Inductees - S to V
Jim Sandlak is a native of Kitchener, Ontario and learned his hockey skills starting at six years of age playing minor hockey. He played with the Bauer Krauts AAA team and was the highest scorer with 70 points, scoring 34 goals with 36 assists.
In 1983 Sandlak was drafted into the Ontario Hockey League as a Midget by the London Knights, scoring 71 goals with 56 assists for three seasons.
He played two years for Canada in the World Junior Championships. In 1985, in the Gold Medal round, Sandlak scored the tieing goal which gave them the opportunity to go ahead and win the Gold Medal. In 1986 while also representing Canada in the World Junior Championships, Sandlak was voted captain by his teammates and named player of the tournament having scored 7 goals with 7 assists in 7 games. He was then selected for the World Junior All-Star team. Sandlak still holds the World Junior Championship record for the fastest goal in a game - 11 seconds.
In 1985 Sandlak was drafted 1st round, 3rd overall to the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. In 1986 he was the first Vancouver Canuck to win a post season award being named to the NHL All-Star Rookie Team. In his 11 years in the NHL, (9 with Vancouver and 2 with Hartford), he played 706 regular season games as well as five years of playoffs. During these 706 games he earned 229 points on 110 goals with 119 assists.
While in Vancouver, Sandlak was awarded The Alka Seltzer Plus Award for Best plus/minus during a season (1989-1990), and the Vancouver Canucks Bud Light Man of the Year for charitable work (1991).
In the 1997-98 season, Sandlak played hockey in Munich, Germany.
Sandlak remains actively involved in the hockey community by playing charity hockey games with the NHL Oldtimers. He volunteers his time and ability by coaching minor hockey in the London area which is where he makes his home with his wife Susan, and sons Patrick and Carter. Sandlak's community involvement is not limited to hockey as he continues to be involved in charitable golf tournaments, auctions, speaking engagements and most recently, the colour commentary at the professional hockey level. He continues to give of his time and abilities, both on and off of the ice.
A native of Wisconsin, Arthur W. Sandrock came to Kitchener in 1928 and established the first local funeral home. In subsequent years he gave most distinguished service to his profession, his city and his country, for which in 1966, he was named Citizen of the Year.
A member of the Ontario Safety League, he was responsible for the first safety patrols, the first driver training courses and the first traffic violators' court in Canada. He was President of the Tri-County Automobile Club; president and life member of the Chamber of Commerce and founded the Air Cadets and Airetts. Sandrock was the first local chairman of the Canadian Association of Christians and Jews.
He gave invaluable service to the Doon Pioneer Village, of which he was a founding director, and had a distinguished record as a Rotarian, Mason, and churchman.
A team member on Canada's National Team in two sports, ice hockey and softball, Sue Scherer lists a record of participation and achievement that few could match in this country. A native of Kitchener, as a catcher she played with Canada's national softball team that took fourth in the World Championships in New Zealand in 1986 and fifth at the World Championships in Taiwan in 1982. Three times at the Pan American Games, the team won gold in Mexico in 1981 and gold again in Venezuela in 1983 and bronze in 1987. Playing on three different teams over an eight-year period from 1977 to 1985, she helped her teams win six medals at the National Championships.
In ice hockey, as team captain she led Canada to a World Championship in 1990 and again in 1992.
A consultant, board member and advisor with several equity, fairness and spirit of sport programs, she was head coach of the University of Guelph Women's Varsity hockey team from 1993 to 1996 and she was inducted into the University of Guelph's Hall of Fame in 1991 and Softball Canada Hall of Fame in 1997.
WALTER "PUNCH" SCHERER
Walter "Punch" Scherer was born May 6, 1916 in New Hamburg, Ontario. Punch was involved for more than 50 years with hockey in and around Waterloo County. He played Junior hockey for New Hamburg, Junior "A" for the Kitchener Greenshirts, Senior hockey for the Stratford Indians, St. Catharines Seniors, Hamilton Tigers and The Hershey Bears and the Washington Eagles of the EAHL Hockey League. He was coach of the Kitchener-Waterloo Flying Dutchmen, the Stratford Indians and the Phillipsburg Cheves. Walter was Vice-President and Assistant Manager of the Kitchener Beavers of the EPHL, a New York Ranger Farm Team. He was General Manager of the New Hamburg Hahns Junior "C", the Kitchener Rangers, the Kingston Canadians, and the Niagara Falls Junior "A" teams, and the very successful Kitchener-Waterloo Flying Dutchmen.
Hockey Canada also appointed him as their General Manager for the National Junior world competition in 1977. Scherer won an Ontario Hockey League award in 1971 and the Gold Stick award in 1972 in recognition of his dedication and hard work in hockey. He also scouted for the Boston Bruins for several years.
It was through his assistance, sponsorship and concern that many local and other athletes went on to become involved in medicine, law, education and outstanding citizens. Many of these athletes, with the help of scholarships, went on to contribute to hockey and to their communities. He also saw many of his players make it to the National Hockey League and go on to coaching and management in professional and amateur hockey.
Photograph Courtesy of Forde Studio Photographers, Kitchener
John Schlachter was born in Kitchener and studied art with Frank H. Carley, A.R.C.A., John Martin and at the Doon School of Fine Art. He became the central figure of the artistic community in Waterloo County. As well as being a well-know landscape painter in oils, he was a prominent teacher and influenced many budding artists.
Schlacter was a member of the K-W Society of Artists, the Teachers' Council of the Five Counties Art Association and of the K-W Art Gallery where he served on the board of directors for eighteen years. He was active in the Doon School of Fine Art.
Schlacter exhibited at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the London Art Gallery, the Royal Canadian Academy and the Art Gallery of Ontario. He was employed at Baetz Brothers in finishing exquisite furniture long after the normal retirement age.
George Schlee was born June 4, 1858 on a farm near Centreville, a few miles east of Kitchener. In 1876 he apprenticed as a stone mason in Listowel, Ontario, returning to Berlin following his marriage to Eva Hallman of Hanover in 1882.
In 1890 he purchased the construction firm of Jacob Baetz and became prime contractor of the community for imposing residences and civic buildings such as the Walper House, Zion Evangelical Church and a major portion of the K-W Hospital.
Following a visit to the United States, he returned home filled with enthusiasm for the potential in manufacturing of rubber footwear. With his initiative and drive, he organized the Berlin Rubber Company in 1899 and supervised the construction of the first rubber factory in Waterloo County on the corner of Margaret Avenue and Breithaupt Street. Through his vision, and the support of men like Jacob Kaufman and A.L. Breithaupt, the rubber industry was established in this community. In 1906 he sold his interests in the Berlin Rubber and founded the Berlin Button Works (Kitchener Buttons Ltd.), remaining active in this business until his death October 31, 1944.
Brad Schlegel was born in Kitchener in 1968. He played his minor hockey at the "AAA" level beginning with the Bauer Krauts and finishing with the Kitchener Greenshirts. He played his Junior "A" hockey with the London Knights. In 1988 he was the captain and named MVP of the Knights and an Ontario Hockey League All-star.
In 1988-1989 Schlegel joined Team Canada. He has worn the Team Canada Hockey Jersey more than any other Canadian Hockey Player. He was the captain of the Canadian Olympic Team in 1992 that won a silver medal and he was a silver Medalist and the Assistant Captain at the 1994 Olympics and a Bronze Medalist at the 1995 World Championships. He was voted Team Canada's Top Defenseman in 1995; Team Canada won a silver medal at the World Championships that year.
Schlegel played two years in the National Hockey League for Washington and Calgary. In 1992 he won the Governor General's Award and the Victor Davis Award for excellence in sport. He played several years in the Elite European Hockey League and represented Canada eight times in the Spengler Cup winning a gold medal in 1996, silver medal in 1988, named to the All-star team in 1989 and won a bronze medal in 2003.
Schlegel has been active off the ice with the Hicks for Kids Foundation helping sick and orphaned children in Germany, the Goals for Kids raising money for sick children's hospitals in Germany, the Christmas Wish foundation in Austria and the Spinal Cord division of Parkwood Hospital in London, Ontario.
He is married to Heidi and they have one child.
Ron Schlegel is a highly accomplished entrepreneur, academic and philanthropist who has been an innovator in many ventures.
Schlegel's business interests include agriculture, land development, seniors' health care, and most recently, mental health and addictions through the acquisition of Homewood Health Centre. He also owns Homewood Human Solutions, with headquarters in Vancouver, providing employee assistance programs to major corporations across the country. He has developed Williamsburg Town Centre in southwest Kitchener using neo-traditional planning design principles.
For many years Schlegel served in an academic role as a professor in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo. He played a leadership role in developing the Department of Health Sciences and Gerontology and was a co-founder of the Centre for Applied Health Research. He has developed numerous retirement and nursing homes providing a continuum-of-care for thousands of seniors across Ontario.
In cooperation with the University of Waterloo and Conestoga College, Schlegel provided funding and leadership for the development of the innovative Schlegel - UW Research Institute for Aging. Schlegel has supported numerous other charitable causes both locally and internationally.
Schlegel has received many awards and honorary degrees in recognition of his wide ranging accomplishments and generosity in many fields. In 2010 he was inducted into the Waterloo Region Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame. In 2012 he was awarded The Record's Barnraiser Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements and service to our community. For his commitment to helping others and building a stronger Canada, in 2012 Schlegel was a Recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Gordon Schmalz was a product of amateur boxing in Kitchener-Waterloo. For twenty-five years, he contributed to the sport as a fighter, trainer and promoter.
After first entering the ring at the age of fourteen, Schmalz went on to win the Ontario and New York State Golden Glove titles as well as the Canadian Championship. Following his active career, he continued to promote amateur boxing cards throughout Ontario. Schmalz' career reached a high point from 1936 to 1938 when he was the Canadian welterweight champion. After losing in the finals in 1934 and 1935 he won the title for the next three years. During the war, he won two army scrolls in 1940 and 1941, one in the 147 pound class and the other in the unlimited class. He had more than 300 fights in his career and lost only thirty-three.
Schmalz started promoting amateur cards in 1938 until 1955, while still boxing exhibitions himself until he retired in 1947. One of the highlights of his career was when he authored one of the quickest knockouts. At the nineteen-second mark of the first round, he disposed of Tony Russo to win his first Canadian title.
WILLIAM H. SCHMALZ
A man who played an important part in persuading several industries to locate in Berlin was William H. Schmalz. An excellent penman, in 1878 he entered the employ of the Economical Mutual Fire Insurance Company as a policy writer. He became secretary in 1891 and managing director in 1908. He served the Company until 1933.
Schmalz was an alderman in 1892 and mayor in 1911 and 1912. His son, W.H.E. Schmalz, designed Kitchener's 1924 city hall. He was secretary of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church for forty-two years, a member of the choir for twenty years, and treasurer of the Ontario district of the Missouri Synod for twenty-two years. He served the hospital board for eighteen years, nine years as secretary and three as president.
One of Canada's leading philatelists, Schmalz had a collection of 45,000 postage stamps. He also did some fine painting and etching.
WILLIAM H.E. SCHMALZ
W.H.E. Schmalz, a native of Kitchener, and son of a former mayor, graduated in architecture from the University of Toronto and is known as the Twin Cities' dean of architects. He designed Kitchener's city hall in 1919 as well as many other buildings in Ontario. He graduated from the Royal Military College (medalist), and served with the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in 1916.
He served with distinction the Waterloo Historical Society, the Ontario Historical Society, the Ontario Pioneer Community Foundation and the Waterloo County Hall of Fame.
He held office in, or was a long-time member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Kitchener Parks Board, the K-W Hospital Board, the Kiwanis Club for fifty-three, the Kitchener Musical society for fifty-nine, the Kitchener Young Men's Club, the Kitchener Racing Canoe Club and the Lutheran Church locally and provincially.
He was well-known as a sportsman and as an ardent philatelist, and wrote a valuable and informative postal history of Waterloo County.
James (Jim) Schmidt has been a printer, publisher, author, firefighter, bandsman, community activist and promoter of his hometown of Ayr, Ontario.
The Ayr News had been purchased by his father and uncle in 1913 and Schmidt began as an apprentice in 1942. In 1968, he became the sole owner, publisher and editor of this independent weekly newspaper. Although Schmidt still has a chair at The Ayr News, the operation of the printing and publishing company is now handled by the family as it enters the second 100 years of family ownership.
Schmidt has served his local community and Waterloo Region. He has been a tireless promoter of enhancements to community services including water and sewage systems, arenas, community centres and parks. A local park bears his name in recognition of his service. Schmidt served as a volunteer firefighter in North Dumfries Township for more than 50 years, including 17 years as Chief.
In 1997 Schmidt authored a book on the history of Ayr and The Ayr News, upon the 100th anniversary of the newspaper and another book in 2013 - 100 Year Trip with the Schmidt Family and the Ayr News Weekly Newspaper. In 2006 he wrote a book on The Ayr Band for its 50th anniversary which he cofounded in 1956.
In 1993 Schmidt was honoured with the Gold Quill award by the Canadian Community Newspaper Association in recognition of 50 years of service, and in 2002 he received the Queen's Jubilee Medal in recognition of volunteer service and community building. On his retirement from the Fire Department he received the Fire Marshal of Ontario 50 year Long Service Award and the Government of Canada Exemplary Service Medal.
HAROLD J. SCHMIDT
Known as Mr. Baden, Harold J. Schmidt gave of his talent, time and resources through many different aspects of community life. Contributing to his community, as a church leader, local historian, politician, member of many committees, and a businessman, Schmidt had time for everyone. Much of Schmidt's charity went unrecorded; approached by many over the years for assistance, he gave generously and without record.
In the late 1950s, Schmidt served a growing rural population as first secretary-treasurer of the Baden School Board and the Waterloo-Oxford High School Board. He was secretary-treasurer of the Wilmot Municipal Telephone System and led its conversion to rotary dial service. From 1973 to 1997, Schmidt was elected Councillor to Wilmot Township Council and he was a strong advocate of the Township's decision to purchase and restore Castle Kilbride as a museum. He called his part in the museum project "his proudest achievement." He was also a member of the Baden Chamber of Commerce and the Baden Park Board.
Remembering the assistance of his church in times of need, Schmidt became involved in charitable organizations connected with his Mennonite faith. He served as secretary-treasurer of the Mennonite Aid Union for more than fifty years. He was cofounder of the Mennonite Benefit Association and he served the Mennonite Relief Sale in New Hamburg.
Schmidt was honoured with the Ontario Volunteer Service Award and was named Wilmot Township Citizen of the Year in 2000.
M. GRACE SCHMIDT
M. Grace Schmidt was born in Berlin in 1915. After a short teaching career, she joined the staff of the Kitchener Public Library (KPL) where she became a reference librarian and was Assistant Chief Librarian for seven years before her retirement in 1980. She was referred to as a "walking encyclopedia" and assisted many authors writing on local history; her contribution to raising its profile was recognized by KPL which named the Grace Schmidt Room of Local History in her honour in 1984.
Schmidt served the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation, the Waterloo Historical Society, the Joseph Schneider Haus, the Waterloo County Hall of Fame, the Red Cross, the Board and United Church Women of Zion United Church and the United Church Hamilton Conference archive's committee.
Honours include the Outstanding Achievement Award for volunteerism given by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Recreation (1995), the WRHF Award of Excellence (1991) and Kitchener-Waterloo Woman of the Year (1980). In 1999, Schmidt received an honourary Doctorate from the University of Waterloo, recognizing her contribution to the community.
M.C. "MILT" SCHMIDT
The centre on one of the most potent lines in the history of the National Hockey League was Milton Conrad Schmidt, born in Kitchener, Ontario, March 5, 1918.
Schmidt played between Wood Dumart and Bobby Bauer on a unit dubbed the Kraut Line by Albert "Battleship" Leduc. With the exception of three years when he was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, Schmidt played for Boston from 1936 to 1937 season until midway through 1954 to 1955 when he gave up playing to become the Bruins coach. After seven seasons of coaching, Schmidt moved up to the management level.
Schmidt was a powerful, hard-hitting centre who never gave up the puck without a fight. He stood six feet tall and weighed 185 pounds. During his NHL career, Milt scored 229 goals and a total of 346 points. He won the league scoring title in 1939 and 1940, won the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player in 1951 and 1952, and played for two Stanley Cup-winning teams, 1938 and 1939 and 1940 and 1941. He was also voted three times to the league's first All-Star team -1939 and 1940, 1946 and 1947 and 1950 and 1951 - and to the second team in 1951 and 1952.
A strong, hard skater, Schmidt was also a clever stick-handler and always dangerous around the nets. He never stopped trying.
THE SCHNARR HOCKEY FAMILY
Amongst the many hockey players, native to Kitchener, who attained considerable fame over the years must be included the eight players who appear in the above group team picture.
All are sons of the late John H. Schnarr of Kitchener who coached, trained and managed this family team, unique indeed in the annals of team sports. It won twenty out of twenty-two games played against all-star teams in Toronto and New York, and as well, won many games in competition with top-ranking clubs in other American and Canadian cities. These achievements resulted in headline recognition in the press of both countries.
The boys were taught to skate at the earliest possible age, followed by constant practising of the then finer points of the game on their own ice surface adjacent to their home, and on other available rinks in the area. There was a spread of sixteen years between the youngest and the oldest, the latter being in his thirties during the period of the team's unusual accomplishments. John Schnarr father died in Kitchener in 1935.
JOHN METZ SCHNEIDER
The founder of J.M. Schneider Limited in1890, spent his first twenty-one years on his father's farm west of Kitchener. A prudent pay-as-you-go approach led J.M. Schneider to continue his ten-hour day at a button factory during the two years he nurtured his enterprise. Schneider established his original " plant" in the basement of his home and when growth required additional space it was in the form of a house built next door.
He realized that his most valuable assets were dedicated employees and he always showed a sincere concern for them. Quality was always stressed and the family effort developed into a large and successful meat packing business.
Schneider maintained an active role in his company during more than half-a-century and was also a leader in his church and in civic service having been an alderman and member of the Kitchener Board of Trade.
Joseph Schneider, commonly regarded as the Founding Father of Berlin now Kitchener, immigrated with his wife and four children from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in May, 1807, with other prominent Mennonite pioneers such as Benjamin Eby, Peter Erb and Abraham Weber.
He settled on Lot No. 17 of the German Company Tract, erected a two-storey sawmill on Schneider Creek and constructed a road from his farm to the A Great Road from Dundas. This crossroads was the nucleus of the village which was incorporated in 1854 and became the County Seat.
His 1820 house, is the oldest surviving homestead in Kitchener and has been restored as a museum.
NORMAN C. SCHNEIDER
Norman C. Schneider, a native of Berlin, attended local schools and served an apprenticeship with the Tuerk Engine and Tool Company. He designed and supervised the mechanical aspects of the meat packing plant founded by his father J.M. Schneider.
He served as federal member of Parliament from 1952 to 1958. In 1966 he was awarded a Doctor of Laws degree by Waterloo Lutheran University and in 1967 received the Centennial Medal in recognition of his service to the nation.
Schneider was a pioneer in the establishment of the Waterloo-Wellington Airport and the new 1973 terminal was named the Norman Schneider Terminal in recognition of fifty years of dedicated service in the advancement of aviation. He was also made an honorary life member of the Waterloo-Wellington Airport Commission.
He served, in various capacities, the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, Federated Charities, the Red Cross Society, Doon Pioneer Village, the Kitchener-Waterloo High School Board, the Salvation Army, the Children's Aid Society, the YMCA, the University of Waterloo and St. Mary's Hospital.
Wilfred Schneller, born in Waterloo Township, graduated from the Ontario Agricultural College. He started a dairy on his farm near Baden where he pioneered by installing electric fencing. The first Ontario Wheatland Day was held there. He worked thirty-two years as a food and vegetable inspector for Agriculture Canada.
With Sandy Forsythe, he conceived the idea for the Waterloo County Arboretum near New Hamburg in 1964. He initiated the formation of the Waterloo County Federation of Agriculture, the Banner Counties Ayrshire Club, the Waterloo County Soil and Crop Improvement Association, the Wilmot Township Plowmen's Association and the Baden and District Chamber of Commerce.
He was president of the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association, president of the Waterloo County Supplies Co-operative and was on the Ontario Conservation Council. He was chairman of the Baden School Board, Lieutenant-governor of the Kiwanis Club, president of the Kitchener Musical Society and past master of the Masonic Lodge.
JAMES (JIM) SCHOENFELD
James Schoenfeld was born in Galt on September 4, 1952. Jim played his junior hockey with the Niagara Falls Flyers before being drafted by the Buffalo Sabres. He spent thirteen years in the National Hockey League with Buffalo, Detroit and Boston, playing in 719 league games. He scored 51 goals, had 204 assists and spent 1,132 minutes in the penalty box.
Schoenfeld was named to the 1979-80 second All-Star team and played in the 1977 and 1980 All-Star games and the 1979 Challenge Cup.
Schoenfeld coached the Buffalo Sabres from June 1985 to January 1986. He returned to coaching with New Jersey in January 1988 and stayed with the team until November 1990. In 1988, he took the New Jersey Devils to within one game of the Stanley Cup finals. Schoenfeld took over as head coach in Washington, January 27, 1994.
Jim and his wife Theresa have four children, Justin, Katie, Adam and Nathan, and they live in Maryland.
JOHN SCOTT MD
When a very bad cholera epidemic was raging in Galt in 1834, a man who loved the practice of medicine as a profession and politics as an avocation, Dr. John Scott, of Toronto, who had been born in Selkirk, Scotland, in January 1814, came to reside in the community. He helped his father become established in Blenheim Township. In the fall of that year he opened a practice in the nearby colourful village of Berlin.
His interest in politics led to his selection as the reeve of the first council of the village of Berlin and, naturally, Scott used his influence to have Berlin chosen as the county seat. He was the first warden of Waterloo County and the county coroner, and one of the most esteemed men of the circle in which he moved.
WILLIAM JAMES SCOTT
William James Scott was New Hamburg's first postmaster from 1851 to 1857, a member of the first council of Wilmot Township for five years, three as reeve, and a member of the first Waterloo County Council.
In 1845 he purchased a lot from the well-known pioneer Absalom Shade, and on this site built a dam, sawmill and flour mill, from which the village of New Hamburg grew. Here, and on property on Bleams Road, Scott erected striking homes of Scottish architecture which are still in use.
He was a founding director of the Agricultural Society of Waterloo County, in 1853 and was an exhibitor of Devon cattle.
In 1858 Scott was elected an Independent Conservative member of the provincial parliament, representing South Waterloo. He was Lieutenant-Colonel of the 4 th Battalion of Waterloo Infantry. Scott donated the site on which Trinity Lutheran Church was built. He later moved to New Zealand.
CAMPBELL A. SEAGRAM
Born in Waterloo in April 1906, "Cammie" became one of Waterloo County's finest athletes excelling in most sports.
In football he was outstanding for Kitchener, winner of the Ontario Intermediate Championship in 1926, 1927, 1928 and the Canadian Championship in 1927 and named quarterback to the 1927 All Star team.
In hockey he played for Kitchener when they won the Senior Championship in the OHA in 1927. In cricket he played for the Waterloo club, winning the Western Ontario Championship several times in the late 1920s. He also was on three Canadian Championship teams of the Toronto Cricket Club. He was chosen for the Canadian team which toured England in 1936.
In badminton in 1926, he was a member of the Western Ontario Doubles Championship team and was also Twin City Singles Champion.
In curling he was a member of the Kitchener Granite Club rink, which won the Ontario Championships in 1938, 1939, 1940 and the Macdonald Brier Canadian Championship in 1939.
In golf he was a close to par player and he won the Westmount Golf and Country Club Championship in 1931, 1933, 1938, 1940.
JOSEPH EMM SEAGRAM
Joseph E. Seagram was known throughout Canada chiefly as a distinguished breeder of racing horses and as head of several progressive industries in Waterloo, including Seagram Distillery, one of the country's largest. He was a native of Galt, but moved to Waterloo in 1864.
Seagram's interest in the breeding and racing of thoroughbreds culminated in the famous Waterloo Seagram Stables winning the King's and Queen's Plate on fifteen occasions, including eight consecutive years. Very frequently thoroughbreds from the Seagram Stables won other outstanding racing events in Canada and the United States.
Seagram served his country with distinction as a member of the House of Commons, representing his home riding, as a Conservative from 1896 to 1908.
A particularly civic-minded citizen, he contributed in various ways to civic and charitable organizations and donated the land on which the present K-W Hospital was built.
JOHN G. SEATON MD
Dr. John G. Seaton was for many years a highly regarded medical practitioner in the Sheffield-Galt area.
He took a keep interest in sports, particularly in rural areas. Recognizing a great need for the organization of rural groups to sponsor the promotion of a major winter sport and a summer sport for the enjoyment of players and spectators, he became a founder of both the Ontario Rural Hockey and the Rural Softball Associations. With his cofounder, Lorne Johannes of Blair, he contacted community-minded persons in Ontario. Organization meetings were held in Galt and within a short time many well-administered leagues were in operation and several thousand players were registered with the Associations.
Great improvements in playing fields and other facilities have been made in rural Ontario due to the foresight and leadership of Seaton and his associates.
Earl Walter Seibert played fifteen and a half seasons in the National Hockey League, and in that time he established himself as one of the all-time great defencemen.
Seibert was voted to NHL All-Star teams in ten consecutive seasons, making the first team in 1934-35, 1941-42, 1942-43 and 1943-44. He was noted for his rushing ability and accounted for 89 goals and a total of 276 points in scheduled league games, adding another eleven goals and eight assists in play-offs.
Born in Kitchener, Ontario on December 7, 1911, son of Oliver Seibert, Earl began skating at an early age and was a consistent winner in the annual skating carnival in Kitchener. His speed and strong body-checking as a junior player caught the eye of several pro clubs and he eventually turned pro in 1929 with the Springfield Indians, a farm club for the New York Rangers. He moved up to the Rangers in the 1931-32 season and almost immediately became a standout on defence. The Rangers traded him to Chicago in 1935-36, for Art Coulter, and ten years later he was traded for three players to Detroit.
OLIVER L. SEIBERT
Skating and hockey were traditions of the Seibert family of Berlin, Ontario. Berlin was later renamed Kitchener, but the Seibert name has remained over the years as one of the greatest in the area.
Seibert was a very speedy and versatile player. He started as a goaltender for Berlin but switched to forward and starred for many years. He was born in Berlin, March 18, 1881, and at one time played on a team comprised entirely from his own family. Seibert was a leader in many respects. He was one of the first Canadians to play on artificial ice when his team played an exhibition game in St. Louis.
He was also the first Berlin player to turn pro. After playing for Berlin Rangers, champions of the Western Ontario hockey Association for six successive seasons from 1900 to 1906, Seibert became a pro with Houghton, Michigan. He also played pro with London and Guelph in the Ontario Pro League and Northwestern Michigan League.
Oliver died on May 15, 1944.
RICHARD "RIC" JAMES SEILING
Ric Seiling played his minor hockey in Elmira, and he won many Ontario Minor Hockey Association Championships. At the age of fifteen, he played Junior B hockey for the Elmira Sugar Kings who won their first league playoff championship. He was drafted to the Hamilton Fincups who won the 1975-76 Memorial Cup for Canada's Major Junior A Championship. He was selected to the Memorial Cup All-Star Team. The following year the franchise became the St. Catharines Fincups and represented Canada in the very first World Junior Championship, held in Czechoslovakia, and earned a silver medal.
Seiling was selected in the first round (14th overall) by the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL in the 1977 Amateur Draft, and was selected by the Winnipeg Jets in the sixth round of the World Hockey Association that same year. He joined the Buffalo Sabres for the 1977-78 season, making his mark as an all-round player on regular shift, power play and penalty killing. In January of 1981 he was hit in the left eye with a hockey stick and played another six years with only sight in his right eye.
Twice in his nine years, Seiling was voted the Sabres "Unsung Hero" and also received the "Charlie Barton Award" for the player who demonstrated a desire and dedication to the sport. He also received the "Star of Stars" for having the most accumulated points during the season for the three star selections after each home game.
Prior to the 1986 season, Seiling was traded to the Detroit Red Wings and played the 1986-87 season there and going to the NHL semi-finals. He concluded his professional playing career as a playing Assistant Coach for the Adirondack Red Wings in the 1987-88. He was responsible for developing young Red Wing prospects for the parent NHL Red Wings.
During his playing career as a right wing and center, Seiling played 738 NHL games, earning 387 points, including 179 goals and 208 assists. Seiling remained involved with the game at an amateur and Minor Pro level as a Coach and Director of Player Personnel in the NAJHL, OHL, CoHL, and the CHL.
Photograph Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto
Rod Seiling played a total of 979 games in the National Hockey League for New York, Toronto, Washington and Atlanta over a span of seventeen years. As an all star defenceman, his point total was 62 goals and 269 assists.
Born in Elmira in 1944, he played his minor hockey in Elmira, winning many Ontario Minor Hockey Association championships. He was named MVP of the famous Goderich Peewee Tournament after scoring seven goals in just one game. He signed a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs and played for the St. Michaels Bussers at age fourteen and won the OHA Junior B title in 1961. He was on the Toronto Marlborough team when they won the 1964 Memorial Cup and was a member of the Canadian Olympic hockey team in the 1964 Insbrook Olympics.
He will be remembered as the key player in the five for two trades from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the New York Rangers.
FRANK J. SELKE
A hockey coach, manager, executive and a National Hockey League Governor from 1904 to 1964, Frank Selke was born in Kitchener, May 7, 1893. Starting out as a manager of the Iroquois Bantams, he maintained an unbroken string of winning teams. He organized the Berlin Union Jack Athletic Club in 1910 and reorganized the Toronto Marlboros in 1921.
With the aid of a few good friends, Selke was able to finance his amateur clubs without financial aid. His earnings from his electrical trade provided the funds and his leisure time was devoted to management.
In 1929 he joined Conn Smythe, acting as his assistant during the erection and management of Maple Leaf Gardens. In 1946 he moved to Montreal and assumed the post of managing director of the Montreal Canadiens. His organization of a farm system of Junior Hockey across Canada resulted in making the Canadiens the strongest team in professional hockey. The club won many league championships and Stanley Cups. The team's record of winning five successive Stanley Cups may never be equalled.
Galt owes its existence largely to the initiative and pioneering of Absalom Shade, a Pennsylvania carpenter who was hired by William Dickson to help open up Dumfries Township for settlers.
The area was surveyed in 1816 and a grist mill, sawmill and a store were erected in 1817. As the settlement, known appropriately as Shade's Mills, grew, produce had to be transported with difficulty through the treacherous Beverly Swamp. To overcome this, Shade arranged for the goods to be delivered in flat bottom boats, down the Grand River to Dunnville and through the Welland Canal to market.
The name of the community was changed to Galt in 1827 in honor of John Galt, a personal friend of Dickson.
In 1831 Shade was elected a member of the Legislative Assembly, representing Halton Riding, and in 1850 he was elected reeve of Dumfries Township.
The Swiss ancestors of Elven Shantz immigrated from Pennsylvania to Waterloo County in 1809. A son of Menno and Susanah Shantz, he was a Saskatchewan homesteader for ten years and later a monument manufacturer in Berlin.
Shantz was Past President of the Ontario Pioneer Community Foundation and a member of Waterloo District Heritage Foundation. The Hall of Fame is greatly indebted to his knowledge and guidance.
He has given outstanding service as Secretary of the Military problems Committee of the Historical Peace Churches; as an ombudsman for Mennonite conscientious objectors and as chairman of the Peace and Social Concern Committee. He represented the Old Order Mennonites and the Old Order Amish Mennonites in their requests for exemption from government programs that are in opposition to their beliefs. He organized the Mennonite Disaster Service of Ontario and initiated the New Hamburg sale that raised huge sums for humanity.
Shantz gave excellent service to Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church for more than fifty years. Through his work he has made a unique and lasting contribution to his fellow men.
JACOB Y. SHANTZ
Jacob Y. Shantz, who was born in Berlin in 1822, a farmer and operator of a sawmill, was responsible for the erection of a building for the market which became famous through the years. He built the 1869 Market House in which the basement was the market; the first storey the municipal office, the council chamber, the post office and the library and the second storey was a public meeting hall. In this building he served for one month as mayor in 1822.
Shantz also carved a place for himself in Canadian history through his work in arranging settlement of the Russian Mennonites in the Canadian West.
Milo Shantz was born in New Hamburg in 1932. Shantz' early involvement in the poultry business led to the development of Hybrid Turkeys, which was among the top three breeding companies in the world when the company was sold in 1981.
In 1975, Shantz' interest in the village of St. Jacobs began with the opening of the Stone Crock Restaurant. In the following 25 years, Shantz' involvements, through various companies and shareholder groups, were extensive. The most familiar of these include the St. Jacobs and Waterloo Farmers' Markets, the Ontario Livestock Exchange, the St. Jacobs Outlet Mall, a number of rental properties, and six long-term care homes for the elderly. As a result of his marketing, financial and operational skills, Shantz' vision put St. Jacobs on the international tourism map.
Shantz was involved in numerous community and church related organizations, including the Mennonite Economic Development Association, a leader in micro-enterprise development, and Habitat for Humanity which builds affordable housing around the world.
Mersynergy Charitable Foundation was created in 1983 as a vehicle through which to receive and distribute charitable gifts. The Foundation has close involvement with Mercare Homes, a residence for psychiatrically disabled individuals, foster care throughout Southern Ontario, the St. Jacobs Schoolhouse and Church Theatres, and the St. Jacobs Daycare.
Mercedes Corporation received the prestigious Business Achievement Award from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
Shantz was recognized by the community and many organizations for his entrepreneurship and community involvement. He received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, the Confederation Medal and Wilfrid Laurier University awarded him an Honourary Doctorate of Laws.
RALPH L. SHANTZ
Ralph Shantz was first elected to Wilmot Township Council in 1967. For the next 39 years, 10 of them as mayor, he served his constituents with outstanding dedication and commitment. His decisions and actions significantly influenced heritage preservation, quality of life, and the rural nature of Wilmot Township and Waterloo Region.
Shantz was active in the Wilmot Agricultural Society, Heritage Wilmot, Baden Chamber of Commerce, the restoration of Castle Kilbride and the construction of the Township offices in Baden. Shantz was very involved in Wilmot's Millennium and the 150th Anniversary Celebrations in 2000, as well as the creation of the Oasis in the Centre.
Much passion and energy were expended in Wilmot Township's Recreation Complex opened in 2008. A strong advocate for the environment and agriculture, Shantz worked relentlessly to protect Wilmot's water quality and supply. He served on Shantz Mennonite Church Council and as an Elder. He also chaired the 150th Anniversary Committee and chaired the committee that published a history book of the church.
Shantz served on the Grand River Conservation Authority, Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro, as a Commissioner and Chair of the Commission, and the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society. He co-ordinated the 2006 Christian Shantz Family Reunion, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the family's arrival in Waterloo County.
In 2005, the Provincial Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing presented Shantz with a "Long Standing Service Recognition Award". In 2006, Wilmot Township Council named its newly renovated archives "The Ralph Shantz Reading Room." In 2007, Shantz was honoured with the "Community Builder Award", the second such award ever presented.
Born in 1934, Shantz has lived his entire life on the family farm on Erb's Road near Baden, Ontario. He is married to the former Dorothy Schmitt and has two daughters, Kerry and Lori.
Ross Shantz was born in 1939 in New Hamburg. He worked at Shantz Farms Ltd. with beef cattle, grain, corn and turkey production, hatchery and processing. This experience led to the development of Hybrid Turkeys (Hybrid) in 1970, which eventually encompassed fourteen farms, two hatcheries and had affiliated operations in Brazil, Hungary and Ireland. Hybrid became one of the largest primary breeders of turkeys in the world and sold breeding stock and other products more than forty countries. In 1981, Hybrid Turkeys was sold to Hendrix International of the Netherlands and Ross continued for five years as President and served five years on the Board of Directors.
Shantz has been President of Mercedes Corporation since 1986 and he has worked along with his brother Milo in every venture except the founding of Mercedes. Shantz has been involved in the operation of the St. Jacobs and Waterloo Farmers' Markets, the Ontario Livestock Exchange, the St. Jacobs Outlet Mall, Countryside Furniture, a number of rental properties, and six long-term care homes for the elderly.
Shantz believes in contributing to his community. He has been active with Habitat for Humanity, Mennonite Economic Development Association, the House of Friendship and the Mennonite Foundation of Canada.
Mersynergy Charitable Foundation was created in 1983 as a vehicle through which to receive and distribute charitable gifts. The Foundation has close involvement with Mercare Homes, a residence for psychiatrically disabled individuals, foster care throughout Southern Ontario, the St. Jacobs Schoolhouse and Church Theatres, and the St. Jacobs Daycare.
Photograph courtesy of Forde Studio, Kitchener
DONALD McQUEEN SHAVER
Donald Shaver of Galt, a descendant of United Empire Loyalists, succeeded in breeding championship egg-laying hens at the age of twelve.
Following service as a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Tank Corps in World War II, he became a professional poultry breeder, and in 1954 developed a small-framed leghorn, named Shaver Starcross 288 for the number of eggs laid in one year. It became the world's champion egg layer and was continuously awarded the Poultry Tribune Trophy, emblematic of world leadership. Later he developed the Starbro boiler, an outstanding meat producer.
Through modern technology and business management, Shaver expanded into the export field, with regional headquarters in Britain, France, Germany and the United States, with joint ventures in Pakistan, and distributors and breeding farms in seventy countries. Shaver advocated and practised the sharing of modern food-producing technology with developing nations. He was awarded a Centennial Medal by the Ontario Agricultural College in 1974.
RONALD FRANK SHAVER
Ron Shaver was born in Galt, Ontario on June 16, 1951. Ron starting skating with the Galt Figure Skating Club at age five. He won many Western Ontario Championships. At age seventeen, although still a resident of Galt, he transferred to the Stoney Creek Skating Club in order to follow his teaching Pro. He then entered the Canadian Championship Competitors. Ron Shaver won the Skate Canada International Championship in 1974 and in 1976. He won the Canadian Men's Figure Skating Championship in 1977.
Shaver was runner-up in the Canadian Men's Figure Skating Championship of three occasions. He has represented Canada in International Competitions at various places. Among these is St. Gervais, France where in International Competition he finished second behind John Currie of Britain. He has skated in Moscow, Tokyo, Germany, Czechoslovakia and Sweden.
Ron turned professional with Ice Capades in 1977.
Bill Shaw was born near Hespeler (Cambridge) in 1928. He attended Galt Collegiate Institute and in 1951 he graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business. He received an MBA from McMaster University in 1966.
Shaw worked for Ford Motor Company in Windsor and then worked in product development for CCM in Toronto.
In 1968 Shaw joined Multiscreen Corporation (now Imax Corporation) to design and develop the IMAX Projection System. This revolutionary technology allows a film to be projected onto a massive screen and makes the viewer feel that they are part of the action. The first public IMAX showing was at EXPO 70 in Osaka, Japan. This installation led to the first permanent IMAX theatre at the Cinesphere at Ontario Place, Toronto in 1971. There are now over 225 IMAX theatres in over thirty countries around the world. Over 180 IMAX films take the viewer to interesting places like outer space, to the top of Mount Everest, to the bottom of the Atlantic, and to the wreck of RMS Titanic.
In 1986 Shaw accepted a Scientific and Technical Achievement award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science (which was upgraded to an Oscar in 1996). He received the Leonardo da Vinci Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the John Grierson International Gold Medal from the Society of Motion Picture Television Engineers and an engineering medal from the association of Professional Engineers of Ontario. The IMAX Founder's Award for major contributions to the 15 perf/70 mm giant screen industry was presented posthumously.
While working at IMAX Corporation, Shaw lived in Streetsville, Ontario. In 1994 he moved back to Cambridge for five years, and then settled in Dorset (near Huntsville). Shaw was always active in his communities, most notably in his church St. Andrew's Presbyterian (Streetsville and Huntsville), Streetsville Musicorp's JUSTUS, and the Huntsville Community Choir. He engineered the restoration and expansion of both churches. Four university scholarship funds were set up by Shaw at the University of Toronto to encourage future Canadian engineering successes. In addition to his singing, Shaw was interested in boats, engines, motorcycles, skiing and curling
JOSEPH (SCHOERG) SHERK (1769-1855)
SAMUEL D. BETZNER (1770-1856)
The first two settlers in Waterloo County were Joseph (Schoerg) Sherk and Samuel D. Betzner, of Franklin County, Pennsylvania. It was in honour of them and other early settlers who followed, that the Pioneer Memorial Tower was erected in Kitchener near the actual spot where they cleared land and built their pioneer homes.
Sherk and Betzner came to Canada in the fall of 1799.
In the spring of 1800, Sherk and his wife settled on Lot No.11, B.F. Beasley Black, S.R., on the bank of the Grand River opposite Doon, and Betzner and his wife settled on the west bank of the Grand, on a farm near the village of Blair.
Peter Shirk, a Pennsylvania German Mennonite, came to Waterloo Township in 1861. In 1866 he purchased the Blair Mill, which he sold three years later, and with Samuel Snider then formed the Shirk and Snider Milling Company, Bridgeport. In 1889 he increased the firm's flour-making capacity to 250 barrels a day by purchasing the Baden Mill.
Shirk was a man of high repute in Mennonite and other circles and he held various public offices. He was treasurer of Waterloo Township from 1892-1912. His son George succeeded him in the office from 1912 to1927 and his grandson Allen held the position from 1927 to 1942, making a total of fifty years that members of the Shirk family carried out the duties of this office.
Shirk was also a member of the Berlin High School Board from 1878 to 1904.
He was the father of five sons and eight daughters.
DOROTHY R. SHOEMAKER
Dorothy Shoemaker was born in Berlin (Kitchener) in 1906. She graduated from University College at the University of Toronto and later from the library science course at Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
She began her library service in Kitchener as a part-time helper in the children's department and later specialized in reference work. After becoming chief librarian in 1944, many new services were added, including a bookmobile service to area schools. Her tenacious crusade of seventeen years for a new library building, resulted in its opening in 1962. She retired from the Library in 1971.
She was a charter member of the Canadian Library Association, president of the Ontario Library Association, president of the KW branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women and a member of the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery board. To honour Dorothy on her retirement, the Library Board named their literary awards the Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Awards to encourage and recognize the creative writing of children, young people and adults. In July 1996, an anonymous gift of an endowment fund, to be administered by the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation, assured the perpetuation of the awards.
JACOB S. SHOEMAKER
Jacob S. Shoemaker, the founder of Bridgeport, had the unique distinction of being the one who sent out scouts to warn William Lyon Mackenzie that efforts were being made to capture him. MacKenzie was taken across the Grand River and guided to Bush Inn, Doon, from where he escaped to Buffalo.
Shoemaker came from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, to Abraham Erb, a miller in Waterloo in 1820. He managed the Waterloo mills for two years. In the late 1820s he purchased a lot in the area now comprising Bridgeport and constructed a large dam and sawmill. In 1830 he erected extensive mills and was soon proprietor of a sawmill, flour mill, store, woollen mills and a distillery. The flour mill, enlarged before 1851, when there was a financial depression, was destroyed by fire in 1970.
This settlement was known as Shoemaker's Mills, then Lancaster, later Glasgow, and eventually Bridgeport.
ALBERT "BABE" SIEBERT
A great hockey player, with a heart as big as his massive body, was lost August 25, 1939, when Albert C. "Babe" Siebert drowned at St. Joseph, Ontario.
The Babe was born in Plattsville, Ontario, January 14, 1904, and played his minor hockey in Zurich, Ontario. He played for Kitchener in the Ontario Hockey Association junior league in 1922 to 1923. Although still a junior, he moved up to play for Niagara Falls seniors in 1924 to 1925 and made the jump into the National Hockey League the following season with the Montreal Maroons.
Siebert was an outstanding left-winger at that time, and combined with Nels Stewart and Hooley Smith to form the highly-rated S-line which functioned effectively for five seasons. The line was broken with dramatic suddenness in 1932 when Stewart was traded to Boston and Siebert to New York Rangers. Siebert later went to Boston, then returned to Montreal to play for the Canadians in 1936 to 1937. By this time his speed had gone but Babe had developed into an outstanding defenceman. He was so good, in fact, that he was voted the Hart Trophy that season.
He was named to the first all-star team on defence three consecutive seasons, starting with 1935 to 1936.
William Simpson, known affectionately as "Daddy" Simpson was called the father of the furniture industry in Waterloo. He was five months old when his parents immigrated to Canada in 1832 and settled in St. George, where William received his education.
He became apprenticed to a cabinetmaker at Hamilton and learned the art of furniture making thoroughly. In 1856 he assumed control of one of the two furniture factories in Berlin and continued with various partners until the business was sold to Canada Furniture Manufacturers, Limited.
HARVEY J. SIMS
Born in Waterloo, Harvey J. Sims graduated from Trinity College, University of Toronto, and completed his law course at Osgoode Hall. In 1921 he was made King's Counsel and became a well-known authority on municipal law, acting as Kitchener's solicitor for many years. He was a leading authority on insurance law and was author of Life Insurance Contracts in Canada.
He was one of the founders of the K-W Granite Club, president of the Ontario Lawn Bowling Association and president of the Ontario Curling Association. He was a member of the Kitchener rink which represented Canada at the 1932 winter Olympics. He was a charter member of the K-W Rotary Club and served on the senate of the University of Toronto. His country residence, Chicopee, was one of the outstanding examples of amateur landscaping in the province.
Born on September 18, 1950, in Kitchener, Sittler started his professional hockey career when he was chosen by the Toronto Maple Leafs from the London Knights in the first round of the 1970 entry draft. He played 1,096 games in fifteen seasons with the Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings, retiring in 1984.
Sittler scored 484 goals, ranking eighteenth in most goals scored in NHL history. His 1,121 points put him seventeenth on the career point's list. He established the NHL mark for the most points (ten) in one game. In 1976 Sittler's overtime goal against Czechoslovakia gave Team Canada a 5-4 victory in the final of the first Canada Cup. Sittler was one of the most respected Leaf Captains (1975-1981) in history.
He is a prominent figure in the community, lending support to charity projects and minor sports organizations. He lives in Amherst, NY and is employed in public relations.
ALAN R. G. SMITH
Alan R.G. Smith was born on Churchill Farm in Wilmot Township. A public servant most of his life, he served as secretary of the Wilmot Agricultural Society, the New Hamburg Board of Trade and the Waterloo County Mothers Allowance Board. He was president of the Ontario Association of Fairs and Exhibitions, the Ontario Experimental Union and the Waterloo Crop Improvement Association.
For thirteen years he lectured for the Ontario Department of Agriculture and spearheaded a campaign to eradicate sow thistles in Western Ontario. He was District Weed Inspector for several years and was an active member of the Farmers Institute.
For several years he was superintendent of the Ontario Government's "Soils and Crops Train" - a project with speakers encouraging farms to use up-to-date methods of farming.
Smith's interest in local history led to the discovery of native artifacts in the Baden Hills area and he wrote a number of articles for the Waterloo Historical Society's annual volume.
A native of Rockton, a few miles east of Cambridge, Doug Smith contributed football skills which helped Glenview Park Secondary School win the South Waterloo Championship in 1970. From there he attended Wilfrid Laurier University, played for the Golden Hawks and won All-Canadian University recognition in 1973.
Joining the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 1974, Smith continued his career there until 1980, was CFL Eastern All-star Centre in 1979 and helped the Alouettes win Grey Cups in 1974 and 1977. He played for the Toronto Argonauts in 1981 and 1982 and finished his career with the Montreal Concordes in1983 and 1984. He was team captain during his last six years of playing.
Father of three children, Smith works with an academic book publishing company, plays recreational hockey, coaches and referees.
Photograph Courtesy of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
J. ALBERT SMITH
J. Albert Smith, a native of New Hamburg, received his public and secondary school education in Kitchener before joining Mutual Life Assurance Company and later Canada Cement Company Limited. He served Kitchener as alderman eight times and was mayor from 1935 to 1937. He was elected president of the Ontario Mayors' Association and was on the executive of the Dominion Mayors' Association. He was a member of the Kitchener Water Commission and the Public Utilities Commission. A past president of the Kitchener Horticultural Society and the developer of Rockway Gardens through his Work-for-Relief Plan, he was president of the Ontario Horticultural Association in 1931. He was elected to the provincial legislature in 1937 and was appointed commissioner of the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario. He received the King George Coronation Medal (1937), the OHA Silver Medal (1967) and the Kitchener Medal (1971).
Ron Smith was born in 1944 in Galt (Cambridge) and had a distinguished sporting career, initially as a local athlete, and then in a professional administration and coaching/managing career in ice hockey. Smith's coaching career, including high school, junior, university and professional leagues, has spanned 35 years.
Smith held head coaching jobs in the National Hockey League (NHL), American Hockey League (AHL) and International Hockey League (IHL). In his 11 year professional coaching career, Smith had a combined 427-319-83-12 record while coaching the New York Rangers (NHL), Binghamton Rangers (AHL), Lowell Lock Monsters (AHL) and Cincinnati Cyclones (IHL).
Prior to joining the professional coaching ranks, Smith was the head coach at York University, and served as Director of Player Personnel with the Canadian Olympic Program. He was also appointed to the position of Technical Director for the Ontario Hockey Association, and was instrumental in developing the Canadian National Coach Certification program.
Previous to his coaching career, Smith was a standout senior hockey player and professional baseball player as a shortstop in the San Francisco Giants' organization.
Karen Snelgrove began her career at age seven playing T-Ball. From 1976 to 1984, she moved up through the Kitchener Minor Girl's Softball League, culminating in the Kitchener CHYM Belles (Bantam). During this period she won numerous honours as best pitcher, MVP and all star awards. She excelled at several sports while attending Grand River Collegiate and was selected Female Athlete of the Year in 1988. From 1985 to 1990, while still of Bantam age, Snelgrove jumped to the Kitchener Waterloo Civitans and helped them win three National Championships.
From 1994 to 1996, Snelgrove played Senior Women's Ball for the Dorchester Jesters, with time permitting while she was in the National Training Program. Selected to Canada's National Junior Women's Team in 1987, she competed in the World Junior Championships held in Oklahoma.
She was awarded a softball scholarship to the University of Columbia, Missouri from 1988 to 1992 and helped Missouri win a berth in the College World Series in Oklahoma. In 1990 she led the National Division with an ERA of .180. In 1991 Snelgrove pitched back-to-back perfect games, was Academic All-American, and in 1992 was Missouri Female College Athlete of the Year and Athletic All-American. From 1988 to 1992, she set five University softball records, most notably ERA for a season of .180, ERA for a career .380, and tossed four perfect games. She held a career record of 78-29, including 25-6, and was named to the Big-Eight all tournament team four times. In 1998 she was inducted into the Missouri's Athletic Hall of Fame, only the second softball player to receive this honour in the history of the University.
In 1990, Snelgrove was selected to Canada's National Senior Women's Softball Team. The following year they won the silver medal at the Pan Am Games in Santiago, Cuba. In 1994 the Team attended the South Pacific Softball Classic in Sydney, Australia and the World Championships in St. John's, Newfoundland. In 1995 they attended the Pan Am Games in Argentina.
Named to Canada's Olympic Team in 1995, Snelgrove played in the Olympic Games in Atlanta and was considered by many to be Canada's top pitcher at those games, especially given her performance against the USA. The American team went on to win the gold medal while Canada finished fifth.
ELIAS WEBER BINGEMAN SNIDER
E.W.B. Snider, a native of Waterloo, was one of the "Fathers of Ontario Hydro." Recognition of his pioneering, with its great benefits to Waterloo County, is perpetuated in a 20-foot monument erected in St. Jacobs in 1956, which was unveiled by the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, Louis O. Breithaupt, and on which a light burns continuously.
After working at his father's flour mill at German Mills he purchased a mill at St. Jacobs. He established the Snider Lumber Co. in Gravenhurst to provide lumber for barrels.
He promoted the Berlin and Elmira Railway Co., and then bought a Waterloo foundry that led to the incorporation of the Waterloo Manufacturing Co., producing modern machinery to harvest more western wheat.
He was elected to the Ontario legislature for North Waterloo in 1881 and served for thirteen years. It was said of him: "He was a combination of idealist and practical man of affairs. When one dream was achieved, he went on to the next."
Henry Snider was a very successful farmer and businessman in Bloomingdale, Ontario. His father Jacob (Yoch) Schneider had sixteen children, and on his 3,000 acres of land, much of which bordered the Grand River, he established a school and church for the educational needs of his large family. Henry Snider purchased portions of land from his father, and here developed his farm. He also owned a flour and feed mill at Conestogo, a sawmill in Pilkington Township and had an interest in the Doon Linen Mill. In 1871 he operated a general store in Conestogo with Charles Hendry.
Snider was one of the commissioners who purchased the lot on which the Bloomingdale School was built in 1842. He served as councillor of Waterloo Township and was deputy reeve from 1854-1858. He was one of the first directors of the Waterloo County Agricultural Society.
Beatrice Miller Snyder was born in Wilmot Township and spent most of her life there.
She became adept at feeding large numbers of people when, as a young housewife, she was required to feed employees of her husband's transport business. Because of this expertise, she was often called on to supervise meal preparation for large groups of people at annual church conferences and other meetings.
In addition, she published a booklet of recipes and guidelines for the preparation of large scale meals and a book Pennsylvania German Customs and Cookery.
She served on many boards and committees, including the Waterloo Regional Folk Arts Council and Festival, the Waterloo Farm and Home Safety Association, the Central Ontario Exhibition, Kitchener Theatre Arts Centre committee, farm forums, the Pennsylvania-German Folklore Society, Shantz Mennonite Church Women's Missionary Service Auxiliary, the Women's Institute and the Waterloo County Federation of Agriculture.
FRED M. SNYDER
Fred M. Snyder was born and farmed on Airvue Farm in Waterloo County. Consistent dedication to stock improvement made him an extremely successful breeder and Fair Competition Judge, and an international authority on Holstein cattle. Large numbers of his herd, the Airvue Strain, were shipped abroad. He has given invaluable assistance to young Canadian farmers.
Snyder was President of the Waterloo Holstein Club and the Canadian Holstein Association. He received the Master Breeder's Award, the highest honour the latter Association can bestow. He promoted the Artificial Insemination program ; received a Certificate for Meritorious work from the Waterloo County Federation of Agriculture, and the Premier Breeders and Exhibitors Plaques. He was a founder of the Waterloo County Co-operative Supplies and a life member of the Dairy Shrine Club of America.
He had been a member of the Waterloo Lions Club, the Retired Business and Professional Men's Club, was a charter member of the Board of Doon Pioneer Village, and a member of the Board of Trustees of First United Church, Waterloo.
JAMES "JIM" SNYDER
Born in Waterloo in 1919, Jim Snyder excelled in badminton and in 1940 won the Canadian Amateur Badminton Singles Championship and at the same tournament, he and his brother Paul, won the Canadian Amateur Doubles Championship in Winnipeg.
In 1939, the brothers won the Canadian Badminton Open Doubles Championship at Massey Hall in Toronto. This was a first in Canadian History that an Open Badminton Championship was held in which both professional and amateur players from Canada, United States and other countries participated.
Both brothers served in the second world war in the RCAF Paul died in action in 1941 and is buried in Holland. Jim was awarded the AFC and an injury from a plane crash while in the service in 1945 terminated his badminton career.
JOSEPH G. SNYDER
Joe Snyder, a life long resident of the Region of Waterloo, was born in 1928 at Oak Shade Farm in Waterloo. In 1949 the well-known Oak Shade herd of cattle, which Snyder co-managed as a teenager, was dispersed. Snyder then became one of the early pioneers of the artificial insemination (AI) industry as an Assistant Manager of the Waterloo Cattle Breeding Association (WCBA). He was the first person involved in helping farmers to decide which bull to breed with a particular cow in order to achieve maximum herd improvement. Snyder was involved in the early experimental use of frozen semen at the farm level. He used his excellent communication skills to promote the benefits of AI to farmers, as well as the benefits of milk recording and type classification.
In 1961, Snyder joined the Holstein Association of Canada as the Fieldman for the West-Central Ontario district. He traveled thousands of miles making farm visits, answering requests for management and record keeping advice, and encouraging farmers to make use of milk recording, classification and corrective mating.
In 1980 Snyder became Secretary-Manager of the newly formed Ontario Branch of Holstein Canada, a position he held until retiring. Among his achievements while at the Ontario Branch was his leadership of 4-H and Junior Membership activities and Ontario's Holstein success at the Madison World Dairy Expo in winning the State herd class twelve years in a row.
Snyder was also a booster of athletic activities in his community. He is a past president of the Woolwich Minor Hockey League and coached a church league hockey team for many years.
Snyder was always committed to his church. He was moderator of the Mennonite Church of Eastern Canada for a number of years and was on the Board of Governors of Conrad Grebel College, Fairview Mennonite Home and President of the Ontario Mennonite Mission Board. For twenty years, fourteen as Chairman, Snyder served on the Ontario Mennonite Relief Heifer Sale that has raised millions of dollars for worldwide relief and development work. Snyder volunteered with Woolwich Community Care Concepts, House of Friendship, Woolwich Information Center and hosted The Meeting Place (Mennonite Heritage Centre) in St. Jacobs.
PETER ETRIL SNYDER
Peter Etril Snyder is a Waterloo-born artist who, as a child did chores for his father, co-owner of Maple Lane Dairy. Snyder received his formal training from the Ontario College of Art. For the past thirty-five years, he has demonstrated his versatility in paintings of Mennonite country life as well as scenes from across North America and Europe. Snyder continues to express in his work his deep sense of place. Rooted in Waterloo County, he has showcased the traditional Mennonite lifestyle and its connection to our pioneer past. He has exhibited his style through original paintings and murals, limited edition reproductions, collector plates, and books. The Canadian government presented one of Snyder's paintings, The Homesteaders, to H.R.H. Prince Philip.
Snyder uses his abilities throughout the community. For the past twelve years he has donated approximately 25,000 monthly calendars to volunteers throughout the Region. Snyder is also involved in KidsAbility, formerly the Rotary Centre. His art is included in the rotunda of the KidsAbility centre as well as given as thank-you gifts for donors to the centre.
Snyder is a Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow and the recipient of
an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from Wilfrid Laurier University
in 1999. He is frequently commissioned by corporations and
individuals to create unique pieces for collections. Snyder's wife,
Marilyn, is one of his greatest supporters and works with him out
of their home. His brother, Doug, has for over twenty-five years
provided day-to-day management of his gallery and many specialty
Photo by Pirak Studios, Waterloo
ROY G. SNYDER
Roy G. Snyder was born in Waterloo County in 1915. His
achievements in the agricultural field brought him the honour of
inclusion in the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame, Toronto, in
July 1982 as well as several other honours.
Snyder was a pioneer of artificial insemination as the first full-time employee of the Waterloo Cattle Breeeding Association, and its manager from 1946 to 1963. He established the Association as the very early artificial insemination centres in Canada. He was instrumental in importing the first pure bred Charolais bull to Canada which was followed by his involvement with establishing many other exotic beef breeds. More important were the dairy breeds especially Holsteins. Under his management the Waterloo Cattle Breeding Association became the first in the world to use 100% frozen semen in 1954.
Snyder served as secretary-manager and President of the Ontario Association of Animal Breeders from 1952 to 1977 and was secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Association of Animal Breeders in 1964. He also served as President of the Waterloo Cooperative Medical Services and the Comparative Health Services of Ontario, and as a member of the Board of Governors of Conrad Grebel College, University of Waterloo, as well as several other boards. At retirement Snyder was manager of Semex Canada.
WALTER HAROLD SOMERVILLE CBE
Walter Harold Somerville was born in Guelph and joined the actuarial department of Mutual Life Assurance Company of Canada in 1900. In 1918 he was appointed secretary and rose to the office of executive vice-president in 1948. He served as president of the Canadian Life Insurance Officers' Association. Somerville was president of the Waterloo County Health Association which operated Freeport Sanatorium, was a member of the executive of the Waterloo branch of the Red Cross Society and a senior elder of Knox Presbyterian Church, Waterloo. During the Second World War he was joint chairman of the National War Savings Committee and a member of the National War Finance Committee and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
THEOBALD SPETZ CR, DD
The grandson of the first Roman Catholic from Europe to settle in the Erbsville area, Thoebald Spetz graduated from St. Jerome's College in 1870, studied and taught at St. Mary's College, Kentucky, and in Rome, being ordained a priest in 1877. He returned to St. Jerome's in 1878 and remained as professor of history, disciplinarian and president until 1901.
In 1890 he established a Catholic congregation in Waterloo and in 1911 assumed charge of St. Mary's in Berlin. Father Spetz had an active interest in public life and was a valued member of the Children's Aid Society and vice-president of the Waterloo Historical Society when it was founded. He was a man of erudition, critical judgement and unbiased views.
Following many years of research in 1916 his scholarly book The Catholic Church in Waterloo County, 1850-1916" was published.
The Galt Collegiate Institute, built while he was mayor, has been described as a A fitting monument to the steady character and civic usefulness of David Spiers, who came from Scotland at the age of nine.
Spiers started his business career in the Andrew Elliott and Company store, became a manufacturer and bought the local electric and gas plants. He owned and operated an oatmeal mill and was associated with a number of firms, including the Galt Art Metal Company of which he was president. He was an original promoter of the Galt, Preston and Hespeler Railway.
Spiers served on the town council for twenty-five years and was mayor from 1880 to 1882. A member of the collegiate board for forty-three years, including twenty-eight years as chairman, and president of the hospital board for eighteen years, he was untiring in his efforts to advance the interests of his community.
A great organizer, leader, and a self-made man, Moses Springer was in 1863 appointed the first President of the Waterloo County Mutual Fire Insurance Company (later the Waterloo Mutual Insurance Company).
Orphaned at ten, he had a limited education, and was entirely dependent on his own resources. A Mennonite, he eventually became a ward of Bishop Joseph Hagey of Preston. He farmed until twenty, and later became a conveyancer and general insurance agent.
In 1852 he was appointed magistrate for Waterloo. He was first reeve of the village of Waterloo, in 1857 for fifteen years; was the first mayor of the Town of Waterloo in 1876 for two years and became sheriff of Waterloo County in 1881. He was a member of the Ontario Legislative Assembly for North Waterloo from1867 to 1881.
Edna Louise Cress was born in Berlin (Kitchener) in 1906. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in 1929 and the Ontario College of Education in 1931.
From 1966 to 1995, Staebler authored twenty-one best selling books including Sauerkraut and Enterprise, Food that Really Schmecks, Cape Breton Harbour, More Food that Really Schmecks, Whatever Happened to Maggie, Schmecks Appeal, Schmecks Appeal Series, Haven't any News, Ruby's Letters, The Electrohome Story andPlaces I've Been and People I'veKnown.
She earned distinction as a pioneering woman journalist writing for Maclean's, Chatelaine, Saturday Night, Readers' Digest and Star Weekly while chronicling lifestyles of Canadians. She lived on Old Order Mennonite and Amish farms, on a Hutterite Colony, in the Nova Scotia African-Canadian community, on an Iroquois Reservation, in a miner's home in Wawa, in Newfoundland, and in a swordfisherman's home in Cape Breton.
Staebler received many awards and honours including the Order of Canada in 1996, Province of Ontario Senior Achievement Award 1989; Canadian National Magazine Award 1989, a 1989 KW Arts Award and the 1998 KW Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement, KW Woman of the Year in 1980, and the 1996 Lifetime Achievement Award of Cuisine Canada to be called "The Edna" in perpetuity.
As a philanthropist, Staebler was the donor of the Edna Staebler Annual Awards for creative non-fiction at Wilfrid Laurier University; she endowed the Writer-in-Residence Program at the Kitchener Public Library; and she was the donor of the Edna Staebler Fellowship at the Joseph Schneider Haus Museum.
Photograph Courtesy the Kitchener-Waterloo Record Photographic Negative Collection.
Levi Stauffer, who was born on a farm near Waterloo, was a farmer all his life.
Stauffer was one of the founders of the North Waterloo Farmers Mutual Insurance Co. in 1874, and its first president. The Company started business in rented quarters in the Central Block, 16 King St. S. Waterloo. He became secretary, and later was made Manager, a position to which he was reappointed annually for thirty-three years. The company expanded from Waterloo County and eventually became a Provincial company. In a history, high tribute was paid to Stauffer's leadership, which brought the company to its leading financial position.
Stauffer was an active member of the United Brethren Church in Kitchener and later of the Methodist Church in Waterloo.
ALVIS P. "PEGGY" STAYT
Born in England, Peggy came to Kitchener in 1950. She set up a new agency, the Family Services Bureau ,later K-W Counselling Services, and became the executive director. In 1975 she was honoured at a provincial ceremonial dinner for her contributions in the social service field and was cited for her role in establishing the K-W Social Planning Council, founding the local Parents Without Partners and her membership on the board of governors of the Canadian Welfare Council.
Stayt founded and served as chairman of the K-W Red Cross homemaker service and initiated the After Four Club for children aged seven to ten whose parents worked outside of the home.
She was president of the K-W Philatelic Society, was chairman for local stamp shows and took many awards for her fine collection. She retired in 1976 and returned to England where she died.
JEAN MARGARET STECKLE
Jean Steckle was born in Waterloo Township. She graduated with a Bachelor of Household Science from the University of Guelph, a Master of Science from Cornell University and a PhD from the University of Reading.
Steckle spent eighteen years in the field of international development, beginning as an economics expert in the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in Ghana in 1958. For three years in the late 1960s, she served as chief of Technical Services in the Home Economics branch of FAO's Nutrition Division in Rome. When she returned to Canada in 1976, she became nutrition consultant for Health and Welfare Canada's Indian and Northern Health Services. Steckle was named Canadian representative to the United Nations Administrative Commission on Nutrition in Paris in 1980 and in Washington in 1987. She chaired the National Native Diabetes Working Group and she directed a national study on infant feeding practices for Native women.
In 1990, she received the Assembly of First Nations Award for her pioneering work in public health with Native People. In 1993, she received the Alumnus of Honour award from her peers at the University of Guelph and in 1995, Jean received a Distinguished Career award from the United Nations. After her retirement, Jean dedicated herself to the project of converting the family farm into the J. Steckle Heritage Homestead, an educational facility devoted to urban children and immigrant families.
John Steckle, who graduated from the Ontario Agricultural College in 1920, was one of the best known and most successful farmers in the Waterloo Region. He was born in the house built by his grandfather, a Swiss Mennonite minister, and was living in it raising purebred Suffolk sheep when he died. He raised purebred livestock, Holstein cattle, Yorkshire pigs and Morgan horses.
The first president of the Waterloo Holstein Association, he helped found the Waterloo Cattle Breeders Association, was a director of the Canadian Holstein Friesian Association, a member of the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame, the Waterloo County Ratepayers Association and the Children's Aid Society.
He donated a sugar maple bush to the City of Kitchener, which has been kept in its natural state, and in the spring is carpeted with trilliums. In 1977 he donated and helped finance the moving of the historic Sam Bricker barn from his farm to Doon Pioneer Village.
ROBERT J. STECKLE
Robert J. Steckle was a farm boy and a native of the Kitchener area where his parents farmed for many years.
Steckle started wrestling while he was going to school, although most of his later wrestling was done at the YMCA where he won many championships.
He was an outstanding champion in Freestyle and Greco-Roman in the light heavyweight class. Steckle won the Canadian Freestyle championship nine times between the years of 1951 and 1963. He also won the Canadian championship in Greco-Roman three times, and the United States National championship in 1955 and 1957.
Adding to these accomplishments, Steckle represented Canada in three Olympic Games: 1952, 1956 and 1960; two British Empire Games in 1954 and 1958; the Pan American Games in 1963 where he won a silver medal; and the World Championships in 1962.
SUSANNAH I. STECKLE
Susannah Chase was born on March 29, 1898, in King's County, Nova Scotia. She came to the Ontario Agricultural College, Guelph, and in 1921 was the first woman in Ontario to graduate from an agricultural course. Returning to the Annapolis Valley, she was the first woman president of the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers' Association and was named an honorary member in 1948.
When she married John Steckle in 1928, she started a seven- acre orchard on the homestead on Bleams Road. She sold apples, pears, vegetables and flowers at the Kitchener Farmers' Market for many years.
Steckle was active on the K-W Council of Friendship, the Waterloo County Children's Aid Society, the Kitchener YWCA, Trinity United Church and was the first president of the Helena Feasby branch of the Women's Institute. She was famed for her trillium teas which took place in Steckle Park which was later donated to the city by her husband, John Steckle.
J.E. WALLACE STERLING
J.E. Wallace Sterling was a minister's son, born August 6, 1906, in Linwood, Ontario. He attended Victoria College, Toronto, receiving his B.A. in 1927. He excelled in football and basketball and later coached these sports while studying for his M.A. at the University of Alberta. After receiving his PhD from Stanford in 1938, Sterling was appointed assistant professor of history at the California Institute of Technology, becoming chairman of the department within seven years. During the same period, and continuing until 1948, he was a regular commentator on the CBS evening network news.
In 1949 Sterling began his nineteen-year presidency of Stanford. On his retirement in 1968, he became the Chancellor, an honorary and advisory position which kept him particularly active in the field of fund raising. During his presidency, Stanford rose from 15th to third place nationally in the number of highly ranked graduate fifteenth programmes.
Honorary degrees were bestowed on him by universities in the United States and Canada. Queen Elizabeth awarded him honorary knighthood in 1976. In addition, he was honoured by Japan, Austria, France and the Federal Republic of Germany.
Scott Stevens, a Kitchener native born in 1964, played his minor hockey locally and was a member of the Kitchener Rangers in 1981, and 1982 when the Rangers won the Memorial Cup, developing a reputation as a clean, hard-hitting defence-man.
In the 1982 Professional Draft, Stevens was a 1st round selection (5th overall) of the Washington Capitals. In his first season, he was named to the NHL Rookie All-Star team.
In 22 seasons in the NHL (13 years as an All-Star), Stevens scored 196 goals and 908 points, while amassing 2,785 penalty minutes as the rock of the defence corps for Washington, St. Louis Blues and the New Jersey Devils. He captained the Devils to three Stanley Cup championships.
Stevens was an impact player, delivering crushing body-checks that forced opponents to be wary at all times when Stevens patrolled the blueline.
Upon his retirement, Scott was the 11th highest scoring defence-man of all-time in the NHL.
THE VERY REV. FINLAY G. STEWART DD
Finlay Gordon Stewart, born in Elgin County, taught school at Dutton and Ottawa and trained for the ministry at the University of Toronto, graduating from Knox College and was made a Doctor of Divinity in 1955.
He began his ministry at Niagara Falls and from 1938 to 1974 served at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Kitchener. In 1956 he was elected Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Canada.
During WWII he was a chaplain for five years, including four years overseas, and was decorated for his services in Northwest Europe.
Locally, he was chaplain of the Canadian Legion Branch 50, the 404 Wing of the Reserve R.C.A. and several other organizations.
Dr. Stewart gave service to the K-W High School Board, the Cancer Society, the Family Service Bureau, the Social Planning Council, the John Howard Society and St. John Ambulance. He was also an Honorary Member of Rotary International.
In 1970, Dr. Stewart was named Citizen of the Year for his extensive and outstanding community service.
JACOB G. STROH
Jacob G. Stroh was a well-known Waterloo historian and archaeologist who early evidenced an absorbing interest in the beginnings of Waterloo County history.
In his youth he lived on Queen Street, Berlin, near the tavern operated by his grandfather, Frederick Gaukel on the site of the Walper Hotel and was fascinated by its Indian customers. Relics of their encampments in the area were dug up later, and Stroh built up a very comprehensive collection of these artifacts which was given to Doon Pioneer Village.
Employed earlier by the Breithaupt and Lang tanneries, Mr. Stroh ultimately established his own tannery on Bridgeport Road, Waterloo, which brought him into frequent contact with distant farmers who supplied him with hides and for whom he frequently tanned a skin in return for a prized Indian object that the farmer's plough had exposed.
His public service included forty years as a member of the Waterloo Library Board.
HENRY W. STURM
Born in Waterloo, Henry received a public school education and started working at the age of twelve. A few years later he apprenticed in barbering and was associated with J.J. MacCallum's News and Barber Shop until 1918.
He was interested in baseball and hockey and took over Frank Selke's baseball operation in 1917, giving freely of his time in the promotion of amateur sports and community undertakings.
In 1923, he was elected to Kitchener City council and served almost continuously until 1953 and was mayor in 1933 and 1934. As mayor, with Mayor Wenige of London, in 1933, he organized the Ontario Mayors and Reeves Association.
During the period of 1947-1951 he was active in the promotion of the building of the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium and piloted to completion, the $1,250,000 project which was officially opened May 24th , 1951. He was a member of the first Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Commission in 1950.
Jeremiah Suddaby was described by one who knew him well as "a man of sterling worth whom to know was to love, a born teacher, a man of splendid ability and attainment, a deep student and a friend of teachers and pupils."
Born in Grenville County near the town of Prescott, in 1842, he completed Normal School and taught in the County of Waterloo until 1877. During the years that followed, as principal of the Berlin Model School, he played a prominent part in the training and preparation of many of the teachers of the county.
Suddaby enjoyed a brilliant reputation, not only in Waterloo County, but throughout the entire province, where he was widely known and esteemed as an authority on educational affairs. In his memory the Berlin Public School Board changed the name of Central School where he served, to Suddaby School.
Jim Swartz, born in Kitchener, was an outstanding basketball and baseball player in his youth, and a supporter of sport in the Region of Waterloo throughout his life.
He was the leading scorer and captain of the K-W YMCA Blues (basketball) which he led to the Canadian Championship in 1953. After his playing days, Swartz coached basketball at Wilfrid Laurier University on a volunteer basis in the early 1960s. He refereed basketball games at both the high school and university levels and he administered the KW Referees Association and conducted training clinics for two generations of referees.
Swartz was actively involved in the Kitchener Sports Association for over forty-eight years, serving as secretary of the Association for forty years. He was instrumental in the development of all of KSA's projects: The Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, Jack Couch Park, the Waterloo County Hall of Fame, Lion's Baseball Park, Breithaupt Baseball Park, the Boxing Academy, and the KSA Volunteer's Dinner and Scholarship Program. He also helped to raise funds for many individuals and teams traveling to national and international sport competitions.
Swartz served on the Board of Governors of the Waterloo County Hall of Fame as secretary and treasurer, and as chairman of the Sports Research Committee.
He was married to the former Judy Siebert for fifty-one years, and the proud father of four children Nancy, Tom, David and Jennifer. Grandpa to Erin, Meghann, Joel, Laurie, Josh and Kelly.
Ralph Tailby was born in Kitchener in 1916 and started playing tennis at age 12 when he joined the Waterloo Tennis Club. He won many club championships and was president from 1964-1968. The club made him a life member.
He was ranked number two in Canada in 1953. In 1961 he won his first Canadian Senior single's crown. He won the Ontario double's crown with his partner Bun Cooke four times in 1963, 1964, 1965, and 1967. Tailby played for Canada in the Gordon Trophy matches for senior amateurs (45 years and over). The matches alternated between the United States and Canada. During the period from 1961-1978 he won the event thirteen times.
In 1975 he was made a member of the International Club in recognition of his participation in international tennis tournaments. He was a chartered accountant and served overseas in the army pay corps from 1942-1945.
WILLIAM TASSIE LLD
Dr. William Tassie's school for boys at Galt was one of Canada's outstanding educational institutions. This Irishman from Dublin came to Canada with his bride in 1834. He taught at Oakville and at the Gore District School in Hamilton, and became headmaster of the Galt Grammar School in 1853. He received his BA in 1856, his MA in 1858, and the honorary degree of LLD from Queen's University in 1871.
Under his leadership the school expanded rapidly and became one of the first four Collegiate Institutes in Ontario. Boys came from Quebec, Ontario, the Maritimes, the northern and southern united states, and the West Indies. Tassie, in addition, supervised four boarding homes for the boys.
When it was ruled that girls should receive their secondary education along with boys, Tassie resigned. He then administered and taught his private boys' school in Toronto. He was principal of the Peterborough Secondary School when he died.
ANDREW WINTON TAYLOR
Andrew Winton Taylor was born in 1907 on a farm in North Dumfries Township which was settled in 1819 by his great-grandfather who worked as millwright for the Hon. Wm. Dickson. After attending the Galt Collegiate Institute, he graduated from the Ontario Agricultural College in 1931.
Taylor is the author of several books: Banners Unfurled, a history of our First United Church in Galt; Our Yesterdays and Todays, traces the history of North Dumfries Township from 1816-1967. He was a president from 1961 to 1962, councillor and director of the Waterloo Historical Society and served on the publication committee from 1946-1962. He was a past president of the Ontario Historical Society and was chairman of the Museums section and editor of their newsletter.
He served as President of the Waterloo County Crop Improvement Association and was secretary of the Waterloo County Federation of Agriculture for five years. He was past-president of the Central Dumfries Farmer's Club and served as secretary of the Central Dumfries Co-operators Association for thirty-one years. Taylor was inducted into the Cambridge Hall of Fame in 2001.
CYRUS M. TAYLOR
Cyrus M. Taylor was manager of the Waterloo County Mutual Fire Insurance Company from its founding in 1863 to 1898, when he retired. The name of the Company was later changed to The Waterloo County Mutual Fire Insurance Company.
Taylor was responsible for the management and day-to-day operations of the company for thirty-five years, and he, more than any other person, was responsible for the successful launching of the company.
The success of the Waterloo Mutual Fire Insurance Company led to the suggestion that a life insurance company be formed on the same principle. Mr. Jeremiah Hughes, one of the Company's first agents, promoted the idea with Taylor. Discussions that eventually led to an application for a charter were held in Taylor' s home. He became the first treasurer of the Ontario Mutual Life Assurance Company that eventually became The Mutual Life Assurance Company of Canada.
CHARLES F. THIELE
Charles F. Thiele, a distinguished musician of Waterloo, invented a collapsible metal music stand and was the first music stand manufacturer in Canada. He came to Waterloo from New York in 1919 and founded the Waterloo Music Company and the Waterloo Metal Stampings Company producing music stands, drums, cymbals, other rhythm instruments and office furniture.
Bandmaster of the Waterloo Musical Society, which he led for thirty-two years from 1919, he also organized the Ontario Bandmen's Association and founded the Canadian Bandmasters' Association.
No music festival on the continent was comparable with the Waterloo Music Festival which he started in 1932 with fifteen bands and eighty solo contestants. In 1953 there were sixty bands and 1,000 individual entries.
Thiele, who was particularly interested in forwarding the musical interests of young people, bought a sixty-five acre property near Bamberg as a summer music camp which he dedicated to the memory of Canadian bandsmen who died in the two world wars. His large library of band music was willed to the Waterloo Musical Society.
Betty Thompson was born in 1934 in Walkerton, Ontario. She began work at CKCO-TV in 1956 after graduating from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute's radio and television course. She became widely known to viewers as Miss Betty of "Romper Room" a children's television program which she hosted from 1972 to 1975. After that, she hosted a number of magazine-style shows such as "Ladies First" and "Betty and Friends". In 1992, Betty was appointed community relations co-ordinator at CKCO-TV.
In 1990 she was special events chairperson for the Ontario Summer Games, helping with fund raising for the games. In 1992 she was chosen the 35th Kitchener-Waterloo Citizen of the Year by the KW Junior Chamber of Commerce. She was active in the Big Sisters of KW and area, Best Friends of Big Sisters and spear-headed the opening of Stuffy's second-hand children's wear shop. She was also involved with many organizations including the John Howard Society, the United Way, Parents Are People Too, KW Oktoberfest and Flowers Canada.
In 1992 Thompson was honourary chairperson of the KW Cancer Society's fund raising campaign and at the Betty Thompson Golf Classic raised funds for the KW Hospital Foundation to help start a training program to educate women about breast cancer.
Walter Tkaczuk was born in Emsdetten, Germany but grew up in South Porcupine, Ontario.
He played Junior B Hockey with the Kitchener Greenshirts before moving up to the Kitchener Rangers mid-way through the 1964-65 season. He played an additional three full seasons with the Rangers, scoring a total of 78 goals and adding 141 assists.
Tkaczuk was the Ranger Rookie of the Year in 1965-66, the top Ranger scorer in 1966-67 and he won the outstanding team effort award in 1967-68. He also won the Red Tilson Trophy in 1967-68 as the most outstanding player in the Ontario Hockey League.
He joined the New York Rangers at the end of the 1968 season and stayed with them until his retirement in 1981. In the National Hockey League, he played in 945 regular season games, scoring 227 goals and assisting on 451 others. He also played in 93 playoff games, scoring 19 goals and 32 assists.
MARTIN M. TODD
In Galt, the name of Todd has for three generations been identified with the development and operation of railroads.
Thomas Todd, owner of the Galt Flour Mills, was a principal promoter and first president of the Galt, Preston and Hespeler Railway. On his death in 1900 his son, Martin Todd, who for some years had worked with the Great Western Railway in Hamilton, became president of the Company. Martin Todd's son, Milne, was the third generation to be president.
Under Martin Todd's management the railway became one of the best inter-urban electric railways in Canada, eventually also serving Berlin and Waterloo. Todd was manager of the Lake Erie and Northern Railway, and actively associated with a number of prominent Galt firms. He served many community organizations.
Carl Totzke was born in Kitchener and educated in local schools. He received his BA from Waterloo College and did post-graduate work at McGill University while playing intercollegiate football. Carl was an outstanding athlete, administrator and supporter of the community.
Totzke played football as a wide receiver with the Kitchener Dutchmen; on four occasions they won the Ontario Rugby Football Union Championship. Totzke played basketball for the Kitchener Waterloo YMCA Blues when they won the Canadian Basketball Championship in 1953.
In 1954, Totzke was named Athletic Director at Waterloo College; he became the first football coach and Athletic Director at the University of Waterloo when it was founded in 1957, serving in those positions until 1989.
The Athletic Department at the University of Waterloo honoured Totzke by establishing the Totzke Trophy, awarded annually to the most deserving student based on athletic skill, sportsmanship and outstanding contributions to the athletic program at the University. Totzke served two terms as President of the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union.
In addition to his university activities, Totzke helped establish a children's summer camp north of Peterborough.
Interest in art and football are not often shared; however, Totzke is avidly interested in visual art. He has served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Homer Watson House and Gallery, including two terms as Chairman. Totzke also served on the Board of Governors of the Waterloo County Hall of Fame, and is a past Chairman of the Board.
Yvonne Tousek was born in Kitchener in 1980. Like most gymnasts she started at an early age at the K-W Gymnastics Club. By age 12 she was already representing Canada on the international stage, competing in the children's division of the Pan American Games, where she medaled in vault, uneven bars and floor exercises and won bronze in the all-around competition.
At the age of 14 she moved to Cambridge and she was soon competing at the senior level. Tousek was the top Canadian all-around finisher at the 1995 World Championships in Japan and at the 1997 Worlds in Switzerland.
At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Tousek was the only Canadian woman to qualify for the all-around final and finished 26th.
In 1996 and 1997 Tousek was named Gymnastics Canada's female athlete of the year and in 1999 she was named athlete of the year in Cambridge.
At the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Tousek captained the Canadian team that won the gold medal. Individually she placed fourth all-around and won a gold medal on the uneven bars and floor exercise; that year she became the first person to perform a sideways back handspring on the balance beam at the 1999 World Championships in Tianjin, China. The element was then named after her (The Tousek) in the International Gymnastics Code of Points.
At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Tousek led the Canadian women to a ninth place finish in the team competition, placing 15th in the qualifying round.
Tousek finished her gymnastics career at the University of California at Los Angeles where she earned All-American honours and four NCAA titles (three team, one uneven bars). Yvonne is currently touring with the Cirque du Soleil show Corteo.
Lloyd Tucker was born in Kitchener on March 4, 1912. He became a golf caddy at the age of eight. At fourteen he was a golf pro at Seagram's French River Golf Course. He later became the professional at the Grand River Golf Club and in 1938, at Rockway Golf Club. Twice he was runner-up for the Miller Trophy match play for professionals only. This was a much sought-after title in the 1940s and 1950s. He qualified for the four rounds of the Canadian Open.
Tucker was known as one of the best teaching professionals in Canada, having developed Gerry Kesselring, Tony Matlock, Bill Gross and Gerry Knechtel, all of whom won provincial, Canadian or International titles. In his seventies he continued as a teacher for the Ontario Golf Association junior golf program. He served in the Canadian Air Force during the Second World War.
It was very appropriate that a man from Scotland, the land of sheep, would be responsible for a large number of hand knitters from his native land immigrating to Canada, and so providing a Scottish Lowland influence in the community of Galt.
Turnbull immigrated from Hawick, Roxboroughshire, Scotland in 1854. His action is indicative of what he thought of his adopted land and its possibilities for the future. He built a flourishing hand knitting business and when he died in 1879 he was succeeded in the Turnbull Knitting Company by his sons, Charles and John.
With another son, George, they were instrumental in the founding of a large number of the initial industries in Galt, including paper box making, and the manufacture of ribbon, shoes, nails and tacks.
THOMAS JOSEPH "TIM" TUROW
Born in the Ukraine in 1908, Turow arrived in Preston in 1914. His life revolved around sport, first as a player and later as an organizer, coach and executive. As a player, he excelled in football, baseball and hockey. For twenty years, Turow was a baseball umpire. In 1948 he won the Ontario Five-Pin singles bowling championship, a most difficult achievement.
Turow was president of the Inter-county Baseball Association and also the Inter-county Umpires Association. For many years he was an executive member of each of these long established organizations. In addition, he was deeply involved in sports organizations in Preston as an organizer, manager and coach for many years.
The "Tim Turow" trophy is presented annually to the outstanding athlete in the City of Cambridge. Turow was inducted into the Cambridge Hall of Fame in 2001.
William Twaits was born in Galt where he excelled in various athletic activities. Playing for his native town in the early 1900s he acquired fame as one of hockey's outstanding players. This was in the era of seven man hockey with little or no substitutes. Stamina, speed and skill was a definite essential to compete with top teams including Berlin, Toronto and others.
Twaits captained and played cover point for Galt in the Dominion finals in 1903. He later played with Berlin and records indicate that he was one of the first Canadians offered a professional contract by an American team. He also starred on the Galt Football team which won a World Championship at St. Louis World Fair in 1905.
Twaits died in Sarnia in 1939. For many years he enjoyed a most successful business career in one of that city's larger industries.
SIDNEY C. TWEED
From the time he became a stenographer for a Winnipeg life insurance company at the age of fifteen in 1901, Sidney C. Tweed had visions of some day establishing his own Canadian Insurance Company B a dream that eventually came true. In 1911, when he was Assistant Superintendent of Agencies for the Winnipeg firm, he joined the Mutual Life of Canada, becoming Superintendent of Agencies.
In 1920 he founded and was president of the Ontario Equitable Life and Accident Insurance Company, which operated from a two-room office costing $12.50 a month rent, with a rented typewriter and $150.00 worth of furniture B and one clerk. Six weeks after receiving its charter, $1,053,300.00 of business had been placed on the books. Three other insurance companies were purchased by the Company.
When he retired in 1931, Tweed could look back on a life insurance career that was outstanding in every way.
Daniel Tye, born in Suffolk, England, obtained 300 acres of land in Wilmot Township in 1837. After clearing five acres, he moved to Long Island, New York. His family joined him there while he managed a farm for one year. In 1839 they went to Haysville, Waterloo County in a covered wagon, arriving in 1840.
He was one of the first importers of Devon cattle, Southdown sheep and Essex hogs. He was also the first exhibitor from Wilmot at the Provincial Exhibitions, securing prizes for his Devons at London, Cobourg, Brantford and Kingston.
Tye was elected second vice-president of the Waterloo Agricultural Society when it was organized in 1852 and was a delegate to the annual meeting of the Upper Canada Agricultural Board at Cobourg in 1855.
He was an active supporter of St. James Anglican Church, Huron Road, built in 1842, interested in public affairs and was a strong Conservative.
Born in Yugoslavia, Frank Udvari came to Canada with his parents at the age of 7, and grew up in Kitchener. Interested in hockey at an early age, he refereed in the minor hockey leagues for three years and joined the NHL in the 1951-52 season, handling twelve games. He remained as a referee to the 1965-66 season, handling 718 regular games and 70 playoffs. Recognized as the best on the staff, he was appointed supervisor of the NHL officials in 1966. He conducted many hockey schools across Canada and the USA, and two in Germany for the Canadian Army.
Udvari has been influential in helping many junior members to ultimate success. Carl Voss, referee-in-chief, who brought him into the NHL stated that he had never been associated with a person who had higher personal standards.
In 1978 he is actively involved in numerous activities, including youth programs, in Kitchener and Waterloo.
Photograph courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto, Ontario.
University of Waterloo Warriors
1974-75 Men's Basketball Team
The University of Waterloo Warriors 1974-75 Men's Basketball Team provided the greatest of seasons and at the same time the saddest of seasons.
The team was unbeaten in the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union that season, with a perfect 25-0 won-lost record including an 18-game winning streak.
The culmination of the on-the-court campaign came right in the university's jam-packed Physical Activities Complex when the Warriors earned a dramatic 80-79 victory over the University of Manitoba Bisons in the playoff title game.
Although the roster that year featured five Ontario natives, including three graduates from Forest Heights Collegiate in Kitchener, the final game line-up was missing one of those three. Centre-forward Mike Moser, an all-Canadian all-star, died in his sleep during a Florida exhibition tour earlier that season. In a silent but profound tribute to Moser, only four Warriors were introduced as starters for each game after his death, including the title game.
WILLIAM VALORES UTTLEY
William "Ben" Uttley in 1893 bought the struggling Berlin Daily Telegraph and two months later launched the Daily Record , now the Record.
Born in Elmira, he was educated at the local public school, the Berlin High School and the Toronto Business College. He began his active newspaper work with the St. Louis, Missouri, Chronicle.
Uttley was intensely interested in civic affairs and served as a member of the city council. He was one of the charter members of the Waterloo Historical Society, collected much historical data and published a History of Kitchener in 1939.
In 1919 he sold the News Record to W.D. Euler and W.J. Motz and returned to Elmira where he purchased the Elmira Signet.
FITZROY CARTER "FITZ THE WHIP"
Fitzroy Carter Vanderpool was born in Trinidad and Tobago in 1967. He has been a Canadian citizen and resident of Kitchener since the age of six. His love of boxing began at the age of nine and his life has since been devoted to the sport.
In 1993, at the age of 26, Fitz "The Whip" turned professional and went on to win five professional boxing titles, including the Canadian Professional Boxing Federation Welterweight Championship in 1996. He was crowned the World Boxing Federation Inter Continental Champion in 1997 and in 1999 went on to win the WBF Super Welterweight World Championship. In 1997-98 the Canadian Professional Boxing Federation named him Canadian Boxer of the Year.
In addition to his successful professional boxing career, Vanderpool has been recognized for his lifetime commitment to health, fitness and community service in Kitchener-Waterloo. In 1997 he was named Kitchener-Waterloo's Inaugural Athlete of the Year. He is one of 10 people selected to appear on the Eastwood Collegiate 50th Anniversary Wall of Recognition. He has been proclaimed an International Fire Safety Ambassador and in 2003 awarded for his Outstanding Contribution to Fire Safety. Vanderpool has been featured on CKCO as a Local Hero and Community Champion; he has been a celebrity judge for the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest parade; and he has run for City Council.
Currently, Vanderpool is the head instructor and owner of The Whip Boxing Academy where he continues to thrive in the boxing community, producing young champions and transferring his knowledge and skills to young people.
A name synonymous with the village of Ayr and the surrounding rural district for over three quarters of a century is that of Warren Vincent. Raised on a farm just south of Ayr, Vincent first entered the public eye as a youngster with his brother Marlen as they offered up their musical talents at many social events.
Vincent began his career serving the farming community while still a teenager during 1930s, riding a bicycle along concession roads selling grain lifters and electric fences. In 1943 he joined his father who operated an International Harvester farm equipment dealership in Ayr.
In 1955 Vincent and his brother Marlen formed Vincent Farm Equipment Ltd. to run the family business. In the 1950s they assisted the quickly modernizing dairy industry by taking on a line of bulk milk coolers and supplying them to customers across the province. Over the next two decades Vincent Farm Equipment went through a series of expansions: a new facility was built in Ayr, and branches were established in Cambridge, Seaforth and Woodstock. Another branch dealership was added in 2001 in Exeter, Ontario. Over time, lawn and garden and recreational equipment have been added to the mix of products offered.
Since the beginning, Vincent has been active in the farm equipment industry, having served as president of both Ontario and Canadian Implement Dealer Associations, and also as director for Eastern Canada on the North American Equipment Dealers Association.
Despite his busy schedule, Vincent has always been able to find time to volunteer with community groups and support local organizations. He served as a village councilor, participated on local sports and church committees, co-chaired the Ayr Sesquicentennial Committee in 1974 with his wife Laura, and over the years often acted as master of ceremonies at various public events. Vincent's contributions were acknowledged in 1974 when he was one of 100 recipients awarded the Centennial medal by the Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph for service to Agriculture and in 1978, when he was selected Ayr Citizen of the Year.
Today, Vincent and Laura enjoy visits with friends and family at
their Ayr residence.
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CHARLES EDWARD VOELKER
Charles Voelker, known to most who knew him as "Colonial Charlie", left his distinctive mark on the landscape of Waterloo Region.
Voelker was a third generation resident of Waterloo Region. In 1936, at age 17, he began his career designing furniture locally. He also drew maps for Hydro, worked as a clerk at Goodrich Rubber Company, did munitions time studies for the war effort at Waterloo Manufacturing, and drafted cottages for Ratz Lumber.
Inspired by a gift of books, his creative talents turned to teaching himself the history and art of architecture. It became his life's passion to design plans, beginning with his family's homes. In 1947 from his own house, he was self-employed as an architectural designer throughout his life. His meticulous dedication to detail can be seen particularly in many of the subdivisions of Colonial Acres, Westmount, Beechwood and Williamsburg Acres.
Voelker served the community for seventeen years as member of the Waterloo Public School Board, including serving as Chairman. He was the Judge for the Court of Revision for twenty years. Then as a City of Waterloo Alderman for fifteen years, he championed civic beautification, affordable housing, housing for seniors and people with disabilities, library expansion, initiation of the Parkview Cemetery's crematorium, lower taxes and the preservation of historic buildings.
In 1967 Voelker was a recipient of the Canada Medal for service to community and country. More than 250 of his drawings are preserved by the City of Waterloo's Heritage Collection. His architectural achievements, community involvement and life's work as a visionary were highlighted in an exhibition installed by the City of Waterloo in 2003.
Berlin was called "Buttonville" because Emil Vogelsang who had learned the craft in Germany came to Berlin in 1866 and founded the Pioneer Button Works. When his partner withdrew, Jacob Y. Shantz, who had constructed the building, made a contract for seven years with Vogelsang.
Vogelsang then established the Canadian Ivory Button Works in the building at the northeast corner of Queen and Courtland. In 1886 he moved to Port Elgin to control the Emil Vogelsang Button Company.
Berlin had the first button manufacturing plant in Canada and the second on the North American continent. The area had other button firms: the one owned by Jacob Y. Shantz, Dominion Buttons, later under David Gross, Kitchener Button Industries under George Schlee, Mitchell Button Company and also the Roschman button factory in Waterloo.
AUGUSTUS STEPHEN VOGT FRCO
A great Canadian and distinguished musician, Augustus Vogt was always an ardent admirer of Waterloo County. He was born in the village of Washington in Oxford County, but at the age of four went with his family to Elmira. He studied under the best teachers available in Waterloo County. At the age of fourteen he was an organist for St. James Lutheran Church, Elmira, and at sixteen organist and choirmaster of First Methodist Church, St. Thomas.
He subsequently studied in Boston and in Leipzig, Germany. On his return he was appointed organist and choirmaster of Jarvis Street Baptist Church, Toronto, developing its choir until it had a wide reputation. In 1894 he organized the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, judged at that time to be the finest group of singers in North America. Concerts were presented in U.S. cities and overseas.
Modern Piano Techniques was one of his great works.
Mac Voisin was born in Kitchener in 1949. Voisin grew up in the Kitchener-Waterloo area and graduated from St. Jerome's High School and the University of Waterloo with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Voisin started his career as a Registered Real Estate Broker but after three years, he went into home building with his brother. In 1980, Voisin and his then brother-in-law Mark Nowak opened the first M&M Meat Shop in Kitchener, hence the name M&M. The first M&M franchise store was opened in Cambridge in 1981. To date, there are more than 400 stores from coast to coast.
M&M Meat Shops has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Canadian Franchise Association's first annual "Award of Excellence in Franchise Relations" and the Association's Hall of Fame Award and Award of Excellence in Franchise Relations.
Voisin and M&M Meat Shops have been longtime supporters of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of Canada; this support has been recognized by the Canadian Franchise Association's first ever "Corporate Citizen Award" for outstanding franchise organizations who demonstrate a genuine concern and support for a community or social group in need.
Professionally, Voisin served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Franchise Association. He has received many honours in recognition of his leadership in the retail and food industry, including being named the Canadian Food Industry's "Man of the Year" in recognition of M&M Meat Shops' fundraising efforts for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of Canada; Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Ontario - Retail Category; and the Governor General of Canada's "Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada" in recognition of his significant contribution to his community and to Canada. He was awarded the "Alumni Achievement Medal" from the University of Waterloo, Faculty of Engineering for outstanding entrepreneurship and community service, including work for local and national medical foundations. In addition, Voisin was selected as the "Executive of the Year" by the Ontario Frozen & Chilled Food Association and honoured for his commitment and dedication to the growth, prosperity and development of frozen foods in Ontario.
Voisin is active in the community, serving on many committees and boards of directors. He has served as Honourary Chairperson of the local chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of Canada; a Board Member with Junior Achievement of Waterloo Region; a member of the Board of Directors, Vice Chair, President and Honourary Chair of St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation; Honourary Chair of the Fundraising Committee, Food Bank of Waterloo Region; and he is a Charter Member of the K-W Community Foundation Council.