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Lakehead University Magazine Spring/Summer 2005

Class Notes

By Chedo Ndur


Brenda Chapman’s (BA’77) first novel entitled "Running Scared" has been published by Napoleon Publishing in Toronto. The book is a young adult mystery for ages nine and up. The sequel has been scheduled for publication in 2006.

Michael McLaughlin (HBScF‘77) from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, has been appointed President of the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF). He is the first president to hail from Saskatchewan and has been involved with the organization since his student days at Lakehead.

Don Boswell (BA’79) obtained a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Winnipeg in 1982 and a MA in Politics from Brock University in 1986. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario, with his wife Anne Marie and child Gabriel. Don works as a Claims Analyst in the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.


Sue E. Elder (HBPHE’80, BEd’81) and Peter Veillette (HBComm’79) have gone their separate ways. Sue is teaching online at the Virtual School in Kamloops, B.C., and loves spending time with her two kids, dog, cat, and rabbit. Friends can contact her by email: suelder@telus.net.

After graduating, Christopher Higgs (DipFor’84) obtained a BA and MA in Natural Resource Management from the University of Manitoba. He is married with two children, lives in Winnipeg, and works as a self-employed biologist and organic gardener.

Mark Smyk (HBSc‘84) has been awarded the Samuel Goldich Medal by the Institute of Lake Superior for noteworthy and meritorious contributions to the improvement of the understanding of Lake Superior and its mineral deposits. The Medal will be presented at the Institute of Lake Superior Geology conference in May 2005.

Martin (HBComm’87) and Kim Teft (BAdmin’87) along with their sons, Keating and Barret, live in Virginia Beach, VA. As a Commander in the Canadian Navy, Martin is working at NATO headquarters in Norfolk, VA. The family is enjoying the warmer temperatures and the sandy beaches.

A.J. Silvinski (HBComm’87) and Mary Jo have recently moved to sunny Cyprus on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. A.J. is employed as managing director with a gambling software company while Mary Jo keeps busy setting up home and learning about their new surroundings.

Now living in Owen Sound, Ontario, and working as a small engine mechanic, David C. Peckham (HBScF’88) writes, “I married in May 2002 and we are expecting our first child in January 2005.” David admits to being slow at emails but invites all former classmates and friends to drop him a line at: dpeckham@sympatico.ca.

William Ascroft (BSc’88) and his wife Cheri are pleased to announce the birth of their second child James Tristan on November 3, 2004, in Mississauga, Ontario. Tristan's big sister Holly is delighted with the new addition to the family. William works as the Manager of Quality for the Bacardi Rum Company.
Since graduation, Michele (Amy) Scott-Holt (BA’88) has lived in sunny Los Angeles, California, and beautiful Boca Raton, Florida. She is a homemaker who now lives in The Woodlands, Texas, with her spouse Alex and seven-year-old son Ben.


Jeffrey Fiaschetti (BEng’91) is a Civil Engineer and lives in Calgary, Alberta He was a friend and classmate of the late Dan Witol (BEng’91) who passed away suddenly late last year.

Geert van der Veen (HBSW’94) is an active member of the Narrative therapy community in Toronto. He has taught Narrative practices in a number of settings, ranging from the University of Toronto and Ryerson University to the Toronto District School Board.

After being laid off from Hewlett-Packard for 10 months, Andrew Bird (BAdmin’95) accepted a joboffer from Zantaz. He continues to lead the Executive Committee of the Ottawa Special Olympics as Executive Chairperson, and he is also head coach of the basketball program for the Special Olympics.

After receiving her diploma in Early Childhood Education from Confederation College in 1997, Jennifer Helkie (BA’95) obtained her teaching degree from the University of Canberra in Australia Jennifer is in her fourth year of teaching at Eagle Nest Elementary School in Longlac, Ontario.

Walter Mann (HBOR’95) has just moved to Salem, MA, with his fiancé, and hopes to work with Project Adventure in the near future.

Karen Bruce (BA’96) is an Account Executive with Daimler Chrysler Service Contracts and lives in Denver, Colorado, with Rick (her husband of nearly two years) and their dog Mojo.

Kylie Clarke (née Gardiner) (BA’96) married Jason Clarke of Oakville, Ontario, on September 24, 2004. She lives in the Glenn Abbey area. Last year, Kylie opened a consulting practice in corporate training and she continues to educate adults across southern Ontario. She would love to hear from anyone in her past by email: kgardiner@yahoo.com.

Aimee Newman (née Hermiston) (HBOR/BA’98) was married on September 20, 2003, and gave birth to Marshall in December 2004.

Kristina Pucci-Asselstine (BA/BEd’99) married Aaron Asselstine (BSc’97) in 2002, and started her career as a Grade 3 teacher in the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board. “We are both enjoying our professions and our lives in Thunder Bay,” she says.

Keri Kristin MacInnes (BA/BEd’99) has been married for two years to Tom MacInnes and is the proud owner of a handsome little tabby cat named Ringo. Keri is an elementary school teacher in the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board and a member of the fundraising committee of the Shelter of Hope Animal Shelter in Port Hope, Ontario. She is the lead literacy teacher at her school and coordinator of the Friendship Club, which organizes book drives, food drives, and other charitable activities.

Shane Kyle Anderson (BEng’99) graduated from the Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas, in December 2003, and is currently practicing law at an office that he opened in 2004 (Anderson and Heisch, LLP). Shane is married to Ruth Anderson (née Hood).


Brandi Larochelle (BAdmin’02) is working at her former high school as an office manager. She is enjoying living in Eastern Ontario and taking advantage of the nice weather and beautiful lakes.

After graduation, Elise Yutzy (née Chowaniec) (HBComm’04) wrote the entrance exam for the CMA accounting designation program, and a week later was married to Derek Yutzy.

Amanda Leigh (née Hathorn) (HBOR’02, BA’04) finished three months of education classes and began her 10-month teaching practicum in Victoria, B.C., in September 2004. Evenings and weekends are filled with human resources recruitment for Princess Cruises in Vancouver. Amanda plans to do her Master’s degree in Outdoor Recreation/Experience Education in Australia next year. "Lakehead rocks, and I miss it a lot."

Camillo Lento (HBComm’04) has been employed as a small business consultant in the Thunder Bay area while completing graduate studies in the Master of Science in Management program at Lakehead.

Sinead Atkin (BEd’04) earned her French additional qualifications and then landed a position at the David H. Church School in Orillia.
Justin Hatt (HBSc/BEd’04) of Back Bay, New Brunswick, started a PhD program in Mathematics at Brunel University in London, U.K. He writes: "How often is it that someone with only an HBSc gets accepted into a PhD program? I am so excited."

Andrew Tait (HBOR/BA’04) and Maureen Tait (née McGuire) (HBScFor’94) are pleased to announce the newest additions to their family: Madison Marilyn Janet Tait and Joseph John Lawrence Tait. The twins were born at 12:16 a.m. and 12:17 a.m., respectively, and are happy and healthy. The Taits live in Fort St. James, B.C., and work for the Ministry of Forests.

Stacy Tallon (HBOR/BEd’04) is teaching in St. Catharines, Ontario, in the District School Board of Niagara.She is engaged and the wedding is set for the summer of 2005.

Christina Gallagher (BEng‘04) works with Industry Canada as a Junior Engineer.

In Memoriam

Larry Earl (BA’68)

Margaret Beagle (HBA’70)

Marguerite (Marg) Daychakowski (BScN’70)

Jose Manuel Pereira (HBA’72)

Dr. William Cedric (Ced)

McComb (BA’76)

Robert (Bob) Norman Pickard (HBScF’79)

Elizabeth Menuz (BusDp’70, BAdmin’81)

Daniel Gary Witol (BEng’91)

Paula Lynn Ashby (OR, BA’99)
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