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Northern Alberta Newsletter - October 2020

October 21, 2020

An abbreviated version of Northern Alberta BOMPA quarterly Newsletter is now available.

We are still searching for someone to replace Ted White as Secretary. This involves recording the Minutes of the quarterly Executive meetings. Also, Donna Brausen has resigned from the Social Chair position after many years. Although there are no social activities planned until the pandemic is resolved, we do need to fill the position. It could even be filled by two "co-chairs" to spread the work. 

Wear a mask, social distance and take care,

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

Thanks to Bill Kilgour for sharing.


“To Heidelberg in 1960” by John Myers, Chicago, Illinois

September 26, 2020

John Myers, Chicago, Illinois has shared with us an interesting story about one of his adventures before he entered university. A story which we believe many of our members might relate to when one is between secondary school and entering higher academic studies, i.e., university or college.

To read, "To Heidelberg in 1960" , please CLICK HERE.

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Letter to the Editor - “Reflections of Working at a New BMO Branch, Lawrence & Markham, Scarborough, Ontario” 

September 20, 2020

We recently received a letter from Hazel Wheatley, Niagara Falls, Ontario and are pleased to share it with you.

"I am attaching a flyer, “The True Way to Bank” which was created by BMO to market their new branch opening, Lawrence and Markham Branch, Scarborough, Ontario in 1972.

I helped to open the branch and at that time I was a Savings Clerk. I was Hazel Pilon then. We gave the flyer out to our customers in the branch and distributed them in the neighbourhood. I kept one of the flyers as a souvenir of my time  there. I had many responsibilities which included organizing an Open House to introduce BMO’s banking services, our staff as well as the Area Manager and SVP to the community. As part of our business building efforts we also introduced ourselves to the employees of the Big Boy Restaurant which was next door to us. Every customer was new and required lengthy introductions to our banking services, etc., and setting each one up was interesting and took time. In addition to the initial work involved with new customers and business building, I had other administration responsibilities. I had to set up our passwords for our computers, order a brand new batch of cash and set up cash for the new Teller, create job descriptions for the employees and ensure all Policies and Procedures were filed and up to date. I also was the liaison between the branch and Organization and Methods. As we were a small staff of four, we had to wear many hats which made for a very busy day as well as a rewarding one. I worked at this branch for about one year and then I was transferred and received a promotion to boot!

I finally retired from BMO at Niagara Square Branch in 1997 due to a reorganization after 25 years of dedicated service.”

To read the flyer, “The True Way To Bank”,  click here.
Hazel Wheatley (Pilon), Niagara Falls, Ontario 

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Lower Mainland Bulletin - September 2020

September 19, 2020

The latest Bulletin is now available.

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

Thanks to Ron Gillies for sharing.





"Much to Enjoy in Harvest Season" by Lloyd Varner

September 13, 2020

Lloyd Varner, Sackville, New Brunswick has written a wonderful story about growing up on a small family farm and his gardening knowledge of a wide variety of vegetable plants and harvest time. He has also shared with us a tasty recipe at the end of his story.  To read, "Much to Enjoy in Harvest Season"  click here

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Letter to the Editor - “BMO’s First Full Service Bank Machine - Instabank”

September 9, 2020

Gabrielle Suthers, Loretto, Ontario has sent us the following letter and we are pleased to share it with you. “The Instabank machine was a significant innovation in customer convenience, providing 24/7 access to automated banking services including cash deposits and withdrawals, bill payments, money transfers and more.(*)” 

"Here is a picture of one of the bank’s very first Instabank machines opened in the early 1970s in Scarborough, Ontario. It was located at the branch at Lawrence & Markham in Scarborough. I was working there, and had to demonstrate it for the Area Managers and Executives which was quite an event.  We had to pack the machine with little packets of money, each envelope contained one $20 and one $5 brand new ‘never-before-used’ bills. After the opening of the machine to the public, we had to go into the machine each day to take out the transaction receipts and check the money levels. We went in three days before the first transaction!

The CIBC had previously introduced their cash dispensing machine, but once again, BMO was first to market with their Instabank. A machine that not only dispensed cash, but took deposits. Amazing how far we’ve come!”

Gabrielle Suthers, Loretto, Ontario

(*) = from the internet

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 New Members

October 28, 2020
Verna Rohde of Winnipeg, MB

October 27, 2020
Ann Etter of Halifax, NS

October 22, 2020
Wilf Wilhelm of Stouffville, ON
Dan Tompkins of Dartmouth, NS
Ivana Tupone of Toronto, ON
Lela Dawson of Vancouver, BC

October 15, 2020
Martha E. H. Fernandes of Mississauga ON

October 9, 2020
Linda Hannemann of Elmwood, ON

October 5, 2020
Latifa Pardhan of Toronto, ON

October 2, 2020
Sharon Burfoot of Stirling, ON

September 30, 2020
Melanie Da-Silva of Toronto, ON

September 18, 2020
Wendy Bourne of Brampton, ON

September 12, 2020
Avis Lai of Scarborough, ON
Peter Houseknecht of Miami, FL

September 11, 2020
William Dodds of Delta, BC
Rich Morgan of Fonthill, ON
Jo-Ann Fraser of Niagara Falls, ON

September 8, 2020
Carolyn Taylor of Etobicoke, ON
Cheryl Borg of Whitby, ON

September 4, 2020
Vicky Luk of Mississauga, ON

August 30, 2020
Maureen Good of Aurora, ON

August 29, 2020
Clare Staley of Toronto, ON

August 27, 2020
Ian Carter of Thornhill, ON

August 25, 2020
Ann Massel of Mississauga, ON

August 22, 2020
Carolyn Heaney of Delta, BC

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