Martina was born in October of 1927 in Tottenham, Ontario. After attending Grade 13 in Alliston, she started working at McGoey Brothers Insurance Company as a filing clerk, where she moved around within her family's business for 25 years. When Martina was not working, she loved to travel. She has travelled to seven European countries. She also loves to do art and has sold her work in Canada and England. Martina has called Riverwood home since September of 2003. She loves living at Riverwood because the staff are always willing to help everyone, especially the residents (or as she says, "the retirees").
Marion was born on a farm on the outskirts of Cookstown. She received her education from a one-room school near her farm and worked at the general store. She then worked for the Bank of Montreal for over 30 years. When Marion was not working, she was fortunate enough to travel coast to coast across Canada, most of Europe, and took many cruises through the Panama, Hawaii, and the Mediterranean. Marion moved to Riverwood almost 8 years ago and is very happy. It was wonderful to interview this dear lady who possesses extraordinary wit and humour at over 100 years young.
Tish McSwain grew up on Toronto Island near the airport. Her family lived in a home on the island so she got to witness the construction of the major transportation operation that is Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. When Tish was a child, she was heavily involved with the girl guides as she was a Brownie and a Girl Guide Leader. During the war, she was part of the team that built the Tommy Gun. In addition, she was a phone operator for Bell Telephone as well as a cake decorator before becoming a stay-at-home mom. She has five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Janet Luscombe (nee Downton) was born on August 12, 1910 in Lewisporte, Newfoundland, where she was one of 9 children. She had 4 children and moved to Ontario in 1948. She began a career as a seamstress and has always enjoyed knitting. She has made many items of clothing and more recently blankets for great grandchildren and for donation. Her motto for a long life has always been "don't sit in the rocking chair".
Betty was born in Mulmur on a farm. She comes from a family of 9, as she has 4 brothers and 4 sisters. She moved to Baxter and attended the old Banting. She went on to teach in Mulmur in a one room school. Betty got married and moved to Tosorontio where she raised 3 children. After that, she continued to teach for over 30 years. Betty has been at Riverwood since December of 2016. She enjoys baking and crafts.