Oh, I'm bored at home. What shall I do? ... I'm sitting at home all day long, a little old lady, 92 years old. So I keep going. And they still want me, believe or not.
Brava! Keep going Ellen Burka. You are an inspiration!
I met her once, at a garage sale, if you can believe it! She was just lovely, warm and gracious.
I'm surprised the article doesn't mention that she was Sandra Bezic's coach. Bezic has certainly carried on her tradition of skating as theater on ice.
Thanks gkelly. This made me shed tears.
What an amazing lady and a legend in figure skating. Her continuous involvement in skating shows her passion and love for the sport. To know that she raised two kids as a single mum increased my respect for her. I would assume it wasn't easy especially during her time.One day, as she was digging in a field, someone told Burka her parents had been loaded into a train. She was told she had five minutes to wave goodbye, from a distance.
“I saw my parents standing in the cattle car,” Burka said. “I waved to them. My mother went inside. My father stayed there. And then I left. I went back and dug peat moss.”
It was the last time Burka saw her parents.
“You lived with it,” she said. “It was either your turn or not. It wasn’t my turn.”
Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them. – Publilius Syrus
Thanks for sharing this!
I understand that Sandra Bezic and Debbi Wilkes both spoke at the event last evening at the Cricket Club. Their speeches were described to me by an attendee as "most wonderful".
Can't skate but love to watch
I would love to have heard them.
What an inspiration for all, and what a life!
Great read and I love the fact that Mrs. Burka was so generous with sharing her story, much appreciated.
There are so many octogenarians and centenarians out there that are willing to share their story, they just need a gentle push, an avid listener, and a friend. This November and December I recommend volunteering at one's local nursing home during the holidays and the joy you'll both receive. Also it helps if one likes to cook.
Ellen Burka's daughter Petra was a dynamo skating talent as well. She continues to work with Skate Canada as a valued team leader.
This is a wonderful thread with must-read articles and links, thus my bumping it!
An amazing woman, with an amazing story. Those who have worked with her over the years have been truly blessed. May she be blessed with good health for years to come...