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Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Me again... Wondering if anyone has an idea where April Jackson and/or Sheily Johston are. I am looking to get a hold of them to get my Quetico 1995 group back in touch. Well if anyone has any info on either of them, please e-mail me. Thanks.

DD White
St. Catharines, Ontario
Camper 1989-95, staff 1997-2002

Monday, October 14, 2002

Got the first newsletter and loved it. Great to stay in touch. Always get a warm feeling when I read about Canoe Lake. Thought I would pass on this B52 Party item article for you. It is for anyone born in 1952. Nothing to do with camp but thought of all my friends at camp and thought this would be the best way to let them know about it. Thanks.

Betty Tomsett
Toronto, Ontario
Wapomeo 1960s, 1970s

Wednesday, October 9, 2002

Hello there everyone. I am looking for Emily Varty's e-mail. The one she has posted in the directory does not appear to work. Does anyone know how to get a hold of her? Any help would be great. Hope everyone is doing well...

DD White
St. Catharines, Ontario
Camper 9 years, staff 4 years

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Hi to anyone who remembers me from my days at Ahmek.

Dave, Joe, are you out there somewhere?

Jim Lugsdin
Vancouver, British Columbia
Ahmek Camper 1950 - 1951, Staff 1952 - 1955

Thursday, September 5, 2002

This summer a group of us went on a 10 day canoe trip, staying our first and last night at the Outpost. Five of the 8 were TSC Alumni. Here are some photos. For the whole story, please visit

Temagami Trippers: Back Row: Deborah Dennison, Megan Conacher, Dave Conacher(TSC), Eric Milligan(TSC), Don Standfield(TSC), Front Row: Rick Hay(TSC), Fran Lloyd , Linda Leckie(TSC)
Temagami Trippers
Back Row: Deborah Dennison, Megan Conacher, Dave Conacher(TSC), Eric Milligan(TSC), Don Standfield(TSC)
Front Row: Rick Hay(TSC), Fran Lloyd , Linda Leckie(TSC)
Don Standfield cooking and baking
Don Standfield cooking and baking
Dave Conacher at the McConnell Bay beach fixing a canoe seat
Dave Conacher at the McConnell Bay beach fixing a canoe seat

Linda Leckie
Toronto, Ontario
Wapomeo Camper 1965 - 1974 and Staff 1976 - 1984

Thursday, August 29, 2002

My latest collection of stories of Canoe Lake Women (including Couchie and Tonakela) has just now been published. Called Algonquin Voices, it brings to life the lives of a number of courageous women who have lived and loved on Canoe Lake during the past century (including many of the women whose lives Tom Thomson touched early in the century, such as Annie Fraser, proprietress of Mowat Lodge; Louisa Blecher, mother of Martin Blecher who was silently accused of playing a hand in Thomson's death; Molly Colson, owner of the Algonquin Hotel where Tom was last seen; and the elusive Winifred Trainor, Thomson's alleged love interest).

It can be ordered from me or directly from the publisher at

As Roy MacGregor said, it's a "must read for anyone who loves Algonquin Park".

Gaye Clemson
Capitola, California
Camper 1967 - 1970, Staff 1972, 1973 & 1976
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Friday, June 21, 2002

Greetings. After completing a 5 year stay in Waterloo (a 4 year B.A. at WLU plus a job as VP:HR in the Student's Union at WLU), I have decided to take my studies out East. I have been accepted into the Women's Studies M.A. tri-uni. program of Dal, St.Mary's and Saint Vincent. I am very excited to be a resident of the beautiful city of Halifax, and was wondering if anyone from my time at Wapomeo will be out there? I miss the summers on Canoe Lake more than anything and hope that some good ol' camp friends have also found their way out to Halifax—Would love to hear from you! Cheers,

Laure Lafrance
Waterloo, Ontario
Camper 1989 - 1995, Quetico 1995, Staff 1996 - 1998

Wednesday, May 1, 2002

I'm writing to get back in touch with many of the people who I grew up with. What have I been doing for the last 7 years you ask? I've been in the Canadian Forces, serving with an infantry regiment. I'm now in charge of recruiting for The Royal Regiment of Canada in Toronto. [begin pitch] So if any of you (or any of your kids) are interested in signing up for the CF drop me a line. [end pitch] If anyone from the late 1980s or early 1990s is still in Toronto, drop me a line.

Jordan Sullivan
Toronto, Ontario
Ahmek Camper 1986 - 1994, Drama Floater 1995

Friday, April 5, 2002

Were you an Mountaineer camper in 1961? Was Bill Pigott your counsellor? If so, you may be in this picture.

As the years advance, I find my ability to recall names diminishes. But I would really like to put names to the faces in this photograph, ideally in time to present it to Jack Eastaugh next week!

If you can help, please send me a note. Thanks...

David Shapiro
Pointe-Claire, Quebec
Ahmek staff 1960 - 1964
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Sunday, March 24, 2002
updated May 12

Jennifer and James O'Reilly (June 2001)
Jennifer and James O'Reilly (June 2001)

On June 30th, 2001, Jennifer Conning (Wap 80s & 90s) married James O'Reilly of Canberra, Australia. The wedding took place in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Maid of Honor was the bride's sister, Carolyn Conning (Wap 80s & 90s); Camilla Levy (Wap 80s & 90s) was a bridesmaid. Mother of the Bride is Sue (Zinsmaster) Conning (Wap '59-'70).

Sue (Zinsmaster) Conning
London, Ontario
Wapomeo camper and staff 1959 - 1970

Sunday, February 17, 2002

Libby welcomes Lorne (December 2001)
Libby welcomes Lorne (December 2001)

I would like to belatedly announce to birth of my second child, a son, Lorne Robert on December 4th 2001. He is a smiley, big boy and has completed our family beautifully. He, my husband Scott, daughter Elizabeth and I will be having a blast at September Camp this August, and hope to see many of our friends and meet new ones!

Lindsay Shapiro McLeod
Pointe-Claire, Quebec
Camper 1982 - 1983, Staff 1988 - 1995
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Tuesday, February 5, 2002

Four and a half years ago, I met someone who brought out the best in me and turned my world upside down. Although she would be the first to tell you that I was not very quick to realise that she liked me. Yet her persistence was kind and honest, and I soon fell in love with her. For those who don't know, her name is Amanda Ricketts.

I always knew that I would meet that special someone at camp. For camp is such a large part of me, and in Amanda I saw the same love for the camp that I have. For the last four years we have spent September Camp together. Though not this year, as she is off to the land down under. On Febuary 8th, she leaves for the University of Western Sydney. She has been accepted into teachers college there, and will have the time of her life. I will miss her a great deal. I know that she will miss being at camp this September, and spending time with all the great people from camp. So if you want, send her a message from time to time. We all get homesick for camp sometimes...or should I say home.

Amanda, on behalf of myself and all the camp alumni, Good Luck and Have a great time in Australia! I love you!


Jon Fredrick
Toronto, Ontario
Camper: 1986 - 1992, Staff: 1993 - 1998, September Camp forever!

Tuesday, January 29, 2002

I hope everyone that knew me at camp last year will remember me because I am not coming back until 2003. So all my old counsellors and cabin mates, "say a little prayer" for

Riley Grant
Georgetown, Ontario
1999-1b, 2000-5b, 2001-5b

Monday, January 21, 2002

My grandfather, Bill Jefferies, husband of Dorothy, both long associated with the camp, passed away on Friday. The official notice is in the Star and Globe. The funeral is in Oakville on Thursday at 1 p.m. at St.Jude's Anglican, with visitation on Wednesday. His involvement and friendship with the Stattens and the camp dating back to the 1930's was an immensely important part of his life and proved to be a guiding influence for all of his children and grandchildren, all of whom attended Ahmek or Wapomeo. Myself, my grandmother, my sisters Kristin, Kathryn, Amy, my cousins Erica, Kim, Emily, my father John, and my uncles David and Jim wish to thank the camp and its people for our experience and to remember my grandfather who started it all for us.

David Jefferies
Orillia, Ontario

Thursday, January 17, 2002

I am writing to research the origins of weaving at Camp Wapomeo. To introduce myself, I grew up at the Thompson cottage on Canoe Lake, the green and white one on the point off the south side of main Wap. Since then I have become a weaver, a skill learned at University of Toronto training in Occupational Therapy (OT). The basic book on weaving, The New Key to Weaving, was written by Mary Black, also a weaver and OT.

Some years ago I believe Bett Garland (Dr. George Garland's wife) told me that Mary Black was instrumental in setting up the weaving program at Wapomeo. Currently I am on the OT archive committee at U of T, and am curious to know if this is true, or if there is anyone who has any information on the subject? I would actually be interested in any information you have on Wap weaving. As you may or may not know, there are a lot of weavers around on both Canoe and Smoke Lake!

Information so far on Mary Black is that she was from the Maritimes and trained in OT at McGill in the 1920s. She later practised OT in the late 20s and 30s in the USA, then studied weaving in Sweden. After that, in the early 40s and 50s, she returned to Canada to head up the Nova Scotia Handcrafts Board, and develop handcrafts there.

So it would be an interesting and curious piece of the puzzle to learn if she actually at some point was involved with the Taylor Statten Camps. If you have any information to share on this subject, please drop me a note at, or call me at 416-485-4612.

Many thanks for your interest,

Catherine Brackley
Toronto, Ontario

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