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Immaculate Conception High School
Alumnae Association - Toronto Chapter
Nonember, 2002
Volume I,  No 29
I.C.H.S. Newsletter

Ad Astra
is published by the
Immaculate Conception High School
Alumnae Association - Toronto Chapter

I.C.H.S. Newsletter

Editorial Staff
Joan Chang
Ina Williams

Yvonne Lyew  Membership 

I.C.H.S Executive Committee 2002   
Yvonne Lyew            President
Sadie Wong        Vice President
Lorraine Chung         Secretary
Claire Haynes    Ast. Secretary
Paula Burke-Depass
Sylvia Tavares  Ast. Treasurer 

Floor Members
Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams
Joan Chang
Jeanette Chin
Laura Chin Pen
Sandra Hardie
Gloria Ho Shue
Jacqueline Lue
Celia Butler-Lindo
Donna Rutty
Cathrine Sani
Jilian Saweczko
Ina Williams
Olive Williams

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Ad Astra

Immaculate Conception High School
Alumnae Association
(Toronto Chapter)

November, 2002
Volume 1, Number 29

Hot Fun in the Summertime!

by Ina Williams

What a Difference a Year Makes!... No, this is not going to be a song title report!...Just a few Moments to Remember (smile). About what you ask? Why our annual tri-sponsored picnic, of course! Last year we had in attendance only those few loyal souls who could swim (yours truly excluded!) But this year, August 18th turned out to be a lovely sunny day in Toronto. Markham to be exact. The location once again was Milne Park, on McCowan Road - for those of us who went looking for the ICHS banner in the wrong park! We had about 300 sun lovers but since we now have a larger area reserved for our use, the crowd appeared very uncrowded. The kids still enjoyed their games and got their exercise. The adults still enjoyed their food and got no exercise! Although people, I have to interject here on a serious note: with ALL the ailments now being enjoyed by us young adults - young in body, young at heart and young in imagination, the number one healthful tip from the experts is ...DAILY EXERCISE! So next year we hope that you will all come out for some fun and vitamin D! Perhaps we can institute walking competitions instead of sprint races! Besides, with three schools now hosting, our area should be filled to overflowing every year! But you know us Jamaicans, we donít let anything interfere with our good time. There was food galore! So we ate, we labrished, we played cards, we ate again, we caught up with old friends and met some new ones, and we went from table to table asking: Is wat yu bring? This year the only non-secular visitor was Sr. Grace from Immaculate and she was very happy to see so many faces from the past. After a day of fun, sun, and relaxation, we headed for home with delicious lychee ice cooling our tongues...it was nice yu see!

President's Message  

My Dear Fellow Alumnae,

One could not have asked for a more incredible summer! It was the perfect day for our annual joint picnic with St. Georgeís College Old Boys and Alpha Academy Alumnae Association. 

However, the year has been marred by the passing of many dear friends and family,  including our own former Prep and music teacher, Myrtle Lew - and mother of our own Treasurer, Paula Burke-Depass.  May they rest in peace. 

I am pleased to report the addition of four more girls sponsored since we implemented the Scholarship Fund in September 1999. 

Our new project is a Music Scholarship effective September 2002 which has been awarded to Simeca Alexander. 

Sr Mary Catherine reports the renovation of the Home Economics department for which we have donated a new refrigerator. 

We will be celebrating the 25th. anniversary of the Toronto Chapter of ICHSAA on Sunday, May 25, 2003 - so keep that date open.  

Hope to see you all at our annual Mass and pot-luck luncheon on Sunday, December 8th 2002 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church Hall. 

Wishing you and your families a Happy and Holy Christmas.

Yvonne Lyew


Most Reverend, The Honourable Samuel Emmanuel Carter, S.J., O.J., Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Kingston, Jamaica, W.I.                                 

                                    Donette Chin-Loy 

The news of Archbishop Carterís death came as a surprise to most of us in Canada. We heard that he had been ailing for some time, but no details were given about his sickness. So Jamaica has lost another Ďgood son of the soil.í 

We in Canada could not let Archbishop Carterís passing go unceremoniously. The major Catholic alumnae associations in Toronto -ICHS, St. Georgeís College and Alpha Academy, held a memorial mass at St. Aidan Roman Catholic Church in Scarborough on Monday, September 9, 2002, to pay respects to a man who was loved by his peers and his congregation, and who earned the respect over the years of successive governments and organizations in Jamaica. Archbishop Samuel Emmanuel Carter, a man who stood for justice, fair play and peace. 

The Memorial mass at St. Aidan attracted about 100 people who came to pay their respect. In his eulogy to Archbishop Carter, Deacon Peter Rickards talked about the Archbishopís many works, as well as his loyalty and commitment to his community and Jamaica. 

Madame Vivian Betton, Jamaica Consul General in Toronto, read a moving tribute to Archbishop Carter from the Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Hon. P.J. Patterson. The Alumnae Associations also gave tributes. 

Samuel Emmanuel Carter, S.J., O.J., Archbishop Emeritus of Kingston was born on 31st July 1919. The son of parents who inculcated in him the love of education,which began with Franciscan training at St. Aloysius on Duke Street. He did them proud by gaining four university degrees and numerous doctorates and civic awards before his death on 3rd September 2002. One of his legacies is Campion College.  

Jamaica was blessed to have had him as its shepherd. 

May his soul rest in peace.

Distribution of Funds for 2002

This is the 4th year for our first batch of scholarship students. Effective September 2002, we added an additional four students, Melissa Prendergast, Kishauna Givans, Tori Rose and Kadeisha Chang. This makes a total of eight students sponsored. 

Our first 4 year music scholarship goes to Simeca Alexander. 

Donation of a refrigerator to the newly renovated Home Economics department. 

Contribution to the St. Francis Outreach Fund (back door feeding programme at the convent). 

Annual contribution to our Canadian charity, Rosalie Hall - a community centre for young single mothers and their babies. 

Contribution to The Global Peace Initiative of Women which was held in Geneva, Switzerland on October 6, 2002, Sr. Grace Yap of the Immaculate Conception Convent in Kingston, Jamaica was the only invitee from the West Indies to participate in the Leaders.


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