Class Notes – Spring 2018

1950s

  • Bernard Brennan, DVM ’51, received a 150th Anniversary Medal from the Canadian Senate. The medals celebrate the achievements of Canadians who have made significant contributions, and commemorate the first sitting of the Canadian Senate. Brennan was a member of the 1951 Grey Cup-winning Ottawa Rough Riders. As a veterinarian, he helped the Canadian Department of Agriculture fight the hoof-and-mouth disease outbreak in Saskatchewan in 1952. He also served as commissioner for the Ontario Provincial Racing Commission, and was a volunteer high school football and hockey coach.

1960s

Ken Sheehan Wing
Ken Sheehan
  • Ken Sheehan, B.Sc. (Agr.) ’69, was honoured for his contributions to mental health and psychiatric care by Alberta Health Services. The new adult psychiatry wing of the Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury now carries his name. Sheehan is the former director for Alberta Hospital Ponoka. He wants U of G students to know “that many varied careers can become available following graduation with a degree in agriculture.”
  • Ronald Pearson, Dip. ’69, lives in Thamesville, Ont. with his wife, Dianne. He retired four years ago after 36 years with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Spending his time working as the ice technician at the Ridgetown curling rink and enjoying his three grandchildren in London.

1970s

  • Linda Hutsell-Manning, B.A. ’75, wrote a memoir, Two Years Out of Time, about teaching in a southern Ontario one-room schoolhouse in the 1960’s. An excerpt from it, “The Front Road School West”, was recently published by Blue Denim Press. Her story, Finding Moufette, about a cat lost on Christmas Eve, was published electronically last December.
  • Lena Measures, B.Sc. ’79, M.Sc. ’82, Ph.D. ’87, retired from Fisheries and Oceans Canada in 2016. She is currently a scientist emeritus and busy writing up various manuscripts and enjoying retirement in the Laurentians.
  • Robert Keffer OAC’76 operates Trielm dairy farm, with his wife, Jean Keefer, FACS’76, and son Matthew, OAC Dip.’06. Their daughter, Nicole is a OAC’07 grad. Presently Robert Keefer serves as Mayor of Bradford West Gwillimbury.

1980s

  • Scott Grigsby-Lehmann, BA ’84, and Mary Grigsby-Lehmann, B.Sc. ’83, have taught high school in Fergus, Arthur and Mount Forest – all in Ontario — for a collective 60 years. They have now officially ”graduated” from high school for a second time. With their backpacks, bicycles, canoes, kayaks, cameras, pens and golden retriever, Luna, they are eager to continue their global travel and discovery adventures. Recent adventures include sunrise on top of Mount Fuji, completing the entire Bruce Trail, many triathlons and celebrating 25 years of marriage with their original wedding party.
  • Paul Parisi, BA ’85, left American Express after 17+ years in Canada, the United Kingdom and United States to become president of PayPal Canada.

1990s

Ray Darling Registrar
Ray Darling
  • Ray Darling, (BA ’91, MA ’97) has been appointed U of G’s registrar, returning to his alma mater after serving as the registrar at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo. A former Gryphon basketball player, he worked in post-secondary education for more than 25 years.
  • Janice LeBoeuf, B.Sc. (Agr.) ’92, and Paul LeBoeuf, B.Sc. (Agr.) ’94, recently moved to Thunder Bay, Ont., where Janice runs the heritage farm at Fort William Historical Park. Paul spent most of the fall in southwestern Ontario winding down operations at their farm near Florence and serving his last few months on Dawn-Euphemia Township Council.
  • Jason Harris, B.Sc. (Agr.) ’96, together with his wife, Andrea, and two daughters purchased Orr Lake Golf Club in 2006.

2000

    Stephanie Guth Wine
    Stephanie Guth (centre) from The French Café

  • Stephanie Guth, B.Comm. ’07, was named the New Zealand Sommelier of the Year 2017, the top prize awarded annually by the New Zealand School of Food and Wine in Auckland. Guth works as the sommelier and runs the beverage program at The French Café in Auckland.
  • Mariama Barrie, BAA ’11, runs an event planning business, Premium Events. When she was starting her career, she received guidance and advice from a mentor at Toronto’s Nia Centre for the Arts. Now Barrie is giving back by sharing her expertise with youth in the community as part of a program that was recently chosen for expansion under the Ontario government’s $47 million Ontario Black Youth Action Plan. “I see the difference it makes in young people, especially in our communities.”
  • Michael Cornelissen, Assoc. Dip. (Agr.) ’13, started his own company, Twin Creeks Greenhouse Inc., a 10-acre operation where he grows red bell peppers.
  • Emma Plater, B.Sc. ’13, has been a registered physiotherapist for Eramosa Physiotherapy Associates since September 2015. She works part-time at their campus location in the Health and Performance Centre, while pursuing a PhD in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at U of G.
    Marlies Molnar, B.Sc. ’15, graduated from Queen’s accelerated nursing program after completing a human kinetics degree at U of G. She secured a job on graduation day at Kingston General Hospital.
  • Rachel Hammerton, B.A.Sc. ’17, was accepted to University of Ottawa MA (Ed.) Counselling Psychology with funding for RA/TAship.
  • Sandy Labib, B.A.Sc. ’17, was accepted to Osgoode Law School in fall 2018.
  • Mirela Rahneva, B.Comm ’11, earned a spot on Team Canada’s women’s skeleton team for the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. Rahneva was a three-time OUA champion as a women’s rugby player with the Guelph Gryphons.

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