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Notice to our Members - Re: Our Facebook Page

July 29, 2021

If you would like to read our stories, articles and obituaries which we post on our BMO Cyber Pensioners website as well as our Facebook page, the following steps are what you need to know in order to gain access.

  1. Register yourself on Facebook and become a member.  If you do not want to provide too much personal information on your Facebook registration just complete the mandatory information.  We have no commercial connection to Facebook. The option to access our Facebook page is strictly at your discretion. We are not responsible for Facebook.
  2. If you are not a BMO Cyber Pensioner member, you must be a BMO retiree if you would like to join our Facebook page. Please be prepared to share some of your BMO work history with us which we will require for security reasons. Please send your request to: BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at:  cyberpensioner@gmail.com  
  3. If you are a recent member of our website or plan to join our website and you are a BMO retiree, on our registration form we ask if you are a member of Facebook and if you want to be ‘friended’.
  4. Once you have registered yourself on Facebook, you can ask us via our Facebook page to ‘friend’ you or use the following link to advise us:

You can 'friend' us at Bmo Pensioners | Facebook

5. You can also search for BMO pensioners on Facebook and ask us to ’friend’ you.

We hope this helps BMO retirees and members of our website who would like to enjoy the option of reading some of our material on our Facebook page. Our Facebook page has 2 features which are: 1) you can indicate if you liked the material and 2) you can also write your comments about the publication. One of the things that our Facebook friends enjoy the most is reading the many comments that are made by our members on every one of our postings.

However, as members of our website know, there are many more features that are offered to our members directly on our BMO Cyber Pensioners website and are unavailable on our Facebook page.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our members for the great articles and stories that they have been sending us which are enjoyed by all our members at BMO Cyber Pensioners.

 

BMO Cyber Pensioners

If you have any comments regarding this notice, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at cyberpensioner@gmail.com We look forward to hearing from you.


 

Letter to the Editor - “Remembering Thomas Mah (February 18, 1926 - October 14, 2017) and Customer Relations”

July 26, 2021

We are pleased to share the following letter we recently received from Norm Pfeifer, Victoria, British Columbia, about Thomas Mah and his amazing knowledge of his customers.

“I read the wonderful tribute to Tommy Mah dated, July 22, 2021 which brought back some fond memories of him.

I knew Tommy for many years as a fellow banker. Once while I was doing an inspection/audit at his branch in Chinatown, Vancouver, I was sitting in Tom’s office going over some findings and a customer waved at Tom from the front counter area. Tom could see him through the glass walls or door of his office. After a series of facial, hand and shoulder gestures between the two, including some fingers in the air, Tom nodded and made a gesture that looked like the customer should grab a pen and sign something at the counter. A clerk at the counter had been watching and got a piece of paper out of a drawer and got the customer to sign it. The customer waved thanks” to Tom and left. It is difficult to put in words the nonverbal communication and evidence of, "know your customer”, that took place. Priceless!

So, I asked Tom what was that all about. Tom said this long time customer was in a hurry, needed $10,000 for 3 months for sundry purposes and would pay it back from selling something. Seemed like a classic character loan to me. Documentation would follow! And I’ll bet that loan got repaid. Tom was a good one.

Tommy often went the extra mile and hosted gatherings for bankers who ‘needed’ to have lunch or dinner after downtown bank meetings. He would take us to a favourite Chinese restaurant, and because he was so well known and regarded, he was accorded special space or a room. He would order for all of us and not from a menu. The good stuff. We always appreciated experiencing how thoughtful and special he was.”

Norm Pfeifer, Victoria, British Columbia

If you have any comments regarding this story or one of your own, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at cyberpensioner@gmail.com We look forward to hearing from you.


 

“A Tribute to My Father - Thomas Mah (February 18, 1926 - October 14, 2017), BMO Senior Representative, Beijing, China” - by Pamela Quan, Vancouver, British Columbia

July 22, 2021

"Pamela Quan, Vancouver, British Columbia has written a tribute to her father, Thomas Mah, who was the first Chinese bank manager in BMO and in Canada.  Mr. Mah has been recognized by the Bank of Montreal and is featured on BMO’s blog in a short video. His tribute is also part of the Chinese Storytelling Centre which is located in Vancouver, British Columbia and has been sponsored by BMO with a sizeable donation.  This fall, 2021, BMO will be showcasing a slightly longer video of Mr. Mah at the opening of the Storytelling Centre.  (Links to BMO's Blog and Mr. Mah's obituary are at the end of Pam's tribute.) Click to read, "A Tribute to My Father - Thomas Mah (February 18, 1926 - October 14, 2017) BMO Senior Representative, Beijing, China."

If you have any comments regarding this story or one of your own, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at cyberpensioner@gmail.com We look forward to hearing from you.

 


 

“Power, What Power?” By Wayne Fowler, Markham, Ontario

July 12, 2021

"Wayne Fowler, Markham, Ontario has written an interesting and informative story about an event that happened on August 14, 2003.  It was summer and hot when a power outage occurred with significant impact for many of us. Click to read, "Power, What Power?"

If you have any comments regarding this story, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at cyberpensioner@gmail.com We look forward to hearing from you.


 

“Fossils, Shark Teeth and Beaches” by John Stockton, Naperville, Illinois

June 24, 2021

John Stockton, Naperville, Illinois, U.S. has written a very interesting story about his hobby he started after retirement from BMO Capital Markets, Chicago.  His hobby, collecting fossils, is very unusual and involves mystery, excitement and fun to boot. It will make you think about the enjoyment a great hobby can be during retirement.  Click to read, "Fossils, Shark Teeth and Beaches"

 

We would be very interested in receiving your stories about the interesting hobbies you may have. If you have any comments regarding this story, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at cyberpensioner@gmail.com We look forward to hearing from you.


 

“My Acting Debut in Bank of Montreal’s First Television Commercial” by June Hillion, Ajax, Ontario

June 19, 2021

June Hillion, Ajax, Ontario has written a short story about her acting debut in Bank of Montreal's first television commercial.  It is interesting to see how the bank's first commercials were made compared to the level of sophistication that goes into their current marketing campaigns.  Click to read, "My Acting Debut in Bank of Montreal's First Television Commercial".

If you have any comments regarding this story, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at cyberpensioner@gmail.com We look forward to hearing from you.


 

“My Early SCC Experience” by John Madill, Oshawa, Ontario

June 10, 2021

John Madill, Oshawa, Ontario has written a short story about his early experience while working at the SCC, (Scarborough Computer Centre), when he joined the bank in 1978. His story is a great addition and complements other stories our members have sent us about the technical world in the Bank of Montreal and in particular MECH.  Click to read, "My Early SCC Experience".

 

If you have any comments regarding this story, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at cyberpensioner@gmail.com We look forward to hearing from you.

“My 69 Years as a Bank of Montreal Customer” by Wayne Fowler, Markham, Ontario

May 24, 2021

Wayne Fowler, Markham, Ontario has written a story about being a Bank of Montreal customer for 69 years. Any organization that has been able to keep a customer for 69 years must be doing something right. Wayne's BMO customer experience has been depicted in tandem with some of his own personal life experiences. Customer service these days is like dancing - dynamic. Click to read, "My 69 Years as a Bank of Montreal Customer".

If you have any comments regarding this story, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at cyberpensioner@gmail.com We look forward to hearing from you.


 

Letter to the Editor - “A Blast from the Past”

May 20, 2021

North Side Branch, Regina Saskatchewan staff picture 1964
(Click to enlarge)

Back row left to right: Ross Holmes, Harvey Evans, Ron Chamberlin, Archie Henderson, Al Harris, Gil Hack. 

Bottom row left to right: Wes Scheu, un/kn, un/kn, Bud Harder, Darc Cook, Mel Chalstrom. (Unfortunately, I don’t remember the names of the other employees in the photo.)

 

We recently received a letter and a staff photo of North Side branch, Regina, Saskatchewan from Bud Harder, Brandon, Manitoba about his early years in the Bank of Montreal and are pleased to share it with you.

“I joined the Bank of Montreal in Swift Current, Saskatchewan on November 1, 1960. I was right out of high school and a banking career seemed to be the choice of quite a few of my friends and classmates and it worked well for me too. I transferred to Wynyard branch, Saskatchewan and then to North Side branch, Regina, Saskatchewan for a year. The latter was the largest branch I'd been in with a staff of 29. The staff photo I have included was taken in 1964. I was a 22 year old Liability Clerk. The employees were a great bunch who got along well and we had frequent social gatherings which were well attended. 

A somewhat embarrassing incident happened one day at North Side branch. An elderly gentleman was standing in the public area and no one seemed to be looking after him. Suddenly, the Manager came out of his office looking serious and then smiled and escorted the gentleman back to his office. After he had left, the Manager spoke to us as a group and said that the gentleman was, Mr. Pickett (not sure of spelling) who owned “Dad's Cookies” at the time and was a good customer of the branch. I don't think any of us forgot him as “Dad’s Cookies” used to bring the staff cookies from time to time and they didn't last long!

Bud Harder, Brandon, Manitoba

If you have any comments regarding this letter, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at cyberpensioner@gmail.com We look forward to hearing from you."


 

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