Auld Acquaintances by Peggy Oldfield
March-May, 2019

As our days get milder and we begin enjoying Springtime activities outdoors, it signals also that it's time for another newsletter.

CBC 20 Year Association monthly 5-pin bowling continues to be fun for expert and novice bowlers alike. 

On March 6th, the participants were Elizabeth Bishop, Betty Carscadden, Lynn & Neil Gillon, Lillian Hanson, Alex Kerr, Diane & Ron Mahy, Anne Mathisen, Bill Murray, Peggy Oldfield, Sharon Spruston and Michael Taylor-Noonan.  Elizabeth, Betty, Lynn, Neil, Alex, Diane, Ron, Anne, Peggy, Sharon and Michael continued on to St Augustine's Pub for lunch following the games and were joined by Ken MitchellBill Murray had suggested that everyone wear a bit o' green for an early St. Patrick's Day celebration and all turned out in fine style.  Bill set up a green bowling ball as our Irish centerpiece, surrounded by cookies and candies supplied by Diane Mahy and Peggy Oldfield


                       Bill Murray's display for St. Paddy's Day!                                    Bill Murray has some fun behind Sharon Spruston's back.  Michael and Anne in b/g.


  Tied for the Bingo Game were two teams  and note lots of green on show!  L-R: Peggy Oldfield, Lillian Hanson, Elizabeth Bishop, Ron Mahy, Diane Mahy,
Bill Murray, Alex Kerr, Anne Mathisen and Betty Carscadden.

April 10th bowling included an early celebration of Easter with Smarties' filled Easter eggs courtesy of Bill Murray and hot cross buns and cupcakes from Peggy OldfieldWorking off those calories on the lanes were Elizabeth Bishop, Lynn & Neil Gillon, Lillian Hanson, Diane & Ron Mahy, Bill Murray, Peggy Oldfield and Michael Taylor-NoonanThe pub lunch following the games was enjoyed by Elizabeth, Lynn, Neil, Diane, Ron, Peggy and Michael who were joined by Joe Holman, Anne Mathisen and friends of the Mahy'sTony & Audrey PeaseOn May Day (May 1st), Elizabeth Bishop, Lynn & Neil Gillon, Diane & Ron Mahy (Ron was our cheerleader on this occasion and did not bowl), Bill Murray, Peggy Oldfield and Michael Taylor-Noonan were joined by Ding Torrijos who is a regular 10-pin bowler but had never tried his hand at 5-pin before.  With no experience, he still scored 225 in the first game!  Way to go, Ding!  Elizabeth, Lynn, Neil, Diane, Ron, Peggy and Michael continued the frivolity over lunch at St. Augustine's where Joe Holman joined in.  


  May 1st bowling with Lynn Gillon, Diane Mahy, Bill Murray, Michael Taylor-Noonan and Ron Mahy.  Ding Torrijos, even as a novice at 5-pin, was the star performer! 

March was a busy month for the CBC 20 Year Association with two other events on top of bowling.  A buffet lunch at Fraser Downs Racetrack in Cloverdale was arranged for March 24th and a great Spring day ensured a dry track for the harness racing and great viewing for our group which included Dorean Binns, Joe Holman, Lori Konorti and guest Nomi Alden, Mike & Peggy Oldfield, Ron & Rae Petrescue and guests Joanne & Ray McGowan and Dawn & Steve Wilkins, Sheryl Smale & Ron Taylor, Jean-Marie & Ray Yates. The fourth race of the day was named for the CBC 20 Year Association and afterwards, our group was invited to pose for a photo with the winning horse and driver. 

Ron Petrescue, Peggy Oldfield, Dorean Binns, Lori Konorti and Ray McGowan posed with winning horse and driver.

Just four days later, on March 28th, the Annual General Meeting and Spring Luncheon was held in North Vancouver.  The AGM took place at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall and lunch was a short walk to Jack Lonsdale's Public House.  As a result of the election conducted by John Kennedy, returning officers are Joe Holman (President), Jacquie Fitzgerald (Treasurer) and Peggy Oldfield (Secretary).  Ron Petrescue has stepped down from his role as Vice-President but happily continues on the Board as a Member-at-Large along with Eric Anderson, Barb Coates, Serafine Crawley, Pat Hartley, John Henderson, Brian Keating, Ron Mahy, Maurice Moses, Karen Tankard and Lawrence WrightNeil Trainer continues in the position of Immediate Past President.  The election left the position of Vice-President unfilled but before the day was out, the Association Executive was delighted to have Neil Gillon volunteer to take on the role.  When the new Board held its first meeting on May 7th, they were delighted to welcome Neil to their midst and also new Member-at-Large Mariette Pilon.  Aside from the important election of officers at the AGM, the focus of discussion was about updating the name of the CBC 20 Year Association in order to properly reflect the fact that twenty years' service with the Corporation has not been a requirement for many years.  A resolution was passed by a quorum of membership to proceed with that change to make it "The CBC/SRC Association, BC Chapter".  As soon as the name change is in effect with HSBC where the Association bank account is held, an announcement will be made to all current members, CBC staff and former colleagues. With this more encompassing title, the Board is hopeful that it will encourage more of our colleagues past and present, to join the club which provides numerous opportunities throughout the year to connect and reconnect with their peers.  CBC 20 Year Association members in attendance at the AGM were Ken Adams, Eric Anderson, Jack Binns, Elizabeth Bishop, Cam Cathcart, Serafine Crawley, Chris Cutress, Joan Engel, Jacquie Fitzgerald, Neil Gillon, Lillian Hanson, John Henderson, Joe Holman, Bruce Johnston, Brian Keating, John Kennedy, Ron Mahy, Ken Mitchell, Jim Nelson, Mike & Peggy Oldfield, Bob Paley, Chris Paton, Ron Petrescue, John Rogers, Tom Sloan, Ron Taylor, Michael Varga and Rick Zimmerman. Many spouses attended as well and the group was joined at the luncheon by Rhonda Burnside and Glenn Weston.

Photos below:  (a) L-R:  Chris Cutress, Jacquie Fitzgerald, Lillian Hanson, Dorean & Jack Binns.  (b) Facing the camera from far left: Cam Cathcart, Glenn Weston, Rhonda Burnside, Ron Petrescue and Bruce Johnston.


An even bigger group met at the Sylvia Hotel in Vancouver on May 22nd for the British Columbia and Yukon Region, CBC Pensioners' National Association AGM.  75 people:  Eric Anderson, Agnes Arychuk, Jack & Dorean Binns, Elizabeth Bishop, Phillipe Bourbeau, Bob Bourgeois, Yves Bournival, Denis Bouvier, Beatrijs Brett, Tom Bryden, Rhonda Burnside, Cam Cathcart, Therese Champagne, Rick Cluff, Joe Cranswick, Serafine Crawley, Chris Cutress, Al Dickson, Terry Donnelly, Todd & Ann Elvidge, Jacquie Fitzgerald, Kathleen Flaherty, Yvonne Gall, Neil & Lynn Gillon, Bob Glumac,Robert Groulx, Pascal Guillon, Lorna Haeber, Lillian Hanson, Gary & Darcy Heald, Hugh & Jacky Henderson, Michael Ho, Joe Holman, Liz James, Joyce Janvier, Brian Janzen, Brian Keating, Drew Keilback, Bill & Helen Kyashko and son Colin, Stan Langtry, Ron & Diane Mahy, John Mang, Danielle Marcotte, Catherine Morrin, Maurice Moses, Rod Mundy, Mumtaz Nathu, Diana Neave, Jim & Sharie Nelson, Mike & Peggy Oldfield, Jeanne Ouellet, Bob Paley, Colin Preston, Ebba Reiter, John Rheumer, Audrey Service, Neil Simpson, Brigitte Tesniere, Ron Taylor & Sheryl Smale, Michael Taylor-Noonan, Neil Trainer, Cecilia Walters, Kirk Williams and Wayne Williams were in attendance.  The Sylvia Hotel provided a fabulous sit-down lunch and the AGM was MC'd by the Region's President, Jim NelsonJoe Holman has stepped down from his Executive position of Treasurer after nine years and was presented with a Lamy Al-Star fountain pen made by the German firm appreciation of his stellar work in looking after the Regional finances. The pen, resplendent in a striking cherry red metallic finish, can be refilled using a pump or by way of an ink cartridge. Colin Preston was elected as the new Treasurer and Kirk Williams as a new Member-at-Large and Rod Mundy was re-elected to his position as a Member-at-Large on the Board.  Jim Nelson announced that the recipient of the 2019 Donald J. Waterston Exceptional Service Award was Laz Bastyovanszky and that the presentation was made during the CBCPNA meetings             Treasurer Joe Holman opens gift presented by President Jim Nelson. 
in Victoria on May 15th .  When the business portion of the day was concluded, John Mang (President of the Vancouver Island Chapter) introduced comedian Patrick Maliha who bantered with his audience and performed impressions of famous people on request.  The one famous "person" he could not do was Bugs Bunny, saying that Mel Blanc – the creator of Bugs Bunny's voice – was the one and only person who could do that character.  To wrap up the afternoon, a draw was held to give away ten terrific door prizes.

In other news....Congratulatory wishes to Carole & Ron Devion and Gail & Fred Jones, who celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on June 1st. Ron and Carole celebrated the day at the Sea Glass restaurant in Sidney. Both couples were married in 1957, within a block of each other, in a suburb of what is now "amalgamated" Winnipeg. The Devions and Joneses now live within a km. of each other, in the 'District of Central Saanich'; one of the 13 'municipalities' that make up Greater Victoria, on beautiful Vancouver Island.  Ron says that "The 13 "Fiefdoms" remain irrationally..."un-amalgamated"...despite the will of the overtaxed citizens who express their frustration in repeated referendums.  Results are ignored by their elected politicians. The 13 municipalities govern a total 360,000 people, with 97 elected councillors, 13 mayors, plus separate administrative bureaucracies, police and fire departments. The total cost of this irrational, uncoordinated, duplication of government madness is kept secret from those who pay the bills. B.C. has fewer elected MLAs to govern the entire province.  Apples to Apples comparison: the City of Saskatoon, .with a comparable population to   Ron & Carole Devion celebrate their 62nd anniversary Greater Victoria, is governed by 10 councillors, one mayor, one administrative bureaucracy, one police and fire department. Absurd!"  Our thoughts and good wishes continue to be with Ray Wittrock as he continues on the long road to recovery from devastating injuries suffered when a sudden gust of wind caught him and tumbled him off his roof as he was securing a tarp.  The fall from a distance of about seven feet onto his lawn resulted in a broken neck which has left him paralyzed.  He has been in Surrey Memorial Hospital since the accident last November and has just recently been moved to Fleetwood CareLife Residential Facility in Surrey.  Ray is working hard to regain hand control and only time will tell whether he'll be able to walk again.  Company is the best therapy in the world and Ray's wife Heather says the more visitors he can have, the better.  Ray is in Room 262 at Fleetwood CareLife, 8265-159th Street, Surrey, B.C. V4N 5%5 (83rd Avenue and 159th Street).  The general phone number for the residence is 604-598-7200 and it has open visiting hours 24 hours per day.  There is limited free parking on site. Best wishes also... to Ray Hall who endured a very painful herniated disc which flared up in March.  He is thankfully making a good recovery. Kathleen Gilfillan who is making wonderful progress following knee replacement surgery.  Kathleen reports she had been doing a lot of physio and is now continuing with physiotherapy in the swimming pool and that she is walking without pain and is very pleased with the results.. Maurice Moses who underwent surgery on April 3rd to remove a growth at the edge of his lower left lung. The anaestheologist took special precautions to protect Maurice's vocal chords by using a thinner single lumen tube with bronchial blocker during surgery and all went extremely well.  Maurice had to wait a few weeks before testing those vocal chords but is now fully recovered and in fine voice.  He has already been in performance with the Showtimers and with PALS CHORUS, and has another concert with PALS CHORUS coming up at PALS' home theatre at 581 Cardero Street in Vancouver on June 15th.  Another of our colleagues, Agnes Arychuk, is a member of PALS CHORUS also. Jacquie Fitzgerald is a member of the 170 member Burstin' with Broadway choir who sang a collection of lively Broadway tunes from some old favourites as well as more recent productions on June 1st in two sold-out (first time ever at the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver) performances. Jacquie and her choir-mates are also very excited about a future performance – at Carnegie Hall in New York! ,,,  Burstin' with Broadway have been invited by the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of DCINY (Distinguished Concerts International New York) to participate in the 6th annual production of "Total Vocal" with Deke Sharon on the DCINY Concert Series in New York City.   This performance is planned to take place on Sunday, March 29th, 2020 in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall under the creative direction of arranger/producer Deke Sharon ("The Sing-Off", "Pitch Perfect").     Jacquie adds that, "We would be singing as part of a mass 400 person A Cappella choir made up of ensembles from around the world, these concerts having been sold out for the past three years.   This invitation is such an honour considering ours is a non-audition choir.   We were fortunate enough to have Deke Sharon as our Clinician to the annual Whistler retreat we attend in November where most of the weekend is spent participating in a workshop, followed in the evening with an 'anything goes' talent show where there's a bit of wine consumption (in support of the Okanagan wineries). Deke Sharon is a guy whose enthusiasm and love of the human voice is quite mesmerizing and I, for one can't wait to be directed with the other 399 singers in NYC.  None of this would have been possible without our hero Dominique Hogan, our Artistic and Music Director of Burstin' with Broadway, a choir she started in her living room about 14 years ago after posting an ad in the North Shore News. There are now 175 of us who rehearse every Tuesday (not in her living room) from September to the end of May, culminating in two concerts on the first Saturday of June at the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver.   If there's anyone reading this who always wanted to sing but thought they weren't 'talented' enough, I urge you to visit Dominique's site and read what she has to say.   Also Google Deke Sharon, such a fresh lively talented Music Director of voice.!/splash-page ".  Congratulations Jacquie and all your choir members, on this amazing invitation!  Another of our colleagues with a fine voice, both singing and speaking – Don Mowatt – has had a busy Spring with performances.  Don presented Spotlight: Tales from Elsewhere at Christ Church Cathedral on April 28th, recounting :entertaining and enlightening stories from places and times, both distant and recent".  In just a few days, on June 6th, Don will appear with dancer-musician ensemble Gammel Dansk in a new production entitled Travels with a Microphone, at the Silk Purse Arts Centre in West Vancouver.

Wendy Bancroft has a new schedule for GAB Sessions Guided Autobiography workshops.  A one-day in-person workshop will be held at SFU Harbourside on October 26th from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Sign up at GAB Instructor Training will run for 8 weeks at Wendy's home in Courtenay on Vancouver Island from September 16th to November 4th (Mondays, 1:30 p.m.. to 4:30 p.m.) and on Tuesdays, September 17th through November 5th, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  GAB at Home Workshop (maximum six people per group) is a 6 week course running on Fridays, September 1th to October 18th from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. in Wendy's home.  If you're not a Vancouver Island resident, her GAB Online 6-week series of Guided Autobiography workshops may be perfect for you.  The limit is six people per class and the sessions will run on Thursdays, September 12th to October 17th, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  For more details on the courses, registration information and cost, or to contact Wendy, the link to her website is  

Michael Varga continues to be busy promoting his biographical memoir Inside View: The Eye Behind the Lens. On April 1st, Michael was a guest speaker in a broadcast class at BCIT.  Not only did everyone in the class want a book but they kept Michael talking for an additional hour beyond the sixty minutes he had been allotted with them to speak about Television!   Inside View: The Eye Behind the Lens has been entered into the Whistler Book Festival and Michael is anxiously awaiting news of how it does there....stay tuned for the answer....

On the travel front there have been lots of activity these past months.  Sharon Spruston had three weeks in February realizing a lifetime dream to visit Waikiki and Oahu.. It was a slight disappointment that Hawaii was hit with heavy rain and winds for much of her stay but it did not spoil the sightseeing or the fun of being there!  Ralph Motohashi reports that he arrived in Singapore on March 7th and from there was proceeding north to Johor Bahru, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Phuket, Bangkok, Nong Khai, Vientiane (Laos), Shenzhen and Shanghai. Ralph added that throughout most of his travel, he hoped to use local train and buses to commute and see the local life as much as possible.  Dieter Nachtigall spent the winter in the glorious perpetual sunshine of Chile, having travelled there via cruise ship from Vancouver to Valparaiso.  The cruise sailed south along the Pacific Coast of the Americas and Dieter says, "It was a fabulous experience with many interesting stopovers along the way, sunny weather and mostly calm seas, great food and interesting company".   He returned to BC shores in March and a month later refreshed his suntan with a week's relaxation in Waikiki on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.  Carmel Goulden and husband Dennis enjoyed a dream vacation touring the sights of Egypt in April and then continued their journey via Montenago and Kotor on the Adriatic coast and sailing the Croatian coastline from Dubrovnik to Split on the ship Esperanza, to a stopover in Malta and then to Sicily,Italy.  Doug Sjoquist and Lisa Kolisnyk have been vacationing in France and met J. Paul McConnell in Montpellier for lunch.  It took a couple of hours drive for them to meet half-way between their respective locations.  Lisa added that "they told stories for a 4 ½ hour French!"  Michael Varga has just returned from Europe where his destination points included Budapest , Vienna and Prague.  He summed it up saying, "Wonderful Amazing trip".

Ralph Motohashi and sightseeing pleasures.


                     Carmel & Dennis Goulden on the Adriatic Coast.                                               J.Paul McConnell and Doug Sjoquist in France.

Once again I am pleased to include in this column, with their permission, portions of CBC Pensioners' National Association newsletters from across the country,  First, thank you to Bob Forrow, Monique Nenson and Joanne Skidmore for the following excerpts from the March 1st, 2019 issue of The Transmitter newsletter (Alberta, Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories Region):

Inside and Outside – A Tale of Renovation
Bob Forrow, CBC PNA, Edmonton, AB

I volunteer my time on the Building Committee of my church in Edmonton. Usually I help with simple tasks such as clearing snow, changing light bulbs and general maintenance. Then I was asked to design a new sign for the outside of the church because it needed repairs, changeable lettering and protection from the weather. After the new design was approved, it was sent to a sign fabricating company. We thought we could then install the sign but we found out we had more work to do.  The company told me that the homeowners in the neighbourhood needed to be advised about the change in the sign in front of the church.  By the time we followed the City of Edmonton's notification process and installed the new sign, a year-and-a-half passed by.

We also had a problem inside the church. There was no centre aisle and when you entered at the front you saw a wall and behind the wall was an altar. It was a difficult space to hold weddings and especially hard to hold funeral processions. We hired an architect who was also a parishioner. He was tasked with turning around the orientation of the Church. The architect conferred with a Liturgical Consultant to ensure that all liturgical aspects would be respected. He also consulted the Building Committee regularly to keep the design moving forward.

I was asked to design a new altar. I gave three proposals and one was chosen.

The church was gutted, asbestos removed, and windows were opened up that had been hidden for years. We added a new chapel as well as tinted windows, and bought pews that were curved to match the new curved nave. Many of the internal workings of the building were replaced including the heating system and boiler, ductwork, electrical fixtures  (now LED) and the sound system. We have a new soundboard to accommodate audiovisual presentations as well as new carpet and a family room for children and adults.

The design work started in 2015 and construction in 2018 was completed in seven months. Why so short a time compared to building and installing a new exterior sign? The work was on the interior and did not need the approval of the neighbourhood. The Church reopened in early December and we were very happy to start enjoying the results of so much work by many parishioners and other people.


Here Comes the Sun
Sean Prpick, CBC PNA, Regina, SK Photos courtesy of Sean Prpick

David Kyle's CBC career as a journalist and then as a media executive may be behind him. But his eyes are firmly fixed on the future of energy production, beginning with the power plant anchored to the top of his home. This CBC PNA member has a state-of-the-art solar array laid out on the roof of his south Regina home. It is controlled by a sophisticated computer in his basement, and he monitors it in real time through his smart phone. Kyle's system has been running for just under a year now and it has worked flawlessly.

"We did the installation in April and, so far, it's generated about six-and-a-half megawatts of power," Kyle told me just after Christmas (2018). The afternoon I visited, the days were still short and the sun was still low in the lightly overcast sky. That meant the panels on Kyle's roof were not operating at peak generating efficiency. But the more than generous sunshine in his hometown over the spring, summer and fall – with only 46 cloudy days a year, on average, Regina is one of sunniest places on Earth – meant that overall most of the power needs for Kyle, his spouse and two young children have been met since installation.

Along with significant decreases in the family's energy bills came an increased sense of wellbeing and accomplishment for the entire clan. "We're a young family that wants to do something about the sustainability of our planet," Kyle told me. "It's good for the Earth, and it also makes good economic sense. Our solar panels will likely pay for themselves over the course of 10 years, especially as energy prices look set to steadily increase."

As the overall trend for commercial energy prices is ever upward, the cost of clean, green solar continues to drop. Kyle encourages other CBC retirees to join him on this new technological frontier, noting that these days the average cost of a solar installation runs $10,000 to $12,000 – about the cost of a good used car.

"I think CBC people by their very nature are early adopters," said Kyle. "They're really interested in technology and a bit of gadgetry. And it's fun using solar, which draws attention to how much energy you're using, and that tends to cause your power consumption to come down."

As we looked together at the dark glass panels on his roof silently soaking up the sun and then up at the sky, he said, "You know, the future of this technology is unlimited."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chapters Roundup

Calgary:  Members of the Southern Alberta Chapter met at the Kerby Cetre in Calgary for lunch on February 6, and for their annual Christmas Turkey Lunch on November 28.  Many thanks go out to Norma Hunchak for bringing all the table decorations for the special gathering and to Donna Lepard and others for helping set up the room.  The meal was fine, the conversation interesting and a good time was had by all.  The door prizes were enjoyed by those who received them.

A few of us had to drive past the old CBC building to get to lunch and couldn't miss the steel fences surrounding the place, along with the heavy equipment in the parking lot as the old building is destroyed so that someone can put up a bunch of condos.   A couple of people managed to convince a construction worker to get them a brick or two from the old building.

Edmonton:  PNA members in Edmonton continue to meet for breakfast on the second Tuesday of each month at International House of Pancakes (IHOP 3921 Calgary Trail NW) in Edmonton. The upcoming breakfasts will be on March 12, April 9, May 14 and June 11.

We also enjoyed a Christmas Luncheon in December at the Faculty Club at the University of Alberta. We returned there for our Valentine Dinner on February 19.

Saskatoon: On December 3, 2018 some of the Saskatoon members of the Saskatchewan Chapter of the CBC PNA met for a Christmas lunch at Milestones restaurant.

Regina: We continue to hold our monthly Come & Go coffees and they are well attended.  We meet on the first Wednesday of the month at Theo Bill's Restaurant in Regina but we take a break in June, July, and August. We partnered with the local CBC 20 Year Association to organize two events in Regina, the annual Christmas party in December and the upcoming Spring Fling.

In November 2018, nineteen members and some of their partners took the time to come out to Classic Buffet for our annual general meeting and luncheon.  This was an election year and your new Chapter executive is your old Chapter executive.  Since there were no nominations, we all decided to remain in our positions for another three-year term.  Marcel Bolen is the Secretary-Treasurer, Lutz Walsh is the V-P of the Regina section, Ellen Armstrong is the V-P for the Saskatoon section, and I, Hartland Jessome, continue as President.

Also at our AGM, the members present collected $90.00 for Street Culture Project for kids in Regina. The money was collected in memory of Nathan Thomas White, the late son of our former CBC colleague, Sheila Coles.

In March 2018 we held our second bowling night. This event seems popular since more people participated. The local chapter paid for the lanes and shoe rental.  Another bowling night will be held this year sometime in March or early April.

September 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of CBC Television in Saskatchewan. CBKT started out in Moose Jaw and there is talk of an event there to mark the occasion. Keep an eye on your email for further developments.

Tanzania... Not your usual holiday
Photo: Courtesy Aldo Columpsi, CBC PNA, Regina, SK

Aldo Columpsi likes to travel the world with his wife Donna. In August 2018, they took a safari in Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania.


With a big "thank you" to Gino Piazza, Sandy Tymczak, Jackie Kervoelen-Chelsea, Gerry Goulet and Manny Pacheco, here are a few excerpts from The Good Life newsletter of the Southwestern Ontario Chapter of the CBCPNA:


2018 was a good year all around for our Chapter and our Christmas party and by the emails received, was very much enjoyed by all. Once again seeing old friends and making new ones brought much joy to all who attended. The door prizes and the 50/50 draw were once again well received. Tom Taylor won the surprise draw of two nights in Niagara Falls. I so often hear 'have you seen...or....have you heard from?' Your Board hopes that this year will bring many that were absent back into the fold. Whether it is at the BBQ, Wine Tour or our end of the year Christmas party we would welcome your attendance. There is one thing that we all have in common, 'We are, for the most part, retired!', living and enjoying the Good Life, as it should be! This is your Chapter so make the most of it and come out and enjoy some time with your friends!

Thank You to the following that contributed prizes for the 2018 Christmas Party:

Belleview Golf Club, On The Water Miniature Golf, Willow Creek Golf Club, Honey Bee Ham, Motor City Community Credit Union, The Cheese Bar, Manny & Elizabeth Pacheco, Giovanni Caboto Club and La Salle Travel-Tina Gray

Calendar Alert: Save The Date: 2019 Christmas Party – Saturday, December 7.


With grateful appreciation to Barbara Saxberg and her team, we have the following excerpts from the CBC PNA Durham (Ontario) Chapter:

From the March 2019 newsletter Buzz:

From the President's Message:  "First, I'd like to welcome our four new volunteer Directors at Large to the Chapter Executive: Maureen Brosnahan, Dan Karpenchuk, Bette Laderoute Sampson and Mac Skelton. We're delighted to have them join us! You can read more about them later in this newsletter."


Maureen Brosnahan spent close to 40 years as a full-time journalist – 30 of them at CBC where she was a National & Senior Correspondent for CBC News in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador and Toronto. She retired (or "retread" as she calls it) two years ago. She now spends her time volunteering with social service agencies, looking after her spouse, Tim, and raising, training and showing her beloved and much-spoiled American Cocker Spaniels.

Dan Karpenchuk began his reporting career with the CBC in 1978 as part of the first permanent radio unit to be established in Saskatoon. He moved on to work in Toronto in National Radio News before doing a five-year stint in Germany with Deutsche Welle. Dan returned to CBC in 1996, working as an editor, reporter, and senior producer until his retirement in 2017. Dan now freelances for NPR in Washington, WBFO in Buffalo and RTE in Dublin. He's also a professional actor with more than 30 plays and film and television roles to his credit. Dan lives in Bowmanville with his wife Tina. They've been married for 39 years, and have four children and six grandchildren.

Bette Laderoute Sampson: Born in the Ottawa Valley, Bette left home after high school in 1955 to study nursing at St. Michael's Hospital. While working as a nurse, she gained a BA in English Language and Literature. She left nursing to work at the Toronto Telegram until it folded in 1971. She then published a Canadian entertainment trade paper, ran a successful typesetting and editorial service, and freelanced for a variety of organizations including TVO. Somewhere in there she met and married CBC-TV television producer/director and executive producer Paddy Sampson. Bette worked briefly for First Choice, then went to work with Rogers Cable TV. Journalism lured her back when she was hired as an editor by Maclean's. When Paddy was asked to exec-produce the opening and closing ceremonies at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games, Bette returned to freelancing until they both resigned and moved to their farm in Ontario. Paddy's declining health prompted a move to Port Hope in 1999. He died in 2006 and Bette became a spousal member of the CBC PNA and editor of the Chapter newsletter. It was a natural move for her to join the Executive as a Director, making it easier to stay in the loop of Chapter activities.

Mac Skelton worked for CBC for 37 years, the last 26 as a Resource Specialist in TV Sports. He was also involved with the Toronto Joint Health and Safety Committee as the employee representative. Mac and his wife were foster parents for 22 years. Now that he's retired, he spends his time caring for his parents when they are at home or at the cottage. He enjoys gardening and fishing in his free time.


Storming Out in Whitehorse
By Dan Oldfield

One of the great things about a gathering of CBC pensioners is hearing some of the stories from back in the day. They are usually true but with a wonderful blend of embellishment. I'd like to share one of them here.

It was sometime in '76 or '77 in Whitehorse when the station manager decided the staff was, generally, not playing well together. In a relatively small station in a relatively small community, familiarity doesn't necessarily breed contempt but from time to time people in regular contact can get on each other's nerves.

This was still part of the age of transactional analysis, a type of psychotherapy developed by a Canadian that ran on the slogan, "I'm okay, you're okay." The idea was that the more you understood the world from other perspectives, the more tolerant and cooperative you would become. The station manager hired an expert and brought the entire staff together for two days of training. CBC had money back then.

The facilitator was a pleasant enough individual who, remarkably, was able to memorize everyone's name in just a couple of hours. I don't recall a great deal about the specifics of the sessions but felt that most people were taking his message to heart.   Most people, not everyone.

Shortly after lunch, one of the participants, a crusty announce-operator, had had enough. He became very honest about his feelings and provided his impressions of a great number of his co-workers. None of his comments could be regarded as positive. He ranted for some time, ended his diatribe by calling the entire session nothing but a load of bull s...t and stormed out into the February afternoon, slamming the door so hard the entire wall shook. The rest of us were left somewhat speechless, fidgeting uncomfortably in our chairs. But after a few moments, things returned to normal and the conversation resumed.

About 20 minutes later, the door cracked open. It was the announcer. He'd forgotten his coat, a major problem in the middle of a Yukon winter. Unfortunately for him, his coat was not immediately handy but instead was hung neatly on a rack in the opposite corner of the room. Sheepishly and without a word, he made his way around the table, grabbed his coat, made his way back across the room and quietly closed the door.

Once again, a silence filled the room. After a short while when the stillness became too much, I cleared my throat and announced to the room that I felt we had just learned an important lesson. I could see curiosity was peaked. "Whenever you tell a room full of people to f*** off," I said, "remember to take your coat."

It is a lesson I've never forgotten.


From the May 2019 newsletter Buzz:

From the President's Message:  "I'm delighted to say that our Spring Luncheon was a big success with 34 members and guests in attendance. The new venue, Kedron Dells Golf Course, was well received as was the food. We were also able to offer door prizes entirely through donations and the work of members of our Executive.

Our guest speaker, Dan McTeague of, kept everyone's attention as he explained the mysteries of gas pricing and offered advice on how and when to get the best prices for topping up their tanks. And thanks to the generosity of those who attended, we were able to make a substantial food donation to a local food bank.

Also, in April, we held our first ever Wine & Cheese gathering for Spouses and Life Partners of PNA members. 3 Steps Up Café & Bistro hosted 14 people who were able to mix and mingle, and hear about helpful resources all spouses and partners of retirees can access, thanks to our National Representative on the CBC pension and benefits sub-committee Dan Oldfield. Let us know if you'd like us to hold more events of this nature.

In June, we're looking forward to our first Coffee & Conversation gathering with guest speaker Judy Rebick. And in August, we will hold the annual Summer BBQ at Ocala Winery. Watch for more details on that in the July newsletter.

Finally, the Durham Chapter would like to express our sincere thanks to Bob Ross who is stepping down from his position on the Executive as Secretary-Treasurer. Bob has done an excellent job keeping our finances in good order and we're sorry to see him go. We wish him and his wife Debbie all the best and hope to see them both at future PNA gatherings. We welcome Glenn Gray as our interim Secretary-Treasurer.

Barbara Saxberg,
Durham Chapter President


Glenn Gray retired four years ago after 20 years of service with the CBC and 17 years as a staff representative with the Canadian Media Guild. His last position with the CBC was as Materials Coordinator with CBC International Sales' program operation sales. Glenn was a volunteer in CUPE for most of his time with the CBC and was the chief negotiator for the first collective agreement for the former CUPE group after it merged with the CMG. Glenn was involved in various committees and was chief negotiator for employees at Thomson Reuters and in 2009 he was the chief negotiator for bargaining with the CBC.

Glenn resides in Ajax, has two married daughters and four grandchildren. He has a passion for music and is a guitarist/singer/songwriter.

In Health News... Supplements & Dementia

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently cracked down on companies flogging dietary supplements to help prevent forms of dementia, sending warning letters to 17 companies selling some 60 supplements. The FDA estimates that 80 percent of older adults rely on these types of supplements, without medical guidance. Some of the supplements claim to work like Alzheimer's drugs but naturally and without side effects.

No evidence

So far, most of the big pharmaceutical trials and medical research have demonstrated that vitamins, various anti-oxidants and other concoctions have no preventive effect on treating or slowing dementia. Dr. Steven DeKosky is a neurologist with the McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida. He led a 7-year study of gingko biloba extract to see if it reduced dementia. It didn't. But gingko biloba is still on many store shelves. Dr. DeKosky also warns that some of the supplements  claiming to help can be toxic in some circumstances.

What can help

There are things you can do though to reduce your risk of dementia. After examining several large clinical trials, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine endorsed three interventions, although even these aren't conclusive. They recommend:

-           Increasing physical activity

-          Blood pressure management for people with hypertension, especially in mid-life

-          Cognitive training

Cognitive training refers to staying mentally active or learning something new and challenging that stimulates your brain, not online brain games.

And that's not all that can help.

The Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention adds to the list more social engagement and quitting smoking, as well as managing obesity, diabetes, hearing loss, and depression.

The Commission estimates these steps could prevent or delay a third of dementia cases. Good sleep hygiene is also recommended.

So no magic bullets. But all positive steps towards lowering the risk of cognitive decline as we age without spending money on unproven supplements.

It's important to remember, though, that no one should stop taking a medication or recommended supplement without talking first with their doctor.


My thanks goes as well to Bill Maher and his Board for the following news from the CBCPNA Newfoundland Region:

Great time playing darts

It was a very cold day on February 20, 2019, with a wind chill of minus 25. Still that did not discourage the CBC pensioners in St. John's from heading to the Royal Canadian Legion Club on Blackmarsh Road for an afternoon of darts and doughnuts.

The air was hot inside as some of the pensioners wrestled with such important questions as how to throw a dart, what part of the board should they hit and how to record scores on the new digital boards. For Dave Quinton, who said he hasn't thrown a dart in 25 years, the room was extra hot because he wore his long johns. Sweating with constricted movement he felt he was throwing javelin instead of a dart.

Doreen Coady said it took quite a while to learn the rules but when things finally got underway darts were flying everywhere So many darts hit the wall instead of the board we may get a repair bill from the club. The wall was described as looking like it was attacked by a flock of woodpeckers.

A few organized games did go ahead and in one, men versus the women game, the score was really close until rookie Ellen
Maher hit a score of 100. George Noseworthy almost got the men back in the game but rookie Barb Hanlon and pro Joan
Hann sealed the game for the women.

After the action everyone was treated to soft drinks and doughnuts and sat around enjoying each
other's company. Kevin Hanlon said it was so much fun we should do it again.

A similar comment came from other pensioners so now the pressure is on the executive to make 
that all important decision.

A quick decision is needed because some of the pensioners want to get into training for any future dart games. Dave Quinton is among them and says the next time he will be invincible since he'll be wearing his lightweight Stanfields.


Bowling Event in NL

On April 16, 2019 CBC pensioners paid another visit to the alleys at Plaza Bowl to once again try their bowling skills. In some cases their scores had improved from their session last fall but for some the scores showed little or no improvement.

Some made comments about secret practices as Bill Maher doubled his previous scores and recorded the highest mark for the day. After all that bowling exercise our enthusiastic participants were happy to settle down for pizza and soft drinks. All in all it was a fun event.

CBC Pensioners Easter Egg Hunt

There was a wide range of guesses as CBC pensioners in the NL region tried to find the Easter bunny's hiding places. For each correct guess contestants had their names entered for a draw.

The winners were Kay West of Corner Brook along with Doreen Coady and Gordon Pick of St. John's. Each will receive a twenty-five dollar gift certificate.


My thanks to each and every one of you who has shared news for this column!  Until next time, wishing you a wonderful Summer.  - Peggy