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Born in Auckland, New Zealand |

Margaret has called Toronto home for nearly half a century, working for the city’s Social Services and also as a kindergarten teacher. At the age of forty five Margaret married Brink, a Toronto native whom she met at a singles gathering in 1991. Together they established themselves in Don Mills, enjoy cottage life at Lake of Bays and have had several trips ‘down under’ to visit her family. Even though she has embraced many things Canadian, including citizenship, Margaret says she will always be a “Kiwi at heart”.

Toronto as Home

Margaret wanted to be photographed at College Street United Church where she was married on September 19th, 1992. This church has a special connection to New Zealand as well, as her cousin Bruce, the church’s organist, brought wood and pāua shell from New Zealand to build the lectern and choir area.

Connection with the Past

In Margaret’s hands is one of her father’s wooden sculptures. After retiring, her father Bob carved wooden sculptures from found wood. This beautiful large piece of two figures embracing was at the front of the church the day she was married. In the late ‘70s Margaret entered one of his sculptures into the CNE’s International Wood Carving Exhibition, and it won the first place prize!

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