Once again this month we have invited non-members to view our newsletter in hope that some will make the move and join the association. We continue to attract over 3,500 views each month to our website.Angus Cross
Welcome New Alumni Association Members and renewed Members
Class of 1969
from Edmonton, AB
New Life Member
Class of 1960
from Montreal, QC
Memberships expiring in July and August
Settels Philippa 1988
Parsons (Hodge) Anne 1949
Phillips Kathryne 1963
Banham (Alexander) Kaye 1957
Rylander (Smith) Sandra 1960
Smith Shirley C. 1970
Sones (Talbot) Anne 1956
Harlow (DeBanks) Debbie 1956
Villeneuve Sue 1962
Wilson (Corner) Carol 1950
MacLean Wendell ex staff
Ponting Wayne "Eric" 1974
Waymann John 1974
Loucks (Macfie) Diane 1974
The June issue. Another interesting read. I have especially enjoyed Lillian Puust's continuing story. This month it was about the Malvet Farm including mention of my grade 11 classmate Reet Malvet (1959). Looking forward to next month when we hear about my old elementary school Victoria Park.
Betty Smith (Walker)
Re: June 2018 Alumni Connection.
Great job keeping the Alumni Association going. I believe you also mentioned in one of the posts that the alumni is responsible for a garden at the school. Is that right? I notice by looking at different tabs more information on the garden. Is this still an active goal for the association? I also see that the alumni offers bursary's to the grads. What kind of bursary's and what is the criteria for them? This is very interesting to me as I thought this association was primarily to keep in touch and know when events were happening. I must admit I flag the newsletters and maybe read fully 1 out of every 3 time permitting with the intention of eventually going to the site to read the rest. I must have missed something. Can you elaborate on everything the association does currently for the school and plans for it especially the bursary's? Is there a place on the site that indicates everything? I might be interested in donating more. I believe you may get more memberships if the philanthropic goals and works were highlighted for the quick readers such as myself.
Editor's Note: The Memorial Garden Project is ongoing. The association recently contributed $2,000 more to the project's enhancement.
As to bursaries, they too are ongoing. This year we are contributing $2,000 for 7 individual bursaries to deserving students.
We do attempt to keep alumni up to date through our newsletters. If you log in to https://chamblycounty.com/ and go to News & Views you can check back issues at your leisure.
While our main thrust is keeping alumni connected we are very much in tune with assisting the current school whenever we are asked. We have contributed over $45,000.00 for many a project over the years since the association came into being.
KEEPING THE CONNECTION
Peter Bethlenfalvy, CCHS Class of 1977 and a Life Member for the alumni association is the new Ontario PC MPP elect for the Ontario riding of Pickering-Uxbridge.
Peter is an international leader in the financial services sector with over 25 years of senior leadership experience in capital markets, risk management and investments. He is married and has three children.
He recently worked as Chief Investment and Risk Officer at CST Consultants. Prior to joining CST, he was Senior Vice President, financial regulations at Manulife Financial, where he was responsible for strategy and monitoring financial regulatory systems around the world. Peter was also President and Chief Operating Officer of TD Securities (USA).
Peter understands the impact of the Liberal government’s mismanagement of the province’s finances. In 2009, as Co-President of DBRS, his company led an extensive review of the Ontario Liberals’ financial mismanagement and expressed concerns that unsustainable spending would hurt future generations. These findings helped inspire him to seek public office and help repair Ontario with a new government.
In 2014, Peter joined the True Patriot Love Expedition to the magnetic North Pole in support of Canadian military families. He is also a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s Financial Services Research Initiative, serves on the Board of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, and sits on the McGill University’s Desautels Capital Management Board of Directors.
Peter holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from McGill University which included a year at the HEC School of Management, Paris; and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Toronto.
He strongly believes it’s time for a change in Ontario. Peter has committed to work hard and stand up for residents of Pickering-Uxbridge. Peter Bethlenfalvy was appointed June 29th as President of the Treasury Board of Ontario.
Alumni Scholarship Winners
Here are the 2018 Alumni Association bursary winners.
Tristan Rinaldis and Geneva Dion-Rosario both received double awards. Outstanding boy and outstanding girl as chosen by the
graduating class student body.
Regular Alumni Association bursaries as selected by the teaching staff. Our sincere congratulations and best wishes for future success.
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ALUMNI CLAN GATHERS IN MEXICO
C.C.H.S.’ers Mackenzie and family members recently vacationing along Mexico’s Caribbean shore are: back to front and left to right, Rene Alie, Andrea (C-’84), Sally (C-’82), Patricia (Buck) (C-’60), Warren (C-’57), Geoffrey (C-’81), Jill Price, Aiden Wilson, Liam Wilson and Jackson Wilson.
Victoria Park School
By Lilian Puust (Soomet)
C’57 Life Member
From Toronto, ON
The continuing saga of Lilian's move from Estonia to Sweden to Canada.
I am starting Grade 3 in Victoria Park School in St. Lambert. The others in my class have been there since the beginning of September. I am starting a month after them. A year ago, when I was seven, I was the new girl in Grade 1 in Sweden. Soon after, I was the new girl in Grade 2 in Montreal. I am going to be the new girl again. That’s scary.
“Are you ready for Grade 3?” asks the teacher, seeing that I was in Grade 1 for only October and November in Sweden. After we arrived in Montreal, I went straight into Grade 2 in February, even though I did not speak English. I was four and a half months in Grade 2. Others have been in school for 21 months over two years. I have been in school for just six and a half months.
“Yes“, I answer and wonder if I have to read about Dick and Jane again.
Victoria Park is a small school. It has just grades one to four. All the children have English names. They have lived in St. Lambert all their lives and have been together since they started school.
I have been in Canada for nine months. I am the only one in the school who has come to Canada recently. I am in a Grade three-four split class. My teacher, Miss Turpin, teaches the Grade threes on my side of the classroom, and then says, “Do your work and don’t listen,” when she switches to the Grade fours, who are on the window side of the room. She does not help me at all. I have to figure out what to do in this school.
I want to know about Canada. Were there ever dinosaurs in Canada? I saw some pictures of Indians in battles in Canada. Where are the Indians now? Are they coming back? Will there be more battles with them? What about the Vikings? Did they come here across the ocean? And, what about the pop-up mountains? When I am at Malvet’s farm, as far as I can see the land is as flat as a pancake. Why on the horizon are these giant mounds that just pop out and from the flat land, like Mount Bruno, Mount St. Hilaire, etc. I look into our Geography book with its small type and small black and white pictures. We learn what a delta is and what an isthmus is. Will I ever see these in the St. Lawrence River? I do not find the answers to any of my questions in that book or in any others at school and the only English books I have at home are the Bobbsey Twins.
If I want to know something, I ask my father. He always knows.
Some of the boys have all the answers in arithmetic or find them very fast in their head. The same boys, Michael, Robert, Warren and some others, always put their hands up as the teacher asks them harder and harder questions while her smile gets bigger and bigger. I know the multiplication tables, but what am I going to do with knowing 9 times 8?
Most of the kids go home for lunch, but a few of us stay in the classroom and eat the sandwiches our mothers have packed for us. Mine are usually salami on dark rye bread. I need to read something while I eat, so that I don’t notice if they taste dry. We have a Grade 3 reader but there is nothing else for me to read so I carry Estonian books to school, like Lainete saladus about stories from the sea and Sangar about a hero. Estonian is easier for me to read, though it does not take long for English to catch up.
When winter comes, the three mile walk from Brosseau Station to Malvets’ farm seems longer on very cold days. If it is so cold that our faces freeze, then Mr. Malvet picks us up with his car.
Our walk is long because we play in the snow and watch how high the snowbanks grow. Sometimes they are as high as the telephone wires. At the farm we skate on the ponds between the grasses and make furniture and walls of houses out of snow. We have no hills, but we sled or ski down the hay stacks.
On the other side of the classroom is Marvin. He is bigger than the others.
At lunch, Marvin sometimes comes over to my desk and says something like “Ha Ha, you are jiggling your knee. You have to go to the bathroom!!” He makes me feel uncomfortable. When I am going somewhere he likes to block my way. Usually, I get past him somehow. One day he corners me near the fence on the far side of the schoolyard. The schoolyard is emptying. Soon we are the only ones left. I am terrified.
“No, you can’t go any further.”
“You have to kiss me!” he whispers loudly, as I try again to get past him.
He comes closer and does not let me pass to go back into school.
“Kiss me!” he thunders. “You have to kiss me to get by me!”
He continues crowding me against the fence. “Say that you love me!”
“Stop!” I manage to utter. I start to cry. He lets go of me and I am still crying when I get to the classroom.
“You are late,” says the teacher. I try to tell her about Marvin and that he didn’t let me into the school and that he frightened me. I have trouble explaining it.
She is impatient and does not listen.
“Don’t be ridiculous!” she says as she hurries to the front of the class.
She does not do anything about Marvin. I was scared of him before, but now I am even more scared of him. I have nightmares about Marvin.
Perhaps it was after this that the Cliffords started walking with me to the train station every day, though it could have been before, it is hard to remember.
My favourite friends have been boys. They seem to be in twos, like Jimmy and Tommy in Snowdon and Tõnu and Rein in Sweden. Now I know that boys can be chivalrous or bullying. The two Cliffords are both in Grade 3, like me. They are chivalrous because they don’t take the train themselves. They just walk with me, almost like knights in shining armour. Clifford Beattie says that he wants to be an engineer when he grows up. I think he wants to drive trains to far-off places. Clifford McCormick does not yet know what he wants to do. Neither do I. I like exploring. Even though Malvets’ farm where I live is seven miles away, after spring comes, the Cliffords ride their bikes from St. Lambert all the way to the farm to visit me when it isn’t a school day. I don’t know if Marvin has a little brother Bertie. I find it odd that he is more of the chivalrous type and unlike his older brother. While Marvin is big, Bertie is small and thin with a smiling freckled face. Somehow, he has the idea that he should give me gifts. I wonder if he heard somewhere that this is how young men should behave. First, he brings me a worn little blue bead necklace and a little black bible, semi-tattered but still readable.
When my mother sees the little gifts, she says, “You have to return them to him. They probably don’t belong to him.”
When I try to give them back to Bertie, he says, “No, you have to keep them. It’s okay. We have other bibles at home.”
I do not know what to make of that, so I decide to keep them for the time being.
When my mother sees that I still have them, she says, “You have to tell him not to bring any more gifts. Who knows where he gets them from.”
So, I tell Bertie not to bring any more, but that I could still be his friend.
It was so much easier when we lived in Sweden. Boys and girls just played together, and no one paid any attention.
No one said, “Is he your boyfriend?”
Or, “are you going to marry him?”
No one played “wedding” like I saw here. It did not matter if your playmates were girls or boys.
It was just easy. I had never met any Marvins or Berties before.
I am learning about Canada.
CCHS Class of 1956
At the end of 80 well-lived years, navigated with humour, courage, love of family, and numerous athletic pursuits, Peter passed away at Hospice Niagara - The Stabler Centre on June 1, 2018.
Loving husband and friend of Sandra (nee Smith) for 50 years.
Cherished father of the late Megan (1997) and Heather Rylander-Pearce of Toronto. Proud father-in- law of Jonathan Pearce, and caring Morfar (Grandfather) to his two precious grandsons, William and Philip.
Peter is survived by his two brothers, Richard (Katharine) of Saint Lambert, Quebec, and Donald of Brighton, Ontario, and step-brother of William Westaway (Terry) of Thornhill. He leaves behind his sisters-in-law, Lynne Marr (the late Gordon) of Saint John, NB, Charlotte Bell (David) of Smiths Falls, and Alison Abbott (Ted) of Brockville.
Born in Saint Lambert, Quebec, Peter was educated at the University of New Brunswick and the University of Oregon. After a number of years teaching and coaching in the high school systems of Saint Lambert, Beaconsfield, Quebec, and West Vancouver, he was drawn to the college system of Ontario. Peter completed 27 years as Athletic Director at Niagara College. He was proud to be inducted into the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Hall of Fame in 2016, and the Niagara College Knights Hall of Fame in 1998.
The constant throughout Peter’s life was his love of sports and his belief that physical fitness was essential. As a young man he competed in track and field, basketball, football, baseball, and hockey. In later years he concentrated on golf, tennis, biking, slo-pitch, and bowling. He loved the comradeship that accompanied these athletic pursuits, especially his golfing buddies (the Toads), his Niagara College friends, his slo-pitch teammates, and fellow tennis players at White Oaks Racquet and Fitness Club.
CCHS Class of 1954
SHIPTON, Ralph Douglas November 16, 1936 Peacefully on Friday, October 13, 2017 in his 81st year. Beloved husband of Alexandra Ann "Sandra" (nee Elliot). Loving father of Peter (Lynn Rainboth) and Nora (Rob White). Cherished grandfather of Patrick and Billy, Rhys and late Cullen, Liam and late Daniel. Dear brother of Gail (Bob) Irvine, and uncle of Robin (Paul) and Mark (Wanda). Ralph will be greatly missed by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
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