Alumnae Association

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

I.C.H.S. Newsletter
, 2007
Volume 3,  No 2

Editorial Staff
Donette Chin-Loy
Yvonne Lyew

Yvonne Lyew  Membership 

Executive Committee 2006-8 

Cathrine Sani           President
Lorraine Chung       Vice President
Jacqueline Lue    Corres.Secretary
Kathryn Thompson Asst.Cor.Secretary
Yvonne Lyew          Treasurer
Alison Martin            Ast.Treasurer 


Floor Members
Heather Bubb-Clark
Donette Chin-Loy
Kimberlie Cornwall
Sandra Hardie
Ethlyn Ho Shue
Gloria Ho Shue
Tanya Hugh
Alicia Martin
Susan McCrindle
Carla Moore
Sylvia Tavares
Ina Williams
Annette Wong
Sadie Wong


Please share your news with us
Weddings, Births, Deaths,
Academic Achievements etc.
Yvonne 905 305 1727
Fax:  416 964 9605



Ad Astra


Immaculate Conception
 High School

Alumnae Association
(Toronto Chapter)


May, 2007
Volume 3, Number 2


'Latin Fever' -

T'was A Night to Remember

 Alicia Martin - Class of 1999


Our annual fundraiser dinner dance, dubbed, "Latin Fever," was held at St. Peter and Paul Church Hall on February 3rd, 2007.  The event was a great success bringing in a record amount of money, benefiting our dear Alma Mater. Evident at the fundraiser were influences of the new dynamic alumni executive committee. The committee now comprises of 18 members ranging from the graduating class of 1957 to 2001. The new talented members were arranged into different teams, hence the process of planning the fundraiser was both an extremely organized and enjoyable experience for the ICHS girls.

 The fiestas unique theme showcased Latin American cultural influences within the Caribbean.  The genesis of 'Latin Fever' was born from a brainstorming of the executive members at a social committee meeting headed by Loraine Chung. The theme was well received by the members and guests as it was in keeping with the current 'Latin' and 'Ballroom' dancing emergence due to popular shows, such as 'Dancing with the Stars'. As a younger member of the alumnae I found the executive receptive to different ideas and that a definite effort was made to make the event attractive to the younger demographic.

 The 'Latin Fever' theme was brilliantly blended within the night's festivities through colorful and creative décor and the exciting mix of positive, diverse vibes by DJ Chiggy.   Annette Wong led our team, which worked arduously on the decorations. This ranged from the provision of a creative 3 dimensional Spanish backdrop on the stage to the 'Moon and Stars' table cards which accompanied the Mexican clay pots as centre pieces on the tables. The fare was outstanding, served in an elegant, plated style and topped by delectable desserts - contributed by members of our ICHS family.

 President Cathrine 'Katy' Sani, addressed the event and gave an update on things happening at our beloved alma mater, notably, she provided a brief report of the ICHS

Alumni's revised scholarship criteria.

 We are always grateful to the folks who attend our fundraisers; as well we say a very special thank you, merci, de nada, to our sponsors who are there for us 200% of the time.  Thanks to our sponsors and benefactors for their continued support - this year they were:  Air Jamaica;  Jamaica National Building Society, Toronto Branch;  Superclubs;  Hitachi Canada;  Boscobel;  People's Telecom;  Spa Eden; Canfin Financial Group;  Grace Kennedy Ontario;  Visual Passion - Heather Bubb-Clarke;  Montego Distributions Ltd;  Exclusiff Spices and Wholesalers Ltd;  George's Tastee Foods Corp and Ken Chong.

Anne Marie Bonner, Consul General of Jammaica

Mary Anne Chambers, Minister of Children & Youth Services and
her husband, Mr. Chris Chambers; Katy Sani, President of ICHSAA

 The enthusiasm and fresh outlook of the new, younger, members of the executive, coupled with the guidance, experience and wisdom of the long time members, blended to make this year's dinner dance, a huge success.

 As an ICHS graduate I am proud to be part of an outstanding body of women, who have forged ahead for the betterment of the school.  I am definitely enthusiastic to assist in the planning of future fundraising efforts with such a talented team: Great job ICHS girls.

 Ad Astra Per Aspera.


President's Message

My Dear Fellow Alumnae, 

Our new year has been off to a fantastic start!  Our 2007 Dance, Latin Fever with music by DJ Chiggy, was a fabulous affair thanks to the wonderful team that work diligently behind the scenes arranging for the hall and meals - thanks Yvonne/Sadie, the bar - thanks Ina and team, the ticket sales - thanks Yvonne and team, donations - thanks Yvonne/Donette and team and last but not least our hot flyers and table cards - thanks Alison.  The decorations were phenomenal - thanks to our lead decorators Annette Wong and Alicia Martin and the team that assisted them on the morning of the dance.  It was wonderful to see how well we all worked together to make the evening the success that it was.  We had a few glitches but in the end we had very happy guests many of which plan to return next year.

In an ongoing effort to support our members and our Alma Mater, we announced at the dance that the ICHSAA Toronto Chapter is instituting two scholarships this year each in the amount of Can $1,000.00.  The first scholarship will be awarded to the child/grandchild (resident in Canada) of a paid up member of the ICHSAA Toronto Chapter attending a college or university in Canada.  Please see details that are included in this newsletter.  I would like to thank the Hon. Mary-Anne Chambers - Chair, Dr. Anna Jarvis and Dr. Maria Schleifer for consenting to be members of the selection committee.  The second scholarship will be awarded to a graduate of ICHS that will be attending a college or university in Canada and will requiring financial assistance.

 In addition to the above initiatives, we understand that our school's library is in an appalling state and is in dire need of upgrading.  Our chapter is investigating the situation to ascertain what is required to make it a state of the art library and is hoping to make this our main project over the next few years.

 Next year will be a very busy one.  As you know, our beloved Alma Mater - ICHS - will be celebrating its 150th Anniversary and our own ICHSAA Toronto Chapter will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary.  We are in the early stages of planning our events for next year and will keep you posted.  The planning committee in Jamaica, however, has been extremely active - to start thing off they launched a Theme & Logo Competition, for the 150th Anniversary Celebration, at School Assembly on Monday, February 26, 2007.  The first prize - an Ipod - was donated by the ICHSAA Toronto Chapter.  The committee also has a tentative schedule of events that has been posted in this newsletter.   You may want to look at the schedule carefully and save the date for any of the events that you may be able to attend.  For those or you that are unable to attend the events in Jamaica, we will have our own celebrations here in Toronto. 

 Please mark your calendars to save the date for our annual picnic will be held at Milne Park, on August 12th, 2007. 

 In closing, I would like to thank our members that participate in our activities and encourage those of you that don't, to join us.


 Cathrine (Katy) Sani

 Let's teach our children well!!!


Margaret Campbell - New Principal of St. G.C.

 Thanks to Donette Chin-Loy and Ray Chang for hosting a recent dinner reception in honour of Mrs Margaret Campbell,  the current Principal of St. George's College and an I.C.H.S. grad (class of ‘83). Most of the ICHSAA Management Committee had the pleasure to know Mrs Campbell and the St. George's Toronto Executives in a relaxed, informal setting.  The meal was delectable, the company was great and we were able to learn more about Margaret and her vision for the school. We are extremely proud of our fellow alumna, being the first female Principal at St. George's.  She spoke to us about some of the challenges she will be face in the coming months/years, including the subject of discipline among the students. After meeting her, I am confident that Margaret is an excellent choice for Principal and she will not have a problem with  - not with the ICHS discipline ingrained in her!

 The evening was filled with laughter and catching up on old times and there was also some trivia interjected.  We were asked to guess the name of a new fruit for a prize, but no one knew the correct answer of “Carica” from Chile! At the end of the evening, Margaret thanked us all for supporting her and she expressed her commitment to doing everything in her power to carry out her mandate as Principal.

We will be following Margaret in her new career and look forward to regular updates on yet another ICHS trailblazer!

 Tanya Hugh

Latin Fever Dance
February 2007
Sts. Peter & Paul Banquet Hall 


Dinner Reception
in honor of Mrs. Margaret Campbell
New Principal of St. G. C. 




Yvonne Lyew presenting gift on behalf of the Toronto Chapter to
 Mrs. Margaret Campbell atSt. George's Family Mass/Dinner


Our prayers and condolences to the families of:

Margaret Rose Chang (d.Feb 20), aunt of alumnae Debbie (Williams) Jureidini and Pat (Williams) Chung.

Clementina Young (Tina)   (d.March 23), sister-in-law of the late Juliette Young and sister of Philip and Marjorie Young.

Eric Wong-Sinn (d.Mar 31), brother to 10 siblings including the late Sr Mary Agnes,O.S.F, alumnae Fay Young, Lovette Carr and father of our loyal supporter, Gene (Frankie) Chong.

Wallace Wilson, (d March),of the Cayman Islands, cousin to Heather and the  Bubb-Clarke family.

Norman Rutland, who passed away recently in Jamaica, cousin to committee member Alison Martin.

Eleanor Cuervo-Lewin, who died suddenly in February. Sister to Lorna Charley, Angela Campbell & Frances Cuervo.

Cynthia Perreira, (d.April 12), mother of Angela Kirkalday (Grand Cayman) & Pauline Reynolds (Kitchener) 

Chester Chin (d.April 23), husband of Elaine, father of Natalie and Martin.In his battle with cancer, Chester was an inspiration for all of us, his inner strength and true grit taught us that sickness is but an irritant that gets in the way of life. Chester, thanks for the memories and the lessons on life.   

 Donald B. Chung

 A Memorial Mass celebrating the life of Donald B. Chung, who passed away on January 11, 2007 in Jamaica, was held on April 14, 2007 at St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Markham, Ontario.  Reverend Fr. J. Basil Breen officiated and there were over 400 friends and family in attendance.  It was a truly uplifting celebration and remembrance of Donny's life in the church he attended and served as Head Usher for many years. A number of his favourite hymns and songs, poignantly performed by the group,  FOUR 'N' A CHORD, brought back wonderful memories and images of Donny. 

The reception, and the luncheon of delicious Jamaican dishes and desserts that followed in the church hall, continued the remembrances. Recollection of the things that were dearest and closest to Donny's heart was recalled by family members and close friends with due respect and much laughter.

He leaves Cynthia, sons Michael, David and his wife Lorraine, Vice-President of ICHSAA, daughters Carol (ICHS alumna), Donna and Terri. grandchildren Marcia, Laura, Hilary, Barrington and Jessica.

 Rest in Peace

Congratulations to ....

Stephany Sani, daughter of Katy (Nash - Class of '68) and Tony Sani, on her graduation from University of Toronto with a B.Sc. in Psychology on November 16, 2006

 Carol (Nash - Class of '71) and Tony Case on the marriage of their son, Jonathan to Nicolle Preston on December 22, 2006

 Eula Milligen (Steer), who celebrated her 90th birthday on January 27th 2007.

 Phyllis (Chung) and Michael Chen on the celebration of their 50th Wedding Anniversary on April 28th 2007.

 Best wishes to past committee member, Laura Chin Pen on her upcoming marriage to Oliver Chang on August 18th 2007 in Jamaica.

ICHS 150th Anniversary Celebration in 2008 - Jamaica

Sunday, 13th January 2008
Holy Trinity Cathedral - North Street, Kingston 8.30 a.m.
Brunch follows Mass at St. George’s College Auditorium.


Inaugural ICHS Lecture Series

Tuesday, 12th February 2008
ICHS Lecture Hall - 5.00 pm
Guest Presenter: Professor Yolande Chan - Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.


Homecoming Week will be July 6th to July 12th, 2008

Please plan your vacation for 2008 in Jamaica so that you can take part in one of the monthly events (except August).


Class of ’57  -  Reunion in Jamaica

Saturday, September 29th, 2007.
Come celebrate with the class of '57. All grads and friends are welcome.
Please contact: Norma Worden (Chue)
Tel: 410 263 0744
e-mail: nnjworden@aol.com


Calling all graduates of the Class of '71

A reunion is being planned. Contact Lorraine Chung 905 294 9394
e-mail: teknopez@rogers.com

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