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Rita D'hondt-Benoit

Rita D'hondt-Benoit

Resident since 2020

February we had the privilege to sit down and learn a little bit more about one of our newest residents, Rita D’hondt-Benoit.

Rita grew up in Waterford, living on Main Street right across from the Royal Theatre, which was owned and run by her Father. The need for a movie theatre in Waterford diminished once TV became popular. This building is still standing and is currently occupied by Waterford Appliances. Rita married a French-Canadian, Pierre, and with their two sons resided in Montreal for 34 years. Rita is comfortable in both the English and French language and spent her years travelling every corner of Quebec. They explored by boat in the summer, and during the winter, they skied, never staying home on weekends.

Eventually Rita and Pierre made their way back to Norfolk County, residing in Port Dover for 7 years. After her husband passed, Rita moved to Simcoe, living at 85 Argyle street before moving to Simcoe Heritage in December 2020. Over the years, she has learned you can’t change people, but you can try to understand them by listening to their life stories. Keeping in line with the theme, I asked Rita a few questions related to women and here is what she had to say.

Q: What women have inspired you?
A: “The female staff at Simcoe Heritage. I admire their tolerance and daily patience. They handled every situation with grace.”

Q: If you could meet any woman, who would it be and why?
A: “Michelle Obama, she has a great sense of humour and is very down to earth. She is intelligent, fun and made a great first lady.”

Q: What is your favourite thing about being a woman?
A: “Being a mother, it gave me great purpose in life.


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Simcoe, Ontario  N3Y 2W4

Phone: 519-428-0930

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