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.
Victoria Escamillan June 21st, 2017
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This week, Crestwood’s Community Service Team went to Sunnybrook’s Veterans Centre. In the weeks leading up to this trip, the team had decorated small flower pots and planted pansies to bring as gifts. Students met with veterans from World War 2 and the Korean War who shared their stories, experiences, and even some memorabilia. The visit ended with a tour of the Veterans Centre, which includes a branch of the public library, a hair salon/barber shop, and lots of rooms for fun activities.
Thank you to the entire Community Service Team who has helped make our community an even better place throughout the year.
Luke Connors June 6th, 2017
Odie Brooker was born in 1929 in Toronto’s Cabbagetown neighbourhood. In the midst of the Depression, Odie was placed in the care of the Children’s Aid Society. He spent the next nine years in foster homes in the Caledon region. At age 15, he snuck into the Canadian Army and spent the next year training at the Exhibition grounds and living in the Horse Palace. He was discharged shortly after VE Day, without seeing combat. He later reenlisted during the Korean War, where he served as a mortar operator. He survived his service, with a few very close calls, and returned to Canada in early 1953. In February of 2016, he sat down with Crestwood students Kevin Guo, Peter Li, Julian Spaziani and Sabrina Wasserman to share his experiences and memories
Oral History Project April 5th, 2016
The Crestwood Oral History Project is hard at work this month. World War Two veterans and Holocaust survivors have been visiting with the CHC2D students, helping them to complete their oral history interviews. Last week Mr. Masters and Mr. Hawkins took 17 students to Sunnybrook, where 4 veterans were interviewed. Three of them were RCAF veterans from World War Two, and one was a soldier in the Korean War. Our in home and in class visits continue this week – stay tuned!
Vanessa Wappel February 11th, 2016
Bill King served in the Canadian Forces from 1951-56. Bill grew up in Nova Scotia, against the backdrop of WW2. He remembers well the sacrifices of other family members who served in that conflict, and he considers them the real veterans. Bill’s service coincided with the Korean War, and although he did not go to Korea, he was decorated by the Korean government, for his role in the transhipment of supplies through his European base. Bill’s service took place in Europe, in both France and Germany, just as the Cold War was heating up. He has fond memories of his time in both nations, and considers himself lucky to have served alongside other NATO forces. At the end of his term, Bill resumed his life in Canada, taking a job with CP in Toronto. He remains active in the Legion, and we thank Helen Pearce and Legion Branch 11 for hosting this interview.
Oral History Project October 26th, 2015
Pete Gregerson served in Canada’s armed forces in both World War Two and Korea. Born and raised in the west end of Toronto, Pete grew up against the backdrop of the Great Depression, attending public school and then Central Tech, where he studied to be a draftsman. Pete enlisted in the army as WW2 came to a close, but because he was too young, he was not shipped overseas. He was in the midst of transportation training, and was expecting to be shipped to the Pacific when the atomic bombs brought the war to a close. Now a young man, Pete began to make his life in postwar Canada, marrying and starting to raise a family. When the Korean War got underway in 1950, Pete decided to enlist, going into the Princess Pats as a gunner. He took part in the momentous Battle of Gapyeong, and he served Canada and the United Nations forces with pride during those years. Pete now lives at Sunnybrook in the Veterans’ Wing; he was interviewed there by Mr. Masters in May 2015.
Oral History Project May 27th, 2015
Oral History Project April 23rd, 2015
We met Walter Metcalfe on a field trip to the Sunnybrook Veterans Wing in the fall of 2012. Walter served in the RCAF in World War Two, when he flew numerous missions as part of Bomber Command. He enlisted and served in the infantry in the Korean War as well. Walter’s memories went beyond the war and included great details on his childhood in the Great Depression as well. He was interviewed for this project by Zach Brown, Antony Cook, and Brandon Lee.
Oral History Project January 8th, 2013
Leon Moyen is a Korean War veteran who came from the small country of Luxembourg. He was born in 1930 and he enlisted in the army at the age of 16. When Leon first arrived in Korea, his main task was to do patrols. According to him, this job wasn’t always dangerous. Eventually he was given a different job – to act as a Double Crosser. This required crossing over enemy lines to do difficult commando operations. Leon saw intense combat during his time in Korea, and he was wounded on several occasions. After the war he chose to leave the military life and to focus on family, eventually emigrating to Canada.
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Mort Lightstone, at the age of 18, decided to join the Canadian Air Force. He was trained as an Air Force Navigator and graduated as an officer in April, 1952. His career continued for 28 years and more than 6,600 hours of flying missions. His first war experience was the Korean War. He also joined the Vietnam War in 1972. His job in Korea was mainly to deliver Canadian service personnel, mail and supplies, and bring back the wounded, usually American. A long military career took Mort all over Canada, and the world, and he brings his stories to many Canadian students each year. He visited Crestwood in November 2010 courtesy of the Memory Project.
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Guy Lavergne is a veteran of the Korean War, where he fought alongside United Nations troops in the early 1950s. Guy’s stories remind us that there is an important legacy to capture about one of the 20th century’s “forgotten wars”, not to mention Canada’s important role in the U.N . We met Guy at Sunnybrook in May 2012, where he was interviewed for this project by Antony Cook and George Giannopoulos.
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Henry Chu was a captain in the South Korean army during the Korean War of 1950-53. When his family was separated with the designation of the 38th Parallel, he found himself in the south. With the coming of the war, he became involved in a commando unit whose job it was to inflitrate enemy forces and to operate behind enemy lines. In this capacity he worked with American advisers, conducted sabotage operations and took numerous enemy prisoners. For his service he was awarded the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Henry visited Crestwood in April 2009, where he was interviewed by students Dan Kwon and Han Jongsha. In 2011 he sat down with all of Crestwood’s Korean students for a special lunch and discussion; the interview session was completed by Amanda Lee and Max Ahn.
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Roger McLean was born in Scituate, Massachusetts. An avid baseball fan and player, he went to Andover and Princeton, and went on to serve as a forward artillery observer in Korea and after the Armistice worked with the local Korean population building a primary school with materials sent from the U.S. He received his discharge in Japan, and accompanied by Princeton classmate Don Oberdorfer, he set out on a westward round-the-world trip back home. These experiences led to a year on the GI Bill at Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. From there Roger went into publishing and cable TV.
Roger and his wife Latie presently live in Falmouth, Maine, where Roger was interviewed for this project by Scott Masters in July 2015.
Oral History Project August 18th, 2015