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Natalie Horel

in Conversation with Arthur Black

Arthur Black in conversation with Natalie Horel.

Natalie Horel née Jameski

On a warm May afternoon sitting on the patio overlooking her lovely garden Natalie Horel tells Artrhur Black of her early life on Salt Spring. She was born Natalie Jameski on Salt Spring Island in February 1923 into a family with Polish roots. At 90 years old, with bright eyes and a lively manner she entertains us with many stories of her childhood years on Salt Spring attending the Divide School and later the Chicken House School. She worked for the Crofton’s after school and weekends from the age of 13. Upon graduating from High School she did her Nurses training at St. Joseph’s Hospital Victoria, then went on to become a flight attendant for Trans Canada Airlines.

Natalie married Chuck Horel (also born on Salt Spring) in 1949 and they went on to have five children and a very interesting life together.

Accession Number Interviewer Arthur Black
Date May 7, 2013 Location Natalie Horel’s home
Media digital recording Audio CD