Meng Fan was born in 1926 in Sumatra, Dutch East Indies, which now is Indonesia. Later he moved to Hong Kong. When war came, Hong Kong had to support in war efforts. However, Hong Kong was lacking resources such as food. Meng Fan volunteered to join the army. He started with training and was barely 20 years old on the battlefields. He worked closely with the American G.I as an army translator and soldier. After the war he did some business but did not go well. Later in his years he moved to Canada with his family when China was recovering from the tragic aftermath. He is currently 92 years old. Fan MengXiang was interviewed by Miranda Su, Martin Chang, David Huang, and Arielle Meyer at the Sunnybrook Veterans’ Wing on November 3, 2017.
Oral History Project April 16th, 2018
Mr. Scott Masters has been awarded a study grant to take part in the Peace & Reconciliation Study Tour, sponsored by ALPHA Education
Educators from all over the world have joined this life-changing journey from visiting historical sites and museums to meeting with experts, educators, curators, and survivors. Through stories and personal reflections, educators have been able to bring a more humanized perspective to issues related to WWII in Asia back into the classroom.
The 2017 Peace and Reconciliation Asia Study Tour takes place from July 14-27, 2017. It is a two-week immersion program in the history of WWII in Asia, focusing on the atrocities experienced by the Chinese and Koreans. Participants will visit Shanghai, Quzhou, Nanjing, Beijing, Harbin, and Seoul, South Korea.
The 16 participants this summer are from the U.S., Canada and Hong Kong, and cover the following professions: teachers/educators, film makers, historians & researchers, lawyers, community leaders, and activists.
We are thrilled to welcome a new class of teachers this fall, and invite you to get to know some of stellar staff who have been added (and returned) to the staff of Crestwood Preparatory College.
Chris brings a wealth of worldly teaching experience to his role at Crestwood as an English and Social Science teacher. He has taught in Redding, England, and his most recent post was in teaching film and psychology at an IB school in Abu Dhabi. He is an avid fan and player of hockey, and will be helping out our boy’s hockey team this year. Ask him about his cat, Bryzgalov, and what is was like being in the United Arab Emirates over the summer.
Jennifer is happy to be joining the Crestwood team as an ESL and Mandarin teacher. She has taught in both Canada and China over the past five years and is currently completing her Master’s degree with Western University with a focus on International Education. In her spare time, she is an avid reader and traveller and is happy to share her love of reading with her students. Ask her about her recent travels and her work with international students around the world.
We are excited to have Jennifer join the Crestwood community as a Social Sciences and Special Education teacher. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at Trent University in Teacher Education and Psychology and went on to do her Bachelor of Education in Australia. Jennifer has been living in British Columbia for the last six years, but grew up in Mississauga. She is really looking forward to helping out with this year’s school musical and welcoming all the students new to Crestwood. Ask her about horseback riding, and what books she read over the summer.
Stephanie joins as a Science and Math teacher this year. She attended Queen’s University for her Bachelor of Education and pursued her first year of teaching in Sweden. She grew up in the Kawartha Lakes region and is very excited to be a part of the Crestwood community. She joins us with several years of teaching experience, having most recently taught at St. Andrews college. Ask Stephanie about her favourite Disney character, and what it’s like growing up as a triplet.
The French depart is excited to welcome Natalie Corneau as a french teacher and curling coach at Crestwood Preparatory College. Natalie comes to us from Kingston, where she completed both her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts before also completing her Bachelor of Education at Queen’s University. She brings with her more than three years of teaching experience in the Limestone District school teaching Match and French. Ask Natalie about her favourite roommate Rory, and why she enjoy playing beach volleyball.
Ronny is thrilled to bring his wide variety of teaching experience and technical skills to the Crestwood community. He has taught for more than 4 years, including some time spent teaching in Hong Kong. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Math and Computer Sciences at the University of Waterloo, before going on to Queen’s University to complete his teacher’s education. He comes to us having most recently taught at Metropolitan Preparatory Academy and is excited to get to know Crestwood students during extracurriculars like Robotics Club, Badminton, and Volleyball. Asks him about his favourite Netflix show, and what NHL team he cheers for.
Last, but certainly not least, we are overjoyed to welcome back Lara Pagano, returning from an outstanding year of bringing up young Mason! Lara is excited to return and catch up with all her old students, as well as meeting all the new faces joining the Crestwood community this year. Ask her to show you more beautiful pictures of her bouncing baby boy.
Oral History Project March 24th, 2016
George MacDonell was shipped overseas early in the war; he and his fellow soldiers expected to be sent to England, but they were instead sent to Hong Kong, to help in the defence of that British colony. Overwhelmed by the Japanese attack in December 1941, George and his fellow Canadians fought valiantly, only surrendering when ordered to by the governor of the island. George went on to be a POW for the remainder of the war, surviving the brutal treatment of the Japanese POW camps. George has worked through the Memory Project for several years now; he has now spoken at Crestwood many times, including at Crestwood’s 2012 Remembrance Day Assembly. Michael Lawee and Jessie Cooke interviewed him at that time, and in February 2017 we again visited George, with Audrey Melkoumov, Rhys Malisch, Zach Morris and Macaulay Harling taking the lead on this project.
Oral History Project January 10th, 2013
John Waddell served in the RCN as WW2 came to a close. His overseas duty came late in the war, so John was fortunate to avoid combat and the dangerous convoys that made up so much RCN duty. He was able to see many places though, literally going around the world and visiting the ports of Malta, Gibraltar, the Suez, and Hong Kong to name a few. John as interviewed for this project by Alex Stevenson in December 2009, and again in 2017 when Dean Sun, Ashleigh Lindayan, and David Huang visited him at Sunnybrook.
admin July 9th, 2012