Tony Nelson, Communications Support, Newsletter

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Tony Nelson was born and raised in Toronto and spent most of his childhood in Weston.


He left Toronto to attend the Ridgetown College of Agricultural Technology and after graduation, he went to Fanshawe College for the Recreation Leadership Programme.


Following graduation, Tony stayed for a one year graphic design programme and was hired by the College as their first Audio-Visual Technician. 


Tony has also served as Community Relations Co-coordinator for the City of Cambridge and Marketing Support Manager for Volker-Craig, a Canadian computer terminal manufacturer.


In the mid 1980s, Tony decided to become a classroom teacher. Lacking a degree, he quit his job and became a full-time student at Wilfrid Laurier University and graduated 16 months later and then attended Althouse College of Education at the University of Western Ontario.


Tony's elementary teaching career in Waterloo spanned 21 years starting in Grade 2/3 and with his last 16 years in Grade 7.


Outside the classroom, Tony provided computer support for school trips and events, end-of-year electives as well as the annual track and field meet which he continued to do for five years after his retirement.


While Tony was at Fanshawe College, he recognized that it would be beneficial for him to improve his speaking skills and joined Forest City Toastmasters Club. In October, he marked 46 years as an active Toastmaster. In November, he was awarded the Outstanding Toastmaster Award of both District 60 (Toronto to Bellville) and the Lindsay and District Toastmasters Club for the 2016-17 club year.


In the past year, Tony has spoken to many organizations including Rotary, Optimist, Fleming College, the Royal Canadian Military Institute, Canadian Aviation Historical Society and the University of Notre Dame. His topics include the BCATP, presentation skills, public speaking as well, the care and feeding of volunteers.


Tony has been a life-long fan of The University of Notre Dame. In 2011, he inquired about the ND Club of Toronto and was told the Club had been dormant for 6 years and was asked if he would consider helping to restart it. With the assistance of the University and great volunteers, Tony has led the Club to excellence as Club President. In 2015, the Club was selected the Outstanding Club and in 2016 raised $50,000 for the Canada Scholarship.


Tony and his partner, Muriel, own and operate Bridgwood Manor B&B north of Fenelon Falls. Between them they have 6 children and 9 grandchildren.