Spring has finally arrived and with it brings an update of our experiences!
One of our family’s most recent focus has been gladly supporting the Belleville Bulls OHL Hockey Club during the 2012-13 season and run towards the OHL Championship. The team had a great year and reached the Eastern Conference Championships but lost the great battle in a seven series game to the Barrie Colts. Here’s a picture of this year’s team, a group of young men of which we are very proud to be associated.
2013 marks Lenbrook’s 35th year in business and it is neat to see how our products have changed, evolved and new ones brought into the mix. We recently launched a new brand called Bluesound, a really neat digital music system; it is an app based platform that will stream music in and around your home. We have applications whether you use Android™/iPod® products. Another cool new product added to the Lenbrook lineup is our series of PSB M4U headphones which have been getting rave reviews. I’m looking forward to some upcoming international travel as Lenbrook showcases these products at various shows and conferences.
Just to back up a little, the end of the summer last year marked a new adventure for our oldest son, Matt, as he wed Kathleen Hubers. The wedding was held at our place and we were blessed with spectacular weather, wonderful family and friends in attendance, and of course, watching our son pledge his life to his beautiful bride was both emotional and exhilarating. We wish them all the very best as they start their new life together.
Our family is blessed to be part of the church family at St. Paul’s Leaskdale. This is where we journey life together, with great community of interesting people. Sharon and I really enjoy leading a “small group” in our home – it is great when our friends bring their families over – the laughter of youngsters around our home is something we never tire of.
It’s hard to believe we have one child married, one graduating from Queen’s, one soon to start their university experience (after 4 years of playing Junior hockey) and the youngest now with his license. No more driving children for Sharon! A new stage of life has begun!
From 2001–2005, I learned a lot by chairing the Rouge Valley Vital Signs Capital Campaign for the Ajax-Pickering/Centenary Hospital Foundation. It was hard work but a fresh experience and neat chance to meet a whole new circle of friends. Try something like this sometime to get out of your comfort zone. This experience led to something new…. in 2002 I was honoured to be one of many Ontario recipients of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for work serving the community and contribution to fellow Canadians.
Since 2005, the melodious and therapeudic music from Room 217 has been a peaceful presence in the lives of thousands of people through the intuitive musical renderings of my sister Bev Foster. Bev asked me to be a part of this foundation dedicated to helping Continue reading
A LITTLE MORE ON THE PERSONAL SIDE OF LIFE IN UXBRIDGE
My wife and I recently celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and time has flown by. Our eldest is being married soon and the other three are busy, active, and loved. Sharon is a busy and capable woman who with some friends launched a neat resource support organization called Precious Minds which serves families up here in the north part of the Region of Durham in Ontario. Our family enjoys attending St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Leaskdale where my most enjoyable activity is singing with the Worship Team, sometimes even with my eldest son when he leads which is a neat experience. Helping with youth work and being a member of the Finance Team is still something I enjoy from time to time as well.
So to start, let me take you back to the early years and we’ll build from there.
My family moved to the “country” from the city (North York) when I was 11 where we made a country cottage our permanent home. Obviously that parental decision changed the course of my life at that age. We lived then on a 65 acre property which had about 12 acres of bush and the rest was farmed by the neighbor, dear friends, for whom my brothers and I worked every summer Continue reading
I’m Gord Simmonds and I live in the community of Uxbridge, Ontario, which is about 45 minutes to the northeast of Toronto. Although writing a personal blog is not particularly my style, some of my friends feel it would be good to share a little bit about myself and what makes me tick. Continue reading
THE RUNNING OF THE BULLS
Some things never change and my passion for sports remains. In 2004, I became involved in the hockey business when, along with two friends as partners, acquired an Ontario Hockey League (OHL) hockey team called the Belleville Bulls which operates down in the Quinte Region of Eastern Ontario. What an exciting adventure to follow Continue reading
The career journey that brought me to a place of leadership within the The Lenbrook Group of Companies began at age 18.
David S. Simmonds
I started into the “family” electronics distribution business right out of high school, so no university degree for me but I did get to work in just about every department in the company (well, maybe not the finance department!). I have now had a 34 year career with the company and have met amazing friends all around the world as part of my job. We have tried lots of things in our business with a mix of both success and failure. That comes with the territory when you’re involved in “start ups’ and in the cycle of the economy over that period of time.
In 2000 I assumed the leadership role of Lenbrook. This is the company my dad (the late David S. Simmonds) began in 1978