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Historical Society honours four volunteers for years of service

Kay Horiszny & Joyce Crook receive Certificates of Appreciation from EYHS president Pat Barnett at East York Historical Society Annual General Meeting Nov. 28. -GARY W-P

Kay Horiszny & Joyce Crook receive Certificates of Appreciation from EYHS president Pat Barnett at East York Historical Society Annual General Meeting Nov. 28. -GARY W-P

The East York Historical Society on November 28 for the first time handed out certificates of appreciation to four long-serving volunteer members during its annual general meeting at the S. Walter Stewart Library.

The late John Stirling Ridout, who served as president of the EYHS from its inception in 1980 until his death in 2003, life member and former vice-president Alan Redway, and life members Joyce Crook and Kay Horiszny were awarded the certificates, presented by society president Pancheta (Pat) Barnett to two of the recipients attending the meeting following elections for the new board.  (Mr. Redway was unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict.)

Ms. Barnett told East York Chronicle that EYHS decided to recognize the four members for being “faithful in their many years of dedicated service to the EYHS, always willing to help when/where needed” as well as their regular attendance at meetings and being “respectful to all around them in their daily lives and that of the society.”

In endorsing the outgoing board’s recommended slate of candidates for the new board, the meeting re-elected Barnett as president for her sixth year as well as naming Ron Brown vice-president, Ron Chamberlain, Justin Van Dette, Christopher Salmond and Chris Theofilogiannakos as directors at large and past-president Margaret MacRae, while Val Dodge was appointed secretary-treasurer by the board.

The meeting also heard a presentation by writer/researcher Rob Prince, Ph D. of the University of Toronto on the silent film era, in which Toronto-born Mary Pickford (Gladys Louise Smith) rose to stardom, becoming known as “America’s Sweetheart.”  The famed actress had an East York connection when, in 1943, she used the proceeds of the sale of her downtown family home to build a bungalow on Glenwood Crescent (the first house built in what is now known as Woodbine Gardens) that was raffled off for $250,000 to benefit war charities.

The EYHS, a non-profit corporation affiliated with the Ontario Historical Society, holds its next meeting on January 30 at S. Walter Stewart Library.  For more information about the society visit www.eastyork.org or email eyhs@eastyork.org.

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