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Jaan Pill

My name is Jaan Pill; I’m a documentary maker, writer, and beginner practitioner of mindfulness. For the last 11 years of a 30-year teaching career I taught at Munden Park Public School in Mississauga. In the late 1960s and early 1970s I worked – I called myself John Pill then – at the Banff Springs Hotel and Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta. As a volunteer I’ve been involved in media relations and community organizing. In 1990 I gave a talk in Tallinn that led to the founding of the Estonian Stuttering Association. I’ve played a key role in the founding of several organizations including the Canadian Stuttering Association. I have a strong interest in leadership succession. I’ve organized several Jane’s Walks in collaboration with Mike James of Brampton. I’m a Jane’s Walk Connector. Occasionally I post articles from visitors to this site. Such items do not necessarily represent my own ways of seeing. My interests include:

  • Filmmaking
  • Networking
  • Local history



I’m currently editing videos related to local history. Three of my previous videos can be viewed online. I worked with Steven Toepell to put together a digital portfolio for Andy Iadinardi, a construction superintendent. The six-minute video about the building of Aquaview Condominiums was posted online in June 2011. In July, Andy signed a contract as construction superintendent at another condo project in Toronto. Additional projects are under way including a video about the construction of Aquaview Condominiums and the history of the local community. …View Current Projects


My interests include evidence-based practice and the sharing of accurate and balanced information.

Communities have the capacity to generate their own stories rather than depending entirely upon others to perform this task for them. As a resident of Long Branch (Toronto not New Jersey) I also have an interest in the Colonel Samuel Smith homestead site located on the school grounds of the former Parkview School at 85 Forty First Street. The homestead site is now a green space that people walk across every day.

Over the years I’ve seen groups of young children rolling sideways down the hill that’s located at the northeast corner of the Parkview school grounds. One of them has remarked, years later, that the hill looked much bigger when she was a toddler rolling down the hill.

Thanks to that comment, I can now see the hill from a toddler’s perspective. Such comments help to shape our perceptions. Open spaces such as the Parkview school grounds are increasingly rare – and for that reason treasured.

You can learn more about the school grounds – where the archaeological remains of the colonel’s homestead are buried, after his log cabin was demolished in 1955 – by viewing an online video.

Local history: Parkview School remains in public hands

As a volunteer, I organized a letter-writing campaign to keep a local school from being sold to a developer.

We owe thanks to many people including Laurel Broten, the former MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, for the fact that Parkview School remains in public hands.

An archaeological survey at the site in 1984 – along with a letter-writing campaign and the efforts of Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Laurel Broten and Ward 3 TDSB Trustee Pamela Gough – played a key role in the local community’s successful project to keep Parkview School, subsequently renamed St. Josaphat Cathedral Catholic School, in public hands.

I have an online newsletter – which you can access from the page you’re now reading – which I set up following a suggestion from Donna Magee who is on my email distribution list.

My website was designed by Walden Small Business Marketing. Ongoing site maintenance is by Maestra Web Design. The headshot at the top of page is by Walter Psotka. Below are links to my social media accounts.

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