St. George's College
Good & True ...issue# 52...June, 2008
Over thirty old boys gathered at St. Aidan's Catholic Church Hall for this election year event on March 9th.
Outgoing President Danny Ho Lung gave a wrap up of his two years in office citing the best ever successes of the Summer Ball events and sizeable donations given to the school - C$20,000 this past year.
He thanked all the executive and members for their support and congratulated the incoming President Chris Chin.
Ray Chang, Treasurer, gave an overview of the financials (see report below)
The old Board demitted office making room for the election of new officers; the procedure chaired by Robbie Vernon.
New to the Board were Carl Chang, Neville (Tony) McDowell, Greg Chin, Victor Morgan and Francis Cooke (see full slate of Directors on Part 1)
Incoming President Chris Chin congratulated the new members and especially the newly appointed First Vice President and President Elect Milton Hart. He also gave thanks to the non-returning Directors, Fred Russell, Charles Young, Patrick Lee and Buski Charley. Buski has been a tower of strength on the Board and will be greatly missed, but we know he will still be always there for us behind the scenes.
It was gratifying to see the age range mix in the new Board which attracted some much needed younger talent to groom and carry on the StGC torch.
On Sunday, April 12th, The Most Rev. Lawrence Aloysius Burke, S.J. celebrated a Pontifical Mass of Thanksgiving on the occasion of his retirement as Archbishop of Kingston, Jamaica.
Concelebrants were the Most Rev. Donald James Reece, D.D. Coadjutor Archbishop of Kingston; The Most Rev. Edgerton Clarke, D.D., C.D Archbishop Emeritus of Kingston; The Right Rev. Monsignor Robert Haughton- James, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Kingston; The Right Rev. Monsignor Michael Palud, MSM, Delegate of the Apostolic Administrator, Diocese of Mandeville; the Rev. Eremondo Muavesi, Vicar General of the Diocese of Montego Bay and priests of the Kingston, Mandeville and Montego Bay Dioceses.
This is almost four years to the day after assuming the office of the highest-ranking Jamaican Roman Catholic clergyman.
How well we remember this event on May 2, 2004, as just days later Archbishop Burke was in Toronto, visiting our chapter, rapping with our executives, and speaking at our annual family dinner.
"Had to be here" he said then, and this display of this one-of-a-kind relationship with St. George’s College, completely bowled over our executive and ensured renewed commitment to the cause of our beloved alma mater.
In his several visits to Toronto since, he has always touched base with us and this only cemented our strong bond with each other and the school.
Archbishop Burke grew up in Vineyard Town, attended St. George's College and after graduation joined the teaching staff in 1951. That same year he entered the Society of Jesus. He taught at St. George's as a scholastic; later as a priest and then held the office of chairman of the Board and acting principal.
The ties to the school are deep.
During his long association with St. George's, he was appointed superior to the Jesuit community there, and then regional superior. He was involved in the publishing of the Catholic Opinion, the credit union movement and training initiatives in the sugar workers’ co-operatives.
He was ordained a priest in 1964, Bishop in 1981, Archbishop of Nassau 1999 and installed as Archbishop of Kingston in 2004.
Your Grace, you are indeed an embodiment of your founder St. Ignatius Loyola's prayer to all:
Lord, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labour and not to ask for reward, save that of knowing that I do your will O God.Well done thou good and faithful servant.
Rodney, son of Harvey & Irene Lyn, is pursuing a career involved in research and development with principal goals of health-care treatment: developing pharmaceutical products and drug screening techniques to ensure safety of products.
He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa in 2007 in Biopharmaceutical Sciences and is now pursuing a Masters Degree in Chemical Biology at the same university.
His research projects have excited much interest and have brought him in direct collaboration with the Chemical Biology Dept. at Harvard University.
A go-getter from start, Rodney is involved in many activities. He was a member of the Ottawa University football team and founder and captain of their Dragon Boat Team and Club.
He is a community leader for Banana Republic Ottawa, which managed fundraising projects and charitable events that support local communities (Aids and Cancer Foundation, Adopt a Family Programme).
During his summer breaks of his undergraduate years he spent time volunteering in three different hospitals; Scarborough Grace, Sunnybrook and Women's and as a full-time student infection control auditor in the infection Control department at York Central Hospital.
Rodney, we wish you all the best; remember as you go forward to always look back to help your Alma Mater
The evening started off with the Mass at St. Jerome's Roman Catholic Church in Brampton with a moving homily by Deacon Peter Rickards who also acknowledged the presence of the St.George's contingent in the congregation.
With Ray Chang manning the door, Georgian families and their friends were ushered into the church hall, with most vying for a chance to meet and chat with head boy, Brian McCalla.
This was President Chris Chin's first official engagement as president and he chaired the festivities with ease and great aplomb. Special presentations were made to outgoing President Danny Ho Lung and wife JoJo for their outstanding support and commitment. Certificates of Appreciation went to Milton Hart for his contribution to sports and to Hugh Palomino for his support to past president Danny and the association. Jo Jo Ho Lung, Denise Palomino and Novelette Hart were overawed by the beautiful bouquets presented to them.
Deacon Peter Rickards, our founding president, was given the honour of making special presentations to the Ontario Knights of St. George: Tony Sani, Charles Young, Robbie Vernon, Dr. Louis Lee, (You all can become Knights by donating $1,000 or more to the StGC Endowment Fund over 1-4 years).
Sports director, Milton Hart, gave a masterful introduction to our special guest speaker, head boy Brian McCalla, and it was refreshing to get this update on the school from a student's perspective. Brian, you were a credit to the school and there is no doubt why you are head boy - Well done!
The vote of thanks was given by Dominique Nash.
The scholarship committee of Drs. Louis Lee, Derrick Haddad and Herbert Ho Ping Kong indicated a tough choice from the excellent array of candidates for the $1,500 scholarship. The successful applicant this year was Rodney Lyn, University of Ottawa.
Everyone enjoyed the meal of curried goat, fish, rice and peas, and the mix and mingling as families caught up with each other. This was what made the event so special.
Many thanks to members of the Ontario Chapter, the executive and friends who made the dinner a success and to Deacon Peter Rickards & Fr. Jan Kolodynski of St.Jerome's Parish for the use of the church facilities. What would we do without the ladies and especially Annette Flynn and Denise Palomino for the lovely hall decorations and also to Joe Henriques and The Brampton Flower Shop Inc. for the beautiful blue and white bouquets adorning each table.
What a great family event with several generations participating, the pictures speak for themselves.
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