St. George’s College Old Boys’ Association, ON, Canada Newsletter, Issue #57 (pg1), March 2010
Firstly, best wishes to St. George’s College Alumni worldwide, their families and friends.
As I embark on my stint as president of this highly important St. GC chapter, I am reminded of the late Archbishop Lawrence Burke’s instructions for us to work for the betterment of our alma mater – St. George’s College – and to constantly seek to strengthen and encourage each other.
Our Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday, March 14, 2010. Due to extremely busy lives, two of our stalwarts, Patrick Haddad and Francis Cooke, did not seek re-election. Their contribution to St. GC continues to be tremendous and I wish them every success in their endeavours. We are very fortunate, as a Board, to retain the expertise of three past-presidents, Robbie Vernon, Danny HoLung and Chris Chin. I am delighted that veteran Board-members Ray Chang, Pat Ferguson, Neville McDowell, Pat Garel, Dominique Nash, Tyrone Holbrook, Richard Saunders, Carl Chang, and John Flynn will stay on in their previous capacities. Our Board was enriched by the new addition of Dr. Fred Kennedy, Howard Shearer, Gary Thompson and Tariq Wright.
I had time to reflect on the magnitude of the task ahead. I am not daunted as I am constantly reassured that the values imparted to us at St.GC will see us through the darkest times. The George’s community has indeed been very generous with its time, advice, and resources. The positive influence of old-boys has caused our school to weather many storms and it continues to be a shining light within the Jamaican environment.
I look forward to working with our new Board as we try to build on the extraordinary work that was done by Georgians such as Archbishop Burke. He died in Jamaica on January 24, 2010 following a long and courageous struggle with cancer. Archbishop Burke’s Funeral Mass was celebrated at The Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston on February 4, 2010. We were represented at the event by Robbie and Heather Vernon and Carl Chang. (see part 2)
A Memorial Mass for Archbishop Burke was held on March 24, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario. This was not a sombre occasion but a celebration of his extraordinary life and a recollection of his unselfish dedication to education. The central theme of the evening was the late Archbishop Burke’s tireless work in education and his always earnest quest to help others. (see part 2)
We now look forward to our annual St. George’s College Family Mass and Brunch on Sunday, May 23, 2010. The Mass celebrant and guest speaker will be former St. GC headmaster Father Kenneth Hughes S.J.
Come out and join us as we celebrate our 25th anniversary as a chapter and the 160th anniversary of our beloved alma mater.
Sadly a number of deaths to report in our Georgian family since our last newsletter in October 2009.
Siddy Bartlett, on Dec 19th in New York. Although not a Georgian he was one of the island’s greatest footballers and a devout catholic. A Memorial service was held on Tuesday March 22 at Holy Rosary Church presided over by Rev.Monsgr. Kenneth Richards, assisted by Georgian Deacons Ossie Tai and Trevor Graham. Ambassador Anthony Hill, who played on the National team with Siddy, made a moving tribute on behalf of his former colleague.
Gary Hall on Dec 21st. Gary played right back on the trophy winning 1955 Manning Team.
Raymas Chin on Dec 30th, suddenly of a heart attack. Carl Chang of our Board was there in support and reported seeing a huge Georgian turn out. Marsden Chen, Louis Lee, Hubert (Kuss) Lee, Keith Lowe, Stanley Chin, Paddy Chung, Lloyd Pinnock, Patrick Lee, Gerry Lew and wife Yvonne, Michael and spouse Phyllis.
On January 7th Peter, Franklyn and Eugene Lue lost their beloved mum. She was 98 years old.
Mrs Inez Madden, widow of the late Ferdinand (Ferdie) Madden (2003 Hall Of Famer) passed on Feb 18th, leaving to mourn her loss, children Patricia, Ferdinand Jr., Francis, Angela, Fabian, Christine, Jacqueline & Paul.
On March 9th, Courtney Currie, Past President of the Jamaica old boys lost his sister in a tragic car accident in Toronto. Out to support Courtney and his family at the funeral Mass were President Milton Hart; newly elected 1st V.P.and President elect Fred Kennedy, Past Presidents Chris Chin and wife Charmaine; Robbie Vernon and wife Heather , Don Barnett and Directors Carl Chang and wife Paula, Gary Thompson, and members Douglas and Michael Carter. Carl Chang also represented the Jamaica Chapter.
On January 24th, our beloved Archbishop Burke S.J.,D.D., O.J. passed on after a long battle with cancer in Kingston Jamaica. (See part 2) Our thanks to Robbie & Heather Vernon and Carl Chang for representing our chapter at the various Celebration of Life Events in Jamaica.
All was not sadness however as God was kind enough to Archbishop Burke to grant him his great wish and that was to allow him time to participate in the ordination of two of his Jesuit protégées.
And this was granted when on December 30, 2009 Michael Davidson S.J. and Rohan Tulloch S.J. were ordained at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston Jamaica. Michael was a former Dean of Discipline at St. George’s College; Rohan is an old boy of STGC. Both were ordained to the diaconate in April 2009 at our Lady of Lourdes Church in Toronto and now the final glory for God’s ministry, two new Jamaican Jesuit priests at a time when recruits to the profession are few and far between. Not so however in Jamaica where we have now eight young Jamaicans in the process of Jesuit formation. This was the last official duty performed by Archbishop Burke S.J. He was too frail at the end of the ceremony to accompany the two new priests in their triumphant dance for the Lord; leaving this to the jubilant Archbishop of Kingston, the most Rev. Donald Reece.
Some good news all around,
Just got this photo in – Meet Uncle P’s (Pat Ferguson’s) great grandson Isaiah Gardner, born June 19,2009. Here he is with mum Danielle Ferguson-Shivrattan.
Michal (Buski) Charley is all agog as well with the arrival of grandson Leopold Charley-Bastien on January 21st weighing 7lbs 2 oz. Mother Nicole and papa Pascal fine. Buski still recovering.
Heard recently from Roy McCatty, who was so excited about his daughter Adrianna, Florida based soccer star, who made it on the Jamaica squad going up against Canada in the CONCACAFU U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament.
See what it looks like now! Yes – the repaired and revarnished banisters at the O’Hare building. A big thanks to Laurie Heffes who came through big time in his promise to have these banisters looking as good as new. Here they are restored to their original beauty in their original spot in the refurbished historic O’Hare building. On a school tour taking in the sight are Lyndon Latore, Carl Chang and Charles Williams.
Haven’t heard from Fr. Jim Hosie S.J. for a while, but got this update from Michael Davidson, who was so elated in December when father Jim went to Boston College to have dinner with him. Most of you will remember Fr. Jim when headmaster of St. George’s College. He has always been close to our Ontario Chapter and has been here several times, including the memorable retreat in Collingwood in1997. Who will also forget his assistance to us in the historic visit to the retired Jamaica Jesuits in Weston in 1999?
Marsden Chen was in Toronto in January for the funeral of Raymas Chin . Albeit a sad occasion, however Old friends got together at the home of Keith and Amoy Lowe, and are captured here reminiscing on former times at STGC. Keith, thanks for sharing.
Our thanks to Carl Chang for sending us this photo capturing Florida Old Boy Association President Trevor Palmer addressing the ST.G.C school assembly. Trevor was on a school tour and made a significant donation on behalf of the Florida chapter for the O’Hare building Fund. Now this is complete we are all charged up to finish the Lawrence Burke S.J Building in his memory.
Congrats to our sister school ICHS alumni and former Ontario Minister Mary Anne Chambers who was honoured with a YWCA Woman of Distinction award for community service. She has served with distinction in every facet of public life. A former Scotiabank senior vice-president, Mary Anne entered politics in 2003 and served for nearly two years as Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and later as Minister of Children and Youth Services.
Established in 1981, the awards honour women for their outstanding community commitment.
Here she is with spouse Chris at our recent NYE Ball.
Heard from Barry Crooks, graduating class of 1965. He resides in Maitland Florida. Barry was Bellarmine House captain in 1966, ran track and says his fondest memory was playing alongside the great Dennis Ziadie on the 1965 Manning Cup team. He migrated to the US in 1969 and graduated from Brooklyn University in 1975 with a B.Sc in Computer Science . He has been an employee of AT& T since 1978 and is a Lead Member of the Technical Staff. He is married to Pat Sarkar and has two children to be proud of; Brandon (1990) a student at the University of Florida and Camille (1993) a sophomore at Bishop Moore High School in Orlando.
Camille is an honours student and quite an athlete as well. She is a point guard on her school’s varsity basketball team and is currently ranked 4th best player in her age group for the Central Florida region.
He disappears in November – fishing he says. Yes that’s Ray Chang.
And every time there is the tale of landing the big one.
This time it was verified- “It True”
Ray, son Andrew and buddy Peter Wong took first place in the Marlin Tournament in Panama.
Quoting from the Panama newspaper report which we got translated ( Spanish)
“The Jamaican Ray Chang”, of a team “Trini to The Bone”– (that’s obviously Peter’s naming,)” was awarded it after capturing the first marlin fish yesterday, after a long fight with another four competitors who had the same option. Chang’s side got the fish with only 6 minutes to get it out of the water and later return it to the sea for conservation.”
The Champion speaks
“I participated for six years in Pinas and have never won first place; I had only placed second as a team”.
“The tournament is first class, with competitors capturing a total of 40 marlins and six sail fish”, announced the tournament judge, Marcos Ostrander.
All this is quoted from the Panama newspaper.
Ray won the coveted Hyundai first prize and took the cash instead and donated it to the Guy Harvey Foundation and another charity.
Well done Ray – You rarely miss our Board meeting-we forgive you this time.
We Ontario Georgians are supportive of other Alumni Associations and have a special mutual support thing going with Wolmers. We were well represented at their annual fundraising Brunch in November last. Charmaine and I led the Georgian contingent comprising as well Ray Chang and Donette Chin Loy, John and Annette Flynn, Robbie & Heather Vernon. As in past years the Canadian and Jamaican national anthems were sung by Georgians Charles Young and Lloyd Chung. Kudos to Wolmers President Yvonne Barclay and Past President Trevor Massey on putting on such a lovely event.
Rev. Edgerton Clarke, Archbishop Emeritus of Kingston Jamaica, another outstanding Georgian celebrated his 50th anniversary as a priest at a special mass at Holy Cross Church on Feb 2nd. There was a reception after in the church hall presided over by Deacon Trevor Graham, who played glowing tributes and shared some memorable anecdotes with the large gathering. Robbie, Heather and Carl represented us there as well.
While in Jamaica Robbie made several visits to the school with our Liaison Dir. Carl Chang. Here he is presenting C$5000 towards the computer programme on behalf of our Ontario Chapter.
On Saturday February 27th, a huge event in Toronto took place at the Four seasons Hotel. The staging of the inaugural UWI Benefit Gala Fundraiser to honour notable individuals who made significant contributions to the Caribbean community and to celebrate the many graduates from the university who have contributed to Canada’s rich diversity.
Dr. The Honourable Harry Belafonte (in absentia) as one of the two special guests being awarded the Special 2010 Luminary Award. The other was the Honourable Mayann E Francis, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.
Our own Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong was among the UWI graduates receiving the coveted 2010 Vice Chancellor’s Award.
In attendance were Mayor David Miller, Mary Anne Chambers, former Ontario Minister and husband, Chris. Charmaine and I represented our chapter at this significant event, along with Director At Large, Tony McDowell and his wife, Arlene. Other Georgians Dr. Louis Lee and wife Claudette, Howard Shearer, Dr Aggrey Irons also attended.
The event patron was none other than our own Treasurer Dr G Raymond Chang.
by Chris Chin
The achievements of the St. George’s College football team, under the tutelage of Neville “Bertis” Bell, can arguably be classified as legendary.
Recall that this team won the 2009 Manning Cup championship, won the coveted Olivier Shield, and narrowly missed winning the Walker Cup.
Bell’s work with this team has won him national recognition. Reggae Boyz.com, a soccer website, proclaimed: “Four-time Premier League champions Portmore United have acquired the services of former national player and National Youth coach Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell as head coach, with immediate effect”. Well done, Mr. Bell!
Defending champions St George’s College retained their ISSA/Digicel/ Pepsi Manning Cup title after locking horns with a spirited Bridgeport High School team. In keeping with their never-say-die attitude, St. GC won with an exciting come-from-behind 3-2 extra-time score at the National Stadium.
St. GC won the prestigious Olivier Shield title with a thrilling 5-3 aggregate win over St. Elizabeth Technical High School.
This team’s achievements have done much to lighten the spirit of Georgians world-wide and serves as a reminder of what can be achieved via teamwork, dedication and discipline.
Congratulations are in order for a coach who has injected tremendous discipline, enthusiasm and sportsmanship in our team.
Congratulations as well to Coach Clifford Brown, whose under-16 and under-19 teams made it to the finals of the ISSA Basketball competition. On March 4, 2010 the under-16 team became all island champions.
by Milton Hart
By the time this issue gets to you, my term in office would have officially ended and you would have a new President in Milton Hart. Let me be the first to congratulate Milton in his new office and pledge my support during his tenure.
And that’s what it has been about. Support. Support from the entire Board and membership. Support from our fellow alumni associations as well, Alpha Academy, Immaculate, Jamaica College, Wolmers and Calabar in particular.
The constant concern on my part is that there never seems to be enough time to get things done. Upon reflection, the reality is that there is so much to do. Some we know and plan for, others are due to circumstances but manage we must and with a team behind me, manage we did.
The two years of my tenure saw many changes. The passing of several Georgian Giants in Mrs. Phyllis Alexander, Fr. Leo Quinlan, Byron Lee and most recently Archbishop Lawrence Burke, S.J. We also saw our footballers taking the Manning Cup two years in succession under the guidance of coach, Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell. The school’s academic achievements also continued to make significant strides under Principal, Mrs. Margaret Campbell and discipline has been restored. What a difference this all makes! And thanks to Margaret who was able to take the time to be at our last two Summer Balls … our major fundraisers. It makes such an impact when the Principal can be present at our fundraisers … validation, especially to our ‘outside’ supporters, many who have never been to the school and in fact may have never been to Jamaica.
We also saw the historic ground-breaking for the Archbishop Lawrence Burke, S.J. Centre. Many thanks to our dynamic trio Ray Chang, Donette Chin Loy & Carl Chang who made it happen.
This past summer, we also experienced a miracle with the renovation of the O’Hare Building. Termites had long taken over the building and rendered it unsafe. Our Liaison Director, Carl Chang went into overdrive and in the short summer break, had the entire building redone just in time for the new school year … and if you live or at least do business in Jamaica, you will appreciate the miracle that it took to get this done in time. Thanks seem so small for the great task that was accomplished but thanks, nonetheless, Carl. And I know that there are still bills to be paid as a result so, please contribute if you can. It’s never too late.
In fact, financial support for the school has never been greater. The maintenance of the infra-structure has long been deferred and, sooner or later, we have to address the issues. But this costs and without your support we are sure to fail … and that is not an option. With the Grace of God and your continued support, we will overcome the obstacles.
In closing, my heartfelt thanks to my hardworking Board of Directors. The tasks were many but never too much for us to manage. Thanks and see you soon!
Every in-coming president of the St. GC Old Boys’ Association in Ontario benefits from the tremendous work of his predecessors and is challenged to uphold an extraordinary tradition of leadership and dedication to the school.
Milton Hart has taken on the very important task of president at the Annual General Meeting on March 14, 2010.
“I am always mindful of the positive impact that St. George’s College has made on my life,” said the new president. “I am always eager to contribute, however I can, to this institution of learning.”
Milton has been with the Ontario Chapter since 2002. At that juncture, he functioned in the capacity of “Sports Director”. Milton was instrumental in leading the Toronto-based Georgians to four consecutive championship wins in the Markham District League, and in originating the annual Deltana Cup tournament, a competition contested by Georgians in Florida and those in Canada.
Milton served Jamaica as a member (soldier) of the Jamaica Defence Force from 1984 to 1992. Perhaps being chosen to represent Jamaica as a member of the famous Jamaican Bobsled team in 1989 was the high point of his military career. After several competitions as a member of the bobsled team in Europe and North America, he represented Jamaica as a member of the 1992 Olympic Jamaican Bobsled squad in Albertville, France.
After migrating to Canada, Milton pursued post-secondary education at York University where he earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Communication-studies. He later attended the University of Toronto where he attained a Bachelor of Education degree. On a full-time basis, he helps at-risk Canadian youths achieve academic success in the capacity of an Ontario-certified teacher.
Milton continues to demonstrate leadership, and a willingness to serve, in the Canadian military where he is a Military Logistics Officer.
He comes armed to boot with a charming and very supportive wife, Novelette; an ICHS alumna . They have two delightful young children Matthew and Nickolas.
A leader by example we look forward to fresh ideas and a new beginning in the next chapter in our Ontario alumni Association.
by Robbie Vernon.
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