Alumnae Association

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

I.C.H.S. Newsletter
, 2006
Volume 2,  No 1

Editorial Staff
Joan Chang
Laura Chin Pen
Ina Williams
Yvonne Lyew  Membership 

Executive Committee 2004-6   

Yvonne Lyew         President
Sadie Wong     Vice President
Jacqueline Lue        Secretary
Sandra Hardie   Ast.Secretary
Cathrine Sani          Treasurer
Sylvia Tavares  Ast.Treasurer 


Floor Members
Paula Burke Depass
Joan Chang
Jeanette Chin
Laura Chin Pen
Betty Chung
Lorraine Chung
Ethlyn Ho Shue
Gloria Ho Shue
Tanya Hugh
Suzanne Read
Donna Rutty
Ina Williams


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Weddings, Births, Deaths,
Academic Achievements etc.
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Ad Astra


Immaculate Conception High School
Alumnae Association
(Toronto Chapter)


May, 2006
Volume 2, Number 1



By Ina Williams

On Saturday, February 25, 2006, the Toronto Chapter of the ICHSAA held its annual dinner/dance.  This year’s venue was Sts. Peter and Paul Banquet Hall in Scarborough and since it was past Valentine’s, we presented our “Crystal Ball” with a black & white colour theme, a live band and a sit down dinner.  The hall was nicely decorated, spacious and requested no decorations on the walls; so all we needed was a little something for the tables.  Lorraine and hubby, David, took care of that - nice job guys!  The hall catered and provided good tablecloths and napkins, real cutlery, china plates and real glasses! They also provided table service and they set up before and cleaning up after! - Yu notice de trend??  For all the tired committee members, this was wonderland!....... the only exception was the bar, for which we were totally responsible...now if I can just pass this job to someone else.......

 Of course, with this kind of service, the cost prices goes up and therefore, the ticket price has to go up.  Subsequently, we had way less than 300 guests.  Nevertheless, the evening began with the usual hub of confused excitement, and surprisingly, most people did arrive dressed in black and white! DJ Victor Shim, provided some great dinner music while we dined on salad, rolls, salmon, stuffed breast of chicken, parissiene potatoes, vegetables, apple pie, coffee, tea.  Then it was time to dance off some calories with Victor and his Surefire Band. They sounded good, but on hearing the age of their selections, I kept saying: A hope dem don’t play like that all night!  In the end, the band pleased everyone with their sound and their varied repertoire, even though it was a Britney Spears performance! The sweet table we set up at 11 p.m. was well appreciated and we were delighted to hear things like: “What? More food!?” and “Is awright, yu mek back up reputation!” and “It was well worth the money!” and “Bway, I couldn’t eat off all the dinner” and “You girls did a great job, this is the best dance I’ve been to!”  All in all, a most enjoyable evening.  And why was it a first??

Is the first time we ever have a dance and we never hear one negative complaint!


Upcoming Events


 Sr. Maureen Clare Hall, Sr. Angella Harris and Sr. Grace Yap 


Sunday, July 23rd, 2006 - 12.00 noon
Sts. Peter & Paul Banquet Hall

231 Milner Avenue
, Scarborough
(North of Hwy 401 & West of Markham Road

Please join us at our annual joint picnic 

Milne Park Lakeview B / Shelter Area
Located on McCowan Road, South of HWY 7, Markham, Ontario

Alpha Academy Alumnae Association
Conception High School Alumnae Assn
St. George’s
College Old Boys 

Sunday, August 13th, 2006
10.00 a.m. - 8.00 p.m.


President's Message

My Dear Fellow Alumnae, 

This is my last message as my second term as President of the Toronto Chapter comes to a close. It has been an honour and privilege to serve in this capacity since 2001. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Executive and members for their  support over the years.  

The Scholarship Fund was implemented in September 1999 for four girls which has since been increased to eight students. There is also a Music Scholarship in honour of our beloved teacher, 'The Lisa Narcisse Scholarship Fund' 

Support for Rosalie Hall in Scarborough, home for unwed mothers, continues even though Sr. Francoise Bonenfant retired. 

Many of you have already been advised by e-mail that there will be a luncheon on Sunday, July 23rd 2006 at St. Peter & Paul Banquet Hall, welcoming Sr. Maureen Clare Hall, Sr. Angella Harris (our new principal) and Sr. Grace Yap. 

Our annual joint  picnic will be on August 13th 2006 at the same venue, Milne Park in Markham. 

Last December when we joined the congregation at St. Thomas the Apostle for mass, there were many complaints as everyone sorely missed having our own Mento Mass. Our problem is that we no longer have our own Spiritual Director and therefore we cannot celebrate mass privately. This year, we will be joining the congregation at St. Justin, Martyr Church on Highway 7 in Markham.  

Keep this date in mind - February 3, 2007. the date of our ever popular Pre-Valentine Dinner Dance will be at Sts Peter & Paul Banquet Hall, Scarborough, Ontario.  

Again, many thanks to the executives, members, sponsors and friends for your continued support.  

Hope to see you at the upcoming functions. Have a wonderful summer!   


Yvonne Lyew


Pot-luck Luncheon at St. Thomas the Apostle

by Suzanne Read


Stew peas and spinners. dry jerk pork, jerk pork with gravy, roast pork, sweet and sour pork. gungu peas and rice. tortellini salad. pone and nougat - these delicious items were among the offerings at the annual potluck luncheon held at St Thomas the Apostle Church Hall in Markham on December 11. About 130 old girls, friends and family gathered to celebrate Mass with the congregation, then made our way downstairs for another enjoyable afternoon of feasting, jokifying, laughing, catching up on "news". So what did you miss? 

Here are some "statistics": the youngest grad present, newly arrived from Jamaica, was Hillary Arscott. The youngest guest was Matthew Paul, accompanied by mom Novelette Graham-Hart and hubby Milton. The oldest grad was Yvonne Lyew, our president. The oldest guest: let's not go there. The most self-possessed announcer of raffle tickets was Taryq, grandson of Katy Sani; perhaps he has inherited the performer's pipes of grandma and grandaunt? The three loveliest teenage daughters of alumnae were Jade Hugh, Stephanie Berry and Alison Read. Imagine, they are now the same ages when we entered Immaculate and began making the friends we still keep today! The most stalwart ICHS old boys present were Phil Young, Eddie Williams, Francis Rutty, David Chung, Leslie Chin, Vernon Hugh. The best example of lifelong friendship: Donna Rutty, Heather Bubb-Clarke and Katy Sani. Heather has launched another creative artistic enterprise, featuring photography: gorgeous images of and from Jamaica. She had a gallery showing in Markham in December masterminded in part by Donna and Katy. The "winningest table" consisted of Fay (Cisneros) Wilson, Sheila (Balfour) Escoffery and Mary (Dunkerly) Mogg, winners of raffle prizes (in aid of the scholarship fund). Wannabe winner Pat (Balfour) DuQuesnay was sitting on the other side of the table; better luck next time, Pat! Alumnae who travelled the farthest: Dianne Berry (from Oakville) and Donna Rutty (from Brampton). 

Here's to six (or fewer) degrees of separation: Larraine Phillips (my cousin's very good friend) introduced me to Venice Taylor. Venice's sister Denise is married to Mr. Grabowski, longtime physics teacher (during the 70's) at ICHS, and for a time, the only male teacher on staff. Do you remember that we had to do our homework problems in large ledger size hard cover notebooks, with a diagram for every one? To this day, I have my students draw diagrams to illustrate and clarify physics problems.  

So: Where are YOU going to celebrate the next Feast of the Immaculate Conception? Hopefully with your fellow alumnae and their families. Put a reminder on your calendar now: Sunday closest to December 8. Stay tuned for details later in the year.


‘Thank You’ to the 2004-2006 Outgoing Committee Members

Standing L to R: Yvonne Lyew, Paula DePass, Gloria Ho Shue, Jacqueline Lue, Ethlyn Ho Shue, Ina Williams, Sylvia Tavares, Laura Chin Pen.
Sitting: Tanya Hugh, Jeanette Chin, Donna Rutty,
Lorraine Chung.
Kneeling: Suzanne Read, Sadie Wong.
Missing: Sandra Hardie, Cathrine Sani, Joan Chang, Betty Chung



The invitation read: 

Please join Donette and Ray
"A Warm I.C.H.S. (Canada) welcome
For Anne Marie Bonner -
Jamaica's Consulate General to Toronto 

 ..... and a warm ICHS (Canada) welcome it was! 

Who is this Anne-Marie Bonner - our new Consul General????

I had heard that Anne-Marie Bonner had been appointed Jamaica's Consul General to Toronto and was extremely proud to tell all who would listen that she is an ICHS "old girl".  At the time I did not have a clue who she was…. but I bragged nonetheless!  I searched the internet and found lots of information but no photos that I could recognize.  When I arrived at the luncheon Anne-Marie was surrounded by fellow alumnae.  I introduced myself as Katy Sani. The last name Sani did not ring a bell. She knew the face but could not associate it with that name. Once I told her my maiden name we were on the same page.  Recognition on my part was instant as soon as she smiled.  Who could forget that smile?  You may remember her as Anne-Marie Reid….The afternoon really got amusing when Donette brought out her year book.  We saw fifth form pictures of our "livewire" Heather Bubb-Clarke, Donette of course, Lorraine Burke (Chung) and low and behold….our new Consul General, Anne-Marie Reid, wearing her large hoop earrings….. how did she get away with that??? 

We were entertained in fine Donette and Ray style.  The room had been beautifully decorated by Donette's sister, Suzette and the mouth-watering Jamaican-Chinese meal was prepared by the loving hands of Donette's Mom, Daphne Chin Loy - not to mention Ray's scrumptious fried rice….  The fantastic service received from mother and son team was second to none. 

After lunch, representatives of some of our fellow Alumni Associations welcomed Anne-Marie warmly and presented her with mementos - St. George's Chris Chin, presented her with a STGC Golf Shirt, ICHS' Heather Bubb-Clarke presented her with a photograph that she had taken of a Canadian scene entitled "The Giants" , Alpha's Loraine Lee presented her with a copy of the book "Jamaican Chinese Worldwide" and an ICHS commemorative plate and ICHSAA Toronto Chapter's 25th anniversary paper weight were presented by our President, Yvonne Lyew .  

Among the guests that attended the informal gathering were representatives of ICHS (of course), St. George's and Alpha Alumni Associations and their spouses.  We were also honoured by the presence of our fellow alumna, the Honourable Mary Anne Chambers, MPP Scarborough East, Minister of Children and Youth Services and her husband Chris Chambers. 

The camaraderie was enjoyable as we caught up on old times, recalled our early days in Canada, discussed the problems with the youth today and gave Anne-Marie lots of advice about living in Canada. 

As the luncheon drew to a close and we said our farewells, I left with a sense of well being having spent an afternoon with good folk.  

Thanks again to Donette and Ray for a wonderful afternoon (it sure brightened up a rainy day) and CONGRATULATIONS ANNE-MARIE BONNER, JAMAICA'S CONSUL GENERAL TO TORONTO,


By Cathrine (Katy) Sani


Luncheon at St. Thomas The Apostle Church Hall

L-R: Lorraine Chung, Heather Bubb-Clarke, Michelle Lym


Luncheon At Donette & Ray

Standing: Katy Sani, Yvonne Lyew
Sitting: Charmaine Chin, Anne-Marie Bonner (Counsul General), Lorraine Chung




Celebration Time! Let's Celebrate!


On Saturday and Sunday, October 14 & 15, 2006, the Immaculate Conception High School, Class of 1956, will celebrate the 50th year of completing their secondary studies. This celebration will be a Reunion, to be held in Markham (near Toronto), Ontario, Canada.
Our theme is: " Long time Gal mi neva see yuh, come mek wi walk and talk!"
Here are some highlights of our celebration: 

We start at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday with: Meet and Greet. This will be a session of reacquainting ourselves with our former schoolmates and engaging in "nuf labrish, laughing, and nyaming".  We continue with travel down memory lane with photos of the way we were; music featuring hits from the Fabulous Fifties and songs from our homeland.  We will recall anecdotes of the antics we played, experiences we had and exchange updates of events in our lives over the past 50 years. 

At 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, we will participate in a special Mass in Markham, followed by more "labrish, laughing, and nyaming" at a sumptuous banquet, in a restaurant nearby.  

We cordially invite former ICHS students who are interested in celebrating this Golden Anniversary with us, and rekindling friendships with their former schoolmates.  Don't let this momentous opportunity pass you by!  See you all at the Reunion!

October 14, 2006: 
ANGUS GLEN Community Centre Arena, 3990 Major Mackenzie Dr., Markham, Ontario. 

October 15, 2006: 
St. Mary de Leuca Chapel (in the convent), 290 Risebrough Circuit, Markham, Ontario.
CENTURY PALACE Chinese Restaurant , 398 Ferrier St., Unit 168, Markham, Ontario 


1956 Grads only................. $120.00 (Oct. 14 & 15) 
     Guest.. . $80.00 (October 14th & 15th )
Guest .... $50.00 (October 14th only)
Guest .... $50.00 (October 15th only)

 Cheques should be made payable to: Mrs June Chong
64 Julia Street, Thornhill, Ontario, Canada L3T 4R9

R.S.V.P. with cheque before
August 15th 2006 

For more details and reservations, please contact:
                    Audrey Lee (Lue) .. audjlue@yahoo.ca…905-887-8069
(after 6:00 p.m.)

Jean Chen  (Louise)  ….… jlouise@nb.sympatico.ca   506-684-5222
Laurel Yet Lam (Chin)  ..  laurelch99@yahoo.ca  ….. 450-926-1802


“A MOMENT IN TIME” -Photographic Exhibition


This is Miss Dons back from a very long sabbatical, with no good reason for not contributing to the newsletter except pure laziness.

However, I am back in the saddle and rearing to go by writing this report to let you in on a juicy bit of news regarding Miss Heather Bubb- Clarke a.k.a ‘Live Wire’ or Heds who is not only one of our own as you all know, but who is now a photographer extraordinaire. 

Let me fill you in on what has been happening:  

On December 2- 4, 2005 at The J. Elizabeth Gallery owned and operated by Janice Garel, Heather launched her first ever photography exhibition titled " A Moment In Time". Let us set the scene for an absolutely lovely evening. To start, the photographs which were taken in Cayman,  Jamaica and Canada  were colourful, heartwarming, whimsical , breathtaking  and touching. 

Heather was looking very much like the award winning photographer that she is, having received news only moments before the show that she had received an award for Outstanding Achievement in amateur photography. The winning photo was entitled 'Two Hearts'. This was icing on the cake because she had also won a Merit Award and Editor's  Choice Award  from the International Society of Photographers for the same photograph. This photo will also be published in The Library of Congress journal in the near future. 

What a wonderful start to the evening!  Listen people, I was trying to be 'stush' and write proper English and all that,  but I guess that is not me and I couldn't even figure out what my next sentence was going to be so I am going to have to write plain Henglish.  Roads were blocked off because of Markham’s Santa Claus parade so people were late arriving. Once they came in it was all ooohing and awwwing and " I remember this place"  or "This reminds me  of"' and "I remember when we" , " Come over here and look at this" and so on and so forth. 

Despite all the road blocks and traffic jams, approximately one hundred and fifty guests  managed to find their way and  were suitably impressed. Among the guests were Cherita Girvan- Campbell, President of Arts and Culture Jamaica; Gail Scala, Advisor to the Ombudsman of Toronto; Ray Chang, Chairman of CI Funds; Yvonne Lyew, President of the I.C.H.S. Alumnae Association as well as heaps of co-workers, friends and family. 

Gail Scala was the keynote speaker and introduced Heather and her work, recognizing Heather's natural talent in the arts starting with her side career as a female DJ of some renown, her involvement as Vice-president of Arts and Culture Jamaica and most importantly, the gift that she inherited from her mother, who was also very involved in photography at one point in her life. Gail also spoke of the love that Heather's father had for her and  how proud he would have been of her at this time; to top it all Gail speaking from personal experience, spoke of Heather's culinary expertise especially her curried shrimp and my all time favourite - her crispy roast pork. 

There is nothing left to say except look out for more extraordinary work from Heds, who for her upcoming show on June 9, 10 &11 at The J. Elizabeth Gallery, is going to take you to another level with her show called JAMAICA UNCUT.  Be there:

J. Elizabeth Gallery
139 Main Street, Unionville, Ontario 
905 477 7007 


June 9 - 11, 2006
Friday 12.00 - 9.00 pm
Saturday 12.00 - 8.00 pm
Sunday 12.00 - 6.00 pm


Prayers and condolences are extended to the families of:

 Altamont Lawton, oldest StGC old boy, father of Marjorie (Ingle) and Imelda .

 Hyacinth Lee, mother of Barbara Ho Ping Kong (nee Lee)

 Dolce Brown, mother of Hon. Mary Anne Chambers, Minister of Children & Youth Services; Patricia & Kathleen (Miami).

 Monica Chang Tenshue, aunt of Frances McFarlane

 Inez Yee, mother of Kay Lyn, Winnie (Jamaica) and Maxine & Pat (USA).

 Mona Ho Lung-Hugh, sister of Sr. Joan Clare, O.S.F. and mother of StGC president, Danny Ho Lung.

 Thelma Theresa Lee (nee Phang Lyn)  wife of Desmond Lee. 

 Dora Chin, sister to Sr Jean Francis, O.S.F. and Marjorie Lyn.,

 Mr Carol Ramsey, father to Jilian (Saweczko),  Mary Lou (Paxton), Susan and Rosie.

 Michael Anthony Lee, brother of Joan Chang. 

 Congrats to Heather Bubb-Clarke, who will receive the ‘2006 Phenomenal Woman Award’ from PACE on Sunday, June 4th 2006 - Way to go Heds!!

 Good Luck to Isabelle (Mary Lou) Paxton nee Ramsey, now launching on a new career.

Real Estate Agent - Tel: 416 487 5131 or 647 283 0938

Thinking of buying or selling - call Mary Lou


 On Saturday, May 6th 2006, our own Paula dePass and her singing group, Muzik ‘N ‘Motion presented an evening of song and dance at Agincourt Community Centre.

 The group consists of two men and four women plus musicians. In typical West Indian style the concert was a little late starting but once the clear melodious vice of Paula broke the silence, it was non-stop toe-tapping, hand clapping song after song. From folk to reggae to contemporary, the music was food for the soul.

It was a evening well spent!

 The first ever Caribbean Youth Conference will be held in Kingston, Jamaica in August 2006. Organized and sponsored by Franciscan Ministries.

 This will be an opportunity to get the input of young people of the region and hopefully to point them in the right direction as leaders of tomorrow.

Thoughts for the day - 

            TAKE TIME

 Take time to live, it is the secret of success.
Take time to think, it is the source of power.
Take time to play, it is the secret of youth.
Take time to read, it is the fountain of wisdom,
Take time for friendship, it is the road to happiness
Take time to love and to be loved, it is a God-given privilege
Take time to laugh, it is the music of the soul
Take time to do charity, it is the key to heaven
Take time to pray, it is the greatest power on earth
Take time for God, it is life’s only lasting investment.


 ‘Hate cannot conquer hate
Only love can conquer hate’ 

                                    Martin Luther King

Membership 2006

 It is time for renewal of your membership with the Toronto Chapter of the Immaculate Conception High School Alumnae Association. 

Your Membership entitles you to:
•              Ad Astra newsletters
•              Notice of upcoming events 

All monies received through contributions and membership fees are distributed by the Association for the following:

•              Scholarship fund effective Sept 99 – annually
.              Music scholarship effective Sept 2002
•              Equipment/projects for the School
•              Newsletter expenses; i.e. printing/mailing etc. 

All services, food and activity expenses are voluntary and contributed by the Alumnae, their families, friends and supporters.

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