Ilse was born in the Dutch East Indies on the island of Java, where her Dutch parents managed a tea and rubber plantation. From an early age her parents encouraged her to be involved and actively engaged in life learning and healthy living.
When the Japanese invaded the Dutch East Indies during World War II, Ilse and her family were imprisoned for more than 3 and a half years and she was deprived of a proper youth and food, etc. Her dad and brother were segregated and sent to separate camps. The family was re-united after the war and evacuated by the Red Cross to Perth, Western Australia.
Ilse then had the opportunity to learn English, finish her high school education and pursued a career as a Professional Nurse specializing in Orthopedics, Midwifery and Cardiology. Ilse tries to live every day of her life and makes every effort not to waste any aspect of it. She loves being involved in physical fitness and believes in preventative medicine, which helps to keep a positive attitude. She also enjoys being a role model for other seniors and serves as a council member for the residents at The Dunfield.
Since the age of 55, Ilse has been involved as a committee member and has also been a participant in the Local, Provincial and Canada Amateur Senior Games of Ontario, competing in Tennis, Table-Tennis and Swimming. She is an amateur Gold Medalist in these sports.
Ilse was invited in June 2011 to represent Canada is swimming in the US and World Games being hosted by Mr. and Mrs. George Bush in Houston, Texas. Since it turned out to be at the Masters level we only brought back one silver medal and two ribbons. It was a wonderful experience.
You can Ilse at The Dunfield encouraging residents to get active and participate no matter what their level of fitness or current ability is in both active and sedentary events.
Dr. Shaul graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1947. He specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was an Associate Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Psychiatry and was the Founding Director of the Human Sexuality Clinic in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Shaul was the recipient of the W.T. Aikins Award for Excellence in Teaching and Course Development. He has been on various radio call in and talk shows on both the CBC Radio and CFRB 1010. His shows opened the dialogue on human sexuality. The show "Keeping in Touch" was one of the more popular of its time.
Known for his high energy and passion for excellence, he was able to combine both his private practice and love for teaching at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine.
His love of photography started at the age of eight. He has travelled extensively and photographed many interesting subjects. His photographs have been on exhibit in galleries in Toronto and were included in a Trans Canada exhibit by The Art Gallery of Ontario that was subsequently published as a book called "Exposure".
Dr. Shaul remembers his first art lesson at The Art Gallery of Toronto at the age of six... he still enjoys painting today.
Dr. Shaul is an extraordinary active individual that inspires us by example. He enjoys making new friends and introducing them to his lifelong friends. He weaves them together like the paint on his canvas, creating a unique impression wherever he goes.
Grete emigrated from Denmark to Canada over 50 years ago. Always open to adventure, Grete adopts a positive life learning philosophy which enables her to remain healthy, vibrant and active.
She enjoys meeting new people and goes out of her way to surround herself with active, positive people who share her passion for trying new things. Her love for adventure has taken her to many interesting places including St. Petersburg Russia and the Berlin Wall long before they became popular tourist areas.
Grete joined a high energy line dancing troupe and travelled with them extensively for over 17 years. Grete keeps fit by attending several forms of daily fitness offered at The Dunfield including Egyptian Belly Dancing. Grete has fond memories of her life as a Torontonian including being at Maple Leaf Gardens the night the Leafs won the Stanley Cup in 1967.