23 October 2013

Historical Society of Ottawa October Meeting

"CCM - The Best Bikes in Town" is the topic for the society October 25, 2013 presentation by John McKenty.

"THE TOPIC: With its bikes in summer and skates in winter, CCM was the quintessential Canadian company. Few youngsters growing up in Canada were unaware of the familiar letters, but what did they stand for? Who was behind them? (Well-known Ottawa industrialist Warren Soper was one of the founding members of CCM.) The CCM story will not only be a chance to recall one’s past, but also to hear about a fading memory of Canada’s cultural heritage. The talk will feature a variety of slides depicting historical photographs and vintage advertisements.
THE SPEAKER: John McKenty was born in Peterborough in 1948 and grew up in Kingston. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University and a Master of Arts from the University of Western Ontario. Married to Zeta with three adult children and five grandchildren, John is a retired his school principal now living in Perth. He retired as a principal in 2006 after more than 30 years as an educator.
Since 2006, he has written three local history books, as well as a history of the CCM company. Currently he is chair of Perth’s Stewart Park Festival and also the Perth Regional Heritage Fair."

The meeting is at 1:00 pm in the lounge of the Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Street at Cumberland.


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