King's Herald - Spring 2013

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king’s herald Spring 2013

A magazine for alumni and friends of King’s University College at Western University Canada

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James Prince ‘11 (second from left) with coworkers from Me to We


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Cover Story

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A Helping Hand

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Milestones

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The Editor Writes..................................................................................4

Congratulations to Mike Lawless ’02, winner of the iPad address update draw. Mike submitted his address update online at www.kings.uwo.ca/alumni to win this prize.

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President’s Message...........................................................................11

The next address update draw will take place December 1, 2013. Keep us informed for your chance to win!

Upcoming Alumni Events....................................................................12 Events Recap......................................................................................14 Thank you to our donors.....................................................................24

King’s University College Office of Alumni Affairs London, Ontario, Canada The King’s Herald is published semi-annually by the King’s University College Office of Alumni Affairs. We welcome your letters, suggestions or comments about the Association and the College. Please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs:

London: 519-433-3491 Long distance: 800-265-4406 x4501 Fax: 519-963-1334 E-mail: kcalumni@uwo.ca Mail: King’s University College, Office of Alumni Affairs, 266 Epworth Avenue, London, ON N6A 2M3 For additional information about the Alumni Association, please visit our website: www.kings.uwo.ca/alumni

Parents: If you are receiving mail for your son or daughter, we would appreciate his or her current address. Please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs numbers at left. Opinions expressed in the King’s Herald do not necessarily reflect those of the editor or the University’s administration. To contact the editor, phone 519-433-3491 or 800-265-4406 x4501. E-mail: kcalumni@uwo.ca

Editor: Erin Lawson, executive director of development & alumni affairs Associate editor: Kelly Schaus, manager of development Contributing writers: Claire Callaghan, Katrina Clark, Nicole Furnival, Jennifer Jones, Carla McFarlane, Kaleigh Rodgers Design: Hill Street Ad & Design Cover photo: Maria Hunt

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King’sConnect The Editor Writes

Economics, Business and Math Career Day

By Erin Lawson

PHOTO: Claus Andersen

On February 7, King’s students were invited to participate in the EBM Career Day. This annual event provides students with the opportunity to hear from King’s alumni who share their insights and experiences on career planning in general, and in their specific industries. All speakers attended King’s and graduated from Economics, Management and Organizational Studies (MOS) or Ivey’s HBA program.

Front (L-R): Carla McFarlane ‘07, Claire Callaghan ‘71 Back (L-R): Kelly Schaus, Jennifer Jones ‘02 and Erin Lawson

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by three graduates who have generously agreed to tell the stories of our alumni in this magazine. Carla McFarlane ‘07, is a public relations supervisor at 3M Canada, Claire Callaghan ’71 is the chief librarian at the Cardinal Carter Library at King’s and Jennifer Jones ’02 works in the King’s Foundation and Alumni office in areas of research, alumni contact and data management. I hope you enjoy reading the stories about the alumni and share my opinion that we are surrounded by creativity! Finally, I invite you to come back to King’s for Homecoming 2013 and the official opening of the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre. We will have the opportunity, on a weekend of nostalgia and fond memories, to see the future for our students.

Joe MacDonald ’80

Chris Albion ’07

PHOTOs: Claus Andersen

When David Sylvester and I talk to employers in the corporate world, and ask them what they are looking for in recent graduates, there are two answers that are often repeated: critical thinking skills and the ability to write. These are skills that are honed by a liberal arts environment, and King’s leads the way by hiring outstanding faculty, keeping class sizes small and assisting students in the development of effective analysis and argument in their oral and written presentations. Creativity results from these abilities. As you meet our alumni through the stories in the King’s Herald, you will see the results of the seed that was planted at King’s. Our alumni are creating positive change and we are proud of their passion and commitment.


King’sConnect King’s University College Students’ Council Update By Azra Avdagic, KUCSC vice president, communications

This academic year, the King’s University College Students’ Council (KUCSC) has been busy enhancing the student experience outside the classroom. In September we brought The Buried Life to Western and had a sold out show. We continued on with our annual concert, bringing wellknown Cosmic Gate to The Spoke located on Western’s campus. Our speakers’ series has included Geoff Smith, CEO of Ellis Don, and Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli. There will be more great speakers coming to King’s in the spring!

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vision involves giving back to our community and ensuring that we encourage King’s students to broaden their horizons. This academic year, the KUCSC raised over $20,000 for local charities, primarily Bethanys Hope Foundation, and we established two scholarships in honour of King’s students, Jon Sullivan and Josh Switzer, who passed away in 2012. KUCSC elections for the 2013-2014 academic year will take place in the spring. We hope to get more students involved on campus and are very excited to move to our new office space upon the completion of the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre! The KUCSC is always looking for new ways to give back. Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and check out our website for updates from the KUCSC.

Bethanys Hope Foundation fundraiser ‘Project Hope’

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King’sConnect Professor Jacques Goutor Memorial Scholarship Late last year, an appeal was sent to King’s history graduates for donations to commemorate the memory of Jacques Goutor, long time esteemed professor of history. The response was heartwarming and, as a result, a permanent endowed scholarship fund was established. The scholarship will be awarded to a first-year student with the highest average who is registered in honors history for their second year. The organizing committee, professors Gerry Killan, Paul Webb, and Stephanie Bangarth,

will be contacting all donors to express gratitude for their generosity (though there is a long list, so it will take a while). Donations are still coming in. Anyone who was missed in the original mailing, or who would still like to make a donation may certainly do so through the King’s University College Foundation Office. Please contact 519-433-3491 x4500 or nfurniva@uwo.ca or donations can be sent to 266 Epworth Avenue, London, Ontario, N6A 2M3

Liberal Arts 101 Since 2008, a unique program at King’s has made university-level learning experiences accessible to disadvantaged members of the London community. Liberal Arts 101 is a tuition-free experience that welcomed 15 eager participants in fall 2012. The group met on Tuesdays to participate in lectures that included: Contemporary Issues within First Nations Communities, Drugs: Truth, Lies and Fears, The Chinese Miracle, Modernizing Canada: Electricity and Everyday Life, Occupy: Democracy and the Tragedy of the Commons and Understanding the United States 2008 Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis.

Organizing committee members gather to sign the donor agreement for the Jacques Goutor Memorial Scholarship. Back (L-R): David Sylvester, Erin Lawson and Sauro Camiletti Front (L-R): Stephanie Bangarth, Betty Goutor and Paul Webb

50 years at King’s On December 5, 2012, King’s celebrated John Snyder and his 50 year anniversary of teaching at King’s. Congratulations John! < King’s student Bryn Wilson and John Snyder

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Each session began with a communal meal followed by a lecture offered by a King’s faculty member and a group discussion facilitated by social work students. “The most common reason people say they come is to learn,” notes Liberal Arts 101 co-founder and director of the School of Social Work Barbara Decker Pierce. “Their eagerness and openness to new knowledge is truly inspiring.” Decker Pierce goes on to note that some participants attend to assess their readiness to enter a post-secondary program, while others appreciate the opportunity to get out of isolated settings and to engage with other people.


King’sConnect From the Principal’s Desk By David Sylvester

PHOTO: Claus Andersen

in African communities, on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, and here at home in Southwestern Ontario. While none seem willing to accept the title of ‘leader,’ they are indeed out front in guiding policy and people to a better reality. It’s perhaps 1971 alumnus Carl Bognar’s simple formula for change that says it best, “Follow your passions and you will find that the little opportunities that come your way will ultimately add up to something great.”

King’s grads setting the world on fire

King’s is very proud of our many, many graduates who tenaciously walk the walk in bringing about a better world. The greatness of their deeds is not measured by status or wealth, but by the lives they have shaped and even saved. And they’re easy to spot, too: just look for the trail of sparks that follow them as they journey on.

Go forth and set the world on fire ~ St. Ignatius of Loyola I’ve written in these pages before that I believe that King’s exists to educate students who are not only competent but also creative and compassionate. Academic excellence is a noble pursuit and a means by which our students and faculty are empowered to contribute to a greater good, the common good. I am pleased to say that more often than not we get it right and I happily spend a good deal of my time as principal meeting with graduates of King’s who are dedicated to improving the lives of others, through their research, teaching and servant leadership. This edition of the King’s Herald celebrates four accomplished alumni who embody this commitment to integrity and to making a difference in the lives of others. Each, in their own way, has leveraged their studies and post-King’s experiences to change the way things are done, on the streets of Chicago,

Kathy Kopinak Retires Kathy Kopinak, professor in the department of Sociology, will retire in June after 35 years of service at King’s University College. An accomplished scholar in the field of international migration, Kopinak received both her BA in History and MA in Sociology at Western University before attending York University to complete her PhD in Sociology. Upon her arrival at King’s in 1978, she was instrumental in developing many courses for the Sociology department that did not exist elsewhere at the time. Kopinak was recognized with an Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations teaching award for the experimental teaching methods utilized in her political sociology class. She fondly remembers her time teaching courses such as Industrial Restructuring in the America’s, Crossing Borders in the America’s and Environmental Justice. “I enjoyed these courses the most because they tended to attract very good students who were interested in the content because it touched their individual lives,” recalls Kopinak. Kopinak cites being recognized with three Social Science and Humanities Research Grants as the greatest rewards of her research. These grants allowed her to study industrial production in both Mexico and Morocco first hand, which subsequently inspired many of her published works including her first book, Desert Capitalism.

^ David Sylvester comes across a King’s recruitment billboard while travelling through the skyway to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Currently, Kopinak is on sabbatical at the University of California conducting research on how the impact of working in export industries influences Mexicans to migrate to the United States, and Moroccans to Spain. In her retirement, she will continue her research as a fellow for both York University and the University of California. Kopinak will split her time between California and her home in London, returning home each year in time for gardening season.

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King’sConnect Faculty Bookshelf

What I’m reading

In his own words, Patton describes his three favourites: n Sue Townsend – Adrian Mole the Prostrate Years: Sue Townsend began writing the Adrian Mole series in the 1980s. These comedic novels are centered on Adrian Mole who is a rather charming underachiever living in Lester, England. In this most recent novel, Adrian is now 39 and beginning to face some mid-life issues. He is a thwarted writer working in a failing antiquarian bookshop, and his second marriage is failing at the same time. As I describe the book it sounds quite depressing, but it is actually delightfully funny. Adrian is also diagnosed with prostate cancer; while it remains a comic book, there is a poignant quality to it which is quite delightful. Townsend is a comic writer who can flirt with dark subject matter in a way that is really quite moving. In reviews, people have described it as one of the finest books about people living with cancer; it is a comic novel but a little more than that as well. n Peter Ackroyd – London: the Biography: Peter Ackroyd is not first and foremost a historian; he is a writer of fiction and a biographer. His subject is almost always someone or something that has lived in or happened in the city of London, England which is a city that endlessly fascinates me. Over a decade of writing about London, Ackroyd has developed an encyclopedic knowledge of a city that is so ridiculously rich in history. This book is a culmination 8

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Benjamin J. Muller, Department of Political Science, recently published the book Rethinking Hizballah: Legitimacy, Authority, Violence with Samer N. Abboud. The book has been nominated for the Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) Book Prize in International Relations for 2013 (to be decided for the CPSA annual meeting at the University of Victoria in June).

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Professor Brian Patton, Department of Modern Languages, shared his thoughts on his current favourite reads. Patton teaches courses in both English and Film Studies, including Introduction to Film Studies, Reading Popular Culture, and 20th Century British and Irish Literature. His research interests focus on Post-war British literature and culture, as well as the spy thriller genre; he has published on Ian Flemming and James Bond. In the last few years, Patton has taken an interest in the graphic novel as a literary form.

of his fascination with the city. The lovely thing about this book, beyond the fact that it is a history of a city that fascinates me, is that it is rich in anecdote. It moves both chronologically from prehistory to the present, and it also jumps back and forth in time. He has a way of looking across times and making wonderful connections, and I don’t think there is a city anywhere that is as rich in detail and history as London is. n Shawn Tan – The Arrival: This is a graphic novel in the fullest sense in that it is a book that has no words at all. Tan tells his story using entirely photo-realistic sepia toned illustration. The novel follows the journey of an immigrant arriving in a strange new country where everything is entirely foreign. Tan uses his art to suggest the absolutely overwhelming strangeness of a new place. He doesn’t know the language and can’t read the signs so his art is rendered in the way that it appears to him. It tells the story of him encountering the foreignness of the place and his gradual discoveries and joys as he becomes more acquainted with his surroundings. The beauty of the story is that it can be experienced by anyone regardless of their language. Tan obviously had his own family background in mind, but I think that anyone who has had an experience with immigration can relate to this story.

Surveying the different and sometimes conflicting interpretations of state-society relations in Lebanon, this book presents a lucid examination of the socio-political conditions that gave rise to the Lebanese movement Hizballah from 1982 until present. A book review on ashgate.com reads: ‘Challenging traditional notions of authority, legitimacy, and indeed what it means to be a non-state or sub-state actor in world politics, Rethinking Hizballah is invaluable in understanding the roots, dynamics, and possibilities of current Middle Eastern politics and the role of Hizballah in Lebanon. Based on extensive interviews and a deep engagement with IR theory, this is a must-read for serious thinkers about sovereignty, legitimacy, postcolonialism, and violence.’ Mark B. Salter, University of Ottawa, Canada


King’sConnect Social Networking

Barb Dorrington, featured with fellow members of the class of ’77 at the Social Work Wine and Cheese, held at Homecoming 2012. (L-R): Margo Crockett, Mary Anne Van den Hengal (Blake), Brenda Stover, Lois Wey, Peter Fisher, Moira White (Rayner), Barb Dorrington, Micky Wagar, Riki VanderVeen and Larry Marshall

During the Homecoming 2012 festivities, Barb Dorrington ’77 celebrated her 35th reunion. Dorrington is a registered social worker, art therapist and trauma and loss consultant supervisor working in London, Ontario and area for 35 years.

Dorrington has spent the last 22 years working with the local school board as both a social worker and a trauma lead. Her qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from King’s University College in 1977 and a Master of Education from Western University in 1983. She has worked in a number of settings and in various capacities, including a protection agency and a children’s treatment centre (Vanier). As a registered art therapist for 30 years, Dorrington has long been keenly interested in the connection between art therapy and trauma. Dorrington has published chapters in two different art therapy books called the Hand in Hand series, and more recently she has published various newspaper articles on hurricane related activities. Her journals

from seven trips to Louisiana and Mississippi after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 have been featured in the Trauma and Loss: Research and Interventions journals of the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children. Dorrington credits her keen interest in trauma work, specifically with large-scale disasters, as being ignited by many trips south. A background in social work and art therapy interlaced with her trauma training afforded her the opportunity to debrief with populations who would normally receive much needed shelter and financial support, but not necessarily debriefing support. Currently, Dorrington is excited about a new manual she is working on that supports trauma-informed classrooms and utilizes newer neuroscience discoveries.

Barb Dorrington featured during an art therapy session following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Save the date! n Social Work Alumni Wine and Cheese – Saturday, September 28, 4-6 p.m. in Labatt Hall. While all BSW & MSW alumni are welcome, we especially encourage all those celebrating an anniversary year (graduation year ending with 3 or 8) to attend. Anyone interested in organizing a class reunion should contact Julie Siverns at jsiverns@uwo.ca for assistance.

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Homecoming Please join us this fall as we celebrate the opening of the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre

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King’sConnect President’s Message

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By Natalie Mak ’10, president King’s University College Alumni Association

Who inspires you?

As your newest president of the Alumni Association, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. As a 2010 graduate of King’s, and an employee of this wonderful university, it is my pleasure to volunteer and be a part of the King’s Alumni Association Board of Directors. After graduating with a degree in French and Management and Organizational Studies, I became a member of the Registrar’s Office team at King’s. The enriching environment and welcoming culture have always made King’s feel like a second home. Because of this, I was looking for ways to give back and contribute to the King’s community. I have been a member of the Alumni Association Board since 2010, and I look forward to the upcoming years as president.

King’s University College Alumni Award of Distinction

In September 2013, the entire King’s community is invited to celebrate the official opening of the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre, which will take place during Homecoming. The King Centre demonstrates King’s commitment to constantly enrich and support student life. The new space will include an integrated library, learning commons, as well as a theatre, café, academic and recreational space. A big thank you to our donors, students, faculty and staff for your continued support of the social, academic and spiritual growth of our students!

•• 2006: Robert Paterson ’72

I would like to take the opportunity to thank our past president, Jen MacRae ‘96, for all of her incredible contributions to the Board, and for establishing a model of leadership that I can carry forward with confidence. Jen served as a dedicated volunteer who constantly provided support, hard work and devotion to the Board. Thank you for being a part of the King’s family and we wish you the best! 2012 / 2013 board Natalie Mak ‘10, president Katrina Clarke ’06, ex-officio member, college council representative

David Ennett, king’s university college student’s council representative Matt Fleming ’06, director Khalil Hamzo ’10, director

Gordana Cvetkovic ’02, school of social work representative

Erin Lawson, ex-officio member, director of foundation and alumni affairs

Richard Dixon ‘78, director

Jen MacRae ‘96, past-president

Dr. David Ducharme ‘64, king’s university college board representative

Chris Makuch ’93, director

Shauna Eastman ’11, director

Mary O’Connor ‘10, director

Ryan McMurray ‘08, director

2013 Call for nominations

With more than 14,000 graduates living and working all over the world, there are many talented and accomplished King’s alumni who deserve to be recognized for their outstanding achievements. If you know a King’s graduate who is an inspiration to others, please take a few minutes to submit a nomination. The King’s University College Alumni Award of Distinction celebrates achievement, commitment and service to the community. Past recipients: •• 2012: Lisa Shackelton ‘05

•• 2005: Sheila Copps ’74 & Sally VandeSompel ’97

•• 2011: Roger Yachetti ’61 & John Howard ‘71

•• 2004: James Scarfone ’70

•• 2010: Paul Webb ‘66

•• 2003: Barbara Tiessen ’86

•• 2009: Richard Dixon ’78

•• 2002: Gary Comerford ’73

•• 2008: Deb Comuzzi ’78

•• 2001: John J. Callaghan ’67

•• 2007: Stephen Dunn ’81

•• 2000: John (Jack) Petch, Q.C. ’60

King’s University College Young Alumni Award 2013 Call for nominations

Do you know a recent graduate who is doing amazing things? The Young Alumni Award celebrates an individual who has graduated from King’s within the last 15 years and is under the age of 35, and has achieved regional, national or international prominence through: •• Service to humanity •• Professional/volunteer accomplishments •• Community service •• The advancement of knowledge, or •• Service to King’s University College

Congratulations to last year’s winner, and the first recipient of the Young Alumni Award, Peter Fragiskatos ’04. For more information about the nomination and selection process for either award, please visit our website www.kings.uwo.ca/alumni, or call the Office of Alumni Affairs at 519-433-3491 x4502 or 1-800-265-4406 x4502.

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Upcoming Alumni Events For further details, please visit the King’s University College alumni events page at www.kings.uwo.ca/alumni or contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at kcalumni@uwo.ca or 1-800-265-4406 x4502

March

April n London Chapter Event – Saturday, April 13. Join us for another coffee tasting at the Fire Roasted Coffee Company at the Western Fair Market. Following on the success of last year’s event, the Chapter will return for another caffeine-fueled tasting and roasting demonstration. Registration is limited.

May n Ottawa Chapter Event – Thursday, May 9. The Ottawa Alumni Chapter is pleased to host King’s professor Nick Skinner for his talk “Academic Folk Wisdom: Fact, Fiction and Falderal”. Skinner has been teaching at King’s for over 40 years, presented over 100 conference papers, and published more than 50 articles and chapters in numerous publications. He is a well-known professor among students and alumni alike, and is looking forward to seeing familiar faces in the Ottawa area. n Hamilton Chapter Event – Thursday, May 16. Calling all Mustangs fans! The Hamilton Alumni Chapter will host Western Mustangs football coach Greg Marshall at Tailgate Charlies in Hamilton. Coach Marshall 12

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will speak about the current team, the close relationship shared by the Mustangs and King’s, and will reflect on his coaching career.

June n Spring Convocation – Tuesday, June 11. The Alumni Association will welcome a new group of graduates to the King’s family. The ceremony at Western’s Alumni Hall will be followed by a reception at King’s in the Elizabeth A. “Bessie” Labatt Hall at 5:00 p.m. to celebrate the new graduates. All are welcome to attend!

August n Toronto Blue Jays Game with Alumni Western – Wednesday, August 28. King’s alumni are invited to join Alumni Western to watch the Toronto Blue Jays take on the New York Yankees at the Roger’s Centre at 7:07 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at www.alumni.uwo.ca/connect/events/. Registration is limited.

(L-R): Peter Luchak ‘86, Phil Killeen, Daphne Jackson & Lynne Cram

Romeo and Juliet at the Stratford Festival: September 22

Daniel Brière and Sara Topham Photo by Don Dixon

n Alumni Networking Lunch in London – Thursday, March 21. Alumni working in the downtown London area are invited to join us for lunch at Bertoldi’s Restaurant on Richmond Street. Meet and mingle with other alumni working in your neighbourhood, as well as some King’s faculty and staff members. Registration is limited.


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September n Romeo and Juliet at the Stratford Festival – Sunday, September 22. Join us at the fifth annual Stratford Festival event hosted by Professor Paul Werstine ’70. Enjoy A+ seating for the matinee performance, a catered lunch in the Marquee Room and an informative talk about the play by King’s own resident Shakespeare expert. Spaces will book fast. Registration is limited, so get your tickets soon! n 18th Annual King’s Golf Classic – Monday, September 23. Join King’s alumni and friends for a round of golf at Highland Country Club, London, in support of King’s University College Foundation. This sell-out event is a great opportunity to enjoy

one of London’s most beautiful private clubs, while supporting King’s. The cost is $230 per golfer and includes a barbeque lunch, 18 holes of play and a buffet dinner. For registration or sponsorship information, please contact Kelly Schaus at kschaus2@uwo.ca or 519-433-3491 x4565. n Homecoming 2013 – September 27 – 29. This year’s Homecoming events are sure to be crowd pleasers, as King’s celebrates the grand opening of the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre. Enjoy a tour of the building or take in the ribbon cutting ceremony before heading over to TD Waterhouse Stadium to watch the Western Mustangs take on the Queen’s Gaels. Loaded with special events and added features, expect 2013 to be the Homecoming not to miss!

(L-R): Chris Makuch ‘93 and Shauna Eastman ’11 This year’s Homecoming is September 27-29

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Events Recap KILLAN CUP PHOTOS: Courtesy of fourth year student Hallie Martin, who is pursuing an Honors Double Major in Political Science and History

Anne Marie Peirce ‘84 & Sean Adams ‘00 Hamilton Chapter Event – On Thursday, November 8, the Hamilton Alumni Chapter gathered at the Art Gallery of Hamilton for a talk by King’s Professor, Nick Skinner.

(L-R): Angela Gunn ‘04, Doug Peck ‘02, Krystal Romlewski ‘01, Pat Breech ‘02, Merzi Dastoor (associate alumnus) Homecoming 2012 – Homecoming 2012 began with the Alumni Association AGM. The meeting was followed by the annual Friday Night Bash, which featured the musical talent of alumnus, Mike Lawless ’02. The Alumni Brunch was hosted on Saturday morning, where the Alumni and Young Alumni Awards were presented. The event was followed by the cornerstone dedication ceremony for the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre. The building’s cornerstone was blessed by King’s chaplain, Father Michael Bechard ’91 as the King’s Chamber Choir accompanied the event with some beautiful gospel songs. Finally, the buses were boarded and everyone made the trip to TD Waterhouse Stadium, where the Western Mustangs battled the McMaster Mauraders. Despite a 27 – 33 loss for Western, it was a good game for third year King’s student, Garret Sanvido, who recorded his fifth straight 100 yards plus game and earned his team two touchdowns, keeping him in the lead spot for both categories with the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). The weekend’s events wrapped up with a post-game reception at Jack Astors on Richmond Row. 14

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Graham Eggel ’08 and Krystal McNaughton ’07 Toronto Merry Hours – Members of the Toronto Alumni Chapter celebrated their annual holiday tradition on Wednesday, December 12, at The Rhino Restaurant + Bar. This year’s event featured an ugly sweater competition and winter-themed beer tasting.


Henry V Photography by David Hou

Henry V at Stratford Festival – On Sunday, September 16, alumni were joined by a group of King’s Foundations and Humanities students to see Henry V at Stratford Festival. The play was preceded by a catered lunch and lecture, hosted by the Alumni Association and professor, Paul Werstine ’70.

Ottawa Chapter Event – Members of the Ottawa Alumni Chapter were treated to a private tour of the Canadian Museum of History on Thursday, October 25. The event was hosted by alumnus, and curator of ethnology at the Museum, Morgan Baillargeon ’78. The event provided alumni with an in-depth look, and insider stories about many interesting artifacts that might have just as easily been overlooked by the common observer. The tour concluded with casual drinks and conversation at the Bistro Boreal.

The Killan Cup – The Killan Cup hockey tournament took place on Saturday, January 26. For the first time in recent memory, the weather was perfect for an outdoor hockey tournament. The event was enjoyed by students and alumni alike, though it was the students (led by team captain, Daryl Hood) who took home the cherished Killan Cup. (L-R): Richard Dixon ‘78, Anne Janes ‘96, Wally Hutchings, Mary Hutchings ‘79, Morgan Baillargeon ‘78, Tyler Moore ‘07

17th Annual King’s Golf Classic – King’s alumni and friends rallied together on Monday, September 24 at London’s Highland Country Club for this annual tournament in support of King’s University College Foundation. Despite some very brisk winds, the event was a tremendous success, raising a new tournament record of more than $38,000. Thanks to all who attended. We hope to see you back in 2013!

Fall Convocation – The Alumni Association welcomed approximately 175 new members at Fall Convocation on October 26. Following the ceremony at Alumni Hall, graduates and their families and guests were welcomed back to King’s for a luncheon.

The Penelopiad – On Sunday, February 3, alumni and friends were treated to a reception and performance of Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad, starring Megan Follows. The reception was hosted by Professor Lorraine DiCicco, who was joined by performers Kelli Fox and Pamela Sinha, and the play’s director (and associate alumna) Kelly Thornton. It was a spectacular afternoon of theatre.

The Sisters of St. Joseph with members of the King’s community. Religious Life Lecture Series – On Thursday, November 10, Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ, PhD, distinguished professor of Theology, Fordham University, New York, presented A faith that loves the earth. Johnson’s lecture traced how a faith traditionally centered on human beings is growing to include the natural world in the definition of the dear “neighbour” we are to love as ourselves. The Department of Alumni Affairs is happy to sponsor the coffee and cookies at the Religious Life Lectures. Please visit www.kings.uwo. ca/about-kings/campus-ministry/religious-life-lecture-series/ for a complete Religious Life Lecture Series listing.

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From King’s to Kenya: James Prince helps to build a community of global citizens

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James Prince ’11 cites his experience at King’s as the spark that ignited his passion for global community building, a mission that he achieves through his work with Me to We. Written by: Kaleigh Rodgers | Photography by: Maria Hunt

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oming from the small town of Caledon, Ontario, the slightly larger size of the community at King’s was an adjustment for Prince, but one that he welcomed. Through his experiences both inside and outside of the classroom, Prince developed a great appreciation for the power of community. “I grew up in a small town and went to a small public school. The King’s community helped me understand and appreciate that with a supportive environment as your foundation, you can do anything,” reflects Prince. It was this sense of community, fostered by the guidance of faculty members, that truly defined Prince’s experience at King’s. “I appreciated the support from professors and the ease at which I was able to form relationships with them,” says Prince. “They would always catch me in the hallway and show an interest in my success.” Academically, Prince excelled at King’s and graduated as class valedictorian with a double major in Philosophy and Political Science. His success also extended to his involvement in extracurricular activities, acting as the vice president of King’s University College Students’ Council, orientation soph for three years, and head soph for one year.

specifically the ways that both the university and Me to We encourage people to seek opportunities for service. While Prince has come to love the supportive, passionate, and engaging environment at Me to We, he didn’t always aspire to employment in the social enterprise sector. Originally, he envisioned a career in business or law, but after working in door-to-door sales he decided

to explore more fulfilling employment that was not purely financially focused. “I realized that I needed to follow the appreciation of community that I gained at King’s in a global sense,” explains Prince. His position at Me to We involves facilitating educational volunteer trips to Kenya. On these trips, he plays a multifaceted role as a teacher, mentor, health and safety advisor, and

building construction supervisor—amongst other responsibilities. The goal of these trips is to inspire attendees to become globally aware while completing Free the Children volunteer projects, such as the construction of schools and water wells. During the off season, Prince takes on additional jobs within the organization as needed. In the past year he acted as event engagement coordinator, and this year he has been granted the opportunity to act as the Me to We merchandise coordinator for Nelly Furtado’s The Spirit Indestructible tour. In the coming years, Prince intends on facilitating additional trips to Kenya, and perhaps Ghana. Looking forward, he is open to continuing his work with Me to We, but also intends to continue his education with a graduate degree in law or business. Prince sees the value of continuing education amongst the upper management at Me to We, and aspires to one day hold a similar position. Prince has been able to fulfill his passion for helping to develop the kind of rich community that he experienced during his time at King’s. He suggests that anyone seeking a socially impactful career should continually seek opportunities to become involved and that all efforts to effect change, regardless of scope, will ultimately compound. “Be ok with doing a little job and don’t think you’ll affect the community in huge ways right away. It will eventually pile up and it will work itself out,” advises Prince. “I am where I am because I started to volunteer in my first year. All of my experiences at King’s helped me to get where I am today.” PHOTO: Claus Andersen

In addition, he was active in many clubs and intramurals at Western, but his most rewarding accomplishment was establishing the King’s Cobras, a women’s flag football team. He explains that King’s was the only affiliate College at Western that did not have a team in the women’s flag football league and he was touched by how empowering this team became for all women involved. Prince began working for Me to We, an innovative social enterprise that provides products and experiences in support of the charitable initiatives of Free the Children, in 2012. He was inspired by the mandate of the organization and appreciated how closely their mission is aligned with the spirit of King’s;

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Making

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onie Brennan is a people person. She’s the one who strikes up a conversation with the cab driver, the waiter, or the person in front of her in line at the grocery store. So it’s not surprising that she often encounters people who are going through difficult times. Brennan, a King’s graduate from ’84, is able to make a difference in the lives of others for the simple reason that she is the chief executive officer of a new organization formed by the consolidation of the Emergency Fund and the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness. All Chicago, the coming together of both organizations and resources with a new direction, will stand by its motto of ‘making homelessness history’. Overseeing public and private funds, as well as programs for housing and homelessness, Brennan ensures these resources help individuals and families in critical need. At the Plan 2.0 kickoff event, held on August 13, 2012, and attended by the Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, Brennan commented enthusiastically that “we are building on our approach by providing the homeless with the tools for independence, like job preparation and placement, and giving homeless youth the leg up they need to reunite with their families, enroll in school, find housing, and other critical supports that will give them what they need to lead dignified lives. This is a major step forward for the City of Chicago.”

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To Brennan, working in the non-profit sector is a blessing. Every day she knows that her work is making a difference in someone’s life. “Every day, we pay someone’s rent, which allows them to stay in their home instead of ending up in a shelter or on the street. Every day we move a family off the street or out of a shelter and into stable housing. Every day, we work to strengthen the system for housing and homelessness in Chicago. Life doesn’t get much better than that.”

Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, with Nonie Brennan


Brennan has come a long way from her early days in London. Growing up near the University, she was aware of the community spirit at King’s. While a student at Catholic Central High School, she was inspired by John Ruypers, a ‘69 King’s alumnus, whose enthusiastic lectures spurred an interest in history. She recalls three of her professors with great fondness. She took every course taught by Eric Jarvis who brought history to life. Vivid memories of the inspiring teaching styles of Gary Paterson and John Orange influenced her studies and love of literature. Upon graduation, Brennan worked at the London Regional Art Gallery in rentals and fundraising. This experience was crucial in instilling a love of non-profit work. She relocated to Battle Creek, Michigan and Manchester, UK with her husband and their two daughters. While waiting for her green card, Brennan became a committed community volunteer and, in time, was appointed executive director of the Volunteer Centre in Battle Creek, Michigan (1997-2002). In 2002, her husband was transferred to Chicago and in 2003 she assumed the role of executive director of the Emergency Fund. Recognizing the importance of life-long learning, Brennan completed her Master of Public Service at DePaul University and her Doctor of Management at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. In addition to working full-time, Brennan is a part-time faculty member at DePaul University’s School of Public Service where she teaches students enrolled in the Masters of Public Service program. She was part of a community development team from DePaul University that worked with government and non-profit leaders in

post-Katrina New Orleans. Brennan associates DePaul University with King’s and appreciates the Catholic mission of both institutions. The importance of community and making connections led her to King’s, and she feels that the social justice concepts learned throughout her studies contributed to her interest in the non-profit sector. Brennan continues to spend time in London and at her cottage in Bayfield, Ontario. Ultimately she would like to return to Canada and teach part-time in the areas of Non-Profit Management and Leadership. Perhaps she will end her professional career at King’s. Isn’t that a nice thought?

“Every day we pay someone’s rent, which allows them to stay in their home instead of ending up in a shelter or on the street. Every day we move a family off the street or out of a shelter and into stable housing. Every day, we work to strengthen the system for housing and homelessness in Chicago. Life doesn’t get much better than that.”

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A helping hand, a humble heart Written by: Carla McFarlane ‘07

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lbert Einstein once suggested that “only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile”. Muhammad Ali also believed that “service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth”. Following in this tradition, Julia Parker ‘83 and ‘09, the fiercely dedicated executive director of the Salvation Army’s Correctional and Justice Services Department in the Ontario Great Lakes Division, believes that the key to a good life is being truly passionate about whatever it is that you do.

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PHOTO: Claus Andersen

Parker has helped thousands of people – from children and youth to those well into adulthood – throughout her career, which has spanned nearly 30 years. All in a day’s work, Parker deals with very real issues facing so many communities, like drug addiction, prostitution and human trafficking, suicide or bomb threats, missing persons, high risk and high need youth, addiction education, shoplifting education, and so much more. After high school, Parker first chose King’s as her university because of her Catholic background and knew she’d feel right at home. Taking a hiatus mid-degree to get married and earn a living in a retail environment, she soon became very eager to return to King’s to finish her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Graduating from King’s for the first of two times in 1983, Parker had her sights set on the Salvation Army after serendipitously watching a newscast announcing the opening of Wycliffe Booth/ Rebekah House, a jail for young offenders in nearby Ilderton, Ontario, which was prompted by the introduction of the Young Offenders Act, replacing the Juvenile Delinquents Act.


A natural leader, Parker continued to climb the ranks of the Salvation Army, becoming the director of that particular facility, and climbing the ranks even further to her current role of leading the Correctional and Justice Services Department, which she’s held for almost a decade now. She supervises programs in London/Middlesex, Chatham/ Kent, Huron, Perth, and Elgin Counties. “It’s been an amazing career,” said Parker as she reminisced about a long career which she said has flown by. This is the type of career that can invade personal life, and it’s certainly not your regular nine to five job. Having been on call 24/7 for the majority of the years past, Parker credits being passionate for the causes and the communities she serves for her continued dedication to what she does. “I get strength from somewhere to help the people no matter what shape they are in. It helps me knowing there is something else out there for me to lean on and having that prayer in my head every day definitely helps me get me through it.” With accolades like starting the John School in London, an educational program for men involved in soliciting sex trade workers and having a hand in helping many community members turn their lives around, the great work Parker and her team do throughout Southwestern Ontario is obvious. As executive director, Parker is very hands on and rolls up her sleeves to get involved whenever she needs to. However, her biggest priority now is to secure funding so they can continue to serve these communities. This is where King’s has played an integral role. After years in the field, Parker got excited about the possibility of doing a Master in Sociology. After learning that her Bachelor of Arts would need to be upgraded to an honors specialization as a pre-requisite for graduate school, she became a King’s student all over again. Back at King’s, the passion that had been evident throughout her life seemed to have been reignited. “It was really fun. I enjoyed it much more the second time than the first time I went.” “I met so many incredible young people and have hired many of the students from my classes. The best part of my career is probably going back to school and graduating again

in 2009. I was just amazed at how refreshed I felt being in that environment, and the excitement of meeting all these professors and students with these great ideas.” Learning how to be an effective researcher, writer, and being in tune with the industry trends and language really helped Parker in the very important task of building a strong case for funding, a reality in the non-profit community. With aspirations of going back to school again someday to complete her Master in Sociology, she’d choose King’s again (for the third time) if she could.

If it were up to Einstein and Ali to decide, it’s safe to say they would agree Parker’s life has been worthwhile and she’s paid sufficient rent for her room here on earth. It’s people like Parker that make our communities better. The most impressive part? Her modesty.

Parker on her King’s experience Do any of your classes or professors stand out as having a real impact on your King’s experience? •• John Snyder and his bow tie in my first class ever at King’s in 1979. •• Crying in Don Kerr’s office about returning to stats as I had been in a car accident and it was turning out to be a challenge •• The students. They were so welcoming and helpful to me my second time around. I had to re-learn how to be a student and they were fantastic. •• Pamela Cushing as she allowed her students the opportunity to be creative in their thoughts and actions to help change the world. •• I will never forget Christine Lavrence sharing her work on the Holocaust. It was a reminder that we must always keep in mind how our actions affect others. What made you feel at home at King’s and want to come back? •• The size of the campus, the community of students and the professors. Everyone is there to help you make it through. What classes/professors impacted or shaped you as a researcher? •• Lesley Harmon and Don Kerr helped me get started as a researcher. Lesley’s class introduced me to possibilities for a thesis. I still need to take the second part of her course to finish it. What is your favourite King’s memory? •• Walking by all the professors lined up in their robes as they were clapping and cheering us on during graduation in 2009, and graduating on the Dean’s Honor List.

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Pursuing passion for positive change “Follow your passions and you will find that the ‘little opportunities’ that come your way will ultimately add up to something great.” Written by: Jennifer Jones ‘02

Carl Bognar ’71 shared this advice from his home in Vancouver, BC, where he is enjoying the early days of retirement. Pursuing his passion is something that Bognar has strived

Photo provided by Health Initiative for Men

for since he first enrolled at King’s in 1968. In doing so, Bognar has made a significant impact on the lives and health of many in his community through both his professional work and volunteerism. While at King’s, Bognar developed an interest in the social sciences and chose to pursue courses primarily in psychology, sociology and philosophy. His professors, particularly Jaroslav Havelka, and his studies provided him with a foundation for life-long learning and, with an ongoing desire to stimulate his mind, Bognar went on to earn his PhD in Applied Psychology from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of Toronto. In 1986, Bognar began providing independent consulting services to community-based organizations, local health authorities, provincial governments and the federal government. Through this consulting business,

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Bognar was able to develop skills, insight and expertise that helped establish him as a leader in his field. In the late 90s, Bognar was hired to work with a small team of consultants to produce a report on injection drug use in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The findings from the report contributed to Vancouver’s movement towards a “Four Pillars” approach for dealing with injection drug use. The Four Pillars Drug Strategy was first implemented in Europe in the 1990s, and is based on four principles: harm reduction, prevention, treatment and enforcement. As part of this approach, Vancouver opened Insite, North America’s first and only medicallysupervised injection site, in September 2003. At this time, Bognar was hired as coordinator to implement an evaluation plan, which looked at the effect of Insite on individual health, public health, crime, community safety and public perceptions. The Four Pillars approach to drug addiction has resulted in a decrease in the number of drug users consuming drugs on the street, a significant drop in overdose deaths and a reduction in the infection rates for HIV and hepatitis C.

“I believe that good research enables us to understand truth, which in turn can be used to develop social policy and programming that supports social justice.” In 2007, Vancouver Coastal Health’s strategic plan for HIV noted that the outbreak of HIV among injection drug users had been brought under control through new prevention efforts, but that “[s]ome needs, such as prevention targeted to gay men ... [were] not matched by the currently available services.” At this time,

Bognar, along with like-minded researchers and activists, moved to secure funding for a community-based organization dedicated to promoting the health of gay men in Vancouver and, as a result, the Health Initiative for Men (HIM) was established. As chair of the HIM Board from 2007 to 2012, Bognar served as a mentor for board members, volunteers and HIM executive director Wayne Robert. “Because of his vast experience as a researcher, Carl was able to embrace problems, think strategically and present different perspectives while working with others,” recalls Robert. Combining their expertise, the Board, volunteers and HIM employees have established groundbreaking policies, procedures and approaches to gay men’s health, and Robert is often contacted by others to discuss the successful implementation of the HIM model. Bognar is modest when it comes to his role in these two initiatives. “Insite and Health Initiative for Men were not projects that any one person or organization could do alone,” he explains. “There were a lot of people who came together to work in partnership and make great things happen.” Bognar also credits his social science background. “I believe that good research enables us to understand truth, which in turn can be used to develop social policy and programming that supports social justice.” As Bognar settles into retirement, he is enjoying the free time to pursue his passion for cycling along Vancouver’s seawall. He continues to support the work of HIM, while contemplating where his volunteerism might take him next.

View of Siwash Rock from the Stanley Park Seawall Photo taken by Carl Bognar


Student Life Centre Update

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The Homeless Jesus and He Who Comes to Serve are two statues donated to the Student Life Campaign by those who worship at Christ the King University Parish and the Office of Campus Ministry. The sculptures are by Timothy P. Schmalz Inc. King’s University College Students’ Council Sunken Garden located on the south side of Darryl J. King Student Life Centre. (Building progress as of February 7, 2013

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Thank you We would like to thank the individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations that have made a gift to King’s University College in support of the Student Life Campaign as of December 31, 2012. Visionary Society – $1,000,000 + King’s University College Students’ Council Darryl J. King ‘97/Logikor Inc.

Benefactors’ Society – $100,000 + Boys and Girls Club of London Foundation David J. Ducharme ‘64 & Lynda Ducharme Joanne Kenny & Peter Kenny Arthur & Sonia Labatt In memory of Joan Mason-Grant Lowell B. Mason Jr. & Elizabeth S. Upjohn-Mason Mitchell and Kathryn Baran Family Foundation Michael F. O’Hare ‘80 & Rosemary O’Hare ‘81 Michael Rolland ‘78 Sisters of St. Joseph, London Don Smith & Joan Smith Andy Spriet & Helen Spriet Paul D. Stevenson ‘80 John Vitali & Francis Vitali ‘91

Patrons’ Society – $50,000 + ARAMARK Canada Ltd. Brad Badeau & Kathy Badeau BMO Bank of Montreal Paul M. Dub ‘94 The Estate of Doris Evelyn Dunn King’s University College Alumni Association

Innovators’ Society – $25,000 + Karl Arvai & Penny Arvai In memory of Christopher Perrin Beatty ‘07 Tozun Bahcheli & Beth Davidson Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) Gary Comerford ‘73 & Cathy Comerford ‘73 Paul J. Hogan & Barbara Hogan Dieter Jahnke & Lyse Jahnke Gerald Killan & Linda Killan Marilyn Mason Nexen Inc.

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Bruce R. Shewfelt ‘87 & Claire M. Shewfelt ‘88 Henry Thuss

Partners’ Society – $10,000 + Joyce Abbott & Antony D. Abbott The Estate of William Francis Barnicke ‘63 The Late Reverend Angelo Dominic Bovenzi, C.S.B. Chris Cahill ‘80, Lori Cahill & Family J. Claire Callaghan ‘71 John J. Callaghan ‘67 & Linda Callaghan Class of 1961 David Convery ‘73 & Patricia Convery ‘75 In Memory of Dr. Jeffrey Cormier ‘90 Lynne Cram CultureWorks ESL William F. DeLuca ‘67 & Mary M. DeLuca Des Dutrizac ‘69 & Martha Dutrizac Richard J. Flinn & Marilynn Flinn Go Bee Industries John E. Hall ‘59 The Jack and Barbara Hay Foundation Jackman Foundation Erma Jacob ‘94 & Family The John David and Signy Eaton Foundation John C. Kennedy ‘65, Terri Kennedy & Family Mavis Killan King’s University College Staff Association Joseph A. Lassaline ‘69 The Lord Family Joe MacDonald ‘80 & Anita Kain ‘80 Joseph A. Madill ‘69 McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP Reverend Terrence R. McNamara Steven R. Meston ‘86 John C. Nash ‘58 & Margi Nash Sid Noel Philip J. Payne ‘68 & Barbara A. Payne Tom Peirce ‘82 & Anne Marie Peirce ‘84

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John F. Petch ‘60 Patrick J. Phelan ‘78 & Family Reverend Peter Proulx Ken J. Regan In memory of Jeffrey Roche & Hannah Gordon Roche Brent Shea ‘80 & Becky Shea ‘79 In memory of Mary SheehanBirch ‘86 In memory of Barbara Spruce James S. Walker ‘86 Mary Carol Watters

Principals’ Society – $5,000 + Laura Béres Ken Birch Bill Brennan ‘74 & Judy Brennan Sauro Camiletti Hye Yeon Cho John J. Cronin & Dorothy Cronin Tracy Cunningham ‘97 & Calum Cunningham ‘97 Richard J. Dixon ‘78 Elizabeth A. Drewlo ‘88 David Finch ‘90 F.K. Morrow Foundation Frank Franciosa ‘00 Ryan M. Gauss ‘08 & Haley Gauss In memory of Dr. Jacques Goutor Suzanne Loranger Grenke ‘84 Glenn Hardman & Carol Hardman John W. Jarrell & Mary Margaret Jarrell Tom Jory ‘87 & Margo Jory Erin Lawson & Ted Lawson Dante Lenardon Terry Leon ‘72 & Mari Jo Leon ‘72 In memory of Heather F. Maclean-Meek ‘79 Carolyn Mason Denson McDonald ‘65 Don McDougall & Marion McDougall Mary McLaughlin Fred Meek Julie Michaud Hamidullah Mohib George Murray Bob Paterson ‘72 & Angie Paterson Margaret J. Pressey ‘75 John Regan ‘84 Rival Office Solutions Inc. Nicholas Skinner David Sylvester & Allyson Larkin Vanderwesten, Rutherford, Mantecon Roger D. Yachetti ‘61 & Cleda Yachetti James C. Zucchero ‘82 & Holly Watson

Champions Society – $1,000 + Hans G. Abromeit & Anna Abromeit Sean P. Adams ‘00 Stephanie D. Bangarth ‘95 Joseph J. Barnicke, C.M. Douglas Bassett & Susan J. Bassett Tina E. Bax & Mike Bax Reverend Michael Bechard ‘91 Andrea Bezaire ‘02 & Derek Bezaire Marlon L. Biollo ‘01 John Birch & Frankie Birch Alexander R.G. Bishop ‘07 Jane Borecky ‘97 Shirley Bratscher Mark D. Browning ‘77 Antonio Calcagno Canadian Catholic Campus Ministry Gregory F. Child ‘90 Andrea L. Chisholm ’82 & William D. Chisholm ‘79 Michael (Jim) Conroy ‘67 Cornerstone Architecture Dom Christian & Kate Birch Richard Csiernik Pamela Cushing & Jay Pot Patricia Damaren & Norman Damaren Robert Deane Stephen B. Deighton ‘91 Stephen J. Dunn ‘81 & Corrine Dunn David J. Elias ‘90 & Heather Bell Veronika Elsie Daniel Ferguson & Kathleen Ferguson Phyllis Fidler ‘04 Paul Fox ‘70 & Nancy Fox Nicole Furnival & Cory Bowman Fred Galloway & Bev Galloway Harvey Gleason & Mary Lou Gleason The Great-West Life Assurance Company Robert Gunn Karen L. Holmes ‘78 Marie R. Horman ’82 & Barry Horman Diane Humphrey Dermot Hurley The Honourable Henry N. R. Jackman Rose Marie Jaco Andrew Jardine ‘06 & Erin Jardine Jennifer M. Jones ‘02 Lindsay Kennedy Raegan Kennedy Robin Kennedy Ina C. Kevins ‘81 William J. Kienapple ‘59 & Mary Kienapple

Brian J. Lane ‘78 Mina LaRocca The Lawson Foundation George J. Leon ‘65 Darlene M. Leon-Tiftickjian ‘84 Frank J. Linsdell & Joan Linsdell David MacGregor & Patricia Bishop Shelley Mackenzie & Bill Mackenzie Jennifer A. MacRae ‘96 & Mathew Hoy Jeff Major Christopher M. Makuch ‘93 In memory of Harry Mason Dan Mathieson & Carolyn Mathieson Shawn T. McConville ‘84 & Beverly McConville Daniel L. McCowell ‘81 Reverend William T. McGrattan ‘86 In memory of Dr. William McKercher Sally McNamee Rod & Landon McNaughton MedTech Wristbands Hugh Mellon Joseph Michalski Betty Miszczyk Reverend James Mockler Kathleen A. Morris Philip J. Mueller & Elizabeth Anne Mueller Linda J. Neal ‘99 Sherry L. Nowlan ‘84 Debbie O’Brien Jerry O’Brien & Maria O’Brien Patrick E. O’Bright ‘87 Michael S. O’Neil ‘86 & Jill M. O’Neil ‘84 Cosmo Oppedisano & Teresa Oppedisano Brian Patton & Teresa Hubel John M. Paulo ‘99 & Yuki Paulo James S. Pender ‘81 James Peterson ‘89 Kelly Regan & Tony Vannelli Dino N. Rocca ‘83 & Mary J. Rocca ‘84 Shapour Samei & Farinoush Mostaghimi Michelle Samways Jerry Santucci ‘79 & Carla Santucci James J. Sbrolla ‘90 & Ann M. Tavares ‘91 James A. Scarfone ‘70 Kelly Schaus & Todd Schaus Frank T. Schlichtherle ‘62 Corinne T. Scullion ‘85 Vinay Sharma Megan Shore Janine Smith Jeannette Staples Andrew J. Stockwell ‘79


Suncor Energy Foundation Jim (Bud) Tangney ‘62 Michael Tattersall & Carol Tattersall Bernie Villeneuve ‘64 Willard Washburn & Renee Silber Paul Webb ’66 & Brenda J. McQuaid ‘78 Linda Weber Philip Weinstein ‘78 & Judy Weinstein Paul Werstine ‘70 Jill A. Whelan ‘93 The Estate of Earl G. Williams Sharon L. Wright-Evans ’74 & Brendan Evans Charles J. Zucchero

Ambassadors – $500 + Katherine Adamcyk Paul A. Agro ‘59 & Carol Agro Matthew Annibale Peter E. Arthurs ‘60 & Judy Arthurs Paul E. Baillargeon ‘77 Andrew M. Bartley ’60 Marie Berlingieri ‘80 Renato M. Berlingieri ‘80 Carolyn M. Boerboom ‘82 & Frank Boerboom David Breech & Joan Breech Mary Cappuccitti Jane M. Carere ‘77 Wayne A. Chorney ‘83 & Brenda Chorney Deborah A. Comuzzi ‘78 Michael A. Cookson ’86 & Catherine Cookson Michelle Corbett ‘84 Linda D. Cornish-Goodwin ‘80 Robin Creeden ‘62 & Diane Tait Robert M. Daudlin ‘61 Francis A. DeSantis ‘72 Michael W. Doucher ‘67 & Cathy M. Doucher Susan Evans Joseph J. Eydt ‘97 Mary Margaret Fox & David Britnell Jean Fromm James A. Frumau ‘61 Stephen J. Fuzy ‘58 & Katarina Fuzy Rosanne Gambrill ‘90 Bette-Jane Genttner John A. Giandomenico ‘66 Margaret Anne M. Grier ‘90 Dale A. Ham ‘88 & Tom Ham Julien R. Hammond Regina Hanley Judy L. Hannivan ‘81 & John Hannivan Mary Henri Elizabeth Hewitt Terry Hobin Ronald R. Holmberg ‘61

Lisa L. Houghton & Scott R. Houghton Geoff Hutton ‘66 & Margaret Hutton ING Direct Allan Irving Lynne Jackson Paul Jacob Xing Jiang Don Kerr Jonathan A. Kielb ‘90 King’s University College Professional Administrative Officers Association King’s University College Residence Council Catherine M. Kovacs ‘83 & Les Kovacs Barbara H. Laing-Hiseler ‘77 Larry Langan Eugene P. LaRocque Tim J. Lee ‘77 & Babs Lee Daniel Maoz James R. McCarney ‘78 Gary C. McCarthy ‘68 William McCloskey ‘65 Paul McCutcheon Janet E. McEwen Tom McGrenere ‘60 In memory of Dr. William McKercher Laura A. Metrick ‘73 & Ronald J. Metrick James A. Metson ‘85 George M. Moore ‘65 & Joan Moore Antonio Morano ‘89 & Jacqueline Morano ‘88 Erika L. Mozes ‘00 Michael D. Muirhead ‘75 Rick Naranowicz & June Naranowicz Euro J. Narduzzi ‘63 Jacquetta Newman Michael Nicholas & Stephanie Nicholas Ana Ning nuskule inc. Jill E. Pariser Darlene A. Patterson ‘82 William D. Payne Samantha L. Pearson ’07 & Donald Gorassini Paul Philbrook & Maureen Philbrook Robert D. Plexman ‘72 Joseph A. Radocchia ‘90 Henry G. Rawlinson ‘90 RBC Foundation Jeff Regan Jennifer Regan & Gareth Davies Regional Social Forum Simone G. Reynolds & John E. Reynolds Michael Rupar ’80 & Jane Rupar William A. Ruth & Susan Ruth David Scandiffio

Michael A. Smith ‘80 Marc Sorrenti Marian E. Spitters ‘83 & Harry Van Bavel The Sunshine Foundation of Canada June A. Sylvester ‘78 Joseph P. Szekeres ‘82 Angela Tallett ‘89 Tim Tattersall ‘96 Katherine E. Tew Darras ‘91 Jill Thompson Jennifer Thwaites John Tudor Holly M. Valentine-McDonald ‘02 Dale E. Vibert ‘82 Alana R. Walker Carpenter ‘96 & Kevin B. Carpenter Rebecca Walker Christopher G. Whelan ‘82 & Linda D. Whelan ‘82 Karl P. Wysotski ‘64 & Phyllis Wysotski Valerie Zawilski

Donors pay it forward On December 6, 2012, donors, students, family and friends attended the annual student awards reception. This event celebrates award recipients and provides donors with an opportunity to meet the students who have benefited from their support. This year over 50 awards were presented.

In Memory of Jacques Goutor Sherry Ann Lewis Peter McMahon Rosemary Thuss

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the following Scholarships and Bursaries were approved in 2012 Christopher Perrin Beatty Lecture in Recognition of King’s Outstanding Teaching Faculty Christopher Perrin Beatty Award in Political Science, History or Philosophy Jaques Goutor Memorial Scholarship Dante Lenardon Legacy Award Dr. William McKercher Political Science Book Fund Award Tom and Anne Marie Peirce Award Bill White Memorial Sunshine Foundation Student Volunteer Award Thank you to all the donors who wish to remain anonymous. The donor listing acknowledges contributions to King’s University College Foundation by individuals, corporations, foundations and other organizations for the period September 1, 2007 until December 31, 2012. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this listing, errors and omissions may occur. Please accept our apologies and bring any corrections to the attention of King’s University College Foundation at 519-433-3491 x 4500 or 1-800-265-4406 x4500, so we can correct this for our donor wall and future listings.

Featured in photo (L-R): Emily Soti, David Ducharme, Linda Ducharme and Stephanie Pelkman

David Ducharme ‘64, first time presenter of the David and Lynda Ducharme Awards, had this to say: “It was enjoyable and rewarding to be part of the reception and ceremony to present, for the first time, student awards endowed by Lynda and myself. The greatest pleasure was meeting the recipients, Emily Soti and Stephanie Pelkman, and learning a little about their programs and aspirations. My own attendance at King’s in the 1960s was aided greatly by scholarships and bursaries available at the time. The student years at King’s and Western have been of lifelong value to me and it feels right to pay it forward by helping others through those years.” Thank you to all our donors who support student financial aid. Your kindness and generosity helps to ease the financial burden of King’s students now and in the future.

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Milestones

Should you have any milestones to share (job announcements/changes/promotions, marriages, birth announcements etc.) please let us know and we’ll include them in the King’s Herald. Please e-mail kcalumni@uwo.ca.

Colin Kelly ‘67 – After eight years in Asia (Singapore) establishing the Rolls-Royce business in Asia Pacific, Colin returned to Canada in 2010. After spending most of the past 25 years living abroad, (UK, USA, Asia) he is glad to be home to stay!

Deborah Mattson ‘81 – was Senior Residential Counsellor at William Proudfoot House from 1981 to 1995. She is now administrative assistant contractual tenure with Woodstock Probation & Parole.

Paula McNamara (nee MacKinnon) ‘73 – Retired from her position as an Ontario Teacher Librarian in June 2011.

Leanne Perreault ’82 – joined the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus executive team as Administrative Officer in February 2013.

June Leitch (nee Wilton) ‘74 – Retired on June 30, 2012, after 21 years of teaching with the Waterloo Region District School Board. Prior to that, June was employed for 15 years with Family and Children’s Services of Waterloo Region. She recently returned from South Africa, which was a retirement gift to herself. Lynn Anstead (nee McMahon) ‘77 – has written three mystery novels since February 2012: Dealing with Tomorrow (released February 2012), Missing my Mark (August 2012) and Twin Harvest (January 2013).

^ Jim Weber ’77 – toured the King’s campus during his visit from Australia. Ronald White ‘77 – has retired from the Government of Alberta after 31 years of social work in many different locations and roles, including child welfare, supervision, management and policy development. He has relocated from Calgary to Sooke, BC. 26

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Karen Stintz ‘92 – was named one of the Top 25 Women of Influence for her work as Toronto Transit Committee Chair and City Councillor in Toronto. Anne Charron (nee Hughes) ‘93 – After graduating from King’s, Anne joined the family business of owning three Tim Horton stores in Hamilton. Now, she is married and a stay at home mom to her lovely daughter Emily. Mark Brennan ‘96 – recently relocated to Victoria, BC, after accepting a position as head of human resources for MAXIMUS Canada.

^ Jason Peetsma ’01 – has been promoted to President and Managing Director at Odgers Berndtson Canada and has been given a new mandate to oversee and run the executive interim business nationally.

^ Andrew Gocentas ‘06 – Andrew Gocentas married Erica Brejak on August 11, 2012. The couple met at Althouse College in 2007 and have been inseparable ever since (unless you count the one year that Erica went to South Korea to teach English). They are both currently teaching in Hamilton.

^ Amy Galigan ‘02 – works as a Canadian Foreign Service Officer and went to the Rakhine State in Burma (Myanmar) in 2011. Through her career at DFAIT, Amy has lived in Ethiopia, Thailand and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and has traveled through Eastern Africa, the former Yugoslavia and Southeast Asia. Mark Loeffler ‘04 – has written two books: Investing in Rent-toOwn Property: A Complete Guide for Canadian Real Estate Investors (released in March 2010) and Fix and Flip (released in November 2012). Ainsley Gray (nee Bladon) ‘05 – After graduating from King’s, Ainsley worked for three years as a social worker in the United Kingdom. She then returned to complete her Master of Public Administration at Western. Using her research, Ainsley helped to develop a new program in Kitchener-Waterloo for individuals with ‘extraordinary needs’, providing flex funding to support a return to community for long stay patients living with mental illness. She is now married and has returned to the UK with her husband where she works on a community mental health team.

Ellen Husk ‘06 – completed her Master of Library and Information Science through Western’s Faculty of Information and Media Studies in 2010 and has been working at Deloitte in Toronto for the past year and a half. She has two daughters and is currently on maternity leave. Magdalena Kubow (nee Lopatowska) ‘07 – is a PhD candidate at Western University in history (Holocaust studies). Her article “Remembering women made victims in war” was published in July in the London Free Press and Ottawa Citizen, and in August in the Canadian Jewish News, as well the Polish American Journal, and the Center for White Rose Studies newsletter.

^ Melissa Page-Nichols ‘07 – Melissa’s youngest daughter Elena is one year old and standing proud in her King’s onesie!


Samuel La France ‘08 – After graduating from King’s, Samuel pursued a Master of Arts degree at the University of Toronto, with a focus in English Renaissance Drama. Shortly after completing the MA, he accepted a summer position as a Tour Guide at the Centre Juno Beach, a Canadian war museum and cultural centre located in Courseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy. He took advantage of his time in France to travel throughout the country, and worked as a volunteer on organic farms in Normandy. Upon returning to Canada, Samuel was hired to work in Event Ticketing at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the Toronto International Film Festival’s year-round cinema. He was then promoted to an internship under Artistic Director Noah Cowan, and has since assumed the position of Programming Assistant in the Lightbox’s Film Programmes department. Beyond overseeing the coordination of Cinematheque and Special Events programming at the Lightbox, he has also undertaken a number of independent curatorial projects, including an upcoming screening of avant-garde films by London artists for Museum London. Tabitha Lavoie ‘09 – holds a position as a television broadcast professional in Toronto and enjoys every minute of it.

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^ Vanessa Law ‘09 – and Kevin Romphf class of 2015 are overjoyed to announce the safe and happy arrival of Airlie Jeanne Romphf. Airlie was born September 2 at 7lbs 14oz. She is a cheerful adventurous girl who will travel alongside her parents and hopes to one day to go to the beautiful Airlie Beach she was named after. She has already attended her first homecoming and looks forward to many more. Heather Marshall ‘10 – completed her MA in History at the University of Waterloo and her MA in Political Science at Laurier. She is currently employed in her field. < Andrea Bezaire (nee MacDonald) ‘02 – and her husband Derek are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Emma Anne (7 lbs 7 oz) who was born on November 24, 2012, at Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario. A nice little sister for Daniel and Cate!

< Peter C. McMahon, King’s professor in the School of Social Work, died peacefully in London on December 9, 2012, following a brief illness. He was surrounded by his loving family, and is survived by his wife, Irene; daughter, Trish; son-in-law, Kevin Ackhurst; and grandsons Jack and Max McMahon Ackhurst. Peter loved life, and with it, his family and pets, teaching, sports (especially hockey), all manner of chocolate, and carrot cake. PHOTO: Azizphoto London Peter was a social worker and professor emeritus, having taught social work for more than 35 years at King’s University College at Western University. Born in North Bay, Peter graduated with a commerce degree from St. Patrick’s College at the University of Ottawa, and went to work for the Auditor General’s Office. He quickly decided this was not to be his life’s work, and turned to social work. He then attended the University of Toronto, graduating with an MEd, MSW, and PhD. Peter spent a number of years in practice before he started teaching. He was dedicated to the practice of social work as a profession, and enjoyed working closely with students in their field placements. His own work focused on performance appraisals and needs assessments of administrative structures in social work agencies, particularly children’s aid societies and associations for community living in southern Ontario. The family requests that donations be made to the Peter McMahon Memorial Bursary at King’s University College. The Foundation Office can be reached at 519-433-3491 x4500 / 1-800-265-4406 x4500. A memorial service will take place at King’s on Friday, April 19, 2013, 2-4 p.m. in the Vitali Student Lounge.

“I always had a lot of respect for him, his classes were always enjoyable, and he had a kind of gossipy ‘I’m-going-to-share-this-with-just-the-20-ofyou-and-don’t-tell-anyone-else’ way about him that made me think I was always on the inside of some inner circle whenever he told us about the goings-on in the organizational sectors of businesses and social service agencies.” Roger Houghton, BSW 1983. “He is the reason I went into social work. His passion for social work was so evident in every lecture he gave. May Professor McMahon’s love for social work be passed on through the students he taught. He made such an impact on so many of us.” Sunshine Hung, BSW 2007. “I loved hearing Professor McMahon speak of his early days in social work. He always shared the best stories! He was full of humour and passionate insight. He was an excellent educator and encouraged me in private conversations to follow my passions in social work. As I’m writing this from Yellowknife, I wonder if he was even aware of how many of us around this country he has inspired to do great things!” Vanessa Rankin, BSW 2010. “Peter took great pride in preparing students for the real world.” Irene McMahon.

In memoriam We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of: ^ Elizabeth Dupuis ‘12 and Tara Dupuis ‘12 – climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in July 2012.

Edward “Joe” Kennedy ’61, who passed away peacefully on July 22, 2012. Laura Carter ’96, who passed away on September 17, 2012, with her family by her side.

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