Humans of Lakeshore
Connecting with people from Lakeshore United Church by sharing our stories. More to come!!
“We have been in Huron County for 28 years. I was born far north in Kapuskasing where we lived for my first 12 years. We then moved to the Walkerton area. I have been married to Paul for 51 years. We met in Kitchener while working at Ellison Howard, a wholesale distributor for Westinghouse. I have had three different careers. For 22 years I was an accounting supervisor and then we bought the Hillcrest restaurant in Londesboro. I did all of the cooking and baking. It was a great meeting place for people. After that, I worked for One Care as a PSW.
Fishes and Loaves started through the Outreach Committee. When I was younger I wanted to work at the Scott Mission in Toronto but was unable to because of my health. 52 years later this is my time to do it. I plan each of these meals, phone volunteers... Everything comes together so well – volunteers and food supply.”
Janie who had just arrived to help with the Fishes and Loaves dinner said, “Marg has an amazing brain. She is so good at multitasking and has a great attention to detail.”
To that Marg said with a smile, “Oh it’s just me.”
“I also do the flowers outside the church. Everything I do, I love.”
Norman was born in Toronto and has lived in Goderich for 25 years. He was recently widowed when Clara, his wife of 60 years, passed away on January 5th of this year. Together, they raised 5 boys in Georgetown, Ontario. Special memories include camping trips to Vancouver, along Lake Superior and Prince Edward Island.
"We would take our five kids, our dog in a station wagon, along with the tent trailer that we pulled behind the car and camp." Norman recalls that on their trip out west, "It didn't seem to matter where we camped, we ran into people who knew people we knew." On their trip to PEI, "It rained for three days so we came home." Despite the rainy experiences Norman remembers camping as lots of fun. "We would spend hours getting a fire going with camp fire wood. I think the park attendants hosed it down with water before they sold it."
Norman wasn't raised in a church but got involved in Georgetown through Clara. While caring for Clara who had Alzheimers, Norman was less involved at church. He is enjoying his return and seems to be "noticing people more. It is likely because I live alone. I like to run into folks and have a chat."
"I like to go biking, walk my dog Butterscotch and I like to help my mom out a lot with working at the church because she needs help but she doesn’t really mind it.
At church, mostly I spend time with friends and do crafts with all the people. My favourite craft was the one that we did for the play with all the rocks and stuff. At church I like that everybody has a good time there because there is a big gym that everybody runs around in."
Norah is 9 and going into grade 5 in the 2015/16 school year at Goderich Public School.