Auld Acquaintances by Peggy Oldfield

Posted February 24, 2019

The new year is well underway and it's time to catch up on who's seen who and what's been going on in the last few months.

   For starters, the CBC 20 Year Association ended the year on a 
   busy note.  On Tuesday, November 6th, an enthusiastic gathering
   of 36 people enjoyed an afternoon of good food and company at
   the Tap & Barrel Pub next to Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. 
   Agnes Arychuk, Jack & Dorean Binns, Elizabeth Bishop, Cam
   Cathcart, Serafine Crawley, Chris Cutress, Joan Engel,
   Jacquie Fitzgerald, Neil & Lynn Gillon, John Henderson, Joe
   Holman, Brian Keating & Phyllis Wilcox Keating, John
   Kennedy, Lori Konorti, Stan Langtry, Ross Luckow, Ron &
   Diane Mahy, Ken Mitchell, Mike & Peggy Oldfield, Ron & Rae
From left foreground:  Stan Langtry, Agnes Arychuk, Jon Weston,    Petrescue, Audrey Service, Michael Taylor-Noonan, Michael
Glenn Weston, Jacquie Fitzgerald, John Kennedy, Cam Cathcart.      Varga, Glenn Weston, John Weston, Lawrence Wright
Peggy Oldfield standing behind John.                                                    Ray & Jean-Marie Yates
passed several hours mingling and
   generally enjoying some good conversation and catch-up time.
   Patrick Bell dropped in "late" but early enough to mix with a large
   number of the group.

   The annual Christmas party at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
    was the next CBC 20 Year Association gathering and this year
    there were 82 participants in the evening.  Having a terrific start
    to the holiday season on December 5th were Jack & Dorean
    Binns, Elizabeth Bishop, Serafine Crawley, Chris Cutress,
    Manjula Dufresne, Joan Engel & Bill Scholey, Jacquie & Ray
    Fitzgerald, Neil & Lynn Gillon, Steve Greenwood, Lorna
 From left foreground:  Audrey Service, Joan Engel, Diane Mahy,        Haeber, Sandy Hoath, Joe Holman, Brian Keating & Phyllis
Joe Holman, Ron Petrescue.                                                                      Wilcox Keating, John Kennedy, Doug & Melody Kerr, Lori
                                                                           Konorti, Ron & Diane Mahy and friends Tony & Audrey Pease, Anne Mathisen, Ken Mitchell and friends John & Halina de Wit, Maurice Moses, Ralph Motohashi, Rod & Lori Mundy, Carey Murphy & Clive Bottomley, Jim & Sharie Nelson, Bob Nixon, Mar Sulaika Ochs & Nilo Shandro, Mike & Peggy Oldfield, Ron & Rae Petrescue and guest Dawn Wilkins, Belle Puri, John Rogers, Joe Silva, Sharon Spruston, Alan & Deborah Stewart, Karen Tankard, Ron Taylor & Sheryl Smale, Ding & Marichu Torrijos, Michael Varga, Alan & Kelly Waterman, Paisley Woodward and Lawrence Wright & Naomi Bradley.  CBC 25-year honourees Liz Hoath with husband Glenn Taylor and Erica Johnston with guest Enza Uda; CBC 35-year honourees Helene Dupre-Espeut with husband Tony Espeut, Harold Dupuis with wife Linda Cheng Dupuis, and David Turrin with wife Rose Turrin, were in attendance and presentations in their honour were made by CBC managers Cathy Simon (for Liz Hoath), Treena Wood (for Erica Johnson), Shiral Tobin (for Helene Dupre-Espeut), Meribeth Tikkanen (for David Turrin).  Cathy's husband Joe Moulins and Meribeth's husband David Tikkanen were in attendance also. 
The lavish buffet was both impressive and delicious and thanks to the CBC 20 Year Association and the British Columbia and Yukon Region, CBC Pensioners' National Association, a good many went home with a door prize.  The 50/50 draw was generously supported by the party-goers, bringing in a grand total of $366.00.  Alan Waterman was the draw winner who took home $183.00 and a like amount has been added to the CBC 20 Year Association coffers.


            L-R:  Deborah & Alan Stewart, Kelly & Alan Waterman                                                L-R: Doug Kerr, Belle Puri, Alan Waterman
                                                                                                                                                                              Erica Johnston, Enza Uda

   A week after the Christmas party, the festive mood continued on
   December 12 when Elizabeth Bishop, Serafine Crawley, Neil &
   Lynn Gillon, Lillian Hanson, Ron & Diane Mahy, Anne Mathisen,
   Bill Murray, Peggy Oldfield, Sharon Spruston
and Michael
gathered for the monthly 5-pin bowling session at 
   Grandview Lanes.  Everyone got into the spirit of the season by 
   wearing something red, green or holiday-themed.  Bill Murray
 brought along a couple of Santa hats and decorated a 10-pin bowling
   ball to represent Old St. Nick himself which became the centerpiece
   to the cookies, Christmas cake, candies and chocolates brought by participants for everyone to share. The cookies were delightful gingerbread boys and girls made by Diane Mahy which were beautifully decorated including each bowler's name handwritten in red icing and the delicious Christmas cake was homemade by Lynn Gillon.

Front Row L-R:  Peggy Oldfield, Elizabeth Bishop, Lynn Gillon, Diane Mahy, Serafine Crawley, Sharon Spruston, Anne Mathisen.  Back Row L-R:  Neil Gillon, Bill Murray, Michael Taylor-Noonan, Ron Mahy.

After bowling, Joe Holman joined Serafine, Lynn, Neil, Diane, Ron, Anne, Peggy and Sharon at St. Augustine's Pub for a leisurely lunch.

After the new year, a slightly smaller group got together to bowl on January 9th with Elizabeth Bishop, Serafine Crawley, Neil & Lynn Gillon, Lillian Hanson, Bill Murray, Peggy Oldfield and Michael Taylor-Noonan participating. 

Front Row L-R:  Lillian Hanson, Lynn Gillon, Elizabeth Bishop holding the Bingo Trophy, Serafine Crawley.
Back Row L-R:  Neil Gillon, Peggy Oldfield, Bill Murray, Michael Taylor-Noonan.

Peggy Oldfield bowled one unusually good game with a score of 209 and paid for it later with a painful knee!  Elizabeth, Serafine, Neil, Lynn, Peggy and Michael relaxed over lunch at the pub following the games.

   February 6 saw an early celebration of Valentine's Day with
   participants donning red and enjoying Valentine candies supplied
   by Bill Murray.  Two teams had fun during the two regular and
   one Bingo game with Serafine Crawley, Neil Gillon, Diane
   Mahy, Anne Mathisen
and Bill Murray on one alley and
   Elizabeth Bishop, Lynn Gillon, Ron Mahy and Peggy Oldfield
   on the other.

   After bowling ended, Elizabeth, Serafine, Neil & Lynn, Ron &
   Diane, Anne
and Peggy were joined at St. Augustine's Pub by
Ron Mahy seated and standing L-R:  Anne Mathisen, Elizabeth          Tom Bryden and by Rod & Lori Mundy for a relaxing and
             Bill Murray, Neil Gillon and Serafine Crawley.                  enjoyable gabfest and lunch.


                                     Diane Mahy, Tom Bryden, Ron Mahy                                                       Rod Mundy, Peggy Oldfield, Lori Mundy

   Congratulations to Gloria Macarenko who will be inducted into the Order of
   Canada in 2019.  Gloria received a very memorable Christmas gift with the
   official confirmation of her appointment being delivered to her on Christmas Eve!
   On January 31 Gloria was MC for the 31st Annual Vancouver Symphony Ball at
   Vancouver Convention Centre West.  The occasion was a special celebration in
   honour of the Symphony's 100th Anniversary.  Belated Happy milestone Birthday
   wishes to Serafine Crawley and John Rogers, both celebrated in January.
   Wishes for a complete and speedy recovery go out to Brian Dance's wife
who ended up in surgery after taking a fall on December 4 which
   resulted in a fractured knee and to Kathleen Gilfillan who is now home following
   her knee surgery.  She elected to watch her surgery and says she found it very
   interesting!  Kathleen also has a suggestion for all of our colleagues who travel,
Gloria Macarenco, MC at the Symphony Ball    whether frequently or occasionally.  She notes that since she and Cliff retired
                                                  they have taken several trips mostly by cruise ship and some by car. She adds, "For several years now, every time we travel, from the beginning to the end of the trip, I keep an elaborate journal of when, where and what we did on that day.  Subjects that are worth writing down, and personal stuff that was either pleasant or unpleasant.  I include posts cards, our photos, programs, destinations, people we meet, the weather, anything that would bring back memories. So often, we want to remember the name of a place, what we did, the specifics, some funny stuff, etc.  Every time we stop somewhere for an excursion, I purchase one or two post cards, a fridge magnet, a pen with the name of the place inscribed on it, an information book, an interesting looking ruler with pictures of the country or the area we visited, sometime a coaster -whatever I find worthwhile to complete the journal.  Beside having a fridge covered with magnets, I have a collection of binders safely kept in my cabinets, hoping that some day, they will resurface for a good reason. I hope this is the sort of thing others out there would find to be a good hobby."  Sounds like a delightful and inexpensive way to remember travels – thank you, Kathleen!

   And here's some fun news from Henry Irizawa:  "Golly Gee Whiz!
   Happy to have caught up with the legendary Howie Meeker at an
   Oceanside Media Club lunch held at Arrowsmith Golf Club in
   Qualicum Beach.  Howie recently celebrated his 95th birthday and
   is still going great.  Larry 'Elby' Brown and I had a lot of fun
   working with Howie and his telestrator on NHL hockey telecasts
   and learned a lot from him."

   The latest news from
   former Vancouver
   Communications' gal
   Joan Athey is that she
   is riding the wave of
   interest in the 50th 
                    Howie Meeker with Henry Irizawa                                      anniversary of John
                                                                         Lennon and Yoko
                                                                         Ono's Bed-in for Peace 
                                                                         1969.  In February Joan                             Joan Athey     
spoke about her collection
of photographs at the huge Folk Alliance International held in Montreal where 2,400 musicians participated in showcases and concerts. "It was a dream come true!", enthused Joan.  Plus she gave tours of the famous Room 1742 where the greatest moment in pop history occurred.

   Drew Keilback will be exhibiting at the West Fine
   Art Show 2019 at Yorkson Creek in Langley running
   from March 8th to the 10th. This show features 21
   international artists whose work for this venue depicts
   representational scenes of life in Western Canada
   and the U.S. The exhibit has been running success-
   fully in various locations for many years with partial 
   proceeds donated to charitable foundations. This year
                                   donations will be made to Langley School District Foundation.  All of Drew's work for this show is recent and has not been
shown before. For more details please visit his page at or and when you attend the West Fine Art Show, be sure to stop by and say hello to Drew!

"Rustler" (Oil on Canvas 12"x24") by Drew Keilback

   Michael Varga has recently published his biographical memoir, Inside View: The Eye
   Behind The Lens.
  Michael has shared very private details of his life and work as a
   Cameraman over a career spanning forty years as well as stories about the people he
   has met and worked with along the way.  It's a fascinating and fun read for anyone who
   has worked at CBC, has a love of sports and/or travel, or simply enjoys a glimpse into
   the life of someone who has enjoyed and embraced every second of their career and
   life in general.

   Inside View: The Eye Behind The Lens by Michael G. Varga is available through
   Chapters/Indigo (e-book only) and in paperback via .

   On January 29 Michael and co-author Roxanne Davies joined On The Coast Host
   Gloria Macarenko in the CBC Vancouver Radio studio for a discussion about the
                 Michael Varga                    publication and the following day, Michael and Roxanne were at the Lynn Valley Library
                                          in North Vancouver for the official book launch.

Following are some excerpts from the November 1, 2018 issue of The Transmitter Newsletter of the CBC Alberta, Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories Region of the CBC Pensioners' National Association, with grateful appreciation to Bob Forrow (President), Jim MacVicar (Past President), Joanne Skidmore (Secretary) and Monique Nenson (The Transmitter) for their permission to share.

Photos from the Annual General Meeting of the Alberta, Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories Region on September 12, 2018 in Edmonton, AB:

          L-R:  Royle Harris (Edmonton, AB), Denis Collette (Winnipeg, MB),                       Regional Past President Jim MacVicar (Devon, AB)
             Joanne Skidmore (Regina, SK), Bob Forrow (Edmonton, AB),                            and National President Denis Collette (Winnipeg, MB)
                 Cecile Magnan (Edmonton, AB)

Photos Courtesy Ellen Armstrong, CBC PNA, Saskatoon, SK.         

   Meet Our New Executive

   Photo: Courtesy Ellen Armstrong, CBC PNA, Saskatoon, SK.

   Left to right: President Bob Forrow (Edmonton, AB), Treasurer Cécile Magnon (Edmonton, AB),
     Secretary Joanne Skidmore (Regina, SK), Vice-President Lutz Walsh (Regina, SK)

   BOB FORROW, President, CBC PNA ABSKNWT Region, 2018-2021

   After finishing high school, I graduated from the École des Beaux Arts in
   Montreal with the Prix des Professeurs Award. I first got involved with the
                                                              stage in light opera amateur theatre in Montreal painting a backdrop for a
                                                              production of "Kismet".

I started work in broadcasting working as a scenic painter in television for Tele-Metropole, now the ATV Network in Montreal. I painted backdrops for sets, tv commercials, dramas, quiz shows, opera vignettes and news sets, in the days of black and white television.  I was hired as a set designer for CFTO Television in Toronto and worked with them for approximately two years

designing sets, tv commercials, the first set for Canada AM, Miss Teen Canada set, etc. After that I worked as a freelance set designer.

In 1976 CBC Television in Toronto hired me as an assistant set designer. I worked on many network shows including the Tommy Hunter Show and Wayne and Shuster. I received a certificate for completing two years training in CBC's Institute of Scenography, the equivalent of a production design course through CBC. I received an Anik Award for the film, "Riel".

CBC transferred me to Edmonton in 1980 and I worked as a set designer on many television shows, news, and commercials, and was Production Designer on the Opening of the Winter Olympics in Calgary in 1988.

During retirement I have travelled, designed sets for theatre, and was on the Parish Council Executive of two churches in Edmonton for six years. I am involved with five ministries at the churches. For many years I was on the executive of the CBC Edmonton 20 Year Association and was Vice-President of the ASN region of the CBC Pensioners National Association.

LUTZ WALSH, Vice-President, CBC PNA ABSKNWT Region, 2018-2021

I was born in Berlin, Germany and immigrated to Canada as a child with my mother at Pier 21 in Halifax. My early years were in Toronto where my mother met my stepfather, a football player with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. We made our home in Regina and in the off-season lived in Tucson, Arizona where my dad studied architecture. After high school I worked for a few years in Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America. I returned home to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in the Faculty of Film and Television at the University of Regina.

After university I worked as a Community Producer for Cable Regina and then was hired in 1981 as a technician at CBC Regina. I was the Mobile/Production Switcher for 17 wonderful years working on all types of local, regional and international programs throughout Western Canada. In 1998 I moved into directing for another 15 years working on news and television specials. At CBC I met an archivist at Radio-Canada and we married and have three grown children. I retired in 2013, joined the PNA and was fortunate to attend the national convention in Ottawa in 2015. That year we formed the Saskatchewan Chapter and I am the Regina Vice-President. I am also the President of the CBC Saskatchewan 20 Year Association.

I stay active in the winter as a member of the Regina Ski Club and in the summer running with our Track and Trail running group. I also volunteer with various community groups. I look forward to contributing to the ASN region of the CBC PNA.

CÉCILE MAGNAN, Treasurer, CBC PNA ABSKNWT Region, 2018-2021

I started working at CBC Edmonton in July 1974 on the switchboard and quickly moved to the Finance department and then to French TV. In 1983, my husband and I moved to Regina, where I worked in the brand-new CBC Broadcast Centre, moving over to French Services in 1985. I went to Ottawa in 1988 to work with the French section of RBO, Strategic Planning and was part of the three-person office start-up for Galaxie. I moved back to Edmonton in 2000 and have been retired since April 2013.

Since then, I have set up an independent business as a translator. We love to travel in the fall and winter and I garden and play golf in the summer. I've enjoyed being Treasurer for the past three years and look forward to the next three.

JOANNE SKIDMORE, Secretary, CBC PNA ABSKNWT Region, 2018-2021

I moved from the job of editorial assistant at a book publishing company in Saskatoon to the local CBC station as a television journalist in 1978. At that time CBC wanted to hire more women as well as people from the local community. After a few years in front of the camera I moved behind a desk to be an editor. In 1989, I transferred to CBC Regina to work in radio as senior news editor. A few years later I took advantage of an opportunity to focus on arts and culture as a reporter and producer, and to host various programs.

I left CBC in 2009 and have worked as a self-employed professional volunteer. I've shared my time and skills with several organizations including Youth Ballet and Contemporary Dance of Saskatchewan, Coteau Books and Saskatchewan Book Awards. As well, I love books and music and am a member of the Rae Street Readers and the Regina Philharmonic Chorus. For the past three years I have been the Secretary of the CBC PNA Region of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories. I enjoy working with Monique Nenson, CBC PNA member in Regina, to produce the regional newsletter The Transmitter four times a year. We appreciate receiving articles and photos from members across the region.

ROYLE HARRIS, Entertainment Director Metro Edmonton (non-voting member of Executive), 2018-2021

I started at CBC in August of 1961, left in January 1982, and worked as a Staging Assistant, Props man, set dresser, Rigger etc. Some of the highlights include the first CBC full coverage of a federal election from Alberta, travelling to the Arctic to do the staging for Peter Gzowski's Morningside, the 1976 Olympic Games at Broadcast Centre in Montreal, the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, CFL football from Vancouver to Regina and occasionally Winnipeg, five Grey Cups, several Curling Briers and Silver Brooms and the Tommy Banks Shows.

I was an officer with IATSE and then CUPE and was on the CUPE National Executive. I became a CUPE National Representative in 1982. At CBXT I volunteered with the very active Staff Association. We held Christmas parties for children and adults, car rallies, barbeques and I managed the Staff Cafeteria for six years.

I was an elected member of the University of Alberta Senate. Now I serve as a Senator Emeritus volunteering for various projects at the University such as the Advisory Committee for Play Around the World to give university students an opportunity to provide play experiences for poor and handicapped children in many places. I was a ten-year member of the Friends of the Jubilee Auditorium and remain a member of their Foundation. I am also heavily involved in the Housing Co-op where I live. In my role with the ASN region of the CBC PNA, I make the birthday calls and arrange the suppers and lunches for the group in the Edmonton area. I continue to enjoy the fellowship provided by the PNA.

CBC PNA Regional Annual Meeting
University of Alberta Faculty Club, September 12, 2018, Edmonton, AB

           L-R. Dave Smiley, Lutz Walsh, Julia Sargeaunt, Jeff Collins,                     L-R. Bill Ringrose, Bruce Cowen, Dan Bingham, Ralph Williams,
                                                Marilyn Smiley.                                                                                                     Doreen Williams


              L-R: Bob McQuay, Michèle Gregoret, Bill Kuziw, Sylvia Kuziw.             L-R: Trevor Barnes, Robert Woodcock, Marg Ringrose, Nancy MacVicar. 

                                                          Jeff Collins and Ellen Armstrong                                                                   

Chapters Roundup

Calgary: Members of the Southern Alberta Chapter gathered for lunch on October 24.


   Edmonton: The breakfast gatherings continue on the second
   Tuesday of each month at IHOP, International House of
   Pancakes, 3921 Calgary Trail NW in Edmonton. Breakfast begins
   at 9 a.m. and there is a 15% Seniors Discount on Tuesdays.

   Photo courtesy Bob Forrow.  July 6 breakfast at IHOP.
     L-R: Bill Kuziw, James Hees, Jim Tustian, Jim Gerlock, Angela Smythe, Bob Woodcock,
    Julia Sargeaunt, Sylvia Kuziw, Hugh Naldrett, Bob Forrow, Sylvia Forrow, Bruce Cowen,
     Royle Harris.

Regina:  The coffee gatherings continue on the first Wednesday of each month. Join us at Theo Bill's Restaurant in Regina.

Green Miles #1 - Our Visit to Ireland
Sean Prpick, CBC PNA, Regina, SK

Photo: Courtesy Sean Prpick, CBC PNA, Regina, SK
Castle Duncluce, Ireland

Castle Dunluce was a great place for Sean Prpick and his daughter Zoé Beaulieu Prpick to start their tour of Ireland this past summer. Located at the very northern tip of Northern Ireland in County Antrim, this magical place attracts hordes of visitors because it doubles for the House Greyjoy, the Great Castle of Pyke in the TV show "Game of Thrones."

   For my daughter Zoé Beaulieu Prpick and I, our Irish trip was a
   doubly sentimental journey.  Although we have roots in Ireland
   through my mother's family, this was our first visit there. At the same
   time, it was probably our last big father/daughter holiday since Zoé
   plans to strike out on her own once she finishes grad school at the
   University of Regina in about 18 months.

Photo: Courtesy of Sean Prpick, CBC PNA, Regina, SK
Sean Prpick and his daughter Zoe Beaulieu  Prpick on the
cliffs of Kerry.

We landed in Dublin, on June 18 and immediately caught the bus to Belfast, only 150 kilometers away. Because the two Irelands north and south live together now in peace and prosperity and are both members of the European Community, the border is invisible. On the bus ride north, I don't remember seeing any signs welcoming us to Northern Ireland. The only indication you've entered another country were that the flags flying in the squares of the little villages along the highway changed at one point from the tricolour of Irish Republic to the Union Jack of the United Kingdom.

Once we arrived in Belfast we were greeted with classic Irish weather: sheets and sheets of rain. It didn't prevent us from exploring the town once we checked into the hotel, but absent any kind of umbrella (I'm from Saskatchewan, after all!).  I was soon soaked to the bone. However, a kindly clerk at a nearby hotel donated an umbrella to me from the lost and found box and I was soon back on Belfast's streets, this time dry and comfortable.

Believe it not, though, I never used my donated umbrella again. For the next two weeks of our holiday, all of Ireland was in the grips of the one of the worst droughts in half-a-century. It was great for us tourists to see the glories of the Emerald Isle in warm sunshine. But as we learned from the local media, if there isn't a darn good rain every few days, bad things happen In Ireland. By the end of the holiday, water restrictions were in place, farmers were scrambling to harvest crops shrivelled by lack of rainfall and forest fires were burning up the  countryside.  Still, the Irish kept up their famously good humour. One sunny afternoon in a normally rain swept seaport, an elderly Irish woman who learned  we were from Canada cheerfully quipped, "Welcome to Costa del Galway!"  

Photo Courtesy of Sean Prpick, CBC PNA, Regina, SK
A mural in Belfast honouring Irish Republican Army martyr Bobby Sands.

PEI Welcomes Newcomers
Craig Mackie, CBC PNA, Charlottetown, PEI

My CBC history in a flash:

1980 Freelance with CBC Ottawa, 1981 CBC Western Arctic (Inuvik), 1982 CBC Yukon (Whitehorse), 1984
CBC Eastern Arctic (Frobisher Bay, now Iqaluit), 1989 CBC Mackenzie (Yellowknife), 1996 CBC Calgary, 1997
CBC Northern Ontario (Sudbury), 2001 CBC PEI (Charlottetown)

   Now I'm working at an agency that helps new immigrants and refugees with their
   settlement, employment, and integration on PEI. I'm the Executive Director of the
   PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada (PEIANC). The staff at PEIANC are
   from all over. They are Island-born, from different parts of Canada, and from
   Peru, Scotland, China, Hong Kong, Egypt, Syria. There's even a Chinese
   settlement worker who speaks Mandarin and Cantonese and who grew up in
   Haines Junction in the Yukon.  Canada, and especially PEI, needs newcomers.
   There is a huge aging demographic beginning to leave the workforce in large
   numbers. The birthrate is in decline in most areas of Canada. For PEI, we
   continue to see an outmigration of our youth. Where will we find the people to do
   the jobs, to pay taxes, to consume goods and services? Immigration and
   repatriation seem to be the only answers.
Photo: Craig Mackie, CBC PNA, Charlottetown, PEI.
Craig Mackie and Itunu Oremade, originally from
Nigeria, and a member of the Board of Directors
of the P.E.I. Association for Newcomers to Canada.

I find myself in the middle of an historic population shift on this Island. Never before have so many people come from so many different places in hopes of finding their Canadian dream and more importantly the promise of a better life for their children. Unlike most other provincial capitals, Charlottetown has come late to diversity. Twenty years ago, people of colour were truly visible minorities. Today, Charlottetown is remarkably diverse. In the years 2016 and 2017, our Association had more than 4,200 new clients from more than 80 different countries. The University of Prince Edward Island is nearly one-quarter international students. Immigration is changing the Island. The economy is doing well especially in real estate and car sales. Newcomers are arriving with impressive education credentials and global work experience. The culinary choices have expanded delightfully.

Working in CBC North helped prepare me for the work I'm doing. In Yellowknife, it was not unusual to hear six or seven different languages every day. I loved the ways different cultures could see the world. It is the same now. I'm surrounded by people from many different parts of the world. We help them become Canadian and they in turn share their culture, food, song, and dance. We are all richer because of this.

Photo: Craig Mackie, CBC PNA, Charlottetown, PEI.
Craig Mackie with Ira Staricova, originally from Russia, and the organizer of the DiverseCity Festival.

With sincere appreciation to all those who work so hard to publish the various Chapter and Regional newsletters for the CBC Pensioners' National Association, I'm pleased to bring you news of some of their recent social activities and member profiles:

Stationbreak Newsletter – Maritime Region – Fall 2018

Moncton Chapter

Fall activities have resumed with an executive committee planning session in mid-September and a luncheon in mid-October. Our guest for the first luncheon was Odette Allard, president of the Lire et faire lire Acadie provincial committee. Launched in September 2009, this program's aims to get Francophone children interested in reading although they may never have read a book. Briefly, volunteers choose an appropriate book and then spend some 30 minutes with groups of 5 or 6 children from kindergarten to the second year. There are 10 reading sessions in each semester. The program continues to grow: between 120 and 125 volunteers are now present in 100 classrooms in 20 schools. More volunteers are needed to answer the demand. The group can be reached by email at .

One of our members, the former Radio-Canada Acadie regional manager, Louise Imbeault, has been installed as the Université de Moncton's ninth chancellor. The installation ceremony was held on October 17th.

                                                                                                                                     Louise Imbeault

Communique Newsletter - National Capital Region – Fall 2018

CBC Retiree Profile: Freeman Keats

   Photography is an interest often shared by retirees particularly given its compatibility
   with travel and the outdoors.  One former CBC finance executive who has greatly
   "developed" his passion for photography in retirement is Freeman Keats. We
   checked in with Freeman in late November to talk about all things photographic.

   In 2003, after a 30+ year career at CBC including regional, network, and head office,
   Freeman retired to explore his love of photography. With his point and shoot camera
   in hand he signed up for courses at Algonquin College, moved to more professional equipment, took part in many workshops, graduated from the New York Institute of Photography, and eventually joined the Master Class at the School of Photographic Arts; Ottawa (SPAO). Before long Freeman began photographing the downhill ski races at local ski hills. He has also photographed a few weddings (not his thing!), taken portraits, and other corporate events. His passion has evolved into a love of documentary, fine art, and travel photography.

His major documentary project to date has been within the agricultural industry. His project on the URBAN Farm has been shown in a solo show at the city owned Trinity Art Gallery, in several other group shows in Ottawa and Toronto, and several works from that project have been purchased by the City Of Ottawa. (see pic: "Loading the Trucks" as an example from that project).  In addition, Freeman has produced collections that touch on travel, nature, automobiles, landscapes, cityscapes, and abandoned buildings. Freeman notes that vintage auto photography often draws a lot of interest on social media sites such as Instagram (see pic: "VW Graveyard" taken at a junkyard west of Ottawa).

                                              Loading the Trucks                                                                                               VW  Graveyard

Travelling the world in retirement has been a constant source of material (see pic "Lamu Island" Kenya).  A consistent theme of Freeman's work is, as he phrases it: "to capture what people look at but don't really see".

From a business standpoint, Freeman explains that selling photographic work is not as profitable as it once was. Those that would pay for a good photo years ago will now often expect photos for free or expect a very low rate to hire a photographer. Despite this, he has been able to monetize his skillset by photographing events, teaching introductory photography classes, and selling specific photographs. His work has been displayed at a number of shows, exhibitions, and venues including:
• A number of Canada's embassies,
• Ottawa International Airport,
• Several Ottawa area business establishments,
• Solo exhibits at Trinity Gallery and Shenkman Centre in Ottawa
• Group exhibits at the Balderson Gallery in Balderson, Spiral Gallery, Centrepointe Gallery, The Atrium Gallery, Exposure Gallery in Ottawa, and Scotiabank Contact Festival in 2017 and 2018.

When it comes to technology in photography, Freeman has fully embraced the digital age using digital cameras and organizing his digital library of photos using "Lightroom" software. He will do most photo printing at home using an Epson P800 printer, but does use other companies for large printing, or for less critical work.

A mirrorless camera may be in his future as they are much lighter.  Freeman's advice to beginners is to focus on the photography fundamentals with whatever camera is available, and avoid falling too deeply into the technology rabbit hole. It's not the technology that takes
the great photo – it's the photographer.

So what's next? - of course, he'll have his camera with him as he
continues his travels in retirement, and he is currently working on a
couple of other projects which will fall in line with his ongoing objective
– to photograph and show those things which you look at, but don't
really see.                                                                                                                         Lamu Island, Kenya

You can see more of Freeman Keats' photography on his website:

Note from new NCR President Kerry Adams:

   Hello everyone! As you may or may not have heard Dave Jeffrey (our former
   president) has been elected to the National Board of the CBC Pensioners
   Association. Congratulations Dave! At the AGM of our local Pensioners
   Association I was acclaimed as the new President. Before I go any further I
   would like to thank Suzanne Cunningham for stepping into the breach and filling
   in as interim President until we had our local elections on November 7th. Thank
   you Suzanne for so capably replacing Dave and smoothing the way for me. At
   that same time we also elected 2 new members. Please welcome Sylvie Potvin
   and Denise Genge to our board. For those of you who do not know me here is a brief bio. I started with the CBC as a casual/relief/summer fill-in etc... in 1977 at Ottawa Area in the Finance Department and became permanent in 1981. In 1985 I transferred to CBC Northern Services and relocated to Inuvik NWT as the Senior Finance Clerk. Then in 1989 I transferred back to CBC Ottawa Area Finance until 1992 when I moved to the newly created National Payment Centre located at Rideauview Mall. In 2003 I was a part of the creation of the new CBC Shared Services comprising HR/IT/Payroll and Accounts Payable Department which had its offices on Carling Avenue. I retired from CBC Shared Services on December 31 2014. During this time I was also very active with the CBC's Unions. My wife Elaine and I have been married 35 years and have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. Now, I look forward to working with the National Capital/Nunavut Region Pensioners Association Board of Directors to help you, our retirees, to enjoy your retirement and keeping you all informed.      Kerry Adams

Durham Chapter, Ontario Region


At the Christmas Luncheon this past November, a new Executive was elected for the Durham Chapter. Here's a bit about who they are:

   Barbara Saxberg, President: Barbara was an award-winning journalist who
   worked primarily in radio during her 25 years with the CBC. Her first job was
   reading the news. Not long after, she joined the ranks of news editors and
   eventually worked in every senior role in National Radio News. She moved on
   to Network Current Affairs where she did stints at Quirks & Quarks, Radio
   Syndication, Sunday Morning, This Morning, and The Sunday Edition. She
   finished her CBC career as a Senior Facilitator in Learning and Development.
   During her CBC years, Barb was also an active member of the Canadian
   Media Guild, serving at the local, national and international levels of the union
as an elected officer and member of the labour education community. She was on faculty of the Labour College of Canada for three years and later earned credentials in adult education and alternative dispute resolution.

After she retired in 2013, she and her partner Dan Oldfield formed a consulting company, Syzygy Learning & Facilitation, where they currently provide training and meeting design and facilitation for a variety of organizations. It was in that capacity, facilitating a strategic planning session for the PNA at its May Convention this past year, that she first learned of the concerns about expanding and engaging the membership, and which prompted her to put her name forward as President of the Chapter.

In addition to her part-time consulting work, Barb sits on the Executive of an anti-poverty group called We Are Oshawa and is looking forward to her new role with the Durham Chapter of the PNA.

   Bruce Rogers, Vice- President: Bruce Rogers, stepped up at the chapter's fall
   luncheon-meeting to serve as Vice-President when it looked as though nobody else
   would stand to support our new President. He didn't want to see the chapter fold and
   thinks efforts must be made to increase the membership by reaching out to CBC
   retirees who have not signed on and especially to spouses. Bruce had served earlier
   as a director for the Durham Chapter at a time when he and others vigorously warned
   of attempts to undermine the Defined Benefit pension plan. Bruce's wife Diana, also a
   CBC employee, played a major role on Radio Noon and the Farm Broadcast.

   Bruce's career involved two stints in Ottawa but he is probably best known as a World at Six anchor from the day the daily news package began. He also hosted and wrote Radio Noon for seven years and hosted the daily phone-in. Bruce was seen as reporter-host on The Rogers Report. On retirement he went on contract and on camera at TV Ontario for a number of years. Very early in his career he worked at CFRB Toronto and many years later returned to write and anchor major newscasts there. Bruce is an avid curler, was president of Port Perry's club for a few years. He curls now at the Lindsay club and lawn bowls in the summer.

   Bob Ross, Secretary-Treasurer: In 1967, having just graduated from High
   School, Bob was accepted for a short-term contract with the BBC in London. 
   When he returned to Canada, he joined CBC Radio as a technician but decided
   to get involved in film but quickly realize a formal technical education was
   required. He enrolled in a three-year Photo Arts Program at the then renowned
   Ryerson Institute of Technology (now University).

   With marriage looming, he joined the CBC again, this time as a Projectionist in
   the Film Service Quality Control Department. He returned to Ryerson University,
   and was granted a Bachelor of Technology Degree. Bob subsequently
   transferred to CBC EHQ as a technician with Operations Development
   Department, Film Group for 14 years.

As film research was being replaced by digital technology Bob transferred back to the Lighting Maintenance Dept. as a Technician. After about a year, he was able to assume the role of Supervisor of Film Quality Control for the Toronto Production Centre. With film rapidly being phased out, Bob took early retirement at the end of 1997.

Almost immediately Bob received a call from the Ryerson Image Arts Department and assumed the role of Maintenance Technician for the Film Department.

Bob was the founding President of this Chapter and for a brief period, PNA Ontario Region President.

Newfoundland/Labrador Region:

Holidaze story time! By Glen Neary

Some say, "a picture is worth a thousand words". I mostly agree (and also like to paint my own mental images, including within a good radio broadcast of a great baseball game!) BUT it's certainly true that visuals can tell a poignant story. And bring back many memories! Let's share some.

For this instalment of What We Did on Our Holidaze (# 3), we are proud to present a wonderful photograph courtesy of Jane Laite.

I saw it and thought, "Beloved CBC veterans "Mad Max" Dean and the inimitable Doug Laite ... chillin' in summertime."  But Jane Laite summed-up the scene more succinctly:

Doug and Max enjoying a chat and a cuppa on the deck of the Laite cabin, August 24, 2018.


Doug Laite is, of course, a legendary broadcaster in Newfoundland and Labrador. His mellifluous voice calmly echoed from our radios and television sets and captured our attention for decades. He has a commanding yet pleasant presence both aurally and visually. Doug would be serious and direct, reading the news ... and yet full of vibrant laughter hosting variety shows like the long-running All Around the Circle. Always with a smile, whether behind a radio microphone or in front of a TV camera, Doug is quite the character!

Though it seemed (to me) I "knew" Doug Laite all my life, I didn't, really, actually first meet him in person until I was a young university student who had scored a summer relief position inside CBNT's Control Room 1. On regular rotations, Doug did TV shifts and we spent many hours over the years yakking (and in my case, learning) about the business, between commercial breaks. A stand-up guy!

Max Dean was always there in CR 1, fer sure. I'd like to say he was a mentor - (thank you Mike Brien and Gordon Wilson) - and Max certainly was, in his own way. The Dean was so laconic; he showed by example. Max and Doug Laite and I might be deeply engaged in some conversation up on the producers' chairs, late at night. It would be Max who'd casually say "...and, oh, commercial break coming up in 10 seconds" and Doug would hustle to the announcers' booth and I would scramble behind the audio board. Max, running the show, would easily amble down to the main video console, roll the film or videotape at the last minute and say something like "Telecine 2, Glen" or "Slide/voiceover, Doug". Easy peasy for Max and Doug ... but not so much for a rookie!

What characters these guys were, and still are! I could write two books about Doug Laite and Max Dean. Doug and the "Circle" 25th year reunion show in 1989. An after-party at my place ... Oh my, wasn't that ... something.

In the absence of two novels, here's a Control Room 1 anecdote re: Doug and Max:

After a couple of months into my second year at CBC, in June of 1975, I received a telephone call one night in the control room, from a friend in Montreal. Our switchboard peops, Gerri Cowan, Wynne Ann Grace, et al, worked 7 days a week until midnight, in those days, so the call came through. Max Dean overheard me reacting to the news that the world-famous rock music group Pink Floyd were touring their Dark Side of the Moon album and would be coming to Montreal, on one of only two Canadian stops. And, free tickets ! (My buddy was working at a popular radio station in Montreal and had the inside dope.)  With CBC scheduling conflicts and obligations, sadly it seemed there was no way I could make that happen, even with tickets and accommodations and a few bucks in my pocket. UNTIL... Max absorbed all this conversation, ruminated a bit, did some mental math, and, before our shift was over, said to me, something like this:

Yanno young fella, you will be relieving Pat (Ryan) then, on annual leave from the video console. We'll be on opposite shifts. If you want to go see that pink floyd thing, circus or show, whatever that is, how about this: You will work extra shifts for me and I will work extra shifts for you, adjacent to your days off. Pick up this phone and call back your friend.

Doug Laite was there and, as a person in charge, he agreed that was a fantastic idea.


I had no idea about shift scheduling and potential future outcomes ... but I sure trusted Max and Doug. I was allowed to utilize the special "outside" telephone line and the rest is 1975 history. Suffice to say I am forever grateful to Max Dean and Doug Laite. And, by the way, it was an an awesome time at the Autostade, Montreal. Thanks guys !

Max's takeaway, to this day, is "Remember that time when you went to see a pink floyd or something and I went salmon fishing?" Hehe. Jeepers, I love those dudes.

Enjoy this photo and the memories embedded therein.

We encourage members to recount stories, share photos, or shake their booties! (Oops, sorry Bill ... I know ... but ... I'm a victim ... and inherited this affliction with alliteration.)

How about YOUR telling of a long-forgotten CBC "incident" or showing a photo from a party? Did you meet-up with any fellow CBC retirees lately and can share stories and/or photos? Ex-pats and other CBC retirees are literally dying to hear from you on the national website. PLUS, regionally, VP Betty Howell hosts a CBC NL pensioners Facebook group, just for us, but anyone can join!

Let's see what we can do with this foolishness, for ourselves and other CBCers in NL and abroad! Think of the little children.

Written by Glen Neary, NL


There was fine food, lots of stories, plenty of laughter and some foolishness at this year's annual Christmas Luncheon for members of the CBC Pensioners Association in St. John's, NL. The event was held on Monday, December 10 at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 1.

President Bill Maher extended Christmas Greetings to everyone and thanked the Executive for all their hard work during the year and for making all the arrangements for the Christmas Get together.

A great start was the singing of a few Carols, led by our CBC Pensioners Choir, which we affectionately call them. Five ladies Judy Squires, Doreen Coady, Margie Cahill, Shirley Moss and Lillian Bartlett did themselves proud. The Christmas spirit was alive and well as everyone attending joined in the sing-a-long.

There were the ever popular few prize draws which everyone was hoping to win and then we settled down to be served our sumptuous Christmas lunch. The Blessing was said by Dianne O'Mara and then out came the plates laden down in true Newfoundland style with your choice of Turkey, Beef, Ham, Chicken, or Vegetable Stir Fry.

We were treated to a story from David Quinton long time host of a program called Land and Sea. This program still goes on today. In fact, it's so popular the CBC in St. John's has telecast this program each Christmas season for more than thirty years. Dave regaled us with a story of the making of one episode called "The Mummers". Just as he was finishing his story in came a troupe of Mummers.

   For those of you Up Along who may
   not be familiar with Our Newfoundland
   Mummers tradition at Christmas you
   can always check it out on Google.
   And for those Newfoundlanders who live up on the Mainland you will
   no doubt remember these traditions from your childhood.

   All hands at the dinner were invited
   to get up and have a Scuff (dance) with the mummers. Great fun and much laughter was enjoyed by all.

Time for Christmas hugs and kisses all around. It's always a pleasure to get together with colleagues and friends.

We hope you and all your friends and colleagues have a Wonderful Christmas Season.

Submitted by Dianne O'Mara



Newfoundland and Labrador Region Fall Events

Prior to the annual Christmas luncheon, the Newfoundland and Labrador region of the CBC Pensioners National Association held two other events in the Fall, one dealing with important business and the other falls into the fun category.

Our general membership meeting in November started with a video presentation by a representative of the provincial branch of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association. Our members were told that about 50% of seniors have hearing loss but 70% of people with hearing loss don't realize this. Further they were told that hearing loss is a serious issue because there are risks for not treating it, such as an increased risk of having dementia. A person who suffered hearing loss was also at the presentation and spoke about how hearing aids have made his life so much better.

   Switching to the fun event a few weeks earlier, there was a good turnout of
   CBC pensioners for another bowling and pizza get together at the Plaza Bowl.
   They came for fun, food and friendship.

   As Dianne O'Mara wrote " our second
   bowling party for the year was a fabulous
   time. To say the National Association of
   Bowlers in Canada would be seeking to
   recruit us would be a big stretch. Still it
   seemed clear that some of our members
   were secretly practising over previous
   weeks as indicated by their improved
   scores. We all came together, had much
   laughter and some interesting scores.
   The word gutter was used quite often. We
   gathered afterwards for Pizza and Sodas,
   and all went home happy, full and the next
   day likely a little sore in places they didn't
   know they had.

   January 2019


I hope you have enjoyed reading news of colleagues in B.C. and across the country.  Please keep your news coming; this column doesn't happen without your input!  Until next time, all the very best – Peggy.