Helen Pauline Wattie
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WATTIE, Helen Pauline, B.A., M.Ed. - Died Thursday, October 22, 2009. Born in Bracebridge, Muskoka, September 1, 1911, of parents A.T. Wattie and Janet Orrock Wattie. Sister of Dora Wattie, Margaret Anderson and Ethel McLaughlin (all now deceased). Their children, lan Anderson (Katy), Bill McLaughlin (Marlene) and Mary Corestine (Ian) remain to mourn with their families. Helen taught Food, Nutrition and Home Management, or as it was known then Home Economics, in Weston, St. Catharines, Kirkland Lake, on exchange to Edmonton, at Ryerson Community College in Toronto, and as Vice-Principal at Kirkland C.V.I. On retirement she went with CUSO to Ghana, West Africa for two years to continue teaching. With Elinor Donaldson Whyte in 1953, they revised The Canadian Cookbook, which had been written by Nellie Lyle Pattinson 30 years earlier and which went through many revisions in English and French. At Helen's request cremation has taken place and a celebration of her life will be held at Weston Presbyterian Church, 7 Cross Street, Weston, on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 2 p.m. Donations may be made to the church or to your favourite charity in lieu of flowers.


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Published in Toronto Star from Oct. 23 to Oct. 24, 2009.
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October 25, 2009
Miss Wattie! How proud I am to have been taught by one of the BEST Home Ec. Teachers and first woman Vice-principal at KLVCI in the 60's. To this day, I never put a tea towel over my shoulder for fear Miss Wattie would call out my name. She taught us many things beyond cooking and for these life lessons, we are eternally grateful. I hope, weather permitting, to attend her celebration of life. We have all come a long way from Kirkland Lake.
Janie Taylor-Babcock
October 25, 2009
Our sympathy goes out to all Helen Wattie's family. I am sure you will all be celebrating her life at the memorial service. I remember her as my favourite teacher while at KLCVI. (I have been gone from Kirkland Lake since 1965.) The Canadian Cookbook I was introduced to while a student of hers is still my favourite cookbook. She had a special talent as a teacher and one who was able to reach needs of all students no matter what the background was of any particular student. It was nice knowing her. Jo Anne (Pedersen), now of Pembroke Ontario Canada.
October 24, 2009
I am 62 now but the Canadian Cookbook, which we had to buy for Home Ec in 1962 in Grade 10, is still my favourite - it's falling apart and has food stains all over but I will never part with it.

My condolences - Ms Wattie sounds like she led a very full life.
Carolyn
October 24, 2009
I will truly treasure the memories we had with Helen. She was an inspiration to us all and if only all of us could be so grateful and have such a wonderful life as she did. She will be remembered every year as we celebrate Zoe's birthday. She will be missed.
Michele (grand niece) Stalker
October 23, 2009
I will always remember Helen as a role model. Her kindness has mad meny peoples lives complete. We must pass it on. Kindness is a very good thing.
Stephen Windatt
October 23, 2009
One of the first female administrators in the Ontario educational system, Helen was a role model in every aspect of her life - as a daughter, as a sister, as a cousin, as an aunt, as a teacher and administrator, as an author (The Canadian Cookbook), and as a friend. She will be remembered.

Ian (nephew)
Ian Anderson
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