourite Books: I just finished the first Harry Potter book.
  • Favourite TV Show: I love fairytale movies with happy endings.
  • Favourite TV Show/Movie/Sport:
  • Favourite Animal: I love elephants.
  • Favourite Food: Butter Chicken! My Grandmother makes the best butter chicken….and chocolate chip cookies.
  • Best Friend(s): I like hanging out with Lise, Kathy and Odina.

  • Family: I live with my parents and my grandparents and my sister, Jessie.

  • More About Me:
    My family is from East India and we practice the Hindu religion. My family is very strong in our beliefs and we are all very close. I love to learn about my culture and the world. I love to make music and one day I want to be a famous pianist and play the piano all around the world.

William McCormick

William McCormick
  • Age: I am 6 years old
  • Grade: I am in grade 1
  • Favourite Subject: I really like math and when we get to go to the computer lab.
  • Hobbies: I like to play with my toys at home and ride my bike.
  • Favourite Books: I like Scaredy Squirrel.
  • Favourite TV Show: I like to watch any cartoons.
  • Favourite TV Show/Movie/Sport: I like to play baseball.
  • Favourite Animal: Monkeys! They’re funny!
  • Favourite Food: Spaghetti
  • Best Friend(s): Adrien.
  • Family: I live with my mom and my dad, my older brother, Andrew and my two sisters.

  • More About Me:
    My big brother, Andrew, is my hero. He is so cool. He helps look after me and my sisters all the time. My dad works a lot and sometimes my mom is sick, she has a drinking problem and sometimes she’s in bed a lot. When I get a little bit older like, Andrew, then I can help him out.