It’s fitting that U of T Mississauga’s Roy Ivor Hall residence, a place that provides a sanctuary for students when their day is done, is named after a man who provided a sanctuary of a different sort.
Roy Ivor, known as the Birdman of Mississauga, was a naturalist and lifelong bird lover. In 1928, at the age of 49, he decided to study and care for birds full time. He eventually opened the Windinglane Bird Sanctuary, where he cared for thousands of the feathered creatures for almost half a century. People from all over brought him injured, sick or wild birds. Ivor, who was an Order of Canada recipient, also wrote a book called I Live With Birds, and was one of the first people to warn of the detrimental effects of DDT on wildlife.
Ivor also couldn’t resist helping out with birds on the U of T Mississauga campus; he even helped raise and care for two owls in the North Building’s biology prep room. He died in 1979, just shy of his 100th birthday.