Preserved Stories

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In preparation for the launch of the separate MCHS ’60s Reunion website, we are re-configuring the website you are now visiting. The following text introduces you to the latter site:
Jaan Pill

My name is Jaan Pill; I’m a documentary maker, writer, and beginner practitioner of mindfulness. I taught for many years at Munden Park Public School. I especially enjoyed teaching elementary school. My favourite activity was arranging role plays and dramas created by students. In 1990 I gave a talk in Tallinn, Estonia that led to the founding of the Estonian Stuttering Association. I’m a co-founder of the Canadian Stuttering Association among other organizations that I’ve played a key role in launching. 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:

  • Filmmaking
  • 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

Community self-organizing means getting things done that otherwise would not get done. My volunteer organizing work for many years was at the national and international levels. Until the Parkview story came along and a clearly defined threat became apparent to the local community where I live, I had no interest in local matters. The school in question was being sold by the Toronto District School Board as the property was surplus to its needs. In the end, it was sold to the French public school board Conseil scolaire Viamonde 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.

MCHS 2015 newsletter

A newsletter sent out by Howard Hight of Boston and Diana Redden of Vancouver to the reunion database serves as our primary link to the MCHS 2015 attendees and potential attendees. Howard and Diana aptly demonstrate that you can often say more by saying less.

If you want to search for topics at this website, use the internal search engine – at the upper left of the home page – or choose a word or phrase and add the words “Preserved Stories” and do the search on Google. If you’re looking for one of my “Erving Goffman” posts on Google, you can usually find it without also adding “Preserved Stories” to your search words – which is a fact that pleases me. My website was designed by Walden Small Business Marketing. I got help from Maestra Web Design with the launching of the site. The headshot of the blogger is by Walter Psotka. I learned about Walden Design, Walter Psotka, and Planet Dentistry through an Executive Coach named Barbara Lawson to whom I owe many thanks. I’m a strong believer in the power of networking. The icons below will take you to some of my social media handles and links:

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