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You may download an e-book to read and enjoy by clicking on the links below.
Corporate sponsors for the 2013 Student writer's contest please email

'A Simply Senior's Keepsake' 

A collection of stories and articles, which we hope you will find enjoyble and inspiring reading. These e-books have been made possible through Grants from
The New Horizons for Seniors, The Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. WHS sincerely wishes to thank New Horizons for Seniors for their generosity. Special thanks also to the volunteers who worked on these projects. download please click on the book links in pink to the left of each book.

'A Simply Senior's Keepsake'

Book One

Book One Contains: A Story Contest Celebrating 200 Years of Peacewinners entries
& War of 1812 Then and Now Perspectives

'A Simply Senior's Keepsake'

Book Two

Book Two is a light hearted presentation of articles and photographs about 'The Joys of Volunteering as a Senior' - You get as much as you give ! and 'Moving Forward Gracefully' including 'The Value Seniors have to give Children'.

'A Simply Senior's Keepsake'

Book Three

Book Three: Contains articles on 'Keeping Active, Healthy & Enjoying Hobbies'

'A Simply Senior's Keepsake'

Book Four

Book Four: Is about 'Places to see in Durham Region Ontario' and about the Whitby History Museum Collection

'A Simply Senior's Keepsake'

Book Five

Book Five: Contains interesting Recipes for One

'A Simply Senior's Keepsake'

Book Six

Book Six: Healthy Eating - Vitamins, Minerals and all that good stuff with photographs by Courtney Stevens

'A Simply Senior's Keepsake'

Book Seven

Book Seven: A Recipe Shared is true Friendship - A collection of treasured recipes and Old Fashioned Remedies with a light hearted approach to life.
by: Monica Lawlor

'A Simply Senior's Keepsake'

Book Eight

Book Eight: Comfort Foods, Special Diets (Gluten Free, Lactose Free and other Allergy Free Recipes etc.) & Spicing up Life


'A Simply Senior's Keepsake'

Book Nine

Book Nine:  Caring for Elderly Seniors

'A Simply Senior's Keepsake'

Book Ten

Book Ten: Friendships, Keeping Active & Inspired, Resources Lists for Durham Region Ontario.


Roger Anderson, Regional Chairman and CEO, Regional Municipality of Durham Ontario attended the Whitby Historical Society Reception on December 7th, 2012 honouring High School and Elementary School winners of the WHS writing contest in honour of ‘200 Years of Peace’ between Canada and the United States of America since the War of 1812.

Mr. Anderson talked with the winning students and said that he was very proud of their achievements. Congratulatory remarks were also given by Whitby Regional Councillor, Michael G. Emm and Whitby Regional Councillor, Lorne Coe. The presentation of awards were given by, Whitby Historical Society; President, David Chambers, Secretary, Monica Lawlor, and Project Coordinator, Trina Astor-Stewart.

The writing contest was part of ‘A Simply Senior’s Keepsake

Project, funded by a grant awarded by The New Horizons for Seniors - The Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada in which ten e-books were created along the theme of “Connecting our Youth with Stories of our Seniors”. The winning student’s entries are included in the books which were on display at the reception.

The student winners were:
Jessica Webster, $500. First Prize - High School Category and Annie Johnston, $500. First Prize - Elementary School Category.

The nine Second Prize Winners of $100. Each were, Owen Donaldson, Erin Holwell, Rosey Lapointe,  Krista ‘tMannetje, Adelaide Welsh, Alexis Roebuck, Grace Ki, Alissa Sallans, and Jonathan Crossan.

The reception held at St. Andrews Church in Whitby was attended by 120 Friends of the Museum, along with the students and their families. Many museum volunteers were included in the completing of the project over the past months. Copies of the books are also on display at the museum 123 Brock Street South in Whitby for visitors to read.

From left to right in the attached photograph are:
Back row: Michael G. Emm, Whitby Regional Councillor, Lorne Coe, Whitby Regional Councillor, Roger Anderson, Chair, Regional Municipality of Durham Ontario.
Front Row: Jessica Webster, 1st Place Winner, David Chambers, WHS President, Annie Johnston, 1st Place Winner, Trina Astor-Stewart, Project Coordinator, Monica Lawlor, WHS Secretary.

E-books from Previous Projects:


'A Stitch In Time'  Download your copy - click on link

Click on the link to the left and see the e-book created from sessions at the museum for the project called 'A Stitch In Time. Margaret Boyce coordinated this project and completed much of the material shortly before she passed away. We offer this book as a lasting legacy to a wonderful woman, who made every stitch count!


Memories Of The Past, Of Lives Well Lived

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Compiled by members of the Whitby Historical Society.

Read online, save a copy on your computer, or print a copy for yourself. Any other usage by written permission only. All content in e-books is copyrighted. Please see copyright information on the Contact Us page.


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