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St. George's College
. Part 2
The Good & True
The Good & True ...issue# 30...January, 2001
St. George's College
Got a call from Joe Richards alerting us to the visit of our distinguished old boy, His Grace, The Most Rev. Edgerton Clarke, D.D., Archbishop of Kingston, who would be a guest speaker at a function put on by the Race and Ethnic Relations Multicultural Department, in conjunction with Our Lady of Good Counsel Caribbean Catholic Church. This took place at the Toronto Catholic District School Board headquarters at 80 Sheppard Ave East on Friday September 29. For those of you who didn't know, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church at 867 College St. celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2000. It serves the Caribbean-Canadian Catholic community and draws its membership mainly from the Eastern Caribbean, particularly Trinidad, and were they out in support!
We had a strong contingent from our Ontario chapter. Joe and Bev Richards, Danny and JoJo HoLung and Robert and Alex Vernon. We corralled Bishop Clarke before the start to make him aware of our presence in support. He was visibly pleased and in his opening remarks let the audience know about St. George's College, that he was a past student himself, and had recently participated in some of the celebratory activities for its 150th anniversary year. He went on to give a picture on the Caribbean church and some of the challenges it was facing. For me it was interesting to find out that the Catholic population in Trinidad was 35%, Dominica 90%, St. Lucia 95% and Jamaica only 5%. In many of these with a high Catholic population the schools were owned by the Catholic Church. There was still however in these islands a lack of commitment to the Christian way of life, and the morality values of the church. The church, he said, cannot abnegate its responsibility and remove faith from culture. In Jamaica there was also the problem of violence and of course people emigrating - people of a quality Christian background. Nevertheless, for those remaining, the hard times can lead them from that level of life to become people of dignity. Yes! not withstanding the violence, good things were happening. The church was still alive and working!
After the talk and the audience had largely dispersed, what an interesting rap session took place with Bishop Clarke, Alvin Curling MPP Rouge River, Joe Richards, Danny HoLung, Alex Vernon and myself. All about Jamaica, St. George's College, Jamaicans in Canada and what role we could play to help back home. I had just picked up the September newsletter that afternoon and dashed back to my car to get copies for Bishop Clarke and Alvin Curling. Alvin was surprised to see himself on page 2, and commented on the achievements of the Ontario chapter and his pleasure in attending our events.
What an interesting evening and Bishop Clarke was assured he would be on our mailing list.
On Sunday October 15th Heather and I were off to St. Paul's Anglican Church, downtown Toronto to hear my St.G.C. former classmate Lloyd Chung sing (Lloydie-our Ontario chapter sports director).
Actually this was a fundraiser concert for the Heritage Singers of which he is a member. It was a packed church and included in the programme as well was Andrew Aarons (son of Dr. Gillie and Adrienne) on the piano. With a theme of 'A tribute to Parents', it turned into an evening of great musical entertainment and we were fortunate to catch Lloyd in full vocal prominence as he soloed in the great Bob Marley hit 'Redemption song'. Bob would have been proud of this rendition!
Lloyd toured with the Heritage singers in Germany last year as they participated in a Folk festival and were very well received. The November Christmas Pantomime was also a success and this year in August they will be going to Mexico. With a heavy concert schedule and numerous practicing sessions Lloyd is a busy man. We Georgians have certainly made our mark up here as we continue to bloom wherever we are transplanted.
We are proud of you Lloydie!
Next big event for many Georgians was Sunday December 10th when Immaculate had their Family Mass and Communion Breakfast at Sheppard's Lodge. Fr. Reg Whelan, who spent many years in Jamaica (was at Holy Cross in Half Way Tree) celebrated Mass. What a good turnout. Pat Ferguson (Uncle P), Chris Chin, Francis Rutty, Stanley Chin were all there in support.
Anyone seen the Toronto production of Disney's The Lion King as yet? This is certainly one of the sought after North American shows, and has been having a most successful run at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto. Just to provide you with one other good reason to go - featured in one of the leading roles is Saskia Garel, daughter of Roland and Carole Garel. She sings the demanding role of Nala, but then that's nothing for this dynamic individual who holds a bachelor of fine arts (honours) degree in music from York University and was a recipient of the prestigious Oscar Peterson Award. As the other half of the recording duo Love & Sas, she has generated three top ten hits, five music videos and two Juno Awards. Saskia has toured extensively in Canada, the U.S and the U.K., and received critical acclaim for her role of Mimi in the Canadian production of the Broadway musical Rent. Her film credits include roles in Mistrial (HBO), Teammates, and The Colour of Justice.
Keep on making waves Saskia!
Since our last newsletter we said
farewell to Howie and Anne Williams who have moved down to the
States. Quiet, behind-the-scenes people, they could always be called upon to
rally behind the St.George's flag, and will be missed. Howie and Anne - all the
best to you in the States and keep in touch. Better still, form a chapter where
you are and drum up some more support for the school.
The school of choice for Chinese boys
in Jamaica was always St. George's. Their history is interesting and as most
were Hakka in origin, they were the force behind the very successful Toronto
conference put on in Toronto on Dec. 29 & 30. Ray Chang, Dr. Keith Lowe,
Patrick Lee, Ray Lodenquai - you all did us proud. Congrats on a job well
done. (See Neil's article on
This has also been a year for catching up with long lost Georgians. Anton Glegg, remember him? Class of 1959. Haven't seen or heard from him since the 60's, when he dropped out of sight. He was recently located in Vancouver and I will share an update on a most interesting life.
Anton admits to making a couple of false starts in Jamaica, working on the flour desk at Grace Kennedy, then articling with a law firm.
In the late eighties he moved back to Canada and is now the Senior Auditor, MSP Audit Section, with the B.C. Government.
Anton finds much comfort and joy in his two children Andrew and Amanda, and his lovely Thai wife, Jay.
I am trying to get them to join us at one of our functions in Toronto.
Some interesting quotes from a recent Email from Anton, which says a lot about the value of our newsletters.
"I have to admit that I read and re-read all the issues, and really look forward to them".
Well that last edition of the newsletter was a gem. Blubba, Freddie Campbell, Paul Foreman, Delroy Charley-Sale, Abe Dabdoub, Paul Bitter. Names from the past, all alive and kicking!
Great hearing from you Anton, and we look forward to seeing you and your family in Toronto.
Note: Anton would particularly like to get in touch with a couple of old boys and pals from Montreal, Derek Green and Bobby Neal. If either of you should read this, perhaps you could drop him a note - via our mailing address.
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