REMEMBERING BILL MAITLAND
September 13, 1932 – February 7, 2017
Bill Maitland, a long-time and well-respected member of the Village Squares passed away suddenly and peacefully on February 7, 2017 at the age of 84. Bill and his wife Marian were keen dancers who supported square dancing whole-heartedly. As dancers they learned and practised their skills from The Basic Program through and including A2, all the while never missing an evening at the Village Squares, encouraging and dancing with the New Dancers. They also served in many capacities within the Village Squares Executive and as President Couple of the Village Squares, on several different occasions over the years. They also served as President Couple of EOSARDA (1999 – 2001) and following that served as board members of the Ontario Square and Round Dance Federation. Bill & Marian received the Long Service Trillium Award in 2014 from the Ontario Square and Round Dance Federation. No matter the day, the time, how good or how bad, how cold or how hot, when Bill was asked “How are you Bill? He would always reply with a huge smile “Simply Grand, Simply Grand!” Although ill-health prevented Bill and Marian from being full-time members of the Village Squares in recent years, they eagerly attended special Club functions including the December 2016 Christmas Dinner/Party. Club members will miss Bill’s smile and his kindness all the while remembering the good times spent with this very special couple who did so much for square dancing.
The Village Squares
Caller Couple Paul & Judy Adams
It was November 1972 when Paul Adams and Karl Williscroft collaborated on the prospects of forming a Traditional Square Dance Club in their neighbourhood of Queenswood Village in Orleans Ontario, adjacent to the city of Ottawa… Armed with a few good LP records of fiddle music and a public address system, Paul and Karl took turns teaching four squares of dancers every Sunday evening at the R.G Hobbs Community Center… These lessons continued through the winter until the end of April that year, when they broke for the summer… It was the wishes of some that Modern Square Dancing should be investigated, and possibly started in the fall of 1973.
Mr Burt Harvie, a modern square dance caller, recently arrived from Vancouver, was contacted and arrived at the Community Center in late October 1973 to begin teaching Modern Square Dancing. Four Squares finished out the first year in May of 1974, and with Paul and Judy Adams as the President Couple, the Village Squares became a member of the Ontario Square and Round Dance Association (OSARDA)… Burt encouraged the club to recruit enough new dancers to make up four squares for the 1974-1975 season, and he and his wife returned.
By this time Paul had gotten the bug and had a strong desire to call just like Burt… When he approached Burt about teaching him, Burt’s first question was, “Why?”… Bert explained the the commitment and dedication it would take to become a successful caller to Paul and Judy… They were willing to accept this commitment and Paul began calling in January of 1975 under the guidance of Burt…
Paul started his first New Dancer class in September of 1975, which graduated in April 1976 at which time Bert and June informed the Village Squares that they would be returning to Vancouver in the fall, but was very confident that Paul was ready to go it on his own… At a General Meeting the club elected Paul and Judy to take over as the Club Caller Couple…
Paul and Judy, along with another couple John and Dolly Duffield, proposed the idea of a Theme Dance, the first of this type in the Ottawa Area… The Strawberry Festival born but unfortunately, the cost of strawberries and the fact that the dates conflicted with High School Commencements in the late spring, meant adjustments had to be made… A date adjustment, a new name and the Village Squares Bunny Hop came into being.
The Village Squares are proud of the fact that there has been a new dancer class every year since 1973… The club has taken square dancing into senior citizen’s residences, demonstrated at Malls and televised fund raisers for CHEO (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation… When called upon, the club has assisted the Eastern Ontario Square and Round Dance Association (EOSARDA) with their Fall Fest, their Frosty Fling and Jamboree… The club is also very proud of these members who have served on the executive committees of OSARDA, EOSARDA and the Ontario Federation… Former members have served on Association Boards and Federations in such places as New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Yukon and California. Our club currently averages between 60 and 70 active members…
If ever in our area, Come Dance With Us – Our door is always open… We dance every Wednesday evening from 7:30 ’till 10:00…
We are located at the
ROY HOBBS COMMUNITY CENTRE
109 Larch Cres
(Corner of Larch Cres and Champlain St)