I’ve Worn Many Hats, by Anne Hamilton Fowler

Please join me in welcoming author Anne Hamilton Fowler. I’ve always been fascinated by what inspires authors to tell their personal stories. Today Anne is sharing the events that pushed her toward writing her memoir.


Title: I’ve Worn Many Hats

Author: Anne Hamilton Fowler

Genre: Memoir


Get ready to experience a roller coaster ride of emotions!

Laughter, sadness, empathy, outrage. Canadian Anne Hamilton Fowler appeared to have it all. However, life is not always as idyllic as it seems and at age twenty a series of events almost destroyed her. Emerging from the wreckage she reinvented herself, started over, and proceeded to live on the edge with a risk-taking lifestyle. Then in 1993, an event experienced during a trip to Central America changed everything.

I’ve Worn Many Hats” is an inspirational read that demonstrates our human frailties, one’s ability to survive personal adversity, and how we can learn to forgive both ourselves and others. It is a story of redemption.

Anne Fowler is a retired Canadian who divides the year between her Haliburton summer cottage and Central America. This memoir is her first book and all proceeds will go to support Anne’s ongoing humanitarian work in Honduras.


Why did I write my story? I did it on a dare from one of my closest friends who was moving to the west coast plus Covid hit and I needed something to occupy my time! People had been encouraging me for years to stop procrastinating and write about my rather unorthodox life. But aside from wanting to entertain I struggled with how my memoir could serve a purpose and demonstrate that one CAN reverse the less than admirable path they’re following! To do that, I wrote the book in two parts; my life before Honduras and the one I now lead. I knew that by writing a completely candid account not only would the book provide entertainment but it would demonstrate the power of self -forgiveness and acceptance. Yes, my story is amusing, informative, enlightening to friends, family and strangers but one result that I’d certainly not anticipated, or seen coming, was it forced me to really look at events and my actions from the past along with the resulting consequences from the fallout.  For the first time in my life I truly had closure. I think this note from a reader best sums up the book and the reaction I had hoped for when I wrote it. 

“Your candid account spanning decades of a long bumpy life evokes many emotions; laughter, empathy, shock, admiration. As I read the first half, I kept going back, re-reading and thinking, she did what?! In the second half of the book, I discovered what inspired you to make such a drastic change in your life and accomplish “all this.” You are truly an inspiration! The memoir is hard to put down, in fact I read it twice! Bravo!”                    


Born and raised in Toronto I grew up an only child in a traditional middle class Canadian family of the 40’s and 50’s. But my life has been anything but traditional! After finishing school my career included flight attendant with American Airlines, model, travel agent, world traveller, sales and marketing plus almost 30 years in Human Resources as an entrepreneur/ business owner. In 2001     I closed my company Hamilton Enterprises and retired to take up another role, that of humanitarian. As someone once said when they described my various life pursuits during their introduction of me as that night’s speaker, “and she’s only 108 years old.” I now live 6 months of the year in Honduras where I have spent the past 22 years developing a variety of community health and education programs for children. Visit my web page for pictures and details:






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