A bio about Eva Leflar…
Born in Annan in August of 1919, Eva was an only child of James and Emma Leflar. She lived her entire life in the Owen Sound area, and was very fond of and extremely loyal to the community. Eva never married, or had a family of her own, but family was very important to her. She always had close ties with her own, especially with her closest cousin, George Frizzell. She held a variety of careers in business, including bookkeeping in the accounts department at Edwards.
The latter part of her working life was spent as a case worker with the Children’s Aid Society in Owen Sound.
Even though she never had children of her own, Eva always had a special place in her heart for children, and during her time with CAS, this affection grew stronger. It saddened her to often see what she regularly described as ‘good kids’ miss out on opportunities to join clubs, teams or activities, or even educational opportunities simply because they came from challenging financial circumstances.
She would often comment that if she were ever to have the means, she would do something to help those kids in need. A time did come late in life where Eva in fact did find herself with the means to make a difference. In 1990, Eva started the Eva Leflar Foundation, with a mandate to provide support to the children of Owen Sound and Grey counties. In its 20 year history, her foundation has helped financially disadvantaged kids from our area join Choirs, Musical Ensembles, Sports Teams, Drama Groups, provided scholarships to graduating high school students, and attendees at several Ontario universities, and help local and area hospitals to provide better neo-natal and child care.
True to her word, and genuinely charitable nature, Eva has truly made a difference for hundreds of children from her beloved home town. While she will be dearly missed, Eva has left a legacy that will not soon be forgotten.