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news Spring 2007

Featured Alumni:

100,000th Grad: Danielle Campo Page 5

Tips from the Inside • Page 7 Celebrating 40 Years • Page 15 Class Notes • Page 28



Danielle Campo’s life accomplishments inspire us all to strive higher

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Dovetail Inc. Gayle WhiteMalloy

PR Careers

Alumni Perks

25 Cain’s Quest Winner: Garrett Hunt

Tracing Alumni connections for 40 years

Class Notes

Managing Editor Karen Monahan




Simone Graham

Graphic Design

Trish Tully, Flair Creative

Alumni PERKS

Michael Wickett

Photography John Sing

Tips from the Inside: Tony Theunissen



Contemporary Media


Fanshawe College Alumni Association Board of Directors Randy Dafoe – President Betty Holme – Vice-President Jennifer Baxter – Treasurer

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cast of falcons

Our Cast of Falcons for this issue work together at Z Group, a widely diversified real estate company based in London, Ontario. During its more than 40 years in operation, the company has enjoyed numerous accolades from its peers within the industry, including earning high honours from the Home Builders Association at their Awards of Creative Excellence evening when Z Group was named 2004 Builder of the Year. Founded by Percy and Zenia Zaifman, Z Group is one of the region’s largest homebuilders, creating communities of single family homes and condominiums. Z Group created SummerSide in 1994, which is one of London’s fastest growing, master planned communities with 1,200 homes and 5,000 residents. The company also builds, owns and manages office buildings, commercial and industrial complexes and residential rental properties. In January 2007, Z Group established two student awards at Fanshawe College in the memory of Simon Radley, an endearing employee of 15 years who started the Warranty Program within the New Homes Division. The annual awards are to be granted to deserving full-time first-year students in the Construction Technology program who are continuing into their second year of study. Back row: Nick Salomons (Construction Engineering Technician – Supervisor 03) and Matt Brown. Middle row: Michelle Drown (Business Accounting 88) and Chau Trac (Construction Carpentry 04). Front row: Lonnie Ready (Construction Engineering Technology – Management 82) and Dianna (Casimer) Deakin (Secretarial Arts 79).

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Do you know where the deed to your house is?

Imagine a safety deposit box that fits on a CD disk with all your personal, professional and financial documentation in one safe place? Thanks to technology and Dovetail Inc., you too can be ultra-organized and ready for anything – courtesy of Gayle White-Malloy who visualized and developed this useful tool. 4

A sudden death or illness comes out of the blue. Loved ones are left sorting through a lifetime of paperwork to find the deed to the house, investment statements, insurance, a will and all the other important details. In the face of tragedy, most people would be reeling, but there is a new way that you can plan better for the unexpected: a software product launched in London, Ontario called the Dovetail Organizer. “No one wants to think about tragedy striking close to home, but in my previous career path, I saw it all too often: family members left wondering where to begin,” explains Gayle White-Malloy (Law Clerk 74), owner of Dovetail Inc. “I saw a need for a product that could be set up in advance, during someone’s life, and it would be a lifesaver to those left behind. Final wishes would be clear; assets identified; paperwork gathered and accessible – it seemed like a great concept.” A great concept – yes – and it’s been an exciting five years in development, production, testing and launch. Drawing on her background as a law clerk and mediator, and her experiences as a Human Resources professional, Gayle has created a unique do-it-yourself kit. All you need is a P.C. compatible computer and access to a scanner if you want, and you’re ready to go. The software walks you through each aspect of your life that you should document: personal, business, medical, financial, property and estate. “My main concerns were to make it user-friendly, affordable and secure,” explains Gayle. “It’s a product that is for any adult, any age, so it had to be really flexible.” Since the product launch in 2006, Gayle finds the market continues to expand. “My first purchasers were older adults with investments and wills, and of course adult children who were interested in it for their parents,” says Gayle. “Estate planners were also keen to see it. But now I’m meeting recent college graduates who view it as a way to start out getting their lives organized while they’re young. The versatility is definitely there.” Gayle has also had recent success with the product being sold by Chapters stores in London and she is making inroads setting up partnerships with large financial companies like Great West Life whereby the company introduces the Dovetail product to their clients through their network of financial advisors. To get more information or order a copy for yourself, visit: Fanshawe College Alumni News Spring 2007


Free-style swimmer Danielle Campo has been competing against the odds since she was just a young girl. Through visualizing her goals, she has earned seven medals in international competition and now holds her dream job in her field. Her story is one of inspiration and courage. We thank her for sharing it. When Danielle Campo (Child and Youth Worker 06) walked

Her desire to be the best was inspired by a book she read

across the stage at graduation in November 2006, she

as a child about Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope. He

became the 100,000th graduate from Fanshawe College

did not let cancer stop him. From a young age, Danielle was

since its inception in 1967. However, this was not her first

determined to not let her life circumstances deter her either.

time in the limelight, not by a long shot. When she was only 15, Danielle represented Canada and

By visualizing the things she wants to achieve and working hard every single day to stay healthy and focused, Danielle

earned three gold medals and one silver in swimming at the

continues to beat the odds. To see her now, you wouldn’t

2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia. She also set a

know that at age two she was diagnosed with a rare form of

world record in the women’s 100-metre freestyle. Four years

Muscular Dystrophy. She underwent surgery immediately

later in Athens, she made her mark yet again, this time

and began a lifetime of learning to live and cope with MD.

taking home a silver medal and two bronze.

While physiotherapy was very painful, once Danielle was introduced to water, she found it much more bearable.

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Swimming began as a therapy when

in Windsor, Ontario. Working

she was a toddler but it quickly became

with children and helping them to

a passion.

overcome challenges is something

Many times over the years, Danielle has felt tired and in pain and she just

“Graduating from college was my

“Some people might see my

wished it would all go away. Through

disability as a burden, but to me, I

the strength and encouragement of

feel it is a gift I’ve been given,” says

family and friends, she persevered

Danielle. “It allows me to connect

and eventually found her own path.

with people and tell them that they

In particular, her parents, Colleen and

can overcome whatever it is they

Steve Campo have been behind her

are going through. I know they can

every step of the way.

do it because I have done it.”

Growing up in Tecumseh, Ontario,

Through volunteer work, Danielle

goal and Fanshawe

Danielle always knew she wanted to

generously shares her experiences

was the key. They

work with children. While studying

in ways that help and encourage

Child and Youth Worker at college

others. She has many years

allowed me the

in Hamilton, she chose to move to

experience serving as one of the National Ambassadors for Muscular

flexibility I needed

Calgary for specialized training for the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens.

Dystrophy Canada and she has

with my schedule and that made

After competing in Athens, a swim coach encouraged Danielle to come to London, Ontario. Here she met

such a tremendous

Joanne Cox, Program Coordinator for


program. Danielle was encouraged to

- Danielle Campo

Fanshawe’s Child and Youth Worker complete her diploma at Fanshawe where she could get credit for her previous studies and have the flexibility to accommodate her exercise routines and therapy. Danielle’s determination, drive and positive attitude helped her fit in at Fanshawe and her goal setting helped her achieve. As Danielle explains, “The secret to living your dreams is to see the dream in your mind’s eye and then set little steps to accomplish along the way that will eventually get you to your ultimate goal.” Today, she is a Resource Support Worker with the Children’s Aid Society


that Danielle knows about first-hand.

earned the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award, the King Clancy Award, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and the Order of Ontario. Working full-time, Danielle has put her competitive swimming schedule on hold in order to get her career established. However, she continues to stay in shape and keep her muscles in the best possible condition by getting up at 5:15 a.m. to swim and work out; a daily regimen that takes intense effort. She has her eye on the 2008 Paralympic Games and she may return to school someday. Ultimately, she would like to end up in private practice. Given all she has done so far, in just 22 years of life, there’s no doubt that Danielle’s “small steps” approach will lead her to even bigger goals in the future.

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TIPS FROM THE INSIDE Growing up near Lucan, Ontario, Tony Theunissen and his buddy wanted to be pilots. His friend became a commercial pilot, but Tony took a different route: manufacturing engineering. Today, Tony might be logging just as many air miles as his old friend, thanks to a lifelong career with 3M. Tony has lived and worked in a number of incredible countries and cities but says his success is largely due to his family – who came along for the ride without complaint – and that has made all the difference. By: Antonius (Tony) Theunissen Manufacturing Engineering Technology 71 Yes, I know my way around an airport. I might not be a pilot but my career has taken me all over the world: Brussels and Dusseldorf, all of Europe really, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and South America. My wife and I currently live in Woodbury, Minnesota, a bedroom community to the beautiful twin cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The road to this whirlwind career started at Fanshawe. When I first I heard about the Manufacturing Engineering program, it sounded interesting. It was an affordable option. I could work at night and in the summers to put myself through. It set me up for lifelong learning and helped me launch a career that is going on 35 years with one employer: 3M. Today, I am V-P for the Energy and Advanced Materials Division with 3M and currently based in Minnesota. 3M is a $22 billion company and I Fanshawe College Alumni News Spring 2007

have responsibility for about $1 billion in top line revenue. This includes manufacturing, sales and marketing, and development of new products. My job is to oversee these activities and sell our products in every major country around the world. My division has three business units. One is Dyneon, a leader in the chemicals business dealing with fluoropolymers. These are very tough plastics, tougher than metals in some cases, mostly used for industrial applications. The second unit is air filtration where we develop and supply products for large buildings, institutions, and cabin air filters for cars. Our goal is to develop air filtration systems that have the minimal energy usage possible. The third area is energy markets. We produce and sell a range of products to the oil and gas industry and now we are becoming active in the business of alternative energy.



During my first year of college, Care and Related Products Division I became Business Director we were at H.B. Beal Secondary needed someone to move to for the Personal Care and School. We had to wear jackets Europe. I got the call and we went. Related Products EBC. We and ties and we stood out like My first overseas assignment was in moved to Germany where we sore thumbs. But Beal is where Brussels. stayed from 1991 to 1995. I met my wife so we couldn’t The decision to leave Canada In that job, I was traveling have looked too bad. During our was not easy but it was a way to more than 50% of the time. second and third years, we were advance within 3M and explore My job was like being general at the Oxford Street campus. We other countries. My wife, Carolyn, manager of the business which studied hard and played hard, was all for it and we also had two geographically covered all of lots of intramural basketball – it daughters: Anna, 4, and Lisa, 13. Europe, the Middle East and was a great time. When we landed in Brussels, Africa. The Fanshawe program was a Europe was going through a major I had wanted to cross nice balance between practical transformation. Communism was over into business from the and theory. The economics collapsing; later the Berlin Wall manufacturing side and Europe and finance gave me a solid fell. European society was quickly enabled me to do that. Heading foundation. I went on to earn my moving to one economy and up the EBC gave me a lot of degree in Industrial Engineering towards one common currency. In personal visibility from the supported by 3M and had response, 3M decided to run several top leaders of the company. a jumpstart because of the businesses centrally through what They would come over and Fanshawe training. were called European Business review our business. We hit our I worked at the 3M plant in Centers (EBCs). numbers and they liked what London, Ontario we were doing. I from 1973 to was able to earn 1981, working their trust. my way up In 1995, we from Industrial moved to the Engineer to U.S. where I General Supervisor took a position before taking on heading up Global the role of Plant Manufacturing for Manager of a new three Industrial plant in Perth, and Consumer Ontario. divisions. Then Working in in 1998, the Vice Perth gave me the President position chance to make for the Adhesives an impression on and Aerospace the team from division opened the U.S. based up which put Personal Care and me back into a Related Products business general Division. After management Perth, I returned position. to London, In 2000, I was Wherever we lived over the years, wherever we landed, we had our nucleus, Ontario as Plant given another great the four of us: Carolyn, myself, Lisa and Anna. This photo, taken last December in New York City, also includes our son-in-law Scott Carr and our Manager of that opportunity. We daughter Anna’s fiancé Daniel Bradfoot. From left to right: Tony and Carolyn moved from the US site. Two years Theunissen; Daniel and Anna; Lisa and Scott. later, the Personal Fanshawe College Alumni News Spring 2007

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yet again, this time to Campinas, manufacturing sites and 3,000 of the world lives like that. Personal safety is a luxury we a city of about 1 million in the employees. take for granted in Canada and state of São Paulo, and I became Security was an issue in Brazil the US. Managing Director of 3M Brazil. though. We had drivers for the As for professional advice, I There are obviously pros and whole family and armoured cars would advise young workers cons to this kind of lifestyle; driven by guards followed us today to find ways flying all over the world, and means to become living out of a suitcase connected and stay more than half your connected with life. I quickly got tired people in and outside of the travel part of it. their field. Do this The getting there and anyway you can: returning home, you can getting involved with have all that. committees, socially, But being there professionally, in the and working with the community in which customers and with the During our travels, we made it a point to find time to explore the you live – it’s all local terrain. I snapped the above scene at close range while on 3M team, wherever we valuable. Find a mentor safari in Africa. It was a spectacular experience. were, that was always who can really help energizing and still is you and guide you tremendously exciting. I wherever you land. I visit 3M manufacturing enjoy being a mentor facilities to make sure now and helping they are on track with younger executives find service, quality and their way. It’s all about costs. continuous learning, If you are considering helping others, and working abroad, I think giving as opposed it is really important to to taking credit. integrate with the local Everything begins and culture. Making friends ends with people. with the German people Relocating can be a and the Brazilians we challenge, but if you are met, that was the best, surrounded by positive that was really the people, that is really experience. When you Having lived and traveled all over the world, our two daughters, important. My family travel and work like this, Lisa and Anna became very close despite a nine-year age took a very positive difference. I love this photo of the two of them taken when we you get to connect with look at things, staying people in other cultures were living in Brazil. active, getting involved and understand them in life wherever we wherever we went. It’s hard to from their perspective not from landed. My wife Carolyn loved get used to although Carolyn and ours. Anna adapted very well. I missed every assignment. She would As for Brazil, we loved the tell you it was the greatest the freedom of just being able to weather and South America is thing. Looking back, I’d have to get in the car and go somewhere just knock-out gorgeous: the agree. And who knows, if life and of course, we worried about sea, the ocean, the coastline, ever settles down long enough, the girls. Security was always on the forest. For three years, I ran I just might still get that pilot’s our minds. On the other hand, the subsidiary there, with three license. you have to realize that most


From the front lines

PR careers benefit industry and community It’s been 10 years since the first students entered a new program in what was then a relatively new delivery method: a one-year post-graduate certificate from an Ontario community college. That first class of 33 Corporate Communication and Public Relations (CCPR)

Dana Morningstar, Program Coordinator, CCPR Graduate Certificate Program

It has been a privilege to be part of the design and delivery of the Corporate Communication and Public Relations Program at Fanshawe. Over the past decade, the faculty has met many incredibly talented and enthusiastic students, and we are very proud of our graduates’ successes in the varied fields of communication and public relations. Our students are making their mark in the worlds of agency work, the arts, banking, not-for-profits, politics, healthcare, post-secondary, corporate, sports, manufacturing, environmental, freelance, fundraising, and the small business sector. Public relations graduates use their communication skills to benefit their employers. Recently The National Post featured PR as a “hot job” and certainly the public and employers are increasingly coming to understand that strategic, purposeful communication is essential to effective, active, and productive work environments. Furthermore, our graduates are demonstrating leadership in both their careers and outside pursuits, adding greatly to the fabric of the communities they live in. It’s exciting to think about what they’ll be up to next!


graduates now have 10 years in the work world under their belts and here are just a few of the great careers they have forged.

Marcia (Daniel) Steyaert Credentials: CCPR graduate of Fanshawe and also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) from Western. Current career position: Community Relations Specialist, Department of Communications & Public Affairs, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario. What she does: • Enhances, expands and Marcia (Daniel) Steyaert coordinates Western’s outreach effort to local organizations, businesses and individuals in London. • Acts as the first point of contact and serves as a Western representative in the London community. Other great jobs held along the way: • Special Events Coordinator with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (following her internship there). • Several positions and promotions at Western, including: Public Affairs Fanshawe College Alumni News Spring 2007

Most valuable lesson learned at Fanshawe: “The most valuable skill I learned is the importance of planning and how to use written plans to secure buy-in for my ideas,” says Marcia. “As communicators, we always have lots of people within our organizations who need to believe in what we are doing and provide input, and developing plans helps bring them onside. We also learned how to write effective media releases so our messages can get out to the many publics we want to reach. Both these skills I use all the time – at work and on community projects.” What’s great about life or work at this stage? “Balancing work and motherhood is challenging but life is such a joy and I am extremely grateful that Western has allowed me to work reduced hours so I can fit it all in,” says Marcia. “My current position has also allowed me to increase my volunteer commitments, which include active associations with: the Boys & Girls Club of London; the YMCA Women of Excellence 2007; Emerging Leaders steering committee; the London Chamber of Commerce; and Doors Open London.”

Kevin Glew Credentials: CCPR graduate of Fanshawe and also holds a Bachelor of Journalism with Honours in Journalism and Law from Carleton University. Current career position: Freelance Sportswriter and Acting Curator of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ontario.


Assistant, Media Relations Officer, Senior Media Relations Officer, and Associate Director of Media Relations.

What he does: • Writes freelance articles for a number of sports publications, including The Hockey News, Sports Market Report, Tuff Stuff Magazine and Sports Collectors Digest. • Interviews subjects for those articles and networks with all kinds of people for prospective new stories. • At the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, he organizes artifacts, give tours, and helps promote the institution. Other great jobs held along the way: • Corporate Communications Intern at London Health Sciences Centre. • Communications Officer at TD Canada Trust. • Communications Officer at Canada Life. Most valuable lesson learned at Fanshawe: “The most valuable lesson I learned was that to be successful you have to come out of your comfort zone,” says Kevin. “Prior to attending Fanshawe, public speaking petrified me, but the public speaking course we took in the program helped me come out of my shell. It forced me to talk in front of people on a regular basis. Technology was also a huge part of our program. I went from being a technophobe to being confident with the Internet, web design, PowerPoint and all kinds of software. I can’t imagine working in my current profession without the added confidence that the CCPR program gave me.”

Kevin Glew Fanshawe College Alumni News Spring 2007

What’s great about life or work at this stage? “I’ve never been happier – both professionally and mentally,” says Kevin. “I’ve been working as a freelance sportswriter for close to two years and I love what I’m doing. Sports have always been my passion, so how can someone like me top getting paid to talk to athletes like Tony Fernandez, Joe Carter


and Gilbert Perreault? I’ve also been involved with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for close to 10 years. I’ve been a part of presentations to provincial and federal governments, made road trips to promote the Hall in Canada and the U.S., and watched attendance at the induction ceremonies increase from 200 to over 1,000. It’s an exciting project to be a part of and our goal is to make St. Marys the baseball capital of Canada.”

Krista (Miller) Koktan Credentials: CCPR graduate of Fanshawe and also holds an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph and a Certified Advertising Agency Practitioner Certificate from the Institute of Canadian Advertising. Current career position: Retail Marketing Manager, Research In Motion (RIM), Waterloo, Ontario. (currently on maternity leave) What she does in this role: • As part of the Corporate Marketing Team at RIM, she Krista (Miller) Koktan leads a team of agencies, internal resources, and external suppliers in developing messaging and creating promotional materials for the BlackBerry brand in North America. • Ensures that all materials and messaging developed meet the brand strategy as well as the desired communication goals. • Evaluates the success of the messaging and materials produced and identifies areas where effectiveness can be improved. Other great jobs held along the way: • Marketing Account Executive at an advertising agency. • Public Relations Specialist at an advertising agency. Most valuable lesson learned at Fanshawe: “I learned the importance of being able to work effectively in groups and managing deadlines and both these skills are critical to success in my current position,” says Krista. “The various


group projects within the CCPR program prepared me to work within teams, leading to the ability to build strategic working relationships, negotiation, and facilitation skills. The course demands also helped me build strong project management skills that I use everyday while working at RIM and at home as a new mom.” What’s great about life or work at this stage? “What’s great? That’s easy - family time with my husband and new daughter, especially seeing my daughter smile and hearing her giggle and laugh...priceless!”

Andrew Stephen Credentials: CCPR graduate of Fanshawe and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Honours English – Rhetoric and Professional Writing from the University of Waterloo. Current career position: Marketing Communications Manager,, London, Ontario. What he does: • Oversees the company’s marketing and communications programs and budget, including direct marketing, Internet marketing and channel marketing campaigns. • Manages the Marketing Communications team, a talented group of graphic designers, writers and marketing professionals; their goal is to effectively communicate’s products and brand to target customers. • Develops marketing strategies to acquire new customers and grow the existing customer base. Other great jobs held along the way: • Previously worked for the federal and provincial governments but says he much prefers the fast-paced environment of small, entrepreneurial companies like

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Charlene VanderGriendt Credentials: CCPR graduate of Fanshawe and also holds a Bachelor of Science from Western. Current career position: Director, Marketing Creative Services and Communications, Sun Life Financial, Individual Insurance and Investments

Andrew Stephen Most valuable lesson learned at Fanshawe: “At Fanshawe, I learned real world applications for the communications theories that were part of my university education and that was probably my biggest takeaway from the CCPR program,” says Andrew. “I also found that constructing a communications plan for a real client during the course was great experience and gave me skills that I still use all the time.”

What’s great about life or work at this stage? “The Internet has made business communications much more efficient and effective and we use the Internet as our primary communications medium,” explains Andrew. “It allows us to communicate to a worldwide audience, despite the fact we are based in London. It also lets us reach our customers cost-effectively and allows us to measure results immediately. Knowing that what you’re doing is having an impact and being able to quantify it, I find that very rewarding and exciting.”

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What she does: • Leads the Creative Services and Communication Teams creating all client and financial advisor marketing collateral, web page design and communications for the Individual Insurance and Investments division.

Charlene VanderGriendt

Other great jobs held along the way: • Regional Service Quality Officer at the London regional office for Canada Trust. • Director of Communications and Community Relations at The Associates/ CitiFinancial. Most valuable lesson learned at Fanshawe: Good business writing and how to analyze communication issues and develop solutions. What’s great about life or work at this stage? “I like that I am able to use my skills, passion and energy in a great company with great colleagues making complex financial information more usable and understandable for clients and advisors,” says Charlene. “I use these same skills in my community commitments and it feels really good to be able to make a difference. I also enjoy spending time with good friends and family – especially my husband Frank and my three children - Curtis, Lauren and Paul.”


Celebrating 40 years Forging friendships and keeping connections alive.

College students love life: they work hard, play hard, have fun and grow up. Fanshawe was, and still is, quite often their first taste of freedom. Young people embraced it in 1967 and continue to push the limits today. In 1967 when Fanshawe College was first established, classes were small, the campuses were only a few buildings, and students spent their days studying and socializing while learning concrete career skills. As students completed their programs of study they also grew up. They went from shy teenagers to more confident adults and left Fanshawe with not only their diplomas but friendships forged, spouses found, and promises to their classmates – “we must keep in touch”. Then life took over. First jobs took many away from their college communities and hometowns. Society in the late 60s and early 70s was rebelling against traditional values and young people felt increasingly more freedom to make their own choices, go their own way. Today, those career choices are 100-fold. With skills and determination, you can go anywhere, do anything, and so many of our students did and still do. So what happened to the promise to stay together – stay connected? In many cases, one or two close College friendships survive, but the majority of classmates and roommates scatter to the four winds. This article touches on how alumni have found ways to remain connected to each other and to the college they loved. We hope you’ll enjoy meeting just a few of them on the next few pages as we trace the path they took to get the Fanshawe College Alumni Association off the ground.

Thanks to the efforts of a few visionaries and a group of dedicated volunteers who also believed in the cause, the Fanshawe College Alumni Association was forged. Like the people who started it, the Association too has grown up and matured. Today it serves as a touch point that keeps more than 100,000 Fanshawe alumni connected.

Getting the first Alumni Society off the ground Bob Clarke (Municipal Administration 69) was one of the first visionaries who took an active interest in setting up a formal Alumni group. “I was a mature student when I went to Fanshawe although there wasn’t all that much on the campuses then, not like today,” recalls Bob. “But we made our own fun – playing muggins which was like dominoes and we went to folk concerts and pubs at Wonderland Gardens generally had a good time.” Bob worked on campus as a Student Affairs Officer for three years after graduation. “As a student leader, I would make announcements on the PA system that classes would end early if there was game being played on campus – the teachers loved that as you can imagine,” remembers Bob with a smile. “And of course we all stopped en masse and held our breath as we watched Canada play hockey against Russia in the historic Summit Series. Those early days on campus were really great.” In 1976, Bob was elected the first president of the fledgling Fanshawe College Alumni Society and the other officers were from Woodstock, St. Thomas and London. “It sort of evolved out of conversations with some classmates and friends on campus,” recalls Bob. “It was the mid 70s and I was working that year for the Ontario Department of Municipal Affairs. The Alumni Society was just a small group with a kind of loosey-goosey sort of set up. We didn’t have an office or anything formal. We met in a classroom and figured out ways to help alumni stay connected and continue to have fun.” With a small grant of $500 from the Fanshawe College Board of Governors and $100 from the Tillsonburg Chamber of Commerce, the group organized parties and sent out newsletters to the small but growing alumni base of about 9,000. Bob remained active for several years and he and his group paved the way for the next wave of volunteers.

Securing funding and securing a future As the Alumni group struggled to find its footing in the early 1980s, lack of ongoing funding was the biggest barrier. Volunteers did what they could but it wasn’t until the late 80s that formal funding was established and approved. That process took time and dedication and much of the credit goes to a remarkable alumnae, Mary Ann Darling (Audio-Visual Production 72). Mary Ann worked full-time as an

Audio-Visual Technologist for Fanshawe for 15 years. She served as Alumni President, a volunteer role, from 1979 to 1981 and continued active involvement on the executive for many years. In 1985, it was Mary Ann who took the lead to set up a task force that produced a report to the Fanshawe Student Union requesting that ongoing funding for an Alumni Association be established. The student referendum held in 1987 saw the alumni fee approved. Each year since then, students pay a small fee to fund the Alumni Association. In September 1987, as Fanshawe College kicked off its 20th anniversary year, the Alumni Office officially opened its doors to serve the almost 30,000 Fanshawe Alumni who were already living and working across Canada and around the world. Mary Ann was named the first Alumni Officer. Her first priority was to plan the College’s Homecoming in November 1987 and establish an alumni mailing list. For more than two years, Mary Ann dedicated herself to the cause and worked to establish and support the first College-endorsed Alumni Association Board of Directors. It was a shock to the College community when her life was tragically cut short in December 1989 by a traffic accident but her legacy was firmly established. Her memory lives on each year when the Mary Ann Darling Memorial Alumni Award is granted to a current graduating student who exemplifies community service.

The Alumni Association Board is born Mike Pratt (Civil Engineering Technology 86) remembers being recruited by Mary Ann Darling on the day he graduated from Fanshawe. He was one of many students who studied hard and played hard. He loved intramural sports, especially ice hockey, and he wrote a sports column for the Interrobang called The Rat Report. “I was keen to maintain a link with the College so I signed up as a volunteer in 1986,” remembers Mike. “We were focused on securing funding, determining goals and objectives, and setting up a framework that would work within the College. There were several staff and faculty members who really supported us; without them it would have been much tougher to get going.” Mike was actively involved from June 1986, even before the Alumni Association was formally endorsed by the College. “We quickly geared up for the 20th Anniversary celebrations in 1987 and we had one of the biggest events the College ever hosted – it was a fantastic time – seeing everyone again, having fun in D-Cafeteria. It was packed.” Mike was elected President of the newly established Alumni Association in 1989. His active participation continued until 1991. By that time, he and his contemporaries on the Board had firmly established the Alumni Association as an integral and vibrant part of the fabric of Fanshawe College. Marilyn Turner (Radio Broadcasting 82) served as Alumni Officer from 1990 to 2002. Her tenure was a time of tremendous growth for the College and the Alumni Association. Under her watch, and with the support of the Alumni Board, the AlumniNews was launched in 1997 and distributed to some 45,000 alumni.


Launching the next 40 years Current Alumni Board President Randy Dafoe (Law and Security Administration 80) has six years experience on the Board and has enjoyed every minute of it. “There’s never been a more exciting time to be an active part the Association,” says Randy, who leads a forwardthinking and busy Board of 17 alumni. “Our initiatives and strategic directions are creating a stronger voice and public profile for alumni,” explains Randy. “We are finding more creative ways to forge valuable connections and partnerships, building effective links between

and among alumni, students, our communities, our industries, and indeed our world.” In addition to organizing reunions, receptions and other events, the Alumni Association recruits alumni volunteers to participate in the Mentoring For Success program and to speak at College graduation ceremonies. “We add value to your membership with the Alumni Perks program and we support many other awards and programs including the Mary Ann Darling Memorial Alumni Award and the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards program,” explains Randy. “As for the future, we are working now on our Strategic Plan, which is focusing our efforts on finding ways to encourage greater involvement by Alumni,” says Randy. “We want to provide a wider variety of benefits and services that are unique and of interest to our constituents. We’d like your input and ideas as we move forward. Just contact me by emailing:”

Karen Monahan (Audio-visual Technician 76) has been employed at Fanshawe since 1978 and she has been in the role of Alumni Officer since 2002. She is shown in the photo here with a group of alumni members at the 2004 Homecoming Pub. From left to right are: Karen Monahan, Becky McInnis, Mike Wickett, Arjun Bhardwaj and Brad Kerr.


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Discounts on all kinds of services, entertainment and products you can really use! Accessing the deals is easy – contact the Alumni Office for your PERKs card today: email: or call 519-452-4285 or 1-800-661-ALUM. ACCOMMODATIONS Choice Hotels Canada 270 participating inns, hotels and suites 1.800.4.CHOICE ID number 00088263 Up to 20% off regular rates The Airport Inn and Suites Dundas St., E., and Airport Rd. London 519.457.1200 Alumni receive corporate rate Idlewyld Inn 36 Grand Ave., London 877.435.3466 20% discount off rack rates Leamington Area Guest Homes 519.362.9662 or 519.682.4066 10% off regular rates Campus Living Residences and Conference Centres At Community Colleges across Ontario 1.877.225.8664 $69.95 per night, double occupancy

Fanshawe Residence London, Ontario 519.452.4440 $59.95 per night, double occupancy Station Park All Suite Hotel Corner Richmond and Pall Mall, London 1.800.561.4574 OR 519.542.4444 25% off regular rate Residence Inn by Marriott London Downtown 383 Colborne Street, London Toll free reservations 1.877.477.8483 15% off corporate suite rates Quote booking code Queen Suite Code OGEX Double Queen Suite Code OGEZ King Suite Code OGEY

AUTOMOTIVE, CAR RENTAL Autoparts Centers 519.451.1100 15% off auto parts

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OK Tire Huron Park 10 Washburn Drive, Unit 6, Kitchener 519.895.8632 15% off service and parts (including tires) National Car Rentals 1.800.CAR.RENT® Quote contract ID# 3816862 Fanshawe alumni discount rates Alamo Car Rentals 1.800.354.2322 Quote contract ID# 7011846 Fanshawe alumni discount rate Huron Motor Products 640 Main St. S., Exeter, Ontario 519.235.0363 OR 1.800.265.3476 Drive home a new GM vehicle at a great discount (4% over dealer cost on a new vehicle). Students and grads ask about GM’s new “Student Honour Roll” program

Dinosaur Valley Mini Golf Sudbury, Ontario 705.897.6302 10% off any service

CLOTHING A Star Is Born, Children’s Outfitters 8 Front St. W., Strathroy 519.245.8181 10% off regular price

The John Labatt Centre 99 Dundas St., London Contact Alumni Office for info Discounts on selected events

Aladdin Cleaners and Tailors 797 York St., London 519.642.0878 15% off regular price

Spike’s Indoor Beach Volleyball Courts 120 Weston St., London 25% off court rentals

AllMaple Apparel 573 Richmond St., London 20% off

Spike’s Indoor Rock Climbing Gym 120 Weston St., London 15% off climbing

Bud Gowan Formal Wear 3 London locations, Sarnia & Woodstock 519.672.6210 15% off rentals Labatt Retail Store Richmond and Horton St., London 519.667.7212. 25% clothing/merchandise Quick Alterations 1286 Jalna Blvd., London 519.680.7022 15% off alterations, dry cleaning and European clothing

Canada’s Paramount Wonderland Discounted tickets available through the Alumni Office


FAMILY FUN Circle R Ranch 3017 Carriage Rd., Delaware Dingman Creek Valley 519.471.3799 Save $2.00 on a horseback ride

PowerFlower WebDesign London 519.461.0871 $100 off a custom designed Web site Start Communications 354 Wellington St. S., London 519.434.5888 High-speed internet from only $24.95 per month - includes personal email, web space, newsgroups and technical support. Get your first month free with your PERKS card!

FEATURE PERK Residence Inn by Marriott - London Downtown

Located in the heart of downtown London, the Residence Inn by Marriott is the perfect place for guests who are planning an extended stay in London, Ontario. Whether you are visiting here for work or pleasure, the Marriott combines all the comforts of home with a great central location. There are 116 spacious suites with separate living and sleeping areas, plenty of space for relaxing and entertaining, plus a fully equipped kitchen. Guests also enjoy a complimentary hot buffet breakfast, fitness area, and laundry services. Business travelers will appreciate full service meeting rooms that can accommodate 8 to 40 participants. For more information, visit and be sure to mention the Fanshawe Alumni booking code (see previous page) when you make your reservation.

Head 2 Head Games 246 Dundas St., London 519.434.5591 $1.00 off all computer access

OPTICAL SERVICES Lenscrafters Masonville Place, London 519.660.1104 20% off purchases

PERSONAL SERVICES Chromata Hair 419 Old Wonderland Rd., London 519.474.7988 25% off first visit, 10% after that. Johnson Insurance Inc. 1.800.563.0677 Preferred rates on home and auto insurance Johnstone Family Chiropractic Dr. Ken Johnstone 105-1555 Glenora Dr., London 519-434-1080 Free initial consultation to alumni and current students. Convenient hours including Saturdays. The Healthy Home 143 Westmount Rd. E., Kitchener 519.894.4772 Free placement services for foreign live-in nanny/caregiver

RESTAURANTS FOOD SERVICES Arby’s Dundas St. at First St., London 10% off your purchase Cinnabon White Oaks Mall and Masonville Place, London $2.00 off any Cinnapack Hamilton’s Bakery 12 Front St. W., Strathroy 10% off novelty cakes Kernels Popcorn Masonville Place/White Oaks Mall, London 519.686.1986 Buy one get one FREE Kelsey’s Restaurant All London locations 15% off your meal


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That Party Place 551 York St. or 9 Southdale Rd.E. or 109 Fanshawe Park Road, London 10% off!

Missing Link Cycle and Ski 1283 Commissioners Rd. W., London 519.641.5056 15% off service/accessories

Southwestern Pet Centre Dundas at First St., London 10% off accessory items

Entertainment Tonight 18 Front St. W. Strathroy Rent 5 movies for 7 days for $7.95

Beta Photos Portrait and Wedding Studio 519 Richmond St., London 519.438.7195 10% off on photographs Speed City Records 428 Richmond St., London $1 off new CD or vinyl, $2 off t-shirts Bijan Art Studio 743 Richmond St., London 10% off all art supplies, 25% off framing New Image Adelaide St. N., at Princess (lower level) 519.432.0341 15% off all lamination services Middlesex Appliance 331 Neptune Cres., London 519.659.3000 or 1.800.265.2062 Builder/contractor pricing with PERKS card

Fanshawe College Community Fitness Centre 1460 Oxford St. E., London 519.452.4477 Alumni membership rate

FANSHAWE COLLEGE: ON-CAMPUS Counseling and Student Life 519.452.4282 10% off listing fee for Alumni landlords 10% off career counseling and testing Fanshawe Library and Media Services 519.452.4236 Free borrower’s card Fanshawe College Clothing and Gift Store London Campus - F1002 519.452. 4252 10% discount on any in-store purchase

TRAVEL SERVICES CruiseShipCenters 11 Baseline Rd., E., London 519.690.2488 – ask for Betty $25 shipboard credit per cabin Sherwood Travel Service Sherwood Forest Mall, London 519.471.9348. 10% of vacation packages

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Fanshawe Continuing Education 519.452.4439 10% off courses (up to $50) Must register in person. 21

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It’s time to do it again!

FSU Executive and Staff Reunion

Sunday, August 19, 2007 Student Union Building - Courtyard Fanshawe College - Noon - 4 pm All spouses, significant others and family welcome. Free BBQ for all beginning at 1 pm. Tour our new FSU Student Centre, reacquaint yourself with the Fanshawe Student Union. Confirm your attendance by contacting Laya � Birtch, � �FSU�receptionist ������� Phone: 519 453 3720 x 221 Fax: 519 453 5944 Email:



40th Anniversary Pub Party

Saturday, October 28, 2007 Forwell Hall, The Out Back Shack, “J” Gym Fanshawe College, Doors open at 8:30 pm Four bars, capacity of 2000 seats, featuring a different atmosphere in each bar from dj’s, live acts and retro videos from the 70’s - 90’s plus a quiet lounge to meet, mingle and reminisce! Also celebrating the 30th anniversary of Local 110 and Local 109, so we hope a number of faculty both will� be �in� attendance �past � and � �present ��� � � � to � meet � �former students. Advance Tickets $6 single or $10 a couple All Door Tickets $8 Tickets available at the Biz Booth beginning August 27th.


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Media for the real world

What happens when the world of work involves technology that is changing at the speed of light? How can colleges stay on top and truly prepare students for careers like that? It’s a reality that has been faced by the School of Contemporary Media at Fanshawe College and here’s what they’re up to. Fanshawe College Alumni News Spring 2007

“What we’re doing is creating a single school of contemporary media – one that is responsive to the needs and realities of the industry,” explains Greg Murphy, chair of the School of Contemporary Media at Fanshawe College. “The key is to teach students how to interact and use their skills as part of a collaborative team. It’s a new way of looking at formal education in media but it reflects the real world and it’s working.” The School of Contemporary Media (formerly Media and Communication Arts) offers 16 related programs which prepare students for a wide range of career paths. Students can study news broadcasting, television, radio, music and sound production, filmmaking, photography, theatre arts and multimedia. Programs vary in length, from a four-year collaborative degree, to a number of twoand three-year diploma programs, and several oneyear intensive graduate certificate programs. “The mix of programs and delivery methods reflects the fact that one-size does not fit all,” says Greg. “We have teenagers right out of high school, we have young adults who might have some


university or college experience, and we have mature students who are ready for Greg Murphy, Chair, School of Contemporary a career change or Media looking to upgrade their skills in a field that they are already working in.” In order to accommodate the diversity of students and bring out the best talents within each one, the current focus is twofold. “First we help them develop the specific skills they need, to understand the industry and work with the technology,” says Greg. “They practice within our digital labs and on the same type of equipment they’ll encounter in the field, and we have professors from the industry to show them how it works.” But very quickly, Contemporary Media students at Fanshawe learn that they don’t operate in a vacuum. To produce creative products such as films, television news, radio broadcasts, Web casts, Podcasts, and recorded music and videos, you need not only the raw skills but the ability to work in a collaborative team. “Once students are armed with the skills, our second focus is to encourage peer-to-peer collaborations between the programs and across disciplines,


because this is the way the real world works,” explains Greg. “A student taking filmmaking might have a vision but they might need a journalist to do some specific research for the script. “Then the project will need a sound designer and a videographer and quite likely some actors or an

By collaborating across disciplines, the ultimate projects are much more complete and the experience the students gain is far more comprehensive.

on-air personality to deliver the content. Then they might well engage a multimedia technician, a music engineer and an editor to add depth and special effects to finish the production. It takes a team with lots of skills and that’s what Fanshawe has – why not work with it?” By collaborating across disciplines, the ultimate projects are much more complete and the experience the students gain is far more comprehensive. “There are many pluses to this approach to learning,” sums up Greg. “Our students need to become more entrepreneurial, to learn how their skills sets interact and how to apply themselves within bigger productions. Our approach allows them to put their skills into a wider context and find out how they will change the world. And believe me, they will!”

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TAKING CAIN’S QUEST BY STORM Cain’s Quest is billed as Canada’s longest snowmobile endurance race and for racer Garrett Hunt, just taking part was the biggest thrill and challenge so far in his 24 years. Sharing top honours at the end was the icing on the cake.

On day one, Garrett Hunt and teammate Kent Careen set out from Wajax Industries with high hopes.

Five grueling days later, Garrett celebrates as he and Kent end the race victorious, the youngest team to ever win Cain’s Quest. (photo credit: Boreal Image)

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Garrett Jorg Hunt (Motive Power Technology 05) says competing in Cain’s Quest was an incredible 5-day odyssey he will never forget. The race took him and his partner 2,000 kilometres on an unmarked, off-road route from Labrador City to Goose Bay to Churchill and back again. “We knew the going would be tough, with an average daily ride of 12 to 16 hours between check points, battling subzero temperatures, deep snow and the dense bush,” explains Garrett. “It’s not for the novice snowmobiler, but we felt up to the challenge.” His courage and common sense in the great outdoors come naturally, having grown up in both Wabush, Labrador and London, Ontario. He spent many years riding four-wheelers in the summer and snowmobiles in the winter. Upon graduation from Fanshawe, Garrett moved back to Wabush to join Wajax Industries as a service technician. “I had excellent training at Fanshawe and already had a job before I graduated,” says Garrett. “My fascination with machines goes back to my childhood and before leaving high school I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do.” When he heard about Cain’s Quest, it was another call he just had to answer. With the support of his family in Newfoundland and London, and the sponsorship of his employer, and of Polaris, Garrett and his long-time friend, Kent Careen, set off on their first Cain’s Quest in March 2007. While check-points, key co-ordinates and hazards were given in advance, other than that it was up to the teams to find their way from one check-point to the other and to the final destination. Garrett and Kent were among only nine of 18 teams to complete the course. “It ended in a three-way tie when we crossed the finish line together with two other teams, it was pure exhilaration,” says Garrett. His Ontario parents, Scott and Lynne Porter, are themselves Fanshawe graduates and are tremendously proud of Garrett’s accomplishments in this race and in his career which is also just taking off. To learn more about Cain’s Quest, visit


Building self-esteem through fun During the past 11 years, more than 1,000 children have come through the London-based social skills program called Onward and those young people have emerged stronger, happier and more self-aware than when they began. The curriculum is the brainchild of Child and Youth Worker Danielle Aziz who saw that some children were falling through the cracks and set out to find a way to help them. 26


For children to become successful adults, it is important that they learn more than just the traditional subjects in grade school. They also need to learn how to get along in this world – how to get along with others, how to make friends, and how to understand and work with their emotions in a constructive way. For many children, these skills come easily but for others, it’s a difficult learning curve. When a child has difficulty forging friendships or controlling his or her emotions, the school yard and other social situations can become unhappy and unsettling places. Children know that they don’t fit in and it’s painful. For their parents, the pain can be just as real and the feeling just as helpless. Danielle (Gillies) Aziz (Child and Youth Worker 91) saw this happening and drew on her education, training and experience to find a way to help them. Her journey to develop the Onward Social Skills Program began during her college years. Her work placements gave her experience as an Educational Assistant and at a residential group home, as well as working alongside a social worker within a school setting. After graduation, she facilitated groups for self-abusive children and teens before taking on a challenging role with a youth detention centre. When the political landscape changed significantly in Ontario in the mid-1990s, her job was one of many that were cut. “It was disappointing, but I had been thinking about a future program, researching it, making notes,” explains Danielle. “I wanted to help children who were having trouble in school – those with emotional outbursts, who took inappropriate actions, or who just did not make friends easily.” Danielle took training on how to start her own business and Onward Fanshawe College Alumni News Spring 2007

was launched in September 1996. “At the time, many of my colleagues in the Child and Youth field thought I was crazy to try and launch a business like this,” remembers Danielle. “They said that parents would never pay for it, but I was determined. I knew in my heart it had value, but I had to prove it.” Her initial target was boys and girls who had been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). She felt that teaching these children social skills and anger management techniques could help them make it through their school day in a better way. “It worked. We found that once a child knows their place in the class, in the family and in the world, they can begin to respect themselves and believe in themselves a little more each day,” Danielle explains. “Our weekly lessons are reinforced with activities that the children can feel, touch and see. It makes the lessons tangible and real, which is very important for children.” After year one, Danielle found that the demographic expanded and she set up program streams serving children aged 5 to 14. “We began to see children who were just shy socially; some had behavioural issues like acting out, or trouble getting along with peers – a wide range of things really,” remembers Danielle. “But our program worked for them too. The truth is that improving self-esteem benefits just about any child.” In addition to hands-on learning each week in class, students leave with a homework sheet. “The homework is not difficult but it reinforces the lessons and lets the parents know what topics we are covering,” explains Danielle. The curriculum has evolved over the years, based on feedback from children and parents, but the overall goals remain the same. The weeklong day camps which run for four weeks each summer also build on similar themes. “We are equipping children with skills they need for life: how to get along with others, how to value themselves, and how to better deal with their emotions,” explains Danielle. “All children are unique and we celebrate that. When they start to see their own strengths and become aware of how their actions affect others, they start to make better choices about their The Onward Social Skills program is a year-round operation in London, Ontario led by founder behaviour. It is an Danielle Aziz. honour to be part of that process.” Fanshawe College Alumni News Spring 2007

Moving Onward: making learning fun

It takes a team approach to deliver the Onward program to the busy groups of school age children. Founder Danielle Aziz (above at right) has seven assistants who help her with the program and very often, her staff members also have Fanshawe connections. For example, Amie Langrell (at centre) just completed her first year at Fanshawe enrolled in the Child and Youth Worker (C&YW) program. Amie has been working with the Onward program since she was a teen herself and is now studying towards a career in the field. Steph Hatcher (above left) worked on a four-month placement while attending her third year within the C&YW program. The key to success at Onward is delivering the learning in a fun and creative way. Each session has a theme and a series of hands-on activities, such as poems, role-play, stories or games that drive home the message. “We show children ways to take responsibility for their lives and their actions,” explains Danielle. “We help them recognize their strengths and their potential. Children learn to understand their emotions better and deal with them in an empowering, assertive way. They make friends within the program and back at school. These are all important skills for life.” To get more information about Onward and its programs, visit


CLASS NOTES What’s new with you? We’d love to hear from you – marriages, moves, career changes, new jobs, children, travels – anything you’d like to share with your former classmates. Send your news to us by: Email: Phone: 519.452.4285 Toll free: 1.800.661.ALUM Fax: 519.659.9393 Mail: Fanshawe College, Alumni Office E-1001 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd., P.O. Box 7005 London, ON Canada N5Y 5R6 Seeking to hear from ECE Grads from 2002-2006: The ECE program at Fanshawe is working with the child care community to meet the increasing demand for qualified Early Childhood Educators. Your feedback will help us. We would like to know if you have stayed in ECE settings, gone on to a related field, or done something unrelated. Please go


to our alumni Website and fill out the online questionnaire; thank you so much! www. Debbie Bodkin (Law & Security 82): Debbie would like to organize a reunion of the Law & Security Class of 1982 so would love to hear from classmates.Email mildebodki@

Joann Ondrejicka (Broadcasting-Radio 82): Don Hutchinson writes that Joann is happy and healthy and raising her family in Lucan. She is involved in property leasing and development with her own company but sees the value of being able to stay at home and devote much of her attention to her family, which she started later than some. Joann may be reached at ondrejickaj@hotmail.

com and would enjoy a chat with some old acquaintances. Martin Brownell (Medical Laboratory Technologist 84): After graduating from Fanshawe as a Medical Laboratory Technologist, I worked for the Canadian Red Cross in London and then Toronto before heading to Sunnybrook Medical Center, North York to work in

Transfusion Medicine, Haematology and Chemistry. In 1999, I accepted a position with Intermountain Healthcare based in Salt Lake City, Utah combining my love of laboratory medicine and computers. I currently work as a Clinical Systems Analyst and have the opportunity to work on projects which I would never be able to do anywhere else.

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Steve Cassar (Journalism-Broadcast 88): Steve was recently appointed News Director of CTV News, Toronto. Steve’s been with CTV for three years with the 6 pm news as his primary responsibility. Before that, he was a producer and Managing Editor at Global News in Toronto for six years. As a reporter for ten years in North Bay, Sudbury, Windsor and London, Steve has seen all the sights in Ontario. Carol (Pearce) Roberts (Medical Lab Technology 75): Carol is working in St. Anthony, Newfoundland. Carol is wondering what her classmates are doing and would like to hear from anyone, especially Eva. Janet (Brewer) Woods (Executive Secretarial 73), Rosalee (Gilbert) Kuchynski and Susan (Woortman) Dutry are seeking to get in touch with other “girls” they went to school with in Basic Secretarial 197172 and Executive Secretarial 1972-73. If you are out there, please contact Janet at jwoods1821@

Mathew Hoy (General Arts 99, CCPR 00) and Jen MacRae (CCPR 00): Mat and Jen are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ferris MacRae Hoy, on September 16, 2006. Mat is now working at The Grand Theatre in Marketing & Communications, and Jen is on maternity leave from United Way of London & Middlesex. Michael “Sparky” Bartlett (Businesss Marketing 90): Michael wants to wish classmates Mike and Michelle all the best on their recent marriage. He is looking for more classmates to catch up with from marketing classes from 19881991. Email “Sparky” at michaelbartlett@ Calling all Radio, Television and Journalism Broadcasting Alumni: Introducing a great way to stay connected. Check out the Alumni Board on the “The X” (106.9) Website to see what your old friends are doing and to contact former classmates. Visit, click on “THE X” and then click “Alumni Board”. Registration is required.

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Remembering Les In Memory of Les Zoltai 1920-2007 The Fanshawe College community has lost a pillar of its athletic program, Les Zoltai who passed away on February 26, 2007 in his 87th year. Les Zoltai served as Fanshawe Director of Athletics for 21 years from 1964 to 1985. Les’ great passion was for sport and at his retirement in 1985, the Les Zoltai Award was established in honour of his contributions to the college. The award is presented annually to a student who is actively involved with student life at the college and has made a significant contribution while participating in intercollegiate, intramural or campus recreation programs and Student Union activities.

in memoriam Jill R. Anderson ((Library Technician 74) on November 7, 2006. Craig Carroll (Design (Urban) 86) on January 28, 2007. Chris C. Cormier (GAS 98 / Fund Development 00) on March 10, 2007. Sally Ann Cummings (Early Childhood Education 77) in November 2006. Bob Hanna, Technologist (retired), Manufacturing Science, on February 25, 2007. Joyce E. Sanders de Hoog (Nursing 78) on February 19, 2007. Barry McGill, Manager (retired), Co-operative Education, on April 4, 2007. Bill (William J.) Murray (Personnel Management 77) on March 17, 2007. Joanne M. Walsh (Pre-Health Science 90/Radiography 92) Judy Weed, Faculty (retired), School of Nursing, on April 4, 2007. Diane E. Wise (Registered Nurse ’88) on June 16, 2006. Les (Laszlo) Zoltai, Director (retired), Athletics, on February 26, 2007.


SEEKING A FEW GOOD MEN AND WOMEN... The Board of Directors of the Fanshawe College Alumni Association is seeking applications for membership vacancies on the Board commencing November 14, 2007. Briefly stated, the Board’s role is to ensure that the Fanshawe College Alumni Association establishes and maintains the trust of the community by being clear in its mission, prudent and ethical in its activities and accountable for its actions. Our meetings focus on planning, policy making and assessing our progress. The Fanshawe College Alumni Association fosters the continued career and life success of our alumni, recognizing that successful graduates build stronger communities. If you are passionate and willing to commit your time, talent and perspective to building a better community, you may be a good addition to our Board of Directors. To submit an application or for further information, please contact: Fanshawe College Alumni Association Board Development Committee 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd., PO Box 7005 London ON N5Y 5R6 519-452-4285 or 1-800-661-ALUM The deadline for submissions is Monday, September 24, 2007.

It’s Tee-off time again Fanshawe College 2007 Golf Classic

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Plans are well underway for the 5th Annual Fanshawe Golf Classic to be held at London’s Sunningdale Golf & Country Club. Proceeds from the tournament will support student awards and bursaries. There are many opportunities for you to participate.

How to get involved:

If you would like to play golf, sponsor a hole or activity, or donate silent auction or prize items, we’d love to hear from you. For information on how to register for the 2007 Golf Classic, please visit the Fanshawe College website (www. or contact Linda Branderhorst at (519) 452-4430 ext. 4750.

Your support will make a difference!


Fanshawe College Alumni News Spring 2007

are you on the list? WHERE WERE YOU IN ‘83?

If you know any of these lost grads from 1983, ask them to email our Alumni Office at, or call 519.452.4285 / 800.661.ALUM. Then they won’t miss out on news, reunions and exciting alumni events. Broadcasting-Television Terry Donovan Jeffrey Cheeseman Les Szijarto Laurie Nurse Craig Petts Monica Hughes Anne Hickling Chris Warmerdam Patrick Carson Broadcasting- Radio Edward Dillon Mark Weese Barry Levy Melanie Deveau Sandra Vickerman Scott Lockhart Gordon Littke Library Technician Maureen Cameron Catherine Walker Carole Sheridan Rhonda Burt Kathryn Grein Sandra Pocock Maureen Plaquet Audio Visual Technician George Babich Richard Dees Glen Perdue Mary Robins Trilby Jeeves Carolyn McMaster Photography Ronald Pitre Harry Halyk Robin Round Ronald Bodnar Diane Fazekas Erin Fox Perry Zavitz Music Ind Arts (Recording Engineering) James Ker James Ford Lyle McMillan Noel Golden Jacqueline Collins Samuel Woolfson Reid Caulfield Frank Leo Joseph Dudych James Farrell Hugh Hardy Hugh Harper Edward Mitchell Scott Rose Mario Paradis

Stephen Knihnisky Dario Penaloza Music Ind Arts (Recorded Music Prod) Kenneth Lyons Michael Bennett Scott Shpak Stephen Thomson Wayne O’Brien John Spencer Journalism- Broadcast Cathy Weselak Ian Caldwell Alice Mann Design (Fashion) Catherine Duval Renelle Robert Catharina Bakelaar Nitsa Arvanitis Terri Mercer Tracey Harding Michele Lawrence Mary Vanderheyden Design (Industrial) James Trusler Nancy Murray Design (Interior) Regina Xerri Julie Chalupka Susan Peattie Leslie Tyers Debi Jackson-Lacroix Debbie Haves Barbara Johnston Kathleen SzeplakiHartley Maureen Cooney Linda Bogle Cynthia Dumont Heather Lamorie Renee Gagnon Design (Urban) Darlene Merrill Craig Butler Allister MacLeann Design (Landscape) G. Randy Wilson Helen Chortos Cheryl Knieriem Fine Art Douglas Christmas Michelle Swackhammer Jill Schaffner John Krzic Kathryn Pillon

Kerry Thompson Deborah Sempson Rosemary Vamos Thomas McKinnon Advertising Art Marilyn Surmanski Toby Nielson Moreen McMahon Elizabeth Wagner Catherine Holmes Chris Szlagowski Catherine Orr Anthony Toxopeus Jane Krauskopf Sonia Wolf General Arts and Sciences Violet Pergel Hazel Roberts Rose Worall Robert Blackwell Jennifer McKay Science Laboratory Technology Baiba Grail Rainer Mai Heather Bowman Wayne Millar Kimberlee Hicks Vincent Glaab Eric Stewart Abdel-Kadi Gambo Air-Water Resources Field Technology Dawn McLean Leslie Norris Wesley Hodgson Wendy dePencier Lloyd Fleming Karen Houston Business- Accounting Mary Nowiski Kendra Rush Eleanor Schmidt Denise Shaw Robyn Bumstead Lee Teixeira Catherine Vandorp Linda Borrows Kimberley Woodall Bradley Legein Shelley Damm Fiona Campbell Donna Fowler Brian McNaughton Mary Jean Finley Richard Cowell Glen Cook

Fanshawe College Alumni News Spring 2007

Helena Serrano Fiore Montanaro Diane Stechly-Hoover Lisa Robbins Lilian Brooker Lorry Rossol Thomas Frank Dennis Reeves Cheryl Wickenheiser Julie Huntley Anne Clark Kelly Ziegler Business Information Systems John Stephen Mario Dizazzo William Pranger Arnold Blackwell Victor Kollman Yasser Haidar John Schram Belinda Rossignol Neil Smith Linda McClure Adam Stotts Shelley Whitworth Elaine Whittaker Greg Chymyck Laura Martin Richard McMurray David Leatherland Vicki Seward Brenda Miller Brenda Jones Elizabeth Delion Sally Martins Cynthia Davis Wilfred Chesterfield Barry Rankin Susan Daly Business Katharine Carr Louise Devarenne Julie Oko Rimvydas Navikenas Samuel Mowat John Mathe Elizabeth Neal David Mac Neil Cindy Visscher James McKay Byron Cunningham Nancy McInnes Catherine Varewyck Helen Jewell Frank Roberts Barbara Thornton Heather Soanes David Stuart Perry Enyedi

Computer Programmer Sean Gregg Business-Finance Paul Ledingham John Buren Catherine McLaren Mary-Jane Chambers Maria Scarpino Lori Dani Business- Purchasing Sean Morgan Sandra Szasz Business- Data Analysis Denise Wintle Thomas Hobin Winnie Wong Adward Chan Raymond Shepherd Business Administration Andrew Moncrieff David Willoughby Brian Timbs David Hansen Deborah Searls Elizabeth Van Doorne John Charlton Dale Morrison C. Sylvia Stewart Steve Caloren Peter Gunning Penny Glennie Alba Michelucci Scott Kuch Katherine Parker Angelika Walter Urban Affairs & Real Estate (Assessment) P. Gregory Wilson Wayne Wood Frank Copland Christine Barraco Peter Mowat Fiona Griffin Jan Van De Vooren Lois Hicks Robert Sockett William Coxson Mitchell Wheatley Word Processing Pamela Elliott Dorothy Gartshore Rose Taliana Amanda Warley Karen Brown Jane Battocchu Charmaine Smith

Secretarial Arts Yvonne Gorski Lori McLaughlin Valerie Seip Becie Kuzma Andrea KovacsMuskovitch Helen Giannakopoulos Elaine Campbell Gabriella Delconte Sharon Gray Juli Butler Veronica Butolen Wanda Gagnier Mariam Ismail Janice Lemont Teresa Chambers Sandra Land Karen Marinigh Sandra McCann Betty Root Carol Scott Cheryl Ward Frieda Vanderworth Celeste Wright Eleanor Mains Deborah Edward Kimberley Martin Sharon Waters Susan Bright Marion Ridsdale M. Jean Vaughan Executive Secretarial Mary Thompson Colombe Plouffe Hazel Sue-Tang Janet Deschenes Marlene Wenhardt Christine Middel Therese Hibbs Brenda Harwood Kathy Christ Anna Kozma Barbara Bray Susan McLeod Isabelle Simler Annmarie Speha Legal Secretarial Dana Germain Kathy Korth Nancy Hoogervorst Corey Zocaluyko Joanne Chambers Rosa Deis Dianne Arts Mirella Caranci Barbara Dunleavy Teresa Johnston Sue Davis Rose Marie O’Keefe

Robin Rolufs Wendy Jacobs Johanne Tremblay Rosalie Vandersleen Sandra Kirk Medical Secretarial Elizabeth Grand Charlene Grass Lee Ann Dutcher Dawn Gingerich Jacqueline Mighton Karen Ulch Cheryl Mitchell Carolyn Speerstra Kathy Brossart Professional Secretarial Linda Hilhorst Nancy Murrell Pamela Noyes Sirpa Annala Sophia Bray Nancy Pettigrew Joanne Mount Heather-G Fleming Medical SecretarialDictatypist Lisa Boyce Tracey Pace Sheila Wigle Deborah Feenstra Linda Popp Sharon Rock Darlene Hull Sandra Marinkovic Cynthia Rock Andrea Parsons Joyce Renke Karen Rock Barb Grant Michelle Emmerton Sue Hanson Saleme Hammoud Karen Leeming Mary Brown Legal Office AdministrationCertificate Marija Faric Judith Eldridge Blanka Jordanov Wendy Reeves


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Fanshawe College Alumni News Spring 2007  

Alumni News for Spring 2007 from Fanshawe College and the Fanshawe College Alumni Association

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