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Twenty-Second Report
District 22 Etobicoke and City of York
The Retired Teachers of Ontario
les enseignantes et enseignants retraites de l’Ontario
Fall 2014
Happy New Year…(because really, Labour Day is the mark
of a new year for a teacher whether you are retired or not)
Calendar of Events
• Sept. 10 To Hell With the Bell
Breakfast (Canadiana)
• Sept. 18 Have a Java
• Sept. 23 Erie Canal tripLockport Locks
• Oct. 7 Executive Meeting
• Oct. 8 Crazy for You - Stratford
• Oct. 13 Thanksgiving
• Oct. 16 Have a Java
• Oct. 20 - 23 Fall Senate
• Oct. 27 Municipal Elections Day
• Nov. 4 Executive Meeting
• Nov. 12 Fall luncheon
(Lambton G & CC)
• Nov. 18 Toronto Districts Joint
Executives meeting
• Nov. 20 Have a Java
• Nov. 25 John McDermott concert
• Dec. 18 Have a Java
Inside This Isssue
President’s Message
Are you a Volunteer ?
Port Dover Trip
John McDermott Concert
Fall Luncheon
Outstanding Community
Service Award
25 Year Members’ Bios
Retirement Concerns
8 - 14
Membership- New Members 16
Health, Services &
Insurance Report
Membership- Obituaries
Book Reviews
Upcoming Events
Goodwill Committee
District 22 Etobicoke and the City Of York
President’s Message
A warm welcome is extended to all new members of RTO District 22 from our Executive.
It seems just a short time ago that many of us met at our June AGM and lunch. I trust that
you have enjoyed the summer which seems to have gone by very quickly. As incoming
President, I look forward to continue to work hard with the Executive on your behalf to
provide social activities, to increase and to advocate for our membership and to keep
our communication open. We welcome new executive member Karl Sprogis as 2nd Vice
President. Karl, former secondary Principal, has been most active in community affairs,
most notably with his involvement with Arts Etobicoke, a role for which he was awarded
the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. He will be responsible for Constitutional matters.
Appreciation is given to outgoing President Gary Parkinson for his leadership. As Past
President he will remain a member of the Executive and we will benefit from his guidance
and valuable expertise. Past President Bonnie Hamilton, whose role on the Executive will
be Member at Large, will continue her valuable work in running the Toronto Districts’ successful Retirement Planning
Workshops (RPW). The 1st of our fall events is the To Hell with the Bell Breakfast on September 10. New and
prospective members will be welcomed and will have an opportunity to get information about the activities of RTO/
ERO and the benefits of membership. The Fall Lunch on November 12 will provide a marvelous social get together. Judy
Paton is working hard to ensure an enjoyable event for all and has guaranteed an excellent entertainer. Our condolences
were extended to Judy on the loss of her beloved spouse Doug Whyte. He was always on hand helping Judy behind the
scenes and with registration at our lunches. His cheerful smile and friendly greeting will be missed.
Two groups which were active during the summer were Have a Java on Us and the Lunch Clubs. Some new
members, unable to attend other planned events, took the opportunity to meet and be introduced. These activities
provide a social gathering in an informal setting. The joint meeting of the full executives of the Toronto Districts (D16
Toronto, D22 Etobicoke/City of York, D23 North York, and D24 Scarborough/East York) will be held November 18 at
Pioneer Village. These meetings are held every other year and provide a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas.
The Provincial Fall Senate will be held October 20 – 23. At the Spring Senate our district and several others submitted
similar amendments to the Provincial constitution governing transfer of funds. This was in response to the $3M donation
to the Foundation. There has been continuous dialogue all summer with those districts to achieve consensus for a joint
motion for the Fall Senate. Our thanks go to 1st Vice President Claudia Mang, who has shouldered the brunt of the work
and communication of this venture. Most of you will be aware of the Canadian anti-spam legislation a part of which,
namely the Commercial Electronic Messages (CEMs), was implemented in July. Thanks to our Webmaster Joel Nasimok
and guidelines from Provincial Office, we are in compliance with our communication with members.
Our day trips and tours are among our most popular activities. Irwin Kelly and Pam Guy are to be complimented on
their superb organization and care. They also ensure that the RTO/ERO Travel Protocol which requires all trips to be
arranged in compliance with TICO, the Travel Industry Council of Ontario, is met. We are throwing out a challenge. The
importance of exercise in maintaining good physical and mental health is without dispute. Our Modern Western Square
Dancing is the only D 22 activity currently listed. Our challenge is re-activating our walking and/or other groups. Anyone
interested? Let us know. Many of our members are actively involved as volunteers in many and diverse community
groups. What are your experiences with volunteerism? Share your stories. The Newsletters and our telephone calls are
our main contacts with you. Email distribution is highly recommended for fast delivery of the newsletter. Helen Gill,
our editor, would appreciate articles and suggestions. And let’s not forget a most important upcoming date, Monday,
October 27 for the municipal elections. Each individual vote is so important for the collective good, so for those of us
who are able to vote, let us exercise our civic privilege and duty.
A la prochaine, Sheila Tait President RTO/ERO District 22
District 22 Executive
2013 – 2014
Sheila Tait
Past President
Gary Parkinson
1st Vice President
Claudia Mang
2nd Vice President
Karl Sprogis
Janet Thacker
Harold Royle
Jeanne Rutherford
Sharon Kular
Maryanne Chard
Vicki Stainton
Helen Gill
Pensions & Travel
Irwin Kelly
Political Advocacy
Art Witham
Adele Pick
Judy Paton
Lynn Farquharson
Pamela Guy
Senior Seniors
Dorothy Garvin
Joel Nasimok
Member at Large
Bonnie Hamilton
District 22 Etobicoke and the City Of York
Are You a Volunteer?
We are retired, not dormant! (Bonnie Hamilton)
Marlene Erskine Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity
I became involved with Habitat for Humanity after hearing a guest speaker at
Central United Church in Weston. He explained the mission and values of Habitat
which simply put is to give a hand up, rather than a hand out.
Mission: To mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable
housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.
Core values:
1. Housing for all: access to safe, decent and affordable housing is a basic human
right that should be available to all.
2. Human dignity: respect for the people they serve and those that help in this
effort, recognizing them as a great resource.
3. Partnership: the mission is best achieved through meaningful and mutually
beneficial partnerships with others.
4. Faith in Action: faith is lived through action. Building on their Christian
foundation, they serve and work with people of all faiths, and beliefs in a spirit of justice and compassion.
5. Diversity and inclusiveness: there is a role for everyone committed to their vision, mission and values and they seek to
enrich their organization through diversity.
It became our task to form teams of volunteers who would be willing to work with skilled contractors to build houses
for selected families. Sometimes my friends and extended family members join our teams. Through the knowledge and
patience of these skilled contractors I have learned many new things about the industry. I know how to install vapor seal
and use an electric drill to install drywall for these homes.
Volunteering on the builds, has been a very rewarding time for me in my retirement. When the homes are finished,
Habitat holds a ceremony for the families and it is here that they are presented with the key to their new home. I can
assure you there are not many dry eyes at the ceremony as we realize these families are being presented with support to
achieve their education goals and live in a community with dignity and respect.
If you are interested in volunteering with Habitat please e-mail Marlene at [email protected] Further information
about volunteer opportunities with Habitat or to becoming one of the selected families for homeownership can be found
Claudia Mang Volunteers at the Toronto Zoo
Our First Vice-president, Claudia Mang, has been a volunteer at the Zoo for the
past nine years. She provides insight into this interesting volunteer opportunity.
In my volunteer capacity I play many roles. Sometimes I am an exhibit interpreter,
explaining details of the exhibit to visitors, talking about the biofacts that are
present at the table, linking them to the animals on display, and answering
visitors’ questions. In the photo I am at the Panda Interpretive Centre. All visitors
who wish to see the Giant Pandas have to pass through the Centre touring
many displays that talk about the pandas. We have two interpretive tables in the
Centre. At this one, we compare the skull of a panda with the skull of an Ontario
black bear. We also have a chart that compares other bears found in Canada
to the pandas. Visitors are often amazed to find that the panda is so much
smaller than any bear in Canada. And when I open the jaws of the panda so that
visitors can see the teeth, many say “WOW they’re so big!” From that comment, I can lead them to a discussion about
the pandas’ eating habits. During the school year, I may also lead tours for school groups. These tours are curriculum
-based, so I have to keep up with the science curriculum from grades 1 to 12 as the teachers ask for specific topics
to be covered, and I have to be prepared to do that. Having said that, the children are not always interested in just the
facts and curriculum links. They want to hear stories about the animals and ask questions about what they eat, where
they sleep, if they bite, can they be petted. Keeping them focused is not always easy and I sometimes have to resort to
my teacher voice! Often, as a volunteer I am asked to do an animal observation. This means that I stand at an exhibit,
carefully watching an animal or group of animals, making careful notes about their behaviours. When the Madagascar
lemurs were first put on display in the African Rainforest Pavilion, they were escaping the holding. The keepers would
take them off display and try to plug the escape routes. The lemurs kept finding new ways out. Finally, they shut down
the display for a month to completely renovate it and seal it thoroughly. When the display reopened, it was my job to
watch the lemurs for three hours as they were reintroduced to their space. I had to note where they were, what they were
doing, their reactions to the new barriers, and how they reacted to one another.
All in all, volunteering at the Zoo has been a delightful experience. I hope to keep at it for many more years.
Go to for Information about the Zoo, its activities, and volunteer opportunities.
District 22 Etobicoke and the City Of York
Nicole Hartrell, Healing Touch Volunteer
Nicole shares “healing touch” as a volunteer at nursing and retirement homes.
In 1990, Nicole Hartrell, RTO member, became ill and after trying and failing to
find better health and wellness through commonplace treatments, sought out
therapeutic Reiki healing. In a matter of days, she bounced back to her true self,
feeling energized and healed.
Nicole was committed to learning about Reiki and has since become a listed
practitioner with the Therapeutic Touch Network of Ontario. One resource, The
Everything Reiki Book by Phylameana Lila Desy, says that Reiki is, basically
energy. To effect healing, Reiki’s energies flow out of the practitioner’s palms
as they pass over or touch the recipient’s body. Healing will depend on how
receptive the person is to the process.
In addition to her volunteer work in nursing and retirement homes, Nicole also
conducts free meditation workshops on Wednesdays in her home. “The 21st
century is the frontier of energy healing”, says Nicole. For more information on
Reiki, contact Nicole at [email protected] or 416 231-5477.
Looking for Telephone
Volunteers for the June
Submitted by Lynn Farquharson,
Telephone Committee
One of the most important events
on our RTO calendar is the Annual
General Meeting and June Luncheon.
This event provides an opportunity
for our members to reconnect with
friends and former colleagues as
well as providing input into the
management of the organization
through participation at the AGM.
In order to encourage as many
members of District 22 to attend, we
rely on a team of volunteers to make
contact with our members. This is
an important outreach activity which
gives volunteer callers the chance
to make personal connections with
members while supporting District 22.
The time commitment for this task
is not onerous. Callers receive a list
of between 20-25 members in late
April and have approximately 3 - 4
weeks to make their calls. A voice
mail message can also be left if you
are unable to speak directly to the
The theme of the fall newsletter
is volunteerism. If you would like
to help out your own organization
by being a volunteer caller, please
contact Lynn Farquharson:
[email protected]
Please provide your name,
address, phone number and email
address. You will receive a call
from a member of the executive in
February to confirm your participation.
The excitement is building across the Greater Golden Horseshoe as the region gets ready to host the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. We’ll need 20,000+ “intergenerational” volunteers to use their skills and experience to help make these Games a success. This is one of the largest calls for volunteers in Ontario’s peace time history. Do you want to be involved in making these Games a success? Don’t delay — volunteer selection starts this summer. •
What will you do? Volunteers will be working in all areas of the Games. They’ll prepare the field of play; catch flash quotes from star athletes; take tickets; usher spectators to the seats; shuttle athletes and dignitaries to venues; and participate in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Games. Where will you be? Volunteer opportunities will be available throughout southern Ontario, stretching from Welland to Minden Hills, Hamilton to Oshawa where competitions will take place. What will be provided? All volunteers will receive valuable skills training, work experience, meals during shifts, a snazzy uniform and other special mementos recognizing their role in the TORONTO 2015 Games. It’s also a great opportunity to network, find lifelong friends and try a new job! Be a TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am volunteer! To help us recognize members of the Ontario Seniors Games community in the application system, please: • Use the volunteer code VOLRED (This reference code expires June 30, 2014) 4
District 22 Etobicoke and the City Of York
A Note from the Newsletter Team
Thank you, Claudia, Marlene and Nicole for sharing your stories with us and to Nancy Missouri for the interview.
We’re counting on our readers to share their stories for the themes of the next two editions of the Twenty-Second Report.
Winter 2015
Health and Wellness – What activities keep you healthy and well in body and in mind? We’d love to know about them.
Spring 2015
Technology and You - Do you read stories to your grandkids over Skype? Do you FaceTime on your Ipad? What are
your favourite apps? Are those boards in the classrooms these days really Smart?
Please submit your stories as a Word document to [email protected]
District 22 Members Out and About
• Read about the two June events
Day out at Port Dover
The morning of June 25 dawned overcast, with a forecast of traffic congestion. Despite
these challenges, Pam and Irwin, and a road savvy bus driver kept the day on course.
There was even time for strolling and ice cream before boarding the bus for the ride home.
First stop was at Whistling Gardens, near Wilsonville. Long operating as a nursery and
garden centre, since 2012 it has become a feature garden destination and arts centre.
There are six major gardens and collections, one being the largest public collection of
conifers in the world. An open air amphitheatre, modeled on the fountains of Versailles of
1647, hosts the largest computer controlled and music choreographed fountain system in
Canada. The show we saw was “Return to Renaissance”.
We headed off to Port Dover for buffet luncheon at the Erie Beach Hotel (Hurrah for
pickled pumpkin!) and a boat cruise on Lake Erie. The village of Dover Mills was created in
the early 1800’s by settler Daniel McQueen. In 1814, the village was burned by the Americans. Over time, Port Dover was
known for its fishing industry.
The day was a trip down memory lane for member Ginny Sevc. Fifty-one years ago she was a newly-wed and a first
year teacher in Port Dover. She lived in a summer cottage, commuting to Toronto each weekend to be with her hubby.
Life is a Cabaret!
Our outing in early June was a trip with a difference – instead of including lunch we decided to have a dinner instead.
We left Toronto a little later than usual so had some time to wander around Niagara-on-the-Lake before arranging
our own lunch. We then enjoyed the matinee performance of Cabaret, followed by a drive along the beautiful Niagara
Parkway to the Queenston Heights Restaurant for a delicious dinner overlooking the Niagara River.
Everyone enjoyed the day and hope that we can arrange another such outing for next year.
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John McDermott Concert
This special day will begin at 8:30 from the south-east parking lot of Centennial Park.
There are two stops prior to lunch. At the first, the DUTCH MILL COUNTRY MARKET, start some of your Christmas
shopping for hand crafted products. Next we travel to a more specialized craft shop with a very different product, THE
ROBERT HALL PEWTER STUDIO. Hungry shoppers will then proceed to the HOLIDAY INN for a roast beef lunch.
Then, light of purse, we’re off to the SANDERSON CENTRE for the JOHN MCDERMOTT CONCERT.
This should be a wonderful introduction to the Christmas season.
Cost, including all gratuities: $99.00
Don’t delay ordering these tickets. Our space will fill very quickly.
NAME:__________________________________ ADDRESS______________________________________
PHONE:_____________________ e-mail (best contact)_________________________________________
MAKE CHEQUE PAYABLE TO: RTO/ERO DISTRICT 22 and attach list of attendees.
@ $99.00 =
TOTAL Enclosed $
For more information please contact either: Pam Guy ( 416-245-5201 8 [email protected]
OR: Irwin Kelly ( 905-822-3334 8 [email protected]
Mail registration with cheque to: Pamela Guy, 16 Sun Row Drive, Toronto, ON M9P 3H4
Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Lambton Golf & Country Club, 100 Scarlett Rd. Toronto M6N 4K2 (just north of St. Clair)
Registration opens: 11:15. Pick up your name tag.
Lunch: served at 12:00 noon Cost: $30.00 per member, $30.00 for one guest
Menu Options:
CH Chicken Supreme with asiago cheese, leeks and mushrooms
F White Roughy with a lemon caper sauce
Vegetable Lasagna
A glass of red or white wine will be offered with the meal. Cash bar.
Entertainment is provided by Steve Brinder, a TDSB teacher, stand-up comedian and corporate speaker.
Seating capacity is 120. Register ASAP to avoid disappointment. There is no provision to register at the door.
No refunds unless notification received by November 4.
For further information, please contact:
Judy Paton: ( 416-769-1373 or Jeanne Rutherford: ( 416-626-0650
Registration for District 22 – Fall Luncheon, Lambton Golf & Country Club, November 12, 2014
Indicate Choice of: CH
Indicate Choice of: CH
Please make your cheque for the full amount payable to RTO District 22 and mail with this registration to:
Judy Paton 152 Cordella Avenue Toronto, ON M6N 2J9
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Annual General
Meeting and
June Luncheon
The Crowne Plaza Hotel was
the site of the Annual General
Meeting, held June 4, 2014.
This year, eighty-four District 22
members reached their 25th year of
retirement. Certificates recognizing
this milestone were presented at the
AGM and June Luncheon.
Karl Sprogis was the recipient of
this year’s Outstanding Community
Service Award and executive members
Judy Paton and Harold Royle were
recognized for ten years of service
on the District 22 executive. Harold
ensures that the books and finances
are maintained to a high standard,
and Judy is ‘hostess with the mostest’
in her key role as organizer of the
annual Fall Luncheon and the AGM
Gary Parkinson was thanked
for his leadership as President by
Bonnie Hamilton on behalf of the
membership. Both Bonnie and Gary
remain on the District 22 Executive in
other roles.
Guests from the Provincial Office and
three of the other Toronto Districts,
Martin Higgs, Lone Smith, Mary Ellen
Lawless and Bill Sparks were on
hand to welcome Sheila Tait into the
President’s role.
Prior to lunch, a one-woman play,
Dance like a Butterfly, was performed
by Lisa Hurd.
2014 District 22
Outstanding Community
Service Award—
Karl Sprogis
Submitted by Sharon Kular
The key criterion to be considered
for the District 22 Outstanding
Community Service Award is
“providing volunteer services beyond
the norm for at least five years. This
year’s recipient, Karl Sprogis, has
far exceeded this with his multi-year
association and dedication to Arts
Karl gives of his time, leadership
and talent without reservation. He
leads by writing proposals, mentoring
those who are like-minded,
convincing those who need a nudge,
and putting in the hours that are
demanded of him in his role as Chair.
He advocates relentlessly for funding
and recognition of the importance
of arts to the community. He is
passionate and clear minded about
the city maintaining the grants that
support all aspects of the arts.
For the last 15 years, Karl has
served on the Board of Directors
of Arts Etobicoke in various roles,
including Director of the Board, ViceChair, and Chair. Currently he shares
the Vice-Chair role with Dominique
You may be familiar with some of
the following projects that each has
Karl’s hand on them:
• Smart Student Art Show which for
14 years has showcased student
work at Sherway Gardens.
• Art on the Move, in partnership with
Lakeshore Arts, brings professional
artists and community groups from
across the city in innovative projects
• Luminato 2013, where his decorated
art-themed vehicle was on display.
These decorated vehicles are driven
around the city to focus attention on
the year’s festival theme.
Karl has had a long and deep
seated commitment to helping
promote creativity, literacy and
cultural awareness through the arts in
a number of programs in elementary
schools in Etobicoke. Examples of
these include Exploring Creativity in
Depth, From 3 to3 Program and This
is My Neighbourhood.
Arts Etobicoke has a long tradition
of presenting scholarships to
deserving students at graduation and
Karl is always the person to make
these presentations.
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Consequently Karl was awarded the
prestigious Queen’s Jubilee Award in
2012 for his volunteer work with Arts
Karl’s volunteer services on behalf
of “arts issues” are also reflected
in the amount of political advocacy
he has been involved in, beyond
making funding proposals to Toronto
City Council. For example, when
Neilson Park Cultural Centre and
Montgomery’s Inn were at risk of
closure for budgetary reasons, Karl
advocated with local councillors
to help save them because of their
importance to the cultural and
historic fabric of the city. Recently,
Karl advocated on behalf of Braeburn
Neighbourhood Place and Boys’ and
Girls’ Club to the Toronto District
School Board when the permit
policy threatened the after-school
homework program for the grades 1
to 5 students.
One of Karl’s nominators stated,
“ Karl is a hidden treasure, never
seeking accolades for himself.” The
Award for Outstanding Community
Service is a most apt recognition of
his selflessness. A cheque for $1000
is going to Karl’s choice,
Arts Etobicoke.
25 Year Members
of RTO-District 22
honoured at the
Annual Luncheon
We were fortunate to have present
thirty-six of the recipients along with
a guest. Each recipient was asked to
submit a short biography for inclusion
in the Fall newsletter. Some members
preferred not to do so; many did and
these are included with this article.
Jean Barnett Since retirement in
1989, Jean has enjoyed her three
grandchildren, playing tennis and
travelling to the United Kingdom,
the USA, Europe, Australia, New
Zealand and Hawaii. Jean’s teaching
career began on the other side of
the Atlantic, in 1954 in Crawley,
England. In 1964, husband Malcolm
had a teaching exchange to Camas,
Washington. With a son and daughter
they packed up and went. Jean
taught grades Kindergarten to six in
Camas. In 1967, after a two year
return to Crawley, they immigrated
to Canada, where Jean taught
kindergarten in Chambly, Quebec.
From 1969 to retirement, Jean taught
in several schools for the Etobicoke
Board, in kindergarten and special
education programs, including
the start-up of a class for multihandicapped students at Westmount.
Don Bartle After teaching junior
grades for the Toronto Board of
Education from 1952-1956, Don sang
professionally with the Canadian
Opera Company, the Carl Tapscott
Singers, the Festival Singers and
was the tenor soloist at Metropolitan
United Church. In 1960 he returned
to teaching and joined the Etobicoke
Board. He taught Grade 7 and music
at The Elms. Shortly afterwards Don
became a Vice Principal and shortly
after that a Principal at Queenscourt,
Princess Margaret, Wellesworth and
Highfield Schools.
When Don retired in 1989, he
returned to professional singing and
sang with the Elmer Iseler Singers
for the next eleven years. With this
professional choir he travelled across
Canada, from coast to coast to coast.
One of his favourite performances
was the opening of the new arts
centre in Yellowknife. Don was always
an avid gardener, bridge player, and
bread and muffin maker. He is still an
active member of the Boulevard Club.
Nowadays Don and his wife, Jean,
enjoy their winters in their condo in
Naples, Florida where they both enjoy
golf, bridge, fitness classes, jigsaw
puzzles and visiting children and
Mary Bartle Between teaching for
the Scarborough School Board and
the Etobicoke Board, Mary Bartle
raised three children and in retirement
helped with seven grandchildren
and now has added joy with a great
grandson. While teaching Senior
Kindergarten she organized a train
trip for 120 children in her class which
the Toronto paper, the Telegram,
photographed. While teaching grade
4, volunteers and Mrs. Bartle spent
days at the village school house at
Black Creek Pioneer Village. With
a daughter living in Japan, France
and Norway these locations have
governed touring except for a
wonderful Alaskan cruise.
Frank Burnett Schooled and
trained as a Production Engineer
in British India, born to British,
Scottish and French parentage,
Frank served nine years on the
East India Railway. He immigrated
to Canada via the U.K and served
14 years with DeHaviland’s Aircraft
as a Modification Expert. Frank left
industry qualified as a teacher from U.
of T. and taught Engineering Drawing
for 18 years in Etobicoke High
Schools. In retirement he travelled
extensively through North America,
Continental Europe, and Asia Minor
– driving from Germany to India and
back in 1973. He is currently writing
two books on (1) Bible History –
specifically on the deluge of Noah,
gleaned through his travels, and (2)
Big Game Shooting Experiences in
India – having saved the lives of his
community and himself by shooting
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a man-eating leopard in 1948. Frank
has fond memories through teaching,
introducing ‘Tech Illustration’ into the
curriculum, and being instrumental
in structuring and working with the
SWIS program. He lives on.
Melville Callender Melville taught
Latin, Classical Civilization and
English at Martingrove C.I. He
assumed the Position of Head of
Latin at Martingrove C.I. (Etobicoke)
in September 1969. He was a fulltime English teacher when he retired
in June of 1989.
While he enjoyed teaching English,
his favourite subject was Latin. It
was his privilege and pleasure to
teach Latin to a number of students
who went on to achieve success in a
variety of fields. The most successful
(and indeed the most pleasant) is
The Honourable Madame Justice
Francine E. Van Melle, Senior Judge
of the Superior Court of Ontario.
When Melville retired, he and his wife
travelled to the Caribbean, USA and
England. He was also involved in
many church related activities. Since
the death of his wife Joy in 2007,
Melville is a full-time housekeeper.
Bernice Casey Bernice Casey spent
the first three years of her teaching
career at Leamington High School.
She moved to Toronto and began
teaching for the Etobicoke Board
at Mimico High School. She taught
there for 20 years, and ended her
career at New Toronto High School.
Bernice taught in the Business
Department and over her career,
experienced teaching all grades in
various business areas including
shorthand and accounting.
Bernice enjoyed her teaching years
and was blessed with very good
students. She remembers receiving
beautiful Christmas letters from her
students and one in particular from
two students who later married.
In retirement, Bernice enjoyed several
wonderful boat trips to England,
France and the Great Lakes. She
has also enjoyed spending some
summers at Southampton, Ontario.
Home Economics Department Head
at Richview Collegiate. Shirley left
secondary school teaching to begin a
family with husband Ron. They have
a son and a daughter.
After this retirement, Shirley
organized the Sunday school at
Royal York United Church and was
Chair of the Church Board. She was
president of the Faculty of Household
Science Association for the University
of Toronto and later became the
secretary for the U of T Alumni
Shirley returned to teaching at the
elementary level - Second Street
School and the Elms. Her highlights
included working with students who
won several awards in track and field,
basketball and volleyball. Shirley
keeps involved as a Genealogist, has
membership in Club 48 for retired
secondary teachers. In addition,
she and her husband are Glasfax
members studying and collecting
early Canadian and American
pressed pattern glass. Summer
family holidays spent down east in
the Acadian area of New Brunswick
(Shediac) are most refreshing.
Soviet Union. He was a founding
member of both QECO and TVO.
Ian’s anonymous submission for a
CTF logo was adopted and is used to
this day. Ian has enjoyed 25 years of
retirement with his wife, Bonnie, and
his greatest achievements –
13 grandchildren, one greatgrandchild and counting.
Ian Fife Ian earned his teaching
certification (B.A.,B. Ed., M. Ed.) from
the University of Toronto and enjoyed
35 years of teaching in Etobicoke,
with 26 years in the position of
principal. He engaged actively in
various teachers’ organizations
throughout his career, notably as the
first full-time president of the OTF and
as president of the CTF. He travelled
abroad to eight assemblies of the
World Confederation of Teachers
and was a delegate to the former
Marjorie Froebelius Marjorie began
teaching as Miss Jamieson in a
one room country school in Norfolk
County. In 1957, as Mrs. Froebelius,
she was among the first staff of
Westway Elementary School in
Etobicoke. After being a stay at home
mom to care for her two children
for several years, she returned to
teaching at 20th Street School.
Declining enrolments sent her to
various schools around
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Arlie Freer I taught in Humber Valley
Village School for 24 years, 21 of
those years in the resource centre. It
was a privilege to provide curriculum
support to every teacher and to
work with every child to encourage
curiosity, discovery and delight in
literature. In retirement, my husband
Gordon and I enjoy water-themed
travels: whale watching in BC,
dodging ice in Churchill MB, clinging
to the rails of a tossing Newfoundland
fishing boat and calm river cruises in
France. Favourite countries visited
are New Zealand and Iceland. We
moved to Bracebridge in 2002. I
have been a president of CFUW
Muskoka and presently serve as chair
of the Bracebridge Public Library
Shirley Cornfield Shirley began
teaching at the newly built Royal York
Collegiate and then became the first
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Etobicoke, but she eventually ended
up at Valleyfield Junior School. She
retired 25 years ago from Valleyfield
with the principal at the time, Mr.
Joe Davis. After retiring, she enjoyed
travelling with her husband to various
countries. Their most memorable
and pleasant holidays were those
spent in Bermuda. Marjorie has been
a member of the Renforth Baptist
Church for 56 years, and has enjoyed
volunteering on many committees
there. Her volunteering continued
as she served as a traveller’s aid
at Pearson International Airport for
34 years. Her bright lights are her
5 grandchildren; Lauren, Meghan,
Aynsley, Jenna and Rhys. She’s
always eager to share pictures of
Don Glen After graduating from
Etobicoke Collegiate in 1953, Don
attended Toronto Normal School
on Pape Avenue for the morning
classes, as at that time there were
two shifts. He started his teaching
career in 1954 at Humber Heights
School in a portable with a grade five
class of 44 pupils. During his first
month of teaching, the school closed
for a week so the auditorium could
be used as a morgue to house the
victims of Hurricane Hazel. In 1957,
Dorothy Munro, a new teacher from
Perth, Ontario joined the staff. They
married in 1959 and this summer
will celebrate their 55th wedding
Don transferred to Hilltop Senior
School in 1963 where he enjoyed
teaching Geography on the rotary
system later moving to Kipling
Grove as the Vice-Principal. Don
taught in several other Etobicoke
schools helping to close two of them,
Crestwood and Sunnylea, during the
years of declining enrolment.
He retired from teaching as the VicePrincipal of Wellesworth School.
Don enjoyed skiing with his family
and spent most weekends of the
winter at their chalet in Collingwood.
A few years after retirement, he
and Dorothy moved to Collingwood
where he has enjoyed an active
life with the many other Etobicoke
teachers now living in the area. He
has also enjoyed travelling and has
visited many countries including
Australia, New Zealand, England,
Ireland, Scotland, France, Russia and
the Scandinavian countries as well
as having been on several cruises
to southern ports. His best times,
however, have been spent with his
children, Lisa and Bob, and his two
grandchildren, Anderson and Glenne.
Frank Kieczor This bio has the
core of Frank’s 35 years in an
honoured profession in which he
had interaction with many students,
excellent teachers and administrative
staff. As a first year teacher, he
taught Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra,
Botany, Zoology and Physical
Education in a nine period day at
Prescott High School. He coached
football, basketball and acted as a
Civilian Instructor with the winning
Cadet Corps. At the new South
Grenville District High School his
class preps were reduced to grade
11 and 13 Physics, grade 13 Biology
and a junior Science. Coaching the
Prescott H.S. football team to the
EDSSA”B” Championship was a
highlight of his coaching career.
Frank came to Etobicoke and had
a 24 year career teaching Science
at Vincent Massey C.I., Silverthorne
C.I. and Richview C.I. before moving
to the Curriculum Department at the
board office. In retirement Frank
and his family enjoy their trailer at
Rice Lake, Maritime ocean holidays,
theatre and cruises. With his wife
Dorothy they both enjoy the RTO day
trips and highly recommend these
James Kirk Jim enjoyed every day
working with the students teaching
grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 technical
subjects – Machine Shop, Drafting
and Sheet Metal at George Harvey
Secondary School. In retirement
Jim has been involved with Square
Dancing, Coaching, Baseball, Golf,
and he sold real estate for 16 years.
He travels to various resorts in
Mexico and Florida and has taken
about a dozen cruises out of Florida.
Joseph LaViola Joseph was a
Supply Teacher in Etobicoke, York,
North York, Scarborough and York
Region in Technical subjects and
Mathematics in all grades. He
enjoyed many different experiences
every day. In his retirement he
participates in biking, hiking,
skiing and has travelled to Alaska,
Newfoundland, the UK, Netherlands,
Italy, Turkey and China.
William Harry Learoyd I feel very
fortunate to have spent my entire
career as part of the Etobicoke Board
of Education. I began teaching at
Humber Heights Public School,
then transferred to Humber Valley
Village School and finally to the
former Rexdale Public School.
During those years I was given the
opportunity to teach some wonderful
students and enjoy the support of
many outstanding teachers. I was
appointed vice-principal, and later
became principal of Castlebar Junior
School, Sunnylea Junior-Middle
School, Elmbank Middle School and
back again to Humber Valley.
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My final four years were as a
Supervisory Officer within the Special
Education division. I look back with
great affection on those 35 years. I
feel happy to have worked with so
many fine students and outstanding
staff members.
During my retirement years I have
been volunteering my time by playing
the piano and assisting at a nursing
home and continuing my interest
in music by leading a choral group
and presenting music appreciation
classes. My wife, Pat, and I have
enjoyed travelling to places we had
only heard of.
Graham Lennard Graham was on
the original staff of York Humber
High School when it opened in 1967.
Business and trade experience
was important in hiring staff for the
new school which provided basic
occupational education.
After 10 years of retail management
with the T. Eaton Co., Graham
was hired to teach Retail Sales in
the Business Studies Department.
Three years later, he was appointed
Department Head and remained so
for 19 years until his retirement in
1989. He is proud of his dedicated
staff for providing business skills
which led students to success in
the working world. Graham and his
wife Pat have three children and five
grandchildren. He enjoys retirement
years with world travelling, cruising,
photography, and summers at the
cottage with family and friends.
Graham recently published a book
on his former family textile business
operating from 1878 to 1969.
Arthur Ludlam Arthur was born
December 1923, in Leamington,
Ontario. He received a Bachelor
of Science (Chemical Engineering)
from University of Toronto in 1945
and a Master of Science in 1949. He
worked for Beardmore (tanners) of
Acton Ontario until 1951, Reliance
Electric & Engineering of Cleveland,
Ohio and Welland, Ontario until 1967
and taught chemistry at Central Tech
until 1989.
Arthur and Mary Anne (Mason)
were married in 1957. Jennifer
(1958) and Pamela, (1959) are both
graduates of Queens and live in
Kingston. Since retirement, Arthur
has continued to add to their cottage
on Lake Paudash, has framed many
hundreds of paintings for Mary Anne
and Pamela, (both members of
the Ontario Society of Artists), has
volunteered for the Canadian Society
of Painters in Water Colour, (he is
an Honorary Member), and for the
Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery.
Allan MacLeod Allan began his
teaching career in a little rural school
in Nova Scotia teaching every subject
to 22 pupils in 8 grades. He was also
the janitor and earned $650.00 for the
year. That was in 1947 – 48.
The remainder of his teaching career
was with the Etobicoke Board of
Education where his core subjects
were French and History. Later he
became a Librarian, a role which
he enjoyed immensely. During the
time when Etobicoke experienced
the closing of several secondary
schools, teachers were obliged to
teach subjects out of their field of
expertise. Allan taught grades 9 to
12 and says that his worst teaching
experience was a grade 12 class of
Home Economics to uninterested
and unruly girls. Another memorable
experience was teaching a problem
son of a Toronto Police Chief.
Since retirement Allan has been very
involved in volunteer activities with
several organizations – President of
Against Drunk Driving, President of
the Clan MacLeod Society, Vice Chair
of the Clans and Scottish Societies
of Canada, driving for the Canadian
Council for the Blind and Hospice of
Peel. He became deaf and so joined
the Board of the Canadian Hearing
Society. Then for many years he was
active in Queensway Baptist Church.
Jim McDonald Jim’s teaching
career spans all grades, two through
eight, his first position (1955-58)
being with Camp Petawawa Army
School Board. From 1958-65 Jim
worked for the Fort Henry Heights
Army School Board, Kingston before
employment with the Etobicoke
Board of Education 1965-89 . He
worked in six different schools as
teacher, Assistant Principal, VicePrincipal and Principal. For a time,
he worked as Principal on Loan to
the Curriculum Department. During
this time he completed his Doctorate
(1983). Jim provided the following
career highlights: (Memorable): Being
an outspoken critic of damaging
education fads. Being right, but
dead; (Infamous School Newsletter
Editorial) Striving for Excellence
within the Pedagogy of Joy;
(Favourite saying):
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Show me a mediocre principal and
I’ll show you a mediocre school. Jim
is busy in retirement, as a community
newspaper columnist (7 years) and
magazine writer (ongoing), holding
contract jobs with a conference
centre, tutorial centre, and a
Teachers’ College, as a longtime
volunteer and community activist
and still having time to travel to more
than 25 countries. Jim is the author
of 2 self-published books: Collected
Works (memoir) and Striving to Excel
(education essays).
Pauline Milne Prior to the birth of
her two children, Pauline taught for
Toronto District School Board at
Clinton Street School. She enjoyed
the diversity of the children in her
classes. She returned to teaching,
this time with Etobicoke School
Board, and teaching at Etienne
Brule Public School for many years
in grades 2-5. Pauline had some
interesting children in that school
with their many social issues. She
prides herself on never sending
the children with behavioral issues
to the office but managed those
children in her classroom herself.
She finished her teaching career
at Millwood Public School. Pauline
still sees some of her students
in the community and is fondly
remembered by them.
Pauline volunteered at Red Cross
Blood Donor clinics for many years
and was a blood donor herself. She
cared for her two granddaughters to
school age and is proud of them to
this day. She is proudly married to
Doug for 60 years and is still in her
own home at age 80.
Joyce Nicholls Joyce worked
for the Etobicoke Board of
Education at Islington Public and
Lanor Junior Middle School. She
taught Kindergarten and Grades
One and Two. She was part of
Etobicoke’s Pilot Project in Play and
Early Childhood Programs in the
elementary schools. After graduating
from Teacher’s College, she was
telephoned by Gordon Kidd, principal
of Islington Public School who had
kept tabs on her and her progress
since graduating from grade 8 at
Islington. He asked her to return as a
Teacher, which she did.
She has travelled much of the world
in retirement – the British Isles several
times, Portugal, Norway, Spain,
the Canary Islands, three monthlong trips to New Zealand, Alaska,
Bermuda and one day in Japan off
a cruise ship. Of course, she has
travelled Canada coast to coast by
Nancy Pitoscia Nancy Pitoscia
began her teaching career with the
Metro Separate School Board (now
TCDSB) teaching all grades from
Kindergarten through to Grade 12.
She taught both regular grades and
Special Education and Remedial
Reading in schools west of Yonge
Street. At Regina Pacis High School,
Nancy taught grades 9-12 in the
areas of Canadian History, ESL and
Religious Studies. She had many
funny and happy highlights during her
time teaching and especially enjoyed
the children and young people she
In retirement, Nancy enjoys Yoga
classes, gardening and reading. As
well, she has experienced many
wonderful countries with trips to
the Holy Land (eight times), Turkey
(four times), Ireland (three times),
Rome and Italy, Australia and New
Zealand! Nancy also volunteers
for the Cancer Society and the Red
Cross. She is very involved with her
parish church and has been working
for the Archdiocese of Toronto. She
was fortunate to be able to attend
the funeral of Pope John Paul II and
to attend his canonization this past
Dacy Pittis Dacy Pittis taught
grades 3 and 4 in Toronto before
going to England in 1956. Here
she taught for seven years in the
secondary school system, mostly
Physical Education, including a year
at Chelsea College of PE. She also
taught at the Secondary Modern level
which was the lowest level in their
secondary system and ended up at
Stratford Grammar School in East
London which was their top Grammar
School--these were really wonderful
teaching years. Returning to Canada
in 1965, Dacy spent the remaining
years in the Etobicoke secondary
system teaching Physical Education,
as well as being in the Guidance and
Counselling Department.
In retirement, Dacy has travelled
with her friend Grace Martin to many
countries and has been on all the
continents. Many of these trips were
self- directed and usually about
two months in duration. Probably
the most incredible trip was to
Antarctica on a Russian Scientific
ship. All the other places visited were
exciting and interesting because
of what humans had produced
and created; but Antarctica is still
pristine and truly God’s country.
Dacy will be in Scotland on the Isle
of Skye this June. Dacy stays fit
by walking, swimming, and cycling
and is planning to cycle in Germany
in September for a week with her
niece. Dacy tries to cycle every day
for about an hour on the Martin
Goodman and the Don Valley Trails in
Toronto and at the cottage on Buck
Lake where she spends summers
with family and friends. Dacy finds
it hard to believe that she has been
retired for 25 years—and has loved
every minute of it.
Abe Plaatjes Abe turned twenty-one
in the first year of his teaching career
which spanned spells in the beautiful
South African countryside as well
in the storied city of Cape Town.
By the time he retired in Etobicoke
from Thistletown Collegiate Institute
he had been teaching for thirtyfive years. At TCI he taught just
about every subject in the Business
department drawing the line at
Shorthand! Teaching in the Business
or Commercial department was a
very satisfying experience and quite
a change from the academic subjects
he had been teaching in South Africa.
Since retiring in 1989, Abe worked
as a tax specialist at H & R Block.
In 1996 he also found the time to
serve as census representative in
Etobicoke. He and his charming
wife, Petronella, share a passion for
gardening and the garden is where
you’ll find them on most summer
days. February and March of each
year without fail will find them on
the road or in the air to somewhere
whether it is Florida or Europe or the
country of their birth, South Africa.
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From time to time they would
visit their daughter, Jackie, and
granddaughter, Eden, in Calgary. Abe
and Petronella are very thankful for
the opportunities that were afforded
them and their family.
Bob Prentice Bob Prentice began
his career in the City of York,
teaching at F.H. Miller, J.R. Wilcox
and Rockcliffe Sr. Bob taught
Grades 3 through 8 in regular classes
and Homeroom and Science in
Grades 7 and 8 in Senior School. In
addition, he taught on a part-time
basis in JK/SK and Grades 1 and 2.
Bob was promoted and served
as Vice Principal at Keelesdale
JS., Rawlinson J.S. and Rockcliffe
Senior School, and as Principal at
Cordella J.S., and C.E. Webster J.S.
Throughout this varied career, Bob
revelled in every moment of every
day! In retirement, Bob has travelled
to China, England, Wales and
Scotland, and as well, has visited
many parts of the USA.
Joan Primeau Graduating from
St. Angela’s College in London and
Toronto Normal School, Joan was
hired by the Toronto and suburban
Separate School Board. She spent
her first six years at Our Lady of
Victory School teaching 43 students
in Grade 5-6. At the school’s 50th
Anniversary (1994) , Joan reunited
with seven students from her first
class. It was a great feeling of pride
and excitement to meet them as
adults and share happy memories.
With her many teaching certificates,
Joan taught at various West Toronto
Schools as an Itinerant Remedial
Reading Teacher, remaining in that
program for twelve years. Her
most significant teaching time was
in the Junior Special Education
class at St. Louis School. It was a
special moment for Joan when her
student was awarded a prize for her
Science Fair project. Joan had a
very successful 37 year career which
ended as a School Based Support
Teacher at St. Gregory School where
she was involved in the identification
and placement of Special Needs
and Gifted students. In retirement,
Joan has been active, playing golf
every week and volunteering for 20
years at Travellers Assistance at
Pearson Airport. As well, Joan has
travelled extensively: Alaska, Hawaii
and South America cruising to the
southern tip and seeing the amazing
Magellanic penguin colonies. LIFE
Norm Purdie Norm taught in
Etobicoke secondary schools,
teaching all grades mostly in
Mathematics and Counselling. He
served as Vice-Principal at Etobicoke
C.I., and as Principal at West
Humber C.I., Burnhamthorpe C.I.,
Kingsmill S.S. and Mimico Adult
School. He enjoyed working with
impressive teachers, administrators
and respectful challenging students.
Norm lectured in Statistics for the
Ministry Summer School Teachers
and experienced Ministry sponsored
courses in Europe. He co-authored
OSSTF material with T.CI Principal on
Organizing (timetable) for Secondary
He very frequently travels with
children and grandchildren to
U.S.A., Europe, Asia, Middle East
and Africa. Norm was awarded
a Woodworker of the Year (2004)
by Canadian Workshop Magazine
for his woodwork and community
involvement. Finally but most
importantly – in August 2014 he and
his wife Eileen (his favourite wife) will
celebrate 55 years married.
Betty M. Scott Born on the Bruce
Peninsula, Betty received her
early education at Lion’s Head
and Wiarton. Her first teaching
assignment was a country school
with eight grades. Following
graduation from Stratford Teachers’
College, she taught Grade One and
Senior Kindergarten in Owen Sound.
Her B.A. degree in psychology is
from U.W.O. Beginning in Etobicoke
she set up one of the first primary
Special Education classes where she
taught for five years. She was asked
to be a Special Education Consultant
with emphasis on early identification
and programming, a position she
held for twenty years. Her second
degree was M.S. from Syracuse
University in early childhood and
special needs. Seeing a child’s face
light up when a new learning episode
occurred was always a memorable
In retirement, she and her husband,
Roy Scott, a retired Etobicoke
Principal, travelled extensively due
to his administrative position in his
war veterans’ group, internationally
known as the “Royal Air Force’s
Escaping Society.” With gratitude
she expresses her appreciation for
all the caring people of the Etobicoke
Board who worked with special
Adam Shaw Adam supply taught
in the 1969/70 year at South Peel
Secondary School then from 1970
to 1989 at Westway H.S. After this
time he did a long term supply at
Lakeshore Collegiate in the 1991/92
year. Adam taught Auto Body repairs
for grades 9-12 during this time. The
highlight of his career was when he
was doing extracurricular activities:
coaching the Wrestling Team, taking
the Ski Club out, and working with
students in the Camera Club.
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It seemed that some of the better
students gravitated to these areas.
After retirement he curled with
the Etobicoke Secondary School
Teachers Club and has travelled to
Europe, Australia, Hawaii and all over
Canada and the USA.
Elizabeth Strathdee Elizabeth
taught Jr. and Senior Kindergarten
during her career at Roseland P.S.,
Lambton Park P.S., and Braeburn
P.S. For her, every day was special,
as she saw the children learning to
share toys, ideas through language,
music, art and group activities.
Retirement means being busier than
ever for Elizabeth. She has painted
in France, Ireland, Bermuda, Mexico,
Newfoundland, Quebec, and Ontario
cottage country. Closer to home,
she works in acrylics at Neilson
Park Creative Centre. Her musical
interests range from opera to jazz
and include singing in St Phillips’
Anglican Church choir and enjoying
its Jazz Vespers. Elizabeth holds
membership in many related groups
and volunteers in the Lay Pastoral
Church programme. Add to that
mix theatre trips to London, owning
three cats, a house and a garden,
entertaining, reading, and relaxing.
There is never enough time!!!
Barbara Taylor In 1954, Barbara
began teaching for the Lakeshore
School Board at Seventh Street
School. After returning from a
sabbatical in 1970, Barbara went
on to teach at Lanor Junior School,
later Lanor J.M.S., for the Etobicoke
Board, retiring from teaching in
1989. Barbara taught in the primary
areas for all of her years of teaching.
In 1969, Barbara and her friend went
on a Sabbatical Leave, travelling
around the world visiting schools in
England, Ireland, Thailand, Australia
and Japan.
Barbara spends summers at her
cottage with her sister, Joan. In
winter, they travel to Florida to their
timeshare. Barbara has travelled
extensively to Europe with her sister
and her friend Jane, doing it mostly
on their own and enjoying every
minute of it.
James Torrie “To know nothing of
what happened before you took your
place on earth is to remain a child
forever.” Anonymous
James’ career was with the
Etobicoke Board of Education,
teaching History, Grades 9-13 at
Royal York C.I. and West Humber
C.I. What is memorable for him is
the opportunity to participate with
students in exploring the content and
importance of history. Retirement
is busy, including participation in
Academy for Lifelong Learning (U. of
T.), Baby Point Club, United Church
activities, moving to a new lakeside
log home in the Ontario countryside,
hiking, biking, skiing, gardening,
bird-watching, swimming, boating in
a wooden boat. Travels include six of
the seven continents from Sweden to
South Africa, from the British Isles to
China and India, Australia and New
Zealand, not to mention many motor
trips around North America. I am
very grateful that my retirement has
given me the opportunity to enjoy
these activities and thank you RTO
for this celebration of our lives after
Mr Kraler in Anne’s diary, to her class.
The students were in awe of this
gentle man who was willing to lay
down his life to save his friend Otto
Frank. They will always remember
Mr. Kugler, one worthy of being called
a hero. Anther memorable moment
was when her class produced a
mime production of the Wizard of
Oz and took it to seniors’ residences
and to the cancer ward of the Sick
Children’s Hospital. This brought
both tears and a sparkle to the eyes
of the audiences. When Jessie
organized around a theme on the
Newspaper and Communication she
brought into her classroom guests
Donald Creighton, founder of the
Sun News, and Betty Kennedy, a
TV personality, to speak to her class
about the art of communication.
In retirement Jessie has travelled
extensively – across Canada, Europe,
New Zealand, Russia, Norway,
Sweden and the U.S.A. She enjoys
her summers in Muskoka and winters
in Naples Florida. She also enjoys
visiting her friends in nursing homes
and senior residences and gathering
with her family.
Norma Warren Norma Warren
taught with the Etobicoke Board
of Education at Queensland, and
Kingsview Village as Assistant
Principal. She was V.P. at Kipling
Grove, Eatonville and 20th Street,
and Principal at Castlebar, Castlebar
and Fairfield and Norseman J.M.S.
Norma’s memorable experience
which is a highlight of her career is
the smile of delight and joy when
a pupil(s) realized success, in any
situation, academic or social. She
has pursued a variety of activities
since retirement – the cottage, back
to school in continuing education,
much travel, learning the computer,
theatre, entertaining, and meeting
people, making friends and treating
retirement as a new career, to enjoy
and to be successful in it.
District 22 RTO
25-year Members
List 2014
Jessie Welch-Cutler Jessie taught
Grade 7/8 English, History and Math
at Dixon Grove in Etobicoke. One
of her most memorable moments
occurred after when studying Heroes
in Greek Mythology and reading
the Diary of Anne Frank. Jessie
introduced, Mr. Kugler, who was
The following members have entered
their 25th year of membership in
RTO District 22.
Mary Adams
Michaela E Almassy
Jean Barnett
Donald E Bartle
Mary E. Bartle
William Bates
George Betts
Barbara A. Bowman
Robert J. Brockie
Agnes E. Burke
Frank L. B. Burnett
Melville D. Callender
Patricia J. Carlow
Bernice Casey
Donald E. Cooper
Edith M. Cornett
Shirley J. Cornfield
Margaret Crouse
Victoria M Cunningham
Rita Daley
Clifford L Davies
Gerald Dressel
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Rosie A. D’souza
Richard Farndon
Ian J. Fife
Bernice Fitzmaurice
Arlie G. Freer
Marjorie B. Froebelius
Donald R. Glen
James W. Gray
Patrick F. Helps
Leslie A. Hill
Gordon S R Hollowell
James Hugo
Lois B. Kaye
Frank Kieczor
Irene E. Kirk
James Kirk
Pauline Kitagawa
Elsie M. Kwiatkowski
Eileen Laker
Joseph Laviola
Catherine J. Lawson
William H. Learoyd
Eldon Lehman
John G. Lennard
Arthur W. Ludlam
Shirley E. A Luker
Allan W. MacLeod
Dilys A. Manion
James F. McDonald
Elizabeth T. McGrade
William J. McLeod
Pauline Milne
John A. G Moses
B Joyce Nicholls
Donald F. W Nickel
Christine B. Nowak
Ralph M. Paget
Edwin G. Palfery
Helen M. Parisani
Nancy A. Pitoscia
Daisy I. Pittis
Abe Plaatjes
Robert R. Prentice
Joan Primeau
Norman Purdie
Margaret Schram
Betty M. Scott
Adam Shaw
Gordon M. Sillers
Elizabeth A. Strathdee
Rhona A. Swarbrick
Barbara A. Taylor
Thelma E. Tipping
James A. Torrie
Susheela Vakil
Norma M. Warren
Henry F. Welch
Jessie Welch
James P White
Ruth E. Williams
Grantley T. Woodward
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I would like to send a heartfelt
thank-you to everyone who offered
support and condolences during
my husband Doug’s illness and
after his passing. The number of
cards, calls, emails, texts and hugs
were just overwhelming and greatly
appreciated. I don’t think people
realize how much these things help
until we experience it, I know I didn’t.
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Last issue I asked for responses from
the members who presently own
HEARING AIDS. The response was
somewhat under-whelming. I did get
a few responses and they seemed
to support what I had heard from
persons I had spoken with (not from
RTO). Here are my observations and,
to some extent, my concerns.
A large percentage of hearing aid
users have never had a second
It is somewhat understandable for
the persons who pay absolutely
nothing for the devices since the
cost is entirely born by insurance and
Workers Compensation. Others pay
a significant cost and thus should do
some comparative shopping.
The cost of 2 hearing aids is
usually between $3000 and $3500
before your insurance kicks in.
If you check the costs you will find
that the cost you pay allows for a
$500 per ear deduction paid by The
Ontario Assistive Devices Program.
Even when I was offered a $1000
deduction to my costs the actual cost
fell in this price range although they
said they were providing a higher
quality product. You then get a $500
to $800 deduction per hearing aid
from your health insurance coverage.
What products do you buy
for $1400 to $2000 without
comparative shopping?
I’m not sure about you but I am a
comparative shopper. I purchase
very few things without comparing
prices from one store to another and
I then purchase the same product
or a product I like better at the best
price I can find. This is harder to do
with hearing aids because you may
not find the exact same product at
different dealers but you did try the
product. Could you hear a noticeable
difference? Was this due to volume
setting or tonal quality? Volume can
be adjusted, tonal quality may be an
indication of hearing aid manufacture
and thus is important. It may be
worth your while to do comparative
shopping. I saved at least $400 on
a pair of hearing aids and found
an Audiologist that I felt very
comfortable with.
My Hearing Aides (HA) actually
cost $1045 each.
My provider actually supplied a
complete breakdown of cost.
$1045 – ADP $500= $545 per hearing
aid. Then they added fitting fees,
$825 X 2, the Recommendation
fee $100 X 2 HA, the Service plan
$175 X 2 which comes to $1100 per
ear. Other agencies did not tell me
the breakdown but came up with
almost the same $3300. With my final
purchase the cost of hearing aids
was reduced by 20%. Other costs
remained but that still resulted in a
savings of about $425.
Well worth the effort.
Hope this gives you something to
think about when you go for your
hearing aid test.
District 22 Etobicoke and the City Of York
Submitted by Adele Pick
RTO/ERO members from another
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of $10.00. Make your cheque
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to Adele Pick 1508-475 The West
Mall, Toronto, ON M9C 4Z3.
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New Members!
Membership Grows
Submitted by Adele Pick
Welcome to District 22.
Toronto has 4 districts- Toronto 16,
Etobicoke / York 22, North York 23,
and East York 24 .
As of July 31, we have 2180 full
members and 203 associate
members for a total of 2383.
Rosa Alexandre
Christine McGahey
Norma Jean Badke
Gayle McNeish
Gabrielle Benedek
Mary Morris
Miriam Buckman
Priscilla Mugford
Sheila Cassie
Norman Newlands
Franka Cautillo
Paula Nunes-King
Pasquale Celli
Kenneth Oschipok
James Cook
Mary Pelech
Shelley Cox
Karen Ridley
Mary Anne Davis
Bernard Rollings
Mary-Joan D’Ornellas
Tiiu Ruggiero
Marilyn Eaton
Barbara Sadoff
Virginia Elliott
Fidenzio Salvatori
Doris Falconi
Jeanne Scotland
Jane Forbes
Eleanor Serrao
Jennifer Graham
Roswitha Skeath
Diane Glynn
Patricia Skrzypczyk
Wm Terry Graham
Susan Stephenson
Beth Grittani
Maurice Stokes
Rose Marie Grycaj
Jane Sweeney
Robert Hamilton
Barbara Tierney
M. Hilda Hammond
Maria Torrieri
Molly Hart-Cosgrove
Jorge Vicente
Donna Hughes
Donald Wainwright
Marilyn Jones
Robert White
Anna Kandiuk
Wasyl Zyla
Sharon Lang
Leon Lenchner
Margaret McCutcheon
Kathryn Jane McDonald
Anna Visocchi-Chiappetta
Health Services &
Insurance Committee
(HSIC) Report
Submitted by Vicki Stainton
As we move into a new season,
many of us have resolved to be more
attuned to our RTO news, updates
and Benefits Plans. To help with this,
we feature information previously
published, which you may want to
Item (1): “Your Personal Inventory of
Important Documents”…as printed
in RTO/ERO Group Benefits Program
Have you ever considered creating
an inventory of essential financial
and personal information? Not only
will you find this a useful reference
tool for yourself, it will be there for
your loved ones should the time
come when they need access to the
When creating your inventory,
remember to keep it simple! You
can use a password protected
spreadsheet. Some of the items
you can include to create a one-stop
shop are:
- List of insurance policies and
contact information;
- List of investment, retirement and
bank accounts, with all contact
- List of debt obligations, due dates,
and contact information;
- Location of important documents
(your family’s passports, insurance
policies, power of attorney,
living wills);
- List of doctors and contact
- List of medications and contact
information of all pharmacies that
you use;
- Location of safety deposit box keys;
- Location of your original Social
Insurance Number card.
Be sure that your immediate family
members know the record exists as
well as its location and password.
Review the list and make necessary
updates at least quarterly as this list
is only as good as the information on
Item (2) “Eldercare Select” …as
printed in your 2014 Insurance Plans
Booklet, page23
The largest provider of eldercare
solutions in Canada, Eldercare
Select, offers eligible members and
their spouses personalized nursing
expertise for care giving challenges
with a loved one such as a parent,
grandparent, spouse or someone
else for whom you have care
Participants of the RTO/ERO
Extended Health Care plan and their
spouses can contact Eldercare Select
to have access to the following
1. Expert guidance and support
to address a specific eldercare
challenge and develop a customized
plan of action.
Personalized geriatric reports are
limited to 2 per 12 month period and
a maximum of 4 per lifetime. There
are no limitations on phone-based
coaching, support and planning.
These personalized eldercare
consultations are nurse led and
provide coaching, support and
planning on several key factors,
such as:
- Current living situation and future
- Existing health condition; and
- Geographic location
With this guidance, an informed
decision regarding options available
can be made.
2. Access to 24/7 nursing and
personal care in your or a loved one’s
The care specialist will also help to
identify potential funding sources
wherever possible. Services are
made available across Canada on
a best effort basis; with delivery by
quality approved and monitored
home care providers.
Please Note: Recipients of nursing or
other care services referred through
the Eldercare Select professional
network are responsible for any cost.
District 22 Etobicoke and the City Of York
3. Twenty-five percent discount
off FirstWatch, a personal medical
response system.
This includes:
- A nursing assessment upon
- Two-way voice response; and
- Nursing support during emergency
4. Access to an online personal
health record that allows tracking
of health indicators, monitoring and
trending those indicators.
Medical information can be stored
to help you stay organized. You will
also have access to personalized
Included only with the RTO/
ERO Extended Health Care plan,
call 1-888-327-1500 or visit www. to connect with
an Eldercare Select Care Specialist
or a Registered Nurse
In Memoriam
We extend our deepest regrets to the
family and friends of our departed
Donald Banks
Cheryl Cheeseman
Carole Cook
Ruth Cook
Stephanie Daly
Mary Davern
Beatrice Glynn
Lorne Hammond
Terrance McDonald
Nancy McKillop
William McLeod
Edward Mugford
Maria Salvatori
Aletha Seaton
Marilyn Spanetz
Ralph Speak
Henry Welch
Lee Wilson
Sheila Wissmar
Political Action
Submitted by Art Witham
As we move into the Fall of 2014,
political issues continue to rise
and fall before us. Some unfold
hesitantly in positive ways, while
others fall short or just blindside us
with abruptness. It surely cannot
be presumptive of us to expect
coherence in those who would
govern us.
At present we have a relatively stable
provincial government following the
receipt of a decided majority in the
recent election which will run for the
next few years.
Our provincial government has made
some positive commitments for the
next couple of years. Of course,
these could be affected by any shifts
in revenue streams as well as by
degrees of cooperation relative to
intergovernmental jurisdictions and
Some of these commitments are
increases in home care for seniors,
home renovation credits, hold auto
insurance premiums (although with
some re-jigging of coverage in some
cases) and easier driver license
Inflation continues to remain
relatively low – a shade over 1% and it is hoped that this will remain
true of taxation and civic fees as
well. This could depend upon the
amount of municipal and provincial
infrastructure and services which
need refurbishing or initiating. Much
of our infrastructure (roads, bridges,
etc.) are at the end of life or are
inadequate for their use.
Municipal elections are looming in
October. In Toronto, we are sorely
in need of a responsible municipal
legislature which can work for the
common good. There are many
needs where sensible priorities must
be established and realistic fiscal
plans made to attain them.
Individually, we all have a
responsibility to honestly research
and evaluate all who would have us
elect them and know just what their
plans and policies will do to us and
our communities. Get out and vote
and take a few intergenerational
friends and relatives with you –
especially young ones who need to
develop good civic habits early.
At present, the federal influence still
has many unknowns. The stated aim
is to set up a surplus in advance of
next year’s election. How deeply this
will influence transfers of funds to
provinces and municipalities is slowly
becoming clear. Early indications
are reductions in health care and
infrastructure payments.
Again, vigilance is the key along
with response to our elected
representatives. They view a
perceived lack of concern as
an indication that all is well.
Silence denotes contentment and
Did you know?
Submitted by Sheila Tait
Two historical place names of
interest are Etobicoke and Mimico.
The meaning of the word Etobicoke
is ‘the place where alders’ grow,
referring to the black alder tree.
Mimico means ‘the resting place
of the wild pigeons’ referring to the
migratory stop of the once abundant
but now extinct passenger pigeons.
The origin of the word aloof is a
nautical expression 16th C a + luff,
an adverb meaning away and to
windward with the ship’s head kept
close to the wind away from a lee
shore towards which it might drift.
From this arose the sense of ‘at a
distance’. The expression ‘to take
or bring someone down a peg’
probably referred to pegs controlling
the hoisting of the colours (flags)
on the wooden mast of ships. The
colours of an officer of a lower
ranking officer would be taken down
a peg or two to accommodate those
of a higher ranking officer.
District 22 Etobicoke and the City Of York
What are you reading?
Here are a few members’
recommendations. Please send us
from Lynn Farquharson
Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
Sarah is a high powered, type A
personality HR vice president,
married with three children,
commuting from the suburbs of
Boston into the city every day.
Working 12 hours a day leaves her
little free time to coordinate her
children’s lives, family activities
and work commitments and live
up to the high expectations she
has placed on herself. One icy
morning as she is driving to work,
she loses control of the car and
crashes, as she was attempting to
use this “free time” to make some
phone calls. Sarah sustains injuries
to the right side of her brain which
impact the functioning in the left
side of her body. The process of
her rehabilitation is both a physical
and psychological journey as she
slowly comes to an understanding
and acceptance of what she can
do and what is important in her life.
Written by the same author as Still
Alice, (which explored one woman’s
realization that she has Alzheimer’s)
this novel provides insight into how
the brain adapts after a severe injury.
from Janet Thacker
If you liked “The Help”, then you’ll
enjoy this inspirational book, Same
Kind Of Different as Me by Ron
Hall and Denver Moore, about the
true story of Ron and Denver, and
Deborah, the woman who inspired
them to become better human
beings. We often think that slavery
and its consequences disappeared
during the mid 20th century. Denver’s
story sheds more light on the
personal familial side of poverty of
blacks living in the southern states
in the 50’s and 60’s. Ron’s story
dovetails into Denver’s because
of the wonderful spirit of his wife,
Deborah. She sees people not as
they seem, but as they truly are…
wanting to be loved and valued. Her
incredible ability to see through the
human condition to the human spirit
is moving and her love for people
invades the storyline, making one
want to see others the same way,
‘same kind but different as me’.
from Pamela Guy - I have just
finished a most entertaining read
by local author Terry Fallis, Up and
Down. It is the story of a competition
held jointly in Canada and the USA to
select a civilian from each country to
go into space. Centred on a PR firm
operating in both countries, it follows
the paths of the two winners and the
individuals organizing the project. It
is written with a good dose of humour
and satire; truly a book you will
find hard to put down. I also really
enjoyed a previous Terry Fallis novel,
The Best Laid Plans.
This aired recently on the CBC as a
most entertaining TV production
If you’re into historical fiction you
must read Edward Rutherfurd. I
recently enjoyed Paris. As is usual in
his books he takes us on a journey
following generations of a family from
earliest times, setting them against
a background of actual historical
events. Thus we learn about events
such as Joan of Arc’s exploits and
the French Revolution as well as the
building of Notre Dame and the Eiffel
Tower. Both fictional characters and
historical persons from all walks of
life, rich and poor, protestant and
catholic, crowd the pages. It makes
for fascinating reading. Three other
of his books similarly are packed
with interesting characters along
with a rich background, London,
The Dublin Saga: The Princes of
Ireland, The Rebels of Ireland. If
you have any interest in Ireland you
won’t want to miss these. And don’t
be put off by their size – they’re all
really worth the time.
from Claudia Mang - This month
I’m reading Chris Hadfield’s An
Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.
We are often told “Don’t sweat the
small stuff”. But to an astronaut it’s
the small stuff that can make the
difference between life and death,
success and failure. Through some
very humorous and often dramatic
stories Chris reminds us all that
turning a negative into a positive is
an important and vital way to live. He
recounts his 144 days on the ISS in
which he dealt with some frightening
situations like being blinded during a
spacewalk. He takes us through his
life from when he was nine years old
and watched the first moon-landing
to his time as a test pilot and then his
astronaut training. He writes simply
and clearly in an easy to read and
thought provoking manner. You will be
truly inspired by his story
Remember Seniors’ Day
at Queen’s Park?
The Ontario Society (Coalition) of
Seniors Citizens’ Organizations,
known as OCSCO, is one of several
organizations that RTO/ERO liaises
with from time to time. Some, if
not all, of you will remember the
Seniors’ Day at Queen’s Park last
October, at which representatives of
District 22 attended. The Day was
organized by the Ontario Gerontology
Association with members from
several provincial organizations,
including RTO/ERO. OCSCO was
also one of the organizations that
participated and helped plan the day.
(OCSCO) is a provincial organization
and a registered charity. Founded
in 1986, the mission is to improve
the quality of life for Ontario’s
seniors through offering education
programs, policy and research,
information, referral, counseling,
research, outreach and support,
self-help and volunteer programs.
OCSCO membership includes over
140 seniors’ organizations and
individuals representing 500,000
senior citizens from across Ontario.
OCSCO is community-based and notfor-profit and includes organizations
representing seniors, ethno-cultural,
health, native, recreational, retiree,
District 22 Etobicoke and the City Of York
disability and women’s organizations
OCSCO is seeking nominations to
fill two vacancies on its board of
directors and has asked RTO/ERO
and the other organizations that
participated in the Seniors’ Day last
year to share this information with its
members. Please visit the website
for nomination information and role
Upcoming seminars
of Interest
Submitted by Sheila Tait
Tapestry Retirement Residence at
Village Gate West offers interesting
talks and workshops on a range of
topics. They generously are holding
6 seats for any of our District 22
• October 8 – Art of Moving
- Down-sizing, De-cluttering
and Staging
• October 15 - Pioneers – The social,
political and sexual politics of the
18th and 19th century of pioneer life
• November 12 - Murals of Islington
If interested in attending, call
Vicki Stainton at ( 416 259-9152
in advance (or Rita at Tapestry
( 416 777-2911 & identify self as
D22 member). Refreshments will
be served. Address: Summerland
Terrace, Etobicoke, M9A 0B5
Lunch Club
Adele Pick ( 416-622-7361
8 [email protected] and
Betty Nykolaychuk ( 905-278-5382
8 [email protected]
To retirees of George S Henry
Secondary School/Academy,
There’s going to be a 50th
Anniversary Reunion,
May 29th-31st, 2015.
Please contact Lorne Bradshaw at
( (613) 546-5922 or
8 [email protected]
Also, check out the George S Henry
50th reunion Facebook page.
Square Dancing
Wouldn’t you like to increase your
cardiovascular fitness? Learn to
square dance with or without a
partner in a healthy smoke and
alcohol free environment. Dancing
gives us a body and brain burst of
energy. While burning calories we
strengthen our bones, relieve stress,
and build friendships. You can dance
every Tuesday afternoon or Friday
evening in Etobicoke.
Adele Pick ( 416-622-7361
8 [email protected] and
Aaron Goodman ( 905-896-4217
8 [email protected]
Our lunch club has grown to over 45
members. We contact each member
every month to ask if they plan to
attend the restaurant selection made
by those attending the previous
month. There is always room for
more members as only half of us can
usually accept. We meet the second
Monday of every month for a lunch of
Free Choir and
Organ Concert Series
Roy Thomson Hall offers a series of
free lunchtime concerts, this year
sponsored by the Edwards Charitable
Foundation. No tickets are required;
just walk through the door and select
your seat. Each hour long concert
starts at 12:00 noon. It is a great way
to have an early day adventure in the
city with a few friends.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 VIVA!
Youth Singers of Toronto with North
Toronto C.I. Choral Ensemble and
Symphony Orchestra
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
ORIANA Women’s Choir
Monday, June 8, 2015 Toronto
Children’s Chorus Chamber Choir.
Canadian Opera
Company Free
Concert Series
The line-up of free concerts at the
Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre
is too long to reprint in this space.
These popular concerts are held in
the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre
mostly on Tuesdays and Thursdays
at noon, and some Wednesdays
at noon or 5:30 p.m. There are six
different series: vocal, piano, jazz,
dance, chamber and world music.
Visit the website where you can
see what is offered each week on a
monthly basis September through
June. Admission is on a first-come,
first served basis. http://www.
Frequently requested contact information:
The Retired Teachers of Ontario/les enseignantes et enseignants retraités de l’Ontario
Suite 300, 18 Spadina Road, Toronto ON M5R 2S7
Phone: 1-800-361-9888 (toll-free); Toronto area: 416-962-9463
Email: [email protected] or
RTO/ERO Group Benefits Program administered by Johnson Inc.
By mail - 18 Spadina Road, Suite 100, Toronto ON M5R 2S7
By phone - Toronto Area: 416-920-7248 Toll free: 1-877-406-9007 Fax: 416-920-0939
Email: [email protected]
District 22 Etobicoke and the City Of York
Goodwill Committee
Submitted by Maryanne Chard
Have A Java On Us….
As you can see from this happy crew, the Coffee Club’s membership is slowly expanding. Join us on the third Thursday
of each month at Second Cup in Cloverdale Mall for some refreshment and socializing!
All members are welcome!
The first $3.00 is on us. You will be given a coupon toward the cost of your refreshments, when you sign in.
Mark these dates: September 18; October 16; November 20; December 18.
(10:00-11:30 a.m., third Thursday of each month)
Location: The Second Cup in Cloverdale Mall (North end, close to Pharma Plus or Target)
Contact: Maryanne Chard 8 [email protected] 416 626-1353
RTO Disrict 22
Value: up to $3.00
The Twenty-Second Report is published three times per year - in January, April/May,
August/September or as required.
Deadline for submissions is three weeks prior to the month of publication.
We reserve the right to edit and/or condense all contributions and submissions.
Please send your stories, jokes, anecdotes, columns, comments, criticism,
letters and pictures to: Helen Gill
( 416-536-9953
8 [email protected]
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Return Address:
District 22 RTO/ERO
c/o 1508 - 475 The West Mall
Etobicoke M9C 4Z3