Gord Simmonds … Other Interests

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

Gord Simmonds – The Personal Side



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.

Gord Simmonds – The Early Years

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