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Letter from the Editor

February 6, 2019

altLetters to the Editor, articles, photos, stories and reports from our members have been an integral feature of our website over the years often stimulating feedback and follow-up responses.

Quite naturally not everyone is comfortable with writing something for publication. But we do want to encourage our members to write to us so we thought it might be helpful to briefly look at the type of submissions that seem to strike a cord with our membership.

The most popular theme would be memories of life in the bank. Stories about guns in branches easily tops the list. Articles, stories or old photographs reminding us of past major events or launches of departments, programs and products, reorganizations, memorabilia or social events likewise have created interest. These have often been told with humour, sometimes of the "believe it or not" variety and clearly lasting memories.

Photographs and reports of recent formal and informal lunches, both large and small have been increasing lately and seem to be especially popular.

Should you require assistance or advice either contemplating or structuring a submission, Joan Mesic, our Senior Correspondent is more than willing to help. We have a number of suggestions for topics including: life as a consultant after retirement, moving with the bank, vault stories, branch renovations, the old cafeterias, dealing with difficult customers or a personal story. If you have ideas for articles or stories that you think would capture the attention of our members, please contact us at

By the way banking trivia questions for our membership would also be welcome, but only if you know the answer!

So let me kick it off with two quick questions that just might be familiar to those who worked in the bank during the 1970's.

1) Can anyone tell us the name of the security guard who, regardless of whether or not he knew them, very conscientiously checked the identity of anyone trying to gain entry to the old OSVP offices at 50 King Street West in Toronto, sometimes several times a day?

2) Which executive had a suit of armour in his office?

Dave Harmer


BOMPA Southern Alberta January 2019 Newsletter

January 31, 2019

altThe latest BOMPA Southern Alberta Newsletter is now available.

Go to the Association Newsletters webpage to read the latest issue. 

Thanks to Gillian McKinnon for sharing.



A Day at the Races – BOMPA (B.C. Lower Mainland)

January 20, 2019

altTwenty-six BMO pensioners and family gathered at the Cloverdale Race Track on this beautiful Sunday afternoon for lunch and the race card.  It was a fun time - there were many smiles and shouts of encouragement and some rueful gestures as the horse of choice strived to make it as a top three finisher.  Everyone went home richer for the outing and agreed this was a winner to open the new year's activities.  Organizers Elsie and Earl had at least as much fun as the crowd.

To view all pictures from this event, CLICK HERE

Thanks to Earl Hansford for the submission

BC Vancouver Island Christmas Luncheon in January!

January 21, 2019


In keeping with our new tradition of having our Christmas lunch AFTER Christmas, 52 people enjoyed a fabulous Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding lunch at the 4 Mile House Pub & Restaurant in Victoria on Saturday, January 19th, 2019. For the complete description and all the photos see the Photo Gallery.

Thanks Joan Firkins for sharing. 


BOMPA Northern Alberta January 2019 Newsletter

January 16, 2019

altThe latest BOMPA Northern Alberta Newsletter is now available.

Go to the Association Newsletters webpage to read the latest issue. 

Thanks to Bill Kilgour for sharing.



Letter to the Editor - from Ross Douglas, London, ON re: “BMO Amatour London, Ontario"

December 29, 2018


The picture brings back a lot of memories and how much fun it was travelling to the different courses.  I believe this picture is from Fanshawe Course in London.  I found one of the visors that we wore and the date was 1984, and it is hard to believe that the time has flown by so quickly. The only other bit of information is I never won any tournaments and I don’t think there were any holes in one.                                                                   

We are fortunate to have monthly luncheons now during the fall and winter months and see lots of the guys.  Chuck Joynt does a good job organizing these luncheons.

Ross Douglas

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BMO Amatour London, Ontario

December 23, 2018


I ran across this picture and thought I would resend it. This is a picture of the golf Amatour that Ross Douglas organized in the London area back in the 70's. We toured several courses in the London area and had a great time.  Many of the guys still get together regularly for luncheons.  Ross is the good looking guy in the front row left side.

Thanks Ron Patterson for sharing. 



BC Lower Mainland Christmas Luncheon

December 21, 2018


The annual Christmas lunch was held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on Friday, November 30th with approximately 290 pensioners attending.  The day started off with an opportunity to mingle and catch up with friends followed by a delicious turkey lunch.  Many of those attending went home with door prizes as well as the table centrepieces.  Aaron Kueng and Michael Wood acted as MCs and we had short talks from BOMPA President Clive Hanbury and Mike Bonner, SVP BC and Yukon Division.  Following the meeting, Earl was busy taking new BOMPA memberships and collecting dues from existing members.  Please consider joining BOMPA and attending our regular lunches.  New events are being planned for the upcoming year.

Thanks to Mike Bonner and BMO for hosting the annual event.

Click Here to see the pictures.

Thanks Ron Gillies for sharing. 


Toronto RSA Chinese New Year Banquet

November 14, 2018


Come celebrate the Year of the Pig on Saturday, February 23, 2019. .


See Ticket Offers for registration information.    



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 New Members

February 19, 2019
Ken Wiess of Souris, MB

February 16, 2019
Marcia Eady of Thornhill, ON

February 14, 2019
Heather Steele of New Glasgow, NS

February 8, 2019
Dolores Dowler (Stevens) of Victoria, BC

February 6, 2019
Jo-Anne Green of Thornhill, ON

February 4, 2019
Balginder Dhaliwal of Brampton, ON

February 3, 2019
Rose Vitale of Woodbridge, ON

February 1, 2019
Don Fredenburg of East Amherst, NS

January 30, 2019
Susan Fawcett of Brantford, ON

January 29, 2019
Margaret Sturgess (formerly Forster) of Mississauga, ON
George Sturgess of Mississauga, ON

January 28, 2019
Jane Heacock of Whitby, ON

January 25, 2019
Mary Rivett of Goderich, ON

January 22, 2019
John Jaques of Bobcaygeon, ON

January 21, 2019
Linda Labrie of Newmarket, ON

January 19, 2019
Cornelia Daniels of Collingwood, ON

January 16, 2019
Gail Lee of Portkand, ON

January 15, 2019
Susan Oakes of Ste-rose Laval, QB

January 13, 2019
Margaret Gurney of Scotland, ON
Jayne Ammerman of Brantford, ON

January 10, 2019
Helen Sutherland of Brossard, QC
Lori Mark of Kitchener, ON
Michel Masson of Coaticook, QC

January 9, 2019
Karen M. Levings of Osoyoos, BC
Neil Conway of Oakville, ON
Kelly Triol of Belleville, ON
Dale Triol of Belleville, ON

January 6, 2019
Cheryl Brown of Trent Lakes, ON

January 5, 2019
Vince Lemke of Kelowna, BC

January 4, 2019
Roxanna Bauer of Victoria, BC

January 1, 2019
Ann Panton of Nanaimo, BC

December 27, 2018
Kay Dobbin of East Lawrencetown, NS

December 21, 2018
Suzanne, Audet of Nicolet, QC

December 18, 2018
John Jones of Peterborough, ON
Tony Choy of Mississauga, ON

December 17, 2018
Janet Schmidt of Whitby, ON

December 14, 2018
Mark Hardman of Victoria, BC
Molly Hudson of Mississauga, ON
Patrick Joseph David Murison of Vernon, BC

December 13, 2018
Graham Parsons of Waterloo, ON

December 8, 2018
Terry Chamberlain-King of Ajax, ON
Sharon Ford of Victoria, BC
Debbie Carmichael of London, ON

December 6, 2018
Daniel Maher of Brossard, QB
Christine Johnson of Saanichton, BC
Teresa Vaughan of Victoria, ON
Sylvia Papachristou-Rourke of Westmount, QB

December 5, 2018
Connie Smith of Toronto, ON
Brian Moore of North York, ON
Monique Lalonde of Piedmont, QB

December 4, 2018
Carolyne Strohmannof Osoyoos, BC

December 1, 2018
Bruce Jennejohn of Kelowna, BC
Carol Anderson of Surrey, BC


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