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St. George's College
Good & True ...issue# 33...Feb. 2002
Greetings and best wishes to
my fellow Georgians, our families, friends and supporters. Our prayers go out for the ailing
and deceased relatives and friends.
With our upcoming AGM on Sunday, March 24th, this will be my last newsletter as President of the chapter and it's time to say thanks. First of all, let me say an overwhelming thank-you to the other members of the executive without whom I would surely have gone down in flames. Talk about being the wind beneath my wings. Gentlemen, your support has been amazing and you continue to impress with the love and dedication that you so obviously have for our alma mater. Robbie, Ray, D.B, Stanley, Uncle P., Buski, Lloydie, Neil, Chris and Danny, thanks to you, we have managed to pull off another successful term during which we were able to provide meaningful contributions to the school while also providing spirited and entertaining opportunities for fellowship amongst the old boys. For those of you who may not know it, those two things are key components of our chapter's aims and objectives. I also want to thank previous members of the executive (Bob Wills, Pat Garel and Francis Cooke) for their time and support during their tenure on the executive.
For the obvious reason of
space restrictions and also the fact that I would probably forget a key
name and cause major grief, it's not my intention to name everyone that I
really would like to thank individually, but I certainly want to thank all
of the old boys, friends of old boys, visiting Jesuits and all who have
supported me and the association during these past four years. Last, but by no means least, I
want to thank the wives and families of the executive members for
generously allowing them time away from their families to help out with
Remember the $1,000
scholarship deadline is March 20 (see page three for details) and mark
your calendars for these upcoming events which are all on our website
March 24- Sunday, 1:30
3501 Finch Ave. E.
between Birchmount & Warden
April 14 - Sunday 12:00
Milliken Mills Community
August 2 - Friday (1st Day of Caribana Weekend)
6:30 p.m. - Annual Summer
August 18- Sunday 10:00
a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Family Picnic with Alpha
While my term is coming to an
end, I won't be disappearing into the woodwork and look forward to working
with the incoming President, and his executive. Before I go however, I would like
to continue to stress that we need and welcome your support, your ideas
and most of all, your help and involvement with the association. We need
to keep the channels of communication open and moving in both directions.
Without a doubt, we can definitely Ð as a matter of fact, we can only do
it if we do it together. God
St. George's College
I share with our readers some good news: Leilani Garel, daughter of John and Cecile Garel, has received the 'Fogarty Award'. This is from the Catholic Education Foundation of Ontario and is granted for leadership in social and charitable activities.
Leilani must be thankful for
the talents given her by God and being allowed to shine as an example for
our youth. We certainly need this.
Congratulations Leilani, congratulations John and
Cecile- the chip hasn't fallen far from the block.
Our prayers go out for the speedy recovery from illness of our Georgians and their families: Donny Ettrick, Pascal DePass, Carly Morales, Keith Loundes, Neville Russell and Winston Cooke. Winston was a former executive on our Toronto chapter, and contributed significantly to our association before, Joan, he and the family moved down to Florida.
Our prayers too to Georgians
who lost loved ones: Uncle P (Pat Ferguson) Errol & Derrick Shim,
Greg Lee; Kirk Chin, Robin & John Gyles and Maurice & Owen
Cooke. To your deceased relatives as well may they obtain the eternal
peace promised by our saviour.
Thanks Uncle P for the many
cards sent out on behalf of our association and your sterling work on our
Sad news to report as fire
destroyed the family home of Deacon Peter Rickards over the Christmas
season. Fortunately no one was hurt, but I know there must have been
sadness at the loss of precious personal effects, and particularly the
Two members of our executive
are in celebratory moods these days having become grandfathers for a
second time. Bob Wills and Lloyd Chung.
Fellows, we await
the family ties were Danny &
JoJo HoLung as they are caught celebrating with their son
Mario and his new bride on Nov 1, 2001.
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4th last the executive had a special meeting with selected guests who, it
was felt could be encouraged to contribute more to our chapter. Ray
Chang played host and twelve of the invitees showed up. President
Warren gave a brief outline of the history of the Toronto chapter
since its inception in 1984, with two of the foundation members Robbie
Vernon & Neil Dalhouse both still present. The guests were
informed on the workings of the executive with respect to its major annual
projects, and their guidance and insight were sought on these and the
direction they thought the executive should take the association in the
future. They all were asked to attend the AGM on March 24 and consider
positions on the next executive.
While all may not wish to be on the board, those desiring to take a
more active part in our association on committees, etc. were invited to
sign on before leaving: The following did: Tony Sani, Fen Chang, Milton
Hart, Josh Thompson (tel. Committee), Charles Young (for projects), Alex
HoShue, Clive Yap Sam, Frederick Russell, Patrick Lee, Derrick (Mello) Melville.
At our subsequent December executive meeting it was decided that all those who signed indicating their willingness to take a more active part in the association's activities would be invited to be part of an advising Council to the executive.
Gladstone Wilson Awards Banquet
Awards were presented to two
outstanding Georgians at a reception held on Dec. 1, 2001. They are Mr.
Pancho Rankine (class of 1935), well known for his philanthropy, and
in the sporting world, and Ambassador Anthony Hill (class of 1954,
see photo page 5), for global diplomatic accomplishments on behalf of his
country. Dr. Michael Witter made the presentation address outlining
the achievements of Pancho
Rankine and Dwight Nelson did the same for Ambassador Hill. Both
awards were presented by Herman Athias, president of the Old Boys
Chapter in Jamaica, which sponsored the function.
Ray Chang, our
treasurer, presented our annual donation to the school in the form of a
cheque for Cdn. $10,000. This was accepted on behalf of the school
by Mr. Lloyd Fearon, headmaster.
A bit about the late Monsignor Gladstone Wilson, PhD, D.D, D.C.L, C.B.E (class of 1921)
scholar with doctorates in Canon law, Theology and Philosophy, and the
first native Roman Catholic diocesan priest in Jamaica, he was named the
St. George's College Student of the 20th century, and inducted into the
St.George's College Hall of Fame in the dual categories of Education and
Msgr. Wilson obtained three
doctorates by the time he was 30, and spoke several languages fluently,
including English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Chinese,
Latin, Greek and Hebrew.
Lloyd Chung's vocal
talents are in great demand as he continues with his hectic schedule with
the Heritage Singers and is caught here with them on their recent tour to
Mexico. The group represented Canada at the International Folk festival
and paraded through the streets of downtown Zacatecas, where the media
reports had them as crowd favourites. Current engagements include their
participation in the pantomime "Augus Mawnin" at the convocation hall at
the University of Toronto, and a busy schedule ahead for the rest of the
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Laddie Kong in Miami
I resent your new
Are you trying to make me
and the rest of us Georgians in other parts of the world feel bad! You are hot or wat?
Best Wishes on the site.
You guys are a source of inspiration. You keep up the good work.
At the October 26th Mass and Communion breakfast of
the ICHS Alumnae Association, Yvonne Lyew, the energetic president,
was visibly pleased at the large turnout of StGC old boys, including the
celebrant Fr. Jules Wong (class of 1959 - same as Lloydie &
Robbie on the executive) and Deacon Patrick Chang who assisted at
Buskie and DonB laid into the mackerel & banana.
$1,000-Scholarship Grant - deadline extended to March 20,
Applications are sought from all children of dues-paying old boys in Canada, who will be or are currently attending college/university. Past unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to reapply. All you need to do is submit a profile of yourself including details on the choice of studies, why you chose the field and where you are or hope to be attending. In addition the successful candidate will also have expressed their own reasoning behind why he/she should be the recipient of this grant. The award is not necessarily granted to the person with the highest grades. Community involvement and potential contribution to society are also factors.
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We have just received news of
the passing of Monsignor John A. Meaney who was Senior English
Master at StGC 1956-1957. Msgr. Meaney (July 24, 1915-February 13, 2002)
also served as Headmaster of St. Mary's College, Above Rocks, St. Mary
In recent years, Msgr. Meaney was a driving force in planning to build a chapel on Cayman Brac. If you would like to honour his memory by helping with the chapel's building fund, please send your donation directly to: Mr. Gerald Kirkconnell, P.O. Box 893, G.T., Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies.
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