Wednesday | December 13, 2017

Major Andrea Keeping grew up in the small farming community Russell, Manitoba and entered the University of Manitoba with the intention of studying to be an architect. Instead, she would end up finishing her education at Kingston’s Royal Military College and embark on a career that has seen her deployed in support roles to Afghanistan, Kuwait and Cyprus, and stationed at bases across Canada. In May of 2017, she visited Mr. Hawkins’ Career Studies class to discuss her career as an officer in the Canadian Forces. She shared her experiences and thoughts on a variety topics, including her journey into and through the military, the advantages and disadvantages of a military career, the duties of a Logistics Officer, and life at Kandahar Airfield during the Afghanistan mission. 

June 19th, 2017

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This Remembrance Day, the Crestwood community gathered together to commemorate those who sacrificed their tomorrow for our today. The assembly included moving musical contributions from the senior music classes and the Crestwood Voices Chamber Choir. The Oral History Project shared two documentaries from Canadian veterans who shared their war-time experience. Crestwood students were fortunate enough to receive an address from Major Andrea Keeping, a veteran of peace-keeping missions in Afghanistan, Cyprus and Kuwait. Major Keeping described why she joined the Armed Forces, the difficulties brought on by times of conflict and the importance of remembering as a cultural practice. The ceremony included a recording of the late Leonard Cohen’s moving reading of the poem, “In Flanders Fields,” and was punctuated by a moment of silence.

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November 11th, 2016

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Alex Eisen survived the Jewish Holocaust in Hungary at the end of the war. While he was not deported to the camps, he did witness the horrors inflicted upon the Jews of Budapest, which he was fortunate enough to escape. After the war came to an end, he left Europe and ended up in Palestine, where the British refused his ship entry. Interned for a time on Cyprus, he did eventually succeed in gaining entry into Israel, where he joined the air force. Today he and his wife make their home in Toronto, and we’re pleased that he agreed to become involved in this interview project, once in 2009 and in again in 2010.  In 2012 he sat down for a third time, when he was interviewed by Julie Cho and Ryan Kroon.

January 10th, 2013

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Leah Segalowitz survived the Nazi invasion and occupation of the Netherlands. She went into hiding, working as a nurse, though she was an active member of the Dutch Resistance. When the war concluded, she emigrated to Palestine, spending a number of years in British detention camps and working in a hospital in Cyprus before arriving in Israel in 1948. She and her husband began their lives together there but emigrated to Canada in 1955, where they raised a family.

Leah was interviewed at Baycrest’s Cafe Europa by Crestwood students Alice Lee and Helia Laridashti in Fenruary 2011.

July 9th, 2012

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Ronald Denham served with the Canadian Forces during the Cold War years. In addition to his in Canada deployments, which included a stay in the Arctic, Ronald was stationed on the frontlines of the European Cold War, where he was part of the British Army on the Rhine. He was able to offer thePolitics 12 class many insights into his time in Germany. Ronald in addition was part of the Canadian peacekeeping force deployed to Cyprus during the 1970s crisis on that island. Ronald was interviewed by the entitire Politics 12 class in February 2012, and student Kee Mennell prepared this project.

July 9th, 2012

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