Official Unveiling of GECO Mural happening this coming Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 from 1 – 3 p.m. We’re meeting at the mural, located on St. Clair Avenue East, east of Warden Avenue, then making our way to Warden Hilltop Community Centre for light refreshments. Please join us as we celebrate the women of GECO.
Welcome! Within these pages you’ll find inspiring stories of everyday heroes, from people who helped write Canada’s amazing story to more contemporary souls who inspire while they soar above personal challenges.
Learn about General Engineering Company (Canada) Ltd., a top-secret WWII munitions plant that filled over 256 million fuses for the Allied Forces. GECO employed thousands of women who doffed their aprons and domestic responsibilities to don factory uniforms, and risked their lives daily handling gunpowder and high explosives. Come read about the real “Bomb Girls.”
Meet David Cragg, born in 1769, who claimed no spectacular life accomplishment other than living out an ordinary man’s life in England’s countryside like the humanity around him. David took a wife, had eight children, and worked hard to feed his family. He experienced profound joy and suffered great sorrow – things that all mankind encounters and endures.
What sets David’s story apart from the rest is the fact that David chose to keep a diary from the time he was 18 years old to just before he died in 1835. From the minutiae that made up daily life to sweeping world events, David recorded it all. He chronicled day to day weather reports, and his growing displeasure in the pettiness of his church. He wrote about the impact of the Napoleonic Wars to the tragic consequences of the Industrial Revolution. He recounted the devastation caused in his family by a grand consumption, scarlet fever, and the dreaded lake fever.
Widowed and penniless, David sailed from his beloved homeland with his children, endured a harrowing trip across the Atlantic, and emigrated to Upper Canada in 1833. He died only 18 months later after founding the town of Greenbank, Ontario.
Discover a string of Irish Memorials which dot the shores of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario, and pay tribute to the countless men, women, and children who left their lovely emerald isle for a better life in Canada, only to die from typhoid fever, cholera, or starvation aboard “coffin ships” before having a chance to live.
Looking for truly courageous people? You’ll find people within these pages who live with multiple sclerosis, a debilitating progressive neurological disease of the brain and spinal cord. Their courage, tenacity, and continued hope for a cure make their stories an incredible inspiration to all who pause to listen.
I hope you’ll find your heart a little brighter, and your step a little lighter from having tarried within these pages.
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