Current Officers

President Ann Pennington


I am delighted to introduce myself as President of the St. Andrew’s Society of Toronto and I look forward to working with the rest of the Board to raise funds for our charitable work and to organize Scottish social and cultural events for our membership.

Some of you will know me from having served on the Board for the past three years as Hon. Treasurer (Big shout-out to Graham Desson for his mentorship and assistance in that endeavour!) upon my retirement from my busy and active midwifery practice.

I have attended the St. Andrew’s Ball, together with my husband, Kevin Little, for about the last 30 years, with about a 10-year hiatus while we were raising our three young children and we were both busy with highly demanding careers.

My maternal grandfather was a Catto (Chattan, MacIntosh) and I am proud to claim kinship with two past presidents of the St. Andrew’s Society, my dear cousins John and Margaret Catto.

In related matters, I have recruited several members of my family into the service of St. Andrew’s. My husband is serving as the Chair of the Investments Committee. One of our daughters, Rachel, is serving as the Editor of the newsletter and our other daughter, Alexandra, assisted by running our social media platforms for a while (under Jenna Little – no relation – who chairs our Communications Committee). Kevin and I also have a son, who is living in Ottawa.

Vice President Katey Witt

My name is Kathryn (Katey) Witt (née Matheson) and I’m pleased to introduce
myself as Vice President of the St. Andrew’s Society of Toronto. Some of you may
already know me as I was Co-Chair of the St. Andrew’s Charity Ball from 2009-2014.
I am originally from Inverness in Scotland. I trained as a Primary Teacher in
Aberdeen and taught in Carrbridge and Inverness for 13 years before coming here
on a teaching exchange in 2004. During that year I met my ‘Sassenach’ future
husband and the rest is history! We have two daughters aged 10 and 8. When I
moved back to Toronto, after we got married in Scotland, I felt quite homesick. My
husband, Richard, looked on the internet for ‘Scottish things to do in Toronto’ and
we found the St. Andrew’s Charity Ball! It was a truly wonderful evening and I soon
found myself on the Ball committee then as Co-Chair!
My love of and interest in Canada started quite young as my maternal Grandmother
was brought up in Virden, Manitoba, having been born in England. She was a nurse
on Vancouver Island before moving back to London when she was in her early
twenties. There she met my Grandfather who was visiting from the Isle of Skye.
They brought up their family of five in the Black Isle, north of Inverness. I have an
Auntie and Uncle and cousins in Winnipeg and cousins in Toronto and Vancouver. I
also had a great Aunt on my Dad’s side who emigrated to Winnipeg back in the early
1900’s. Her name was also Catherine Matheson!
I feel very honoured to be Vice President and I’m looking forward to working with
Ann and the rest of the committee in providing you with great Scottish/Canadian
events throughout the year and raising money for local charities in the GTA.

 
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Immediate Past President Bill Sayers

Bill Sayers is a recent member to The St Andrews Society of Toronto.

Born in Edmonton in 1957 to an Irish father and a Scottish mother. Bill’s great, great, grandfather Archibald Hall came from Jedborough, Scotland to Galt, Ontario in 1827. George Hall was their only son. He was a lay minister in the Presbyterian Church and died reading scripture in a church service in April 1887 in Galt. From Galt some of the Hall clan moved to Neepawa Manitoba. Bill’s Grandfather was born there. He married Elizabeth McNab and Bill’s mother was born in Neepawa. During the depression Wilbur Hall moved to Gull Lake, Saskatchewan and ran the local dairy until his retirement. Bill’s mother grew up in Gull Lake.

Bill graduated from University of Western Ontario in 1979 with a BA in Political Science. Upon graduation he moved back to Toronto. (He grew up in Etobicoke) He has lived in Toronto since then. Bill remarried to Joy in 2014 and has four children. The family has a cottage on Georgian Bay and spends as much time as they can there, from the time the ice is out and before the ice returns!

Bill’s father was always proud of his family heritage both Irish and Scottish. He traced the family roots back to the early 1800’s and made sure each of his children had copies of the family tree. As a United Church minister the family grew up with celebrations of Robert Burns and the pipes and drums were part of a few church services each year.

For the past 12 years Bill has run his own sales consulting practice. His work takes him across Canada and into the USA and Europe.