Leslieville Lives; Stories from the ‘Ville – The Sisters of Life

Meet the Sisters of Life. From left to right: Sr. Marita, Sr. Marie Veritas, Sr. John Mary, Sr. Josephine Rose, Sr. Maria Kateri and Sr. Claudia Marie (not in featured photo).  Many of you have seen them around Leslieville; walking, rollerblading, skateboarding, cycling, on the streetcars and occasionally….juggling! Their friendly and visually captivating presence in Leslieville has brought a smile to many of us for years now. When I asked Sr. Maria Kateri, during my visit, why they wear their habits during these outings, she replied, “Well, it’s that or PJs!” You can add ‘good sense of humour’ to their welcoming ways.

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Leslieville Lives; Stories from the ‘Ville – Rachelle Gordon

Meet Rachelle.  Our paths crossed briefly over the last few years before I sat down with her a few weeks ago to hear her story.  When I was in the process of fostering Sunshine from the Toronto Humane Society, she was working there in the Volunteer Dept, sharing the same office as the Foster Programme. We bumped into each other a few times after that on Queen St. after I’d adopted Sunshine. Rachelle recognized her right away, which was no surprise. She knew Sunshine well before I did!  I knew I wanted to do a story on someone who lived in our neighbourhood who worked with rescue animals and Rachelle was front of mind.  Like minds find connection. Facebook can be a beautiful thang that way.

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Leslieville Lives; Stories from the ‘Ville – Dean Seguin

Meet Dean. We first met when he launched his website GoodHood back  in 2015. I remember asking him if I could link my photo project to the site or something similar. I never did do that, but I loved the site and stayed connected to it – and him – and saw the site grow as a source of interest/information about Leslieville.  We finally met months later at Brickyard Grounds (now Bistro) one afternoon after he approached me about doing a story at the end of my ‘A Day in the Life of Leslieville’ project for the site. I was honoured and found him to be a gracious guy with an easy personality.

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