Alexandra Frankow is passionate about art, history, genealogy and specifically Thunder Bay’s rich heritage and storied past. As the Communications Officer for the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, she can be found throughout city classrooms photographing, documenting and sharing stories through social media and local media outlets. Her passions for graphic design, photography, writing and education are perfectly melded into her career. She takes pride in her work, and loves working alongside many talented people, educators and students.
As a Highland Dancer for the last thirty years, Alex was a proud member of the MacGillvray Pipe Band, and continues to dance with Morgan’s School of Highland Dance. Her dancing adventures have given her the opportunity to perform for various people and organizations and events such as: the Governor General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson, the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment, and the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
As a local Blogger, Alex conveys her interest in local history through humorous narrative and vast amounts of research. Pieces of her writing and her photography from Alex Inspired have been utilized and referenced. Her most sourced piece entitled: How to Obtain Polish WWII Records has been accessed thousands of times, assisting those looking for information on their Polish ancestors.
Alex sits on the Head Executive Board of the Polish Combatants’ Association (Stowarzyszenia Polskich Kombatantów (SPK)) which represents all Polish Combatants’ Association (PCA) branches at the national level. She also sits on the Executive for the Polish Combatants’ Branch Number 1 – Thunder Bay. This organization was founded by Polish Soldiers who were unable to return to Poland after the Second World War.
In her free time, she is an avid reader; consuming any historical fiction or biography she can get her hands on. She enjoys spending time with family, asking a ridiculous amount of questions and is always on the hunt for the next exciting story to write, or photo to capture.