When Captain Hugh Calverley arrived in the township after World War I, his family was considered foreigners. His daughter Sybil grew up in this neighbourhood on the farm next door. She went to the one room school at Snyder’s Corners, played in the woods, helped with chores in the barn, swam in the pond, and square danced at that Township Hall.
Sybil recalls that even through the Great Depression, neighbours helped neighbours. This was a community where everyone knew everyone and there was much kindness and shared stories about “olden times”. A natural curiosity and overload of energy led Sybil through many adventures: After studying Art and Archaeology, University of Toronto, and two years studying and travelling in Europe, she became an Art Specialist and taught. In 1972 she discovered fibre art through Constance Howard and and is still teaching.
In 1950, Sybil’s father bought this Joshua Creek farm at an auction for her brother and his bride. After two years of hard work of putting things in order, the newlyweds decided to move west. In 1954, Sybil and her husband Leo moved in and raised their five sons here. The boys enjoyed growing up in the country, were educated and then departed to live their own lives. The house was empty. It was time to follow her dream of creating an art centre. Now the grandmother of ten and a great-grandmother, Sybil Rampen soldiers on, creating havoc as usual and enjoying the process.