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Bernard Poliquin, BSc(Agr)'84, MSc'90, was appointed President of Jones Lang LaSalle Canada. He is responsible for overall strategy and client relationships across Canada, providing investment sales, leasing, project management and tenant representation services to corporate and institutional clients through offices in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.


Stephen Alix, BSc(Arch)'70, BArch'73, received a Gemini Award for best TV Drama for producing the TV movie Torso. He is currently adapting Brian Moore's No Other Life with Robert Lantos's Serendipity Point Films.


Betty (Kobayashi) Issenman, BA'40, DipSW'42, was honoured by the Board and members of the McCord Museum of Canadian History for her 25 years of voluntary service. She is a Research Associate in the Depart-ment of Ethnology and Archaeology of the McCord where, among other duties, Betty catalogues and accessions their extensive collection of Inuit clothing and tools. She was presented with a photo from the Notman Archives by Robert Flaherty, taken when he was filming Nanook of the North in the 1920s.

Leslie (Wight) Bamford, BA'67, moved to Kitchener-Waterloo in 1979 and has worked for the City of Kitchener since 1982 in administration, marketing and communications, and currently as Coordinator of Volunteers. Leslie has also won awards for her short stories, creative non-fiction, children's literature, poetry and a one-act play which was performed locally. She is working on a humorous book about late middle age. Leslie enjoys hiking and has recently climbed the two highest mountains in Vermont. She is married to Robert Bamford, a professor at Conestoga College, and has two grown stepdaughters and a cat named Blackberry.

Marianne Bluger, BA'67, has had her eighth book of poems, Early Evening Pieces, published by Buschek Books in Ottawa. Marianne studied poetry with Louis Dudek and developed a lifelong friendship with him. She says she delighted in his "dry wit, his capricious mind and his passion for poetry which burned pure and strong until the end of his days."

Rhona (Strasberg) Weinstein, BA'67, MA'69, professor of psychology at the University of California in Berkeley, has published Reaching Higher: The Power of Expectations in Schooling (Harvard University Press). Rhona and her husband, Harvey Weinstein, BSc'63, MDCM'67, Associate Director of the Human Rights Center and clinical professor of public health at UC Berkeley, are parents to twin sons. Jeremy is a political economist in Washington, D.C., and Josh is an actor and writer living in New York.

Barbara (Schips) Miller, BA'68, PhD'73, was honoured by the state of Massachusetts as School Psychologist of the Year for 2003.

Mordecai Rozanski, BA'68, was appointed president of Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J. He was formerly chief executive officer of the University of Guelph in Ontario. Mordecai is an expert in Chinese history.

Henrietta (Penny) Milbouer Schoonover, MA'69, PhD'74, has translated A Childhood Under Hitler and Stalin, written by Michael Wieck.

Steven Englander, BA'75, was appointed Chief Foreign Exchange Strategist for Barclays Capital for the Americas, based in New York. Steven joins the firm after eight years with Citibank/Salomon Smith Barney, where he was Director and Global Currency Economist based in London.

Brenda Saget Darling, BA'77, has been appointed Publisher of Meredith Corporation's Traditional Home magazine. She most recently held the position of Vice President/Publisher of Condé Nast Publications' House & Garden, where she was responsible for sales and marketing.

Judy Lewis, BA'77, and Deborah Weinstein, BA'70, partners and co-founders of Strategic Objectives, one of Canada's leading independent public relations agencies, received Commemorative Medals honouring the Queen's Golden Jubilee at a ceremony in Toronto. Judy and Deborah have mentored many of Canada's leading public relations practitioners and have brought distinction to Canada through their many international awards, including the United Nations Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Relations, and their breakthrough programming for many of Canada's and the world's leading brands and businesses.

Susan Stromberg-Stein, MA'77, returned from Positano, Italy, where she was commissioned to create two marble sculptures in Cararra marble, quarried from the same area as the Michelangelo sculptures. An additional commission was completed in Vesuvio lava rock. Susan has been invited back to hold a solo exhibition at the Pallazo in July 2004 and create a series of marble sculptures for a local hotel there. Her website:

Alexander von Lichtenberg, BA'78, has been promoted to General Manager of Entravision Communications Corporation's television stations Univision WUNI-TV and Telefutura WUTF-TV in Boston and Univision WUNI-TV and Telefutura WUTH-TV in Hartford. Alexander will oversee all operations at the stations, including advertising sales, local news programming and administration. He has approximately 15 years of sales and management experience and earned a master's degree in Business Administration from the London Business School.

Catherine Pawluch, MA'79, from the national Canadian law firm of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, has become the first Canadian to be elected President of the Transportation Lawyers Association in over 60 years. Catherine is the second woman to hold this post and the only person to serve as President of both the North America-wide TLA and the Canadian Transport Lawyers' Association. She has 20 years of experience advising clients in the transportation industry.

Colleen Ryan, BA'80, was appointed as a full-time member of the National Parole Board for the Prairie Region. She is a lawyer and educator. Colleen is teaching for the School of Business, with a primary focus on instructing business courses for the Métis Asokan Project, with the department of Continuing Education at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Colleen has been a member of the Alberta Correctional Education Association, a tutor of university-level courses at the Edmonton Institution for Women, and a volunteer facilitator for Prison Dialogue Ltd., in Sussex, England. Colleen is a member of the Peer Support Steering Committee at the Edmonton Institution for Women.

Brian Silverman, BA'82, has been named president and CEO of Five9, a privately held California firm that develops telecommunications and technology. He will lead the company's market expansion strategy and oversee its engineering, marketing, sales and financial efforts. Brian most recently served as interim president and CEO of the Montreal-based Cyber World Group.

Jacoline Loewen, BA'83, is back from Africa and living in Toronto again. She has written two best-selling business books, entitled The Power of Strategy and Business e-Volution. She was nominated for South Africa's Business Woman of the Year. Jacoline is Director of Strategy International and is a director on the Board of the Strategic Leadership Forum. You can reach her at

Darius Rejali, MA'83, PhD'87, associate professor of political science at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, has been named a "Scholar of Vision" and awarded a $100,000 grant from the Carnegie Scholars Program. The grant will support the development of Darius's forthcoming book, Approaches to Violence: A Citizen's Toolkit, to be published in 2005 by Princeton University Press. Darius is one of 13 scholars selected this year in this prestigious national competition.

Peter Woods, BA'84, BTh'87, a jazz sax musician, has a newly released CD of music that mixes sacred and secular tunes in the jazz idiom. The disc has been well received in Canada and the U.S., with airplay on CBC 2. Peter notes a number of McGill connections to the story: the endorsement on the back of the CD is written by McGill professor emeritus Douglas Hall, and the production company is called McGill Street Productions. For more information, including audio samples, see

Margaret (Meg) Raven, BA'88, MLIS'91, received the Instructional Leader-ship Award from Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax, established to honour faculty who demonstrate commitment to the improvement of university teaching and learning. She says that "learning how to learn opens up new worlds to students and exposes them to the joy of discovery. It gives them the confidence to ask questions, and the competence to know that they can find the answer." During 11 years at Mount St. Vincent, Meg has become an important resource, working with students and faculty alike to help students become critical thinkers.

Mia M. Bloom, BA'89, has been appointed to the Council on Foreign Relations as a Term Member until 2008. Her article "Palestinian Suicide Bombing: Public Support, Market Share and Outbidding" will be published in Political Science Quarterly as she completes her book on suicide bombing entitled Dying to Kill: The Global Phenomenon of Suicide Terror for Columbia University Press. Another article, entitled "Out of the Cages and into the Streets: Tamil Tiger Violence and Counter Terror Strategies in Sri Lanka," will appear in Democracy and Counter Terrorism: Lessons from the Past. Mia is a research fellow at the Center for Global Security at Rutgers University and consults for the Office of Counter-Terrorism.

Patrick Vien, BA'89, president of Universal Television Group's Network Enterprises unit, has been appointed President of the Universal Studios Networks. As the President of UTG's Network Enterprises, Patrick oversees the operation of the cable channels TRIO and NWI as well as UTG's interest in the Sundance channel. With this new appointment, he will also have the responsibility of managing and operating the eight international channels that Universal owns.

Amy Logan, BA'95, is co-editor of a recently published book, AWOL: Tales for Travel-Inspired Minds (Vintage Canada), a collection of travel stories by Canadian writers.

R. Patrick Tabry, BA'96, DipMgmt'98, received an MPA from Concordia University, then moved to Ottawa to work for the federal government in industrial security in 2001. After one year, he returned to Montreal where he lectured in economics at a private college and is currently pursuing personal entrepreneurship in management consulting.

Saman (Ahsan) Asad, BA'98, is the recipient of a Sauvé Scholarship. She is the National Coordinator of the Girl Child Project, an effort to enhance the status of adolescent girls in developing countries. Saman has built the organization from 130 to 500 locations, and in the process has addressed the United Nations General Assembly on its Special Session on Children. She has participated in training and leadership activities related to women's empowerment in Thailand, Kathmandu and Colombo funded by UNICEF, Oxfam and others. Saman is editor of the Girl Child Project Quarterly and has written extensively for the Family Planning Association.

Paul R. Crowell, BA'00, received a Juris Doctor degree from the Roger Williams University Ralph R. Papitto School of Law in May. Paul was a member of the Honors Program and the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity. He served as a legal intern for Judge Jacob Hagopian of the United States District Court of Rhode Island and for Associate Justice Robert G. Flanders, Jr. of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, both located in Providence. As of August, Paul is a court clerk for the Rhode Island Superior Court in Providence.

Adam Sharon, BA'00, is a recipient of a Sauvé Scholarship. He was a founder of the SAIS Leadership Forum and organized an all-expenses-paid trip to Israel for fellow students to meet with Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak. Recently he was a conflict mediator at the Peace International Camp, facilitating dialogue between teenagers from India, Pakistan and the Middle East. He was a White House correspondent for Talk Radio News Service, and worked in TV with the Fox News Channel in New York. At the World Economic Conference in Davos, Switzerland, he was assigned to the World Religious Leaders committee for logistical and research services. He continues to work as a reporter for the Jerusalem Post, covering Middle East politics.

Jamaica Corker, BA'01, is in her second year working as a Peace Corps volunteer in the rural village of Dionfo in the Republic of Guinea, West Africa. She is a Health Extension Worker in the local clinic and was co-chair of the Regional Conference for Young Women in March. Jamaica says that life in the African Islamic world is fascinating.

Curtis Collins, PhD'02, is the new Curator of Contemporary Art and Photogra-phy at the Winnipeg Art Galley. He has served as an assistant professor and Associate Curator at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta; Director-Curator of the White Water Gallery in North Bay, Ont.; President of Galerie Articule, an artist-run space in Montreal; and Head Curator at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, N.B.

Ian Ward, BA'03, was awarded the Allen Oliver Fellowship as McGill's top graduate in political science. He is pursuing a PhD in Politics at Princeton University, where he has been awarded a Merit Prize from the Center for Human Values. Ian also has secondary research interests in environmental ethics and international relations, and recently finished working with the McGill Department of Political Science and the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs. Ian plans to return to Canada after completing his doctorate to pursue the study, teaching and practice of politics.


Denise Lamarche, BEd'94, and Dan Pontefract, BEd'94, CertEdTech'95, are proud parents of Claire Nicole, born in March. They happily reside in Vancouver. Dan works for Crystal Decisions as World Wide Education Services Manager and Denise works at Crofton House School as a Guidance Counsellor.


Reuben Brasloff, BEng'44, is currently recycling his knowledge and experience as a Consulting Engineer with the Town Planning Consulting Committee (CCU) of the Borough of Côte des Neiges-Notre Dame de Grace in Montreal.

A. Rae Campbell, BEng'64, and Carol Campbell have moved to Athens, Greece, where he is Projects Executive with Consolidated Contractors. He says this keeps him busy with projects in a variety of interesting places like Equatorial Guinea, Qatar, South Africa and Kuwait.

Fayez Gennaoui, MEng'77, was nominated to the board of administration of the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec.

Marc de Verteuil, BEng'88, returned to his home country of Trinidad and Tobago in 1988. Shortly after that he accepted a job in the United Kingdom with Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd. Marc married his wife Susan in Perth, Australia (her home country). In 1993 he transferred to a subsidiary of the company operating in Antigua. Five years' worth of projects and the birth of their two children, Lauren and Jacques, followed. In 1998 he transferred to another subsidiary of the company in Bermuda, where he continues to work as a project manager. Bermuda has an active McGill Alumni Association and Marc has been happy to attend many of their functions.

Karim Morsli, BEng'93, after his first successful venture,, is part owner of Rising Data Solutions, a U.S.-based IT company specializing in telephone software and call centre outsourcing, with operations in Accra, Ghana. In May, his company started operating the first official English-speaking international call centre out of West Africa for North American customers. Karim is focusing on helping bridge the digital divide between developing and developed countries. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Laura LaCourly, BSc'92, and their young daughter, Katya, and son, Kilian Jamal. Karim can be reached at

Ali-Ismail Shivji, BSc'02, BEng'03, has received the Gold Medal Student Award from the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers. Ali raised $17,000 so he could join a Light Up the World trek to Nepal. With other engineering volunteers, he provided easily maintained, long-term lighting to homes in remote mountain villages, so children who have to work in the fields by day can study at night.

Health Sciences

William Howard Feindel, MDCM'45, DSc'84, is one of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame's six new laureates for 2003. William was also appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1983 and has received honorary degrees from several Canadian universities.

John D. Hsu, BSc'57, MDCM'61, was appointed by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons as their representative-delegate to the Centers for Medicare, Medicaid Services Orthotic and Prosthetics Negotiated Rulemaking Committee.

Mason Durie, DipPsych'70, is a Public Health Association 2003 Public Health Champion. His continuing interest in health, mental health and social policy is reflected in an extensive range of publications and research achievements. In addition to teaching and research activities, he has served on a number of community and national organizations such as the National Health Committee and the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, among many others. Mason is married to Dr. Arohia Durie, Professor of Maori Education at Massey University. They have four children and live in Aorangi, near Feilding, New Zealand.


Hubert T. Lacroix, BCL'76, MBA'81, joined the firm of Stikeman Elliott as Senior Advisor in June. Hubert has been Chairman of the Board of Société Télémédia and several of its affiliates since February 2000. Before joining Télémédia, he was a senior partner with another major Montreal law firm where he worked for over 20 years in the field of mergers and acquisitions of public companies, take-overs and corporate finances. Hubert will divide his time between the firm, duties with Télémédia and teaching.

Olivier Francou, LLM'83, has been appointed Vice-Chairman of Eurocopter Canada to head up the NH90 Maritime Helicopter project team in Canada. Prior to this appointment, Olivier served as the Exec-utive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of American Eurocopter in Grand Prairie, Texas. The NH90 is produced by a multinational consortium. Isabelle Courville, BCL'91, has been named President of Bell Canada's Enterprise Division, one of three new customer service segments created to replace its current structure. The Enterprise Division will focus on large business customers, governments and institutions. Isabelle was previously President and CEO of Bell Nordiq Group, administrator of the Bell Nordiq Income Fund.

Martin-Pierre Boulianne, BCL'95, LLB'95, et Judith Harvie ont eu leur premier enfant, Raphaëlle.

Charles Morgan, BCL'97, LLB'97, and Valérie Pronovost, MEd'99, are proud parents of their third daughter, Magalie Aude Pronovost-Morgan, born in April in Montreal. Her elder sisters Chloé, 7, and Anaïs, 3, are thrilled with the new arrival.

Library and Information Studies

Davida Glazer, MLIS'90, won the 2003 Canadian Health Libraries Association/ Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC) Award of Outstand-ing Achievement. Davida is Manager of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) Resource Centre in Toronto. ICES faculty and staff, who jointly nominated Davida for this award, are thrilled that the CHLA accepted the nomination honouring her achievements in the field of health sciences librarianship in the relatively new and novel area of health services research.


Katherine Ellen Fox, MBA'81, was appointed Vice-President, Operations, at NAV Canada. Her responsibilities include operations at all seven Area Control Centres, 42 Control Towers, 70 Flight Service Stations, and five Flight Information Centres across Canada, as well as technical training and safety and service design. Katherine holds an airline transport pilot's licence and flies part-time as an instructor.

Megan Melville, BCom'95, married Paul Archer, BCom'94, in September 2002 in the McGill chapel surrounded by many of their McGill friends. Megan works for Bell Canada as a Senior Project Manager and Paul is Vice-President and Director with TD Securities. They say they are now enjoying time in their new house.

Darren Yaphe, BCom'97, and Bonnie Levine, BCom'97, were married in Montreal in July 2002 at the Omni Hotel across from McGill's Samuel Bronfman Building. The couple returned to Montreal in September 2001 after four years in Chicago, Ill., where they both worked in the management consulting field. Darren is currently pursuing his MBA at McGill while Bonnie is completing MBA studies at the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) in Montreal.

Mark Feldman, BCom'98, is president of The Buzz Group, an importer of gift and premium products in New York City. He is engaged to be married to Allison Berry, and a June wedding is planned in Boston next year.

Sarah Blackstone, BCom'00, is working at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Toronto and has earned her CA.

Marie Laberge, BCom'02, has returned from Bangkok, Thailand, where she lived for the past year, working in a human rights regional NGO in collaboration with the Canadian Human Rights Foundation. She has just published a book, entitled "En Thaïlande: Marie au pays des merveilles" (Guy Saint-Jean Éditions). See more at Marie says she used to send emails to more than a hundred friends and relatives while she was studying in Thailand, describing her day-to-day adventures and travels in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Burma. Her "audience" enjoyed reading these emails so much that they encouraged her to look for an editor, and voila!

Alexandra Bolanis, BCom'03, is attending Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, La.


Patrick Nedellec, PhD'95, was named head of scientific cooperation for academic and fundamental research at the French Embassy in Denmark in July. After more than 10 years of performing basic research at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and then at the Centre National de la Recherche Scien-tifique, Patrick decided to continue his engagement in science by serving international academic and scientific cooperation in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs office. His success would not have been possible without the support of his wife, Isabelle Biscaye. They are now expecting a baby due next February. Patrick can be reached at


Julian Armour, BMus'85, is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General. Julian is an accomplished cellist and director of the Ottawa Chamber Music Society and founder of the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, which has become the largest event of its kind in the world.

Trisha Bartley, LMus'92, and Justin Bartley, LMus'96, live in London, Ont., with their two lovely daughters. Trisha is now pursuing a degree in law at the University of Western Ontario.

Taras Kulish, BMus'95, was seen on TV5 from France in July singing the title role in Don Giovanni. It was a worldwide broadcast of a production he performed in last summer while touring the castles of France and Belgium and was recorded in September 2002 at the Château Vaux le Vicomte just outside of Paris. The stage director was Gerard Corbiau, who is known for his movies Farinelli, le Maître de musique and Le roi danse.


Kathleen Louise (Astbury) Smith, BSc'42, says that the June graduation of her granddaughter, Kathleen Elizabeth Smith, BSc'03, marks four generations at McGill. Other family alumni are her father, Roger Astbury Smith, BSc'74, PhD'80, her great-grandfather John Simpson Astbury, MA'38, and her great-aunt, professor emeritus Effie Constance Astbury, BA'38, BLS'39, who was also a director of Library Science at McGill.

Dr. David M. Baird, PhD'47, has been awarded the 2003 E.F. Ward Neale Medal by the Geological Association of Canada for life-long contributions to science education. He taught geology at Mount Allison and UNB, and was Department Head at Memorial and University of Ottawa. He was then appointed founding director of the Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa, where he oversaw concept, design and construction, and then led this highly successful museum for 14 years. David also directed the building of the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta. His fascination for lighthouses resulted in books such as Lighthouses of Atlantic Canada and a photographic exhibit that has toured the world. The recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, he was also named an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to natural sciences, education, and museums.

Alice J. Baumgart, MSc(A)'64, was awarded a Commemorative Medal for the Queen's Golden Jubilee by the Governor General for her service nationally and internationally to the nursing profession. Alice moved to Elizabethtown, Pa., in 1998 with her husband, Wesley McDonald, a professor of political science at Elizabethtown College. He maintained a home in Elizabethtown and she kept one in Kingston, making for a long-distance marriage. Alice summers in Kingston, and maintains an active schedule of volunteer work and consulting on both sides of the border. She co-authored Canadian Nursing Faces the Future. Her work for the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization helped establish a common nomenclature and a basis for global credentialling for nurses.

John M. Sichel, BSc'64, PhD'68, was named a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada.

Marc McKee, BSc'82, MSc'84, PhD'87, received the 2003 Award for Basic Research in Biological Mineralization from the International Association for Dental Research. Marc is a William Dawson Scholar and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill. Marc is being honoured for innovative use of electron microscopy to study the normal formation of mineral crystals in bones and teeth and the pathological formation of crystals in kidney urolithiasis and in atherosclerotic plaque.

Patricia Anne McCullough, BSc'87, and Van McGregor, BCom'84, are overjoyed to announce the birth of their second child, Donovan Charles, in February. Their daughter, Winona, is thrilled to be the big sister.

Ronald Younghoon Cho, BSc'94, is attending Yale Medical School. He will be graduating this year.

John Leander Po, BSc'94, MSc'96, graduated from the MD-PhD program at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. He has started his internship in Internal Medicine at Boston University Medical Center.

Muhammed Akram Faizer, BSc'95, BA'97, has joined Hiscock & Barclay LLP as an Associate in the firm's Buffalo office. Faizer will focus his practice on commercial litigation and torts and insurance law for banking, utility and insurance clients. Faizer participated in the Onondaga County Bar Association's Volunteer Lawyers Project. He received the Hanna S. Cohn Young Lawyer Award as Young Lawyer of the Year from the New York State Bar Association in 2002. Faizer is a graduate of Notre Dame Law School, where he received the Jessup International Moot Court Award for Excellence in Oral Advocacy.

Vivek Nanda, MSc'96, has published a book, ISO 9001:2000: Achieving Compliance and Continuous Improvement in Software Development Companies (American Society for Quality). For more about the book, please see

Dimitrios Michmizos, BSc'97, has completed his mandatory military service as a paramedic in the Hellenic Air Force. In June, he successfully defended his doctoral thesis at the Medical School of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki. The subject of his thesis was "The electrostructural alterations of the neurons of the CA1 hippocampic region and their dependence on the characteristics of the presynaptic stimulation." In August, he began working on his first novel, which takes place in part in Montreal and at McGill. He will likely be looking for an agent and publisher by Christmas.

Ian Crichton Slight Mitchell, BSc'98, earned a medical degree at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. He will complete his residency in surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Franco Mancini, BSc'02, is doing a second BSc in Food Science at the Macdonald Campus of McGill and a possible graduation date is June 2005.

Social Work

Charles W. Houston, MSW'56, over a period of 40 years practised social work in the fields of family welfare, criminal justice, education and health care. Although he has been retired for several years, he has remained active as a volunteer with Legal Aid of Ontario as a member of a Toronto Area Appeals Commit-tee; teaching English as a second language with the Inter-Generational Project of the Toronto Board of Education; and as a board member of an Ontario Housing complex. For his service to the community he was given the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal and the 2002 Ontario Volunteer Service Award.

Cynthia Lam, MSW'71, was named a member of the Order of Canada, after being honoured with the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee award and the Chinese Canadian Pioneer Award. Cynthia had worked for decades and was well recognized in the areas of intercultural relations, immigrants' integration and women's issues in Quebec, as well as at the national and international levels in her former capacity as Executive Director of Chinese Family Services of Greater Montreal. Cynthia is a director on several boards, including the Asian Heritage Festival, Centraide, the YWCA and the McGill Dental Outreach Program. She can be reached at

Estelle J. Toomey, BSW'99, MSW'00, spent three years in Kosovo managing psychosocial support programs for local communities and then as a UN counsellor. Estelle plans to begin a PhD at Oxford in October. Estelle says her experience at McGill has proven to be invaluable in all of her endeavours.

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