Veni Christante

On September 26, 2021 Veni Christante passed away at the age of 93. 

Veni had a long and illustrious career at CSA.  He was one of the early employees, and held employee #126. Veni told stories of those early days at CSA, housed in Strachan Building as part of Ontario Hydro and then at the old Planters Peanut Factory at Dufferin and Queen.  Veni worked as a technician who rose to the role of Corporate Secretary.  Amongst the earliest to reach 40 years of service, Veni designed the pin that only a few have earned.  He retired after 42 years at CSA in the early 90s and although many of our younger retirees joined after Veni retired, he was known to all.  He was friendly, a true gentleman and he never forgot your name.  He will be missed.

Veni designed the CSA logo for hockey helmets that shows a CSA on a puck with red for the Canadiens and blue for the Leafs.

Veni was a long time member of the CSA Retirees’ Club, serving as president.  He organized the annual trip to Stratford and instituted the tradition of the Christmas Luncheon originally held at The Old Mill.  Veni attended many retiree events and enjoyed mixing with his former colleagues, many of whom were good friends.

Predeceased by his wife, he is survived by his sons and their families. Visitation and funeral arrangements are scheduled for October 1, 2021. Please check Veni’s obituary on the Kane-Jerrett Funeral Home obituary page for his obituary and for information on how to attend the funeral.

Mo Polansky 100 Years Young

Retiree Mo Polansky turned 100 this April. We celebrated his birthday with a Virtual Zoom Party with 25 guests including current CSA Group CEO David Weinstein who congratulated Mo on behalf of the organization. Many shared their best wishes and some shared stories of their days working alongside Mo.

We’ve set up a page/tab on this web site called Mo Turns 100. Please check out the photos, links to articles about Mo and comments from his many former colleagues.

If you were unable to attend or simply want to leave a message for Mo please go to the Mo Turns 100 page and leave a comment.

How To Sign-up for Zoom Sessions

It’s easy to sign-up for Zoom sessions. All you have to do is contact us. You can do this by either:

  • sending us an e-mail at csaretirees.info@gmail.com,
  • sending a message through the “Contact Us” page on this website,
  • or by submitting a “Comment” on this post. 

Please be sure to include your name in the e-mail and the event you’re signing up for.  You will receive an invitation to the meeting by e-mail from Susan Morley prior to the event date. 

Exciting Announcement re Zoom for 2021

Your Retiree Executive have just extended our Zoom subscription for the rest of the year.  This will allow us to continue to run Zoom Socials on a regular basis.

On January 13th, 15 people joined our Zoom Social, spending almost 2 hours sharing their views on various topics.  We even had 2 of our nonagenarians (that’s someone in their nineties) telling tales of CSA days of yore.  Did you know that some CSA staff were once housed in a former Planter’s Peanuts factory?  You needed to protect your lunch (think camping) as not all of the previous inhabitants had left.

Zoom is easy to use and requires little preparation.  To be able to use Zoom, you’ll need a smartphone, tablet or computer with a camera and microphone.  Don’t have a computer?  That’s okay, we have the ability for people to call in by phone.

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Keep an eye out for an announcement on our February Zoom Social.

Zoom Social

Checkout these screenshots of the November 12th Zoom Social. We had 11 participants who spent up to 2 hours sharing thoughts on Remembrance Day, moving, where to buy the best Italian delicacies, a guitar collection, latest sewing projects, CSA memories, and more!

We look forward to holding another Zoom Social.

Introducing Retirees’ Club President – Brian McCran

We’re pleased to announce that Brian McCran has been elected President of the CSA Retirees’ Club.

Brian replaces Ajmer Bal who tragically passed earlier this year.

Brian was an engineer in the Audio-Visual group which included surge suppressors and gaming machines for 32 years. Just prior to retirement, Brian was the Technical Advisor. He was also a member and past president of the EMBA.

Post retirement, Brian has been involved in the Retirees’ Club since 2009. He keeps busy volunteering for several groups, skiing and enjoying time with his family.

Breakfast at Wally’s

As of January 5, 2021, Wally’s Breakfasts are cancelled until further notice.

Although Wally’s address is 123 Rexdale Blvd., it’s actually on the east side of Kipling, south of Rexdale.  It’s behind (south) of the Royal Bank.  It’s accessible from Kipling or through the Shoppers Drug Mart (next to the bank) parking lot.

Wally’s doesn’t have a buffet, but they offer an extensive. affordable breakfast menu. Wally’s Menu

A small group of CSA retirees gather for breakfast at 9:00 on the second Tuesday of each month.

In Memoriam

We continue to lose fellow retirees and former co-workers.  May they always be remembered.

2021

  • Kim Forbes – January 25
  • Chung S. (CS) Yee – February 18
  • Alan Ross – March 1
  • Frederik Kuntz – April 24
  • Iain Lowe – May 14
  • Roman Krygiel – July 16
  • Suhwan Ahn – July 27
  • Veni Christante – September 26
  • Jim Frangakis – October 9
  • Sean Kerins – October 9
  • Norm Kukay – December 2021

2020

  • Lynn Edwards – January 13
  • Janet Booth – January 28
  • Ajmer Bal – April 7
  • Jim Robinson – April 30
  • Lyn Bortolin – May 2
  • Andy Krumins – May 6
  • Myrna Webster – May 19
  • Art Gazley – June 23
  • Ain Rosin – September 12
  • Ron Pogue – November 10
  • Renzo Pupulin – November 22

2019

  • Trudy Dyrda – January 14
  • Mike Dodd – January 15
  • Alice Adair – January 27
  • Alvin McLean – March 1
  • Fern Schofield – March 9
  • Ray Cheyne – March 23
  • Bill Hegel – April 8
  • Don White – June 8
  • Keith Sidwell – November 1
  • Vi Johnson – December 23

2018

  • Fritz Cramer – February 3
  • Yvonne Moores – March 8
  • Michael Henville – March 9
  • Sarwar Hassan – April 2
  • Max Katchky – August 1
  • Patricia Moorley – September 1
  • Tony Ogborn – October 21
  • Iolanda D`Orsogna – November 20
  • Erik Loevenmark – November 26

2017

  • Linda Sampson – January 18
  • Joe Perdue – April 6
  • Betty McCaughan – May 2
  • Lee Westra – August 13
  • Katie Dinshaw – September 2
  • Donald Hanney – September 22
  • Beryl Chapman – November 8
  • Ken Dowling – December 17
  • Zain Shah – December 21

2016

  • Walter Steinmetz – February
  • Roy Kerr (QMI) – May
  • Ed Dydo (QMI) – August
  • Paul Schlote – September
  • Werner Krakewski – October
  • Robin Haighton – December