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October 17th, 2017
Letter to Director

letter from the director

One year ago, an unexpected ice storm hit us hard. We can all remember it. It was inconvenient and caused us some brief hardship. This year, however, we are deeply touched, one way or another, by the centennial of the Great War even though almost none of us lived during that time. That brief ice storm pales in comparison.

The beginning of World War 1 is one of the most signifiant events in modern day history. It impacted people around the world and it changed the way they lived and worked. It also changed the landscape of our community.

It has been a few years since we fist planned on featuring some of the most touching stories of local people of that time, many of them young men in the Great War.Inspiration was not hard to fid. Lists of their names can be read on memorial plaques displayed at many schools and in entranceways of almost all the churches. There is no better time for us to put a check mark beside this topic and take it off the to-do list.

In the following stories we take a close look at local landmarks built over a 100 years ago that are still standing. We celebrate the local people of the period who are still connected to us.And we pay tribute to the community buildings and schools that existed over 100 years ago and continue to play an important role in our lives. We commemorate the 100th anniversary of an historical global event, and we celebrate 100 years of Beaches living.

Its safe to say the world has changed a lot in the past 100 years, and of course as has our neighbourhood and community. However, when looking around, we are reminded of the past by the many century old schools, libraries, churches, historical houses, and buildings such as fie stations, police stations and recreational clubs that continue to play an important part in our day-to-day life.

This issue does not feature an index of everything that is 100 years or older in the area.It does, however, give you an idea of local life 100 years ago and share stories perhaps forgotten by most. We want to pass these stories on, and make sure they are recalled in another 100 years.

What story would you like to be told in 100 years?

As our calendar turns to 2015, we can say that we have had a great year. We accomplished what we set out to do at the beginning of 2014. We will continue to anchor ourselves in the community and in your homes, just as we have done for for the past 11 years.

We wish everyone a most joyful holiday season and flurishing 2015!

Hong Zhao


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