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“The Good Old Days - Not!” by John Myers, Chicago, Illinois

August 12, 2020

John Myers, Chicago, Illinois, who has submitted many stories for our enjoyment has sent in another one.  This is a flashback to how we used to live without the conveniences of modern appliances.  It makes us wonder how people managed to survive doing domestic chores that we do today so easily.

For the complete story, please CLICK HERE.

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.


 

A Letter to the Editor - “A Public Health Hero - Frances Low, Ridgeway, ON”

August 9, 2020

We recently received the following letter from Nancy Cunningham, Burlington, Ontario about Frances Low and are pleased to share it with you.

“These are unprecedented times we find ourselves in and every aspect of our lives has been challenged. It has brought so much uncertainty to all of us. However, it has also given us cause to applaud so many heroes in our society and those in our communities who give of their time and abilities to help in any way they can.

One of those individuals is Frances Low.

Fran retired from Bank of Montreal in late 2014 following a 28+ year career that included various Operations positions within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The Operational units Fran worked in included, Adcons Remittance Processing and Management within International Wires Operations from which she retired in 2014. She also worked with Symcor for 2 years following the closure of the Remittance Centre in the early 2000’s.

Starting in the fall of 2015, Fran and her husband Steve sold their home in Burlington, Ontario and moved to Ridgeway, Ontario. They purchased a large recreational vehicle (RV) and embarked on what has become annual treks across the US to enjoy their retirement freedom and visit their daughter, Shannon and son-in-law, Steve, who are living in California. Their other daughter, Carey, living in Burlington made sure all remained well on the home front during their absence.

This spring brought them home early as was the case with all Canadians abroad in the US. As soon as Fran arrived home she looked for a way to make a difference and to help with the health challenges that were being faced by the public, businesses and health units everywhere. On July 4th, Fran was recognized as a “Public Health Hero” by Niagara Region Public Health for her creation and donation of over 500+ personal masks to the region for use to minimize COVID-19 spread.

Congratulations Fran on being recognized for the wonderful work you have done and continue to do. I’m so proud to have had a chance to share this wonderful message with all our BMO retiree colleagues.”


Nancy Cunningham, Burlington, ON


Click the link (*) to read the tribute from Niagara Region Public Health.
https://www.linkedin.com/posts/niagara-region-public-health_publichealthhero-covid19-covid19-activity-6684830971981824000-8OnU

(*) = (Please note that occasionally we provide links to other web pages that are not part of the Cyber Pensioner website. These linked sites are managed by organizations, companies, or individuals not under our control, and therefore we cannot be responsible for the information or links you may find there. We provide these links merely as a convenience and their presence does not constitute an endorsement of these linked sites. We are not responsible for the information collection practices of other websites. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the privacy policy of the new site. If concerned, you should read that site's policies on privacy and information collection.)


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 - "Remembering the Prairie Branches - Semans Branch, Bank of Montreal, Semans, Saskatchewan"

August 3, 2020

Dave Towers from Regina, Saskatchewan, sent us an excerpt from a book which we thought you might enjoy reading.The book that this excerpt comes from is: "Always a Home Town; Semans and District History"(*), published by Semans and District Historical Society, Semans, Saskatchewan (1982). Bank of Montreal, Semans Branch operated until 2000 when several Saskatchewan BMO branches were sold to the Credit Union system. Dave Towers, was the Branch Manager from 1977-1979. The attached excerpt is a short segment from the book about Semans and includes a small section about Bank of Montreal which was written by Ada Hodgins, Manager of Bank of Montreal, Semans from 1979 to her retirement 1998. Ada and her husband Elwood, who live in Semans, remain active in the family farm operation (grain, oilseeds and beef cattle) and since her retirement she has had more time to devote to their farming business.

Click here to read the section, "Bank of Montreal" on pages 10 to 11 from the book, “Always a Home Town: Semans and District History”.

Click here to read “Semans Branch 70th Anniversary Celebration” by Dave Towers.

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." 

(*) = “Copyright Semans and District Historical Society 1982
All rights reserved
No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the published, except by a reviewer who may quote brief passages in a review to be printed in newspapers or magazines. 
ISNB 0-88925-280-7”


 

BOMPA Northern Alberta Newsletter for July 2020

July 28, 2020

BOMPA Northern Alberta Newsletter for July 2020 has arrived. Click Here 

It is shorter than normal as most activities have been suspended for the time being. Hopefully you are all keeping well and finding ways to stay busy and active. Page 4 will give you an update of some of the decisions made at the Executive meeting in July. Feel free to contact anyone on the executive if you have any questions or concerns. 


 

"An Immigrant" by John Myers, Chicago, Illinois

July 27, 2020

10620 Place de L'Acadie, St. Laurent, Montreal, QC

 

John Myers, Chicago, Illinois, who has recently written some very interesting stories for our website has submitted another one which is about his immigration to Canada from England. It is interesting as it gives us a glimpse as to how a newly landed immigrant at that time viewed his new surroundings.  Click to read

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.

 


 

“A Little History - Bank of Montreal, Woodstock Branch” provided by BMO Corporate Archives

July 22, 2020

Photograph of the Molsons Bank branch in Woodstock, taken circa 1900

 

We received a suggestion from one of our members, Jeanne Linnell, Woodstock, Ontario, to do a short article on the history of Bank of Montreal’s Woodstock Branch. We thought the wisest thing to do, was to ask our experts in BMO Corporate Archives for help. Click "A Little History - Bank of Montreal, Woodstock Branch" to read the information they were able send us from their archival research which is quite interesting.

 

“Material and images are the property of BMO Financial Group's Corporate Archives. No part of the material or photographs may be reproduced, copied, modified or adapted, without the prior written consent of the Corporate Archives.  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."


 

“An Immigrant Banker” by Harry Boessenkool, Surrey, B.C.

July 16, 2020

1966 NHM Head Office building. Now Home of the Amsterdam Museum. 

 

Harry Boessenkool, Surrey, B.C. has written a story about how he entered the banking field in Holland and then in Canada with Bank of Montreal.  His story is amazing as his youth was filled with challenges but he seemed to have good timing and luck on his side plus a determination to succeed. An inspiring story which we hope you will enjoy.  Click "An Immigrant Banker" 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 to the Editor - “Thank You for the Stories”

July 13, 2020

We recently received a letter from Mel Louie-Byne, Scarborough, Ontario and are pleased to share it with you. Mel wanted to let us know how much he enjoyed  two stories that we recently published, “An Accidental Banker” by Lloyd Varner and “Memories of MECH Days” by John Myers.

Click Here to read the letter.

 


 

“Madeira, Portugal - The Swiss Cheese Island” by John Myers, Chicago, Illinois

July 8, 2020

Are you ready for a vacation? Can't leave the country and are dreaming of a holiday filled with beautiful landscapes and brimming with wonderful things to see and do? John Myers, Chicago, Illinois has written a story about his fantastic trip to Madeira, Portugal - The Swiss Cheese Island" a stunning archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. We hope you enjoy reading about his fantastic vacation experience.

For the complete story, please CLICK HERE.

 


 

A Letter from the Editor - Book Launch: “Whom Fortune Favours: The Bank of Montreal and the Rise of North American Finance”

July 1, 2020

How time flies. Three years ago on this page we talked about Dr. Laurence Mussio and his book "A Vision Greater Than Themselves, The Making Of The Bank of Montreal, 1817-2017" celebrating the history and contributions of the Bank over the years. It looked at 200 years in 200 moments. We were able to share with you some of those moments on our website during BMO's bicentennial in 2017.

 

Dr. Laurence Mussio 

Now Dr. Mussio has just completed the project that was the main reason the bank engaged him in the first place, namely, writing the “definitive history of Bank of Montreal” to replace those very familiar bank history books that are now some 60 years out of date.

The book is entitled “Whom Fortune Favours: The Bank of Montreal and the Rise of North American Finance” and it comes in a two-volume set in English and in French. I understand it has been published, shipped to bookstores and is available to order online, or directly from the publisher (McGill Queen’s University Press). The book lists for $90, but I am told it will be available at a discount for staff and pensioners through the employee store once it reopens.

Given the unusual impact of COVID-19, McGill Queen’s (the publisher) is planning a virtual “launch” event for the book. It will consist of a conversation between Laurence and our former CEO, Bill Downe, and is scheduled for noon ET on July 7.

We have been invited to watch the virtual launch, following registration, please CLICK HERE. *

I have not yet read the book, nor frankly am I qualified in any sense of the word as a literary critic. I can only say I know which writers work I like to read. Having met Laurence and read his previous book, as a student of history I am looking forward to recalling and understanding through his words the events and decisions that shaped our collective experience with the bank and which in some way we have all played a part.


Stay safe,

Dave Harmer
Editor


* Please note that occasionally we provide links to other web pages that are not part of the Cyber Pensioner website. These linked sites are managed by organizations, companies, or individuals not under our control, and therefore we cannot be responsible for the information or links you may find there. We provide these links merely as a convenience and their presence does not constitute an endorsement of these linked sites. We are not responsible for
the information collection practices of other websites. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the privacy policy of the new site. If concerned, you should read that site's policies on privacy and information collection.


 

Thank You - Re: “Bank of Montreal Press Release, November 13, 1969 - MECH”

June 26, 2020

We would like to thank Brian Tidmarsh, Stouffville, Ontario for sending us the above communication and are happy to share it with you. The bank’s official press release dated November 13, 1969 concerning MECH provides details about the MECH implementation that revolutionized Canadian banking. We know it today as on-line banking. The press release is a perfect complement to the MECH stories we received from our members. The two recent stories published on this topic are: “Memories of MECH Days” by John Myers and “Friendships Forged by Fire” by Neville Shevloff. 

To read Page 1 CLICK HERE

To read Page 2 CLICK HERE

To read Page 3 CLICK HERE

To read Page 4 CLICK HERE

 

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.

“Pranks in Branches” - by Dave Towers, Regina, Saskatchewan

June 23, 2020

Dave Towers, Regina, Saskatchewan, has submitted many humours stories for us to enjoy.  He has written another comical one about the pranks that branches played when he was a young employee.  We know you are going love his newest submission and it will make you chuckle.  To read "Pranks in Branches" click here

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.

 

Summer Message from the Team - “Stay Safe and Healthy”

June 19, 2020

It is hard to believe that three months have gone by since our first message back on March 19 to you about taking care during this pandemic.  Summer will be here officially on Saturday, June 20th and so far, the weather has co-operated with warmer, sunnier days.

Depending where you live, more COVID-19 measures are slowly being eased which is a welcome step in our efforts to stay safe. Although, we will still need to be vigilant and respect the 2 metre rule and local guidelines, being able to do more things is good for our spirits.

We like the rest of you have been coping with this new world and trying to keep positive and busy both mentally and physically.  The work we do as volunteers for our website is a positive endeavour and we hope you are enjoying the many stories that you have sent us which we have published over this period.

With that in mind, we would like to encourage you to keep sending those great stories and photos in for others to enjoy as well. Remember our website and Facebook communication vehicles are here for you to use.  The feedback we have been receiving about your contributions have been positive and up-lifting. If you would like to email us or post on our Facebook page any of your experiences and stories, please contact us at cyberpensioner@gmail.com

In the meantime, keep washing your hands correctly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to help prevent COVID-19 from spreading and respect all safety measures in place wherever you are. 

From all of us at BMO Cyber Pensioners keep safe and stay healthy.

Al, Cecilia, Colin, Dave, Heinz, Joan, Roy, Sandy and Tom

 

"The pictures symbolize a passage of time to happier days."

Acknowledgement:  "Thank you to Heinz Hiob, one of our team members, for giving us permission to use the three pictures from one of his many adventurous vacations. These pictures are from his trip to South America. (Photo Gallery - Photos 2018 - April 20, 2018 - "Cyber Pensioners Lorraine Burbage and Heinz Hiob South America....."  Click Here 

 
“If you have any comments regarding our message, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at cyberpensioner@gmail.com We look forward to hearing from you. Stay safe.” 


 

“An Accidental Banker” by Lloyd Varner, Sackville, NB

June 16, 2020

Lloyd Varner, Sackville, NB has sent us a very interesting story of how he started in the bank. It is interesting because of the time period of the story which was 2 years after WWII (1939 - 1945) when the world changed forever with the rise of super powers, nuclear weapons, starvation and the economic crisis and the start of the Cold War (1947 - 1991). His tale is amazing and describes some of the personal challenges he had at such a young age. It is a view of life during a time which is not often found in history books but rather by word of mouth. To read “An Accidental Banker”  Click Here 

"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 - "Celebrating Jeanne Linnell's 90th Birthday"

June 12, 2020

We recently received the following letter from Joanne (Anne) Carter, Woodstock, ON, who is a close friend of Jeanne Linnell’s and we are happy to share this story with you. BMO Cyber Pensioners send our belated birthday wishes to Jeanne who recently turned 90 years old.

“This letter is a bit of history about Jeanne Linnell who turned 90 on May 23, 2020. Due to COVID-19, there was no birthday party and no pictures. However, in spite of this pandemic state we are in, there were lots of birthday cards and calls to congratulate Jeanne, who was a loyal BMO employee and now enjoying retirement. Family and friends are planning a big birthday celebration once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.” Click here to read Jeanne’s 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." 


 

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