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Letter to the Editor “BMO Commercial Fastball Team” by Jim Smith, Bridgewater, NS

October 20, 2019

The recent letter about the 1977 BMO Toronto Branch Baseball Team has got members reminiscing about their old BMO sport teams. Jim Smith recently sent us a letter which we are pleased to share with you about his team.

 

“I was reviewing some memorabilia and came across BMO crests from the past which brought back some fond memories. Our Bank of Montreal fastball team in 1965 not only won the city of Montreal’s Bankers League championship but also went on to win the Greater Montreal Commercial League championship, a major accomplishment at the time. We had to win our way out of the bankers league to qualify for the greater Montreal Commercial League championship series. The Commercial League championship series consisted of winning teams from various commercial leagues throughout the city. (*)

I recall that team jackets and a special dinner in the President’s boardroom were provided to acknowledge the accomplishment.

From memory, my team members included Wylie Forster, Bob Adams, George Neil, Paul Roy (coach) and myself Jim Smith.

Would anyone have pictures and or write-ups relative to this team?

Thank you.”

J.A. “Jim” Smith, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

(*”Our team represented the Bank of Montreal, a specific commercial area didn’t exist at the time.  The team roster consisted of employees from branches on the Island of Montreal as well as staff from Head Office. We captured the “Bankers League” title (Bankers League crest) and then went on to win the city of Montreal's Commercial league championship (Commercial League crest). The Commercial league championship consisted of winning teams from various leagues, such as Bankers, Insurance, Trust, and the Construction industry, etc.  I believe the reference to commercial was a city designation as the championship would include winning teams from various commercial industries.”)

 

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Southern Alberta Newsletter - October 2019

October 18, 2019

The 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.

 

 

 

 


 

Gold and Silver Medalist in the 2019 World Health Qigong Tournament & Exchange, Melbourne, Australia

October 16, 2019

by Sharon Liu as told to Joan Mesic, Senior Correspondent 

Sharon Liu who lives in Markham, Ontario has a remarkable story about how she changed herself in both body, mind and spirit with an ancient Chinese sport.  Sharon's  determination and dedication is inspiring and we hope you will enjoy her story as much as we did.

For the complete story, please CLICK HERE.

 

 


 

Your Morning Laugh, “A Bit of History and Humour” from Matt Hurst, Burlington, Ontario

October 11, 2019

"They knocked the Singer Sewing Machine store down and built a brand spanking new branch. It was still there, the last time I was in town. I will be in Goderich next Thursday to check it out."

 

The following is a bit of history I shared with the South Western Ontario Pensioners group recently.  This is where my career began,  Goderich, Ontario, on September 9, 1963 (there was a Friday the 13th that week, which proves there is more to the bad omen theory than pure superstition). Keith Lindsay, who also attends the SW Ontario Pensioners lunches, and is in his late 80’s, worked in that branch in 1954. My job as a junior was to behave myself and to get the staff coffee orders twice a day - I was good at one of those tasks. And oh, even though the new branch site was purchased in 1961, it was quite a few years later that the new branch was built. In these days of rapid change, it is so nice to know Bank Premises at least has maintained its tradition. 

By the way, When I joined BMO, there were 11 other Goderich natives working at BMO. By contrast, there was only 1 other, who worked for CIBC. Interesting stat, that. 

Matt Hurst, Burlington, Ontario

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Letter to the Editor – From Dan Jackson Re: “1977 BMO Toronto Branch (King & Bay) Baseball Team”

October 11, 2019

We are pleased to share with you a letter received from Dan Jackson, who was a member of the above baseball team.

We are pleased to share with you a letter received from Dan Jackson, who was a member of the above baseball team.

“What a great memory! I can’t remember how well this motley crew did at baseball (I do remember our coach Doug Jaques shaking his head a lot!), but I can confirm we held our own at the pub afterwards!

The Matt (?) is in fact Matt Hurst. Shirley Lytle was actually Shirley Little. 1977 that would have been the start of the Toronto Blue Jays but I don’t recall any of us getting the call to join the big leagues. But I do remember having a lot of fun. Thanks for the memory.’’ 

Dan Jackson, Bobcaygeon, Ontario

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BMO NB Pensioners' Luncheon, September 24th, 2019

October 9, 2019

The 2019 BMO Pensioners Luncheon was held on Wednesday, September 24th at the Lily Lake Pavilion in Saint John. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to socialize with old friends during the cocktail hour.

There were 55 pensioners in attendance. 40% of the attendees were from the Saint John area. We rotate the luncheons each year between Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton and look forward to seeing everyone in Moncton next year.

Mike Cook, the new Regional Vice President for ENB/PEI welcomed us to the luncheon.

Pensioner Lilianne Cormier said Grace, and we were then served an excellent Roast Turkey dinner with Dressing and Cranberry Sauce, and Strawberry Shortcake for dessert. Everything was delicious. After the meal, Aaron Naccarato, Regional Vice President for WNB shared what was happening at BMO now, thanking retirees for their part in laying the foundation. This annual gathering is a real morale booster for BMO pensioners, and reassures us that we are still viewed as a part of the Bank of Montreal family.

We must make special mention to the staff who welcomed everyone at the reception table:  Nancy Dowling, Manager of the McAllister and Westmorland branch, Trina Stanley, Manager of the Quispamsis branch, Carla Stilwell, Manager of the Lancaster branch, Karl McCarthy, Manager of Saint John Main Office and Mike Gauthier, Senior Commercial Account Manager. Also, a shout out to the organizer of the event Susan Tipper. Susan always does such a great job of organizing our luncheon.

Hope to see everyone in Moncton next fall! 

Susan Parker 

To see all the photos, please Click Here.


 

Letter to the Editor – From Matt Hurst - Re: “1977 BMO Toronto Branch (King & Bay) Baseball Team”

October 9, 2019

We are pleased to share with you a letter received from Matt Hurst, the mystery person in the above article which was recently submitted by John Donald.

Front Row:

Roy Kulas, Daphne Mason, Shirley Little, Nolle Haverhoek, Doug Jaques, Truus Haverhoek, Jane Cowell.

Back Row:

Gary Kelly, Dan Jackson, Rod Kingston, Ken Hoffman,  Matt Hurst, Doug Gardner, Bill Roy and Ken BushelL.

 

“Hello - I am trying to email you to respond to the picture of the 1977 Baseball Champs picture submitted by John Donald. Sorry to have to respond in this manner, but my effort to respond to the suggested email didn’t seem to work. 

As the wording accompanying the picture suggested, I am indeed Matt Hurst. And I always have been! I am surprised to have been so quickly forgotten, as I was one of the 9 best players on that particular team. Well, maybe the 10th…. the team was called the First Canadian Dwarfs, and was one of two Toronto Branch teams in those years. We were obviously far superior, and in fact we only lost one game in two seasons - that being a quarter final in 1976, sadly. We took our team so seriously that one of the Toronto Branch interview questions earlier that year was “ How well do you play baseball?” As evidenced, it worked! There are also a couple of spelling errors, try: Shirley Little, Nolle Haverhoek, Roy Kulas and Truus Haverhoek. You may also inform Mr. Donald that he and I played football and hockey together in North Bay in 1972 - perhaps his therapist has managed to erase those memories also. Finally, I am often a Table Host at the Toronto Pensioners’ Luncheon and I would be pleased to buy the first drink for any of the eligible team alums that may choose to attend. It would be a real pleasure for me to meet them and introduce myself.” 

Matt Hurst, Burlington, Ontario

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Eastern Newfoundland Luncheon September 18th, 2019

October 7, 2019

The Eastern Newfoundland luncheon was held in Fluvarium, Newfoundland on September 18th.

Click Here to see photos from this event

Thanks to Susan Tipper and the Branch Manager, St. John's for the photos and Evelyn Parsons for the submission.


 

Mainland Nova Scotia Pensioner’s Luncheon - September 25th

October 4, 2019

The Pensioner’s Luncheon for Mainland Nova Scotia was held at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. Once again the event was well attended by nearly 100 pensioners and a number of senior employees.

After hearing a thoughtful and fitting grace delivered by Gord MacAskill everyone enjoyed a delicious meal (see menu in pictures). Lunch was followed by a toast to the pensioners and speeches by the following senior bankers who shared their respective successes and achievements.

Gary Anderson, Regional Vice President, Halifax
Mark Smith, Vice President, Business Bank, NS
Jean MacDougall, Vice President, Business Bank, NS
John Keating, Regional Market Leader, Canadian Commercial Banking

Overall it was a great event. Thanks to those involved for organizing another successful luncheon.

To see the pictures Click Here.

Thanks to Blair Hatherley for sharing.


 

Letter to the Editor “1977 BMO Toronto Branch (King & Bay) Baseball Team”

October 3, 2019

John Donald wrote to us recently regarding the “1977 BMO Toronto Branch (King & Bay) Baseball Team” and we pleased to share this information with you.  If you were part of this team or knew of them and would like to share any stories with us, please email us at: cyberpensioner@gmail.com

Front Row:

Roy Koulas, Daphne Mason, Shirley Lytle, Holly Haverhok, Doug Jaques, Truse Haverhok, Jane Cowell.

Back Row:

Gary Kelly, Dan Jackson, Rod Kingston, Ken Hoffman,  Matt ???, Doug Gardner, Bill Roy and Ken Bushel.

(We thought the Matt ??? may be Matt Hurst. Can any one confirm this person’s name?)
 

“Doug Jaques showed me this picture a few weeks ago after the name of a mutual friend, Doug Gardner, came up. I thought some of the other pensioners would be interested so I asked him to send me a copy. I was not a member of the team or even in the Toronto area at that time. 

Looks like the picture may have been taken around the CNE grounds so it’s possible that the group ended up in a pub in that vicinity after the game. Just a hunch. Here are the names (from Doug) as he remembers them.

Hope this picture brings back some good memories for the group.”

John Donald 

 


Toronto BMO Pensioners' Luncheon September 27

September 28, 2019

Pensioners' luncheon held September 27th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre MC'd by Mike Cooksey with about 800 pensioners in attendance. These pictures were taken by someone from each table.

To see all the pictures, please CLICK HERE.

Thanks to everyone for sharing.


 

BOMPA BC Lower Mainland - Afternoon Delight at Elements Casino Surrey

September 22, 2019

Elements Casino Surrey is pleased to announce Remembering Roy – A Tribute to Roy Orbison on Monday, October 21, 2019. 

For further details, see Events.

 


2019 BMO RSA Children's Holiday Party Flyer

Sep 19, 2019

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 12:00 noon or 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Dave & Buster’s 120 Interchange Way, Concord, Ontario L4K 5C3

Great fun for the whole family!  REGISTRATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 18, 2019

Event is open to children/grandchildren (2-16 years old) of employees (fulltime/ contract) and pensioners (friends’ children, niece/nephews etc. are NOT eligible). Maximum 2 Adults - 1 must be a BMO employee. Registrations for adults only (i.e. without any children) will not be accepted. 

Click the button on the right to get details on ticket information.  Ticket Offers

Thanks Zoe Warner for sharing


 

BOMPA VANCOUVER ISLAND FALL REUNION - SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

Sep 17, 2019

This past Tuesday, 21 pensioners and partners met at the Pacific Northwest Raptors attraction in Duncan, BC and were treated to a tour of the grounds, followed by an interesting and educational flying show of many of the birds. ‘Manwe’ the bald eagle stole the show as he flew over the crowd and Twain, the tiny American kestrel, was a hit with everyone. The Raptors employee team is comprised of a group of biologists and falconers on Vancouver Island, who created The Raptors to bring people closer to birds of prey. Their goal is to “educate, illuminate and encourage a sense of personal responsibility for the future of these essential creatures we share the planet with”.

After the show we shared a picnic lunch under sunny skies, had a 50-50 draw and a few door prizes and a great time was had by all! We will all be looking forward to our next get together for Christmas!

Click the button for all pictures BOMPA VANC FALL REUNION

Thanks Joan Firkins for sharing


 

BMO Pensioners Luncheon, Sault Ste Marie - September 11, 2019

Sep 11, 2019

Here are pictures from 2019  Sault Ste Marie BMO Pensioners Luncheon. Thank you for a lovely luncheon at Delta Hotel.  So nice to get together with old friends.

Thanks Sheila Plante for sharing


 

BMO Pensioners Luncheon, London, ON - September 10, 2019

Sep 10, 2019

Here are pictures taken on September 10, 2019, at the Luncheon at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel and Conference Hall in London Ontario.

Enjoy !

Click the button for all pictures BMO Pensioners Luncheon

Thanks Chuck Joynt and Jim Martin​ for sharing

 

 


 

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