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“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
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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."


 

“My Travels to the Eastern Regional Data Centres” by Rob Allan, Hamilton, Ontario

May 17, 2021

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Rob Allan, Hamilton, Ontario has written a story about his role supporting some of Bank of Montreal's eastern Regional Data Centres. One of his travels in particular to the Montreal Regional Data Centre describes the implementation of high-speed technology used to sort cheques, etc., which is very interesting. Rob's visit to Quebec, 'la belle province', was during a dramatic, politically charged time which he touches on in his story. Click Here to read the story.

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 from the Editor

May 14, 2021

To say the least, 2020 and the first five months of 2021 have been unusual and trying. Daily reports of COVID infections and new variants, often confusing health advisories and vaccination rollout plans and a constantly changing variety of lockdowns, circuit breakers and border restrictions or imposed isolation have not helped.


While not necessarily because of the pandemic, we have seen a number of our family or friends pass away over this lengthy period. Dealing with these sad events has been made incredibly more difficult because of restrictions. Our thoughts, as always go to their loved ones and families.


Social and recreational activities that are organized for BMO pensioners across the country have generally been placed on hold until life returns to normal. This has meant that for the News Team all of the regular announcements, reports, photographs and some of the newsletters have been absent or understandably shorter than usual.


Fortunately, many of our members have stepped up with a larger than usual number of articles and stories and I would like to give a nod to Joan Mesic who has done a stellar job of assisting contributors and managing a heavier publishing schedule.


In the meantime we have taken the opportunity to review our website, and mainly the drop down menus to identify and clarify information which is, or maybe remains out of date. In particular, while we have left some details of the various pensioner associations and other social groups (found under the Resources drop down menu) as it was before the pandemic, we will be updating information as and when we are advised of any revisions.


Similarly, ticket offers and event announcements remain as they were in 2019. We are not aware of any changes to the information under the useful BMO Links Page which provides contact information for important departments relating to benefits.


With the exception of Privacy and Publishing Policy pages (found under the About Us drop down menu) other changes we have made are mainly just tinkering.


We have however combined and expanded those policy pages under one heading to avoid repetition and based on experience both clarified and provided guidance to contributors on our publishing approach and limitations. Hopefully members will find this useful going forward.

In closing, like all of you, we are looking forward to returning to a time when social and recreational activities can resume. For those of you who enjoy gardening or gardens, the most recent bulletin from our friends in the Lower Mainland BOMPA is certainly worth a read. In the meantime please stay safe and well.


Dave Harmer

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." 

 


 

 
 

Letter to the Editor - Re: “My Early Years at Bank of Montreal”

May 13, 2021

We recently received a letter from Lloyd Varner, Sackville, New Brunswick about the above-captioned story and are pleased to share it with you.

"I found Mal Sanderson's story, “My Early Years at Bank of Montreal”, dated May 9, 2021, to be absorbing. I could feel every move in his young career as it was all so familiar and real to me. I too joined the bank at age 16, directly out of high school. Bank policy in the ‘old days’ placed demands and restrictions on the lives of its young officers which would seem unreal to us today. For example, I remember that the bank’s permission had to be obtained when an officer wanted to get married, if he was earning less than $2,000 per year.

Now, I am looking forward to Mal Sanderson writing "another story” as he hinted in the ending of this one. Like me, Mal took his computer systems training at the bank's Education Centre above Peel Street Branch in Montreal. He was in the first group of trainees. I was in the third group. He was outstanding in training and he has been outstanding in the bank's computer systems operations group. He has been a key member in the bank's computer systems implementation and operations and is respected by so many.”

Lloyd Varner, Sackville, New Brunswick

 

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." 

 


 

 
 

Lower Mainland Bulletin - May 2021

May 10, 2021

The latest Bulletin is now available.

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

Thanks to Ron Gillies for sharing.

 

 

 

 


 

“My Early Years at Bank of Montreal” by Malcolm (Mal) Sanderson, Ottawa, Ontario.

May 9, 2021

 

Malcolm (Mal) Sanderson, Ottawa, Ontario has sent us a story about some of his early experiences in the Bank of Montreal. We hope you will enjoy his story as it is written with a dry sense of humour which will no doubt make you chuckle. Stories like Mal's document how far we have come in the banking world and are treasures to read. Click to read, "My Early Years at Bank of Montreal".

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.

 

 


“Memories of My BMO Banking Career” by Harry Gregg, Mississauga, Ontario

April 27, 2021

 

Harry Gregg, Mississauga, Ontario has written an interesting story about his career and his involvement in Bank of Montreal's early days of technological change. His story is very informative and includes the role he had in the birth of the movie, "Space Age Banking" which was created by the bank to help communicate technological changes to employees.   Click to read, "Memories of My BMO Banking Career".

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.

 

 


“IBIS” - (No Not the Egyptian Wading bird(1)“International Banking Information System and Management Reporting Systems” by Rob Allan, Hamilton, Ontario

April 21, 2021

Rob Allan, Hamilton, Ontario has written an interesting story about IBIS, "International Banking Information System and Management Reporting Systems", which he was responsible for setting up while he worked in BMO. This is Rob's second story he has shared with us and we are sure you will enjoy it. Click to read, "International Banking Information System and Management Reporting Systems".

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 - “10-Pin Bowling with BMO in Toronto” by Linda (Aspland) Zumm, Port Moody, British Columbia

April 16, 2021

We are pleased to share with you the following letter from Linda Zumm which was in response to our article, “BMO and Curling” and requests for stories about curling or other sports our members have been, or are, involved in.

“In March 1988 International Payments Department Vancouver was closed and I accepted a transfer to Toronto with the same department. As we worked closely with our other counterparts within BMO, I knew some of my colleagues via phone only. When I mentioned I was transferring to Toronto, they were generous with their offers and information regarding my relocation. On my arrival to Toronto, I was placed in a downtown hotel by BMO. The weather was a shock for me as it was freezing cold and snowing, unlike Vancouver that was transitioning into spring. Before I left Vancouver, few of my Toronto counterparts advised me not to bring spring clothes but winter clothing as it was still below freezing in Toronto. I had a ski jacket and some sweaters; in B.C. we mostly need rainwear. I remember I arrived at around 10:00 p.m. at Toronto Pearson Airport and got a cab to the hotel.  After I had been checked in, I was asked if I needed anything and I responded by asking them if they had heat and hot water.

When I arrived at the department which was located in the Toronto Regional Data Centre on Simcoe Street, I was greeted and made welcomed by many of the staff. I was very fortunate as I was offered temporary accommodation by a kind co-worker until I was able to secure my own living arrangements. It was a process settling in, however, things evolved quickly and soon I was very busy with my job and the many activities available within the bank’s social life. Summer is very short in Toronto, so many activities are in the fall, winter and early spring months.

Within a few months I was approached by my colleagues regarding their 10-Pin Bowling Club. The activity took place on Saturday afternoons at Thorncliffe Bowlerama (now closed). I had limited experience bowling but agreed to join the club as my roommate was also involved and bowled. It turned out to be a great way for me to integrate and I wasnt too bad at bowling. The group was mixed and I made friends with colleagues who worked in other departments. Eventually, as I played more my skill improved and I won the title, ‘Bowler of the Season’ with the highest score.

We had lots of fun, winter passed quickly and lots of other social activities came about because of this first encounter with a game I had never played before. Softball, baseball games, barbecues, Dragon Boat Racing, volley ball, etc., filled my spare time.  My social life expanded quickly and the BMO community made my time in Toronto enjoyable and provided good memories and lifelong friends.

(By the way, I still have the same waterproof snow boots and ice spikes I bought while I was in Toronto, which I have only used once in 20 years here in B.C.)”

Linda (Aspland) Zumm, Port Moody, British Columbia

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.


 

Letter to the Editor - “A Tribute to Scott Bradbury Hean’s Legacy - March 18, 1948 - November 26, 2019”.

April 13, 2021

We are pleased to share the following letter we received from Joanne Gassman regarding Scott Bradbury Hean.

“Scott Hean was a devoted BMO employee for 17 years. Scott joined BMO Calgary as the Vice President, Oil & Gas, Corporate and Government Banking, in 1982 after working with J. P. Morgan in New York. Originally from the West Coast, he requested a transfer and moved to British Columbia in 1989 as Senior Vice President, CIFS (Corporate and Institutional Financial Services). He retired in 1998 at the age of 50 to pursue his love of entrepreneurship; working with a number of junior mining entities up until his untimely passing from brain cancer at the age of 71.

As time passes us by, many of us ask ourselves, “How have I made a difference? How can I continue to make a difference after I am gone?”  Scott was one of those people who looked at the bigger picture and positive change. Those of us who knew him remember him as a passionate, enthusiastic and generous man, who didn’t just think he followed through with action…he did.

Scott had a deep love for art and community and served as the Board Chair for the Bill Reid Foundation for seven years. Given his passion and belief in supporting young people and bringing people together, his beloved widow Mary, son Rob and family have joined together with the Bill Reid Foundation to recognize and honour Scott and have created a mentorship fund in his name. This fund focuses on the development of mentorship opportunities for Indigenous youth to become emerging artists, curators and cultural workers.

To find out more about Scott Bradbury Hean and his generous work to help make a difference in this world, please look up Scott’s name on the internet where his mentorship fund can be read and reviewed.”

Joanne Gassman, Bowen Island, British Columbia

 

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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