Dorothy, 73 years
Dorothy was born in Port Carling in Muskoka, Ontario in September of 1930. She had 14 brothers and sisters; 5 of them have passed away. She enjoys crocheting and knitting in her spare time. She has made a "whole bunch" of beautiful afghans, which she is very proud of.
When we were kids, we moved around a lot. With 14 kids, we had a hard time finding a place to live. Sometimes, we had nothing to eat, nothing to do, nothing to wear. It was during the Depression; we always shared.
I got married when I was 15. My husband and I didn't have any children. For 33 years of marriage, we worked, ate and slept. For 33 and a half years, I worked as a clerk in the 'finishing room' in a company near the Brampton train station. My job was to put a carbon between the invoices. I was supposed to put 16,000 carbons in a day, but I did 20,000 because when I got sick, I didn't get paid.
My doctor sent me to Peel Senior Link. He said I needed some help because I was falling all the time. I move too fast - have to slow down. When I need help, knowing that they (Peel Senior Link) are here, gives me a lot of self-assurance. I can call them anytime. Before, when I got sick, I just kept getting sicker. I had nobody to call to...I have very few friends. Now I have friends and family, who really care for me.