Our Bob Blacker attends Rideau Hall to receive a Meritorious Service Medal for his work with Rotary, Government House and First Nation’s communities.

Presentation of Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division)
June 21, 2017

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division) to 49 recipients from various sectors across the country on Friday, June 23, 2017 during a ceremony at Rideau Hall. On this occasion, the Governor General will present 13 Meritorious Service Crosses and 36 Meritorious Service Medals. Included amongst the honoured recipients is Huntly Wynd’s Bob Blacker for his work with Rotary, Government House and First Nation’s communities.

The Meritorious Service Decorations were established to recognize the extraordinary people who make Canada proud. Their acts are often innovative, set an example or model for others to follow, or respond to a particular challenge faced by a community.

The best candidates are those who inspire others through their motivation to find solutions to specific and pressing needs or provide an important service to their community or country.

Bob is being honoured for his contributions to the Write to Read Project which delivers books, libraries, computers, tablets & high speed Internet connections to remote First Nation communities in BC.

Using computers The Write to Read Project BC is and equal partnership between participating indigenous communities, Rotarians, Government House and the volunteers of the Write to Read Team. It brings together people who have an interest in increasing literacy equity through access to literacy materials for rural and remote indigenous communities. It is about building relationships between urban professionals and rural Indigenous communities through shared power; it is about working with and by building a foundation of honesty based on the principals of equity that builds trust in the pursuit of social justice.

The Write to Read Project is an original initiative of former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Steven L. Point and his aide de camp Bob Blacker a past District Governor of Rotary District 5040; it has been continued by Her Honour Judith Guichon and is now a permanent project of the Government House Foundation. Local Rotary Clubs work with urban Rotary Clubs to secure donations and raise revenue required to pay for the essentials, including literacy materials appropriate for all ages, with the focus on books and technologies, like computers or tablets, for online learning for youth. They also work with donors and sponsors to include works by and about Indigenous people and culture.

Please join me in extending well deserved congratulations to Bob for this prestigious honour. Bob, I salute you for this significant contribution to First Nation’s communities.

Contributed by: Rob – Unit 75

Fall Lands Huntly Wynd Resident in Hospital

I was saddened to learn that Joan Anderson fractured her neck when she took a fall in her hallway around noon on Sunday May 28th. Good friend Helen Caunt reports that she is recovering in Richmond General Hospital but she is expected to be there for several weeks.

Danita and I have started a Get Well card which Helen and Joan’s caregiver will deliver to her sometime next week. If you wish to add your thoughts and get well wishes to her card, please call me or leave a message (604-241-7499) and we’ll arrange for you to sign the card.

Contributed by: Rob – Unit 75

Is there a piano teacher amongst us?

I’m in search of someone with a piano/music teaching background who might be up for the challenge of working with me to eventually progress from here

to there?

“There” does not necessarily include creating the backing tracks which I’ve included in this audio sample – basic piano lessons with an abundant amount of patience is all that is requested at present.

In time, if you are up for the challenge, we can cut loose on my digital keyboard which offers 196 band and orchestral instruments ranging from piano, electric piano, various harps, mallets, guitars, special percussion, strings, organs, vocal ensembles, reeds, brass, saxophones, clarinets, flutes, synthesizer leads, bass, synthesizer pad, keyboard percussion, percussion instruments and special effects; all with the option of enhancing an arrangement with any one of 17 various drum rhythms. Using any or all of her features and capabilities like the 16 track sequencer, her 32 note polyphony and the vast array of on-board instruments, she is more than capable of challenging the most skilled of musicians. After all, someone created these musical arrangements using her array of instruments and features.

And I’m up for the challenge to do it too if I can find someone to lead the way and help me get started.

Should you be interested in working with a student who is willing to put in the time and is committed to achieving his goals, please use the Contact Us link to respond. And thank you!


Contributed by: Rob – Unit 75

Celebrating Carnaval at Huntly Wynd

Bonhomme is the official representative of the Quebec Winter Carnival. It is a snowman-like figure clad in the distinctive red tuque and arrow sash of Quebecois heroes.

Huntly Wynd residents Renée and Jean are passionate about their heritage – something they love to share with their neighbours by hosting a Carnaval Celebration every year in our Clubhouse… complete with authentic French Canadian cuisine, traditional clothing and music!

Did you know that Renée owned and managed a highly-rated restaurant in Toronto? Amongst many other awards and medals, she received the title of Woman of the Century by the Alliance des Femmes de la Francophonie Canadienne (Alliance of Francophone Women of Canada) in 2014 for her many years of volunteer work, at the provincial and national levels, on the development of French language minority education and the promotion of the French language.

And… did you know that Jean is a well-known, highly regarded educational leader and a published author? He is the author of a book on distance education and has published over 30 articles… in addition to giving hundreds of lectures at the provincial, national and international levels on technology and the learning process in the 21st century. Jean is the only person who has been a University President, a College President and a School Superintendent (School District #93 – BC French Provincial School Board) during his career. He is also the perfect sous-chef and entertaining host… isn’t that right, Renée?

We’ve heard nothing but raves about this year’s 5th annual event! Jean and Renée’s generous menu this year included:

  • French Canadian Pea Soup
  • French Cheeses
  • Pâtés Maison
  • Crudités avec trempette à l’ail et herbes fines (Crudités with garlic and fine herbs dip)
  • Hors d’œuvres au Saumon fumé et fromage en crème à l’aneth (Smoked Salmon and Dill Cream Cheese)
  • Canapés au Crabe des neiges (Snow Crab Canapés)
  • Olives assorties farcies (Stuffed Assorted Olives)
  • Noix assorties (Assorted Nuts)
  • Fudge à l’ancienne (Old-fashioned fudge)
  • Sucre à la crème (a traditional sweet from Quebec)

In the words of Ken and Sue (Unit 13):

“Jean and Renée are such gracious hosts who have annually demonstrated the importance and value of traditions here at Huntly Wynd by hosting a Carnaval Celebration. This year’s celebration was well-attended and enjoyed by all. The pea soup, an annual feature of the fare presented, was as delicious as always. Jean and Renée were dressed in their traditional costumes with their matching legitimate French accents. It was a privilege to attend and we hope that they will continue this tradition.

We are fortunate that the designers and builders of Huntly Wynd (Jack & Dave Caplan) had the foresight to build a Clubhouse, in the form of an old Scottish Hunting Lodge, which provides a warm and inviting venue for events such as Carnaval. The Clubhouse was called “Huntly Lodge”. The name Huntly came from Huntly Castle in Scotland and Wynd (as in wined) means a narrow street or lane in Scottish.

Many residents are aware that Huntly Wynd was officially opened forty years ago on June 28, 1977. Carnaval is just one of the traditions that makes living in Huntly Wynd very special.” 
Jean and Renee - hosts of a Carnaval Celebration at Huntly Wynd! Both are dressed in traditional red clothing with arrow sashes around their waists.
Merci, Jean and Renée!
What is the story behind the red sashes worn by Renée and Jean?
Click here to learn more about Carnaval de Quebec and about Bonhomme Carnaval!

Contributed by Danita – Unit 75 (with input from Renée – Unit 94)

Bob Robertson – In Memoriam

We are saddened to learn of the transition of former Huntly Wynd resident Bob Robertson who, along with his wife Linda Cullen brightened the spirit and atmosphere of Huntly Wynd during their short residence here. Always good for a laugh, he quickly became HW’s “funny man” and paired up with Linda, they were always the life of many gatherings and events in the Huntly Wynd clubhouse. I fondly remember Christmas caroling up and down the streets of our complex one very chilly December eve with none other than Bob in the lead. What a hoot that was…an evening I will long remember!

Bob was elected to Council beginning 2009 and became our Strata Council Presidentthe the following year. It was Bob with his deeply engrained sense of community spirit that initiated the HW Community Updater which remains one of his legacies to this day.

I am providing this link for those who wish to send condolences to Linda. Bob, you will be sorely missed by your many fans, your former Huntly Wynd neighbours, and by those of us who were fortunate enough to get to know you on a personal level. May God grant Linda comfort at this time of profound loss. And may He grant peace everlasting for Bob in his final rest.

Enclosed is an article which appeared in Victoria’s Time Colonist newspaper on March 22nd 2017:

Bob Robertson and wife Linda Cullen formed the comedy team behind the CBC radio hit series Double Exposure. In 1994, the show was named the best weekly network program on CBC Radio and Stereo.

Photo of Bob Robertson with wife Linda Cullen being recognized by the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame for their program Double Exposure.

Bob Robertson, who with wife Linda Cullen formed the comedy team behind the CBC radio hit series Double Exposure, has died at age 71.

Cullen told CBC News that Robertson died Sunday in Nanaimo.

Robertson and Cullen had been called the funniest married couple in Canada after spending decades in the entertainment business together.

They met at a Vancouver radio station where they both worked, and together they created the popular CBC Radio series Double Exposure, which satirized contemporary Canadian politics. It ran from 1987 to 1997, when the pair moved the show to television on CTV and the Comedy Network.

Throughout the ’80s and ’90s, Double Exposure was nominated for several awards, winning the ACTRA radio award for best comedy in 1990.

In 1994, the show was named the best weekly network program on CBC Radio and Stereo. Their later TV show earned six Gemini nominations and it was given a star on Vancouver’s Entertainment Row in 2004.

Double Exposure was known for the stars’ impressions of the politicians of the day, including memorable sketches about Brian Mulroney, Joe Clark, Preston Manning, Barbara McDougall, Bill Vander Zalm and others, as well as international figures such as Margaret Thatcher.

CBC Television comedian Rick Mercer and other Canadian entertainers tweeted their condolences on Monday.

“A funny man is gone. RIP Bob Robertson — nobody could nail an impersonation like Bob. Condolences to Linda,” Mercer wrote.

© Copyright Times Colonist

Contributed by: Rob – Unit 75