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The Ottawa Friends of Loyola were proud to introduce RCMP Commissioner Giuliano (Zack) Zaccardelli, L BComm 70, to more than 60 alumni and friends at their annual dinner, held this year on May 16. Also honoured were Dr. Earl Wynands, O.C., L BA 50, for his outstanding contributions to cardiovascular anaesthesiology, and the Rev. Norman Dodge, S. J., L BA 49, who this year celebrated 50 years as a member of the Jesuit Order. At right, former Loyola Warriors hockey linemates enjoy a reunion: Jack Martin, L BA 49, Rev. Norman Dodge, and former NHL vice-president Brian O’Neill, L BA 49.

Ali Shaker

At the Minto Place Suite Hotel, more than 60 Ottawa-area alumni came together at the 12th Annual Ottawa Alumni Reunion Dinner, and helped raise funds for the Ottawa Chapter’s Concordia University Scholarship Fund. Chapter President Seymour Dubrow, S BA 69, and CUAA President John Aylen, MA 76, welcomed the guests and they enjoyed a talk by Henry Habib (at right), Concordia professor emeritus and former political science department chair. Laura Stanbra, BA 89, MA 95, Concordia’s Director of Alumni Relations, presented Ottawa Chapter stalwart Cecil De Bretigny, S BA 53, with a gift to commemorate his 50th anniversary of graduating from Sir George Williams.

Sir George Williams

The Association of Alumni of Sir George Williams University organized a Theatre Night at Concordia’s D.B. Clarke Theatre, April 10. A get-together was held at Claddagh Irish Pub, and then 19 alumni and friends enjoyed We Won’t Pay, We Won’t Pay by Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo, directed by Lib Spry.

The Association held its 66th Annual General Meeting on May 20, 2003. Patricia Gabel, Concordia Special Advisor to the Rector, Conflict Analysis and Management, was guest speaker and gave an interesting and thought-provoking presentation to 29 alumni and friends in attendance.


E-mail winners: Please join us in congratulating the following Toronto-area alumni who won prizes by participating in our “Keep In Touch Toronto!” e-mail contest:

Early Bird Prizes:
Palm Pilot – Jeremy Tsai, BEng 99
Clock – Angela Fancello, BComm 94
Grand Prize:
Laptop – Jenny Lorentowicz, S BA 71, MLS 73


CUAA President John Aylen joined 18 Florida Chapter alumni and friends for a lovely afternoon touring the beautiful Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, June 25. After the guided tour, guests gathered for an open-air reception and to reminisce about their great (albeit colder!) days at Concordia.


Eighty alumni and friends mingled at the Saint-Sulpice Hotel in Old Montreal for cocktails, then joined other Concordians at the Centaur Theatre for the Bowser and Blue musical comedy The Paris of America, May 6. In all, more than 200 people helped raise over $2,000 for scholarships. In 2002-03, the CUAA raised close to $20,000 through fundraising events such as the Centaur Night and the Cirque du Soleil events in Montreal and Toronto. At right: Aspasia Chomeris, BComm 00, and Cathy Boucek, BA 93, enjoying the Theatre Night.

At the beautiful Pointe-à-Callière, the Montreal Museum of Archaeology & History, 50 alumni and friends enjoyed a guided tour of the Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit, cocktails and dinner and then the Montreal fireworks display, July 12. Pictured at right, enjoying the evening: Stephen Webster, S BSc 69, Director of Alumni Relations Laura Stanbra, BA 89, MA 95, Neera Khanna, CUAA President John Aylen, MA 76, and Gail Webster, BA 84.

The CUAA also hosted a special evening at the Village Theatre West in Hudson, Quebec, on June 28, where 20 alumni and friends enjoyed the one-woman performance of Shirley Valentine by Heather Markgraf, BFA 92.

On July 29, more than 180 alumni and friends cheered on the Montreal Alouettes in their game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, at the same time raising over $1,500 for Concordia scholarships. The Alouettes, the defending Grey Cup champions, won!

Fine Arts

More than 150 Concordia alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends attended the Fine Arts Graduating Class Exhibition in the Montreal Gazette lobby, June 13, launching the Fine Arts Alumni Chapter. The exhibition featured 24 wide-ranging, vibrant works by new Concordia Fine Arts graduates. A panel of four CUAA judges short-listed the work of three artists, Sally Clemmons-Goodfriend, Katerine Clement and Maguy Carpentier, all BFA 03. The judges then chose “Mother Mezuzah” by Sally Clemmons-Goodfriend for the first prize: the CUAA has purchased the artwork, to be displayed in the Office of Alumni Relations. Pictured at right is first-prize winner “Mother Mezuzah” being evaluated by the judges, Peter McAuslan, S BA 72, Sean Sprackett, BComm 92, GrDip 94 (hidden), John Aylen, MA 76, and Honor Robertson, BFA 84, GrDip 87, MFA 93.

Several Concordia Fine Arts alumni, including Montreal painter Kylie Sandford, BFA 93 (right), were among the 25 artists who participated in a special interactive event at Belgo Building, one of the main art centres in downtown Montreal, April 27. The artists painted and drew on sheets of fine paper in a collaborative project that marked the close of an 11-day drawing exhibition by the art group Trans-Species Collective. The exhibition was co-sponsored by the Montreal Gazette and Concordia’s VAV Gallery.

Rector's Circle
Rector's Circle Dinner

At the Rector’s Circle Dinner at the Saint Denis Club in Montreal, June 5, the university and Rector Frederick Lowy honoured the 210 members of the Rector’s Circle, personal donors of more than $2,000 annually to Concordia. This was the 15th anniversary of the Rector’s Circle, and was also attended by charter members who gave $10,000 or more to the Campaign for Concordia, 1983-1988. A jazz trio of music students entertained the Rector’s Circle members. Pictured at right: standing, Brian Gallery, Chair of the Canadian Irish Studies Foundation, David Azrieli, LLD 75, Thomas Hecht, S BA 50, and Arts and Science Dean Martin Singer; seated, Riva Heft and Maria Singer.


To celebrate St. Jean Baptiste Day, June 24, 47 alumni gathered at Café Metro for good old Montreal smoked meat and beer. Building on the success of this event, the Calgary Chapter plans to hold another Montreal-style event this fall, so keep your eye out for an invitation to the Concordia-McGill alumni softball game to be held in September. For more information, contact Ana Djuric,


Ultimate Networking Event and Chapter Launch: The new JMSB Chapter will celebrate its launch during Concordia’s Homecoming 2003 weekend. All JMSB graduates are invited to celebrate this event, meet the new executive committee, and learn about upcoming chapter events and initiatives. Rub elbows with the “best of the best” at this cocktail reception, October 3, 5:30 p.m. (location TBA). Keep an eye out for your invitation, and/or contact Sharmin Bashar, (514) 848-2424 ext. 3882, or e-mail


Concordia alumni in Mexico are hoping to initiate a Mexico Chapter before the end of the year. A focus group of alumni working in Mexico City, along with other ex-pat and Mexican alumni, have met to discuss the future of the chapter. The group is now in the process of contacting all alumni living in Mexico. For more information, contact Michael Grant, BComm 92,, or (52-55) 5724-7978.

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