Volunteering is the backbone of any strong community. Westmount’s Victoria Hall and the Westmount Library”s meeting rooms. its churches and synagogues, are booked up daily to host the many volunteer organizations that are part of the fibre of Westmount.
On Monday, July 24, Doreen Lindsay, Past President of the Westmount Historical Association, presented the talk Volunteering During the Second World War to an audience of more than 30 residents of the Manoir Westmount, 4646 Sherbrooke Street West. Her presentation gave the audience an opportunity to both learn more about the rich heritage of volunteering in Westmount and to reminisce about some of their experiences as volunteers during the war.
Based on her research for the WHA series Women in Westmount who volunteered during the Second World War, Doreen explained in detail what she had found out. That led to an interactive discussion about collecting paper, buttons, elastic bands and aluminium foil wrap. But also the issues of buying Canada Savings Bonds and working with the Junior League of Montreal.
Many of the women in the audience remembered knitting socks and scarves for the men overseas. Some of them were from families who took in children from England to look after during the war. “The afternoon provided an opportunity for people to remember back to their childhood and early teen years.” said Doreen.