Holocaust Survivor and Loyola Teacher Take the Plunge for Canada150
Elly Gotz, a holocaust survivor, and John Syko, Loyola business teacher, go skydiving to celebrate Canada's sesquicentennial birthday.

On Sunday, July 2, 2017, Elly Gotz, a Holocaust survivor and frequent speaker in schools across the Halton Catholic District School Board, celebrated Canada's 150th birthday by going skydiving. He was accompanied by St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School business teacher, John Syko. The two met when Elly Gotz was a guest speaker at the school one year.

Born in Lithuania, and imprisoned in a German concentration camp for four years during the Second World War, Elly isn't afraid to try something exciting and new after his liberation in 1945. He is now a frequent guest speaker in our schools, sharing his inspirational story and the story of those who did not survive the Holocaust.

Both wearing Canada150 t-shirts to take the plunge, Elly and John spoke of the days Elly spent frequently travelling in Africa and Europe after the war, before eventually settling his family in Canada. His wife, Esme Gotz, said to The Toronto Star, "...It's such a privilege to be in Canada and to be able to choose to [skydive], to have the freedom at 89 to be alive at this time."

Elly proves it's never too late to live life to the fullest - and never a better time than with friends in celebration of our country's sesquicentennial birthday!


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