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Little Lindsay Theatre

Troupe tells touching tale of family secrets Lindsay Little Theatre takes a piece of history from a dark corner of Canada’s past and dramatizes its impact through the generations of one family in Homechild. Troupe tells touching tale of family secrets Catherine Whitnall Pam Brohm, Marion Bays, John Cook and Arianna Koty (foreground) star in Lindsay Little Theatre's upcoming produ...
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Champion of British Home Children to bring her story to Sarnia

Sandra Joyce, with personal connection to issue will speak at event Tuesday evening By Editorial Staff April 10, 2017 Events, Local News Sandra Joyce, a Toronto writer known for helping to facilitate an official apology for the actions of the British government in sending more than 100,000 children to Canada, is taking her story to Sarnia Tuesday evening, when she will speak to the monthly...
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Toronto writer instrumental in recent House of Commons apology to British home children

By Barbara Simpson, Sarnia Observer Thursday, March 23, 2017 7:11:06 EDT PM British home children advocate Sandra Joyce is pictured here after the House of Commons issued a formal apology to these children who worked in Canada as indentured farm workers and domestics. Pictured here, from left to right, are NDP MP Jenny Kwan, Green Party leader Elizabeth May, Bloc Quebecois MP Luc Theri...
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Bradford Times March 2017

Long-overdue apology to British Home Children Ottawa - It was a moment long-awaited by British Home Children and their descendants. On February 16, the Canadian House of Commons passed a motion, formally apologizing to the children uprooted through the long-standing migration program. From 1869 to the end of the 1940s, 55 agencies in Great Britain sent more than 100,000 children to Canada...
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Inside Toronto article March, 2017

Leslieville author Sandra Joyce speaks about British Home Children Leslieville resident is the co-founder, vice-president of British Home Child Group International Beach Mirror By Joanna Lavoie Leslieville resident and author Sandra Joyce will be speaking about British Home Children in Canada on Tuesday, March 21. Presented by the Beach and East Toronto Historical Society, the free talk tit...
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BHC Charlotte Madden by great-great-granddaughter Sharilynne St. Louis

My name is Sharilynne St.Louis, I am the great great granddaughter of Charlotte Madden, a BHC child and this is my story or should I say Charlotte's story.  My family search began in 2008 in search of my 2 half brothers that I did not know. I did find them! However, my interest did not stop when I found my brothers. I also discovered on a marriage certificate that one of my great great grandmo...
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BHC James Phillips by granddaughter Loretta Worden

James Phillips was my British Home Child grandfather who came to Canada in May of 1913 on the SS Mongolian with his sister Florence May 1901 - 1995 and his brother Henry James, 1898- unknown . James was born in # 11 Dolday, Worcester, Worchestershire, England on 21 March, 1904, to Harriett Hughes and James Phillips . Dolday was a very poor area in that city at that time. James's f...
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BHC Walter Dance by granddaughter-in-law Marlene Dance

We never knew anything about my husband’s grandfather Walter Dance, and the only answer to any question was “he was an English Orphan who abandoned the family years ago”. No one in the family ever talked about him it was like he had never existed. In 1999 when my husband’s father died, we thought that any opportunity to know something had probably died with him. But later on, going through old ...
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52 Weeks Ancestor Challenge – Week 26 – BHC John McVittie by granddaughter Mary Lynn McVittie

This was shared at a recent Women's Institute meeting in Norval.  It was part of a school project in 1984. It is written by the 12 year old granddaughter of British Home Child, John McVittie. "This is a story about the little immigrants, the orphans, who came to Canada between 1870 and the Great Depression of the 1930s, and in particular, about one of these home children, my grandfather, John M...
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