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Richard Watters

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Location: Nanaimo, BC CA
Website: https://t.co/VK1EO6mL
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Richard Watters Living on beautiful Vancouver Island is a new experience for me, having arrived a short time ago. I'm a baby boomer, born and raised in the gold mining community of Timmins, home to Shania Twain and some legendary NHL players, Les Costello, the Mahovlich brothers, and Tim Horton, from nearby Cochrane. At 16, Dad, a miner at the local Dome gold mine, helped me land my first summer job in the mine's mill. The night shift was spooky! Bare lightbulbs swinging from long ceiling cords cast black shadows everywhere. And bats!! They would enter the old mill through gaps in the wooden walls and swoop about overhead. The mosquitoes were present in abundance too at night. It was always a relief when daylight appeared and my shift was over. In the fall of 1967, I left home for Ottawa, Ontario, to enroll at Carleton University. I had been accepted early on for a room on campus. But when I arrived, there were no rooms available. Can you believe that another Richard Watters had been given my room instead?! But I managed to find a room with breakfast privileges off-campus. A few blocks away was Lansdowne Park where the Ottawa RoughRider football team played their home games. From my bedroom window, I could tell from the roar of the crowd when they were scoring. It was Canada's centennial year and Pierre Trudeau was our charismatic PM back then. In the early '70's it was off to study at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto and then to the Royal Ontario Museum where I ran programs of classic old films and NFB shorts. After 11 years there I did some free-lancing, and in 1986 worked at 100 Huntley Street and started cleaning carpets that year, which I continue to do today. I moved to Nanaimo in May,2010 to be close to Mom who has dementia. It's a blessing to be here with her but at the same time it was very hard to leave friends and long time customers in Toronto, my home for many years. Looking forward to getting to know you!