One of the topics that was widely discussed at our recent Annual General Meeting was the slight decline in membership that the association has seen over the last year. Deaths that occurred to grads from the 40's, 50's, and 60's accounted for the decline. We have not been able to attract new members from the 70's, 80's and 90's and beyond. Also the high number of missing grads is a factor.

Our website continues to flourish with approximately 3,600 views each month. The newsletter is read on average by just under a 1,000 alumni. While we do appreciate that high school days for some were not a happy period of life. However we all made some new friends during that period who by now are scattered around the world. One of our main goals is to assist in locating and reuniting you with your old classmates.

Over the next months we will be exploring ways to correct the membership and missing issues. We welcome any ideas you may have.

Angus Cross

C'60 - Editor, Alumni Connection

New Alumni Facebook Group

The alumni association now has a group on FaceBook.
All alumni are invited to join this new group.

Your comments and photos are welcome in this new group.

Annual General Meeting

The AGM was held Tuesday September 26, 2017 at the school. Financial results for the year may be viewed by members on our Financial Reports page.

Welcome New Alumni Association Members, renewed Members and Donators


New Life Member
Cliff Board
Class of 1952
from Stittsville, ON


Renewed Membership
Glenna Keelty
Class of 1974
from North Vancouver, BC


Renewed Membership
Anne Sones (Talbot)
Class of 1957
from Kelowna, BC


New Life Member
Tom Rothfels
Class of 1972
from Toronto, ON

Paul Hudson - C'65 Life Member
from Mississauga, ON
Thanks for your generous donation

Memberships expiring in October
Fontana (Jackson) Sally 1963
Myerson Malcolm H 1968
Whitelaw (Sproston) Joyce 1970
Patenaude Jean-Luc 1962
Barry (Szabo) Jeanne 1962
Dansereau Pierre 1971
Ross (Bourne) Dorothy 1963
Fullerton Phil 1952

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KEEPING THE CONNECTION


L to R: Jaqueline Edge, Colleen Soutter, Monica von Thaden, Lesley Laurain, Mellanie King, Debbie Brown
Six of us from the old CCHS days! Class of 1980 met on September 1st in Mississauga. We are trying to bring us CCHSers together more often.
submitted by Monica von Thaden C'80 non-member from Newmarket, ON

Lorna Wayman (King) C'53 from Ottawa, ON and Inge Rasmussen (Vibe) C'53 from Renfrew, ON came to visit Sheila Kerr (McPhee) C'53 in Mansonville, QC for a couple of days and they joined up With Murielle Parkes (Fraser) C'53 from Mansonville, QC for lunch at The Owl's Head Golf Club in Mansonville.

Lorna Waymann (King)

Inge Vibe (Rasmussen)

Sheila Kerr (McPhee)

Murielle Parkes (Fraser)

David van Seters

I - that's David Van Seters - am coming to downtown Montreal in mid-October for just the third time in 25 years and couldn’t resist the opportunity to get together with my high school friends again.

I spoke with Brock and he suggested that we get together for dinner at Zibo! restaurant at 1235 Robert-Bourassa Boulevard (that's University St to us old-timers, corner Cathcart, a block south of Ste-Catherine St) at 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 12th.

Unfortunately, this is the only night that I am available on my short trip.

I only have email addresses for a few of you so please invite other CCHS grads to join us. The more the merrier!

Please send me a quick email reply to RSVP. I look forward to seeing you all again.

Warm regards,
David Van Seters
davidvanseters@gmail.com
CCHS Class of ‘76

ALUMNI COMMENTS

Another great addition. (September newsletter)

Bernie Praw
ex-Principal, Life Member
from St. Laurent, QC

I think people are over sensitive to jokes and over react. Being Irish, if I reacted to every Irish joke I have heard, not worth it. Readers should realize this is not a national paper, even though it has that quality.

Dick Ussher
C'58, Life Member
from Surrey, BC

In response to the request for help by blind Marc Baillargeon I have contacted him and will meet him tomorrow. With my many years of helping the blind, I think that we will become friends as I help him navigate through his activities.

Marc has just told me that he has signed up for a year's membership at a Fitness club in his building. He will be going there 3 times a week and is already enjoying all the various machines they have. It will be a 'win-win' situation for him as he realizes all the benefits of exercise and wishes that he had started much earlier.

Peter Payan
C'59, Life Member
from Montreal, QC

I thought you might enjoy this--I don't think it will offend-- although you never know!

Seniors Perspective of Facebook
For those of my generation who do not, and cannot, comprehend why Facebook exists:

I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook while applying the same principles. Therefore, every day I walk down the street and tell passersby what I have eaten, how I feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later and with whom. I give them pictures of my family, my dog, of me gardening, taking things apart in the garage, watering the lawn, standing in front of landmarks, driving around town, having lunch and doing what anybody and everybody does every day. I also listen to their conversations, give them the "thumbs up" and tell them I like them----it works just like Facebook.

I already have four people following me: two police officers, a private investigator and a psychiatrist.

Paul Hudson
Mississauga, ON
Class of '65
Life Member


Can You Help Us Connect with These Missing Alumni?
You will have a chance to win $200.00 by assisting.

There will be a draw of name of winner on Oct.28 provided we receive a minimum of 100 missing names and emails.

How to enter:
1. Review the list
2. Use the link on the page to submit your entries.

Once we have 100 missing alumni found we will draw a name from all those who have made submissions and award $200.00 to the winner.

Missing Alumni

Chambly County High School (CCHS) - Chambly Academy
Saint Lambert, QC, Canada

The List, contains 3,981 alumni who we have not yet located. It is arranged by Class year.

Using SEARCH on the website to find your classmates

One thing to watch out for is putting too many queries in the search field, which may result in too many results. For instance if I was doing a search for let’s say, my friend Joe Blow by entering his full name, that will bring up every instance of Joe Blow, Joe or Blow (or even blow) on the site. The results starts with full matches and then displays partial matches after that.

Another thing to remember is that nicknames may not be present and that occasionally names may be spelled incorrectly. Searches look for exact words, so if you search for Joe and he is only listed as Joseph, then a search for Joe may be unsuccessful for that person.
Members need to be logged in to do searches of all content including member only content.

What do you think about when you flashback to your high school years? We'd love to hear from you.
Perhaps you went through something since then that you want to share with your fellow alumni.
Whatever the case, send your memories and photos to Angus Cross at angus@hfx.eastlink.ca or use our contact form.

High School 1957 vs. 2017

You know by today's standards "NONE" of us were supposed to ever make it

Scenario 1:
Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck's gun rack.

1957
Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.

2017
School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counsellors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario 2:
Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1957
Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.

2017
Police called and SWAT team arrives -- they arrest both Johnny and Mark. They are both charged with assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it.

Scenario 3:
Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students

1957
Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students.

2017
Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The family gets extra money (SSI) from the government because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario 4:
Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.

1957
Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.

2017
Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse, Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state psychologist is told by Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison.

Scenario 5:
Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1957
The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.

2017
The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario 6:
Pedro fails high school English.

1957
Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.

2017
Pedro's cause is taken up by province. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. A class action lawsuit is filed against the provincial school system and Pedro's English teacher. English is then banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

Scenario 7:
Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from July 1st. and puts them in a model airplane paint bottle which he then uses to blow up a red ant hill.

1957
Ants die.

2017
The police are called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism.

Scenario 8:
Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.

1957
In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2017
Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

My Attempts at Energy Efficiency

Another FLASHBACK article from Bob Wrigley

C'61 Life Member from Winnipeg, MB

UPCOMING EVENTS DURING OCTOBER IN SAINT LAMBERT

• When : Saturday 14 October 2017 - 18:00
• Where : Saint Lambert - At the recreation centre, in the gym (600 Oak Avenue)
• Cost : $30
This activity is strictly for people aged 18 or over.
Be sure not to miss this traditional German festival that will add a touch of warmth to the fall evening. Buy a ticket and you’ll be able to join in the festivities, dance to Bavarian tunes, and treat yourself to a meal of sauerkraut and sausage. Beer and wine will be sold on site to top up this evening folk festival, not to mention other surprises we’ve got in store for you!
Tickets can be purchased as of August 21 at the Recreation, Sports and Community Services Office or by calling 450-466-3890.
All the evening’s proceeds will go toward funding youth activities.

Class Contacts Needed

If you are interested in representing your class year as Class Contact. Please contact Angus Cross at angus@hfx.eastlink.ca.

Obituaries

Richard Duke C'56 passed away August 14, 2017
For 60 years, rock and anchor to his bereft wife, Sam, Richard also leaves behind Stephen (Cathy) and Buffy (Mark Cranley); grandchildren Katie, Sarah, Declan, Aidan and Sean; and brother Murray (Sally). Richard's was a rich life lived with dry wit and conviviality, amid huge enthusiasms: volunteerism and selfless assistance, travel, scuba- diving, boating, skiing and golf. Richard earned and accumulated many deep friendships across Canada. He exemplified qualities of leadership, dedication and compassion during his professional career spent at Shell, Nav Canada and AARC. Richard rejoiced in spending latter years happily flailing his way around fairways of his personal paradise, the VGC.

Joan Gordon class of 1964 passed away on Friday Sept 1/17 after a short battle with lung cancer in St Thomas Ontario. She was 70 and had worked For the Royal Bank for 45 years.

submitted by Maureen Bisanti (Lafond) C'64 from Calgary, AB

If you notice an obituary of a classmate in your local paper
please forward details to Angus Cross at angus@hfx.eastlink.ca.

And Finally...

A husband walks into Victoria's Secret to purchase a sheer negligee for his wife.

He is shown several possibilities that range from $250 to $500 in price -- the sheerer, the higher the price. Naturally, he opts for the sheerest item, pays the $500, and takes it home.

He presents it to his wife and asks her to go upstairs, put it on, and model it for him.

Upstairs the wife thinks ( she's no dummy), 'I have an idea. It's so sheer that it might as well be nothing.

I won't put it on, but I'll do the modeling naked, return it tomorrow, and keep the $500 refund for myself.'

She appears naked on the balcony and strikes a pose.

The husband says, 'Good Grief! You'd think for $500, they'd at least iron it!'

He never heard the shot.

Funeral on Thursday at Noon.
Closed coffin.