Looking for the MCHS ’60s Reunion & Celebration of the ’60s? The event turned out beautifully. Over the next while we’ll add additional highlights from the Oct. 17, 2015 reunion, which was attended by over 60 people. For the backstory, Click Here!
My name is Jaan Pill; I’m a documentary maker, writer, and beginner practitioner of mindfulness. I was a key organizer of the Malcolm Campbell High School 2015 ’60s Reunion. I taught at Munden Park Public School. In 1990 I gave a series of lectures in Estonia that led to the founding of the Estonian Stuttering Association. I’m a co-founder of the Canadian Stuttering Association. I’ve been involved with community-self organizing for thirty years. I enjoy stories and the absence of stories.
History of Long Branch (Toronto)
A current project – a draft of 10,000-plus words is in progress – involves the writing of A History of Long Branch (Toronto) – Draft 4.
Any group that seeks to speak on behalf of community interests requires a capacity for planning and collaboration among many people. Such work requires a structure for decision-making and a culture of mutual respect.
It is my hope that the Long Branch Historical Society will resume its work with a new generation of leaders.
In the meantime, the Etobicoke Historical Society and a variety of websites – of varying degrees of accuracy regarding information that is posted – serve as history-related resources for local communities. As well, neighbourhood associations and Jane’s Walk do some of the same work – such as event planning and information sharing – otherwise done by local historical societies.
Stories and their absence
As much as I like stories, I also like not telling stories. A story doesn’t lead us anywhere in particular.
I am a keen fan of lifelong learning.
In years past, I’ve organized Jane’s Walks in collaboration with Mike James of Niagara-on-the-Lake. I no longer lead walks but sometimes help other walk leaders organize them. If you want help with organizing a walk, please contact me at email@example.com. My most recent Jane’s Walk project has involved helping out with the organizing of a walk that took place in Mississauga on Saturday, May 28, 2016. The walk, led by Ward One, City of Mississauga Councillor Jim Tovey, was entitled: Small Arms Building – Then and Now.
My interests include:
- Community self-organizing
Six of my Vimeo 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 depicts the building of Aquaview Condominiums close to where I live. The banner at the top of the page, that you are now reading, shows a view of Aquaview, at Forty Second St. and Lake Shore Blvd. West in Toronto during its construction. My documentation of the building of Aquaview played a role in my subsequent involvement with Parkview School (see below). Here’s a September 2015 Facebook video that I did that I much enjoyed making:
I have been involved in volunteer work – and have developed a cool track record of success, in projects I have initiated – at the local, national and international levels for thirty years. Until I became involved in efforts to keep Parkview School in public hands, however, I did not have much interest in local history.
On Oct. 26, 2010, which is when my interest in local history began, I learned that Parkview School was being sold by the Toronto District School Board as it was surplus to its needs. In the end, it was sold to the French public school board Conseil scolaire Viamonde – rather than to a developer – at a cost of $5.2-million in funding from the Province of Ontario.
The deal closed on Aug. 30, 2011. A major, two-stage letter-writing project – we had received key, strategic advice that individually-written letters would work better than a petition, in the circumstances – and the work of TDSB Trustee Pamela Gough and the Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP at the time, Laurel Broten, enabled the community to achieve a good outcome. Peter Milczyn is the current MPP for the riding.
I have an email newsletter that I set up following a suggestion from Donna Magee of Toronto. I have a mailing list, which I maintain as a non-automated list of names on a Microsoft Word file, that I set up as part of the Parkview School project. Sometimes I send out many newsletters each month; sometimes (depending on my available time) a month or two goes by without a newsletter being sent out.
Malcolm Campbell High School Sixties Reunion – Oct. 17, 2015 at Old Mill Toronto
Based on comments from attendees, the Oct. 17, 2015 MCHS ’60s Reunion was an outstanding success. A newsletter sent out by Howard Hight of Boston and Diana Redden of Vancouver to our reunion database did a great job in keeping people informed during the planning process. Additional photos will be posted at the MCHS ’60s Reunion Facebook Page and at the MCHS 2015 website, when time permits.
As a member of the organizing team, I want to express a huge thanks to all of the grads – as well as to MCHS Phys Ed teacher Soryl (Shulman) Rosenberg – who shared some great stories, and provided great entertainment – including displays of prowess on the dance floor, and the playing of ‘Amazing Grace’ on the bagpipes. The latter tune, piped by Scott Munro, was in memory of MCHS students and teachers who have passed away.
In still another highlight of the evening, on Nov. 17, 2015 in Toronto, Soryl Rosenberg read out a message from Graeme Decarie, an early-1960s MCHS History teacher, who was unable to attend but who remains in ongoing touch with us via email. Soryl also presented an entertaining Show and Tell from her early-1960s career as a teacher at MCHS.
If you want to search for topics at this website, use the internal search engine, or choose a word and add the words “Preserved Stories” and search on Google. The Preserved Stories and MCHS 2015 websites were designed by Walden Small Business Marketing. I got help from Maestra Web Design with the launching of the sites. My headshot is by Walter Psotka. I learned about Walden Design, Walter Psotka, and Planet Dentistry from Executive Coach Barbara Lawson, to whom I owe many thanks.