Elizabeth Anglin


Language: English

I was born Elizabeth Fulcher, at home in Suffolk, England. Myidentical twin Diana and I had an older sister, Margaret, and were joined by a brother, Roger, twelve years later. I started my studies in a small local school (27 pupils) and then, at age ten, went from home to boarding school for seven years.  After graduation, I took a year off, learned to drive and helped look after my handicapped brother (my mother had died of polio two years previously). When I was eighteen, I enrolled in the Dunfermline College of Physical
Education in Aberdeen, Scotland, graduating three years later as a specialist teacher, which required me to work with 1500 students a week. Then, at the age of twenty-two, I embarked on the grandadventure of a teaching job in Canada, where I earned three times the salary I’d had in Britain and had to teach only 320 students.

I arrived in Montreal  in 1961, met Tom Anglin, a widower, on the tennis court in 1962, and  was married in 1963, becoming stepmother to Tom’s four children, ages  five to fourteen. Tom and I then had three more children, born in 1966, 1968 and 1971. Although settled in a home on St.
Sulpice Road, I still yearned for life in the country, so in 1979 Tom and I began to build the home of our dreams in Vermont.  This house, still very much part of my life, has been a great source of joy over the years. In many ways it is still unfinished, but even so, very much loved and lived in. It has welcomed many of my friends and colleagues and is now the family home.

Tom died in 1995.  After a period of readjustment, I began to search for a friendly community that thrived in the absence of dogma. I had been impressed by the Unitarian Church of Montreal in earlier years and now found my way back to it. Over time, I have become involved and active in many aspects of congregational life.

I was honoured to receive the Unsung Hero award in 2015  and have maintained my
commitment to the UCM.   I have been a board member, a member of Telecrew, organizer (and chief cook and bottle-washer) of the monthly Midday Meals; a key co-convenor of our 175th
anniversary celebrations; active in planning the Bidnite (now BidSunday) events; a keen volunteer for the Caring Network; and, latterly, a Warden, who enjoys cleaning the church silver and counting money with Julie.

I am happy to be part of this open, honest, accepting community.