British Child Migration to Canada

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Overview of "Marjorie Her War Years"

Her family broken apart and her identity taken away, she had to forget her past in order to face her future. But forgetting isn’t forever.

Taken from their mother’s care and deported from England to the colonies, Marjorie Arnison and her nine-year-old brother, Kenny, were sent to the Prince of Wales Fairbridge Farm School on Vancouver Island in September 1937. Their eight-year-old sister, Audrey, followed the next August.

Marjorie’s new home was an isolated farm, in a cottage with at least ten other girls, with a “cottage mother” at the head. Cottage mothers had complete control over their “children” like Marjorie.

Survival meant sticking to bare essentials, and that meant accepting a loss Marjorie found hard to forgive. Turning inward, she would find strength that pulled her through, but she had to lock away her memories in order to endure her new life.

Marjorie was well into her senior years before those memories resurfaced.



Book Launch - Ghost Stories and Legends of Prince Edward Island

The event, hosted by the Bookmark, will feature readings from the book by ACT members, as well as an opportunity to chat with the author, Julie V. Watson, and photographer, John C. Watson, who currently resides in Vancouver.  The book, first written in the 1980s has been updated with new stories gathered from Islanders, and features new photographs taken at various sites around the Island during John’s annual vacations back home in PEI.  No admission.  All are invited to attend.

4 Seasons' Probus Club presents Cheryl Cooper

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Author Cheryl Cooper will present her third and newest novel, Run Red with Blood, and conduct a lively and interactive discussion on the naval War of 1812; the harships faced by the men who fought on the Atlantic during the Age of Sail; and words and expressions we use today that take their origins from life on the sea.