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90 YEARS 1926 - 2016

From the President 90 years! That’s quite an accomplishment for any institution. So it is with gratitude and humility that St. Paul’s High School and St. Paul’s College celebrate the 90th anniversary of their existence. These two institutions began as one in 1926 and, as you will read further on in this magazine, grew together for 30 years before separating into two independent legal entities. The illustrious history of these institutions is due in large measure to the support of so many generous people in Winnipeg who contributed their resources to keeping the school going through the Depression and the war years, helping it grow and expand, and bringing it to its current status. St. Paul’s High School happily and gratefully acknowledges the generosity of its many benefactors from across the Winnipeg community, but especially among its thousands of alumni whose support allows others to experience the same high-quality, faith-based, holistic education for which the school is justly renowned. Since 1933, when the Society of Jesus assumed responsibility for the school at the request of Archbishop Sinnott, the Jesuits have been integral to the success of the school. Many of the names are now legendary: Fr. Holland, Fr. Monaghan, Fr. Driscoll, Fr. Connelly, and so many more. Now the presence of the Jesuits is greatly diminished, with only two currently working in the school. But the spirit, the values and the mission of the Society of Jesus are as active as they have ever been, with strong lay leaders taking up the challenge of maintaining and advancing the mission of the school in fidelity to its Jesuit identity and tradition. As you leaf through these pages, take the time to reminisce and to enjoy the memories. But also take the time to offer a prayer of gratitude for all those who have made it possible for St. Paul’s to flourish for 90 years. To God be the glory forever!

Fr. Len Altilia, S.J. President


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table of contents Around the School

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Class of 2016 Page 6 Project El Salvador 2016 Page 7 St. Paul's High School Alumni Association

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Maroon & White Alumni Golf Tournament

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The Scene Page 10 Cover Story: Celebrating 90 Years of Excellence

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Keeping the Faith Page 14 2016 Ignatian Challenge Award Tribute Dinner

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Fr. Holland's Corner Page 16 Gonzaga Middle School Update Page 18

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Another group of eager grade nine students joined the Junior Varsity team to learn the game of rugby. While doing so they had a lot of fun and represented our school well. The Varsity Rugby program had another impressive season. The Crusaders pulled off a big semi-final win against Crocus Plains with a final score of 43–5. After this victory, the Crusaders were looking at a rematch of the City Finals which they lost against Glenlawn a week earlier (12–5). This time, St. Paul's played an exceptional game and defeated Glenlawn with a final score of 36–0 to capture the Provincial Championship for the third consecutive year. A special thanks goes out to Head Coach Perry Cole '02 who retired after another successful season.

This year's dinner theatre, Evildoin' at the Eldorado, was produced by Mr. Matthew '72 and Mr. Sterner and directed by Mr. Beeston '76 and Mrs. Bergen. The stars of the show, of course, were our students who were awarded the following: Most Memorable Minor Role: Kim Bautista '16, Most Versatile Actor and Fr. John Pungent, S.J. Spirit Award: Spencer Katerynuk '16, Most Memorable Performance by an Actor: Josh Lambert '16, Directors' Choice Award: Josh Muloin '16 and Sidney Cairo '17, The Kelly Production Award for Stage Work: Ryan East '16 and Finlay McLandress '16, Fr. Murray Award for Most Promising Newcomers to Drama: Carter Kobar '19 and John Hyslop '19 and The Fr. Frank Obrigewitsch, S.J. Award: Anton Sikorsky '16

The year was a busy one for the golf team, starting with a trip to the Antigua National Invitational in Phoenix, Arizona where 41 teams from across the United States competed. For the second year in a row, the Crusader Golf teams won both WWAC titles in the Weir and Ames divisions. The entire 19 man squad competed in the MBCI Invitational at Larters, with one SPHS team winning the A Flight Championship. The boys competed in the Ledingham GM Golf Tournament in Steinbach at the Fly In Course. Again the boys walked away with the team championship. Finally, the boys closed out the season with their first appearance at the Miami Cup in Miami, Manitoba where the team finished 2nd in a unique team competition.



Since 1975, Mr. Vouriot has shared his passion for the study of French language and culture as French teacher and Department Head for many years. Mr. Vouriot has given his energy to the school through his work as an assistant football coach, student council moderator, intramural football coach and assisted the band program in many capacities.

For over 40 years, St. Paul's has benefitted from Mr. Smith's service as an English and Religion teacher, Counsellor, Vice-Principal Administration and Principal, moderator of the Crusader Newspaper and longtime facilitator of Career Day. Perhaps his most important and lasting contribution was initiating and promoting the Spiritual Exercises at the school. Best of luck in retirement!

stAFF NOTES TED HASIUK After 42 years at the school, Mr. Hasiuk will enter a well deserved retirment. Outside the classroom Mr. Hasiuk coached intramural football, hockey and soccer. However, he will be most fondly remembered for his math teaching skills, namly his “slick use of brackets” while solving math problems on the board.


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This year's Varsity Volleyball team travelled to Kamloops for their best tournament finish of the year - finalists, losing to a strong B.C. team. In WWAC play, the Crusaders finished first in the 5 team league. The Crusaders then cruised through the league semi and finals, winning the WWAC league championship in straight sets, undefeated in league play. Going into the provincials the Crusaders were ranked 3rd, behind Steinbach and no. 1 Miles Mac. The Crusaders made it all the way to the Provincial finals against old time rivals Miles Mac. The Crusaders entered the match with renewed confidence and with a balanced attack dismantled the Buckeyes in 3 straight sets. The Crusaders went through the playoffs winning 15 straight sets to capture the MHSAA AAAA Provincial Championship.

In May, a group of 45 choir students travelled to New York City on a cultural and musical exposure trip. Students were exposed to Broadway musicals such as School of Rock (pictured above) and Finding Neverland. The group also visited St. Patrick's Cathedral where they met Cardinal Dolan and Fr. Fogarty who invited them to perform on the next trip to NYC. Students also visited and were exposed to the programs of fellow Jesuit schools Regis and Loyola. Most memorably, however, was their impromptu performance on the New York subway. At this year's Spring Concert, members treated the audience to a medley of classic Beatles songs “Yesterday” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, as well as crowd pleaser “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” featuring a cappella jungle noises.

The Crusaders once again celebrated another successful season. For the first time in Crusader history, St. Paul's owned the field, claiming both the Varsity and Junior Varsity titles. Matt Indome '18 pulled away from the field to win the gold in an exciting finish (200m) and five minutes later Stefan Hreno '16 won the 100m with an outstanding time of 11.09. In shotput, Kyle Wilfer's ('18) huge toss of 12.97 placed him in the bronze medal position. The night ended with the Junior Varsity boys 4 X 400m relay led by anchor Jack Taylor '18 claiming bronze for the Cru. Needing to beat 6.02 meters in the high jump Matt Indome '18 jumped 6.39 meters and secured the JV championship for the crew in another nailbiting finale.

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CLASS OF 2016 Joel Adu-Quaye Joey Albi James Albrechtsen Scott Arran Kim Bautista Rylun Bazinet Thomas Bialy Jack Blankstein Dominic Bohémier Hadrian Bourdon Tanner Brautigan Dane Bumstead William Caldwell Daniel Cantafio Nick Cantafio Ethan Cardinal Nic Casson Heath Chalmers Karam Chatha Mat Chomyn Pietro Cianflone Giuseppe Colatruglio Riley Copp Reid Crawford Matthew D’Ottavio Miguel del Rosario Dustin dela Cruz Michael Demarin Sam Diamond Michael Dobosz Sebastian Dowhanik Ryan East Spencer Ferbers Josh Ferozdin Adam Filmon Gabriel Fiorino Julian Fosty Adrian Fran Matthew Gardner Adam Garofalo Timothy Gesinde Noah Giannuzzi Joshua Girard Jarod Givoli Brad Go Jack Gottfred Jordan Gowdar Anthony Redahl Grigaitis Lucas Grist Nimesh Gunasekera Jeff Hall C.J. Harrison Brendan Hecht Evan Hogarth Ben Hooker Dylan Howorth Stefan Hreno Erik Huebner Pete Huletey Avery Humphries Phillip Hung Sean Jackson Nicholas Johnson Ryan Johnson Orion Kandia Matt Kaneski Milo Karahalios Alexander Karpa Spencer Katerynuk Adam Kramchynsky Hunter Kristjansson Matt Kucheravy-Logan


Mackenzie Kyryluk Josh Lambert Nick Laping Jack Lawrence J.P. Lovell Robert Lussier Jonny Lyon Brandon Marques Noah Martin Jake Maurice Noah McInnes Finlay McLandress Simon Meier Parker Menec Aleksei Minarik Kyle Morton Josh Muloin Don Nguyen Cameron O’Hara Connor O’Hara Junhee Park Martin Peña Chris Penner Matthew Pichlyk Joshua Pinette Nick Prychitko Erik Psooy Matthew Rabb Zach Rawluk Anthony Reyes Joe Riedle Dane Robertson-Stovel Regen Roche Renzs Salangsang Aaron Sawbo Christian Scerbo Daniel Schink Tommy Semchyshyn Axel Sigmar Lucas Signatovich Anton Sikorsky David Sims Ben Skromeda Lukas Skromeda Kyle Sleva Jake Slobodian Mark Stanson Matthew Stasiuk Adam Stefanyshyn Brock Steinke Josh Sterner Jacob Stevens Eric Stevenson Daniel Stokes Matthew Szyszko Cole Tavares Luke Thille Keaton Thornton Andrijko Tkaczyk Max Traa Ivan Tsang Cole Uzat Andreas Verras Luke Want Daniel Weldon Nathan Wilson Alex Woloshyn Matt Wood Chayse Woodward Trevor Wright James Young Cole Zadro Hamzie Zeid

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“...we weren’t yet the class of 2016, but rather a bunch of individuals. This started to change on the Freshmen Retreat WeST. It was on that first night, when we stood alongside our grade 12 leaders with interlocked arms, swaying back and forth, that we sang our lungs out to the song “Lean On Me” for the first time. That night marked the beginning of our brotherhood, and that song would become the anthem of our time at St. Paul’s.”

“ ‘Lean On Me’ began to define our relationships in everything we did. While there were many championship celebrations and standing ovations, which we jubilantly celebrated together, it was the way we could lean on each other when things didn’t go well, that revealed the true colours of the Class of 2016. We are a brotherhood who always provides a listening ear, words of support and encouragement, and a shoulder to lean on. Whether it be for problems at home or at school, a loss on the field or a poor performance, failures and defeats came without blame.” “I’d also like to thank some other individuals who have also been there for us these past four years, our teachers. High school can be quite difficult and stressful, but throughout it all, you guys always found a way to make everything, and I mean everything, due on the same day. You guys were so much more than just teachers; you were our friends and our confidants. You provided us with not only your wisdom and knowledge, but also helped us discover ourselves. Each distinct personality amongst you taught each and every single one of us something more than just the curriculum, and collectively, you taught us how to be leaders by example. You cared about us and were people we could lean on.” “In the end, while I don’t necessarily know the path we will each take from here, I do know that whatever we do, and wherever we go, we will bring the things we learned at St. Paul’s with us, and set the world on fire with our heart.” Excerpts from Validictorial Speech by Sebastian Dowhanik '16

Project El Salvador By Chas Meadows '17 For the first two weeks of July, a delegation of 15 St. Paul’s students and four faculty members (Mr. Kuzenko, Mr. Lewin, Mr. Voth and Fr. Altilia), embarked on a Mission trip to El Salvador, not only to enrich our own lives with this new experience, but also to improve the lives of many of the El Salvadorian people whom we encountered during our time in and around the village of San José Las Flores. The trip was mainly coordinated by Mr. Kuzenko and our friend from El Salvador, Miguel, the two of whom make this trip possible every year. Accompanying us on the trip was a delegation of St. Mary’s Academy students and faculty. Our projects this year took place inside of Centro Escolar de San José Las Flores, a school ranging in grades from kindergarten to grade 9. During our days here, we performed many physically exhausting tasks to improve the school life of the students. Many of us pick axed and shoveled for days, lowering and leveling ground to make it more accessible for the students to use for things like eating and recreation. Some of us spent many hours in the kindergarten wing, repainting the entire building. We all mixed cement and carried it long distances to raise retaining walls of the tilapia pond that the previous year’s mission team installed. Cement was also used to make patios to be used by the students. We helped replace the roof on the kindergarten wing as well. One task that every member of our delegation, student and faculty, all took part in for hours on end was a seemingly endless rock passing line. Trucks would drop massive piles of rocks ranging from 10-40 pounds per rock, and it was our job to move them inside the gates of the school, around buildings and down to an area we leveled to make a patio. We moved rocks for what seemed like an eternity, and when the pile of rocks on the roadside was almost gone, an-

other load of rocks would be dropped. It was an incredible obstacle at the time, but when we looked back at it, we realized it was moments like that that brought us closer together as a team. On the weekends, we travelled back to the capital, San Salvador, and would stay at San José hostel. We spent our weekend rest days with the St. Mary’s group; and together we saw many remarkable sights. We travelled to El Boquerón, a large volcano right by the city that hasn’t been active in 100 years, and the view was incredible. We also spent lots of time learning about El Salvador’s culture and history. Someone who was a very prominent figure in our exploration of the area was Archbishop Oscar Romero. During El Salvador’s civil war in the 1980’s, Romero was a voice for the poor and oppressed who didn’t have a voice. Eventually, he was martyred, as he said a private mass; and to the people of El Salvador, he is a saint, even though he has yet to be officially recognized as one. We visited his house, the church where he was assassinated, and Romero’s tomb. Another place we toured was the Romero Centre at the University of Central America, where six Jesuits were martyred. Before visiting the market one day, we visited Monumento a la Memoria y la Verdad, or the Monument to the Memory and Truth. This monument memorializes the names of over 30,000 civilians that were either murdered or went missing, along with the list of many massacres during the war. The whole experience of being immersed in a totally different culture really opened all of our eyes to a way of life that is so drastically different to what we are used to, yet also relevant in so many ways to our own lives. During our time spent in the village, we grew very close with many of the people living there. We

enjoyed playing games with the school kids, especially soccer, and once we had installed a volleyball net, we played volleyball with them and had lots of fun. Salvador, the school’s English teacher, was someone that all of us grew close with. He was so genuine, charismatic, hilarious and hardworking, and everyone always enjoyed being around him, both working and when he invited us to help teach his English class. Nelson, the school’s principal/president, had been working at the school since he was a teenager. Even though he didn’t speak English, we all grew close with him as he helped us work and led us through many things, like the tour through the village. He led us up a steep road that many of the children walk each day to and from school, and at the top, we were given tours of many homes. Many of these homes were not much more than a bit of lumber, bricks, and metal sheets. This happened to raise a question to many of us: how come these people have so little, yet they are so happy all the time? We thought about this the entire trip, because we are all so used to having so many things at home that these people would never even dream of. Could it be that the reason these people are all so happy is that they don’t focus their lives on materialistic things in life, but instead on the relationships in their lives? As our trip’s end approached, it became harder and harder to say goodbye to all of those that had welcomed us so warmly into their communities. We left El Salvador having learned so much, with a much greater appreciation for everything that we have back at home. We made so many great relationships and learned so many lessons, but this trip was only the beginning of our much bigger mission, which is making the whole world a better place, building the Kingdom of God.

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2015-2016 has been another banner year for the Alumni Association! We have had great success reaching out to more alumni, hosting great events and connecting old and new friends. This year, the board has continued to focus on three key areas, namely:

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Alumni for Others: Extending the Christian Service experience to alumni and making real contributions to the community. Mentorship: Continuing to focus on connecting young alumni with leaders in our community. Networking: Hosting regular events and providing the opportunity for all alumni to make connections.

With this objective in mind, the Alumni Association hosted a number of great events this past year which include our speaker series featuring Paul Soubry ‘80 (CEO of New Flyer Industries), Glenn Joyal ‘78 (Manitoba Chief Justice), and Mitch Bourbonniere ‘81 (Social Worker and 2016 Ignatian Challenge Award recipient).

Volunteering at Rossbrook House

The alumni also showed up in force to support the Alumni for Others program as we spent time volunteering at places such as Winnipeg Harvest, the Christmas Cheer Board and Rossbrook House. These events were a great success and enjoyed by the many alumni who were able to attend. We are looking forward to building on this great momentum and have a number of events lined up for the 2016-2017 year, so please stay tuned for more information.

REGIONAL CHAPTER MEETINGS This past spring, Fr. Len Altilia, S.J., Darla Hooker, Randy Van de Mosselaer '86 and Larry Franz travelled to Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver for the 9th Annual Regional Alumni Chapter Meetings. These meetings provide an opportunity for alumni to connect with other alumni living in the same region and receive updates about and events taking place at the school. A huge thank you to all those who attended across the country and in particular we'd like to acknowledge the generosity and express our gratitude to the alumni hosts across the country: Paul Van Walleghem ’89 and Michael Sangster ’87 in Ottawa, Len Glass '81 in Vancouver, Michael Southam '91 in Calgary and the Jesuits of English Canada in Toronto. See you next year!

Class of 1966

CLASS REUNIONS The classes of 1966, 1986, 1991, 1996 and 2006 celebrated their special anniversary reunions on Friday, June 3rd, 2016 in Alumni and Friends Hall. Many were able to see the school for the first time since they graduated courtesy of some members of the Maroon and White Society who conducted tours. Relationships were renewed and memories shared as over 100 alumni joined us for a night of reminiscing and bringing each other up to date on what has happened in their lives since their graduation from St. Paul's. The Class of 1976 held their 40 year reunion weekend on June 10-12 which included a golf game, drinks at the Stagger Inn and a catered dinner in Alumni and Friends Hall.

Class of 1976

BOARD OF DIRECTORS We would like to thank Paul Allard ‘93 and Paul Grant ‘76 who are stepping down from the Association Board at years end. They have made great contributions and were key to our early success. In addition, we would also like to welcome the following new members to the Association Board: Michael Catanese ‘13, Paul Crust ‘87, Harrison Grant ‘09, Dan Kulas ‘10 and Scott Parker ‘06. Class of 1996


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We hope you had a great summer and look forward to seeing you out at Homecoming, and other Alumni events in 2016-2017.



ALUMNI GOLF TOURNAMENT Over 144 alumni spanning all decades participated in the 22nd Annual Maroon and White Alumni Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 at Breezy Bend Golf and Country Club. The weather was perfect and we are appreciative to all those who attended and made this year's tournament a success! Approximately $20,000 was raised for the bursary fund. Special thanks goes out to all of our sponsors especially tournament sponsor Shawn Bergen ’88 of CWS Logistics Ltd. Congratulations to Polaris Trophy Winners (lowest score to the team with an average age under 40) Scott Cannon ‘09, Addison Herosian ‘09, Kirk Knudsen ‘09 and Brock Zimak ‘09 and Ernie Ostermann '57 Trophy Winners (lowest score to the team with an average age over 40) Scott Brown ‘91, Ronald Keelan ‘89, David Kolton ‘89, Robert Merello ‘89, Richard Robertson ‘82 and Richard Van de Mosselaer ‘89.

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The Class of 1976 at their annual Jets night where they raised over $5,000 for the Class of '76 Bursary Fund

Winners of the Ernie Ostermann '57 trophy at the Maroon and White Alumni Golf Tournament

Members of the Class of 1986 celebrating their 30 year reunion

Paul Van Walleghem ’89, John Packer ’78 and Nicolas Joubert ’09 at the Ottawa Regional Chapter Meeting

Jason Behamdouni ‘90 and Mark Sitter ’94 at the Toronto Regional Chapter Meeting

Recent alumni attending the Alumni Speaker Series featuring Mitch Bourbonniere ‘81

The Class of 2006 celebrating their 10 year reunion

Honourary chair Mary Lou Albrechtsen and her guests at the 30th Anniversary Fashion Show

Michael Johnson '83, Nicholas Johnson '16, Mike Rodgers '11 and C.J. Harrison '16 at the Graduands Golf Tournament

The Class of 1986 at the Maroon and White Alumni Golf Tournament

Vancouver Regional Chapter Reunion

The Class of 2006 celebrating their 10 year reunion


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Robert Semchyshyn, Tommy Semchyshyn '16, Jeff Laping '89 and Nicholas Laping '16 at the Graduands Golf Tournament

Members of the Class of 2016 and their moms at the Mother Son Mass and Luncheon

Braydin Huynen ‘03, Andrew Parkes ‘03, Brandon Ellement ‘03 and James Procopchuk ‘03 at the Alumni Golf Tournament

D.J. Guzda ‘96, Rodel Capistrano ‘96 and John Rutley ‘96 at their 20 year reunion in Alumni and Friends Hall

Thor Sigmar '14, Axel Sigmar '16 and Derrick Sigmar '78 at the Class of 2016 Convocation

Terry Stefanyshyn, Adam Stefanyshyn '16, Sam Diamond ‘16 and Gerald Diamond ‘83 at the Graduand Golf Tournament

Members of the Class of 1986 at their 30 year reunion in Alumni and Friends Hall

Victor Martin ‘06, Raffaele Richichi ‘06 and Fabio Fiorentino '06 at their 10 year reunion in Alumni and Friends Hall

Winners of the Polaris trophy at the Maroon and White Alumni Golf Tournament

Wade Lawrence ‘86, Jeff O’Driscoll ‘86 and Sean Ceasar ‘86 at their 30 year reunion in Alumni and Friends Hall

John VanBenthem '96, Rodel Capistrano '96, Matt Berven '96 and Martin Riazuddin '96

Gestur Kristjansson ‘86 entertains the crowd as emcee at the 30th Anniversary Parent Guild Fashion Show

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Celebrating 90 Years of Excellence A Rich History In 1926, the Oblate Fathers, at the invitation of Archbishop Alfred A. Sinnott of Winnipeg, opened the first English Catholic High School for boys in the Province of Manitoba. Due to the rapid increase in students, the building on Selkirk Avenue in North Winnipeg soon proved inadequate and in 1931 the school moved downtown to the corner of Ellice and Vaughan Street. Enrollment increased to such proportions that in 1932, Paul Shea Hall was erected, providing a separate High School building. This addition, containing six classrooms, a gymnasium and some offices, doubled the capacity of St. Paul's. The following year, at the request of the Archbishop, the Jesuit Fathers of Upper Canada assumed ownership with a staff of four Jesuits (Fr. John Holland, S.J. was Rector), eight diocesan priests, and four lay teachers. There were about 200 students attending the school. Despite financial difficulties, the College continued to grow. Characteristic was the expansion of the library from 100 volumes in 1937 to more than three thousand volumes in 1942 offering free lending privileges to the surrounding community. Extracurricular activities ranging from Drama, Oratorical Contests (Bing Crosby Speech

Contest), the Sodality, and various student publications to Basketball, Boxing, Track and Field, Hockey and Rugby formed an important part of life at St. Paul's. 1933 saw the curtain open on "Charlie's Aunt': the first of more than 120 dramatic productions in the school's history. Until this time, students and members of various athletic teams were referred to as Collegians, Paulinians and Paulines until Vince Leah, a reporter at the Winnipeg Tribune, dubbed our athletes Crusaders. The moniker stuck and to this day the name Crusaders, or Cru, is as well known as the name of the school itself. Dubbed "Little Notre Dame" in the late 30's, St. Paul's in October of 1942 had captured its eighth Manitoba Schools' Rugby League championship. The game went down in history as the "greatest victory in St. Paul's Football annals" perhaps not equalled until 1982 when the Crusaders won the Winnipeg High School Football League Championship in the 50th year of the league's existence. As early as 1958 a city alderman had inquired about the possibility of obtaining the St. Paul's site for a new city hall. That initial query began a process of talking and planning that led to the eventual decision in the fall of 1961 to sell the deteriorating Ellice and Vaughan property if the sum realized from its sale would make possible new high school buildings on a more suitable site. On September 9, 1962 the school property was sold and a decision taken to complete construction of a new building for September 1964. (The College section of St. Paul's had relocated on The Fort Garry campus of University of Manitoba in 1958.) A study each year indicated that fewer students were attending from the North End and that more students were coming from the growth areas in the South and West. After


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much consultation and study an 11.3 acre site was acquired in suburban Tuxedo. On September 8th, 1964, St. Paul's High School opened its 3rd, and current location, on Grant Ave. For its time, St. Paul's High School was a state-of-the-art facility and attracted students from all corners of the city. To this day, many of the original fixtures remain, a testament to the quality, design and maintenance of the school's excellent facilities.

"Memories of St. Paul's live on in the alumni of the school. That's why we keep coming back. We bleed maroon." -Patrick Jackson '12

In May of 1981. Fr. William F Ryan. S.J., Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus of Upper Canada, published "Our Way of Proceeding in the '80's''. The result of much prayer, consultation, planning and reflection over a two year period, it represented a concensus statement on how the apostolic works of English speaking Canadian Jesuits were to continue through the decade. St. Paul's was challenged to fuller collaboration with the laity in the school community regarding policy making and administration . The Society of Jesus reserved for itself for central responsibility for Jesuit inspiration and vision in the school. Further, the school was asked to go beyond academic excellence to develop an integral formation for its students, to train men motivated by genuine gospel values. In July of 1982, Fr. David Creamer, S.J. was appointed Director of the Apostolate. The following year Mr. Larry Franz, former head of the Science Department and a teacher at St. Paul's for thirteen years, became the school's first lay Principal. The school's Board of Directors, in the absence of express direction from the Jesuits, assumed responsibility for the management of

over 9,000 alumni

SEVEN rhodes scholars

137 city/divisional championships

the business affairs of the St. Paul's High School Corporation. In January of 1984, the Jesuit Community moved from Grant Avenue into smaller, more suitable, accommodation nearby. Their former residence was renovated and renamed the Monaghan Wing in tribute to Fr. St. Clair Monaghan, S.J., Principal from 1948-1971. It provided St. Paul's with much needed staff work space, student counselling offices, a small chapel, proper music and computer facilities, and several additional classrooms. It further allowed for a twenty­-five per cent expansion in enrollment at a time when applications had reached an unprecedented high. Smaller projects in the 1980's saw improvement to food and washroom facilities in the Cafetorium, an expansion of library and audio-visual facilities and resources, provision of a proper Biology Laboratory, and the renovation of locker room and dressing room. It was not until 2000 that the next major capital expansion took place in the form of the Angus Reid Arts and Multimedia Wing. That expansion provided students with additional classroom space, an art room, state-of-the-art music facilities, Mac lab, Crusader Shoppe, Crusader lockerroom, amphitheatre and arguably the most popular area of the school - a new cafeteria. With enrollement hovering around 500, students and staff thrived in the additional space and gave St. Paul's much needed space and modern facilities that it so desperatly needed. The result of this strategic investment was greater interest in the school and a resulting increased enrollment. More than a decade later, with enrollment close to 600 students, St. Paul's was once again in need of additional space to meet the demands of students, families and alumni. A strategic plan for the school was divised and as a result The Partners in the Mission Campaign was launched, the single largest campaign in the history of St. Paul's. The bursary endowment fund

102 provincial championships

250,000 volunteer hours in the community

120 drama productions

65 kairos retreats

1972 only year with female students

was doubled from $4 million dollars to $8 million, ensuring qualified families access to a Jesuit education, regardless of family income and rising tuition costs. The campaign also saw the construction of the Paul Albrechtsen MultiPlex providing additional classroom space, a stateof-the-art weight room, an Alumni and Friends Hall and the Richardson Gymnasium, which not only acts as athletic space but also a gathering space for school mass, assemblies and convocation, to name a few.

No matter what graduation year or school location, the St. Paul's community of alumni, students, staff and parents share a common history and bond that spans generations.

With the addition of the Paul Albrechtsen MultiPlex, St. Paul's has undoubtedly become one of Manitoba's premiere educational facilities, allowing students to excel not only academically, but athletically and spiritually as well.

"[the] greatest high school in Canada"

A Lasting Impact For generations of Crusaders who reflect on their time at St. Paul's, and the years since, a central theme remains - friendship and brotherhood. Perhaps no other school in Winnipeg, fosters such bonds of friendship and close knit ties with students, staff, alumni and their families than St. Paul's.

For 90 years, St. Paul's High School has transformed the Winnipeg community with its holistic approach to education, preparation of young men for post-secondary education and leadership in the community, and perhaps most importantly, its mission to educate Men for Others.

-Gary Doer '66 Fmr. Canadian Ambassador to the United States 2011 Tribute Dinner

The Jesuit model of education is unique to Winnipeg and has lead to incredible outcomes for our students, faculty, staff, parents and friends - but it wasn't always easy. Over the years, St. Paul's High School has had to grow and evolve to address the changing needs of students and families while still remaining true to its core mission and vision. Central to this mission, and a key to St. Paul's success, is the ability to delicately balance excellence in education with growth of the whole person in body, mind and spirit. The result: generations of alumni, who, while following thier passion, do so in a way that makes a positive impact in their surrounding communities and with respect and tolerance for the people around them. From titans of industry to social workers, from computer programmers to leaders in professional sports, our alumni have made an incredible impact on our city, province, country and world. St. Paul's is a truly blessed community and wishes to thank all those who have made the past 90 years so remarkable. AMDG

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Keeping the Faith As you walk through the hallways at St. Paul’s High School, you will notice the recent addition of beautiful murals in the tunnel connecting to the Paul Albrechtsen MultiPlex, the richly woven rug on which rests “Christ Rising”, the Jesuit insignia in the foyer, and the large crucifix in the MultiPlex. What you may ask yourself is, where do all of these lovely items come from? They were all donated as gifts by a man named Ted Moscarella '48 along with a large private foundation that helps students with bursaries and Jesuit mission work. Ted has made a life-long commitment to be a “Man of Others” and has silently worked with St. Paul’s High School for over 20 years. Tim Chimuk of Chimuk Landry Private Wealth who is a close confidant was able to sit down with him recently to have his story told. Ted Moscarella just recently celebrated his 89th birthday. As a young child, he went to the Alexandra School, which historical records say was a show piece and architecturally ahead of its time. Afterwards, he attended St. Paul’s High School until he graduated. After one year of university and then one year of college he became a draftsman, working for MTS for over 30 years. Ted lived in River Heights with his dog Sandy and now has been retired for almost as long as he worked. Ted is fascinated by trains and built a model train display that covered a huge area of the basement of his previous home. Ted has always been fiercely independent and has remained living independently until just recently. Ted is modest to a fault, but deeply admired for his strength of character. He has a sharp intellect, a wry sense of humor and strong religious roots.

“When I first started going to St. Paul's, schools were respected, St Paul's even more so. They were disciplined and it was accepted that religion was an important part of the culture.” St. Paul’s had a profound influence on Ted’s life from a young age. He felt there was a tighter bond there as compared to anywhere else because of the comradery between the students, and their willingness to help one another. There were many Jesuit priests teaching back then, who helped to shape the concept of giving back which remained an important lifelong lesson for Ted. Ted loved going to the school. The Jesuits were great educators and they made it a feel like a second home for him. Ted has supported both student activities and building initiatives at St. Paul’s High School. He feels it is important to have facilities that students


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and staff can be proud of. Upon every visit, he wants to see the “mural pictures” and hear more St. Paul’s news. He believes no young man should be denied entry to St. Paul’s because of money and has created a foundation to support that belief. Ted’s family always supported St. John Brebeuf and the Franciscan Order. He supports The United Way because he feels it does great work for many of Winnipeg’s non-profits. Ted has chosen to support St. Mary’s Academy because of its strong reputation for educating young women and helping them to excel. Ted has supported St. Paul’s High School unconditionally and has asked for nothing in return. Just witnessing the continued success of St. Paul’s has enriched his life and has created meaningful purpose in his retirement years. Being an agent of change in his community of faith and a part of the legacy that is St. Paul’s has truly allowed him to fulfil his life-long commitment of being a “Man for Others”.

Ignatian Challenge Award Tribute Dinner PRESENTED BY:

Honouring Mr. Mitch Bourbonniere '81 St. Paul’s High School is pleased to announce Mr. Mitch Bourbonniere ’81 as the recipient of the 2016 Ignatian Challenge Award. After graduating from St. Paul's in 1981, Mitch completed his Masters Degree in social work from the University of Manitoba. He was proud to have played football for the St. Paul’s Crusaders as well as the University of Manitoba Bisons. Mitch has enjoyed a 30-year career in social services in Winnipeg including working in the fields of justice, education, child welfare, and mental health. Mitch credits the values he learned at St. Paul’s, including being a “Man for Others", in helping him in his life's work. He is especially proud of his ongoing relationship with Rossbrook House which started when Mitch did a placement there through St. Paul's in 1979. Fr. Len Altilia, SJ, President of St. Paul’s High School, explains the choice for this year’s honouree, “In this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis has encouraged the whole Church to grow in the practice of mercy. It is, therefore, most appropriate that we recognize the work and service of Mitch Bourbonniere ‘81 as an agent of God’s mercy among the poorest citizens of Winnipeg. Mitch stands as an exemplar of what it means to be a Man for Others.” “We can think of nothing more appropriate than St. Paul’s High School - the school that taught Mitch to be a Man for Others - acknowledging his life’s work with the Ignatian Challenge Award” explain honourary dinner co-chairs Paul ’81 and Anne Mahon. “As a social worker, university lecturer and councilor specializing in at-risk youth, gang members and issues of addictions and mental health, Mitch has developed a reputation for never turning anyone away. In his daily support of the most marginalized, through agencies including Victim Services, Child and Family Services and Spotlight Probation Program, all of Mitch’s actions are done with compassion and love.”

The Ignatian Challenge Award will be presented to Mitch at the 23rd annual Tribute Dinner at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016. The award recognizes individuals within our community who embrace the ideals of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, and who reflect the characteristics and qualities inherent in a Jesuit education at St. Paul's High School. Award recipients, through their leadership and commitment to service, become examples for our students of a lived faith and a commitment to becoming Men and Women for Others. The event is an annual fundraiser for the St. Paul's High School Bursary Program which provides need-based tuition assistance to qualified students. Bursaries are an essential aspect of a Jesuit education and provide opportunities to families who would not otherwise be able to attend St. Paul's High School because of financial constraints. In recent years, St. Paul's High School has awarded as much as $485,000 per year in financial aid to qualified families.

YOUR SUPPORT CHANGES LIVES Sponsor Level Dinner Tickets VIP Reception Tickets Recognition Price Ignatian 10 Tickets 2 Basic $3,500 Maroon & White 10 Premium 4 Enhanced $5,000 Magis 10 Premium 6 Premium $10,000 Individual tickets: $225 (Includes tax receipt for the applicable portion) To purchase tickets or to become a sponsor please contact Randy Van de Mosselaer '86 at (204) 831-2332 or T H E C RU S AD ER | S U MMER 2016


Fr. Holland’s Corner New job? Celebrating a special milestone such as a wedding or birth of a child? We want to hear from you! Send your updates to and they will appear in the next edition of The Crusader.


St. Paul’s community has a strong tradition of generosity toward the Father Holland Learning Centre. Over the years the school has benefited from several donations that strengthened our core collection and broadened the range of our resources. This fall, we received a very generous donation of approximately 40 boxes of primarily non-fiction books from James Keleher and family. This gift translated to over 250 books added to the collection – more than doubling the books added to the non-fiction collection this year. This generous gift benefited our community, the community of St. Mary’s Academy, as well as several schools who are part of the Manitoba Federation of Independent Schools. It is important for us to have a strong, current print collection, which is difficult as we must also maintain a virtual library collection of databases and ebooks. Gifts such as Mr. Keleher’s ensure we have the books that we simply are not be able to purchase.


Don Hart recently hosted a sausage and beer party with fellow alumni from the 1950's including George Steciuk '55, Richard Stephanchew '56, Bill Prins '57, Warren Weldon '56, Les Oliver '57 and Lou Mainella '56.


Last fall Len Sitter was inducted into the Brandon University Sports Wall of Fame on October 17, 2015 for his contribution to their football team. Len played centre and was drafted by the Blue Bombers.


Charles Pazdor received the 2015 Outstanding Volunteer Award by the Society of Actuaries. Over the course of 20 years Charly has given his time writing case studies and presentations.


After their 40th Anniversary Reunion this past June, a group from the class of 1975 put together a donation in honour of our deceased classmate, Bill Volk, who died in 2011. A cheque was presented to Bill’s spouse, Wendy, who, along with the family, organizes the Bill Volk Celebra tion Gold Classic each year. The tournament raises funds that are donated to Right to Play, and are used to support education in Tanzania. They’ve raised $375,000 over the years.

Operations, Training, Construction, Product Development and Field Service and is currently the Operations Manager for BC and Fort McMurray. Al recently received the President’s Award recognizing the top 1% of employees worldwide. The ceremony was held at Navy Pier in Chicago Illinois (pictured below). Last year Al enjoyed his third sabbatical with McDonald’s (3 months paid holiday) and spent the time at Expo 2015 in Milan, London, Venice, Buenos Aires, Santiago, New York, Boston and Washington.


Chris Pybus, who is currently at the ADM (Mat) in the Director Materiel Group Strategic Planning (DMGSP) as the Senior Analyst Government Reporting will be moving back to the Department of National Defense. Craig Wray and his wife Martina Wuersch recently moved back to Winnipeg (after being away for 25 years, including 17 years in California). Craig has retired from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, but remains very active in volunteer work at ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers). He also plans to restart his engineering consulting work in Winnipeg, addressing energy efficiency and air quality issues in buildings. For now, they are enjoying a mini sabbatical from work and international travel while they unpack from the move.

John Heim, along with Matt Wolff '01, and are opening a craft brewery in Winnipeg called Torque Brewing. (


Gilbert Le Gras recently graduated from the Canadian Forces College’s National Security Programme. The year-long course is for senior Canadian and foreign military officers and Canadian public servants working on national security.


Michael J. Ballingall is proud to announce the graduation of his second son, Alex Ballingall, from the UBC Okanagan with a degree in business management.


Still with KPMG since joining in 1984, Greg Wiebe recently completed 5 years as the Global Head of Tax for KPMG International, and has recently rejoined KPMG Canada as the Canadian Managing Partner for tax, a role he previously held from 2007 until 2011.


After graduating, Jon Jay Neufeld went backpacking across Europe and met a Danish girl. They moved to Denmark at a very young age and have two sons.


Len Glass is a Partner at Lawson Lundell LLP in Vancouver and has been the proud host of the last two St. Paul’s Vancouver Chapter Reunions.


Al Flannagan is celebrating 35 years with McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada; after roles in


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Ryan Zarychanski (below, second from left) was

selected as the first Lyonel G. Israels Professorship at the University of Manitoba. The Lyonel G. Israels Professorship in Hematology is dedicated to researching hematology, benefitting treatments against blood diseases such as leukemia, and enhancing the training of Manitoba’s medical students in the field of hematology.


Timothy Giannuzzi is currently living in Edmonton and works as a speechwriter for Premier Rachel Notley and her cabinet. After leaving St. Paul’s, Tim obtained a BA in archeology from the University of Calgary and an MA in Ancient Near Eastern Languages from the University of Toronto. He works in the Alberta government’s Public Affairs Bureau.


Wade Davidson has been hired to be the Assistant States Attorney Morton County in Mandan, North Dakota.


Dylan Magnus moved to Calgary in January 2015 and is a Manager with MNP LLP’s Investigative and Forensic Services. Dylan provides professional services to all types of businesses across Canada, however, he primarily focuses on Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario. Dylan also serves as a board member for the St. Paul’s High School Alumni Association, and the Calgary Crime Stoppers Association. Dylan can be contacted at dylan.


After graduating from St. Paul's, Alexander Boyd went onto to play Rugby Union with the Winnipeg Saracens Club, the Brisbane South’s Club and then to Vancouver’s Meralomas Club. He played two seasons (2012 and 2013) for the BC Bears. Alex currently plays with the Capilano Premier Men’s Team. In 2015 he tried out for the Team Canada Rugby League, the Wolverines, and successfully earned a position. He has played two series with the Wolverines in the U.S. and a 3rd series will be played in Hawaii July 2016.


Steve Setka is currently working with the professional Ice hockey league the AIHL (Australian Ice Hockey League) in Melbourne with the Melbourne Mustangs and Melbourne Ice. Steve is also travelling all over Australia and New Zealand building the travel blog website:

Zach Robert recently graduated with his Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and International Business from the Asper School of Business. He was one of only two Manitobans to be named to the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants’ National Honour Role for high achievement on the Uniform Final Exam. He is currently working as a Senior at Deloitte, and is in Luxembourg working this summer as a Chartered Accountant with the company.


Paul Kraemer graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska on May 14, 2016. Paul received his Doctor of Pharmacy. He has relocated to Phoenix, Arizona where he will begin his career with Walgreens. This spring, Juris Doctor candidate Carson Falk was awarded a JSD Tory Writing Award, which is one of the two top prizes awarded at the 9th Annual Canadian Law Student Conference at the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor. Carson's paper is titled Mortal (re)Coil: The Negative Implications of Insurance in Cases of PhysicianAssisted Dying and examines the potentially problematic relationship between insurance and the relatively new idea of physician-assisted dying.


Travis Braschuk has been hired as a musician on the Carnival Cruise Ship Victory in the Caribbean.


After being ranked #2 in Manitoba's Top 10 Graduating Volleyball players by the Winnipeg Sun, and having played club, Junior Bisons and on the provincial volleyball team, David Dobson has signed with the College of the Rockies Avalanche in Cranbrook, British Columbia.

Congratulations to the ten St. Paul's alumni who graduated from the Faculty of Medicine this year. L-R: Robert Schmidt ‘09, Christopher Classen ‘08, Mark Nassar ‘06, Matthew Kulas ‘08, Samuel Neily ‘08, James Stone ‘07, Duncan Maguire ‘08, Antonio Paletta ‘08, Aaron Dubyna '07 and James Simmonds ‘02.

In Memoriam John Atkins, Father of Scott ’86 Larry Beeston '42, Father of Larry '72, David '76 and Paul '84 Gerald Caron ’44, Father of Gerald '72, Lawrence '79 and Sandra Dorothy Caron, Mother of Gerald '72, Lawrence '79 and Sandra Peter William Clarke, Father-in-law of James Buchok '75 and grandfather of Matthew '11, Sacha '13 and James '17 Rina De Sordi, Grandmother of Alessandro '13 and Stefano '17 Brian Duggan ‘55 Helen Franz, Mother of Larry Franz Henriette Gamby, Mother of George '67 and Andre '77 Roland Gosselin'48, Uncle of Don Gosselin '77 John Gunn ’71 Ollie Anna Guly, Mother of Chris ’79 Sheila Hughes, Mother of Ian Beck '76 Stan Kaminski '79 Peter Koshowski, Grandfather of Tyler ’10, Myles ‘15 and Riley’18 Paul Lindsay ‘49, Brother of Rod ’53 Joe Mazur, grandfather of Matthew Lorange '11 Brendan McQuade, Grandfather of Bob Lewin Joan Moore, mother of John Moore ’85 Aidan O'Brien, Father of Shannon '86 Jack O’Neill ‘47 Dr. Albert Benjamin Ostrander ‘35 Irma Owczar, Mother of David Owczar Tom Rice, Grandfather of Mac Rice '18 Margaret Robson, Mother of Scott '81, Craig '83, Curtis '86 and Kevin '88 Frank Rowan, Father of Patrick ’68, Philip ’71 and Anthony ‘78 Beatrice Sheridan, Mother of Blair '77 Joanne Singbeil, mother of Patrick '86 and Alex '99 Maria Stabene, Mother-in-Law of Joe Fiorentino '81 and grandmother of Mario '15 John (Jack) Sinnott '39, Father of Clark '67 Henry Syzek '40 Michael Talgoy '71, Brother of Ken '73, Per '78 and Erik '82 Scott Taylor '95 John (Jack) Thomson, Father-in-law of Tom Kleysen '76 and grandfather of Stephen Kleysen '15 Bernie Toni ’60, Brother of Conrad ’62 and Stephen ’68, Uncle of William ’06 and Thomas ‘11 Peter Vis, Father of William ’83, Grandfather of Hendrik ’17 and William ‘12 Paul Zywina, Father of Michael '77, Cameron '82 and Geoffrey '84

If you would like to celebrate the memory of a loved one please contact our Chaplain, Fr. Michel Boutlilier, S.J., at to arrange a mass intention for our 8:00am daily mass in the Canadian Martyrs' Chapel

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Gonzaga Middle School Welcomes its First Class After two and a half years of planning and preparation, Gonzaga Middle School will open its doors to its first Grade 6 class this September becoming the second Jesuit Nativity-model school in Canada. Gonzaga Middle School will operate in a building leased from St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Catholic parish located at 174 Maple Street North in Winnipeg’s North End Point Douglas neighbourhood.

gramming teacher. Prior to school opening, the first class of students participated in the inaugural two week summer camp at Camp Manitou in Headingly run by the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation.

The school opening this September comes about thanks to the steadfast commitment, generosity and hard work of many people who have served on the initial Steering Committee of the two-year Feasibility Study process and the ongoing guidance and wisdom of the thoughtful, highly qualified Board and broader Advisory Committee. In particular, it is thanks to the initial financial backing and support of Mr. Mark Chipman ’78 as Chairperson, Mr. Bob Puchniak ’65 as Vice-Chairperson and Mr. Steve Chipman ’69 as Secretary of the founding Board that GMS’ opening was made possible.

The opening of Gonzaga Middle School represents an exciting opportunity for children from low income families in the North End and North East Downtown. Gonzaga Middle School will help them develop to their full potential, to break the cycle of poverty and to become leaders for the service of others through its delivery of a Jesuit Nativity-model middle school education. It is only with the support and engagement of the local community, Gonzaga Middle School Board and Committee members, alumni of St. Paul's High School and alumnae of St. Mary's Academy, the larger Winnipeg community and people of many faiths and backgrounds that Gonzaga Middle School will thrive and serve its mission. We look forward to the exciting first year of Gonzaga Middle School’s journey! The first team of educators and support staff (including St. Mary's Academy alumna and current mother Danica Smith ’93 as Office Manager) have been hired including two very experienced and successful full-time teachers and a recent St. Paul's High School and University of Winnipeg graduate, Mark Lapage ’11, as a half-time support and after-school pro-


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