Born to parents who emigrated from Poland after the second world war, Liz Taylor, yes, that is her name, sits fifth among their 5 children. She grew up in an ethnically diverse neighbourhood in St Catherine’s, Ontario, known as the “Facer Street” area. A community rich in multiculturalism, Liz still makes it a point to attend the Annual Street Party.

   Liz describes her childhood as a time when she could play outside with other neighbourhood kids until the streetlights came on. She has fond memories of her family going to Queenston Heights, or Niagara On the Lake for Sunday picnics where they could listen to bands playing in the open air.

She learned traditional Polish dance from a teacher named Helena Kaczmarczyk, who gave her a lot of solos in dance and in singing. She called Liz a shining star. “What a beautiful thing to tell a young kid!!” Even though Liz stopped Polish dancing at around 16, she believes those words played into the confidence she needed to take up acting at 50.

    Liz began working when she was 12, picking strawberries with her mom. By the time she was 18, she was managing a fitness club, teaching aerobics classes and working at Shopper’s Drug Mart as a Dispensary Assistant. At 19, she became the youngest Realtor ever licensed in North America. One of the first houses she sold was her childhood home. Having lived there from the time that she was born, it was very emotional. Thirty-six years later, Liz continues to be a licenced realtor with the same company! “Loyalty is kinda my thing!”

    She attributes the sense of loyalty to a father who had the courage to leave home at 12 years old for work on a farm in Germany during WW ll. He would never see his mother again, and when he left Poland again in 1957, he came to Canada with nothing. “He built a wonderful life simply from the will to create family and to provide a better life for them. He also helped his siblings to immigrate to Canada and to get established here. When his brother in Montreal fell ill, he provided for his family so that they could stay together. To be able to do that while still providing for his own family, he worked 3 shifts at General Motors and did lots of overtime. Liz credits his example for having taught her honesty, fairness, and a good work ethic. Teodor passed away in January 2020 at the age of 93.

To read more about Liz Taylor in Spencer Magazine’s Autumn/Winter issue, please click here!

Rose Marie Bresolin
Rose Marie Bresolin is the Managing Editor of Spencer Magazine. She is also an Author and Personal Coach. At Spencer we look to bring the world to you. And by also promoting Toronto to the world, we seek out things that are happening in one vibrant sector after another. Beginning with the showcasing of Queen St. W., presently in the works, we believe that you will come to expect that high level of integrity in all our future articles. In bringing the experiences of others to you, we hope to open you to the curiosity to check into them for yourselves. We hope that the reading opens doors to new and positive connections. In choosing through a cornucopia of stories that peak our human interest, our aim is to both entertain and inform our readers of what’s going on around us, and globally. Some will find the experiences empowering. Committed to promoting the arts, Spencer has initiated a dialogue with institutions positioned to make a difference on how creativity is viewed both in education and by the work force. Our research tells us that the public stage is ripe and ready for ideas. Our mandate is to contribute with conscience to the evolution of the world of magazines. The Team at Spencer hope to convey a sense of the excitement and the bustle behind the scenes, as we attempt to bring to you the dream we started with! You can follow her blog at: https://www.rosebresolin.com

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