‘There’s no place like home
Yes, even now these 5 words ring truer than ever before. Home is not only where the ❤️ heart is, it’s where safety is. It’s where we can re-examine our values, old books, past hobbies and interests.
I think of our Association a lot these days and place blessings of relief on not having to work at home with toddlers running around, just cats purring happily beside my keyboard, or perhaps worse, flipping up pieces of my unfinished jigsaw puzzle.
As alone as we think or feel we might be, we aren’t. Stay connected with each other. Turn up the music. Stay focused. Be vigilant. Be kind, and smile behind that mask as you dance in your kitchen,
Our fair city is in good shape, Spring is on the horizon as the groundhog nears his coming out party, and oh, what a party it will be.
With sincere hope, and my best regards, to each and every one.
Nancy Sudak, President
Gwyn Williams — February 15, 2021
Passed away peacefully at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KGH) on Monday, February 15, 2021, just shy of his 87th birthday. Predeceased by his first wife and soul-mate Mair. Gwyn will be sadly missed by his wife Tara-Lee, daughter Susan (Kevin), granddaughter Megan, son Robert (Michelle), sisters Enfys and Glesny and brother Howard. Fondly remembered by his extended family and many friends.
"We will always remember your special smile, your caring heart and the warm embrace that you always gave us."
There will be no funeral service or viewing due to restrictions related to Covid-19. For those desiring, memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family.
Think, before you send or share
The common experience of Association members is having worked for an educational institution. How distressing it is, therefore, to find that today’s population seems so ill-informed on many subjects and quick to embrace extreme and unfounded views. One tragic consequence was the recent invasion of Congress carried out by American citizens convinced – against all evidence – that Trump had actually won the recent election.
In earlier times, we had prominent broadcasters who were respected and believed when they presented the news of the day. You will doubtless recall Walter Cronkite (to include the best known American example) Earl Cameron, Stanley Burke, and Peter Mansbridge.
Today, however, we are inundated with sources of information, thanks particularly to the proliferation of social media outlets on the Internet. While consulting and considering varied sources could lead to a well-informed population, the opposite has been the case. People increasingly turn to specific sources that tell them what they want to hear, while ignoring or rejecting all other perspectives on an issue. The result is increasing division and distrust.
Our best defense is to inform ourselves, to reflect, and to come to our own conclusions about issues. Thirty years ago, we would not have automatically accepted some comment scrawled on the bathroom stall of a public washroom, so why do we accept uncritically comments posted on the Internet? We need to check on the source and possible validity of any such comments, especially before we share them. We need to consider alternative points of view on the subject in question, judge the merits of the different perspectives, and decide for ourselves what to believe. By so doing, we can help to neutralize the potential danger inherent in the Internet and especially the various forms of social media.
I hope fellow retirees will join the conversation with their views on this issue and what they are doing to keep some balance and moderation in their reading and responding.
We are an organization dedicated to facilitating contact between former staff members of St. Lawrence College. Our focus is primarily on social activities but we also advocate on matters of interest to our members, including pensions.
Members of Executive
(Elected at the 2019 AGM)
Nancy, Pennie, Thelma, Dick, Ron, Bill and John