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                        SOCIETY OF ONTARIO

                   Annual   General   Meeting

Location: Rouge Valley Mennonite Church, 7452 Reesor Road, Markham ON
Date : Saturday, April  6th,  2024

2023  President:  Paul E. Reesor



Dear PGFSO Friends,

It is with sadness and gratitude that we announce the passing of Don Reesor a long time and contributing member of the YORK Chapter – PGFSO

Donald Winford Ressor

June 1, 1932 – December 14, 2023

> Wesley United Church – 15296 Woodbine Ave. Whitchurch-Stouffville
>> Thursday, December 28th – 11:00 am

PGFSO Newsletter No. 33, 2005

Don Reesor receives Ted Scaysbrook award

Don Reesor received the Ted Scaysbrook Memorial Award at the Town of Markham Council meeting on Tuesday, May 24, 2005. On hand were members of his family, friends, members of the Markham Historical Society and past recipients to celebrate this award.

The Ted Scaysbrook Memorial Award is granted annually to a Markham Museum Volunteer who
demonstrates outstanding commitment. The award was created in 1992 by Museum manager, Lewis Twambley and his staff following the passing of Ted Scaysbrook who had been an outstanding volunteer at the Museum.

In speaking of the award, Gunter Langhorst, Chair of the Markham Museum Advisory Board,
praised Don for his long time support of the Museum. He told of Don growing up in Markham, attending Franklin Street Public School, his role as miller of Reesor’s Marmill by the train station and his long time interest in trains. He reported on Don bringing the
Model Railroad to Markham Museum and his work in organizing TSSA training for operating steam driven artifacts.

Frank Scarpitti, Deputy Mayor and Chair of Council for the evening, congratulated Don on behalf of the Mayor. He noted the Mayor’s support for the Character Community initiative and suggested that Don Reesor embodied the character traits that are so important to our community. He also commented on the contribution of Don’s wife Dorothy who was also a
most valued volunteer at the museum. Frank concluded by thanking Don on behalf of Council for his many, many hours of volunteer time given to the community.

2021 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus

November 2022 –While Ontario, like other jurisdictions, has taken measures to be able to live with and manage COVID-19 for the long-term, we all still need to do our part to protect ourselves and others, especially during respiratory illness season. This includes practising good hand hygiene, wearing a mask if in buildings or if you feel it is right for you, staying home when you are sick, and staying up to date on your vaccinations.


November 2022 – Doctor urges Canadians to ‘avoid getting infected’ and mask up amid viral surge –

“If you can avoid getting infected, you should avoid getting infected,” Isaac Bogoch, infectious diseases specialist at Toronto General Hospital, told the Roy Green Show. “Our hospitals are stretched, especially the pediatric hospitals, and [masking] reduces the risk of transmission in the community,” he said.

“The short answer here is there is no conclusive answer,” he said. “Regardless of what’s driving it, you can reduce your risk of severe illness by getting vaccinated for the flu or COVID and by putting a mask on if you go into an indoor setting.”


COVID-19 facts –

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent hand washing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus.

from Global News, December 1, 2020