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Dichek, Bernard (BA)

Bernard founded a film vacation and study workshop in Italy called the Arpino Film Experience. The five-day retreat takes place in the hometown of Marcello Mastroianni, one of the film greats he learned about while studying at York. It provides an opportunity to visit the locations where the films of Fellini, de Sica and other Italian masters were made, and to discuss the films with like-minded people from around the world. There are also workshops in photography, creative writing and screenwriting. Fellow York grad James Crowe (BA ’73) is one of the workshop instructors.


Freeman, Shelley (BA Hons. Winters)

Shelley recently exhibited her paintings on the dimension of depth, both underground and underwater, at the Gallery at Victoria Hall in Westmount, Que. She continues to live and paint in Montreal.


Whittaker, Sheelagh (MBA)

Sheelagh published her second book, Evaline: A Feminist’s Tale, in 2016. The book tells the story of a young woman who comes of age in the ’70s and sets about to live the life to which she believes she is entitled.


Di Carlo, Lina (BA Vanier)

Lina published her memoir, Just Watch Me! The Story of my Life, in 2015. It chronicles her life in Italy, where she contracted polio at 10 months old, and her move to Canada in 1966. In Canada, she learned English, graduated from York, studied French at Laval University in Quebec City, got married and retired in 2013.


Valle, Gina (BA, MEd)

In partnership with UNESCO, Gina recently published the children’s book The Best of All WorldsLe meilleur monde imaginable (At One Press) in several languages. She describes it as a quintessential Canadian book and a fabulous way to celebrate all that we can be as we lead up to Canada’s 150th anniversary.


Squires, Sean (BA)

Sean will be cycling 6,600 kilometres across Canada this summer with fellow alumnus Nir Meltzer (BA ’88) to raise awareness, hope and funds for pediatric brain tumour research at SickKids Foundation through Meagan’s Walk. The friends and avid cyclists began Bike for Kids 2017 on June 2 in Vancouver and will end about seven weeks later in St. John’s. They have raised $42,000. Donations can be made at

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