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UEL Association of Canada – Governor Simcoe Branch (In-Person and Virtual): February 2023 Meeting

February 1, 2023 @ 7:30 pm

Wednesday, February 1, at 7:30pm – on Zoom; Register here

The meeting will take place in the downstairs meeting room at St. David’s Church, 49 Donlands.
If you plan to attend in person, RSVP to Anne Neuman at  or 905-888-1278.

These three heroes share their lives and stories in common terms with many of our early people. They are stories of war, espionage, escape and love. All these stories connect to early life in Upper Canada. Through their acts and lives we are now a country called Canada and though we share many common elements with our neighbours to the South, we are a separate identity, formed through steadfast will and might, keeping our line drawn at the 49th parallel.

Ruth will share her research with you into the lives of just three of these stories. Robert Land is well known in the Hamilton area and books have been written about his service to the Crown and his troubled and eventful life. Issac Ferris was only 17 years old when he took on an act of bravery for General Brock and Chief Tecumseh. John Cornwall was a learned man and helped develop law and order in this new land.

You will leave with a feeling of pride and happiness as you reflect on how their lives have influenced our lives today.

Ruth Nicholson, UE has agricultural roots: born & raised in Essex County, Ontario. All four of her proven Loyalist ancestors are from The New Settlement, the NW side of Lake Erie. They are: Jacob Arner, John Cornwall, Joseph Ferriss & Henry Wright.

Ruth is past president of the Hamilton Branch UELAC and has been Chair of the Dominion Conference Committee since 2013. She has been asked to speak across the province from Kingsville to Kingston and has given numerous educational presentations.

Ruth taught elementary school for 44 years with The Halton Board of Education. She has been recognized both provincially and at the Board level with awards for innovation and creativity in education.

Ruth enjoys her vegetable garden, turning the harvest into pickles & preserves, baking & painting with her 11 year old granddaughter & golfing with her husband.


St. David’s Anglican Church
49 Donlands Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M4J 3N5 Canada
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