Please join the Society for this in-person and virtual event that is free to view. The lecture will be broadcast live via MS Teams.
This lecture is being presented in support of the traveling exhibit “And in 1948, I came to Canada”: The Holocaust in Six Dates on display at the Thunder Bay Museum from April 6th until June 26th 2022.
Mark Scharf will be discussing his parents’ experiences during the Holocaust and how they managed to survive; including help by gentile friends and neighbours, and in his father’s case, initiative in convincing a large number of his family to join him to live in the forest. He will also be discussing the Holocaust’s impact on the children of Holocaust survivors, including his own experiences.
Mark Scharf was born October 10,1945 in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany. Lived in Poland till 1950 when my family moved to Israel, and in 1953 moved from Israel to Canada.
Graduated from the University of Toronto Law School in spring of 1971 after undergraduate studies there. During my undergraduate years I also received a Commission in the Canadian Army through the C.O.T.C. (Canadian Officers Training Corps). Married Joanne Cohen on August 21, 1971 and celebrated 50th wedding anniversary in August 2021. Called to the bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada (now the Law Society of Ontario) in March of 1973.
Moved to Barrie Ontario in 1974 and opened solo law office. The practice evolved over time so that my practice became primarily a civil litigation one with a good dose of family law. Two daughters, Sara and Deborah, were born in the early years in Barrie
I became active in community work and among other activities the most significant were my 9 years on the Barrie Hospital Board and four years on the Barrie Police Services Board. I was Chairman of the hospital board in my last two years on it, and Vice Chair of the Police Services Board in my last two years there. I was a Deputy Small Claims Court Judge of some 25 years and was a Dispute Resolution Officer in Family Court after retirement from my law practice.
In August 2005 after I closed my office my wife and I sailed our boat south to the Florida Keys on an eight month adventure. In 2007 we built our home on a 57 acre forested property on which we live. I belong to the Huronia Woodland Owners Association and am a past director of its Board. We are active and enjoy sailing our boat on Georgian Bay, snow shoeing and cross country skiing on the property, making new trails on it, gardening, and I enjoy cutting firewood from deadfall. I also enjoy ice fishing. We are both bookworms and read extensively. We take pride in our daughters’, grandson’s, and son-in-law’s accomplishments. What more can one ask?
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