John Wood

John Wood

“If I had deeper pockets I’d donate more but we’re getting closer to using up the old ‘Ration Book of Life’ on a fixed income. So let’s just say we’ll be there to the end.”

World War II, an evacuation across the Atlantic and John Wood’s aunt Emily all had a part in introducing the British wartime evacuee to the concept of good works and sustaining Moorelands.

John was a youngster when his parents sent him and his two cousins to Toronto in 1940 to escape the war then ravaging Europe.

He found shelter in Mrs. J.C. Nicholson’s (who soon became “Aunt Emily”) home on Oriole Parkway, and, as he recalled, “One of the memories that stuck in my mind was the regular attention to her favourite charities.

“She gave as she sat at her desk in the sun room at 471 Oriole Parkway. She explained about helping those less fortunate than herself and sharing the money she was blessed to enjoy,” John wrote.

“She regularly attended St. Clement’s Anglican Church to listen to the ‘fire and brimstone’ pulpit-thumping sermons of Canon Nicholson, so you’ll understand the connection with the Downtown Churchworkers’ Association.”

At war’s end John returned to England and his family, but Canada had made an imprint and he returned, this time to stay, at the end of 1950, lodging again with Aunt Emily.

“And, of course, the earlier memories of dispensed generosity, in the form of cheques written at her favourite desk, were reinforced,” he added.

When Aunt Emily died in 1985 at the age of 101, John recalled, her good deeds did not die with her.

“I rather felt a gentle nudge to maintain a token of esteem to her memory,” John wrote. “You can thank this wonderful lady for planting a seed.” World War II, an evacuation across the Atlantic and John Wood’s aunt Emily all had a part in introducing the British wartime evacuee to the concept of good works and sustaining Moorelands.

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An Update from Lynda on COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and public health advice to stay at home, Moorelands Kids’ office staff are working remotely and our office will be virtual until June 8th. Staff members are available by email or phone. Please visit our contact page to get in touch via email or our staff directory for a list of phone numbers.

On Tuesday, May 19th, the Government of Ontario announced that overnight camps must remain closed throughout the summer. While we are so sad that Moorelands Camp will not be able to run as usual this year, this news was not unexpected and we understand this decision: the safety of our campers and staff is always our first priority. We are refunding all camp deposits/fees already paid. Details have been emailed to registered camper families.

But we do have some good news! In anticipation of this announcement, we had already made extensive plans for a fun virtual camp experience and we’ll be Sending Camp to Kids this summer! More details coming soon including how to apply starting May 25th!

We commit to maintaining our beautiful camp property. We will continue to do everything we need to do to make sure that we can be at camp next year and for many more years to come! That’s why we need your support now more than ever. If you would like to make a donation, please click here or call: 416-466-9987 ext. 309.

New Virtual Programs Launch!

We're excited to launch virtual leadership programs while TDSB schools are closed. Check them out here: Virtual Programs. We'll be making announcements soon about our new Virtual Camp for summer 2020. Stay tuned!

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Stay safe and healthy,

Lynda Tilley, Executive Director | Moorelands Kids