Episode #40 - June Campbell is a resident at The Village of Riverside Glen in Guelph, shares with Erin Davis & Doug Robinson on the green bench. She has lived a life that has not only witnessed history as it happened but in which she even rubbed elbows with Gordon Pinsent with whom she went to school. June was born in St. John's, Newfoundland before it was even a part of Canada, learn more by listening to her story from the green bench.
June lived a proud moment in Canadian history and remembers when the premier, Joseph Smallwood, signed the documents on March 31st, 1949 when Newfoundlanders to become Canadians.
"Joseph Smallwood did not want any jokes about April fools, so he had the papers signed on the 31st. And then we all became naturalized citizens."
"We had our own currency, our own stamps, and paid duty from everything we ordered from Canada, even from the Sears catalogue." - June Campbell
In her first marriage of 22 years, she experienced a challenge with religious differences and her parents not accepting the mixed marriage between Catholic and Protestant. "I got used to it after a while"
June went to a girls school which was very strict, having to walk in a crocodile line when walking past the boys school, and not allowed to look.
"The boys school was Bishop Field, the girls was Bishop Spencer, and never the train should meet." - June Campbell
Come From Away - the story of 911 when the air traffic had to find a place to land and ending up in Newfoundland. Show details at https://comefromaway.com
40 Years old, 3 children and love strikes again. "I hadn't heard his voice in 25 years, but I recognized it. And this is the man I married the following year." -June Campbell
Her second husband of 30 years, Gordon, was the youngest of 10 children. "Yes, we had 10, but they stopped when they attained perfection."
A Travel Conversation including: Australia, Barbados, Russia, Estonia, UK and more
"I married him for his Air Canada pass, and he married me for my underground parking." -June Campbell