Defending Champions St. GC Return to the Final
The St. George's
College Manning Cup team of 2009, nearing the end of a phenomenal season, has
done much to lift the spirits of Georgians at home and abroad.
After losing in
the final game of the Walker Cup to Jamaica College (on penalty kicks), StGC has
regrouped to make consecutive appearances in the final of the Manning Cup
stakes will be extremely high on Saturday, November 28, 2009 when St. George's
College and Bridgeport High School vie for high school football supremacy. The
winner will have bragging rights for at least one year.
action Marvin Morgan heading in first goal in Manning Cup game against
Calabar. Behind is Davion Kelly.
success of this team underscores Coach Bertis Bell's excellent tutelage
and the ardent support of the school's administration. Outside of the
administration, there are many other past-students who have used their expertise
in promoting and sponsoring the team.
example of exemplary assistance from past-students is Tony Wong, a
Georgian who resides in Jamaica. Tony has been instrumental in informing the
Ontario chapter of the team's exploits. His reports have been very comprehensive
- complete with pictures of the players and spectators.
there have been many excellent StGC teams, only a few have repeated as
champions. The most recent was the amazing 1983/84 team with the likes of
Chris and Nick Ziadie, Richard Strachan, "Chippa" Morgan, Andrew Price
and Michael Forbes (just to name a few).
happens on Saturday, this Bell-led team has proven its worth.
Roper CupToronto 2009
On a rainy Saturday afternoon in
September when many StGC and KC supporters read the weather forecast and thought
the game would be cancelled, the battle of North Street waged on a soggy field
during the late afternoon.
thanks must go to Kingston College's Sports Director Norm Wallace for
arranging the game and keeping this friendly rivalry alive.
the game goal-keeper Richard Saunders used his great height and reach to
hold-off the challenges made by KC. Photographer Chris Chin, who stuck to
the task of supporting the team though the rain kept coming, was correct in
stating that Richard accepted the responsibility of goal keeper even after
Patrick Smith (Skedron) with Monsignor Bardowell.
Honorable mention must go to Skedron who brought along well known
Georgian Monsignor George Bardowell to the game and ensured he was well
known to all, and too to our staunch supporter Mike Chen See who never
misses any of our games.
Neville McDowell was instrumental in giving the necessary pre-game
encouragement to a StGC team that responded very well.
the score seemed lopsided, the game was entertaining and fiercely contested.
Both teams showed great sportsmanship.
annual event is important as it ensures the fellowship between the two chapters
Seymour, President K.C. Old Boys Association,
Handing over Roper Cup to Milton Hart.
Farewell Anne Marie Bonner
Robbie Vernon, JoJo Holung, Heather Vernon, Charmaine Chin,
Chris Chin, Anne Marie Bonner, Tony McDowell
Back L-R Richard Saunders Patrick Haddad, Patrick Garel, Arlene
McDowell, Danny HoLung
A number of
the Executives, accompanied by their spouses, made it out, October 22nd, to
Richard Saunders' Red Lobster in downtown Toronto to say an official farewell to
outgoing Consul General, Anne-Marie Bonner (ICHS alumna).
has been very close to the Jamaican community in Toronto and brought great
enthusiasm and a very high level of professionalism to her job.
Ann Marie, ecstatic at receiving historic O'Hare Plaque
approachable person, and so beloved by her community. I am sure there were
difficult times and we and the community certainly rallied to her calls for
support for Jamaica.
graced us with her presence at most of our functions and will be greatly missed.
We wish her every success in her future endeavours.
Presentations were made of a desk set and the historic O'Hare memorial floor
plaque on behalf of our association and in the relaxed atmosphere, great
fellowship, warmth and goodwill prevailed.
understand a school will be named after Anne-Marie Bonner, in Seaforth, St.
Thomas. It is to be built by the Canadian Government. How appropriate.
this happy/sad occasion were Danny and Jo Jo Ho Lung, Pat and Sheila
Haddad, Robbie and Heather Vernon, Tony and Arlene
McDowell, Pat Garel, me and my wife, Charmaine.
your support Anne-Marie and all the best in your future endeavours.
(Incidentally, Anne-Marie's brother is also a Georgian).
Carl painting O'Hare
On March 9, 2008 at our Annual
General meeting Carl Chang was elected to our Board as School Liaison
Director, filling the vacant position of long serving Neil Dalhouse.
it was time to let some younger fresh blood grab the reins. His was a tough act
to follow but as we said at the time to Carl- “You are the man for the job”, and
in he stepped, accepting the daunting gauntlet.
Carl is a
successful self-made businessman and travels frequently between Canada and
Jamaica. His enthusiasm and drive fully equipped him for this post and he
continues to be our point man on location in Jamaica, taking on many projects as
personal challenges including Emmett Park renovations, proper garbage disposal
and The O'Hare restoration and Lawrence Burke S.J Building projects.
didn’t foresee was Carl going into full overdrive. He has gone way beyond the
call of duty on our Board and taken on as his special mission in life the
welfare of our beloved alma mater “ St. George’s College. His copious work
behind the scenes and many accomplishments are largely unknown outside a close
circle. He labours on undaunted, pushing, cajoling, in efforts to bring
Georgians on side to support the school. Sometimes he is gritty and acerbic when
confronting obstacles but always in evidence a genuine kindness and concern for
others and fierce loyalty for the school. He is quite willing to get to the down
and dirty to get the job done- Don’t mess with him !.
Year, 2010, marks the 160th anniversary of the school and it would be fitting
for them to honour him. The many challenges to the schools survival have
been met head on with his enthusiastic response and much sacrifice of time and
Ray doing Limbo
Raymond (Ray) Chang has
been on our Board since 1994, occupying the post of Treasurer for most of this
time. A chartered accountant, he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst
designation and a bachelor of applied science degree from the University of
Chairman of CI Investments, one of Canada’s largest investment fund companies &
Chancellor of Ryerson University . He sits on the Boards of both as well as
Toronto General & Weston Hospital Foundation & Grace Kennedy Limited. Ray holds
honourary Doctorates from the University of the West Indies and Ryerson
University and a honourary degree from Ryerson University. He is on STGC’s Hall
of Fame. His business interests are global and demands on his time extensive.
constantly in the news and latest newsflash on October 31st. “Millions from
Ray Chang for mental-health research, addictions”
This it went on to say
highlighted an extraordinary gift of Can$5 million from G. Raymond Chang,
chancellor of Ryerson University and chair of CI Financial, which will go
towards furthering research and education about the treatment of mental health
and addictions, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation
announced on Wednesday.
one very generous and one exceedingly busy man-grass is not allowed to grow
under his feet.
G Raymond Chang ( our Ray) amidst all this, rarely misses our monthly Board
meetings, is a prime mover and shaker on the Board and seizes all opportunities
in all his connections to promote his alma mater His magnanimous behind the
scenes contributions to St.GC are largely unknown outside of a small circle. His
gifts of time and talent go far beyond monetary contributions and with his
philosophy To teach you to fish rather than give you the fish, his blessings
spread worldwide and embraces as well in no small way his beloved Jamaica. Not
many know this.
We on the
Board know both sides of Ray; the acute businessman’s approach with a great
drive to succeed in everything attempted and a fierce loyalty and devotion to
St. George’s College, and the other down to earth “ordinary man of the people ”
visage, with a love of family and friends.
!-There is a flip side to this avid go- getter.
with you this lighter side of Ray on display among friends at the recent Alpha
truly one of us. Here he was quick to accept the Limbo challenge-
“man watch u back”
Tribute to The Most
Archbishop Lawrence Burke S.J.,D.D.
At Luncheon reception: L-R Bishop Charles Dufour (Bishop ofMontego Bay),
Bishop Neil Tiedmann (Bishop of Mandeville), Archbishop
Lawrence Burke S.J.,D.D.
(Archbishop Emeritus of Kingston) ,Archbishop
Donald Reece (Archbishop of Kingston)
The Most Reverend Archbishop Lawrence Burke S.J., D.D.
was presented the Order of Jamaica (OJ), the country's fourth highest honour, on
National Heroes Day, October 19, 2009, at Kings House in Jamaica.
Burke, who has worked tirelessly within the Jamaican society, was deservedly
recognised for outstanding contribution to religion and education.
Archbishop Burke was ordained a priest on June 16, 1964 at the Holy Trinity
Cathedral, Kingston, Jamaica. He taught, as a Jesuit Scholastic, at St. George's
College from 1958 to1961. He also taught at the school as a priest from 1966
he was appointed Regional Superior of the Jesuits in Jamaica, the first and only
Jamaican to be appointed to that post, which he held until 1979.
Chairman of the Board of St. George's College, Archbishop Burke was instrumental
in raising money for the construction of the Adrian Chaplin Building for
Industrial Arts. His innovative and effective approach to fund-raising was
referred to by the donor as “The Burke Plan”. St. George's College was one of
the first traditional high schools to offer Industrial Arts.
Archbishop Burke was appointed Archbishop of Nassau, Bahamas, on June 22,1999
and became the Fourth Archbishop of Kingston, Jamaica, on February 9, 2004. He
was installed on May 2, 2004, at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston, and was
in Toronto with us at our Family Dinner a mere six days later. Our Chapter’s
ties with him have been close ever since. He retired as Archbishop of Kingston
on April 12, 2008.
the Awards ceremony at Kings House, a luncheon reception chaired by Principal
Margaret Campbell was held at the Courtleigh Hotel, New Kingston, in the
presence of many notables and dignitaries including Archbishop Donald Reece
(Archbishop of Kingston), Bishop Charles Dufour (Bishop of Montego Bay),
Bishop Neil Tiedmann (Bishop of Mandeville) and the Jesuit representative
Fr. Lester Orville Shields, S.J. Archbishop Burke was lauded by many in
attendance and congratulatory messages as well were read from Jamaica and
overseas, including this from our Chapter:
have you to thank for the zeal and commitment of many of our members to our
beloved St.George's College.
will never forget your first visit to our chapter in 2004, a mere six days after
taking office as Archbishop of Jamaica, and your very moving address at our
and many visits after, left an indelible impression on us of a man constantly on
the move for Christ.
says a lot about you, and also about Jamaica, that your own country has
recognized this in you and sought to honour you.
heartiest congratulations - it is much deserved."
DONATION PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS
CANADA AND UNITED STATES
Make cheque payable to:
Canadian Jesuits International
St. George's College Old Boys' Assoc.
Attention: Treasurer: Ray Chang
56 The Bridle Path ,
Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2B1
For USA & Canada-Send with your cheque a separate
note indicating "School Building Fund" and your mailing address.
The Jesuits will issue tax-deductible receipts directly to all U.S. and Canadian
Make cheque payable to: St. George's College
St. George's College
Attention: Chairman or Principal
Winchester Park North Street,
Kingston CSO Jamaica
Noting on Cheque; specific donation "School Building
Tribute To Dr.
Herbert Ho Ping Kong
Another son of Jamaica and St. George's College was recently honoured (October 17th),
this one in Toronto. In the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Centre, downtown
Toronto, and attended by over 400 of his peers, family, friends, students, and
fellow physicians, the work of the 'legendary' Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong
the course of over twenty-five years of medical teaching, Dr. Ho Ping Kong has
received numerous hospital based teaching awards, university departmental
teaching awards, and faculty wide teaching awards at the University of Toronto.
Most prestigious of these were the Dr. Mary E. Hollington Award for Excellence
in Teaching in the Final Medical Year in 1989, and the Aikins Award for
Individual Excellence in Undergraduate Clinical Teaching in 1990. In 1999, he
was awarded the most prestigious 3M Teaching Excellence Award of Canada, placing
him at the top of the teaching pyramid across all university disciplines
throughout the nation. In 2003 he was awarded the distinguished lifetime Osler
Award of excellence by the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine for exemplary
practice and teaching of general internal medicine.
from The Globe & Mail Saturday Nov 21, "Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong, the
diminutive HPK - as he is known to his peers - is in medical circles a giant, a
diagnostic magician with an encyclopedic memory and a winning bedside manner.
But the titles and accolades don't begin to encompass the range of his
achievements. Nearly two generations of his disciples are now teaching and
practising in universities and hospitals around the world."
To top the night off, the
University Hospital Network announced that the recently created Centre for
Excellence in Education and Practice (CEEP) would be renamed the Dr. Herbert Ho
Ping Kong Centre for Excellence in Education and Practice. CEEP was founded in
September 2008 by Dr. Rodrigo Cavalcanti and Dr Herbert Ho Ping Kong to
serve as an incubator for innovative practice oriented programs in medical
education, to provide support for senior trainees in academic general Internal
medicine, and to recruit and train staff in high level General Internal Medicine
highly successful fundraising event was capped off by an anonymous donation of
to share in this celebration of Herbie's work were his life-long friend Ray
Chang (who toasted him), Donette Chin Loy, Robbie and Heather
Vernon, Danny and Jo Jo HoLung, Vernon and Tanya Hugh, myself
his tribute referenced St. George's College several times and there was no doubt
the influence of this Jesuit learning institution on Herbie and himself and
indeed, the other Georgians in the room. I felt proud to see, at this function,
three StGC Ontario Chapter Alumni inductees into our schools Hall of Fame;
Herbie, Ray & Robbie, who have all learned to bloom where they have been
read a tribute from the Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Hon Bruce Golding,
himself a St.George's graduate.
Man of the evening Dr.Herbert HoPing Kong centre & wife
Barbara 2nd left stopping to pose with admirers:
Sitting L-R ; Heather Vernon, Robert Vernon, Barbara Taylor 1st
row standing-L-R Dr.Lorraine Lipscombe, Dr.Barbara Ho Ping Kong,
Donette Chin Loy, Dr.Herbert Ho Ping Kong ( Master of the Hour),
Dr.Peter Wong, Marguerite Orane, Rose Chin. 2rd row
standing–L-R- David Taylor, Dr. Rodrigo Cavalcanti, G.Raymond
Chang, Dr.Rosemary Moodie.
great Jamaicans gather to celebrate a significant event, or just to enjoy
themselves, the result is usually phenomenal - fun galore. The 2009 version of
the StGC/Alpha/ICHS annual picnic held at Milne Park ( McCowan Highway 7) was no
exception to that rule.
presidents, past-students, and friends in attendance on Saturday August 16,
2009, made this picnic a memorable occasion. Much thanks must go to Katy
Sani, Jo-Jo HoLung, and Chris Chin, presidents of Immaculate
Conception High School, Alpha Academy and StGC respectively, for their
collaborative work in making this event a success.
& spoon race
Presidents JoJo HoLung, Alpha Academy; Chris Chin, STGC; Katie Sani
ICHS; enjoying picnic.
Previous Ontario Scholarship Winners L-R: Alex Vernon, Aaron Sani,
Alisha Garel, Joe Vernon, Brian Mitchell.
StGC Basketball Coach Clifford Brown &
VP West Richard Saunders
Cruising to victory STGC winning team:L-R John Flynn, Danny
HoLung, Milton Hart, Richard Saunders
Horray !-ICHS Finishes race
Karen Yee & Jo Jo HoLung checking food table
Young people Egg & Spoon
Young people Sack race
excellent Jamaican cuisine on display, supplied by various attendees, went a far
way in feeding the multitude. Rice and peas, jerk chicken, oxtail, curried goat
and the stew-peas and rice were quite delightful. Of course, I would be remiss
in not mentioning the Sour-sop ice cream arranged by Ray Chang (and
delivered by Danny HoLung) and Jo Jo HoLung's delicious
must go to Richard Saunders for the energy and organizational skills that
he displayed in getting the games arranged. Many in attendance participated in
domino games of which Deacon Patrick still boasts about "dropping" a
six-love on the great Tony Sani. Danny HoLung and Fully Chin Choy
were also gloating winners. The Egg-and-spoon, three-legged and crocus-bag
races (presided over by the always-reliable Richard Saunders) created a friendly
rivalry among the past-students, young adults and especially the kids. StGC
again this year won the adult four-person team games on the skis between the
three schools and there were great shouts of joy when ICHS, made it to the
and her cousins Matthew & Joanna Garel dominated the junior adult
It is a
sign of the success of our picnic when we see the bringing together of different
generations and this year we had the added joy of having present five of our
previous scholarship winners: Alex Vernon (1995), Aaron Sani (1996), Brian
Mitchell (2003), Joe Vernon (2004) and this year's winner Alisha Garel
pleased to have StGC basketball coach Clifford Brown and his very
supportive wife Donna with us to experience again, after the Summer Ball,
the warm StGC spirit in Canada.
150 in attendance had a wonderful time. Don't miss-out next year on these great
family gatherings of our St.George's, Alpha, and Immaculate communities.
Michele Saunders; Social Director John Flynn & wife Annette
Kids Sack race
Kids Egg & Spoon race
Proud Papa Milton Hart & young Nickolas
Adult Sack race
Alisha Garel edging out Joanna Garel in Egg & Spoon final
Georgians catching up with each other
Roland Garel, Buski Charley, Gordon Mair
Richard Saunders bringing home the winner
Samarie ( Bunting) Lumsden with daughters Elodie & Jaya, Alex Vernon
with daughters Lucy & Annie,Carole Vernon, Aaron Sani
Pat Ferguson ( Uncle P) Jeannie & Tony Chen
holding up the game and play"