Celebrating our Super Seniors: May 1, 2018Over 100 people enjoyed the Super Seniors Celebration on Tuesday, May 1 at the Royal Canadian Legion. As our guests came in the door, they were greeted by members of the organizing committee who pinned corsages and boutonniers on our Super Seniors. There was a lot of laughter and visiting going on in the room as people met up with friends and former colleagues. We were pleased to have Dorothy Morrow cut the cake on behalf of all those present. Moyra O’Pallie added clever quips and quotes to make us laugh over the lunch hour. Topping things off was the entertainment with the wonderful Korah Korahsters with teacher, Denine Williams. A great event for all concerned! Thanks to Sherrill Dewar, Bruce Avery, Page Nicholson and Bob Cole who helped to bring some members to the celebration. Many thanks to the organizing committee: Kathy Greening, Bernice Whalen, Bettyanne Plaskett, Marlene Falls, Marie Della Vedova, Joanne Mantha McConnell, Judy Conlin, Gary Wills and Gayle Manley. Special thanks to Gary Wills who provided photos, background music, almanac scrolls and visuals for the event. Mark your calendars for our next celebration in May 2020!
Blair Sterling can be best summed up by the famous quote, ―It‘s hard to forget someone who gave so much to remember. After completing high school, Blair worked for one year prior to entering Teachers‘ College in North Bay in 1953. He pursued the route which required two years of summer school and two years of teaching and a final year at Teachers‘ College prior to being qualified to teach anywhere in Ontario.Blair‘s first position was at a rural school between Larder Lake and Englehart. During his first few years, he taught in Sturgeon Falls, Monetville, and Mindemoya. During the 60s, Blair was a VP and Principal in Thessalon. His final posting was in Blind River for nineteen years as principal until his retirement in 1990.There is no single incident which stood out for Blair during his teaching career. However, he was tremendously excited to go to school every day as he loved the daily challenge which he faced with great anticipation. He completely enjoyed all the students with their different personalities as well as those of the teachers and parents. School was a place of pure delight!Blair did recall taking the pupils swimming at the end of the school year. On one of the trips a young student pulled Blair, a nonswimmer, from the water when he was underwater. Forty years later, he was fortunate enough to meet the student who recalled the incident very well.After his retirement from education, Blair had the opportunity to display his love of writing. For nine years he wrote highly regarded articlesin the Blind River Sentinel. Not satisfied with only writing for the newspaper, Blair also penned three books and has almost completed his fourth compilation of stories. Blair also finds time to be an elder on the North Shore for the Métis. One can only conclude that he is highly regarded by all segments of our society.Blair and his wife Nancy successfully raised six children. Five of the children lead successful lives in Ontario and the sixth holds a good position in the United Arab Emirates. In addition to raising the six children, they were foster parents for twenty–two children as well. This was a highly demanding role but an extremely rewarding one although the departure of the children could be a very painful process.Blair now takes the time to spend his winters in Bradenton, Florida where he tells his stories at the weekly workshops there. During his time at home he regularly attends the RTO/ERO meetings where he is greatly appreciated for his major contributions to not only education but also life.
Celebrating our”Super Seniors” District 3’s Bi-Annual Super Seniors’ LuncheonDistrict 3 held our Bi-Annual Super Seniors’ Luncheon at the Legion on May 10, 2016. In attendance were over 70 of our Super Seniors, some escorts and District 3 Executive Members and Volunteers. After a delicious luncheon, attendees were serenaded by the Northland Barbershop Chorus. Enjoy our photographic memories of the occasion….
Thank you Super Seniors Committee, Drivers, Escorts and Volunteers for making this event a success!Special Thank You to the Northland Barbershop Chorus,who entertained our Super Seniors with a multitude of Golden Oldies!Visit the Northland Barbershop Chorus at: http://www.northlandchorus.com/