Dr. Ted Vandevis
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Dr. Ted Vandevis

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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.

For a history of Ansnorveld (Holland Marsh) see: http://archives.bradford.library.on.ca/index.php/history-of-ansnorveld

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. The old church dishes were given to us kids to play with as the church ladies purchased new ones for the new church.

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 ($21,000. in 2021 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, and so 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 (about 75 students). 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. Betty Ann and Marietta were flower girls. 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 2021. 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 a 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.

2012 - Wintered in Destin, Florida in the doctor's condo on the driving part of the beach.

2013 - Moved Mom to Wood's Park on Oct 31. The next day she asked if she had lived somewhere else before. Wintered in New Smyrna Beach Florida in The Golden Arms in the "lighthouse" condo on the beach.

2014 - John Geddes died of sepsis a day after Jenny got married at the cottage. I took the photos for Jenny's wedding. Janet held the wedding dinner at our cottage for 28 people. Wintered in New Smyrna Beach Florida at The Golden Arms in the 5th floor corner unit. I renovated Karen and Adam's basement from the studs to finish drywall.

2015 - Dec 16, Thomas diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma. He started chemo three days later. Started a few months in Punta Cana whereas we both came home early to help with Tom's recovery. Mom does not know her kid's names. Helped Brad build a fence in his backyard on Forest Dale Drive.

2016 - Wintered in Destin Florida. Thomas underwent significant chemo therapies, immunotherapies and surguries. We walked the 10k for Camp Ooch and over three years raised over $42,000 to help send kids to camp.

2017 - Wintered in Destin Florida. Bought a 2018 Audi Q7. Thomas is totally cancer free.

2018 - Wintered in Destin Florida. Mom is stable and putting on weight as she now eats everything.

2019 - Bought 2 Stapleton Place. Had a new kitchen and tiling in the hall done. Helped Nell get her cottage ready for sale. Wintered in Destin, FL.

2020 - Came home early in March from Destin because of COVID-19. Built a vinyl deck and landscaping in the back yard at 2 Stapleton.

2021 - Wintered in Barrie because of COVID. Built two bedrooms and a bathroom under Karen and Adam's cottage during 6 weeks in May/June. Screened in a gazebo for Gerry in May. Leonard Noordegraaf died very quickly of Altzheimers.

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Hi Ted!

For a great start of the spring this year we will have a Spring Clean-a-Thon again. The fun starts Friday, April 23, at 8 AM (EDT) until Monday, April 26, at 8 AM (EDT) make sure to register for this event (hurry ;) (and respond with an ANSWER not a comment or reply) and of course also mention in the answer you are joining the Flying Dutchmen- Vliegende Hollanders team !

Hope to see you soon, Bea & Astrid :)
posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Thanks for being awesome and our nr 2 Ted !

A big thank you for the fun we had and all your wonderful work during the Source-a-Thon 2020

team Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders x

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Hi, Dr. Ted!

Thank you for your participation in October’s 2020 Source-a-thon. Your contributions helped us to clear over 57,000 profiles that needed sourcing. This makes our Shared Tree all that much better.

Keep up the great work!

Pippin Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard

The 5th! Source-a-Thon will take place from the 2nd of October till the 5th of October. We really hope you will join us at our Team The Flying Dutchmen. Registering is open now HERE. More info at our Team page HERE or at our G2G-S-a-Th-Chat.

Hope to see you!

Margreet, Bea and Astrid

Hi Astrid: I think I "answered" to become registered. Can you make sure I am on the list. I want to get my profiles sourced. thx tv
posted by Dr. Ted Vandevis
I will check it right away Dr.Ted! :)
Yes you are registered for the S-a-Th Dr.Ted! Welcome aboard of team Flying Dutchmen!

I added your name to the participants list at our team page.

Hi Ted,

After a great Liberation day challenge, the Connect-a-Thon is coming up, it will take place from Friday 17 July 2020-Monday 20 July 2020) so everyone is invited to join the Flying Dutchmen Team - Vliegende Hollanders..so let's all hop on the boat (teampage) ;) again and have some fun together. Don't forget to first register here (you can register until wednesday 15 july) and let them know you're going to rock the Flying Dutchmen (women) - Vliegende Hollanders boat ..and here's our connect-a-thon chat.

Hope to see you soon,

Bea and Astrid x

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
I know......... first the Cl-a-Th now a DRP challenge. But it is our 5th Liberation Day challenge. Just to celebrate freedom and remember those that made us to live in FREEDOM! Join us please!

The Global Cemeteries Project is currently undergoing our member check-in and wanted to verify that you are still active and interested in being a member of the project. Are you currently assigned to or working with one of our Cemetery Teams? If not, is there a particular Team or area you are interested in participating with? I would be delighted to help you get setup in one or more of our collaborative teams!

We use Google Groups for internal project collaboration, so if you are not yet setup for access feel free to submit a join request and we will get that approved as quick as possible. We also ask that members check their follwed tags to make sure you are following the correct project tag (CEMETERIES) so you don't miss any disucssions in G2G.

Last, but not least, we would like to thank you for all of your contributions to WikiTree and let you konw that any ideas or suggestions for improvement you may have for the Global Cemeteries Project would greatly appreciated!

I look forward to hearing form you soon!

Steve ~Global Cemeteries Project Leader

posted by Steven Harris
The fourth Spring Clean-a-Thon is coming! The cleaning will start on Friday, April 24, at 8 AM (EDT) and run until Monday, April 27, at 8 AM (EDT).

Please join us at Team Flying Dutchmen after registering HERE.

And please feel welcome to join us in the mean time at cleaning up a Dutch Roots Gedcom we work on together for the next weeks.

Hope to see you soon!

Margreet, Bea and Astrid

On behalf of the Flying Dutchmen-Vliegende Hollanders, thanks a bunch for your wonderful work, enthusiasm and the fun we all had during the Scan-a-Thon 2020 Ted, you rock! Bea & Astrid x
posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Hi Ted,

I looked at the ones you uploaded and it's the privacy level of the profiles where you uploaded the photo's for, it's too high, so these profiles are not open.

What you can do is create a free space page for the family you have photo's for and upload the photo's to the free space page and connect the profiles to the images or photo's from there. For open profiles only ten photo's can be added (and are counted) per profile and for all open free space pages it's a bit the same, you can upload more images on a free space page perhaps, but only the first ten uploaded photo's will count for th scan-a-thon, so if you have more and all for profiles that are not open (open=white all other colors of privacy levels are not open) . So if you have many photo's for many profiles or many different families, you can create a few (open ! Open=Anyone can view the full profile and any member who has signed the Wiki Genealogist Honor Code can edit it.) family pages and upload them all there. Then they all will count and your name will show in the tracker.

Hope it helps and good luck, still a whole weekend and monday to go, so hope you didn't add them all yet

Hugs from the Netherlands,

Bea x

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
edited by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Hi Ted!

First of all we all are wishing you a very happy and healthy 2020! And for a great start of this new year we will have a Scan-a-Thon again. The fun starts this weekend, from Friday 10 January (8 AM (ET) until Monday 13 January (8 AM (ET) and the registration cut-off is Wednesday, January 8th, at 11:59 pm, ET, so if you want to participate make sure to register for this event (hurry ;) ) (and respond with an ANSWER not a comment or reply) and of course also mention in the answer you are joining the Flying Dutchmen- Vliegende Hollanders team !

Hope to see you soon,

Bea & Astrid :)

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Hi Dr. Ted!

I hope you are okay!

Hi! I hope you have some time and energy to join us at the upcoming DRP challenge. We like to have you as particpant. The challenge is besides adding profiles about fun and getting to know each other better. The challenge lasts from the 30th of December to the 6th of January. It is not important if you can not be around every day. Any add is welcome. And we like to jump together at WT into the New Year! HERE you find more info. Already wishing you a Happy New Year! Bea, Margreet and Astrid

Hi Ted,

We are missing you here on WikiTree!

posted by Robin Lee
Hallo Ted

I see in yr ancestry tree some Middelkoop showing up. More info on the Middelkoop families can be found in http://middelkoop-worldwide.jouwweb.nl/ Best luck with yr hobby Jan Middelkoop

posted by Jan Middelkoop

Wanna have some fun ? It's almost time for the Source-a-Thon 2019 (Friday 4 October-Monday 7 October) and we would love to see you ! make sure to first register (with an answer!), and let them know you join the Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders and of course feel free to add your name to the team here (click link) (don't forget to remember and add your number (for the prizedrawings) there as well). ;)

Hope to see you soon and have a great day,

Bea + Astrid :)

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Hi !

The registration for the brand new Connect-a-Thon is open now, so if you would like to join us, make sure you first add an answer at this Connect-a-Thon 2019 registration G2G saying you would like to participate and join the Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders team and just add your WT ID to the team Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders, at our Connect-a-Thon team page where you also can see how everything works. And here's our team chat .

Many thanks and hope to see you (again) !

The Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders Team :D

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Hi Ted!

Here's a big thank you from Astrid and me for all the great work, fun and time you spend to help and make our WikiTree shine bright like a diamond during Clean-a-Thon 2019!

Go go Flying Dutchmen-Vliegende Hollanders ! :D
posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Hi there!

It is time for the spring cleaning at WikiTree! For the third time WT organizes a Clean-A-Thon (CaTh-) challenge. And we need you! Please join us! Here is all info. And make sure to first register by clicking “answer“ Here and let them know you want to join the Team Flying Dutchmen-Vliegende Hollanders .

Many thanks and hope to see you all !

The Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders

Hi, would you like to join our mini challenge ? Quest for Great-Grandparents and Gedcom help: Dutch Edition-Nederlandse editie All help is welcome !
posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Hi Ted

You received a message a couple of weeks ago about the new-look Global Cemeteries Project but we have not yet heard back from you. If you would like to continue in the project, please can you PM me your team(s) selections and your e-mail address for the Google group.

If I don’t hear back from you by this time next week I’ll assume you no longer wish to be in the project at this time.

Many thanks,

Darren :-)

Project Coordinator for Membership Global Cemeteries Project

posted by Darren Kellett
Thank You Ted for all the wonderful work during the Scan-a-Thon and being a wonderful member of team Vliegende Hollanders - The Flying Dutchmen !
posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Hi Flying Dutchmen and women !

Woohoo the Scan-a-thon has started and there are some changes..so just in case you didn't notice yet.... we won't have to use the tracker like we were used to during previous Thons.. meaning... you now can just upload a photo /scan/record and just move on to the next, without adding what you did to the tracker, tracking the contributions now goes automatically !

Scan-a-Thon Team Progress Tracker

Have a lot of fun and good luck !

Bea :)

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma