builders of the 60s and 70s were a trail-blazing bunch
the Greatest Generation, who lived and fought during the
Second World War, and their so-called Baby Boomer children,
is a generation of people who were born just prior to
and during the war and who are largely responsible for
establishing communities like Blackburn Hamlet, Convent
Glen and Queenswood Heights during the late 60s and early
were women like Lois Kemp and Eleanor MacQuarrie from
Blackburn Hamlet who both passed away in 2015; Lori Nash
from Queenswood Heights who left us in 2012; and Lynne
Stacey, also from Queenswood Heights who is still with
Tweddle is another one of those community builders born
out of a generation whose likes we might never see again.
or Mrs. T as she was known to many of the kids who grew
up in the earliest days of Queenswood Heights, was involved
in almost every aspect of community life. She started
out as a Brownie leader when her eldest daughter Susan
was old enough to be a Brownie, and later on became a
Girl Guide leader.
was a founding member of the both the Queenswood Heights
Community Association and the Cumberland Community Resource
also helped organize the annual May Fair and other community
gatherings and celebrations.
her proudest accomplishment was in establishing the Bookworm
used book-store as a member of the Friends of the Cumberland
Library. Over the years the bookstore has raised over
$500,000 for the library which is located next to the
Ray Friel Centre.
was an avid reader and believed deeply in the power of
the written word to both inform and inspire. Which reminds
me, she also created the Queenswood Newsliner – a community
bulletin which was around long before the Orléans Star
came into being in 1986.
women like Helen Tweddle, Lori Nash, Eleanor MacQuarrie,
Lynn Stacey, Lois Kemp and others like them, Orléans would
be a vastly different place.
the first wave of Baby Boomers who were born after the
war and were mere teenagers during the counter culture
upheaval of the mid and late 60s, the WWII generation’s
formative years were during the late 50s and early 60s.
were only one generation removed from each other, but
they could just have easily been a century removed.
WWII generation started having families in the late 60s,
while the first wave of Baby Boomers didn’t start having
families until the late 70s.
biggest difference between the two generations was economical.
For the most part, the WWII generation formed single income
families, that enabled many women to stay at home and
raise their children. With the 70s came skyrocketing inflation,
double digit interest rates and the need for many spouses
to enter the workforce to help make ends meet.
number of women born prior to, or during the Second World
War, observed their fathers and uncles volunteer for active
service, while their mothers and aunts volunteered in
other ways on the homefront.
sense of volunteerism for Queen and country was ingrained
in the younger generation and later morphed into a strong
sense of community service as they began to have families
of their own.
Helen moved to Queenswood Heights with her husband Al
in 1963, there was no church, no schools and the nearest
grocery store was a 20-minute drive away.
many ways, the Tweddles and the other early Queenswood
residents were pioneers. They were the very definition
of community builders because they built their community
– from establishing the first church to forming the first
Brownie and Cub packs, creating the first minor sports
associations, and establishing the local library.
their like may never be seen again. Oh sure, there are
members of any community who step up to the plate when
called upon, but they are the 10 per cent who volunteer
for 100 per cent of the jobs. There are far too many distractions
that exist today which never existed 30 and 40 years ago.
are being pulled in 20 different directions at once.
was simpler in the late 60s and early 70s, and women like
Helen Tweddle, Lori Nash, Lynn Stacey, Lois Kemp and Eleanor
MacQuarrie made the most out of it – building their communities
while also raising their families. They did not differentiate
between community and fam-ily. In their minds were one
in the same, which is their greatest legacy. .
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