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Tribute to Hart Home Health Heart’s Sandy Henderson

A College of Toronto athlete who grew to become the long-time athletic director of Hart Home Health Heart, Sandy Henderson opened the doorways to lively dwelling for college kids throughout his 30-year tenure.

Till the late Seventies, Hart Home Health Heart was a university-run facility targeted on aggressive athletics. A brand new period started when Sandy was employed to revitalize its programming. Underneath his management, a extra inclusive environment targeted on participation was born.

The function was excellent for him. “Sandy was a person who beloved being concerned with sports activities, hobbies and the local people he discovered himself in,” says of him are Taylor Henderson.

Born in Walkerton, Ont., to Presbyterian minister Rev. Invoice Henderson and his spouse Peggy (nee Margaret MacDonald), a homemaker, William Alexander MacDonald Henderson was the third of 4 youngsters. The household was shut, and Peggy taught Sandy and his siblings John, Marg and Clara find out how to bake and knit.

“Hockey was a giant a part of his upbringing,” says daughter Kate Henderson. The household spent holidays at their cottage at Bruce Seaside on Lake Huron, the place a teenage Sandy maintained the native golf course, baled hay on a farm and did odd jobs for cottagers. Whereas delivering milk for Kincardine Dairy, Sandy would usually give native youngsters rides up and down the Seaside Highway in his truck, says Kate. “He might usually recall (prospects’) orders years later.”

Sandy attended Walkerton Public Faculty, and was valedictorian of the category of 1969 at Woodstock Collegiate Institute. On the College of Toronto, he earned a bachelor’s diploma in bodily and well being schooling in 1973 and a bachelor’s in schooling in 1975.

Whereas attending U of T, Sandy lived on the Knox School residence, the place he served as a present, performed proper wing on Knox’s Varsity Blues hockey crew and was a security on the soccer crew.

After graduating, Sandy was employed by the U of T Males’s Athletic Affiliation as assistant director, and later grew to become director of males’s intramural sports activities, the place he coordinated the most important males’s intramural program in Canada, taught half time within the School of Bodily and Well being Schooling and labored within the cardiac division of the Toronto Rehabilitation Heart.

In 1979, he grew to become the athletic director of Hart Home Health Heart to supervise the event of its program choices. In his second yr, the college endorsed an settlement that Hart Home Athletics be made everlasting.

In 1991, Sandy’s function was expanded to incorporate membership providers. He oversaw three units of renovations, revitalized programming to incorporate extra non-competitive actions that inspired the participation of leisure athletes, and advocated for girls in sport. Throughout her tenure at Hart Home, membership to the health middle doubled, Kate says.

Because the director of operations and packages (1983 to 2009) at Hart Home Farm, Hart Home’s rural property within the Caledon Hills, Sandy developed its instructional tasks and may very well be seen chopping and piling wooden for Hart Home fireplaces each fall. It was there that Sandy nurtured his delight for homesteading actions—lengthy earlier than it grew to become stylish. A self-taught beekeeper, he established hives at Hart Home Farm and bought Sandy’s Bruce Seaside Honey from his hives on the cottage. He resumed a childhood curiosity in making maple syrup (“which stemmed from serving to his dad and brother with maple syrup manufacturing when he was a child,” says Kate) at Hart Home Farm, increasing operations from 50 to 800 faucets over three years, and on the Henderson household farm in Gormley.

“He would faucet the maples on the north finish of the farm, boil the sap himself outdoors over a fireplace and would filter it utilizing two picket hockey sticks holding up a filter in between two of our kitchen chairs in our cell dwelling,” says Kate . “It was fairly the contraption.”

Sandy remained concerned in Knox School for the remainder of his life. In 1987, he co-founded the Knox Former Residents’ Affiliation and served on the committee for the following three many years, receiving the Knox School Former Residents’ Affiliation Award of Honor in 2017.

A restructuring at Hart Home led Sandy to take early retirement in 2009. Even after starting a job as an occasion specialist for Covermaster, he continued to volunteer on the Hart Home Farm.

His lifelong trait as a individuals individual was one of many causes behind Sandy’s successes in each his careers. He had an unbelievable reminiscence, in accordance with Kate. “He would recall the dad and mom of associates on the seashore and what they used to do,” she says. “I’ve beloved chatting with individuals’s dad and mom and making connections with members of the family. Everybody’s mother beloved Sandy.”

An elder of the Trinity Presbyterian Church in York Mills, Sandy was additionally a faithful household man — to his late spouse Patty (nee Sedgewick), a registered nurse whom he had met at Bruce Seaside and married in 1982; and kids Emma (born in 1984), Kate (1985) and twins Taylor and Graeme (1989). Kate remembers her father as somebody who “was very beneficiant and sometimes considered others earlier than himself.” At their household farm the place they lived till 2013, Sandy would flood the yard for a hockey rink for the youngsters each winter. Throughout a visit to Mexico, Sandy, Kate says, “sat by a complete information session on the resort, a session that takes about 4 to 6 hours” simply to obtain a $150 voucher to the spa, which he proceeded to present to her.

“Nicely into his late 60s and early 70s,” Taylor says, “Sandy may very well be discovered enjoying hockey a number of instances per week at Higher Canada School, the Annual Kincardine Outdated Stars event in Bruce County and the Annual Thanksgiving Bruce Seaside hockey sport in Ripley.”

Following his second retirement in January 2022, Sandy moved from Aurora to his cottage on Lake Huron, the place he would play baseball each Sunday morning within the summers. Later within the afternoon, he would attend the Church within the Grove, an out of doors worship service at Bruce Seaside, for which he served on the committee.

“He was a smooth mild soul who had an enormous influence on his surrounding neighborhood,” says son Graeme. “His generosity was evident by giving again to the those that he beloved whether or not or not it’s by his baking” — he made baked items for each event, usually sending treats with Patty to Markham Stouffville Hospital the place she was a nurse — “or gifting his notorious Bruce Seaside honey and maple syrup. This was Sandy’s true happiness from her.”


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