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1974

CLEMENTS, WARREN (BA Film & Video)

After a long and distinguished career as an editorial board member at Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper, Warren took early retirement in 2008 to reinvent himself as an independent book publisher. Founded in 2012, Nestlings Press specializes in humour and illustration. Its 28th (and latest) title is Leslie Brooke’s Animal Fair, a collection of illustrations by British picture-book master L. Leslie Brooke, known for his whimsical drawings of animals with human expressions.

1975

HARDY, GIL (BA LA&PS)

Gil started his journalism career at newspapers in Brampton, Kapuskasing and Timmins before joining the Thomson newspaper chain in 1982 as a member of the Parliament Hill bureau. Former press secretary to Toronto Mayor Barbara Hall and media relations manager for the NDP caucus at Queen’s Park, Gil also held senior communications roles at the City of Toronto before retiring in 2017.

1980

TERRY, MARK J. (BA English, MA Humanities ’16, PhD Humanities ’19)

Mark is a faculty member at York with the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (FEUC), and serves as the Chair of the ADERSIM Arctic Team and associate to the UNESCO Chair for Reorienting Education towards Sustainability. A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Explorers Club, Mark is also a published poet whose latest book of poems, Pandemic Poetry, came out in 2020.

1988

SAMBAR, ARTHUR (BA Computer Science)

After York, Arthur pursued a career in IT in telecommunications and financial services, rising to senior manager at CIBC. He went on to become a regional vice-president at database management company Oracle, where his team supported financial services and telecommunications for 80 top North American clients. Arthur now works out of New York to lead a team of cyber security professionals at security tech start-up ForgeRock, where he continues to work as regional vice-president.

1994

REISSNER, PETER (BA Computer Science)

Following his graduation from York, Peter joined Northern Telecom in Belleville to develop telecommunications software and equipment. For the past four years, he has worked for Ford Canada, developing a leading-edge automotive platform in addition to next-generation automotive software.

1996

WEISER, RICHARD (BA English)

In March of this year, Richard published his first book, The Real Mystery of Tom Thomson: His Art and His Life. A creative director by profession, he has worked at digital design agency Critical Mass, Proximity Canada and his own Richard Weiser Consulting firm.

1998

McCULLOUGH, NORMA (BSW Social Work)

Norma is a committee member for several organizations, including the Newmarket Seniors’ Meeting Place (where she sits on the advisory board), the Altar Guild, the Flower Guild, and several Anglican church choirs in Toronto and York Region. Over the past decade, she has served as an executive and archivist for her husband’s regimental social organization, Jimmy and Associates, at Fort York Armoury.

2002

WENCKEBACH, KAREN (LLB Osgoode)

In December 2020, Karen became the third woman to be appointed a resident judge in the Supreme Court of Yukon’s history. She moved to Yukon from Ontario in 2007, initially working as a lawyer for the Yukon Legal Services Society, and later as legal counsel for the Government of Yukon, specializing in labour, human rights and administrative law, among other duties.

2004

SANDER, HEIDi (MES Environmental Literature and Writing)

“How We Live On” has won the International Prime Number Magazine Award for Poetry. Written in numbered sections with stanzas that explore the strength of connection through generations, the poem is part of Heidi’s collection The Forest of My Mind, completed in 2020. Poets from 19 countries submitted poems to the American literary competition, whose top prize includes publication in the October issue of Prime Number Magazine, US$1,000 and a Pushcart Prize nomination. Born and raised in the Kitchener–Waterloo region of Ontario, Heidi lives in nearby Stratford, where she is presently working on a new collection while developing an online program for other poets. 

2008

LIBERATORI, ABRIL (BA French Studies, PhD History ’18)

An assistant professor in York’s Department of History, Abril has been appointed the University’s new Mariano A. Elia Chair in Italian–Canadian Studies. A historian by training, she focuses her research on the experiences of Italian–Canadians in the post–Second World War period.

2010

KELLY, ASHLEY (BA Kinesiology & Health Sciences)

Ashley is co-founder and CEO of CultureAlly, continuous learning software providing diversity and inclusion training to organizations. Using data, metrics and other measurement tools, the personalized programs aim to help companies increase employee engagement, boost team productivity and build inclusive workplaces.

2011

KACHAJE, EVELYN (BA English)

Since 2020, Evelyn has operated as a legal officer with the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM). Previously, she worked as a legal officer with the UN World Food Programme Youth Network. Originally from Malawi and raised in Botswana, Evelyn was recently named a Forbes 30 Under 30 in the international magazine’s 2021 Social Impact category.

2012

SHEARSTONE, PAUL (BA Psychology)

A motivational speaker and psychotherapist with over 35 years of experience, Paul has several books, including his latest, The Resilience Formula, which outlines the effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to minimize and control unwanted stress. A landscape designer as well as a business coach, he offers dynamic sales training through his company, Success 150.

SINGH, DAVE (EMBA Schulich)

An “out and proud gay man,” Dave is chief financial officer at Internet services company Tucows, where he co-founded the first LGBTQIA+ employee resource group in 2016. Prompted by the George Floyd protests and the shutdowns necessitated by the ongoing pandemic, last year he created another employee resource group for diversity and racial justice.

2014

KHONDOKER, MAYESHA (BCom Administrative Studies)

As senior marketing executive at Evercare Hospital Dhaka, a private hospital in Bangladesh, Mayesha led the development of an in-house graphic design and communications team as part of a 2014 rebranding and modernization project. In 2020, she became director of Shanta Holdings, her family’s real estate development company in Bangladesh.

2017

AL DAJANI, ALI (BA Kinesiology & Health Sciences)

Since graduating from York University, Ali has worked in the health-care sector as a clinical kinesiologist at King Fahad Specialist Hospital in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, and has served as president of the Saudi Arabian Rugby Federation in Riyadh. In May of this year, he started prototyping an independent project in immersive technologies to provide a platform for therapy and sports integration for the Dhahran-based King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, better known by its Arabic name, Ithra.

IN MEMORIAM

FINGERHUT, BEVERLEY (BA History ’77)

Beverley was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but made her mark in Toronto. She was one of the very first female IT executives in Canada, becoming vice-president at CGI Canada and, later, national program director at the Centre of Excellence in Business Analysis at York’s Schulich School of Business. A devoted mother and grandmother, she passed away in Toronto on April 5, 2021.

MORGAN, JOHN (BA Glendon ’68)

After completing his degree at York, John went on to obtain his PhD from Cambridge University with a specialty in 17th-century English social history. He taught at the University of Western Ontario, Queen’s University and Ryerson University – where, for six years, he worked as chief negotiator for the Ryerson Faculty Association. A passionate bibliophile, soccer fan, wine lover, international traveller and academic, he passed away on March 10, 2021, after suffering catastrophic brain injury in a tragic accident three days earlier. He was 73.

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