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Sue (Robinson) Brady (MCHS ’64) shares more details about MCHS Alumni in B.C. and elsewhere

At a previous post, entitled Cheryl Vince’s favourite teachers at Malcolm Campbell High School included a principal and a vice-principal, Sue (Robinson) Brady (MCHS ’64) wrote a comment for Cheryl Vince and Ruth MacLeod.

The comment from Sue Brady, who was in Mrs. Dunwoodie’s 11B (Latin) class, which I have featured in a separate post, included the following details:

  • Sue (Robinson) Brady gets together with Virginia (Cope) Sprogis a couple of times a year.
  • Virginia Sprogis is an artist living in the Eastern Townships and she used to see Mrs. Dunwoodie there (alias the Dunzel, or Elaine) up until about 6 years ago.
  • Mrs. Dunwoodie was hanging out with Miss Carr at that time.
  • When Sue Brady worked for a non-profit in Toronto she recruited Neil Bacon (Accounting) and Graham Webb (Information Technology) to help us set up and they continued to assist (pro bono) for ten years.

Mini-Reunion in Vancouver around late 1990s / early 2000s

Gang at reunion

Gang at reunion. Top row left to right – Soryl Rosenberg (Miss Shulman), Jacki Ralph, Sue Robinson, Dawson Campbell, Audrey Mchaffie. Bottom row left to right – Lynda Spence (Allen), Gail Ritchie, Linda Ritchie.

Sue Brady has posted photos of the latter mini-reunion:

Sue (Brady) Robinson has shared with us photos from an MCHS reunion a decade ago in Vancouver

Message of July 7, 2015 from Sue Brady

Sue noted that the following Alumni, among her circle of contacts, are aware of the Reunion (but she does not know if they are planning to attend):

  • Dawson Campbell,
  • Graham Webb,
  • Virginia (Cope) Sprogis
  • Carole (Radford) Spencer

Sue mentioned she can contact Bill & Sue Coyle (Susan Currie), both in 11D, 1963, via Gail Lawson, 11E, 1963 (married to Jim Currie – not an MCHS grad).

“Through Gail [Lawson],” Sue Brady adds, “I learned that Tom Von Eicken (11B, 1962) and Linda Chow (11E, 1963) married, however both died, a few years apart, quite a long time ago. They had 4 very beautiful daughters.”

Jack Mullaste (MCHS ’63)

“Also deceased,” adds Sue Brady, “as you may know, is Marty Butler (11F, 1962). I believe he made a musical career for himself & we saw him playing piano at a club in Toronto many years ago.

“Re MCHS Reunion site – I read about Jack Mullaste’s passing (11F, 1963) — he was a fun guy & as I remember a wild dancer. After high school, in 1966, Jack and I carpooled together from Roxboro to our jobs at Rolls Royce on Cte de Liesse Rd, where I met my future husband Terry.

Request for contact information for Jeanie Mullaste

Please note: As we have mentioned previously, Jack (Jaak) Mullaste, MCHS ’63, 11F, passed away on on January 18, 2005. A number of his friends including Howard Hight of Boston who knew him well are seeking to get in touch with his widow Jeanie Mullaste. If you can help in that quest please contact Jaan Pill at

Remembering Jack (in Estonian: Jaak) Mullaste

I knew Jack Mullaste well during a still earlier stage of life. Jack and I were both members of an Estonian Boy Scout troop in Montreal in the mid-1950s when we were children. We were also not embers of the same Estonian Lutheran church in Montreal, to which a large proportion of Estonian Montrealers belonged to at the time. I remember his parents; as I recall, and if my memory serves me well (sometimes it doesn’t, memories being malleable) they were both much involved in sports such as tennis.

I was interested to learn, in recent years while working on the Reunion, that some of my classmates from MCHS knew Jack Mullaste well during the years that followed our graduation from the school. I learned of his passing through reading notices in an Estonian-language newspaper published in Toronto.

Additional note (July 7, 2015) from Sue (Robinson) Brady

Howard Hight (left) and Wayne Grier, on a 2014 cruise holiday in Greece. Click on the image to enlarge it. Click again to enlarge it further.

“Howard [Hight] – this is for you:

“I remember you & Wayne Grier were friends at MCHS, don’t know if you still are in contact. An interesting story re Wayne’s sister Wendy & her neighbor in Beaconsfield which I’ll try to keep simple – Wendy is a good friend of my sister Laurie.

“We just found out last year that Wendy lives across the street from Tara Wright – they have been neighbours for a long time but neither of them knew their connection until Tara’s uncle (Butch Sprogis, aka Rheinie) came up in conversation. Tara is Virginia Sprogis’ daughter (Butch is Virginia’s brother). I don’t think Wendy knows Virginia, but she did know Butch!

“Of course if we didn’t change our names when we got married these connections would come about a lot sooner – I think Quebec has it right where women keep their maiden names – but on the other hand, how many hyphenated names will their kids & grandkids end up with?”

Additional comment (July 7, 2015) from Sue Brady

“Hey Howard & Diana – small world re you & Wayne.

“Howard, congrats on having 9 grandchildren – quite an accomplishment! I’m sure your grandchildren enjoy your sense of humor – as I remember you & Wayne were quite a pair.

“In reply re Peggy Chow – I don’t know what happened to her but maybe could find out through Gail Currie who was good friends with Linda & Tom.

“I didn’t know you were part of the Amabaie gang. The Chows lived on the same street as Marilyn Drouin & Bruce MacDonald, also close to Billy Poole. Marilyn, Virginia & I get together every spring when Virginia comes out west (she has a daughter here in Vancouver).

“Marilyn (now Reigle) has lived on Vancouver Island for the past 7 years or so. Prior to that she spent all of her married life in Morin Heights, Que., a lot of it working at the ski hill.

“Another long(ish) story re Billy Poole et al – when I worked in Kingston ON we owned a farm in Bath, approx. 40 kms outside of Kingston. In 1992 I had a reunion there & invited a bunch of old friends, Billy Poole included. Fyi he still looked the same – great, as usual.

“He was living somewhere in the states but I’ve since lost touch. MCHS people that came to the event – Brian Barton, Neil Bacon, Joelle King, Virginia & Carole Spencer. The rest of the people were probably Catholic, so didn’t go to our school.

“I worked at the company’s head office in Kingston & we had a business meeting one year (mid-90’s) in L.A. Who did I meet there but Lynda Wilson (formerly Fuller). Turns out she was our Canada North director but I never realized we were in high school together until she drew the connection.

“We had so much fun & somehow she knew that Gaby Gluck & George Weinberger were there (I think either one or both was a gynecologist – we had fun with that too). Anyway we tried to contact them & I can’t remember if we did or not – maybe she could finish that story.

“I know Graham Webb quite well (we were in grade 3 together at Cartierville School and I think they had just come over from England). I didn’t really know Colin but saw him about 5 years ago when we were helping Graham move from Burlington to Niagara-on-the Lake.

“So since I won’t be at the reunion (spending time in Oakville in August with our Ontario grandkids), you’ll have to email your Rolls Royce story. Not sure if you owned one, but when I worked there you could pick one up for a cool $16k (about what we paid for our first home in Pierrefonds).”

Gail Ritchie, Bruce Wilde, Audrey Mchaffie, Dawson Campbell.

Gail Ritchie, Bruce Wilde, Audrey Mchaffie, Dawson Campbell. Sue (Robinson) Brady comments: “I don’t remember the date these pics were taken but approx.. 10 yrs+ ago.” The photo is from Sue (Robinson) Brady.

Comment (July 8, 2015) from Bruce Goodman

“Nice to see Bruce Wilde in this picture. The Goodman family and Wilde family were close neighbours on O’Brien.”

“The Wilde’s backed onto our property on Lavigne St.,” Bruce Goodman adds. “If Bruce sees this post…say hi to your brother Earl for me…one of my closest friends in the very early years. Many many days were spent playing road hockey on Lavigne, as O’Brien was far to busy as a main through street…even with an MTC bus route #117 on it.”


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October 24, 2015: Canadian Stuttering Association’s 2nd Annual One Day Conference Event in Toronto

The following message (July 21, 2015), which I am pleased to share, is from Alexandra D’Agostino of the Canadian Stuttering Association (CSA):

“Hey everyone! I am excited to present the Canadian Stuttering Association’s 2nd Annual One Day Conference Event in Toronto on October 24th 2015! This year we are offering a variety of workshops, presentations, open mics, and a keynote speech and interactive workshop delivered by none other than Katherine Preston, author of “Out With It: How Stuttering Helped Me Find My Voice”. Early Bird pricing includes $20 for adults, and only $10 for students!”

[End of text]

I am very pleased that the CSA, which I co-founded in 1991 along with many other people who stutter from across Canada at the start of several decades of work focusing on community self-organizing among people who stutter, is doing such great work on behalf of people who stutter – including children who stutter and their families – with a focus on social media and face-to-face events such as the October 24th event outlined above.

Community self-organizing and media relations

The basics of what I know about community self-organizing and media relation – basics to which I have added, in recent years, in a process that people like to call ‘continuous improvement’ – is based upon my previous twenty-five years, starting about 1988, of active volunteer work on behalf of people who stutter at the local, national, and international levels.

I have learned so many things. I feel a strong sense of gratitude, regarding what I have learned. Gratitude, as it has turned out, is a strong source of motivation for me.

As a child, I would never have imagined that I would have a thirty-plus years career as a public school teacher. As a child, the idea of standing in front of a classroom of students was absolutely the most alien idea that I could have imagined. Over the years, I have met many teachers, and a handful of administrators as well, as well as a good number of people in many other lines of work, in countries around the world, who have achieved outstanding success in their chosen careers despite the fact that, at some stage in their lives, they faced the challenge of being a person who stutters.

There are many lessons, in such stories. The main lesson, I would say, is that if a person has a problem to deal with, the best way to deal with it is by facing it head-on, rather than putting it aside.  A secondary lesson, perhaps as important as the first, is that whatever the challenge may be, that is the primary challenge in life that a person may face – and I would say it is likely that each person faces one challenge or another – we have a lot to learn from each other. That is the basic tenet on which community self-organizing, whatever form such organizing may take, is based upon.


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Feelings are contagious; they spread from person to person

A July 19, 2015 CBC article is entitled: “Jennifer Newman, psychologist, tell us how to deal with rude co-workers: 98% of workers report rudeness at work, 50 experience it weekly, says Newman.”

What can be done about it?

The conclusion of the article reads:

“First, we all have to recognize it affects everyone — it’s easily caught and easily passed from person to person.

“Anyone can be a carrier, and workers tend to retaliate if they are infected and have chosen to pass it along.

“If you’ve been treated rudely, take some time before interacting with anyone else — maybe go to the bathroom and wash your hands or use a quick break to think things through.

“Recognize that now you’ve caught something and you have a choice to make: Do I hand it on to the next unsuspecting person that crosses my path, or do I decide not to do that?

“And when a worker is rude, it creates a lasting negative impression. Colleagues will generalize from rude behaviour to all sorts of things. It can have serious repercussions on your career and how others see you, even if you weren’t the initial carrier.”

[End of excerpt]

Feelings are contagious as are thoughts; they spread from mind to mind

The wider topic concerns how religions work, as outlined in Buddhist Warfare (2010) among other academically rigorous, evidence-based studies.

The wider topic concerns how violence works, as outlined in Extremely Violent Societies (2010).

The wider context concerns how structural violence works, as outlined from the perspective of evolutionary biology in The Meaning of Human Existence (2014).

The wider context concerns how structural violence works, as demonstrated by antipathy toward civil rights and efforts to address extreme inequality, as outlined in Masters of the Universe (2012).

The wider context concerns how strongly held belief systems, truthiness, instrumental reason, and violence work together.

The Rebel Sell (2004)

The positive aspect of these connections is that they are there for all to see, and are capable of being addressed. In that context, the topic of the ‘rebel sell’ and how to address the underlying issues, including structural violence, comes to mind:

A Huffington Post article, downloaded July 19, 2015, is entitled: The Myth of the Ethical Shopper. We’re still trying to eliminate sweatshops and child labor by buying right. But that’s not how the world works in 2015.

Also of interest: The Rebel Sell: How the Counterculture Became Consumer Culture (2004).

A Nov. 1, 2002 This Magazine article is entitled: “The Rebel Sell: If we all hate consumerism, how come we can’t stop shopping?”


Also of interest, as it addresses themes related to the current post: A July 24, 2015 article by Pankaj Mishra is entitled: “How to think about Islamic State: Islamic State is often called ‘medieval’ but is in fact very modern – a horrific expression of a widespread frustration with a globalised western model that promises freedom and prosperity to all, but fails to deliver.”

“In an irony of modern history, which stalks revolutions and revolts to this day,” in Pankaj Mishra’s take on things, “the search for a new moral community has constantly assumed unpredicted and vicious forms. But then the dislocations and traumas caused by industralisation and urbanisation accelerated the growth of ideologies of race and blood in even enlightened western Europe.”

I would say, by way of comment, that a journalistic take on things provides one form of analysis; my own preference is for the kind of evidence-based historical analysis demonstrated in Masters of the Universe (2012) and Extremely Violent Societies (2010).


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Hydration myths debunked, in 5 easy sips – July 20, 2015 CBC article

There is value in evidence-based practice.

Consider the topic if hydration.

What does the evidence indicate? What research is available? How robust is the research? Who is funding it?

A July 20, 2015 CBC article is entitled: “Hydration myths debunked, in 5 easy sips.”

The article notes:

“Bottom line: for healthy people doing normal things under everyday conditions, nature has already provided the perfect tool, precisely calibrated to replace the fluids that are lost through exertion, perspiration, urination and other excretion.

“It’s called ‘thirst.’ Use it, and you can stop sweating about hydration.”

[End of excerpt]

Key points:

Myth 1: if you wait for thirst, it’s too late

Myth 2: Drinking more water flushes more toxins from the body

Myth 3: Checking the colour of urine is a good way to monitor hydration

Myth 4: It’s healthy to drink lots of water, whether you’re thirsty or not

Myth 5: Mild dehydration can impair thinking


Additional point, based upon the article: If you seek information regrading hydration, it may be the case that sometimes reading the Globe and Mail may not be your best option.


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Graeme Decaries discusses what we know and don’t know about the British Royal family (especially as it relates to 1930s)

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island

Over the past year, we’ve had many online conversations with Graeme Decarie, who taught history at Malcolm Campbell High School in the early years of the school’s existence.

Graeme has added much to my own understanding of the history of Cartierville and Saraguay among other places.

My site would have many fewer page visits, and many fewer comments from site visitors, were it not for the fact that when Graeme Decarie shares his views, people pay attention.

Prince Edward Island.

“My famous friends”

Some time back I posted an item, based on comments from Graeme Decarie, entitled:

“My famous friends” – Another great memory shared by Graeme Decarie

Guardian article about British Royal family in the 1930s

When I came across a recent Guardian article, I sent the link to Graeme, which in turn led to the following conversation:

Jaan:  Came across this July 18, 2015 Guardian article:

Royals told: open archives on family ties to Nazi regime

[Jaan also mentioned that he has an interest in Prince Edward Island, where Graeme taught at the beginning of his university teaching career, after he had left Malcolm Campbell High School to proceed with an M.A. in history.]

Graeme: Fascinating stuff. Thanks. I can (and will) use this for my blog.

I taught in PEI for three years at UPEI. Hated it.

Jaan: Pleased you enjoy the link. New York Times version of the article had a different spin. [July 18, 2015 New York Times article: Tabloid Publishes Images of Future Queen Giving Nazi Salute ]

I was wondering how you found UPEI. I guess you were paying your dues?

Graeme: I had finished by PhD, except for the thesis which took me another year. But I had a terrible BA record – and had not finished high school. University jobs, as well, were on the decline – and high school and that poor BA counted heavily against me. As well, though I got the doctorate from a prestigious university (Queen’s), my BA and MA weren’t. So, when the offer came from UPEI, I jumped at it.

But, three years later, thesis done and accepted, I got the offer from Concordia. Good decision – though I never found any university to be any good as a teaching institution. They still aren’t.

Even the prestigious ones, like McGill, Queen’s, Toronto don’t have good teachers – or a clue of what education is about. The only good teacher I ever had in university was during my PhD years. Fred Gibson had long experience as Mackenzie King’s right hand man. He never published. But, even among the most snobbish of academics, he was highly regarded as the ultimate authority on Canadian political history. He was also a superb teacher.


Jaan: I am really pleased to know that your story worked out well, that UPEI served as a good stepping stone.

It’s interesting, to read your comments about the inferior performance of universities as teaching institutions.

I’m pleased to know about Fred Gibson. You were fortunate indeed to have such a teacher.

One of my favourite teacher-type persons is Jane Jacobs, who managed to sidestep the academic career path altogether:

Jane Jacobs was not an academic

Graeme: I just finished reading her last book. Brilliant. But, oh, it depressed me. I had trouble finishing it because I agreed with her so much.

Jaan:  Good to read your message.

The book sounds like maybe it’s ‘Dark Age Ahead.’ I’ve had a good time organizing Jane’s Walks for the past four years. I like the idea of saying, “I’m going to lead a walk.”

I’m no longer leading them, but will likely help to organize them. It’s been my experience that once a person knows the routines, pretty well any event can be organized, at any time.

[End of dialogue] 



A related study of interest: Young Trudeau, 1919-1944: Son of Quebec, Father of Canada (2006).

A blurb at the Toronto Public Library website notes:

“This book shines a light of devastating clarity on French-Canadian society in the 1930s and 1940s, when young elites were raised to be pro-fascist, and democratic and liberal were terms of criticism. The model leaders to be admired were good Catholic dictators like Mussolini, Salazar in Portugal, Franco in Spain, and especially Pétain, collaborator with the Nazis in Vichy France. There were even demonstrations against Jews who were demonstrating against what the Nazis were doing in Germany.


“Trudeau, far from being the rebel that other biographers have claimed, embraced this ideology. At his elite school, Brébeuf, he was a model student, the editor of the school magazine, and admired by the staff and his fellow students. But the fascist ideas and the people he admired – even when the war was going on, as late as 1944 – included extremists so terrible that at the war’s end they were shot. And then there’s his manifesto and his plan to stage a revolution against les Anglais.

“This is astonishing material – and it’s all demonstrably true – based on personal papers of Trudeau that the authors were allowed to access after his death.What they have found has astounded and distressed them, but they both agree that the truth must be published.”

Second World War

The wider topic concerns the Second World War and the still wider concept of extremely violent societies.


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Some names have been added to list of Students and Teachers who have passed away

Some names have been added at the links that are at the following MCHS 2015 web page:

Students and Staff Who Have Passed Away

One of our links, at the above-noted page, is entitled:

Linking a favourite song to each of the MCHS Alumni and Teachers who have passed away

In that category, we have added a song for Bonnie Wilson (MCHS ’64), namely: My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean.

We have also added some recent names to the page entitled:

Provisional list of MCHS ’60s (and other decades) students/alumni/teachers who have passed away

The recent additions include:

57. Penny McCormick, who went to MCHS, passed away in January 2014.

58. Tom Von Eicken (11B, 1962; married to Linda Chow) passed away some time ago.

59. Linda Chow (11E, 1963; married to Tom Von Eicken) passed away some time ago.

60. Bonnie Wilson (MCHS ’64) died on May 6, 2014.

61. Jo-Ann Brodeur (MCHS ’73) has passed away.


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MCHS Bio for Kenn M. Feigelman (MCHS ’64)

Kenn Feigelman. Source: MCHS 1963-64 yearbook

Kenn Feigelman. Source: MCHS 1963-64 yearbook

Born in Montreal on April 08, 1947, Kenn and his family moved to Dollard des Ormeaux in April 1961. They were the \’17th.\’ family to live in the new, developing hamlet. Kenn actually used to hunt for partridge and rabbits in the bush there;he also explored the mucky bottom of a pond which he and his two buddies \’discovered\’ in the woods, by fabricating a diver\’s helmet from an inverted fish-bowl, attaching bricks to his sneakers for ballast, and by having his pals, Jerry & Randy pump air down to him via a bicycle pump and a series of connected hoses. Thus began his \’underwater career\’!

Kenn was certified as a SCUBA DIVER (after years of diving with self-taught friends) in 1966 at the WESTPARK COUNTRY CLUB pool (YMCA). He graduated from MCHS in 1964, attended the MacDonald College campus of McGill to study to-wards a B.Sc. in wildlife biology, and departed in January 1967 to work with the R.C.M.P.

Eventually returning to Montreal, Kenn registered with CONCORDIA U. to complete his B.Sc. by night (at LOYOLA), in Invertebrate Marine Zoology. By day, he worked as a Lab Technician. In 1973, Kenn and a fellow diver formed \’DEEP/QUEST 2 EXPEDITIONS\’, ostensibly as a \’one-year\’ project, to search out, and document historic shipwrecks beneath Lake Champlain (off Valcour Island, New York, site of a major naval battle battle on Oct. 11, 1776 between American ‎general Benedict Arnold, and a far superior British fleet from Quebec.

Kenn Feigelman, 2015.

Kenn Feigelman, 2015.

What began as a hobby & avocation soon evolved into a passion for underseas research, exploration, and film-documentation. In September of 1974, Kenn was awarded a \’Doctorate of Marine History\’ by The College of Marine Arts (Sea Research Society), of South Carolina.

Now headquartered internationally in Kingston,Ontario, DEEP/QUEST 2 EXPEDITIONS has‎ been recognized internationally for its work, including Artificial Reef Construction, the “SUBLIMNOS” undersea research habitat project (beneath eastern Lake Ontario), the discovery & filming of long-lost shipwrecks, exploring eerie underwater caves, filming various species of whales, researching & filming Whale Sharks, and leading Eco-Snorkel Adventures to tropical climes.

Kenn was inducted into the prestigious “EXPLORERS CLUB”, headquartered in Manhattan, New York City in 2006. He has been a guest-speaker world-wide, including aboard cruise ships. He is married to Dr. Tessa Clarke, a family physician;they have three sons, one daughter, and two grandchildren.

For further information on DEEP/QUEST 2 EXPEDITIONS, please go to:

Thank you! Kenn M. Feigelman,
Director of Operations,


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MCHS Bio for Gerry Garnett (MCHS ’64)

Gerry Garnett. Source: MCHS 1963-64 yearbook

Gerry Garnett. Source: MCHS 1963-64 yearbook

Name: Gerry Garnett

Are you planning to attend the MCHS 60s Reunion on October 17, 2015? Maybe

Year you graduated from MCHS: 1964; Class: 11-C

Homeroom teacher: Mr. Lewis

What activities were you involved in at MCHS? NOT MUCH! In those days, and still somewhat today, I was very shy and self conscious. Adding that, I travelled via school bus from Pierrefonds. it was then easy to talk myself out of getting involved in after-school activities. Despite that, or perhaps because of that, I became Class President in Grade 11. I still don’t know how that happened. One duty that I didn’t relish, despite being a regular at Church, was finding a classmate to read a bible passage each morning. This was a regular morning ritual in Mr. Lewis’ homeroom. Times have changed.

Was there someone or something at MCHS that you remember in particular?

Mr. Allan was our math teacher, and thanks to his suggestion, I decided to pursue engineering which led to a career which I loved. I really enjoyed his classes and found him to be interesting, fun and challenging. I also enjoyed Mr. Hill for history, and Mr. Lafon and Mr. Christmas for French.

Gerry Garnett, 2015

Gerry Garnett, 2015

What did you do after graduating?   Straight to University.

Did you continue your education? If so, where and what did you achieve? After MCHS, i took 2 years of Engineering at McGill, then followed my parents to Vancouver (beautiful!) to finish my degree at UBC. A story I like to share is the “culture shock” I experienced when switching from McGill to UBC. McGill – shirt & tie, jacket, quiet and attentive in class, hand raised to speak. UBC – dirty sweat shirts, lunch bags tossed around, booing the prof if an error appeared on the board, walk in and out at will. It certainly didn’t take me long to adjust.

After UBC, I headed to UofT for a masters in engineering, chosen partly because of being closer to Chicago than Vancouver was, and my finance was living in Chicago.

Did you start a job? If so, where? I joined Ontario Hydro after my Masters degree and enjoyed my work on Transmission Planning and Transmission Operations for almost 10 years. My wife was getting tired of my longing to move to Vancouver and finally relented. We moved to Vancouver and I then worked for BC Hydro in the same line of work. My work in both companies included projects and activities with neighbouring utilities, which gave me many opportunities to travel to cities in the east and west, which I often extended so that I would become a tourist for a day or two.   Though I was an engineer, moving up into management and with changes in the electrical utility industry, I became involved in the re-regulation, which included participation in development of contracts and agreements and in applications to the BC Utilities Commission. Boring? I found it challenging, interesting, cutting edge.

I retired in 2005, then did consulting work for BC Hydro for a few years. My wife and I decided to move from the beautiful city of Vancouver to Vancouver Island, which had became a big, busy city, to the peace and quiet of small-town living in Parksville. It was fate – my last two days as a consultant to BC Hydro were as a witness for BC Hydro at a BC Utilities Commission Hearing and these were the the same two days that our movers loaded up the truck from the old place and unloaded it into our new home. It is now 6 years since moving to Paradise (aka Parksville), and we still love it here. I still miss the work, but I enjoy not working much more.

What kind of work did you eventually get into? Are you still doing it?

Did you move to another province or country? If so, why, when, and where?

Did you travel abroad? If so, where? I’ve been everywhere, Man, I’ve been everywhere. Not really, but I love to kid around. I’ve been to many places in the states and have had 5 round-trip road trips to Chicago from Vancouver (to visit my mother-in-law). We’ve also driven across Canada a couple of times. Overseas: Caribbean once, Alaska Cruise once, Danube River Twice, Scotland twice, ireland once, England once. Future plans – Orient, France

Do you have a partner or significant other? Do you have any kids? I met my Chicagoan wife in Quebec City where she was taken summer french classes and I had a summer job. We married in 1970 and have 4 adopted kids. Three are First Nation and one is from Korea. We have 2 granddaughters.

Are you still working? If so, where and in what capacity? no.

Are you retired? If so, what kinds of activities are you involved in? All my life I have been involved in various roles in my church, and that continues to today. In addition, I’m also involved in our Strata Council. Being in a leadership position in both at the same time certainly challenges me on time management, and puts a crimp in the other things that I’d like to do. Those other things were one of the drivers for me choosing retirement. However, these roles will be ending and I’ll get back to my other pleasures in life.

I was never an “athlete” in my MCHS days, but I’ve always enjoyed “playing” at sports. I was a fairly regular runner/jogger and sometimes rode my bike. In 2012 I decided to celebrate my 65th birthday by riding my bicycle across Canada. It was fantastic and I loved it (even more so when I forget about the terrible rain and strong headwinds). So, as my volunteer work diminishes, I’ll be riding more and getting out in my kayak once in awhile.

There is one thing that amazes me, as I reflect on what I’ve been able to do compared to how I felt at MCHS. I was shy, self conscious and extremely nervous speaking in front of people, even my classmates. Class president in grade 11? How did that happen. I still remember my first official speech in English Class. Both hands in pockets, leaning over to see my notes and daring not to look at anyone. Sweat dripping from every pore in my body. Dying to get to the last word in my notes. Now? I am still a little nervous, but I’ve been in front of many groups giving speeches, chairing meetings, answering questions etc., and I never imagined I would get to that point, especially when I gave my first public speech in a puddle of sweat! I guess the words of my teachers did embed themselves in my brain and i was able to make use of that knowledge. And – I’m glad I did.

Where are you living now? Paradise! (Parksville, BC. it’s on Vancouver Island, just north of Nanaimo).

In the years since graduating, do you have a particularly special memory that youd like to share? I had lots of classmates that I enjoyed hanging around with – in my case it was mainly at school and had little interactions with them on the home front. But – I have fond memories of many classmates that shared time with me in my 3 years at MCHS (1961-64).

Would you like your former classmates to contact you? If yes, how? email, facebook

[Please let us know if its okay to include your email address as part of the biography that is posted online. Some people like to have their emails listed, some don’t.] Yes it is okay.

Telephone 250-752-8916


Address: 1228 Gabriola Drive, Parksville, BC, V9P 2T5


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Kenn Feigelman (MCHS ’64) shares photos from a career exploring and documenting underwater sites around the world

Kenn Feigelman (MCHS ’64) has shared with us a number of photos, of which we have chosen the following to highlight.

In a subsequent post, we will upload Kenn Feigelman’s MCHS Bio. Next, we will also upload the MCHS Bio for Gerry Garnett. We will also post a news update from Sue (Robinson) Brady. Each of three Alumni, that I have mentioned, graduated in 1964.

Antilla Shipwreck

The first photo that Kenn Feigelman has shared features a shipwreck off Aruba.

A web page at entitled “Antilla Wreck” notes that:


Antilla Shipwreck. The Antilla was a German Second World War freighter. All photos at this page are from Kenn Feigelman.


The Antilla was built in 1939, scuttled in 1940.


Cenote – a sunken cavern – near the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. The cenotes were dry caves at one time. They became submerged with the rise of the oceans thousands of years ago.


The sea dragon (also spelled as seadragon) is related to the seahorse family. According to the Project Seahorse website, what appears to be a long nose is actually the mouth of the seadragon where the jaw has been fused into a long tube. The photo was taken in the Philippines.


Green moray eel. The photo was taken in the Philippines.


Great Belize Blue Hole.

“The Antilla is the largest shipwreck dive in the Caribbean, covered by tube sponges, coral formations, tropical fish, shrimp, lobsters, and orange anemones.”

During the Second World War, the Antilla was allegedly used to transport goods from South America to German U-Boats in that region of the world. When Dutch marines sought to confiscate the Antilla in 1940, after the German invasion of Holland, the German crew scuttled the ship instead.


Cenotes, of which there are thousands in the Caribbean, were once dry caves, as indicated by the presence of stalactites and stalagmites in the photo (right) of a cenote off the Yucatan Peninsula. Stalactites and stalagmites are formed in dry caves. Many of the cenotes have artifacts in them, dating back from the Mayan era.

An April 7, 2014 Lonely Planet article dealing with cenotes, entitled “Secret swims: the cenotes of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula,” notes:

“Cenotes are natural swimming holes formed by the collapse of porous limestone bedrock, which has revealed a secret subterranean world of groundwater pools. Most cave cenotes have fresh water that has been meticulously filtered by the earth, making them so clear and pure that you can see straight through to small fish frolicking in the plant life below. Open-air cenotes also have clear water, and often are home to vitamin- and mineral-rich algae that nourish and protect your skin. Underwater photographers will be thrilled with the clear waters, which allow for aquatic-playground shots in high-definition clarity.

“The Mayans revered cenotes because they were a water source in dry times; the name cenote means ‘sacred well’. Mayans settled villages around these spiritual wells and believed that they were a portal to speak with the gods. Today you can still see why cenotes held the Mayans in awe. Swimming in the pristine waters feels like stepping into prehistory, where giant tropical trees and vines form wild cathedral walls leading up to shafts of sunlight.”

Stalactites and stalagmites

A website entitled Ocean Explorer notes:

“When discussing mineral formations in caves, we often talk about stalactites and stalagmites. A stalactite is an icicle-shaped formation that hangs from the ceiling of a cave, and is produced by precipitation of minerals from water dripping through the cave ceiling. Most stalactites have pointed tips.

“A stalagmite is an upward-growing mound of mineral deposits that have precipitated from water dripping onto the floor of a cave. Most stalagmites have rounded or flattened tips.”


An article at an Australian (Government of New South Wales) website, entitled, “Seahorses and their relatives,” provides the following description of seadragons:

“Seadragons are distinct from seahorses by their longer and unusually shaped bodies with spines and many leaf-like appendages. They have long tails that can’t be bent and longer snouts than seahorses. The weedy seadragon Phyllopteryx taeniolatus is the only known seadragon in NSW waters. Weedy seadragons can be observed along reefs with kelp or along the edge of sand areas feeding on very small shrimp-like mysids and other small crustaceans. They grow up to 45cm long.”

Fused jaw

A Project Seahorse article, entitled “Seahorse relatives: Essential facts about sea dragons,” provides further details:

“Seadragons are related to seahorses, pipefish and other members of the family syngnathidae. Like seahorses they have chameleon-like eyes, a horse-like head, and a fused jaw. They feed by sucking tiny marine animals such as sea lice and mysid shrimp through these ‘snouts.’ Unlike seahorses, they swim in a horizontal position and the males do not carry their eggs in pouches, instead using a brood patch under their tails to transport them.”

Moray eels

A description about Moray Eels, a website devoted to Convergent Evolution, can be accessed here. The latter web page notes:

“Moray eels are only one of many groups of fish that have independently adopted an eel-like or anguilliform shape; other examples include the African catfish and the jawless lampreys. Being anguilliform, they are slender and extremely elongate, with the longest species, the slender giant moray (Strophidon sathete), reaching a maximum length of almost 4 metres. Despite showing the general anguilliform body plan, moray eels have evolved a number of specialisations for crevice dwelling. These include reduction and posterior placement of gill arches, secretion of protective mucus and the lack of scales. With their reduced fins, small eyes (they rely mainly on smell) and patterned body, these fish are strongly reminiscent of snakes. And in more than a superficial fashion.”

Green moray eels

A National Aquarium description of the green moral eel can be accessed here. The web page notes:

“Green morays are sedentary predators with strong teeth. Rather than hunting for food, they wait until food comes to them.

“Part of their vicious reputation may come from the fact that they habitually open and close their mouths, which shows off their sharp teeth. Although this behavior may appear threatening, the eel is actually taking in water to breathe. The water passes over the gills and exits through vent-like openings at the back of the head.”

Great Belize Blue Hole

Kenn Feigelman notes that the Great Belize Blue Hole in Central America is located underwater. The photo shows an aerial view. The site is a submerged cave, which was above water at one time. You are looking at the entrance to a submerged, cone-shaped, structure, extending hundreds of feet below the surface. The cave features stalactites and stalagmites, many types of marine life, and coral growths.

Belize City

A web page entitled “Great Belize Blue Hole” at notes:

“The Great Blue Hole is a large underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll 100 kilometres (62 mi) from the mainland of Belize City.

“The hole is circular in shape, over 300 metres (984 ft.) across and 125 metres (410 ft.) deep. The world’s largest natural formation of its kind, the Great Blue Hole is part of the larger Barrier Reef Reserve System, a World Heritage Site of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).”

Rhapsody in Blue 2.0

At the MCHS 2015 Reunion, taking place at Old Mill Toronto on October 17, 2015, we will have a continuous screening of “Rhapsody in Blue 2.0.” a video featuring sharks, shipwrecks, and a wide range of underwater sea creatures that Kenn Feigelman has documented over the years.


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Bob Carswell has shared more information about the Saraguay of years ago

At a post from November 28, 2014, entitled Q & A with Graeme Decarie regarding the history of Cartierville and Ville St. Laurent, Bob Carswell has added the following post.

It’s been wonderful, as a person who grew up on Lavigne Street in Cartierville, to be learning so much about Saraguay that I would not have known, had I not heard stories, starting with a post about Cartierville School, in the past year or two.

Bob Carswell writes:

Saraguay was the rural area of Cartierville. Bob Pare grew up in an old farmhouse that sat at the end of Alliance Avenue overlooking the creek and St. Lawrence “Back River” facing Cats’ Island. Before the estates came to Saraguay, the land was all agricultural and the farms were regularly attended to by local farmers.

In the 1950s there were not a lot of farm fields left in Saraguay and those that were only existed to satisfy the needs of horses, also a dying art of an earlier time. The land in Saraguay went from being covered in trees to open fields to young estates of the rich back to trees and old estates then to a park where trees could no longer be cut down.

Le Bois de Saraguay. Alliance Avenue was the farmer’s driveway from his home down to the Pare’s house and one by one, a cottage industry sprung up there as small lots were sold off in the early 1900s. The tennis court, a fixture in the village opposite the local general store still exists to this day and is there for anyone to use.

I am guessing it was originally constructed by one of the richer estate families for use by their offsprings and located opposite the general store so that after the game ended they could get something to drink and a snack to eat across the street.

The Gas Station, now gone, was built by the Bleau family who operated the general store, the restaurant and had a monopoly in the village. That general store building and tennis court have to be close to a hundred years old because they were old when I first found them in 1950 at the age of about 6.

The sons Gilles and his brother that I once knew grew up and moved to a new gas station operation in Val David in the Laurentians. As time went on the early summer cottages on the streets that led down to the river were either torn down or bought up and replaced by more modern buildings. Even today, a number of them have gone from the ones I remember of a bygone era.

What most historians will remember that the general public will not is that very little remains over time other than memories that are written down by those who remember them. Someone looking at the Bois de Saraguay today, would not remember the days of Gouin as a wagon way or earlier as a trail used by the loggers to return to the head of the lake for the next boom that they would take down the river.

The many old Oak trees along the Gouin Blvd of my youth were planted by the estate owners to create a majestic roadway for their guests who like them were well heeled financially. Seventeen of those trees came down in the 1950s in the storm that hit the north shore, a sign that they too were growing old, perhaps 60 or 70 years old by then.

Once considered Cartierville’s agricultural district, the creation of the Village of Saraguay in 1914 was a change to the area and redefined the village that was for the most part overgrown again and more like a young forest than the cleared lands of an earlier time.

Saraguay only existed for 50 years and became part of Montreal officially in 1964. Very few of the old estates survived, most torn down rather than be left empty. Houses we know were there in the 1950s as new residences have also gone, others having been modernized or changed to suit a changing landscape.

I have often wandered through the village on Google Maps at street level to see the changes and the houses I remember are almost impossible to find as they have all evolved into more modern structures or have been completely replaced.

Life is an interesting journey. I wish mine had been a bit different but we get what we get and just have to deal with it, regardless of the way it turns out. Have a great day.

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