I am pleased to report that things are starting to look up. Views of our chamblycounty.com website are the best they have been in 2 years (over 4,500 views during September).
Also more and more members are starting to see the advantage of logging in and viewing the protected pages, like the Members Only Class Pages. We need all of our members to login and check to see if the information we have for them is up to date and correct.
Hopefully we can also enlist your assistance in finding missing alumni and encouraging non-members to join the association.Angus Cross
Welcome New Alumni Association Members, renewed Members, and Donations
New Life Member
Bill Moir C'60
from Calgary, AB
New Regular Member
Class of 1958
from Kingston, ON
New Regular Member
Class of 1970
from Martintown, ON
New Regular Member
Class of 1965
from Bayfield, ON
Class of 1971
from Vancouver, BC
Class of 1968
from Ottawa, ON
Marilyn Griffin (King) C'63 from Taunton, Somerset, England
Memberships expiring in October and November
Fullerton Phil 1952
Brigden Alan 1977
Este Charles (Chuck) 1959
Lucas Hilda 1940
St. Dennis (Pasanen) Karin 1961
Myerson Malcolm H 1968
Smith John L. H. 1956
Gribben (Brown) Carol 1953
Allen (Collins) Beverley 1953
Anderson Watson 1967
Brown (Frizzell) Janet 1955
Bradwell David 1970
Mayhew James 1963
Stewart Peter 1971
Michael has published his second novel, Athelstan's World.
It is a riveting tale is a romantic adventure set in 309 BC and tells the story of a Barbarian General sent from Milan on a journey to locate military help from Sparta. He needs the help against a superior force - Rome. He meets a girl, and as you can imagine, things take a turn. Can he discover this girl's true identity in time to save them both and salvage the mission bestowed upon him by his mad King?
It is available on Amazon in regular and large print format as well as on Kindle.
After downsizing and a move in 2015 I finally got around to sorting several boxes of photos. Found 2 rolls of colour film from the 2005 reunion.
Does someone have a photoarchive of the reunions, and would they want these prints with negatives?
All I need is a mailing address. email me if interested email@example.com
I did not respond because I have been too busy but I do appreciate so much what you are doing. I am going to submit a short item for one of the future newsletters about a couple of my former students who have businesses and are doing very well. One is Phaedra Huskins in Lunenburg and the over Robin Valliere in Point Claire Quebec who is on the shopping channel every so often. Have you heard of either one? I will try to get these to you by the end of the year!Jean McHarg
Our Recent Member Survey
When you visit chamblycounty.com website do you login using your Username and Password?
Getting the most from the experience.
1. Go to https://chamblycounty.com/
2. Using your mouse find Alumni on the main page
3. Left “click” on Member Login
4. Enter your Username and Password
5. Left “click” on Login
Now that you are logged in you are now able to view all of the content without any restrictions.
6. Example: Again using your mouse find Alumni on the main page
7. Left “click” on Class Lists of Alumni
8. Select year to view your class and Left “click” on your grad year
9. Scroll down until you come to Click here for more information on your classmates!
10. Left “click”
Now you can scroll down and see where they currently live, what they have been doing since graduation, their email addresses, who has passed away, and Class photo gallery.
Please give it a try. If you have difficulty setting up your login please contact me and I will set it up for you. - Angus Cross
Below is John McNeish who we have used as an example of what you see when you do login and check a Members Only class page.
Jon McNeish - Life Member from Ottawa, ON - Chambly County High School 1965; Carleton Univeristy, B.A. Work History: Foreign Affairs and the Canadian Internaitonal Development agency 1969-2004. Recreational activities & hobbies: Volunteering at a long-term care faciilty, and help high school students in crisis at a local High School, writing for a local community newspaper. Family: Not married -- Gentleman Old Maid by Genetic Disposition. I travelled the world at taxpayers’ expense for 35 years and now live in the lap of retired luxury thanks to those same taxpayers. Ironically now that I am retired and can travel to places I want to see, I am a bit tied to maintaining a regular routine of visits to my Saintly Mother who has Alzheimers and lives in a long-term care facility -- payback for all those nights she walked me up and down at 02h00 in the morning when I had colic! But as long as there are good books to read, good food to eat and good music to listen to, I enjoy life. I have even taken up jogging -- to the end of my walk to get in the taxi! By the way, if there are any rich widows among you, I would be interested. I have maintained my personality if not my looks. - firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's what John had to say about logging in:
Use of password to access the rest of the Alumni website beyond the monthly newsletter. To me this is a double prong problem. On the one hand you instituted a password requirement for a lengthy and complicated password to ensure security but of course such a lengthy and complicated device is too complicated to remember and fiddly to enter. On occasion, I have had to retry several times before I got things right (bad eyes on old people – “old joke” again). Something to ponder. Second, of course people would use the password if they knew about the world it opened up to them – namely the content. The issue of adding to the available content is addressed above. However, I wager that the monthly newsletter is by far the most read, so use the newsletter to flag new items added to content, to encourage people to contribute, and even to list what is there. I know that the website itself has self explanatory headings but because of the password issue and ignorance, I wager that only a minority head over there to see what there is to see.
Becoming an airline pilot was a young boy’s dream come true. I started with Air Canada in 1979 and flew the B727 and DC9. When I had my chance I bid for the A320.
It was an amazing aircraft and a true marvel of engineering and I stayed on it until I decided to retire. You step into the flight deck and it’s roomy and uncluttered. There are 6 CRT screens, 2 for each pilot and 2 between the pilot's screens for systems and emergencies. The overhead panel is all push buttons to turn off and on systems like fuel, hydraulics, electrics etc. On the centre console are the controls for starting and shutting down the engines, radio and navigation aids, flap control and emergency gear control. Also on this console is the FMGC or flight management guidance and control. Our departure point is put in and then we input the routing to our destination. The takeoff runway is selected, we enter the a/c weight and temperature, barometric pressure, and wind. The computers now determine our takeoff speeds which we put into the performance page. Now we wait for the doors to close.
We get pushback clearance from ground control, release the brakes and now the fun starts. The engines are running, we configure the a/c for takeoff and run through all our checklists. Taxi clearance to the holding bay contact tower and get clearance to position. Tower says cleared takeoff 24 right. Lights on and smoothly advance the throttles to takeoff power check on my flight display for FLEX SRS RUNWAY and look at my speed. In those few seconds we are approaching 50 knots. Our critical speed is called V1. A problem below that speed we reject out takeoff above that speed we go. Depending on our weight V1 can be as low as 125 kts or as high as 160 kts. We are now at VR so ease back on the side stick the nose rises and we are airborne. Positive rate is called by the pilot not flying or PNF and I call gear up. We are 15 degrees nose up and accelerating rapidly. The PNF makes a quick call to departure control for vectors. At 1500 ft above ground we push the nose down to about 10 degrees and continue accelerating. At F1 speed flaps up and accelerate to 250kts which is max speed below 10,000 feet. Meanwhile ATC has cleared us to our first waypoint and on course. So we select that waypoint, hit go direct, engage the autopilot and the FMGC will follow that entered route to destination. Throughout the flight we will talk to many ATC centers get clearance to our final altitude and eventually get descent and approach clearance.
The A/C is a joy to fly. The controls are light but powerful. It is a very stable jet and very easy to manoeuver. I always hand flew it up to 10,000 and unless required hand flew from 5000 to touchdown. It is certified for fully automated landings and I have done a few due to low weather conditions. And of course we did them in the simulator.
Before we start our descent we program the FMGC for the runway in use and discuss the approach. At top of descent we get cleared to a lower altitude. You dial this into the Altitude Select knob and push that knob. The power starts to come back the nose lowers and we start descending at around 1500 ft per minute. We slow to 250kts before leaving 10,000ft. All checklists have been completed except for the before landing check that is done at gear down. ATC is now vectoring us and giving us speeds to maintain as we get closer to the airport. As we slow we extend flaps to safely maintain the requested speeds. They give us our final vector to final and clear us for the approach. Most approaches are ILS which is a signal with a localizer to the runway and a glide slope to give us descent information. Gear down and landing check flaps full cleared to land. 100 above runway in sight come over the threshold throttles to idle and gently flair the A/C. Touchdown.
Another interesting tie in to CCHS.Sam Ghobrial class of 69 became an air traffic controller and I worked with him a few times and Barb Jones class of 70 became a flight attendant and I worked with her as well.
That’s what I did for 25 years. Best damn job on the planet And it paid really well.
By Lilian Puust (Soomet)
C’57 Life Member
From Toronto, ON
The final chapter of Lilian's move from Estonia to Sweden to Canada is not available this month due to some computer problems that Lilian experienced. We hope to have this final episode in our November newsletter.
We do have a story about a job she had one summer back in the 60's
BEST JOB I EVER HAD
- in the Rocky Mountains
I had never seen real mountains. The ones in Quebec are languid, sloping, rolling, like the Laurentians, or Mount Orford. I am on my way to a summer job with CPR hotels, to Chateau Lake Louise in the Rocky Mountains - real mountains.
The train car is full of other university students also heading there. We have spent days looking at Ontario forests and flat prairies, but we stop playing cards as we stare at the Hoodoos in the Badlands. Suddenly, the mountains become high.
"Look, meese!" says someone.
"The plural is moose, silly!" says someone else.
Suddenly, the mountains are above us.
"I can't believe this! They look like they're made of cardboard!" says another and we all agree. They are magnificent, like in pictures, but feel unreal. The lakes are unreal, as if pots of paint had been thrown in them.
Red and yellow poppies bloom by a deep turquoise lake at Chateau Lake Louise - a painting come alive. It is June, but there is still some snow on the ground. The air is cool and pure. Breathing feels strange when I walk quickly. What is it?
"Don't worry. It's the elevation. We are at 5,680 feet here. Less oxygen. You'll get used to it," they say.
My job is not demanding - Room Service telephone operator. Discussing menu options with guests is fun. I work with a group of young waiters, many of whom were trained in other countries - Hungary, Germany, etc. However, CPR Hotels seems to prefer hiring university students for their summer season. Most of the bell hops, Dining Room staff are students, supposedly able to charm guests at this luxury hotel, and to converse with them on any topic.
I have a day off every week, plus half days on other days, since my long shift ends or starts at 3 p.m. Most staff have arrived using a free ride on CPR trains from anywhere in Canada. Staff rarely have cars. My room-mates are Pat from Acadia University and Ilze from McGill.
At the first dance, I meet Don, member of UBC's Outdoor Club, an experienced mountain climber and owner of a car. I learn basics of mountaineering from him. He is as interested in exploring the mountains as I am. Together with Don, Ilze or other staff we explore as much as we can: Moraine Lake, Valley of the Ten Peaks, Consolation Lake, Peyto Lake, Takakkaw Falls, Maligne Lake, Columbia Icefields, Jasper, Mount Edith Cavell, Banff, and more. I hike along miles of trails, walk on ice, in snow, and through alpine meadows full pink, red and purple Indian Paintbrush flowers.
I use mountaineering gear to climb to the top of two mountains and marvel at how far I can see.
My favourite vista is from Big Beehive, a long view of the Bow Valley. A favourite place is Lake O'Hara, high up, behind the mountain range we see from the Chateau. It is where the alpine meadows are and where I can hear the strange whistle of the hoary marmots.
I feel free away from home. It is exhilarating. I am now brave enough to try getting on a horse. It is so high. Its head is huge. How am I going to get up there and balance on that western saddle without falling over to the other side? But I do and we trot along a narrow trail through the woods. We turn, but then the horse stands right up on its hind legs. Facing us is a big bear, holding its ground, frightening the horse. There is nowhere for us to go. Will I slide right down the horse's back and get trampled? But I hang on to its neck and mane. I stay on. "Turn around," yells the instructor. My horse calms, we go back. It's the end of my only lesson.
It is not the first time I have seen a black bear. Usually, we manage to keep our distance from them. However, occasionally, bears come and peer through the dining room window to look at what is on the guests' plates, startling the guests. We often see moose, mountain goats and other wildlife.
There are parties, dances, summer romances, a staff show, and new friendships. At the end of summer we are offered a chance to go on a week long 30-mile trail ride on horseback to Mt. Assiniboine. Half-price for staff. I sign up, even though I have been on a horse only once, but that is another story.
Imagine being paid to spend a summer in the Rockies. For me, it was the best job I ever had!
Who, Where, When, What
Who: Four CCHS Alumni: From the left Harvey Carter, Class of 60, Rob Ellicott, Class of 62, George Mitev, Class of 65 and Dave Saunders, Class of 63. Mitev and Saunders are pretty good golfers – Carter and Ellicott not so much.
Where: The board room of the St. Lambert Golf Club, now affectionately known as the Royal Rock.
When: The picture was taken September 28, 2018 and according to the clock on the wall it was 1:50 PM. Notice that all four alumni seem to be extremely happy. This might have been due to the generous quantities of beer and wine consumed during the luncheon.
What: The occasion was the annual Calcutta tournament put on by the Dirty Dozen golf league marking the end of season play. The winning team was made up of Dave Saunders, Harvey Carter, Allan Scofield and Dominic Courtemanche (aka short sleeves). For those who don’t get it, look up court and manche in a French dictionary.
As a matter of interest, one member on the winning, Allan Schofield, a longtime resident of St. Lambert is 93 years old and he walks the course. It gets embarrassing some times when he out drives you or takes your money putting. Something for all of us to look forward to as we get older.
Here is a picture of me, Kathy Jobb (Childs) on the right - Life Member C'66, and Heather Humphrey C'66 Regular member, who is visiting from Australia. She is visiting me on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia.
Class Contacts Needed
If you are interested in representing your class year as Class Contact. Please contact Angus Cross at email@example.com.
The association's Annual General Meeting
was held Tuesday, September 18th at the school. The main topics discussed were membership and the upcoming 2020 All year renunion.
*With 80% of our members being life members there are fewer members paying annual fees and therefore less money to do things the Association wants to do. At present we are doing what we can to assist the school in upgrades to the Alumni Memorial Garden Area, continue our graduate bursary program, continuing to host an All Year Reunion every 5 years, support the costs of our monthly newsletter Alumni Connection, and maintaining our website.
It is becoming harder each year to attract new members due mainly to the fact that graduating from high school does not have the same lasting importance as it did back in the 50's and 60's. For me graduation from CCHS was the end of my formal education. From that point it was on the job training and experience that advanced my career. Plus the fact that many graduates left St. Lambert to seek employment elsewhere in Canada. John McNeish's comment in a recent email to me struck a chord that rang loudly for me.
After nearly 15 years, it might be time to reflect on what the “CCHS” website is for and what it could evolve into. For 15 years, it has been a website dedicated to celebrating four years spent in the CCHS building in St. Lambert. But because of the Quebec thing, introduction of bilingual education and the nature of modern Canadian life, people do not automatically have the same connection to where they grew to maturity (high school years) as we used to have. I have been struck by the repeated comment by people who give up their membership that they have “grown away” from any meaningful connection to CCHS days and to St Lambert and Quebec. Traces of the Anglophone presence in Quebec are systematically being erased. Plus there is social media. What does all of that mean for the future of the Association and the website? What the site was useful for fifteen years ago may not be the uses it does or could serve now.
As we start to gear up for the next All Year Reunion in the Spring of 2020 it is very important that we reach out to as many alumni as possible. Class contacts are a very important part of this effort .
If you notice an obituary of a classmate in your local paper
please forward details to Angus Cross at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ann Scott (Green) - St. Lambert High School Class of early 1940's Peacefully, at Glendale Crossing, London, on Monday, August 6, 2018, Ann Scott passed away in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late William Elwynne Scott (1985). Dear mother of Ian Scott and his wife Maria Calleja. Cherished grandma of Aidan and Maya Scott of London and Lisa Kenny (Ronnie) of Ottawa and Caroline Jones (Kip) of Calgary. Dear sister of Donald Green of Montreal and sister-in-law of Ruth Green of Toronto. Aunt of Gillian Green (Yves) and Colin Green (Clementina), great aunt to Ethan and Pascale. Ann will be missed by Mia and Gode Calleja and her lifelong friends Betty Bartlett, Faye Campbell, Eleanor Aass and Roseanne Farell of Ottawa. Predeceased by her brother James Green and step-daughters Elizabeth Kenny and Mary-Margaret Donley. Ann was a high school teacher with the Ottawa and Carleton Boards of Education and taught history and phys-ed at South Carleton, Commerce and Ridgemont. Ann was a longtime volunteer at the Manotick Public Library, the Rideau Township Senior's Centre (Miller's Oven) and The Rideau Historical Society. Ann was a member of the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club for many years, and as well as being an avid golfer, she loved skiing, curling and bridge.
submitted by cousin Winston Evans C'60 Life Member from Montreal, QC
Sadly I am attaching the Obituary of my brother Brent who attended CCHS back in the late 60's. He was unable to finish High School there however due to a bad motorcycle accident which landed him in Charles Lemoyne Hospital, causing him to have to transfer to Lemoyne D'Iberville school in Longueuil. I am sure many Alumni will remember Brent fondly.
submitted by Valerie (Missy) Harrison - non-member C'71 from Brossard, QC
Brent passed away unexpectedly on Thursday September 6, 2018. Son of the late Robert and Bernice Harrison. Loving husband of 45 years to Karen Beaudin and father to Christopher (Deirdre) and Michael (Lisa). Brother of Robert (Marrell), Peter (Linda), Gordon (Suzanne), and Valerie (Gordon). Brother-in-law of David Beaudin (Mary) and Gerald Beaudin (Marilyn). Beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews.Born in Saint Lambert, Quebec, Brent followed his love Karen to Franklin Centre, where they raised their two boys. Brent pursued many passions, including art, curling, and woodworking. His work and involvement in the community touched many and continues to be all around us. Brent’s charm and warm personality will be greatly missed. He will be remembered for sharing his creativity with those around him.