Can you keep a secret?


No one can keep a secret as well as Pirkko Campbell!

A resident of Hanmer for over 25 years, she he and her husband, Marc, have raised two boys, Tyler (21) and Cory (18). Pirkko is currently employed as an Educational Assistant at Pinecrest Public School where she leads the garden club in their efforts to improve the schoolyard for both students and the community.
Besides her “day job” at Pinecrest, Pirkko is a local inventor. This spring she was one 300 contestants chosen from over 4000 auditions held in Sault Ste. Marie, earning the right to pitch a new invention to the panel on Dragon’s Den last April. Dragon’s Den, which is about to begin its 4th season in October on CBC, is a show where budding entrepreneurs get one chance to pitch their product to five wealthy “Dragons”.. Pirkko is bound by a confidentiality agreement with the show’s producers to keep the results a secret and even her husband has no idea of how she fared on the show.

Pirkko’s invention is called the “Weedcomb”. It is a new innovative garden tool that cultivates soil and traps weeds in one process. She explained how it came about. “I love to garden and several years ago I had my husband make me a tool I thought would be great in the garden. It worked so well that he made many for family and friends who encouraged me to patent the idea. I am now at a stage where I want to share this great tool with other gardeners like myself. “
Besides the excitement of being part of a national television show, Pirkko is also now gaining experience in the process of marketing and promoting her product so that it might be picked up by one or more of the national chains. You can even check out the web site at to see where it can be picked up.
As for Pirkko’s secret, she assures that her lips are sealed and the only way you will find out how she did is to tune in to the Dragon’s Den when the show begins again in October.