It is 1965, and in the U.S., even non-American men were being drafted to fight in Vietnam. For this reason, British citizen Robert Fripp and his American bride, Carol Burtin Fripp, made the decision to come to Canada “for a short time – just until the war is over, and Nixon is gone.”
As you all know, if you are a regular Leaside Life reader, or attend Leaside Property Owners’ Association meetings, the Fripps are still in Canada, and still in East York.
This March, Carol will become the 25th recipient of the East York Agnes Macphail Award for her significant volunteer leadership in various social justice issues.
On the evening of the award presentation, initial entertainment will be provided by the VOCA Chorus, followed by a speech by Maeve Pestonji, a grade 8 student at St. Anselm Catholic School. Her topic “Me Too” – The words That Changed Everything won the Agnes Macphail Public Speaking Contest. The keynote speaker is Rob Oliphant, MP for Don Valley West, speaking on “Rebel in the House: Life Lessons from Agnes Macphail.” From there, the evening turns to highlight this year’s recipient. The title Carol has given for her speech is “Speaking Truth to Power.” You are invited to celebrate with Carol on Sat., March 24, at 7 p.m. in the True Davidson Council Chambers of the East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave. There is free parking in the staff parking lot off Mortimer Ave. We’ll feature more coverage of the ceremony in the April issue.