Norita Fleming (nee O’Donoghue) is the 3rd of 8 children born in Freemount County Cork, Ireland to school teachers William and Maureen O’Donoghue.
Elementary School. Taught by both of her parents.
Secondary Education Loreto Convent Killarney Boarding School.
College Education Saint Mary’s College of Catering and Domestic Science in Dublin.
Norita emigrated to Canada on November 11th 1966 at the young age of 20 years and on her own.
In 1968, Norita met her husband Bill Fleming at the Maple Leaf Ballroom and they married in Ireland in 1970.
Today they have 4 children, 8 grandchildren, one great grandchild and a second great grandchild is expected.
Volunteering Community Service.
- St. Cecilia’s Church Toronto St. Patrick’s Day Mass committee.
- County Cork Association of Ontario.
- The Mass of Memory. Chairperson since 2011 to present.
- Co Chaired the Famine Walk with Tom Gallagher in 1997 in Toronto.
- Member of the Action Grosse Ile Committee and Petition Grosse Ile to lobby for the acknowledgment of the Irishness at Grosse Ile, Quebec.
- Matthew 25.
- Chair Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann, Langan Gorman Branch for 3 years.
- Member of the Irish Choral Society of Canada.
- A Founding member of the Toronto Traditional Irish Music School.
- Chair of Rose of the Toronto Rose of Tralee for 3 years.
- President of the Irish Cultural Society of Toronto for 5 years from 2007 to 2012.
- Nominated as the Irish Person of the Year in 2011.
- Directed and Staged 4 “An Samhain” concert with proceeds going to the St. Paul’s Breakfast Club.
- Founder and Chair of St. Paul’s Toronto School of Irish Music now in its 10th year, in the Cork town area of Regent Park, Toronto.
Norita has run her own catering business for 25 years.
Today, Norita runs Norita’s Bed and Breakfast with her husband Bill offering the best of Irish and Scottish Hospitality in the Toronto area.