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My name is Jaan Pill; I’m a documentary maker, writer, and beginner practitioner of mindfulness. I’m a member of the MCHS 2015 ’60s Reunion organizing team, whose members live across North America. I taught for many years at Munden Park Public School. My favourite teaching activity was organizing role plays and dramas. I much enjoyed getting paid to watch live theatre. In 1990 I gave a talk in Tallinn that led to the founding of the Estonian Stuttering Association. I’m also a co-founder of the Canadian Stuttering Association among other organizations. I enjoy starting things, then turning the show over to other people. In years past, I’ve organized many local Jane’s Walks in collaboration with former Munden Park (see above) principal Mike James of Niagara-on-the-Lake. My interests include:
- Community self-organizing
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 depicts the building of Aquaview Condominiums close to where I live. The banner at the top of this page shows a view of Aquaview, at Forty Second Street and Lake Shore Blvd. West in Toronto, at an early stage of its construction. My documentation of the building of Aquaview played a role in my subsequent involvement with the Parkview story (see below).
Community self-organizing, as I see it, means getting things done that otherwise might not get done. My volunteer organizing work year ago was at the national and international levels. Until the Parkview School story came along and a clearly defined threat became apparent to a local community, I had no interest in local matters. The 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 August 30, 2011. Large numbers of individually written letters from residents, in two stages of a major letter-writing project, and the work of TDSB Trustee Pamela Gough and the Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP at the time, Laurel Broten, played a key role in the achievement of the outcome. Peter Milczyn is the current MPP for the riding.
I have a newsletter that I set up following a suggestion from Donna Magee of Toronto. I have a mailing list that I set up as part of the Parkview School project (see above). I send out emails with highlights from my newsletter. Send me an email to get on the mailing list.
Malcolm Campbell High School Sixties Reunion – October 17, 2015 at Old Mill Toronto
In closing, a few words about the 1960s high school reunion I’m helping to organize. A newsletter sent out by Howard Hight of Boston and Diana Redden of Vancouver to our reunion database serves as our communications channel. Howard and Diana aptly demonstrate that you can say more by saying less.
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 through an Executive Coach named Barbara Lawson.