Cuthbert and his wife Rebecca have two children, Fynn and Winona.
His daughter's name, Winona, was derived from the name of the small
town that he grew up in situated in the Niagara Peninsula in Southwestern
Ontario. It was in the elementary school of Winona
that he experienced the value of the
arts during his most memorable year, Grade 5. During that year,
his teacher brought the classroom to life with creativity, and as
a result, learning was actually fun. It was so much fun, that he
did two grades in one year.
the age of 18, Len obtained his Private Pilot's Licence in Hamilton,
Ontario. Two years later, he went to British Columbia and took
the two year degree in Aviation at Trinity
Western University. Over the next few years, he obtained his
Commercial Pilot's Licence, Multi-Engine and Float Ratings.
1985, Len was accepted to Centennial
College in Toronto in the Aircraft Maintenance Technician
program, and while at school, took a part-time job
at Pearson International Airport with Air Canada as an aircraft
cleaner. Air Canada had obtained a contract to service another
airline's aircraft. That airline was Air India. On
Saturday, June 22, 1985, Len and the crew finished cleaning Air
India 182 as part of the normal shift. On it's
jouney back to Bombay, the flight exploded over Atlantic Ocean
after terroists had planted a bomb in the luggage compartment
before it had arrived in Toronto. The Air India tragedy investigation
and prosecution took almost 20 years and was the most expensive
trial in Canadian history. Following this tragic
incident, Len continued working as a Baggage handler for Air Canada
until December of that year.
graduating from Centennial College, Len began as an Aircraft Mechanic
at the Welland
Airport working on various single and multi-engine aircraft
as well as a part-time pilot, which included towing
banners on weekends and occasional charter flights. In
1988, Len obtained a job with City Express Airlines at the Toronto
Island Airport, working as a mechanic on de Havilland Dash
7 and Dash
these years, Len volunteered at his local church, giving leadership
to the youth group. Since he found a great amount of value and
satisfaction in leading youth, he jumped at a job offer as Minister
of Youth and Children at a church in Hamilton and left the aircraft
industry for good.
year was 1990. Len began a new job in January, married Rebecca
in June and in September, began a bachelors degree part time at
College in London, Ontario. It was in an English class that
Len's interest in writing came to life. After graduation in 1994,
Len continued at the church in Hamilton. After working there for
ten years, he took a new position in Parksville,
BC as the Minister of Children at a church of about 700 that was
situated on Vancouver Island. During his work in Hamilton and
Parksville, Len wrote and directed several youth and children's
theatre productions. Len has had a variety of his play
and produced in play writing contests in Canada, US (including
off-off-Broadway) & the UK.
four years in BC, Len and his family moved to Ontario. It was
while working on staff at a church in London that he created Fridge
Door Live Theatre for children and youth. In 2006, it
began with 25 children over two weeks. The camp now serves over
a hundred youth and children with seven weeks of Summer camps.
January 2010, Len introduced a Monday Night Theatre program in
Komoka during the school year. By the fall, a second program was
started in Summerside on Tuesday Nights. The program now runs on Saturday Mornings in London. In
June 2011, Len graduated with a post-degree Certificate
in Not-For-Profit Management from the University of Western
Ontario. In September 2011, Fridge Door Live officially became
a Federally Registered Not-for-Profit Organization.
many people have been influential in his life, Len Cuthbert hopes
that the team of Fridge Door Live can also be a positive
influence in the lives of youth and children, through the medium
of a performing arts learning experience.