Class Notes from the Fall 2019 Alumni Gazette


Reg Reynolds, BA'57, MA'60, has authored or co-authored several books including: An ABA Primer with Application to Teaching Children with Autism; Miscellaneous Musings (with Stephen Bernstein and Alex Polgar); and A Simple and Effective Cure for Criminality; Freedom from Addictions and Creating Peace (all with Douglas Quirk); and published a book of case studies written by Douglas Quirk, called Adventures in Pragmatic Psychotherapy.
Marion (Patel) Miller, BA'58, recently celebrated her 90th birthday at her home in Maryland with family. Miller was a teacher in Windsor and London from 1947 to 1957.


Ronald V. Peiluck, BA'64, retired as an environmental law judge four years ago and is currently CEO of SCOPE Projects Inc., an award- winning design/build construction company. 'I tell my 25-year-old son not a day goes by without using the lessons I learned in taking and passing the first year of the business program.'
After being director of two academic departments in Linguistics, International Business and International Relations at the Pontifical Catholic University, Donald Stewart, BA'69, now teaches and researches for magazine articles.


R. Stephen Collins, BA'74 (Economics), was inducted into the Water Ski Wake Board Ontario Hall of Fame as a builder. Stephen and his wife Susan (Paterson), BEd '75, are retired and breed Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers under their kennel name Doghill Wheatens Reg'd. Both have been recognized for their volunteerism in their home community of Carlisle, Ont..
Mark Kearney, BA'77 (Journalism), was the nominee from Western's Faculty of Arts & Humanities for the 2017 and 2018 Angela Armitt Award for Excellence in Teaching by Part-Time Faculty. In addition to his teaching of writing and journalism at Western, Mark has co-authored the book, As The Years Go By...Conversations With Canada's Folk, Pop & Rock Pioneers, with long-time collaborator Randy Ray of Ottawa, and was a contributing author to another book The Fur-Bearing Trout ... and Other True Tales of Canadian Life. Mark also received grants in 2017 and 2018 from The London Arts Council to do further research and writing on the life of Al Christie, a pioneering silent film director during Hollywood's early days who was born in London, Ont.
Louis Gagliardi, BA'79 (Art History and Criticism), curated a new book called Peter Clapham Sheppard: His Life and Work, written by Tom Smart, BA'83, Director of the Beaverbrook Gallery, and published by Firefly Books. The book focuses on Clapham's contributions to early 20th Century Canadian art.
Laurence Hutchman, BA'72 (English), published his 11th book of poetry, The House of Shifting Time with Black Moss Press, and was named poet laureate of Emery.
Emily-Jane (Hills) Orford, BA'78 (Visual Arts), has released two new books. Queen Mary's Daughter (Clean Reads Publishing 2018) is an historical fiction/fantasy novel that delves into a possibility that there was another heir to the Scottish throne, one who kept Scotland free and independent. Mrs. Murray's Ghost: A Piccadilly Street Story Book 1 (TellTale Publishing 2018) is a middle grade fantasy novel set in London, Ont. Using the author's memories, fantasies and vivid imagination, the novel gives an historical perspective on childhood as set in the 1960s and explores issues such as bullying.


Dr. John W. Vandertuin, BMuS'82, MMuS'88, blind concert organist and composer, was appointed director of Music at St. Paul's United Church in Paris, Ont. on March 1, 2018.
Retired Dauphin County Bar Association Executive Director Elizabeth G. Simcox, BA'82, was honored with the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Conference of County Bar Leaders 2019 Gilbert Nurick Award, named for the late Harrisburg lawyer who served as PBA president, and is given to a PBA member who exhibits dedication and service to the leadership and promotion of the organized bar and its activities.

Marina Reed, MA'85 (Journalism), has published her first novel. Primrose Street is a story about how keeping secrets can become a poison and prevents people from living authentic lives. It supports diversity, speaks to women's issues and allies with the LGBTQ+ community.

Catherine Koverola, MA'84 (Psychology), was named President of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and Titusville, effective June 1.
In March 2019, Carla Rose Kelly, BA'88 (Sociology), won a Global Music Award for her composition 'PEACE' in the Healing/Meditation Music category. The song is used therapeutically to help ease stress, anxiety and bring clarity and peace into the mind and was featured in a new Canadian musical called Let the Music Come Alive (written by Carla).
Ian Hubling, BACS'85, retired after 35 years in the Ontario public service. Ian's spouse Linda of 28 years also retired and they plan to travel extensively in the coming years.
David Gray, BSc'84 (Geophysics), Senior Geophysical Advisor, Technical Excellence and Assurance, Global Exploration and International Development at Nexen CNOOC Inc., was honoured by the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) as the 2018-19 Canadian Distinguished Lecturer. David visited 25 Canadian universities with geoscience programs, speaking to students, instructors and industry professionals on 'An Unconventional View of GeoScience'. This honour is one of many accomplishments in his long career in the oil and gas exploration industry, including attaining a Master's in Mathematics (Statistics) from the University of Waterloo (1989); holding three patents for processes discovered; having three scientific equations named for him; being honouree of the 2015 CSEG Symposium; and having written more than 140 papers.
After retiring early as an elementary principal in York Region District School Board four years ago, David Geene, BMus'85, BEd'86, held the position of Executive Director of Georgina Trades Training Inc. for three years, a non-profit agency providing skills, education and training for people to find employment. For the past year, he continued to support music education in schools as an Educational Services Consultant for Long and McQuade Musical Instruments in York and Simcoe areas. He is now fully retired, got re-married this past summer, moved to Peterborough where he sings with Peterborough Singers, and is working in community theatre. His two daughters are both pursuing science degrees and continue to be involved in music.
Silvia Gamboso, BACS'87, started a new job at Canada Life as an Underwriting Account Manager in the National Accounts New Business area of Group Customer Services.
A duo of King's University College alumni Jonathan Creaghan, BA'85 (Psychology, Political Science), and Joanne Malone-Creaghan, BA'07, have developed an online platform called TotalLeader Solutions that garnered them a nomination for a 2018 Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award. TotalLeader Solutions creates online tools to help ensure a family business survives the hand-off to next generation owners.
Western's Caribbean Students Organization (1980-90) will be holding a reunion in Castries, St. Lucia October 24 to 27, 2019. Contact Alyson Chapman-Cezair, BA'86, for more information at
In September 2018, Hugh Armitage, BESc'82, MESc'85, was promoted to Supervisor, Dam Safety-Hydro Services Group at Georgia Power Company in Atlanta, Ga.
Mary Anne Aldred, BA'81 (English), LLB'84, was appointed General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of the Ontario Energy Board in October 2017, following 11 years as General Counsel.


Steve Bowman, BA'90 (Physical Education), won the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals in 2018. He has worked with the team since 1997, and is currently their Head Amateur Scout.

After 20 years at North York General Hospital, Simon Kay, BA'92 (English), and his wife now own and operate Evolution Gymnastics in Aurora, Ont.
Scott Woolford, BA'90 (King's), has been recognized as one of Canada's Outstanding Principals for 2019. He is currently principal at Island Public Natural Science School with the Toronto District School Board.
Rolf Maurer, BESc'91, is Vice-President Americas at Arntjen Clean Energy Solutions in Woodstock, Ont.
Richard Brachman, BESc'93, PhD'99, was appointed as a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada for exceptional contributions to engineering in Canada.
After retiring from a career working with children and families in need, Lorrie Sutherland Werden, BA'91, has published her first book of fiction, Black Blood (Tellwell Publishing). The story follows Elizabeth Devereux, a prolific painting prot'g', whose true inspirations come when she is free of the drugs taken for bipolar disorder.
Les Kalman, BSc'95, DDS'99, Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry and Coordinator, Dental Outreach Community Service (DOCS) in Western's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, was one of the recipients of the Merck Patients First Award in recognition of his commitment to the DOCS program.
Jimmy Brennan, MBA'90, and Paul Campbell, MBA'90, have launched Level 3 Investment Management. They run a total return fund for select high net worth individuals, foundations and family offices.
Jan-Oliver Schmidt, BA'93, and his wife, Nicole Brende Schmidt, a graduate of Southern Methodist University (SMU), welcomed their first child in October 2018. 'Thor-Olav is a bright-eyed explorer and keeps us hopping. He is actually a pure mustang, since both Western and SMU share the mustang as mascot!'
Emily (Fernandes) Richards, BSc'96 (Brescia), released a new cookbook called Best of Bridge Weekday Suppers. Emily is a cookbook author, home economist, recipe developer, media spokesperson, television host, brand ambassador, and blogger with a passion for getting people into the kitchen to cook.
In recent years, Damhnait Monaghan, LLB'92, has become a writer. Her flash fiction and creative non-fiction have won or placed in several competitions and her writing is widely published and anthologized. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions, and Best Microfiction. Her flash fiction chapbook, The Neverlands was published by V Press (UK) in 2019 and her novel, UP SHE RISES, was short-listed in the international Caledonia Novel Award.
Cate Carlyle, BA'90 (English), MLIS'11, has published her first book entitled Your passport to international librarianship, published by the American Library Association. Co-authored by Dee Winn, the book focuses on their volunteer work in international libraries. Cate is a librarian at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she lives with her husband, Bruce Carlyle, BA'90.
Brent Donnelly, MBA'95, released a new book, The Art of Currency Trading (published by John Wiley & Sons) in June 2019.


Shane K. Baker, MPA'09, has been appointed Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Ajax.
Semhar Woldai, BSc'06 (Biology), had a baby boy with husband, Alwyn C. Phillips on June 30, 2018
Sarah (Raslan) Legacy, BA'08, and her husband were married in Paris in 2014.
Robert Noble, BEd'00, was promoted to a secondary Principal for the Toronto Catholic District School Board in September 2018.
Rahim Kanani, BA'06 (Philosophy), released a new book called A Wealth of Insight: The World's Best Chefs on Creativity, Leadership and Perfection, which profiles nearly 45 of the world's best chefs who have collectively amassed nearly 100 Michelin stars, and who regularly appear atop the World's 50 Best Restaurants, La Liste and other international rankings and awards.
Nadia Festinger, HBA'08, married Leandro Ludman at the Palacio Sans Souci in Victoria, Buenos Aires, Argentina in November 2018.
Monica Ciriello, BA'09 (King's), married Greg Witt on Sept. 29, 2018. They were married in Monica's hometown of London, Ont. and had their wedding photos taken at Western. In May, Monica received the nomination for the Conservative Party of Canada to be the candidate in the October federal election, representing Hamilton Centre. 'A big thank you to Western for giving me a head start in my political career!'
On June 12, Lorin MacDonald, JD'09, received the inaugural Chappell Partners/June Bushell Award, which honours a female lawyer with five or more years post-call who experienced, or is experiencing, adversity in pursuing her career and despite that adversity is making a positive contribution. The award was presented at the Women's Law Association of Ontario's 100th Anniversary Gala.
Leila Rafi, LLB'05, won the Rising Star Lexpert Award in 2018 and was appointed to the Securities Advisory Committee at the Ontario Securities Commission for a three-year term beginning in January 2019.
Kaitlyn Armstrong, BA'08, MA'09, JD'19, and Ryan Clutterbuck, BA'08, MA'12, PhD'18, met at Western in 2005 when they both worked at the Spoke and the Wave. A friendship developed as they took political science classes. In 2014, a chance encounter in the Springett parking lot led to their first date, and eventually their wedding date. The couple was married on Aug. 19, 2018 in Jordan Station, Ont., where they celebrated with their family and close friends from Western.

Julie Montes, BMSc'07, BEd'11, married Kacey Leslie on March 9, 2019. The couple purchased their first home right after the wedding in London, Ont.

Jeff Renaud, MPA'04, Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, was elected President of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators at the Association's Annual General meeting on May 28 in Quebec.
Erin Romeo, BA'08 (Brescia), published a new book, The Visual Guide to Easy Meal Prep ' Save Time and Eat Healthy with over 75 Recipes. Erin is a nutrition coach, expert meal planner and food prep specialist. She's an advocate for good nutrition and regularly shares her tips and tricks for healthy eating on Instagram @foodprepprincess; has been featured in a number of publications including, Health, Oxygen Magazine, The, The Daily, Buzzfeed, Brit+Co; and was voted one of the 'Best meal Prep Accounts on Instagram'by Popsugar in 2018.


Ryan Walsh, BSc'14, has been recognized with a 'Rising Star' Award from Health Promotion Canada. The award is open to any Canadian working in health promotion and recognizes health promoters who have an exceptional track record of professional achievements, display exemplary personal leadership qualities, and exhibit strong potential for making future contributions to health promotion in Canada or globally.
Right after graduating, Rachael Luby, BA'16, accepted a full-time position as Communications Coordinator at the London Economic Development Corporation. She also got engaged that same summer on a little island along Kapikog Lake, and she and her fianc' bought their first home in 2017 in London, Ont. The couple got married Sept. 2 at Hessenland Country Inn along the Bluewater Highway between Grand Bend and Bayfield. 'I married my highschool sweetheart and we've been together over eight years now. I feel very lucky for the opportunities Western gave me, both through my education and work study. I feel invigorated every time I get to visit campus #PurpleandProud #LondonProud.'
Shortly after graduating with her Master's, Nicole Corbo, BA'16 (King's), MLIS'18, got a job as a Records Coordinator at Loblaw Companies Limited in Brampton.

Melissa Aris, BA'10 (Brescia), and David Aris are pleased to announce the birth of their baby girl Martine, born October 9, 2018 weighing 7lbs 7ozs.

Maximilian Specht, BA'15, is Associate Creative Director at Artifakt Digital, North America's leading marketing agency for top-performing real estate agents.
Marie Scholz, BA'17, started a digital marketing agency called Waves Digital Canada. 'We give young people opportunities to work with massive companies in web design, social media, content creation and public relations. Our employees work remotely and everyone has the opportunity to build relationships with the clients. Technology and engineering are our specialties, but we are breaking into the business-to-consumer market as well.'
After graduation, Marcia Pelcz, BA'19 (Brescia), received a full-time job as a Child & Youth Worker. 'It has been an incredible experience taking everything I've learned during my schooling and placements and using it in my new job. Although it is a highly stressful environment working in a group home with children with a variety of diagnoses, the rewarding experience is beyond worth it.'
Laura Santaguida, BMOS'12, and Gabriel Brutto, JD'14, HBA'14, were married on June 16, 2018. 'We want to give our best regards to our fellow alumni. We developed strong friendships at Western and it was so nice to have our friends at our wedding and part of our special day! We both had a great University experience and we wish the best of luck to all the current students.'
Kristin Lee, BA'19, landed her first job after graduation at the Western Gazette as the managing editor.
From Kate Fraser, BA'15 (Health Sciences, Psychology): 'I got married! Before my last year of university I moved to southern Alberta for a summer job. Funny enough, I was hiking in Canmore when I passed a fellow hiker who also went to Western. She recognized my Western hoodie! I met a great man and moved west right when I finished at Western. Flash forward four crazy years and I have a dog (two actually!), a house and now a husband!'
Joel Sherlock, MLIS'13, MA'14 (History), has taken on a new position as Manager of Genealogical and Archival Research at Crown-Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada.
Joanna Phillips, BMOS'14, joined ESOP Builders Inc. as Vice President and will take on strategic roles such as business development, marketing and talent. ESOP Builders is a national consulting firm located in Toronto offering expertise on Employee Share Ownership Plans (ESOPs) to small, medium and large privately held companies across Canada.
Jessica Chambers, BA'13 (Political Science), and Steven Andrews, BESc'13, got married in Mississauga, Ont. on July 7, 2018. They've been together for over 10 years and attended Western together.
As co-founder of JobJunxion Inc., Jack Litchfield, BA'15 (Political Science), aims to make it easier for students to find relevant employment and help employers find the talent they need to grow.
Heonjun Lee, BMOS'19, got a job in downtown Toronto at MNP working as a staff accountant.
Erin Downey, MBA'17, and Taylor Johnson were married in Seattle, Washington on March 17, 2018 after meeting in university.
Emily Opthof, BSc'17 (Brescia), is a dietitian in Lambton County and since graduation has been teaching high school classes and Schulich Family Medicine residents; manages a patient caseload of more than 100, and runs a nutrition blog.
Don Lafreniere, PhD'15 (Geography), former Vanier Canada Scholar, has been promoted to Associate Professor of Geography and GIS at Michigan Tech University. He is also the Director of the Geospatial Research Facility at the Great Lakes Research Center.
Charles (Chih-Ying) Ho, BA'11 (Economics), recently joined Alibaba Group's Global Talent Development program under the Alibaba Global Leadership Academy created by Jack Ma. Charles was selected from over 5,000 candidates from around the world and is currently the international business development manager at Tmall, the largest business-to-consumer retail platform in Asia with over 617 million monthly active consumers.
Carlos Salgado, MESc'18, married Zumico Villalobos on Dec. 28, 2018. He started working full-time at Diamond Aircraft on March 11.
Brittany Sitzes, BA'13, got engaged to Spencer Houlihan earlier this year and bought a second home. The couple also welcomed a new member to the family, Fred, an Irish Doodle.
Britiny Landry, BA'17 (King's), recently started her career with the Thames Valley District School Board working as a custodian. 'Most people assume I majored in English to become a teacher; I majored in English because I love literature and wanted to immerse myself in novels and learn. My dream is to one day publish my own novel, but for now I am so pleased to be working with the school board.
Brett Higgs, BMOS'11, was a panelist at the 20th Anniversary of the Society for Trust & Estate Practitioners Caribbean Conference.
Brea Hickey, BA'10 (Huron), and her partner Nathan Medeiros purchased their first home in September 2018 in London, Ont. and the couple got engaged on June 8.
Ashley McGuire, BA'13, and Mike Tithecott, BMusA'13, got engaged on Dec. 3, 2018. Both were members of the University Students' Council executive while at Western.
Amanda Bartlett, BA'13, married Jon Hindley, BA'13, on Sept. 22, 2018 after meeting in Saugeen-Maitland Hall in their first year at Western in 2009.
After graduating, Amanda Oppedisano, BFA'12, MFA'14, worked with a few start-ups and then moved into the field of real estate and mortgages. After a few years in the industry, she decided to venture out on her own and opened a mortgage brokerage in August 2018. 'Thanks to Western for the connections and experience where I was able to push myself out of my comfort zone - I discovered my love of networking which ultimately led me to opening my own business!' Amanda and her fianc' will be getting married later in 2019.
Ahsan Syed, BSc/HBA'15, was one of two Canadians selected from over 900 eligible applicants by the British Foreign Commonwealth Office to receive the highly selective Chevening Scholarship. The scholarship covers tuition and living expenses for a one-year Master's program in the UK. Syed will be studying an MSc in Environmental Economics and Policy at the London School of Economics.

In Memoriam

William (Bill) Stuart Jamieson, BA'73 (English, Huron), died April 1 in Toronto, Ont. Survived by his sister Margaret Jamieson and her husband Len Bolder, niece Susan (Mike) Bolder, nephew David (Nancy) Bolder and their son Thomas. Bill plied his craft as a stage manager for many years, working across Canada for some of the major theatre companies. In retirement, he passed his knowledge on as a sessional instructor at York University's School of the Arts.
Ruth E.E.M. Malisa, MEd'92, died Jan. 8, 2018 in Moshi, Tanzania.
Robert C. Malanchuk, HBA'68, MBA'71, died Nov. 28, 2018 in Ajax, Ont.
Mary Dyce (Sally) Morgan, BA'68, died Sept. 15, 2018 in London, Ont. In the mid-1960's, along with her colleague Barbara Edwardson, Sally helped to found Western's physiotherapy program. Sally's love for her students and the teaching profession remained unwavering until she retired as Professor Emeritus in 1991.
Margaret Claire (Fisher) Hamilton, BA'47, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, activist, politician, educator, orchardist, friend, dog-lover and so much more, died Jan. 23 in Douglas, N.B. with her dog at her side in her 97th year. Margaret started a bachelor's degree at the Western but suspended her studies in 1943 to join the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service, and served as a Navy cook in Halifax. After the war, she resumed her studies at Western and received a degree in Home Economics. While at Western, Margaret attended a Mustang football game in Toronto with a friend and at a post-game party, met the love of her life, Angus Hamilton, and they were married in 1949. Margaret and Angus lived in Toronto for two years, then in Ottawa for 20 years. Margaret was an elected member of the Ottawa School Board for eight years and chaired several committees. After moving to Fredericton in 1971, Margaret and Angus bought a farm in Douglas with an apple orchard they named 'Happy Apple Acres'. In her capacity as orchardist, Margaret was President of the N.B. Fruit Growers Association and treasurer of the N.B. Farm Markets Association. In 1981, Margaret opened a Bed and Breakfast which became known for fabulous breakfasts and warm hospitality. She was also an active member of St. John the Evangelist Church; a founding member of the Wostawea Cross Country Ski Club and the Fredericton Direct Charge Co-operative; and a member of the Canadian Home Economics Association, the Canadian Federation of University Women, and the Faculty Women's Club at the University of New Brunswick. She was a generous patron of the arts and supported, Friends of the CBC, Theatre New Brunswick, and Friends of the Playhouse, and was a Life Member of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.
Margaret (Pressey) Adams, BA'54, died Sept. 8, 2018, in California where she had lived with her husband of 62 years Robert Adams, HBA'54 for 40 years. After graduation, Margaret taught in schools in Toronto and Vancouver and lived in various locations in Canada and France. She is survived by her husband and her three children, Mich'le, Alexandra, and Kevin.
Lorna (Tully) Ermacora, BA'89, died Sept. 17, 2018 in Cape Coral, Florida.
Jill (Henry) Simpson, BA'61, died June 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ont.
James Alexander Murdoch, BA'56, died July 28, 2018 in Kitchener, Ont.
Dr. George Wilkins, MD'45, died Feb. 1 in Hanna, Alta. George is predeceased by his loving wife of 48 years, Marjorie Jean (Peebles) Wilkins, two infant daughters and his brother William Robert Wilkins. Left to appreciate George's lasting legacies (alongside their loving partners) are his children Bob and Peggy Wilkins, BSc'75, and grandsons Paul and Peter Wilkins, as well as his four great-grandchildren and special friend Elizabeth Gourlay. George was raised in southwestern Ontario and after graduating from Western, he completed his General Internship in Calgary and began his general practice career in Hanna. He practiced there his entire career and remained living in Hanna until his death.
Charles Neads, BA'64, died March 13, 2019 in London, Ont.
Carol Pelton, BA'76 (Physical Education), died suddenly on April 30 in Melbourne, Australia. Carol began her teaching career in the Haliburton and Oxford School Boards (1968 to 1980). From 1981 to 1983, she taught grades 9 and 10 with the Papua New Guinea Ministry of Education. After travelling for a few years, Carol resumed teaching (1985 to 2004) at various sites throughout northern Manitoba and worked towards her Master's degree. She was very active with the Rotary Business & Professional Women's Club during her retirement.
Andrea Beverley Jackson, BA'85, died May 26 at the age of 55. Emigrating with her family from Jamaica in 1964, Andrea attended school in Goderich and Holmesville and graduated from Western in 1985. Andrea began a life-long career in the child welfare sector at a summer job with the Children's Aid Society in Stratford, then at the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies (OACAS) in Toronto and eventually as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director at the Catholic Children's Aid Society (CCAS) of Toronto. Admired for her vocal talents and generous spirit, Andrea endeared herself to her church family at Centennial Albert United in Oshawa and to her co-workers at OACAS and CCAS who kept 24-hour vigil in her last weeks so that she was never alone. Attending family events at every opportunity, Andrea loved to visit Goderich and sing at church services and family celebrations, always grateful for home and family in her life. Living her passion for music, Andrea was a songwriter and backup vocalist for soul and reggae recording sessions and live events in Toronto.

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