January 1, 2021 and we are at day 293 and counting. Now I know what cabin fever is all about and sadly it looks like another four or five months of isolation. In late April it will be time to drag my golf clubs out of storage and get a lot more fresh air finally – I can hardly wait. I’m now limited to short walks when weather permits, a few shopping excursions and riding my exercise bike in the basement to nowhere and back. I did manage to bottle some wine, called “Pandemic Merlot” and will get another beer kit to start early in January. Some would say a very sad existence but, at least were alive.
Jeopardy host and Canadian icon, Alex Trebek passed away in late November but he had enough shows in the bank to carry through to the week before Christmas. I am/was an avid Jeopardy fan and it is truly sad to see him go. It has been a little bit eerie watching this last month knowing he was no longer with us. It must have been tough for him to carry on like that but he was dedicated and a trouper. Will Ken Jennings take over and will I still watch faithfully? Remains to be seen.
On the political front, Bill Barr angers Trump by saying there was no evidence of wide spread voter fraud that would change the election results – gutsy move Mr. Barr. Trump didn’t fire him on the spot (he probably knows too much) but by Christmas he had resigned. Supreme Court two, Trump & Co. zero, and the Electoral College confirms Biden’s win. Perhaps, maybe, hopefully things will get back closer to normal in the US. It is a very scary situation as Trump and die hard supporters continue to muddy the waters and look for ways to overturn the election results even suggesting that the military force new elections in the so called battleground states. Aren’t you glad Canada is a little more laid back?
A little bit of a scare when my ten year old grandson was tested for Covid on December 13 after coming down with a cough and fever. He attends St. Lambert Elementary and according to their protocol he and his younger brother had to stay home until the results came back, Two days later they came back negative, his fever had gone and both boys were send back (much to their dismay). The elementary school and St. Lambert International have only had a few cases. In-school classes ended December 16 and kids will be out until January 11 with the hope of reducing transmission. Hope they all behave themselves over the holidays.
My October 22 cancelled Doctor’s appointment finally happened on December 9. Almost two months from its original date. My doctor confirmed that the MUHC’s computer system had been hacked, but, that they were now functioning normally. There was good news in that test results showed my condition was stable, however, I will undergo an MRI in the spring when the Covid situation has abated somewhat. So, it looks like maybe I have a few more years to live!
Francois giveth and then taketh away. Premier Francois Legault floated the idea that it might be possible for Quebec families to have two gatherings of up to ten people over the holidays. Most of us thought this was pure fantasy and sure enough two weeks later the skyrocketing Covid numbers forced cancellation of any holiday family get togethers. It will be a virtual Christmas for my wife and I but I will still cook and distribute a turkey dinner to the kids– just like thanksgiving.
Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa. I picked the wrong Sandra Taylor last month. We have two Sandra Taylors on our data base and last month I wrongly chose Sandra from the class of 1958. It should have been Sandra from the class of 1961. Sorry Sandra my bad but I did put you in this month.
Thanks to Pamela Store, class of 1984, for pointing me to the article about Inez Jabalpurwala. (say that 10 times fast) It is gratifying to read success stories about our fellow alumni.
And, as always, we are looking for content to keep the newsletter going. Send me your photos and/or stories, please.
Have a Happy New Year and until next month, stay safe.
Welcome New and Renewing Alumni Association Members
Class of 1961
From Surrey, BC
Class of 1957
From Ottawa, ON
Donna Doyle (Millichamp)
Class of 1959
From St. Hubert, QC
Please renew now.
Class of 1961
A letter from Roger Roy
My life thus far
After managing to graduate from Chambly County, I obtained academic degrees in political science BA Mount Allison University and Master of Arts in international affairs at the Norman Paterson School at Carleton University. After a year travelling though South America with my wife Geraldine I did my course work for a doctorate in Political Science at McGill U. In 1964 I had been was chosen to participate as a student on the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) International Seminar to Algeria representing Mount Allison University (Mt A). It marked the beginning of a career related to international development and international affairs.
I have been fortunate in making lifelong friendships with work related travel to over 90 countries. Algeria was an exciting introduction to life in North Africa with 40 other students and faculty representing universities from across Canada. In 1970 I became the Executive Director of World University Service of Canada (WUSC). My university studies and work with WUSC were stepping stones to joining the Honourable Marc Lalonde as a Special Assistant. Lalonde was a Federal Cabinet Minister of Health and Welfare in the Government of Pierre Trudeau. Deciding that a career as a politician was not going to be my passion in life, I then moved on to lead the Nigerian Topographic Mapping Project for two years funded by Canada. My wife Geraldine and I were based in Kano and my work focussed surveying the North East of country. Geraldine taught languages at the local university. It was the only region of Nigeria not surveyed by the British when they granted Nigeria independence in 1960. Canada’s foreign assistance enabled Nigeria to receive high quality maps for 45, 000 sq. Miles. This is the same region that is now facing an insurgency affecting poor farmers and villages.
I spent many years as a Policy Advisor to United Nationsl Development Programme (UNDP) New York and it’s Programme Policy and Evaluation Branch. Some of my memorable assignments included Burma, Bhutan, Brazil, Burundi, Guinea and Sudan. I twice carried out comprehensive evaluations of the United Nations Volunteer Programme (UNV) and its Special Volunteer Fund in Asia, Africa and Latin America. I had a long term assignment with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) including setting up an e-Parliament while based in Pristina, Kosovo for the Assembly of Kosovo. I served as a Senior Advisor at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, which continues to build bridges for greater understanding and partnerships with Asia-Pacific countries. I had a similar role at the Commonwealth of Learning, developing international partnerships. I carried out more than a dozen evaluations for Hope International Development Agency based in New Westminster, British Columbia. HOPE is very successful in helping the poorest of the poor in countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia and its highlands as well as India and Bangladesh. Much of the help is with spring capping to provide fresh water to villagers who then manage the water sites. In British Columbia I served as the first voluntary Executive Director of the Native Brotherhood Working Skills Institute.
I am married to Geraldine Gross who I met while working as a student at Expo 67 in Montreal and at Carleton U. Geraldine did a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto and taught English at UBC and Douglas College and has accompanied me on numerous international assignments. Following our university studies we travelled by land throughout most of Central and South America and we learned Spanish the natural way. We have one daughter Rachel, who also graduated from Mt.A and she is now completing her doctorate at the University of British Columbia in Anthropology. As I look back at my time at Chambly County, I guess my only claim to fame was in Track and Field, and I remember fondly my track coach, Ian Hume. I enjoyed the Junior Prom with Sheila Howie. I am now semi-retired and live in South Surrey (White Rock) with my wife Geraldine. Until recently, we lived for 40 years with our beloved African Grey Parrot, Alhaji that we befriended in Nigeria. I would love to hear back from the many friends I made while attending Chambly County. I graduated in 1961.
Strange tale from an Anonymous source
Last month we ran former CCHS teacher Justin Kisielius' obituary. A couple of days later I received a call from a neighbor of Justin's who related this tale. Had I known, I would have included it last month but, better late than never. My source, a CCHS, grad wants to remain anonymous and I will respect his wishes.
One summer day back in the 70's Justin's neighbor returned home from work and happened to glance up Van Dyck street in Brossard only to discover that the top of Justin's house was missing. More than curious, he walked over to investigate. Upon arriving Justin came around the side of his house and invited the neighbor to come in the backyard and take a look. Low and behold there sat the roof.
Justin explained to the neighbor that a tornado had touched down, ripped the roof clean off and deposited in the backyard. (No other structures in the area were damaged so it was probably a very strong micro burst that had hit the house).
Justin then invited the neighbor in for a beer. They sat in the open air kitchen sipping their drinks and gazing up at the clear blue sky when Justin let it be known that his wife had packed up and travelled to their cottage, telling him she would not return until the damage was fully repaired. (thanks for the help)
At the time this happened I was living in the same area, on an adjoining street as a matter of fact, and although I had heard about the event I did not see it. I believe I was away on vacation when it occurred.
Class of 1984
Another CCHS Success Story
Since her early childhood, Inez Jabalpurwala, global director of VINEx, has had a passion for science. Her mother and father, both scientists in different fields, sparked her interest in scientific processes and interdisciplinary collaboration from a young age.
“I was always intrigued by the idea of the elements of the periodic table coming together in different ways to form new compounds, like hydrogen and oxygen coming together to form water,” Jabalpurwala said. “Science informed my view of the power of an ecosystem, where different people and organizations can collaborate in new ways and build stronger, more resilient societies that foster innovation.”
As the founding CEO of Brain Canada and now the global director of the Viral Neuro Exploration (known as “VINEx”), a social impact venture that was initiated by Rocket Science Health, a private medical device company, Jabalpurwala has been a catalyst, rallying and closely collaborating with a community of scientists from different fields and disciplines. She believes that big, bold ideas emerge at points of intersection, as well as points of divergence.
“Science and societies advance by illuminating facts, opening up a dialogue and encouraging vigorous debate,’” Jabalpurwala said. “That can only happen when we embrace diversity and give voice to outliers.”
Jabalpurwala joined VINEx in April 2020, just as the full force of the Covid-19 pandemic was being felt around the world. The initiative is dedicated to advancing research on the direct or indirect impact of viruses on the central nervous system, including the virus that causes Covid-19, through a coordinated, collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach.
“While COVID-19 can be deadly, more people survive than die from this viral infection. And a subset of those survivors, including the ‘long-haulers,’ have lasting symptoms, often neurological,” Jabalpurwala explained. “We need to better understand this phenomenon that is impacting quality of life, as there may be a longer-term impact of this pandemic on brain health in the months and years ahead.”
As a leader, Jabalpurwala is mindful of the need to look for ideas from varied sources. VINEx brings this catalytic leadership concept to life as the initiative was largely built out of a desire to join researchers from virology, immunology, neuroscience, neurology and data science. VINEx aims to connect the different, often siloed fields that need to come together in order to accelerate research into understanding the impacts that viruses have on the brain.
“Ideas come from unexpected places and you have to be open to that,” Jabalpurwala said.
The relevance of VINEx’s vision to the current pandemic is not the only key to its success. The initiative’s focus on attracting talent that is both creative and willing to take risks has also been crucial to its vision of supporting and enhancing Canada’s role as a leader in science.
In the lead-up to the pandemic and the accompanying economic recession, attracting talent had become increasingly difficult for businesses. With Canada at a record unemployment low of 5.6 % in December 2019, employers were finding it challenging to find and retain the right talent amidst the increasing competition. However, in today’s new working environment, businesses are changing the parameters around what they need from their employees, namely the requirement for their physical presence.
VINEx has taken advantage of this change in the paradigm. Since its inception, the initiative has operated completely virtually. Jabalpurwala is located in Montreal, Quebec, while other team members reside in British Columbia, New York, and Arizona and the Canadian members of VINEx’s Science Advisory Council are based in London, Kingston, Montreal, Winnipeg, and Edmonton. The group has successfully developed a roadmap, launched its operation, and is currently looking at bringing on new collaborators—all while coordinating remotely.
“It’s clear that you can be a high performing organization or team and not all be located in one physical region,” she said. “VINEx is a testament to that.”
Jabalpurwala’s degrees in the humanities compliment the scientific advice and support that she seeks out. Her background in English-language literature, which she studied at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, feeds a voracious reading habit, evidenced by the way in which she punctuates her ideas about leadership and change with quotes by classical authors ranging from Dante to Melville. She hopes that her sensibilities can help to rectify the blind spot that scientific endeavours often fall prey to when simply trying to advance science for the sake of science.
“Science is at the service of people,” Jabalpurwala said. “If you miss the people part of the equation, you’re not asking important questions about the ethical, social, and legal implications of your research like whether the animal models or clinical trial participants represent both sexes, and in the case of trials, the diversity of the people being served. Asking those questions is as much a part of advancing science as experimenting in the lab.”
This article, written by Karl Moore, appeared in Forbes on November 04, 2020
Brita Housez (Stolz)
Class of 1961
Sweet Potato Mania
Brita’s new book, Sweet Potato Mania, is now available and she has donated 50 copies to the Alumni Association to use in a fundraising campaign. We are offering the book to all members at $20 a copy. Get a great book with beautiful photo art and at the same time help out your Association - you can’t lose.
Thank you so much Brita, members like you make it all worthwhile.
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Class of 1961
Have you ordered a copy Robert’s book yet?
Cover of Chasing Nature: An Ecologist’s Lifetime of Adventures and Observations. (Artwork by Autumn Lough)
Copies may be obtained by contacting:
Dr. Robert Wrigley
505 Boreham Blvd, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3P 0K2
Cost of Chasing Nature -- $55; shipping $17; total $72
The Alumni Association board of directors met on December 8th to discuss, among other things, the 2021 Reunion which, back in March 2020, we thought might possibly be held in May 2021. You all probably realize by now this will not happen. The pandemic in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada is still raging and the prospect of getting enough people vaccinated in time is extremely remote. Therefore, the board of directors formerly cancelled the event.
There was some hope expressed that we might be able to hold the reunion in September 2021 and we will explore this possibility in April and May. It will depend of course on the vaccine rollout currently underway, the number of people reached, the efficacy of the vaccine, especially considering the emergence of two new Covid variants recently announced, and members’ willingness to attend.
Our best bet appears to be May of 2022 some seven years after our last get together. We can celebrate beating Covid and satisfy all the pent up demand. Look for an update in the May Newsletter and a separate survey to gauge people’s feelings about various options for the event.
The Great Conjunction with Crescent Moon by John Charlton - December 17, 2020
Well, still no response for Art in the Time of Pandemic, so it's probably time to stop asking, at least in that way. That doesn't mean we aren't still looking for art to grace our newsletter. Please feel free to share your artwork with us, no matter why or how you created it. Just send a photo of your creation(s) to email@example.com along with a description.
The image above is a backyard view of The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. The actual conjunction of our two neighbour planets occurred on December 21st, the Winter Solstice, but this shot is from a few days earlier when the crescent moon got into the act. Although Jupiter and Saturn appear to approach each other every 20 years, seldom do they get this close. This year's conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn at, 0.1 degree apart, will be the closest since 1623 and the closest observable since 1226!
But don't worry, if you happened to miss it, they will graze past each other again with equal proximity on March 15, 2080.
2021 has to be better than 2020
Wishing you and yours a safe, healthy, and prosperous new year!
To help, here are some words of wisdom from Eleanor Roosevelt.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Carol Craig (Langston)
Class of 1960
Carol Ann Margaret Craig of Virginia Beach passed away at home on November 27, 2020. Carol was born on December 24, 1941 to George and Margaret "Pat" Langston in Saint Lambert, Quebec. It was here that she met her husband of 52 years, Norman L. Craig. Carol studied Nursing at the Royal Victoria Hospital of Montreal where she cultivated her love of caring for others. Today and always we give thanks for Carol.
Carol moved with her husband Norm to the United States where she was a supportive Navy wife and was active in her community. She had a passion for art and gave generously of her time and knowledge as a Master Docent at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. Carol was also an active member in a Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters (CHKD) circle. Friends and family remember Carol's thoughtfulness and graciousness as she always made the time to reach out to others.
Carol's memory will live on through her husband Norm, sons Chris and Jeff, her daughters-in-law Allison and Jacki, her beloved grandchildren Noah, Leah, Brennan, Holden, and Finley, her siblings Penny and Jim, her nieces, nephews, and the many who saw her as a friend, a second mother or aunt along the way. She will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held in the summer in North Hero, Vermont when we can gather safely to celebrate Carol's life. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Chrysler Museum of Art, CHKD, or the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition. View the full obituary and offer condolences here.
Do you think this will happen? Only 21 more days to go!
One sunny day in late January 2021, an old man approached the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue, where he'd been sitting on a park bench. He spoke to the U.S. Marine standing guard and said, "I would like to go in and meet with President Trump." The Marine looked at the man and said, "Sir, Mr. Trump is no longer President and no longer resides here." The old man said, "Okay", and walked away.
The following day, the same man approached the White House and said to the same Marine, "I would like to go in and meet with President Trump." The Marine repeated, "Sir, as I told you yesterday, Mr. Trump is no longer President and no longer resides here." The man thanked him and, again just walked away.
The third day, the old man approached the White House and spoke to the very same U.S. Marine, saying again, "I would like to go in and meet with President Trump." The Marine, understandably irritated at this point, looked at the man and said, "Sir, this is the third day in a row you've been here asking to speak to Trump. I've told you each time that he's no longer the President and no longer resides here. Don't you get it?
The old man looked at the Marine and said, "Oh, I understand. I just love hearing it."
The Marine said, "See you tomorrow, Sir."
Two Morning Exercises
I would rather do what one fellow told me he does: “I wake up in the morning and I quickly go up-down, up-down 20 times. ……………then I do the other eyelid”.
Another one about waking up:
A university professor had an early morning class regularly. There were always stragglers coming in late, a lot of the students seemed to be only half awake. So the prof said: “Students, you should do what I do in the morning. I get up at 6 AM and do a brisk two mile run. When I get home, I jump in the shower and enjoy the needle spray. I then climb out, grab a towel, rub briskly and I then feel rosy all over.”
From the back of the class a sleepy voice calls out, “Tell us more about Rosie”.
Do either of these tee shirts apply to you?
A Vaccine Guarantee?
The company Pfizer, which announced a vaccine against Covid-19, is the same company that created Viagra. Therefore, we can fully rely on the announced vaccine because if Pfizer was able to raise the dead, they should certainly be able to protect the living.
Not your normal grocery store
A new supermarket opened in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
It has an automatic water mister to keep the produce fresh. Just before it goes off, you hear the sound of distant thunder and the smell of fresh rain.
When you pass the milk cases, you hear cows mooing and you experience the scent of fresh mowed hay.
In the meat department there is the aroma of charcoal grilled steaks with onions.
When you approach the egg case, you hear hens cluck and cackle, and the air is filled with the pleasing aroma of bacon and eggs frying.
The bread department features the tantalizing smell of fresh baked bread and cookies.
I don't buy toilet paper there anymore.