Remembering Hazel

Hazel Jean Campbell TOMLINSON Obituary
HAZEL JEAN CAMPBELL TOMLINSON May 4, 1925 – November 21, 2018 Of Toronto, Ontario and Key Biscayne, Florida. Born in Manitoba, her early life was spent in Willowdale where she graduated with a degree in Physical and Health Education from the University of Toronto and later became a member of the President’s Circle. During summer months, she taught archery in Nanaimo, and swimming at Eaton’s Shadow Lake Camp. Elocution lessons were rewarded by a silver cup for public speaking from the Ontario Temperance Federation. She continued studies at Laval University in Quebec, at Middlebury College in Vermont to receive a masters degree, and at the Sorbonne in Paris where she specialized in Seventeenth Century French Literature and History. While head of Modern Languages at the Port Arthur Collegiate, Hazel was awarded a scholarship from the Department of Education in Ontario to continue studies abroad and subsequently accepted a post as Lecturer at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. As president of L’Alliance Canadienne, she received commendations for efforts to promote better relations between Canadians from Prime Ministers Pearson and Saint Laurent, Premier Lesage of Quebec, Governor General Vanier, French Ambassador Bousquet, the President of France, General de Gaulle, and the Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce. She was deputized by the Mayor of Port Arthur to make a presentation on his behalf to the Mayor of Quebec City. She was decorated by the Government of Canada for petit-point artistry at the Canadian National Exhibition. At the Lakehead, she became charter president of the Alpha Delta Kappa sorority, president of The University Women’s Club, founder and advisor of Le Cercle Français, member of Saint Paul’s United Church, the General and St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliaries and was an alumna of Delta Delta Delta fraternity at the University of Toronto. After retiring from Lakehead University, she pursued an interest in writing courses at Oxford University in England which brought success in publication by major magazines throughout North America along with membership in the National League of American Penwomen and in The International Women’s Writers Guild, and an offer to teach writing at Oxford University. Always interested in the elegance of fashion, Hazel was asked to join the runway to model for the latest spring collection in Miami’s Fashion World 2010, calling her ‘Ageless Beauty’ and ‘Timeless Wisdom’. She was married to Colin John Campbell who predeceased her in 1963, and to William Sherwood Tomlinson who predeceased her in 1991. She is survived by her son Dr. Colin Campbell of Toronto and daughter Dr. Lauren Campbell of Maryland, and her brother Leslie Campbell of Peterborough. Friends and relatives will be contacted at a later date regarding a celebration of her life and friendship. While Hazel has always loved pink roses, she has asked that donations and remembrances be directed to Sunnybrook Hospital.

Published in The Globe and Mail from Nov. 23 to Nov. 27, 2018

Annual General Meeting

Please us for this year’s AGM Brunch at  Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge North York, February 10, 2019 at 12pm. Order breakfast, lunch or dinner items from their extensive menu which caters to every taste and every budget. This year we’re keeping it simple, pay for what you order!  Invite your sisters and enjoy and afternoon reminiscing and planning for our future.


We will be collecting gift cards and toiletries for Juliette’s place at the AGM. Juliette’s Place (Homeward Family Shelter) provides safe, short-term emergency shelter to women and children fleeing violence and abuse and helps them to build their skills through educational programs and support services.

We will also be holding a raffle in support of the Dorothy Cody Fund hope you are feeling lucky!

Symposium Location: 5221 Yonge St North of Sheppard. TTC: North York Centre Station. Parking nearby

Canada Alpha History

The Establishment of Canada Alpha and Early Residence History.

By Christine Kralik

In 1927, a group of women at the University of Toronto formed a local sorority called Kappa Phi Alpha. In 1929, the women of this same sorority applied to Delta Delta Delta for a charter, and this request was granted. The Canada Alpha Chapter was officially installed on May 24, 1930, and there were 28 Charter members, most of whom were students enrolled at University College. The initiation banquet was held at the Royal York Hotel that evening.

At that time, the Chapter occupied an apartment at 2 Sultan Court (now 2 Sultan Street, see photo), just east of the Windsor Arms Hotel. In subsequent years, the Chapter moved around several times, first to other apartment buildings, among them 321 Bloor West (the original building is no longer extant; the Woodsworth College Residence stands on that site now), and then to different houses along St. George St. (first 85 St. George in 1933; then 122 St. George in 1939; and then 136 St. George in 1948.) In 1966, the University of Toronto identified that block on the west side of St. George as the ideal site for the new Robarts Library, and the Chapter had to vacate the property and find a new home. 30 Madison Avenue was identified as an ideal new home for the Chapter.