Dr. Leslie Griesdorf’s avid interest in history concentrates on the events of United States President John F. Kennedy’s term in office, the Cuban Missile Crisis and Kennedy’s assassination in November of 1963. The three years of Kennedy’s 1st term came to comprise a time of the greatest hope and greatest fears of most on the North American continent. Griesdorf’s fascination with the era likely began during his formative years when these events were part of the daily news, as he saved the major Toronto newspaper chronicles of the period. The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 was a confrontation precipitated by the collusion between Soviet leader Nikita Krushchev and Cuban president Fidel Castro to install missile launch facilities on Cuba.
Events surrounding the tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union rightly concerned all countries on the North American continent, especially the highly industrialised and peace-loving Canadians of Dr. Leslie Griesdorf’s native Toronto.
Dr. Leslie Griesdorf, now retired from his successful career dental practice in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is a successful trader and investor on the TSE, the Toronto Stock Exchange. The TSE, or TSX as it is often abbreviated, is the ninth largest exchange in the world in market capitalization. The TSE is based in Griesdorf’s native Toronto and is a holding of TMX Group for the trading of senior equities.
Many different types of businesses are on the Toronto Stock Exchange, from income trusts and investment funds to exchange traded funds and split share corporations. Especially prominent on the Toronto Stock Exchange are mining, oil, and gas companies, more than on any other trading exchange. The TSE, where Leslie Griesdorf enjoys a successful second career as an investor and trader, began life with the Association of Brokers in 1852. This group morphed into the Toronto Stock Exchange in 1861 with 24 men at the Masonic Hall.
A consistent member and participant in the Ontario Dental Association, Dr. Leslie Griesdorf DDS was by extension a member in the Canadian Dental Association due to his local professional society in Toronto. Founded by Dr. Barnabas Day in 1867, the Ontario Dental Association is a professional dentists’ association which maintains its own membership in the Canadian Dental Association while representing on a local level the interests of dental professionals before the Ontario government and with insurance companies. The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario is the regulatory body for the dental profession in Ontario.
Dr. Leslie Griesdorf practised in a rotating dental internship in the first months after his graduation from dental school. Ultimately however, Griesdorf opted to practice dental surgery as his primary focus, enjoying a thriving dental practice and career for over 30 years in Toronto.
Leslie Griesdorf retired from his career as a dentist in 2004. Leslie Griesdorf maintains an active, healthy lifestyle and has exercised four times weekly since high school. Mr. Griesdorf also participates in karate classes and, through diligent practice, has earned his brown belt.
Learning karate is a childhood dream for many, but adults join the ranks of martial artists like Leslie Griesdorf every day, and they’re happier because of it. Benefits like those below might convince you to sign up for a local class:
- You’ll Stay Active
Karate is an active hobby. Every time you show up for class, you’ll get your body moving, you’ll improve your flexibility, and your muscles will get stronger. You will also learn stretches, exercises and kata to do at home so you can keep moving even when you’re not in class.
- You’ll Learn to Focus and Still Your Mind
In a plugged-in society, focus and a quiet mind are hard to find. Karate will teach you to find stillness, to focus on the task at hand and to look within to overcome challenges. Martial arts show you your weaknesses, confront you with them, and then give you the tools to conquer them, and it all starts from within.
- You’ll Take Hits
Learning karate will teach you to take hits, both mentally and physically. The acceptance that you will not always be perfect, some things will stump you and others will best you comes from repeated practice. It also translates into daily life.
When you join a karate class, you’ll have the opportunity to socialize with people like Dr. Leslie Griesdorf on a regular basis. Use this as a chance to make friends, learn from someone with more experience and find accountability for your practice.