Man in the Red Suit now an e-book!

Have you read Bruce Templeton’s The Man in the Red Suit and enjoyed it so much that you’ve told family and friends to get a copy? Or, did you travel and leave yours home? Perhaps you haven’t gotten a copy yet at all and are looking for a new heartwarming read to get into.  Now, getting a copy of The Man in the Red Suit is easier than ever.

This morning, the news was announced that Templeton’s book has been released in an e-book format downloadable to a Kindle, Kobo, or Nook.  The Kindle version is available immediately and you can download it to start reading in under a minute by clicking here to purchase it from Amazon.  Both the Kobo and Nook versions will appear in a short time from now, so be on the look out if you have either of those apps or e-readers.

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Bruce Templeton on Bell Aliant Community One program

Bell Aliant’s Community One channel has a program called In Conversation that Man in the Red Suit author Bruce Templeton was happy to get involved with.  The program wanted to do a Christmas special for 2013, and Mr. Templeton sat down with Roger Bill for an in-depth interview.

The whole program is available online by clicking here, or clicking on the screen grab below.  Enjoy!


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Bruce & Santa are calling for your stories

It’s that time of year where you and your family are no doubt reflecting on memories of Christmases past and looking forward to making new ones this year.

Bruce Templeton is very busy helping Santa with his visits to various places in Newfoundland and Labrador ahead of the big night, but he’s also working with Santa to put together a new collection of stories.  He called in a favour with the jolly old elf himself to make a short call for story submissions, which you can see below.

Santa even plays a little Christmas ditty on the piano!  Anyone wishing to forward their memories and stories of times they or their children have met Santa, thanks to Bruce’s help can forward info along to

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Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Awards handed out

Bruce Templeton was honoured last night at the Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Awards, along with Ashlee Gosse, for his efforts to raise funds for Rotary Polio Plus.  Over 150,000 vaccinations against polio have been afforded thanks to the proceeds raised through the sale of Templeton’s book The Man in the Red Suit (Creative Publishing) amongst other initiatives.


Check out this clipping from The Telegram of Bruce at the gala event.

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Public readings and events coming up soon!

As the holiday season draws near, Bruce Templeton’s schedule gets busier – between his duties as Santa’s assistant, and sharing the stories of The Man in the Red Suit.  There are a number of readings and events coming up, check out the Signings & Sightings pages for the full list of new events just recently added today.  Here’s a poster for a family friendly reading happening soon at Chapters on Kenmount Road.


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Bruce in the media: Santa’s helper earns humanitarian award

The Telegram has run an article about Bruce Templeton receiving the Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Award in advance of the ceremony later this week.  Take a look!


Click above to visit the Media section and read the article.

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The Man in the Red Suit featured in Costco Connections magazine

The latest issue of Costco Connections features an article on The Man in the Red Suit, coming to Costco locations across the country very soon! Bruce Templeton, the book’s author, will also be by some locations to do signings! Stay tuned to the Signings and Sightings page for when and where.  In the mean time, here’s the article:


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Costco places national order for The Man in the Red Suit

While it’s only August, lots of retailers are gearing up and making plans for the holiday season.  Costco is no different and recently got in touch with Creative  Book Publishers to place a national stocking order for Bruce Templeton’s The Man in the Red Suit!  The book will be available in all 80 locations across the country this year.

That means Bruce will also be out and about visiting various locations both in and outside of Newfoundland and Labrador so you can get your copy signed!  So far, the book has sold over 12,000 copies in Newfoundland and Labrador and it has raised enough money to immunize 150,000 children in the world against polio with Rotary International.

Stay tuned to our website’s Signings & Sightings section for upcoming dates.

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Santa’s helper leverages dollars for polio eradication [from]

By Bruce Templeton, a member of the Rotary Club of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

While I know that RI President-elect Ron Burton’s theme is “Engage Rotary: Change Lives,” I would like to add the thought that we can multiply the dollars we raise engaging Rotary before we turn them over to those who change lives.

I live in St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada. I am a Rotarian but also a good friend of Santa Claus and he and I have travelled together for 34 years. We make about 50 visits a year to children’s groups, seniors’ homes, parades and children’s hospitals. Some of the visits are very happy and some will break your heart.

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Bruce Templeton to receive 2013 Humanitarian Award

We’re pleased to share the exciting news that The Man in the Red Suit author Bruce Templeton has been announced as one of two recipients of the Canadian Red Cross’ annual Humanitarian Award!  The honour will be made at a special dinner which will take place at the Delta on November 14, 2013, with proceeds going to the Red Cross.  Nominations for the award come from the public and recipients are selected based on volunteerism, advocacy and philanthropy as well as inspiring leadership in the pursuit of humanitarian goals.

Here is the official press release from the Canadian Red Cross:


St. John’s (May 22, 2013) – The Canadian Red Cross today announced that Bruce Templeton of St. John’s will receive its 2013 Humanitarian Award for Newfoundland and Labrador. Ashley Gosse of Tilton will receive the Canadian Red Cross 2013 Young Humanitarian Award for the province.

“Bruce Templeton has given back to his community for decades” said Rhonda Kenney, provincial director of the Canadian Red Cross.  “His dedication and commitment to better the lives of children around the world, single parents, seniors and any other group that needs help has left and will continue to leave an indelible mark for many years to come.”

Templeton is an investment advisor, Rotarian, past chair of the St. John’s Board of Trade and former regional  manager for the  Bowring retail chain. He also served as provincial  commissioner and provincial president of Scouts Canada receiving their highest honour, the Bar to the Silver Acorn Award. In 2010, he became chair of the United Way’s Community Campaign, helping to raise over $800,000 for charities throughout the province. As founding chair of the Bowring Park Foundation, Templeton was instrumental in raising money to rebuild playgrounds, greenhouses, an amphitheatre and visiting exhibits from across the country.

Templeton is also well known as a close personal friend of Santa Claus, bringing joy to children as Santa’s assistant for over 30 years, often stating, “It’s your presence, not presents, that count.” Last year, he penned a Canadian bestseller,  The Man in the Red Suit,  which describes his most memorable adventures from over 1,000 visits to places like the Janeway Children’s Health & Rehabilitation Centre and the John Howard Society. Proceeds from the book were matched by supporting organizations, raising $90,000 for the Rotary International Polio Plus Fund to purchase 150,000 doses of vaccine for children in countries at risk.

“Ashley Gosse’s commitment to humanitarian values through her volunteer work is truly inspiring” said Kenney. Gosse has been instrumental in the growth of Sleep Out 120, a campaign that raises awareness on the issue of youth homelessness.  Since her involvement began in 2011, over $30,000 has been raised and campaign locations have expanded to Corner Brook, Goose Bay and Memorial University with four more locations added this year. Gosse has also been a dedicated volunteer with many women’s organizations on campus, serving as the president of Social Work Class of 2013 and representative for several other student organizations at Memorial. “She is a leader with a passion for community and we are confident that she will continue to set an example for future generations” added Kenney.

Templeton and Gosse will be honoured on November 14, 2013 at the Humanitarian Awards dinner at the St. John’s Delta and Convention Centre, proceeds of which support Canadian Red Cross disaster relief and educational programs in the province.

Recipients of Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian and Young Humanitarian awards are selected among nominations received from the public. These awards highlight that, amid all other demands in people’s lives, there are those who make time for volunteerism, advocacy and philanthropy, and whose leadership inspires others to pursue humanitarian goals. To order tickets or receive information on the awards event,  contact Anna Peddle at (709) 758-8403 or email



Dan Bedell
Director of Communications – Atlantic
Canadian Red Cross | Croix-Rouge canadienne 24-Hour Atlantic
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Melanie MacDonald
Communications Coordinator – Atlantic
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