St. George's College
Part 2 of 4
Most Successful Annual General Meeting
New Ontario Board Seated L-R:
Richard Saunders Dominique Nash, Fred Kennedy, Milton Hart, Robbie
Vernon, Pat Ferguson, Tony( Neville) McDowell. Back Row Standing L-R:
Daniel HoLung, Tariq Wright, Patrick Garel, John Flynn, Gary
Thompson, Tyrone Holbrooke, Howard Shearer. (inset Ray Chang, Carl
Chang, Chris Chin)
unavoidable absence of the President Chris Chin, Robbie Vernon
chaired the Annual General Meeting held at St. Aidan’s Church Hall on
March 14th. Board members unable to attend were Carl Chang and Ray
Chang, who were both in Jamaica on business and Patrick Haddad.
business session Danny Ho Lung presented the President’s report,
highlighting our achievements over the last two years, especially the
contributions to the school and the building funds. The outgoing
thanked the Board for its outstanding support over his two years in
presented the Treasurer, Ray Chang’s report.
fundraising we were able to send down C$25,000 to the school at
of last year ($20,000 towards operating expenses of the school
C$5,000 for the building fund and a further C$5000 for
last from our reserve funds.
addition in our outside fundraising campaigns for the school building
obtained from Georgians C$19,705 and US$4915. As a group
be proud that we were able to raise over C$55,000 for the school
(over J$ 4,000,000). All the money from our annual fundraiser is
down to the school, except for a contingency reserve and our local
with the expectation that dues will cover newsletter costs. The fiscal
is March and a full report will be printed in the June 2010 issue of the
also presented Liaison Director Carl Chang’s extensive report
highlighted his work on the Emmet Park pavilion; the building of a 600
chain link fence, between Winchester Park and the cathedral, from North
to the Jesuit Building; repairs to the O’Hare Building; The
the Lawrence Burke SJ Building. Carl listed as his aim to continue to
close contact with the Jamaica and Florida chapters in addition to the
and wished to have the Lawrence Burke building completed for the 160th
anniversary of the school coming up on September 2, 2010.
round of applause from all present Liaison Director Carl Chang’s
work for the school was acknowledged and praised.
giving his own Membership Director’s report Robbie informed the group
had 22 new members since March 2009 and had reconnected with 20 from our
locate” list. Our current active membership is 602; Canada 378; USA 153;
58; UK 5; other 7 including Barbados, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Cayman,
and Honduras. (148 paid membership dues 2009). The newsletters had
membership interest high: we need to do a better job however in getting
the 602 who receive this to pay up.
election year Robbie reminded the group that it was a little over 25
on March 3, 1985 that the very first Annual General meeting was
which existing board members, himself and Uncle P. Pat Ferguson
that original Board. As he stated “ this was not a mickey mouse
was run like a business, and over the years due to the efforts of many
spirit has been kept alive and well in Canada and worldwide and our
held in high esteem.”
to maintain this, members were urged in this 25th anniversary year to
ownership in its operations and consider positions on the Board to
good work is continued. He also thanked outgoing Board members Francis
and Patrick Haddad, who were not seeking re-election.
outgoing Board demitted office and Robbie presided over the election of
if the challenge was taken up as our dynamic new President
was presented with the backing of a power house Board with the newly
President Elect Dr. Fred Kennedy, former Principal of STGC; Howard
Shearer, President & CEO of Hitachi Canada Limited, Gary
and young Tariq Wright (class 2008) to shore up our youth arm .
added to the highly energized returning directors including the likes of
Chang, Carl Chang, former Presidents Robbie Vernon, Danny Ho Lung
Chris Chin augers well for the future. (See complete Board list
President Milton Hart took over “I am undaunted by the
said, “ I am ready and focused not only to carry on but to
take us to even
Archbishop Lawrence Burke S.J. O.J., D.D.
The Most Rev.
Prendergast S.J. delivering homily and rememberance.
Memorial Mass for our beloved Archbishop Burke on March 24, 2010
indeed a celebration of his extraordinary life and a recollection of his
unselfish dedication to education.
whole event; mass and reception after, ran like a well orchestrated
celebrant at mass was the Most Rev. Terrence Prendergast S.J., Archbishop
of Ottawa and Con-celebrants Rev. Jim Webb S.J., Provincial
Jesuits in English Canada and Rev. Rohan Tulloch S.J. Rohan
Michael Davidson were just ordained in Dec.2009; the last
official act of
Archbishop Burke S.J.
recently appointed Jamaican Consul General for Toronto Mr. George
graced us with his presence.
Fred Kennedy, Raymond Chang, John Flynn, Chris Chin, Danny Ho-Lung,
Vernon, Neville McDowell, Carl Chang,
and Gary Thompson
represented the St. George’s College Ontario chapter Board.
joining us were former Presidents Neil Dalhouse, Peter
and Don Barnett and also founding member in 1985 Ray Jackson.
Donette Chin Loy, Heather Vernon, Annette Flynn, Arlene McDowell,
Thompson, Paula Chang
and a host of other wives, members and friends were on hand for this
commemoration. The guest-list also consisted of many St. GC, Alpha and
Immaculate past-students. It was good also to have with us J.I.S.
attaché, Carolyn Goulbourne-Warren.
Front Pew L-R
Ray & Rosie
Wong, Barbara & Madge Burke with some of congregation behind.
central theme of the evening was the late Archbishop’s Burke’s tireless
education and his always-earnest quest to help others. In his
Archbishop Prendergast made a very touching tribute to Archbishop
some wonderful life anecdotes.
the Mass, Master of Ceremonies Neil Dalhouse welcomed everyone to
reception and rightfully expressed high regards for those who were
in planning and hosting the event.
STGC President Milton Hart, ICHS Past President Yvonne Lyew,
to Neil himself and his organising committee, including Paddy Chung,
(Buski) Charley, and the Alpha and ICHS members and what a lovely
Leslie Chin in arranging and singing the music for the mass and also
organizing the readers; Alison Martin, ICHS; Loraine Lee, Alpha;
Robbie Vernon, St.G.C., and the gift bearers Charles Young,
and Yvonne Lew.
Robbie and Ray Chang
in their Tributes did masterful jobs in helping me (and those who did
the Archbishop personally) get a better sense of who the Archbishop was
he was such a special person. Robbie mentioned the Prime Minister’s
expressed in his Tribute to Archbishop Burke at the Jamaica Vigil
some edifice/building to commemorate this great Jamaican’s life and
that this had already commenced in the groundbreaking for the Lawrence
S.J. Building on January 28, 2009. It was up to us now to see to its
Jamaica Consul General Toronto George Ramocan with Barbara & Madge
Memorable for me was Reverend Archbishop Burke’s sister Barbara’s moving
response to the Tributes and her tearful plea as well for the completion
Lawrence Burke Building. It was touching too to observe Jesuit Superior Fr.
Jim Webb S.J. at the reception, pushing around Madge Burke in her
making sure she was comfortable- there were indeed many very memorable
Archbishop Burke would have liked the attention given his sisters.
a wonderful celebration of life, a tremendous time of fellowship and a
that we need to continue the work of Archbishop Burke – Ad Majorem Dei
all for coming; this was a great start for our new administration.
Our Ontario Thanksgiving ceremony for Archbishop Burke received
coverage in the Jamaica Daily Gleaner of Tuesday April 6th, 2010 under
caption “Burke’s gift to education remembered”
Larry (Mr. Burke then) the first time when I started taking extension
classes at St. George's College in 1952 when I was preparing for my
Cambridge exams. I was a student at KC at the time. I was
impressed by Larry as a teacher and later after I became a Catholic, I
further impressed when I heard him preach at mass. My respect
for him grew as
he was elevated in the ranks of the Church and we regularly
letters until he became ill and he stopped writing.
personal contact with him was in March 2008 when I visited him and
Don Reece at their residence in Kingston. At that time, I gave him
a copy of my
CD. He and Archbishop Don were very interested in the work I
was doing in
bereavement ministry here in Toronto and asked me to write them and
the details of my ministry. I did this on my return to
Toronto. Little did I
know that two years later, I would be helping to plan and sing at his
mass in Toronto.
letter dated March 22, 2004 from Nassau just before he was transferred
Jamaica, he wrote "I thank God for you and for all you have shared with
hope that you will keep in touch. Thanks for your love and
support. I enjoyed
and loved the Bahamas. However, I am happy to serve wherever the
me. Since it is He who calls and sends, I believe that He will
me. Pray that my new ministry will be fruitful and life-giving for
flock. You know that you can count on my love and prayers."
inspiration to me as I serve the Lord in my own ministry.
I believe that he is
continuing to pray for me and for that I am truly blessed.
Leslie’s “Until Today”,
written and composed by him and sung at the Ontario memorial for
Burke, reflects the depth of feeling and reverence he has for his maker.
Archbishop Burke was able to touch the lives of many, including this
man, and we know there are many more stories like this out there. Thank
Leslie, for sharing this.
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Archbishop Lawrence A. Burke S.J. Building Fund
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
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indicating “School Building Fund” and your mailing address
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to all U.S. and Canadian donors.
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 Fund”
Archbishop Lawrence Burke S.J.,D.D., O.J.
At Vigil Service: L-R: Robbie Vernon, Sen. Dwight Nelson, Carl
grateful for the opportunity for Heather and myself to join Carl
our liaison Director in Jamaica, to represent our chapter at the various
Celebration of Life events for our beloved Archbishop Burke.
February 3rd, we attended the vigil service (Office of the Dead)
at Sts. Peter
& Paul Church, where the Governor General Sir Patrick Allen
list of Dignitaries, which included Senator Dwight Nelson,
National Security. He read the message on behalf of the Prime Minister,
off the island. Also present was the Chief Justice of Jamaica The
Zaila McCalla and many members of the Diplomatic Corps.
Presider was Fr. Peter Mc Isaac S.J and the celebrant the Most
Donald Reece, Archbishop of Kingston, assisted by the Bishops of
and Montego Bay and about thirty other clergy and deacons.
addition to the Prime Minister’s message, Tributes were also made by
representatives from the Jesuits, Deacons, Council of Churches and
church organizations and associations including the Old Boys Association
Jamaica by Charles Williams and The old Boys association Ontario,
was privileged to give.
reception took place after in the church grounds, where family and
gathered. Spotted among many others in the crowd Georgians Dr Fred
Dr. Swithin Wilmot and Paul Bitter.
February 4th was The Funeral Mass itself- What a beautiful setting
Archbishop Burke’s body laying in state from 12:00 noon in the
restored cathedral- largely his work.
thousand people crammed in , with bus loads pouring from all over the
long before the 3:00 P.M mass: a chartered commercial airliner came in
Bahamas with hundreds of Bahamian Government and other dignitaries and
people. Many were forced to view the mass from outside in tents by video
At graveside-Headboy Craig Jervis holding proudly St. George’s Flag,
right :Archbishop Emeritus Egerton Clarke.
I arrived at 12:00 noon to secure parking and a seat and to observe the
procession of children from the various schools and teachers and others
paying their last respects.
were reserved benches for various groups including the Old Boys.
could see the beads of perspiration pouring down the faces of many .The
a full suit , especially for out of towners seemed almost unbearable
after a few
hours, but there was plenty of bottled water available. It was very well
organized. Everything was thought of.
celebrant for the mass was Most Rev Donald Reece, Archbishop of
with Con-Celebrants the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop (Emeritus)
Archbishops and Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, and over
. There were rows of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps and Ministers of
I left before the mass ended to be part of the St.George’s College Old
honour guard, through which the casket wound its way to the rear of the
cathedral. Other familiar faces in the big line up were Peter and
Wayne Wray, Donovan Chen See, Pokar Chandiram, Charles Williams,
the interment the St. Georges flag was held prominently by sixth formers
including head boy Craig Jervis.
real “George’s” affair.
Archbishops’ Memorial Garden behind you could look across to the green
Winchester Park field (Just days before the Canadian National soccer
practiced here for their game against the Reggae Boyz) to the
restored O’Hare Building. It was his home turf.
lingered around till after 7 PM talking to Archbishop Burke’s family:
Madge and Barbara; Cynthia and husband George.
long day; one never to be forgotten.
Archbishop Burke meant a lot to us here in Canada. He meant a lot
his soul rest in peace.
At Cathedral after Internment Standing L-R: Robbie &
Vernon, Barbara Burke, George & Cynthia(Burke) Stewart, Seated
Kicking up a
L-R: Tony McDowell, Carmen Chin, Betty Ann Morris, Annette
Milton Hart, Arlene McDowell
not-so-cold New Year’s Eve in 2009, alumni of Jamaica College
George’s College collaborated to hold their second consecutive
Ball. Similar to the previous year, the event was held at the
Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton, Ontario.
planning for this event, alumni of both schools were already in great
their football teams had enjoyed major successes; Jamaica College
us to win the Walker cup and we were victorious in the Manning cup. Our
spiral into the heights of Jamaican, schoolboy football gave us even
to come together again to celebrate.
many things in common in Ontario, apart from the blue and white school
(one washed out, one dark- one sky blue one drab- opinions varying
which school you attended). We both work earnestly to help youngsters
their full potential. Proceeds from this event go to the respective
schools. The great achievements of both schools can be attributed to the
they receive from alumni and well-wishers.
ladies in the lives of JC/St. GC alumni have done a tremendous job in
these two organizations maintain their prominent status in Canada.
were given to all, and on this night, they were all about enjoying
and celebrating the advent of 2010.
Presidents Charles Francis J.C, Chris Chin STGC
Donnette Chin Loy & Ray Chang
Keith & Pauline Loundes
Mario & Cindy Ho Lung
& Donette's Christmas Reception For Executives & Partners
Ramocan , Jamaican Consul General
Saunders, Arlene &
not the night before Christmas
but it may well have been. Jack Frost was nipping at our noses but old
winter was dismissed to the recesses of our minds when the Ontario boys
their partners were once again invited to another warm Christmas soiree
consummate hosts Ray & Donette. This has become somewhat of a
where executives and their spouses gather to share in the spirit of
while looking back at a year, not so much coming to an end, but coming
us on this occasion was newly appointed Jamaican Consul General to
George Ramocan. It was a pleasure for the executive to welcome him
new post, and in the Georgian spirit he led the gathering in a prayer of
thanksgiving. The night was filled with its usual jovial banters, and
not to be
outdone was Past President Danny Ho Lung with his colourful
jokes. Of great significance and pride was when then President-Elect Milton
Hart informed us, in his usual eloquence, of the Manning team’s
the Olivier Shield; All-Island champions once again. Great credit was
coach Neville “Bertis” Bell by host Ray Chang, adding that the future
bright for the team on account of retaining some key players.
good things must come to an end, the night drew to a close with the
gesture of a parting gift for the spouses of the executives. As they say
Jamaica, “we a nuh smaddy too.” All joking aside, Ray and Donnette, we
never become victims of sensory conditioning when it comes to the
heartfelt thanks we deliver; for they are not just words, they are
Peta Gaye Nash
Chris Chin, Ray Chang, Paula Chang, wife of Carl Chang
Hart giving thanks to hosts
Daniel Ho Lung,
Cooke & daughter Erica
Patrick & Janice Garel, Charmaine Chin