Every June 24th, we take time today to remember the co-founder of DurhamVeg, Anne Dozell. Anne served on TVA's board for several years. She ran many successful programs and authored a piece in almost every newsletter for years. June 24 was Anne's birthday.
After a life long battle with several forms of cancer, which appeared, then retreated for decades, then re-appeared with a vengeance, she succumbed to the onslaught at Markham Stouffville Hospital on June 7, 2012 at the age of 71, with her daughter, Marian, by her side.
Anne, pictured in pink (right), was always positive and full of energy. Her energy and sense of humour usually exhausted people decades younger than herself! Here, she is shown during one of DurhamVeg/TVA's frequent trips to Richters Herbs in Uxbridge. Being British, she grew up with a love of gardening that even apartment living couldn't deter.
Her accent and infectious laughter will always remain with those of us who worked with her and called her our friend.
Anne tested many, many of the recipes in TVA's landmark cookbook, and is shown with the editorial group just inside the book. She authored a charming "Ask a question" column for TVA's newsletter called "Ask Letty" while helping to organize some of TVA's most popular programs and dinners.
In the year 2000, The World Vegetarian Society conference was held in Toronto and Anne co-authored a special international cookbook which was given to delegates.
Anne often worked with Sally on many projects. At one point, they both worked on programs, both on the Board and both were involved with the newsletter. Anne lived in Pickering and Sally in Toronto, then later in Whitby.
Both had been married and divorced. Both were seeking potential male vegetarian partners for a time and always sharing stories of romantic adventures.
Anne often worked with Sally on many projects. At one point, they both worked on programs, both on the Board and both were involved with the newsletter. Anne lived in Pickering and Sally in Toronto, then later in Whitby. When Sally moved to Whitby, they decided to start what was then called the Durham Lakeside Vegetarians or "DLV".
"One story few people know is that, one night, Anne and I were invited to speak at a sorority gathering at York University. We got hopelessly lost on campus but finally found our way to a cozy room where a dozen students gathered around us, some wrapped in shawls and blankets for a winter's night. They wanted to know all about becoming vegetarian. Anne took centre-stage and was inspirational. Years later, in an elevator in First Canadian Place, a young woman approached me and thanked me for changing her life!"
- a memory of Anne (Sally Grande)