Archive for September, 2011

In Memoriam: Sandra Moore

Monday, September 19th, 2011

OGS and Toronto Branch are sad to announce the passing of Sandra Moore.

Sandra passed away on Saturday September 17, 2011 after a long illness.

Sandra was one of the Top 50 in 50 which Toronto Branch and OGS recognized this year.  

Sandra’s contributions to Toronto Branch extend back almost 30 years. She has served as Chair of Toronto Branch, co-author of the first edition of the Branch’s Policies & Procedures Manual and Branch librarian long before our collection had been subsumed by the OGS Library housed in the Canadiana Room at North York Central Library. She also worked extensively on various projects, including the Cemeteries Committee, for which she input the first Branch transcriptions into the computer.

Lately, Sandra has been known as the indefatigable leader of the Branch’s Places of Worship Committee. Through the dedication of Sandra, and other volunteers, the Places of Worship Committee has coordinated the transcribing and indexing of the many registers and records housed in the United Church Archives and in other churches and organizations.

Visitation and funeral arrangements are available here.

-contributed by Michael Ball of Toronto Branch

Don’t forget about the Keffer Essay Writing Contest

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

The November 1st deadline is fast approaching for entering the 2011 edition of the Annual Keffer Writing Contest.

So if you haven’t entered already, but have been thinking about it, please send your entry (with the subject line,“Keffer Writing Contest”) to gracejewell AT before midnight, November 1st.

For the rules of entry into the contest, please refer to page 31 of the August 2011 edition of Families,or visit us online at

The three judges have been chosen, and are now awaiting your entries. The winners will be announced at Conference 2012 in Kingston.

The staff of Families would like to see as many members as possible enter the contest, so get that pen to paper, and let your writing talents show through!

Good Luck, and Happy Writing!

** please note that this entry has been changed to correct the email address for entries.**

Take Part in British Home Child Day

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

The first ever British Home Child Day to be held at Upper Canada Village on Sept. 28, 2011

The “British Home Child Day Act” or Bill 185 received Royal Assent on June 1, 2011.  Under this Private Members’ Bill, September 28 of each year is now designated as “British Home Child Day” in Ontario. From the 1860’s to the 1930’s over 100,000 children between infancy and 19 years were brought to Canada by various charitable institutions in hopes of securing a better life for these underprivileged boys and girls.

A group of volunteers, dedicated to recognizing and honouring the contribution of British Home Children to Ontario and Canada, are working with officials at the St. Lawrence Parks Commission in order to commemorate the first British Home Child Day on September 28 at Upper Canada Village.

Plans include the dedication of a maple tree at the Aultsville Station, donated by MPP Jim Brownell, a sponsor of Bill 185 and Home Child descendant; displays from various Home Children organizations; an opportunity for friends and descendants to tell the story of their home child; and a specially planned British Home Child Tour of Upper Canada Village.

The “Just Kidding” theatre group from Metcalfe will perform a sampling of their upcoming production based on a Home Child story, and throughout the day musicians will entertain guests. The day ends with a catered dinner at the Village’s Willard’s Hotel, with the purchase of advance tickets required.

For more information please consult by the beginning of September or e-mail Carolyn Goddard at carol.goddard AT

Carolyn Goddard, Chairperson
British Home Child Day Committee, SD&G