Remembered by Dick Tindal
Emilia was hired as an Assistant Teaching Master in the Liberal Arts Department. She became a Master in the Visual and Creative Arts Department in 1975. Emilia was very active both with the College and with various community events over the years.
Emilia’s baking skills were unparalleled. Among her creations were a five foot chocolate sailboat for the 1976 Sailing Olympics and a life-sized portrait of Queen Elizabeth in cake and icing for the 1977 Silver Jubilee (which garnered a letter of thanks from Buckingham Palace). Emilia was also been very active in organizing community events, including a widely acclaimed “Kingston Day” at Ontario Place in June 1973 as part of the City’s Tercentennial celebrations. She received an Honourable Achievement Award from the City of Kingston in 1978 for her work in the community and at the college.
Emilia and her husband Stephen (who had fled Hungary in 1956) were part of a delegation to Hungary led by Bill Cruden in 1991, a follow up to a visit that Hungarian educators had made to Canada.
Had she been alive in 2017, I suspect Emilia would have considered covering the Kingston Campus in icing to celebrate our 50th anniversary.