Resident - Toronto
Meet Emma, a long term resident at one of our Toronto buildings for more than 20 years. At 103 years young Emma is one of our longest serving residents. In August of 2016 CAPREIT staff and residents got together to celebrate Emma's incredible milestone and wished her a happy 103
birthday. Emma expressed her appreciation and was very thankful that we thought of her on her special day!
We are so happy to be able to share even a few details of her amazing life:
Emma was born in Latvia in September of 1913. During the Second World War she worked and lived in Austria-Vienna. She and her mother were then moved to a German camp for 2 years. From Germany Emma was allowed to immigrate to Canada in 1948 by ship. One year later she was able to bring her mother to Canada as well.
In Canada she graduated as a fashion designer, worked for Ritche Bridal and she got married. Her husband got a job as a civil engineer in Florida and both moved the United States. From Florida she moved to Toronto into one of our buildings in 1998 where has remained to this day!
As a testament to Emma's health and longevity here are some incredible facts about Toronto during the 1910's - the decade she was born:
- The Toronto Maple Leafs were yet to exist
- The tallest skyscraper was the Royal Bank Building at 21 floors
- The Ford Model T was a regular feature on city streets
- Public transportation was handled by the Toronto Railway Company