Dr. Ted Vandevis lived in the Holland Marsh, ON, Canada and is part of the Holland Marsh Dutch Settlers...One-Place-Study by Dr. Ted Vandevis [Holland Marsh Dutch Settlers]. He is the author and profile manager of Holland Marsh Dutch Settlers.
Dr. Ted Vandevis is three steps removed from Pablo Picasso-1
Dr. Ted Vandevis-1
Step 1 Carmen Alfaro...El Salvador art student at Georgian College boarded at our house for 5 years.
Step 2. Dr. Kiko Alfaro...Father of Carmen and History of Art Professor at San Salvador University studied architecture in Italy and had Picasso as a professor and friend. As student and teacher they smoked cigars and drank Scotch Whiskey together.
Step 3. Pablo Picasso-1
Dr. Ted Vandevis was raised in a grocery store in the Holland Marsh, ON, Canada. He had a Toronto Star paper route at age 7 that consisted of 9 km daily and 14 km on Saturdays. In 1965 at 9 years old he had saved $500.00, enough money to lend to his Dad Marinus, enabling him to attend the funeral of his mother Grietje Brink in the Netherlands. He wrote a book about his experience growing up in the "Marsh" called "The Marsh and the Pyramids."
The family moved to the Jackson farm in Tecumseth Township, ON when he was 12 and lived there till he got married at 20 while he helped his mother raise Provimi Fancy White Veal calves. Up every morning at 4:45 am he would work for two hours before catching the bus to school in Alliston, ON. He would come home at night and go into the barn to feed again. After dinner it was a few minutes homework and then off to bed. He played French Horn in Banting Memorial High School's band. For 4 years he was the sole goalie for the Alliston Spud Diggers hockey team who played every Tuesday evening throughout the winter in Schomberg, ON.
He married nurse Janet Elisabeth Schep in 1976 and they had two marvelous children Bradley and Karen who are now both married to Marlana and Adam respectively and have children of their own, Matthew & Brooklyn and Thomas & Elizabeth respectively. Nell Geddes was matron of honor with Vicki Padt and Gerry Noordegraaf as Bridesmaids. Dennis Medley was the Best Man and the late Bill Vandevis and Leonard Noordegraaf were attendants. Betty Ann Schep and Marietta Vandevis were flower girls.
In 1977, Dr. Ted graduated from Georgian College, became an Engineering Technologist and produced the water supply for the City of Barrie, ON. He then joined Electrical Utilities Safety Association as a consultant becoming President & CEO in 1998 till retirement in 2009. His vision of zero injuries to any of the 50,000 workers in the membership is still being followed today. He was awarded coveted Meritorious Service Awards from Electrical & Utilities Safety Association and Stevenson Memorial Hospital. Other awards include:
Georgian AlumniView. Feature article on Dr. Ted Vandevis “Lifelong Learning a Powerful Tool for Career Success” Georgian College, Barrie, ON, Summer 2009
Mardy Award: Presented at the Electrical & Utilities Safety Association Annual General Conference for leading Association members in preventing 4000+/- injuries and $368,000,000. in injury costs, Windsor, May, 2009.
Ontario Water Works Association-A Section of AWWA, Meritorious Service Award for service to the Board of Trustees, 1998-2001, Toronto, ON, May, 2001.
American Water Works Association International Section Award – “Management for Excellence” Seminar Series, Denver, Colorado, 1995.
In addition, Dr. Vandevis has played an active leadership role in the following organizations:
Mississagua-Gold Lake Cottagers' Road Group 2017 Trent Lakes, ON Board Chair
Infrastructure Health and Safety Association Founder 2010
Occupational Health and Safety Council for Ontario 2008 Chair - Back Office Integration
Occupational Health and Safety Council for Ontario 2007-2009 Executive Committee
Stevenson Memorial Hospital 2007-2011 Alliston, ON Board Chair
Conference Board of Canada 2007-2009 Ottawa, ON Founding member & signatory – Leaders Roundtable on Health and Safety
World Safety Declaration 2007 Geneva, CH Signatory to Global Industry Commitment to Workplace Safety
Centre for Health & Safety Innovation 2005-2009 Mississauga, ON Chair and founding board member
CEO Leadership Charter 2005-2007 Mississauga, ON Chair, founding member and signatory
International Social Security Association 2004 – 2010 Geneva, CH Vice Chair Electricity Section
Centre for Research Expertise - MSD 2004-2008 Waterloo, ON Founding board member of CRE-MSD at University of Waterloo
Occupational Health & Safety Council for Ontario 1997- 2009 Toronto, ON Founding board member – comprises all Health and Safety Association CEOs, MOL & WSIB
Research Advisory Council - WSIB 1998-2005 Toronto, ON Founding board member
Knowledge Transfer Council – WSIB 1998-2003 Toronto, ON Chair
Ontario Provincial Auditor 2002 Toronto, ON Steering committee member for WSIB Value for Money Audit
Provincial Labour Management Safety Committee (PLMSC) 1997-2006 Toronto, ON Chair the s. (21) PLMSC accountable to the Minister of Labour on safety issues in the electrical industry in Ontario. Members include International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Power Workers Union, Electrical Safety Authority, Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario, Electricity Distributors Association, Toronto Hydro, Hydro One, Ontario Power Generation, Electrical & Utilities Safety Association, and Ministry of Labour.
Prevention Dynamics 2002-2009 Mississauga, ON Founding member and 2002 Chair
Human Resources Skills Development Canada 2003-2006 Ottawa, ON Canadian Electricity Industry Human Resources Steering Committee
Canadian Standards Association 1996-2008 Toronto, ON Executive Standards Steering Committee for Occupational Health and Safety; Approve development of new and revision of all existing Canadian Occupational Safety Standards;
National Safety Council 1997-2002 Itasca, Illinois Executive Board Member (Treasurer) of the Utilities Division 2002; Certified Utility Safety Administrator (CUSA) 1999-2002 National Safety Council, Itasca, Illinois Charter and founding member of CUSA and its Board of Directors 1999 (CUSA #150). 20,000 certified since.
Ontario Municipal Water Association 1995-2002 Waterloo, ON Ex-officio member to Board of Directors;
Ontario Water Works Association - A Section of AWWA 1990-2001 Toronto, ON Elected Trustee of Ontario Water Works Association - A Section of AWWA 1998 – 2001; Conceived of, organized and led Ontario Water Works Association “Management for Excellence” seminars, which received the International Education Section Award (1994-1996);
Minerva Canada 1998-2001 Toronto, ON Chair Minerva Ontario (subset of Minerva Canada) initiative to introduce safety into the curriculum of post secondary educational institutions;
In 1996 he was awarded an MBA from The University of Western Ontario, and in 2008 earned a PhD through Capella University in the U.S.A. He presently splits his time between the cottage on Gold Lake in Trent Lakes, ON in the summer and Florida in the winter.
Dr. Ted Vandevis
Theodore Vandevis.... A Chronology:
1956 - Theodore Vandevis was born to Gerritje Verhoog and Marinus Vandevis on Jan 26. He weighed 8 lbs 10 oz. and was born at 8:10 in the morning at York County Hospital in Newmarket, ON. Dr. Blackwell of Bradford was the Doctor presiding.
1958 - My first memory is at 2 years old lying in a bed made up for me in the living room on Agar Ave. in Bradford, ON, after having my tonsils pulled, and eating ice cream.
1959 - My grandparents Gerritje Goudkamp and Willem Verhoog visited with us for a month on Agar Avenue in Bradford, ON in the house my father built. My Dad dug the basement in hard clay by hand, having been laid off for the winter. A week after my grandparents returned to Holland my Uncle Bill (Willem Verhoog) came to see my mother on Agar Avenue to tell her their father Willem had died of an abdominal aneurysm. I saw them hug. At Christmas at 3:00 am I drove my pedal car around the living room and hall before going back to bed for Christmas morning.
1960 - Weekly my mother cleaned Rev. Hanenburg's parsonage beside the church in Holland Marsh, ON. His daughter Cathy took me to school for the afternoon to join her class. I didn't want to go home. One time the Hanenburgs took me to Toronto via Hwy 11 and we stopped for a 25 cent soft ice cream around Oak Ridges....huge. The present day Christian Reformed Church in Holland Marsh was completed with Stouffer Oosterhuis donating 3 acres of land on which to build it.
1961 - We bought the Marsh Food Store in Ansnorveld in The Settlement. My grandmother Gerritje Goudkamp spent 3 months with us. Miss Brouwer used to clean our house. She lived with her sister Mrs. Toorenaar in The Settlement.
1962 - We had a small accident in the Vauxall station wagon on our way to visit the Kruyfs in Toronto. My dad passed someone who was turning left and drove into him. My mother had a sprained ankle from stepping on the "brake." I started Grade 1. The weekend before I found a Walking Stick while visiting Kuit's farm in Zephyr. I took it for "show and tell" the first day of school. My teacher was Anita Sikema. Miss Knapper was the Principal.
1963 - We tobogganed in The Hills behind Holland Marsh Christian School on Feb 14 for Foundation Day as it was the 20th anniversary of our school. I ran over Karen Van Dyke's head however she wasn't injured. I froze my ear and the Doctor told my mother to smear it in Vaseline and keep it covered, so she taped an Aspirin box to my head. We bought a new gold coloured AMC Rambler station wagon to do grocery deliveries. I took over the paper route my sister Geraldine had. I was seven and the route was 9 km on weekdays and 14 on Saturdays. Cathy Hanenburg was my Grade 2 teacher. She cried when the principal came into our class on Nov 22 and told us President Kennedy had been shot and killed. She was born in the U.S. and had recently emigrated to Canada.
1964 - We moved into a new classroom complete with new desks at Holland Marsh Christian School for Grade 3. Our teacher was Mrs. Vander Kooy and we had yellow arithmetic textbooks. I bought a new red CCM SuperCycle bicycle from Western Tire in Bradford for doing my papers. My dad built a wooden box on the back to hold the papers. For getting new newspaper subscribers I won hockey gloves, knee, elbow and shoulder pads, helmet, socks and a Leafs jersey. These were presented to me at Bradford Memorial Arena.
1965 - I bought a new Polaroid 104 Land camera complete with carry case and external flash for around $100. Our Grade 4 teacher was Mrs. Vander Kooy. I lent my dad $500 so he could fly to Holland for his mother's funeral. He paid me back. I outfitted my bike with high handle bars and a banana seat. My Dad Marinus attended the funeral of his mother Grietje Brink in Voorthuizen, NL.
1966 - My Grade 5 teacher was Miss Herrema who would play baseball with us kids. I won second prize in a York County Fire Prevention drawing and colouring contest. My prize was three silver Centennial edition dollar coins with a Canada Goose on the back. In October I picked carrots by hand for 25 Cents per bushel and by the time I had 4 bushels full at 7:00 am, my fingernails were streched with carrot, bleeding and I was frozen. I went home.
1967 - My Grade 6 teacher was Mrs. Mary Terpstra. My sister Geraldine went to Expo '67 in Montreal. Geraldine and I at 14 and 11 respectively managed the store for July and August with the help of the butcher Mr. Lollinga while my mother suffered from a nervous breakdown. Mrs. Radder the previous owner worked with us on Saturdays and took the order on Mondays. My parents sold the store in September and we moved to Warnaar's house that we received as a down payment for the store. I retired from my paper route after 5 years and with $1500 in the bank ($12,000. in 2019 currency). I rushed home from Cadets on Wednesday evenings to see the Maple Leafs in the playoffs win the Stanley Cup for the last time. Johnny Bower and Terry Sawchuk were amazing. I got my first pair of glasses from Public Optical on Queen Street in Toronto. My mother said to meet them at the Haddassa bazaar at Exhibition Stadium. It was about 5 km, I had to walk under the Gardiner Expressway and only had a vague idea where it was. I found her and Katie shopping. Katie had purchased a Rug Cleaner and as it was awkward to carry, rolled it in the parking lot to the car. When she got there it was full of gravel and she couldn't lift it. I picked strawberries on Wright's farm on the 13th Concession of West Gwillimbury Township with Pat, Ron, Dan and Judy Rupke. They told me I tanned so easily because my Dad was Native Indian.
1968 - My parents bought a farm near Smithville in the Niagara Peninsula to raise Provimi Fancy White veal calves. After my father's wages were doubled to $12,000 at Hardee Farms International we decided to stay in the Bradford area. They bought the Jackson farm on the 9th Line of Tecumseth Township and Dad kept working while my mother and I raised veal calves. I built 135 calf pens out of very hard oak wood, and cleaned out the old bank barn with Dan Rupke to make room for the calves. I attended school at Tecumseth North Central for Grade 7 and had Mr. Fulton as a teacher. I made friends with Larry Jerry. Four hours per day of feeding calves.
1969 - I attended Beeton Central School for Grade 8. Mrs. Mills was my teacher. We were in an experimental "open pod" classroom for 3 grade 8 classes. I made friends with Rob Sage, Dalyce Mallion and Janet Thomson. Four hours per day of feeding calves.
1970 - My parents bought a new green Chevelle 307. I started high school and joined the Banting Memorial High School band playing the French Horn. We got a new white Chevrolet pick-up truck. Four hours per day of feeding calves.
1971 - I helped Bob Leest build his new spinach barn in Tecumseth Twp. I picked spinach, parsley and asparagus. I got out of school early in June to pick asparagus on a seven man picker. I also primed tobacco. Four hours per day of feeding calves.
1972 - I got my driver's license on the first try after taking Drivers Ed. I helped Gerry Leest build his new house in Beeton. While working on second floor scaffolding painting the soffits, a delivery truck backed into the scaffolding. I jumped into a window opening. The driver got out and looked up. The paint tray fell on his head. It was oil paint. Our whole family went to Holland for the month of July. I stayed with Tante Ali and Ome Teunis on Jan Steen Straat in Voorthuizen. I bought a pass for the swimming pool and had the use of my uncle's brommer (moped). I met many new cousins including Ineke Plemp with whom I am still friends. I collected 50+ miniature liquor bottles. Four hours per day of feeding calves.
1973 - I started working at Sibbald Point Provincial Park. I got my long hair cut for the occasion. June 30 I sold $4000 in campsites. I met Ted Culbert and his wife. Later I would learn he was Mary Etherington's father. Tante Truus Verhoog and her children Willem, Gert, Jaap and Truus came for a month to Canada and stayed with us. Tante Jans van de Pol visited from Holland too. We went camping in Algonquin Park and met up with the van Daslers. Janet and I had our first date in April after doing the play "The Little Red Schoolhouse" in Rosemont for the church. Four hours per day of feeding calves.
1974 - I worked the summer at Earl Rowe Provincial Park in Alliston, ON selling campsite permits. I picked spinach, asparagus and parsley. I graduated from high school with a 79% average. I played in the Band at Commencement. Before attending prom I went to pick Janet up in the Chevelle that brother Bill had just finished doing extensive body work on. It was ready for paint and I missed a stop sign smashing the vehicle. We enjoyed a nice prom with Janet at the Nottawasaga Inn in Alliston. Four hours per day of feeding calves. I started at Georgian College and met Dennis Medley.
1975 - I worked the summer at Earl Rowe Provincial Park in Alliston, ON selling campsite permits. I picked spinach, asparagus and parsley. I got engaged to marry Janet Elisabeth Schep on Feb 14. We celebrated with dinner at the Globe Hotel in Rosemont followed later by an engagement party at Janet's parents. Janet started her nursing career at Royal Victoria Hospital. I bought a used 1972 green Chevy Vega from Hunters Chev Olds in Alliston...my first car. Four hours per day of feeding calves.
1976 - Janet and I got married on May 1 at the Alliston Christian Reformed Church on Downey Avenue. We honeymooned in Ottawa. The whole honeymoon including gas, motels and food was $85. John Heilkema conducted the ceremony and George Zondervan was our Master of Ceremonies. Nell Geddes, Gerry Noordegraaf, and Vicki Padt were female attendants. Dennis Medley, Leonard Noordegraaf, Bill Vandevis were male attendants. We visited Tante Jantje de Ruiter at Ottawa Civic Hospital as she was recovering from cancer surgery on her arm. We moved into Apartment 2 at 29 Queen Street in Barrie. We rented it from Gord Pratt. Baby Leonard Allan son of Gerry and Leonard Noordegraaf died a month old just before Christmas. I was a pall-bearer and we spent a week over Christmas with Gerry and Leonard. Four hours per day of feeding calves till May 1.
1977 - I graduated from Georgian College as an Engineering Technologist. I started working at Barrie Public Utilities Commission producing the water supply for the City of Barrie. I earned $12, 800 per year, the most of any graduate. We vacationed in Myrtle Beach with John and Nell. Bradley Ryan Vandevis was born on Nov 20. We traded the Vega for a Luxury Le Mans from Russell Pontiac Buick in Orillia.
1978 - We bought our first house at 19 Wilde Place in Barrie for $39,900. With the help of John Geddes we put together a tin shed in a wind-storm. It was still standing in 2014. I also built a split cedar rail fence from rails off my parents' farm property.
1980 - Karen Nadine Vandevis was born on Feb 17. I built Brad a bed out of pine and assembled it in his bedroom. We went on strike for three months at the PUC. I worked painting for John VanCampen, Murray Geddes and Evelyn Tuck. Diane VanCampen gave us a lot of dairy and vegetables. We sold 19 Wilde Place and I had to lower Brad's bed out the window of his second storey bedroom with the help of Scott Jackson. We rented a small cottage from Gord Dawson at Gull Rock Marina on Lakeshore Drive in Oro Twp.
1981 - We bought 35 Tower Crescent in Barrie for $54,900. Our mortgage was at 15.5 % for three years, and thankfully so, as that summer they went to 22%. We bought a green 1979 Chevrolet Caprice Classic from Linus Macdonald for about $4,500.
1982 - Carmen Alfaro came to board with us from El Salvador while attending Georgian College. Her mother and grandmother came for 3 months. I started curling with Jack Etherington at the Barrie Curling Club.
1983 - Chiqui, Kiko and Chele Alfaro visited us for Christmas. I built a deck for John and Nell on Averill Cres. in London.
1985 - I watched a devastating funnel cloud approach the house on May 31 around 5:00 pm. I had just arrived home from work at the PUC and set a case of beer on the kitchen table and shouted for everyone to get downstairs. A few minutes later after the Category 5 tornado was over we toured the neighborhood on foot with the kids. 8 people were killed in Barrie. The kids got free Cabbage Patch Kids from Mattel. I did most of the repairs to the house myself. I removed the bricks from the house and then chipped the mortar off so I could repurpose the bricks for a patio. We added an extra bay on the garage and bricked the whole house in Georgetown Ontario yellow brick. We built a brick fireplace and bar in the basement that Leo van Eyk helped me finish.
1986 - David Booth and I installed an in-ground pool in our Tower Crescent backyard. I turned 30.
1987 - For six months straight I wrote computer code for the Public Utilities Commission in Barrie to manage their 30,000 water services, 2000 water hydrants, miles of water-main and daily water treatment calculations. These were in the days without software....I wrote at c:> from scratch. Every pixel on the page had to be told where to go so it would make sense. Bruce Cole was thrilled because now he had a tool to manage the maintenance of his system.
1988 - I started as a health and safety consultant for Electrical Utilities Safety Association in Mississauga. I began 20 years of travel. I started at $45,000 per year.
1989 - We attended a Phillies game in Philadelphia and Mets game in New York. The family vacationed at Disney World and Treasure Island, Florida.
1990 - We bought a new silver Ford Thunderbird from Miedema's Ford in Shelburne. We attended a Reds game in Cincinnati.
1991 - We attended an Indians game in Cleveland with the family and Brad's friend Kevin Shaw.
1993 - I was selected to be Field Coordinator at E&USA. We got a family golf season's membership at Simoro Golf Club in Oro Township. We took a family vacation to California. We attended MLB games of the Giants in San Francisco, A's in Oakland and the Angels in Anaheim. We visited San Diego Zoo.
1994 - I began an MBA through Ivey School of Business in Mississauga. Janet bought a new black Buick Regal Gran Sport.
1995 - John and Nell Geddes had a tornado at their cottage on Catchacoma Narrows. We helped them clean up. Eighty full size trees came down in the storm. Peggy Geddes came out of the cottage with her pruning shears and asked "Where do I start?"
1996 - I turned 40 and Janet threw me a party in the basement. We bought the Gold Lake cottage for $117,000 and moved in on April 4, Janet's 40th birthday. We sold 35 Tower Crescent and rented a house on Kempenfelt Drive in Barrie. We traded Janet's car for a 16' Bayliner bowrider boat. I graduated MBA school in London at Spencer Hall. Janet and my parents attended. I went to Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore for my MBA international trip.
1998 - I was appointed President & CEO of Electrical & Utilities Safety Association. We bought the 14 foot Sea Nymph with a 20 HP Merc. We bought and moved into a townhouse at 81 Montserrand in Barrie.
1999 - I got approval from the Board of Directors for my new vision of zero injuries.
2000 - Karen and Adam spent the New Years weekend in Montreal with a bunch of friends. They began dating. Brad graduated from Guelph with a degree in Commerce. At graduation we had to pay $75 in library fines for overdue books before we got his degree. Brad began working for Mosaic in Mississauga. I spent month with Bruce Clements in Jaipur, India doing safety audits for the Rajasthan Electricity Company.
2001 - We vacationed in Oahu, Hawaii on Waikiki Beach at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort.
2002 - We moved to 67 Kenwell Crescent Barrie which we bought for $159,000. Adam and Karen lived in the basement for a few months while Grandma and Grandpa Vandevis occupied their rooms. Brad married Marlana Marie Roy on Nov 16 and bought their first house at 43 Masters Drive in Barrie, ON. Their wedding song was Pacabel's Canon in D. They honeymooned in Hawaii. Grandma and Grandpa Vandevis sold their home on Browning Trail and moved into Tollendal Retirement Village. My dad Marinus excelled at ping pong and computer work at age 74.
2003 - Karen graduated from McMaster with a degree in Biology. She then moved to Brighton UK to attend Sussex University and obtained her teaching degree. She then taught in the UK for three years and lived with Adam Arnold. I installed a kitchen, living room, two bedrooms and a bathroom in Brad and Marlana's basement. We built the Kawartha room at the cottage.
2004 - We bought two Polaris Personal Water Craft and a Polaris ATV. We visited Karen in the UK and went to Holland for the weekend.
2005 - Marinus Vandevis my father died on Oct 24 in pre-op for an abdominal aneurysm at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie. To no avail Dr. Sandy Macdonald put 24 pints of blood through him and massaged his open heart by hand. The anesthetist had punctured the rear side of his jugular vein without knowing it. I conducted the Memorial Service and his eulogy in the Christian Reformed Church in Barrie. We visited Karen in the UK and went to Prague for the weekend. I had my first abdominal aneurysm ultrasound and it is negative. I established the Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.
2006 - We moved to 77 Sunset Crescent in Alliston which we bought for $450,000. Karen moved back to Canada and Adam immigrated to Canada. They lived with us for a year at 77 Sunset. We went for dinner on Apr 4 for Janet's 50th to Michael and Marion's in Barrie. Matthew James Vandevis was born on Apr 5.
2007 - Brooklyn Marie Vandevis was born on Sep 12. We traded the Bayliner for a 19 foot Four Winns Bowrider. I was appointed Chair of the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Board. We reconstituted the Board and took the hospital from near closure to the best small hospital in Ontario.
2008 - I completed my PhD in Organization and Management through Capella University in the U.S. I graduated in Jacksonville, FL with a 4.00 GPA. Janet, and John & Nell Geddes attended the graduation. I built a deck for Brad and Mar on Masters Drive in Barrie. I installed a new kitchen for Karen and Adam at their new house at 173 Riverdale in Toronto.
2009 - I installed a new second floor bathroom for Karen and Adam. Board Chair Jim Howie, Lisa Winters, Janet and myself travelled to Seoul, South Korea and Japan for my presentation at the world safety congress and expo. I retired at the end of the year. I bought a black Audi S5 with custom wheels for a retirement present to myself. Janet bought me a baby grand piano.
2010 - We travelled to Africa in February. We spent March in Punta Gorda, Florida. We took the VIA train out west to BC in May. Brother William (Bill) Vandevis was killed on his motorcycle in Newmarket in July at the corner of Green Lane and Main Street. I delivered Bill's eulogy. Karen and Adam Arnold were married at the cottage on Sep 25. It poured rain during the ceremony and then the sun came out for a wonderful evening. I danced to Lady Gaga. Karen's wedding song was by Adele. They honeymooned in Mallorca Spain. I installed a new deck and patio at Karen and Adam's.
2011 - I rebuilt the kitchen and bathroom at the cottage. We wintered in Venice, Florida. The house we rented on Cadiz Street was a nice 5 minute walk to the ocean. Thomas Webster Arnold was born on Sep 30. We spent Christmas in Destin with the kids and grandkids. We sold 77 Sunset in Alliston and moved to the cottage. I had my first colonoscopy and they removed 5 polyps the size of grapes. I need to return in two years.
2012 - We wintered in a beautiful 10th floor condo on the beach in Destin, Florida. Ineke Plemp and Jan Ballon from The Netherlands came to visit us there. We drove to New Orleans and stayed at the Waldorf Roosevelt Hotel. We rebuilt the pink cottage. It is now "The Hamptons." I installed a new wood floor on Karen and Adam's main floor.
2013 - We wintered at Ebb Tide in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. A huge wind storm knocked down 10 large trees at the cottage. Hydro One took down another 10 in the hydro right-of-way. Leonard Noordegraaf took down 10 trees the fall before. We now have about 20 bush cords of wood cut, split and stacked. We spent April in Holland and rented a house outside of Montfoort, NL. Chuck and Chris Mackenzie came for a visit. The Scheps hosted a family reunion in Waarder at Nooigt Gedacht. Truus and Dick Zuidam gave us the use of a rental car for the month. Oct 31 my mother moved to Woods Park Senior's home in Barrie. She is suffering from advanced dementia. I had my second colonoscopy and only a small polyp is removed. I don't need another for 5 years. We bought a silver Ford Explorer XLT.
2014 - We wintered at the Golden Arms in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. We attended the van de Vis family reunion in Voorthuizen, NL on Apr 5. We visited the Voorthuizen Cemetery and listened to a private organ concert in the Gereformeerde Kerk. We travelled to Malaga Spain for 10 days with Ineke Plemp and Jan Ballon. Elizabeth Mary Arnold is born on Feb 14. I began working on the family tree in Feb. By summer I had traced the Schep and Vandevis families through Charlemagne to around the time of Christ. Another branch goes through the Pharaohs of Egypt and yet another through the Kings of Assyria. I began a One-Place-Study on the Holland Marsh Dutch Settlers.
I also populated the Wikitree for Laura Secord Ingersoll-65 and her anscestors through Scottish and Irish royalty and descendants through Graham Jukes. Laura Secord was the Canadian heroine who ran on foot for 20 miles in rough terrain to warn the British that the Americans were planning to invade Canada in 1812.
Jenny Geddes and Graeme Jukes-63 got married at the Geddes cottage. Janet and I hosted the dinner at our cottage for 28 people. Our good friend and brother-in-law John Geddes died of septic shock the next day on Oct 13. I did the eulogy and was a pall-bearer. My mother's dementia has advanced to the point where on a good day she only remembers Gerry, Marietta and myself. I have a peripheral arterial abdominal aneurysm 1.7 cm long. Many male ancestors including both grandfathers and many uncles died of these phenomenon. The whole family including females need to be checked at 50 years old. In November my Mother does not know my name.
2015 - We wintered again at the Golden Arms, Unit 511 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. I started writing my book on January 8. January 9 I have 50 pages of rough draft. Jan 14 I have a rough draft. Feb 5 I have a decent 129 page draft. I wrote it as a story for our grandchildren so they have some insight into how I was raised. We meet Win and Nigel Knight in Florida. I have not seen Win in 47 years. "The Marsh and the Pyramids" is published through Lulu in May. I spent 15 weeks transforming Karen and Adam's basement at 173 Riverdale Avenue in Toronto. We had lots of the kids' company at the cottage. Mom continues to decline in August. She thinks I am her brother Jaap. Matthew and Brooklyn spend 3 weeks with us at the cottage. I bought the family a kid's quad. We took Matthew and Brooklyn to Ottawa for a mini vacation in August. In December Mom was moved to a more secure section of Woods Park Care Centre. She is being somewhat aggressive. She is eating just about everything they put in front of her because she forgets what she doesn't like....fish, eggs. Karen and Adam went to England for Christmas. We had our Vandevis Christmas at Brad & Mar's on December 12 with Aunt Nell attending. Dec 16 our grandson Thomas Arnold was diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma involving his adrenal gland, liver and bones. Two days later he began 18 months of active treatment at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, beginning with chemo.
2016 - Spent two weeks in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Writing Safety Meetings for Everyone. Visited Dennis and Cindy in Florida for a few days. Thomas is courageously fighting cancer. It is still a steep climb but in April we heard that the tumour on his adrenal gland had shrunk 70% and the lesions on his liver had disappeared. We entered the Sporting Life 10k walk. April 11 we had raised over $27,000 for Camp Ooch and were the number one team in terms of money raised. Thomas is coming along good. He has endured 6 normal rounds of chemo, 2 high dose rounds of chemo, countless blood transfusions, 3 surgeries, one to install his mainline for testing blood and giving him chemo, one to remove the cancerous tumour on his adrenal gland and one to biopsy his testicles. He started his first of twelve radiations at Princess Margaret Hospital and it went very well. My abdominal aneurysm is now 2.2 cm in length. I installed a new buried waterline at the cottage and finally after 13 years finished the ceiling in the Kawartha Room. I built fences for both Karen and Brad and a deck for Brad and Mar. My mother's dementia has advanced to the point where she no longer is able to recognize anyone and she can no longer speak coherently. Physically she is quite strong. Janet spent most of the year till September with Karen and Thomas in Toronto. I spent a few months in Toronto and then took the dog to the cottage for the summer to facilitate Karen and Adam's house to remain bacteria free for Thomas while his immune system was zero. Thomas underwent his first of five immunotherapy infusions in December. It was as bad as expected including lots of pain, discomfort, nausea, headache, morphine and weakness.
I rebuilt the deck at 12 Forest Dale Drive for Brad and Mar. I also added a secondary round deck beside their hot tub. Marlana started a great new job with the County of Simcoe Ontario Works program.
2017 - Thomas underwent his second immunotherapy session in January. It was as bad or worse than the one in December. He attended school for a few hours in January. I made wine for the first time in Bobcaygeon. It is June 1 and Thomas has finished his scheduled 18 months of treatment. He has his MIBG scan today to determine if there is any residual cancer. Yesterday he had a hearing test and found he cannot hear above 6000 hertz.
Our previous Tower Crescent home burned down on April 4 with a fire starting in the garage. It was bulldozed later that fall. In May we ran in the Sporting Life walk/run and raised over $12,000 for Ooch raising our two year total to $40,000. Tom is now attending school fulltime and will be moving to Pape before and after care with Libby in the fall. Brad is coaching Matthew's Barrie Red Sox rep baseball team. Adam's dad Tony's health is declining as he suffers from ALS in England.
Unfortunatley Tony Arnold died on June 19, peacefully at home. Thomas has had a number of tests performed three months apart, all of them coming back cancer free, and so officially he is in full remission.
We took delivery of an Audi Q7 in July. Jan and Ineke visited us from Holland for two weeks in September. We visited Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls. Janet and I travelled to Destin, Florida (Gulfview II) for four months beginning November 1. We returned to Canada for Christmas for four days. Grandma Vandevis is doing well in Woods Park. She has completed four years there and celebrated her 89th birthday on Dec. 30. Brooklyn continues to study dance twice per week and enjoys her gymnastics. Matthew keeps busy playing hockey and Barrie Red Sox rep baseball, and was bestowed an award in Academics from Terry Fox School.
2018 - Janet and I are wintering well in Destin Florida. Thomas had his third consecutive clean set of tests and both he and Libby are growing like weeds. Yippee. Janet and I are enjoying buying clothes for all four grandkids at deeply discounted prices at Beall's, Gymboree and Jack and Jill's. Nell visited us in Destin from Jan 31 to Feb 5. Karen Adam and kids visited from Feb 6 to Feb 13. Brad Mar and Kids visited from Feb 16 to 24. Tapped the maple trees from Mar 19 to May 4 to make Maple Syrup and produced 33 litres of syrup. Mom is still going pretty strong at Wood's Park and has now been there over four years.
In April we drove to Moncton NB to celebrate Murray Geddes' 95th birthday. He was thrilled we were there. On route we stopped at Quebec City where we were warmly received. We stayed at the Manoir Victoria Inn. We celebrated Nell's 65th birthday at Painters Hall in Barrie and Janet gave her a scrapbook she made of her life. The family participated in the SL10K walk in Toronto and were sponsored over $4000. raising our three year total to over $44,000.
In August Nell, Janet, Betty Ann, Diane & John and myself went to Holland for a week and enjoyed a family reunion of the Scheps in Speuld, Gelderland. It was attended by over 50 people. We rented the Jaarsveldhof house in Montfoort again and had a wonderful time with the four sisters. Janet and I visited Dick and Truus and she had invited her brothers and the family of Ome Jaap for a . pancake dinner. It was wonderful. Nell, Janet and I then left for a twelve night cruise on the Mediterranean and visited Barcelona, Marseille, Monte Carlo, Florence, Pisa, Naples, Pompeii, Rome, Messina, Corfu Greece, Kotor Montenegro, Dubrovnik and Venice. It was a glorious trip, never to be forgotten.
Mom is still reasonably healthy physically, whereas mentally she has lost all comprehension and ability to recognize or speak. She can still feed herself. Mom completed 5 years at Woods Park on October 31st. Thomas was featured as a Cancer survivor at Pape Elementary School run for Cancer. He got back to his friends in the bleachers and they said "You had cancer?" Tom said "Yes." They said "Did it hurt?" Tom said "No." Nell retired and moved for the winter to BC.
2019 - Janet and I turned 63 this year. Mom still going strong physically at Wood's Park. Wintering in Destin Florida from Jan to Mid April. Brad and kids visited mid February for a week, then Nell for a week and then Karen, Adam and kids for 10 days at March break. Winter has been quite cool but not nearly as bad as in Ontario. The Spring was extremely wet in Ontario. We decided to sell the cottage. Sold the cottage on the second day of listing for $837,900.00 closing on June 27, 2019. Moved to 2 Stapleton Place in Barrie on August 6. Redoing the kitchen and floor on main level. Tom went to overnight Camp Ooch for 2 weeks on July 8 in the Muskokas.
The Schep sisters got together for lunch at our house in December. We hosted Christmas Eve with the whole family and Etheringtons and hosted Christmas with the whole family. We left for Destin, Florida on Dec 28 and stayed till Mar 15th.
2020 - Spent the first 2.5 months in Destin. Came home early in advance of a government recommendation to repatriate due to the global pandemic Covid-19 virus. Staying quarantined in Barrie for 2 weeks and doing a lot of reading, cooking, designing Karen's cottage kitchen, designing our backyard, and starting to cleanup our front yard. Nell spent a couple of weeks in April with us before heading to the cottage to clean it up for the sale closing in June.