“Be Strong. Rock On.” That’s the mantra Andrew Banar lives by.
Andrew was born with Down syndrome, but he has never let that hold him back. At the young age of 26, he has become an inspiration for so many people in the local community and across the globe.
Growing up, Andrew admired his cousin who went to college and was determined to do the same thing himself. In an effort to raise money for his tuition Andrew set up a lemonade stand, but his mother Karen had a better idea.
Andrew has always had an obsession with music and would often draw guitar players and drummers. Karen encouraged Andrew to put his art work on t-shirts and the rest is history.
Andrew’s love for rock and roll was transformed into ‘Group Hug Apparel’ with a goal of “Helping Sick Children One Shirt At A Time”. Andrew and Karen sell Andrew’s t-shirts, hoodies, bags and other items at local festivals and events. To date, Group Hug Apparel has raised more than $40,000 to help raise awareness about Down syndrome.
In 2014, Andrew’s dream of going to college finally came true. He enrolled in the Community Living Skills Program at St. Clair College where he says the best part was learning to make hotdogs in cooking class.
While working part-time at Colasanti's Tropical Gardens, Andrew still finds time to volunteer and donate to several organizations. Andrew has been honoured numerous times for his work in the community receiving the ‘Hero Award’ from the Canadian Down Syndrome Society as well as winning the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, just to name a couple.
When Andrew isn’t busy putting smiles on the faces of those in the community, he likes to spend time rockin’ out on his drum set at his home in Kingsville where he lives with his mother and father.
On the verge of opening a new multi-million dollar plant in Harrow it’s hard to imagine Sellick Equipment Limited’s modest beginnings.
In 1968, David’s father, Walter, had a concept for a new company and he asked his son, “What do you want to do after you graduate?” Unsure, David said he’d be happy to land a job with any company and his father’s reply was, “Why work for someone else?”
On January 1, 1969, with a brand new St. Clair College Business Administration diploma in this hand, David, his twin brother Howard and their father founded Canada’s first forklift manufacturing company. Now in 2017, Sellick Equipment runs the largest forklift operation in Canada.
The trio got things started by converting a Ford tractor into a rough terrain forklift. Walter had a background in forklift manufacturing and sales and the Sellick team designed its model to address the flaws other machines had.
For the past 47 years Sellick Equipment has been building outdoor forklifts for companies across North America as well as England, Australia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Chile; they even have machines at the White House in Washington.
From a company that started with just three workers, they now employ more than 80 people serving 61 companies at 237 locations grossing nearly $35-million is sales every year.
Later this year, Sellick will open its new facility in Harrow allowing the company to build larger equipment to keep up with global demands.
David says his time at St. Clair played a major role in making him the person he is today and when speaking with young people about their career choices he always recommends St. Clair because, “You’re guaranteed to get a job.”
David credits his success to his biggest mentors, his mother and father, and the endless support from his wife Susan and daughter Alexandra.
“You will always face obstacles. Know who you are, decide where you will go and choose a life worth living.”
It was these words from her father that sent Judy Robinet on a life long journey to enrich the lives of those living with impairments.
At 15, Judy’s life was forever changed when a car accident left her visually and physically impaired. She was hospitalized more than 30 times, needing multiple major surgeries. Not one to get discouraged and knowing she always wanted to be a teacher, Judy persevered.
Judy enrolled in Early Childhood Education at St. Clair College having been inspired by ‘The Miracle Worker’, the story of deaf and blind Helen Keller. After St. Clair, Judy attended the University of Windsor followed by Michigan State University where she became acquainted with Stevie Wonder through a mutual friend.
It was from Wonder’s story of not letting blindness get in the way of his musical dreams, Robinet’s experience working as a counsellor at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and her father’s advice to her as a teen that ‘A Life Worth Living’ was born.
What began as a book about parenting children with impairments became so much more. ‘A Life Worth Living’ is now a registered charity with the likes of Stevie Wonder and, until his death in 2008, Canadian musician Jeff Healey on board for support. The goal of the charity is to provide an online multimedia resource for those seeking answers about their impairments.
Judy credits her family with giving her much of her strength. Her husband Don and daughter Jennifer are heavily involved with ‘A Life Worth Living’, but Judy says she’s most proud of her four grandchildren who have helped raise thousands of dollars for the charity.
Dr. Snezana Ninkovich says her desire to help others can be traced back to her time at St. Clair College.
She was introduced to the world of healthcare through the College’s Medical Laboratory Technology Program. It was the practical, hands-on training she received at St. Clair that planted the seed for years to come. Looking back, Dr. Ninkovich says doing things other students only got to read about still has a tremendous impact on her medical career to this day.
It was during her College placement she realized she wanted to give up the confines of the lab for the fast paced world of the emergency room. Dr. Ninkovich loved visiting the ER and knew that was where she belonged.
After stops at the University of Windsor, McMaster University and Western University Dr. Ninkovich found herself under the guidance of local physician, Dr. Paul Ziter, for whom she says she owes a great debt of gratitude for the wealth of knowledge he passed on.
Dr. Ninkovich has now been an ER physician at Windsor Regional Hospital for nine years while also acting as the ER’s Medical Director collaborating with all departments at the hospital.
Dr. Ninkovich has played an integral role in the formation of the ‘City of Roses Community Emergency Medicine Conference’. Now heading into its fifth year, the event brings more than 350 medical professionals from across the globe to Windsor to discuss the latest medical innovations.
Her dedication to her community doesn’t stop there as she also takes part in annual fundraising efforts of Hiatus House, the Canadian Cancer Society and several other local charities.
Dr. Ninkovich credits her husband Ramone and 11 month old daughter Vivian for being the glue that holds her together.
Liz Farano always knew she was a “big picture thinker”.
While still a student at St. Clair College, she got her first taste of real world experience at Hogan’s Printing where she was heavily involved in designing logos and advertising material for dozens of local companies, events and festivals.
On the road to becoming the Vice President of Marketing at Douglas Marketing Group, Liz gained experience at several companies including PentaMark Worldwide/Canada and Hargreaves Charbonneau & Associates lending her creative mind to projects for companies like Chrysler Canada, Volkswagen of Windsor and Caesars Windsor.
To date, Liz is most proud for her work on the ‘It’s In Your Jeans’ campaign for the Windsor and Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation. Liz and her team set out to raise $4-millon for a Men’s Health Centre with state-of-the-art lab equipment. That goal was well surpassed with a grand total of $5.4-million resulting in the purchase of the da Vinci Robot; meaning male patients in Windsor no longer have to travel to London for treatment. The ‘It’s In Your Jeans’ fundraising model is now used by organizations across North America to raise money for cancer care and research.
Liz has always been eager to give back to her community. She is the co-founder of ‘100 Women Who Care’ which generates over $40,000 annually for local charities. This sparked the creation of ‘100 Kids Who Care’ and ‘100 Men Who Give A Damn’ which both donate to the Windsor-Essex region as well.
Liz’s latest venture is the ‘Sole Focus Project’ aimed at raising awareness and funds for those with mental health or addiction problems.
Liz says all her inspiration and energy to push forward comes from her family.
When she takes a break from her busy work day she loves spending time with her husband Ryan, who she met while working at Hogan’s Printing, and her two sons Ethan and Adrian.
After leaving Walpole Island, Dan missed the peacefulness of home. He had never been to a city like Windsor before, from his apartment on Louis Avenue the police sirens and busy traffic kept him awake at night. He wanted to go back to Walpole Island, but he knew the importance of getting his St. Clair College diploma and the doors it would open for him in the future.
Over the past 50 years ‘Chief Dan’ has become a symbol of success in his community.
Growing up, hockey was life for Dan. When choosing a college to attend his only question was, “Do you have a hockey team?” He enrolled at St. Clair and became the first person in his family to pursue post-secondary education.
Dan’s academic career spanned from St. Clair to Western Michigan University followed by the University of Phoenix, but he always knew he wanted to return home to help his people. After a short stint working for a consulting firm in Detroit, Dan was hired as Walpole Island’s Economic Development Planner. While he enjoyed his job, he knew he could have more impact in politics. He was elected Chief for the first time in 1988.
Dan played an integral role in establishing the island’s first school as well as the construction of a new daycare centre, water tower and water treatment plant. He also orchestrated the purchase of the Walpole Islander ferry and is currently working on establishing an international trade port with Michigan.
In 2014, Dan was elected Chief for the third time inheriting a debt of more than $10-million. Without the help of any outside consultants, he has brought Walpole Island’s financial house back into the positive.
Dan says he owes everything to his wife Donna, sons Robert and Brett and his daughter Kara for all their encouragement and support over the years.
With her parents emigrating from Britain, Bev recalls a childhood with several hardships, including her mother having to go back to school when Bev was very young. While her mother attended St. Clair College, Bev and her sister enrolled in the College's summer camp. Bev recalls fond memories of spending family time while on the campus, making St. Clair College a realistic goal for her future. At the age of 21, Bev started taking continuing education courses in Business. She remembers being impressed by the caliber of instructors, noting that they were actually working in the fields they spoke about, and that was the hook for her.
Bev went on to graduate from the Developmental Services Worker program at St. Clair College and was the Executive Director at the Learning Disabilities Association of Windsor-Essex County. For the past ten years, Bev has been an instructor for the Child and Youth Worker Program at St. Clair College. She has volunteered for the better part of her career, most notably, donating her time to Laubach Literacy Ontario for 15 years. Bev has been credited with developing several well-known resources for individuals with learning disabilities. With a new challenge coming to light, Bev has just accepted a position as Supervisor of Social Services for the City of Windsor, working from the Leamington location.
Bev enjoys spending her spare time with her son Cory and husband Wesley.
Growing up in the heart of downtown Windsor, Vince is the eldest of four siblings. While he was attending St. Alphonsus Elementary School, he would rush home every lunch hour to watch two shows: The Galloping Gourmet and Julia Child's cooking show. With this early culinary interest, Vince began working on weekends and during the summer as a dishwasher, also earning his stripes by peeling potatoes and onions. Throughout high school, Vince worked in a restaurant after school, crediting this experience as the beginning of his culinary prowess. It was also his relationship with mentor Hans Bueschkens, a highly decorated and most respected chef, that opened doors for him all over Canada and other places in the world.
Vince attended George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario and became one of the first chefs in Canada to get his Red Seal Certification. After following the advice of a mentor, Vince enrolled in St. Clair College's Food Service Management Program, then became an instructor at the College after completing the program.
Known by most as a veteran chef, in 2012, Vince was inducted into the Canadian Culinary Federations Honour Society recognizing his leadership, professional excellence, lifetime commitment and significant contributions to the profession, according to the Federation's mission statement. Vince also attained the Federation's high status honour as a Certified Chef de Cuisine. Vince is grateful for the support of his wife, Dr. Isabel Chow, along with his daughter, Laryssa.
Veronica grew up on the west end of Windsor and is the second of four children. She attended St. Francis Grade School and then went on to J.L. Forster Secondary School. Veronica recalls students from Forster coming to recruit for their technical classes, and even though she rose her hand to express her interest, she was told that these courses were for boys. Shortly after graduating high school, she realized she had to better her education, so she enrolled in St. Clair College. She first graduated from the Civil Engineering Technologist program and then went on to obtain several additional certifications from the College. Veronica says that she was inspired by several instructors and impressed by their ability to provide real-life examples.
After a mentor encouraged her to apply at Windsor Utilities Commission, she slowly moved up in rank after starting in the Hydro Division. Veronica has recently retired as the Senior Conservation and Energy Management Program Coordinator for EnWin Utilities Ltd. In addition to being presented with the Female Technologist of the Year Award for Ontario in 2010, Veronica has sat on several committees and volunteer boards within Windsor and Essex County. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors for The John McGivney Children's Centre, as well as for the Ontario Association of Children's Rehabilitation Services. Veronica is enjoying retirement alongside her husband Tom, as well as their four children, Andrea, Alex, Michael, and Mitch.
Tony grew up in the center of Windsor and is the eldest of 6 children. He got his first taste of business when he began working at his father's grocery store at the young age of five years old. He continued to work at Joe's Market until he finished college. It was working for his dad's business that ignited the spark that led him to study Business Administration, Marketing at St. Clair College. Tony enjoyed the freedom of the College, as well as the athletic opportunities it provided. Starting at the City of Windsor sorting and wrapping coin at the tender age of 18, Tony jokes that this was the beginning of his career in municipal administration.
Tony is currently the Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Tecumseh, Ontario. Along with Tony's extensive, career-long experience in municipal finance and administration, he is also an avid fundraiser. Tony is a proud member of The Circle of Seven: a non-profit group established in 1996 committed to supporting the community in a variety of ways. Over the past 18 years, the group has generated over $3 million dollars for deserving individuals, nonprofit organizations, charities, and hospitals. Tony's other community involvement includes coaching minor hockey and baseball, being a United Way cabinet member, and instructing post-secondary management courses. Tony has the support and love of his wife Peg and their two children, Kate and Matt.
Mary Wilk grew up on the east side of Windsor, attending Herman Collegiate High School and then St. Clair College. Having a broad interest in many subjects during high school, it was not until she was hospitalized for a minor surgery that she experienced the grace of nurses first hand and thought, "this is home". As a new student in the Nursing Program, Mary had exemplary instructors who made a difference in her life. The College felt like home to her, and she loved the fact that the instructors worked in the fields that they were teaching. Mary believes that her parents and family gave her roots, but St. Clair College gave her wings.
Working at Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital after graduating in Nursing from the College, Mary then applied to work at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario as a Sessional Instructor. Currently, Mary is a Nursing Professor and Personal Support Worker (PSW) Coordinator at Fanshawe College. Under her direction, the Personal Support Worker program is now at eight campuses. Mary has co-authored the Second and Third Editions of Mosby's Canadian Textbook used in all PSW programs across Canada. She is actively involved in the Ontario PSW Subcommittee for the Heads of Health Sciences, and she is Chair of the National Coordinating Committee of the Canadian Association of Continuing Care Educators (CACCE). Mary is happily married to her husband Gord and has two wonderful children, Andrew and Julie.
Margaret Anderson is the Executive Director at the Ronald McDonald House of Southwestern Ontario. Born in Buffalo, NY, Margaret grew up near Chatham and attended Chatham-Kent Secondary School, where she met her husband Dwight. She began her working life in retail where she developed an interest in design and crafts. She enrolled in the Crafts and Design program at the St. Clair College Chatham campus and was in the work force for several years. Seeing the need for upgrading her computer skills, she then enrolled in the Computer Literacy – Business & Industry program, graduating in 1993. The St. Clair programs provided Margaret with a well-rounded perspective that gave her the confidence to take on the opportunities that she would encounter in the years that followed. She believes that a college education is a valuable tool to have in your arsenal when preparing to face the work force.
In 1998, she joined the VON of Chatham-Kent where she was the Public Relations and Fundraising Coordinator. In 2001, she began her work as the Executive Director of the London area Ronald McDonald House, a 34 bedroom facility which provides welcoming, safe, affordable accommodations to out-of-town families who have a seriously ill or injured child receiving medical care. As Margaret says, "it's truly a home away from home to the families who enter their doors." Margaret is a resident of Chatham and continues to participate in the community there. She encourages everyone to look for ways to get involved now within their communities. That willingness to get involved has led Margaret to enjoy a rewarding life serving others. Margaret and Dwight have two children, Christopher and Stephanie, and five grandchildren.
Tracey Bailey grew up in Amherstburg in a close-knit family and credits her mother with being the pillar of her household. When it was time to consider her career, Tracey chose the Early Childhood Education program at St. Clair College, graduating in 1992. She credits the teachers and mentors as being instrumental in transforming her interest into a broader understanding that would serve her well in the life that followed. One of her first opportunities came at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario. Her career later transitioned from the child and family area to the wider field of community service organizations.
Now, as the Chief Executive Officer at Community Support Centre of Essex County, Tracey leads an organization offering eight community services to over 2,000 clients in Windsor and Essex County. The Centre and its volunteer network provide a plethora of services to the community: Meals on Wheels; transit for seniors and persons with disabilities; social contacts for needing assistance; foot care; home maintenance and repair; congregate dining for retirees; dialysis transportation; adult day program; and the Lakeshore Food Bank. Tracey believes that her experience at St. Clair College was great preparation for her to become a fully contributing member of society.
In 2014, Tracey decided to take the work that she had done in the community and build upon it at the municipal level. Strengthened by a solid partnership with her husband, she decided to run for municipal office in the fall of 2014. She was elected and now serves as Ward 4 Councillor for the Town of Lakeshore where she has the opportunity to advocate for the community. Tracey married her high school sweetheart Bill and together they have three children Alexandra, Jordyn and Morgan.
At a young age, Shelley Corp spent time at Windsor Regional Hospital, Detroit Sick Kids Hospital, and then went to Toronto to receive treatment. During her illness, she became enamored by the nursing profession. Choosing to attend St. Clair College, she graduated from the Nursing program in 1989. Upon graduation, she began in a full-time lead position on the Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Floor at Hutzel Hospital. From there, she moved into the OBGYN outpatient clinic. During this time, she went on to complete a two year undergraduate degree in nursing at the University of Windsor. She was then offered a job working in the clinical trials research area at the Karmanos Cancer Centre; through this 10 year experience, she found her passion for working with Cancer patients. Shelley credits St. Clair College with teaching her that everyone has their own story.
Currently working at St. John Providence Health System, Shelley is the Director of Oncology and Network Programs. She emphasizes that one of the best parts of working at a faith-based organization is that they provide treatment for mind, body, and spirit.
Presently, Shelley is working with a donor on a Mobile MAMM program. Launching in May 2015, this program entails a 40 foot mobile van with state of the art 3D imaging mammography that will provide breast cancer screening to community members who are under or un-insured. Mobile Mam will reach out to hear patients' stories, understand their barriers to care, and strive to find cancer early to provide women with better outcomes. In her personal life, she is married to her high school sweetheart, Fred Corp. Together, they have three sons: Hunter, Carter, and Preston.
Dave Garant was born in Windsor, Ontario. He had an early interest in art that later translated to visual media and advertising. After cold calling employers he wanted to work for, he landed a job in the sign business for a while before enrolling in the Commercial Art program at St. Clair College, graduating in 1986. To Dave, the College had a feeling of home where he learned priceless life lessons, beyond what was on the course lists. Building on his courses, mentoring, and experience, he went on to become a graphic designer. As his career progressed, Dave worked at companies including Intersect in Ann Arbor, McGill Digital, Commercial Associates-Ross Roy and Leadley Advertising. He worked on prominent accounts such as Chrysler Canada and the former Big V pharmacies.
With a spark for entrepreneurship, Dave also worked with his own design company, David Garant Design. His wide-ranging experience includes work in television, radio, digital and print media. In 2010, Dave was hired as the Creative Director at Quicken Loans, and he is now the Vice-President- Senior Creative Director. Quicken Loans is the second largest mortgage company in the United States, and it continues to play a key role in the revitalization of downtown Detroit, where Dave is based. His responsibilities at the company have continued to grow along with the business. One of his lifelong joys is music, and Dave marches to the beat of his own drum as he continues to be a part of a local band that performs in Windsor and Detroit. Dave and his creative team have received numerous national and international awards and honours. He is married to Christine and is the proud father of William, Joseph and Peter.
John Omstead grew up in a family with a strong work ethic. His family's business, Omstead Foods, located in Wheatley, Ontario on the shores of Lake Erie, is the largest freshwater fishery in the world. John recognized the value of creating opportunities through hard work; he even ran his own fish and chips roadside stand while he was still a student. After attending St. Andrew's College in Aurora, John began general studies for a year at the University of Western Ontario. He then entered the workforce before returning to Essex County for additional education. St. Clair College became the first place where his interests and education aligned.
He entered the Mechanical Engineering Technology program, graduating in 2002. John joined Canadair in Montreal as an Industrial Engineer and later Omstead Foods, working in the Vegetable Division. He then began the Family Tradition brand of frozen vegetable foods where he was an early advocate of ecological sustainability in farming practices. After a business setback, he used the adversity as an opportunity to reach out to the market in the United States where the business grew drastically. Between 1994 and 2003, his company peaked employment at over 2,000. John was included on two trade missions to Asia promoting his product.
Following the sale of Family Tradition in 2009, his focus turned to a distribution solution for wild-caught freshwater fish through his business, John O Foods Inc. John serves on the Leamington District Hospital Foundation and the Essex Region Conservation Foundation Board of Directors. He and his wife Shannon were recognized for their work in conservation with the Clifford Hatch award. He is the proud father of Brittany, Tara, Everett and Andrew.
Robert Di Maio
Architectural Technology '78
Archon Architect Inc.
Robert Di Maio earned an Architectural Technology diploma from St Clair College. He is a founding member of Archon Architect Incorporated in Windsor, Ontario. Robert went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from Lawrence Technological Institute and is licensed to practice architecture in Ontario and Michigan. His particular area of expertise involves project management. There his leadership and planning skills take projects from the facility program phase through to contract administration. This allows him to adapt and contribute to specific client needs resulting in the successful completion of many high profile projects on time and on budget.
Robert has also worked extensively as a member of the Ontario Association of Architects (O.A.A.) where he has served on Council and numerous committees. His work at the O.A.A. has proved to be both challenging and rewarding, helping to change and improve the practice of architecture.
Since 1989, Archon has practiced architecture throughout Canada, the State of Michigan and predominantly within Southwestern Ontario. The practice is organized as a collaborative design studio directed by the principals and fellow architects Robert Di Maio, Anthony Gyemi and Settimo Vilardi. Each of the firm's projects are developed and executed by a core team selected to meet the particular creative and technical challenges of the project and who are assigned to it for its entire duration. A principal who is responsible for design, direction, and client liaison leads each team. As Archon has three licensed Architects, each commission also has a collaborating design principal who will have the knowledge to substitute for the primary project principal if required. Archons philosophy is to place the client at the forefront of the evolution of the design process and to aid in the development of the clients' vision, collaboration and execution of the project.
Technology plays a key role in Archon's operations. Through a combination of traditional concept sketching and contemporary 3-D computer generated visualization techniques, Archon has developed an efficient means to both resolve the challenges of their client's goals while also providing rapid visualization of the proposed built object.
Archon's work can be seen all over Windsor and Essex County. Some of the buildings Robert and his team have designed the new fire hall for the Town of Essex, Talbot Trails and Begley Public Schools, Tregaskiss, Walkerville Professional Building, CAW Regional offices, Windsor Water World and Pointe West Golf Clubhouse. Archon was the lead architect of the design and construction team for St. Clair College's Ford Centre of Excellence in Manufacturing and Centre for Construction Innovation and Production. Presently they are working on Windsor's Family Aquatic Centre.
Archon is a member of the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) and has LEED Accredited Professional (AP) status. The team strives to include sustainable design elements in all their projects whether they are formally pursuing LEED accreditation, LEED equivalency or simply intended to achieve overall reduction to the building's environmental footprint through good design principles, site selection and orientation, selection of equipment, durability and energy conversation.
Robert presently serves on the Windsor Construction Association Board and St. Clair College planning advisory committees and is an active member of the St. Clair Society of Architects. Archon presently employs St. Clair College graduates at their firm and works closely with the architectural technology faculty to recruit and mentor students.
Robert is married to Nancy and they have two children; Mick and Erica.
Early Childhood Education '78
Story Book Early Learning Centres
Jill Foster is a graduate of St. Clair College with a diploma in Early Childhood Education. She was born in England and immigrated to Canada in 1962. She began her professional career as a Registered Nurse in England. Upon moving to Canada, she was introduced to the work of Early Children Education in her new hometown of Essex, Ontario. She assisted at an early childhood learning program at the Essex United Church. The Story Book Nursery and Day Nursery began operation in the spring of 1975 as a half-day program three days weekly. The license at that time was for 16 children in a half-day program. That was when Jill decided to attend St. Clair College to complete an E.C.E. diploma.
Story Book Nursery School and Day Nursery was developed and licensed as a full-day program in September, 1978. This has grown and changed over the years to accommodate the community needs.
In November of 1982, Story Book saw the first licensed integrated space for four children with special needs. The integrated portion of the program has continued to grow serving children with a variety of special needs. In April of 1985, the private operation became an incorporated business. In the summer of 1986, a toddler program was introduced with the necessary program and structural changes. Demands for spaces resulted in changes when a new room for half day children, J.K. a.m. and Kindergarten children p.m. was added in 1987. Their license grew to 90 children, and in 1988 it converted to non-profit status. Story Book Nursery School and Day Nursery changed its name in July, 1999 to Story Book Early Learning Centre, better reflecting its current mission.
The Learning Centre is recognized for their dedication in developing quality and innovative programming for young children. Recently, they have also received recognition from Community Living-Essex County for their inclusion of children with special needs.
Jill has been a strong advocate for the work of St. Clair College's E.C.E. department over her long career in early education & childcare. She has welcomed our students on placements and has been part of our program advisory committees. One activity enjoyed by children is the visits to a local long-term care home. This is where the children interact with seniors and participate in activities with them. It brings joy to the residents when the children arrive to share their day.
Story Book Early Learning Centres was the first integrated school licensed for children of special needs. The commitment to children with special needs and their families is ongoing, continuing to provide specialized service to children with special needs.
Jill and her staff have two Story Book Early Learning Centres in Essex with one at the Essex Public School and the other on Arthur Avenue.
Jill is married to David. They have five children; Elizabeth, Paul, Steve, Jane and Gail. They have twelve grandchildren.
Hotel Management '74
The Beverly Hills Hotel & West Coast Regional Director for the Dorchester Collection
Beverly Hills, California
Edward (Ed) Mady grew up in Windsor, Ontario. He is a graduate of the St. Clair College Hotel Management program, class of 1974. While attending Riverside High School, he worked behind the soda fountain counter at his father's diner and convenience store called Baker's Dairy Bar - it still exists today as Baker's Bar and Grill. Little did he realize then that it would be his introduction to the hospitality industry. Ed's journey continued in Windsor and then took him across Canada and the United States.
He spent two decades with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, serving most prominently as vice president and area general manager overseeing five hotels in San Francisco and Half Moon Bay, California; Phoenix, Arizona; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Bachelor Gulch, Colorado. Other positions included general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco from 1997 to 2009; general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, New York from 1989 to 1997; and hotel manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead in Atlanta from 1988 to 1989.
Ultimately, it led him to a great opportunity in the Dorchester Collection in 2009. The Dorchester Collection hotels are landmarks of individuality, prestige and comfort with peerless reputations that continue to attract royalty, dignitaries, celebrities, and an international set accustomed to the finer things in life.
Widely recognized as a leader in the luxury hospitality industry, Ed has worked with Dorchester Collection since June 2009, serving as general manager of The New York Palace, the 899-room hotel on Madison Avenue that was sold in 2011 to Northwood Investors, a highly-regarded private investment company. During his tenure at The New York Palace, Ed improved service levels in all areas of operation and achieved unprecedented results in the area of employee satisfaction – a critical measurement category in which he has set new standards for the hotel industry.
Named general manager of the famous Beverly Hills Hotel in 2011, Ed is responsible for all operations of the iconic 210-room "Pink Palace" in Beverly Hills. This Dorchester Collection property celebrated its 100th birthday in 2012. Ed is also west coast regional director, USA for Dorchester Collection, overseeing The Beverly Hills Hotel as well as Hotel Bel-Air, which reopened in October 2011.
MailInbox 204 Items Options Find Someone MailCalendarContactsTasks Todays work Ed's professional path has also encompassed high-profile leadership positions with Helmsley Hotels, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. He began in hospitality as Assistant Chief Steward with The Royal Hotel in Toronto in 1974.
Ed has attracted industry and consumer recognition as well as national awards for his hospitality coaching strategies, which have generated top ratings for every hotel he has led. He received the 2011 Hospitality Professional of the Year Award from the Food and Beverage Association. Earlier in 2011, he was a keynote speaker by Cornell University School of Hotel Administration to address culture and leadership in the hotel industry. In 2009, he received the Gold Plate award for worldwide excellence in the hotel sector from the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association. He has been at the forefront of green hospitality as well, with his efforts recently lauded by the American Hospitality and Lodging Association Educational Foundation and the University of Michigan.
The Job Shoppe
Windsor, London & Kitchener Ontario
Meighen Nehme is a graduate of the St. Clair College marketing program. In 2003, she founded a human resources solutions firm called The Job Shoppe Inc., at the young age of 25. With a head office in Tecumseh, Ontario, The Job Shoppe is privately owned and operated, serving the professional human resource needs of Southwestern Ontario's business community. They are known as a team that supplies prompt, professional and reliable one-stop shop of work solutions ranging from complete recruitment, career development and employer consultation services for executive, permanent, temporary, contract and evaluative placements.
Their public, private, government and non-profit clients range from healthcare and industrial companies to financial institutions and governmental ministries. The Job Shoppe saves employers and job seekers time and money by simplifying the search process by matching the candidate with the positions offered. In just over 10 years, the team has grown to twenty-five on-site staff and more than five hundred off-site colleagues with branch offices in London and Kitchener.
Meighen's post-secondary education resume includes her journey as a marketing graduate from St. Clair College, a business graduate of the University of Windsor and an Executive Masters of Business from Queen's School of Business in Kingston.
The Job Shoppe began above a Shopper's Drug Mart in downtown Windsor. Meighen was the "one person" in a "one person" staffing agency. The agency and their successes have been featured by many media stories, including on a 2009 episode of C.B.C.'s "Fortune Hunters" show. Meighen and The Job Shoppe received accolades from the Windsor & District Chamber of Commerce as "Company of the Year" in 2005, The Business Development Bank of Canada "Young Entrepreneur" award in 2007 and she was a recipient of the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award in 2008.
In 2012, Profit Magazine recognized Ms. Nehme as number six of Canada's Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs in their PROFIT W100 rankings. The Job Shoppe continues on this list since 2008.
Meighen is also an active supporter of The Sunshine Foundation and is currently the Event Chair and Founder of the annual Windsor Corporate Challenge. The Windsor Corporate Challenge is a one-day FUNraiser created to promote the importance of wellness, balance and team building among groups of people. Teams will compete in up to ten fun-filled, events. All proceeds are donated to The Sunshine Foundation to help local children with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses. This event contributes to the Sunshine DreamLift sponsored by Mio Manz Charities which transports a plane full of children to special destinations like Disneyland and back.
In addition to her business success, in 2003, Meighen was a runner–up in the Miss Canada Pageant.
Meighen is married to Tony. They have three sons; Lucah, Noah and Nicolas.
Dr. Andrea Steen
Family Medicine Physician
Dr. Andrea Conlon-Steen grew up in a large family in Windsor. From an early age, she always seemed to be in the role of caring for and showing compassion to family and friends. These early experiences built a foundation of serving others and changing lives that continues in her role in the health sciences in our community.
She attended Brennan High School where she excelled at sports, especially in the hurdles competitions on the track. After graduating from the St. Clair College nursing program, she continued her education at the University of Windsor. There she won two OUAA Titles in 1978 & 1979. Andrea was also the recipient of the University of Windsor's "Banner Shield" as the female "Athlete of the Year" in 1979. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Kinetics.
After that she attended the University of Waterloo from 1979-1981, earning a Masters Degree in Science. Her love of athletics continued as she competed indoors in the 300m, 600m, and 4 X 200m relay. (There was no outdoor track program at the school.) Andrea was a 3-time winner of the 400m hurdles, at the Canadian Championships in 1981, 1982, and 1984. She set Canadian Records at the 1982 Canadian Championships and the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia. In 1983, she placed 6th at the World Student Games in Edmonton, and the Pan American Games in Caracas, Venezuela, and made it to the quarterfinals at the World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. She placed first at the Canadian Olympic Trials, and made it to the semi-finals at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.
At the CIAU National Championships, Andrea won a Gold Medal in the 4 X 200m relay, and Bronze Medals in the 300m and 600m events. In 1986, she competed at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland, advancing to the semi-finals. That year she also won the Bronze Medal at the Canadian Championships.
Sports had an added bonus waiting for her. In December of 1988, Andrea married Dave Steen, winner of the Bronze Medal in the Decathlon at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. She was inducted into the Windsor & Essex County Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.
Andrea received her M.D. from McMaster University in 1989 completing her preparation for the practice of family medicine in 1991.
Since opening her practice in 1991, Dr. Steen has had an impact on many lives, families and in our community of Windsor and Essex County. Her family practice is shared with three other physicians. She also works as a Psychiatric and Family Medicine Hospitalist. Andrea has been involved working with Eating Disorder clients and their families at the Teen Health Centre. In 2012, she served as President of Windsor Regional Hospital's Medical Staff and presently sits on the Windsor Regional Hospital Board.
At the Shulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Windsor, Dr. Steen is a guest lecturer and keynote speaker to many groups in our region and across the country.
You will still see Andrea participating in various marathons and running events for many charities across our region and North America.
Dr. Steen is married to Dave and they have four children; Kory, Jordan, Jacey and Jack.
Early Childhood Education '85
Policy and Staff Development Manager,
Ontario Works - City of Windsor
Theresa Kralovensky, born and raised in Riverside, earned money for herself by babysitting local children. Theresa quickly developed a strong appreciation for the innocence and honesty of children. She recognized how absorbent children were to new information and realized she wanted to be in a position where she could influence children in a positive way.
With her passion for the development of children in mind, Theresa educated herself with the appropriate skills in order to follow her dream. She first graduated from the Early Childhood Education Program at St. Clair College. When Theresa also received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Windsor and her Master's degree in Leadership & Training from Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C.
Theresa worked for a short time with the Children's Aid Society, as well as the Forest Glade Parent Co-op Centre before she was hired by the City of Windsor's Municipal Childcare System as a supply Early Childhood Educator (ECE).. Eventually she accepted a job in administration as the District Manager and hereafter became the manager of the seven municipal childcare centers in Windsor.
Theresa acted as a key contributor to developing the extended hours program at Jefferson Early Learning and Childcare Centre. The program allowed parents, who did not work the traditional 9-to-5 schedule, alternative options for childcare. Theresa was very active in the ECE community. She was part of the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO), where she worked diligently to deliver training and information to ECEs in Windsor and at St. Clair College. For two years, Theresa was president of the Provincial Board of AECEO. In this role, she fought for ECE efforts to be recognized as a profession. It was her persistence and determination to reach this goal that helped lead to the creation of the College of ECEs. Ontario was the first province in Canada to have a college recognizing ECE as a profession. Theresa was also part of creating an Employee Recognition Program (now titled "Star") that was designed to recognize and celebrate the work and contributions of staff, boosting morale.
Today, Theresa continues to work for the City of Windsor as the Policy and Staff Development Manager, Ontario Works. She is also involved with the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA) which supports and provides training development for those in the social services field. Theresa is also a charitable woman, with a personal attachment to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Theresa is strongly supported by her loving husband, Al, and her son, Chris.
3D VFX Artist for feature films, Mr. X Inc.
Growing up in rural Alberta, Mai-Ling Lee entertained herself with creative projects such as sewing and sketching; her dog, Cookie, acted as the perfect model. Despite the fear of finding a job in the tough industry, Mai-Ling knew choosing an artistic path would fulfill her dreams. As a frequent movie viewer, Mai-Ling never believed she could enter the fantasy worlds she saw on the big screen, until she realized becoming involved with animation could offer her the opportunity to bring her creative visions to life. Consequently, Mai-Ling moved to Ontario and became part of the first class to ever graduate from the Animation program at St. Clair College and has never looked back since.
Mai-Ling's first job in the industry was with a new Toronto-based company knows as "Intelligent Creatures". She worked as a Generalist where she quickly gained experience in animation, modeling, texturing, and rendering. After three years, Mai-Ling accepted a position as a Matte Painter at a company named "Mr. X Inc.", where she uses her talent to create unreal worlds for movies, making them look believable. Mai-Ling contributed her expertise to well-known motion pictures including the Resident Evil series, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and Tron.
Mai-Ling likes the exciting challenge of being involved in an industry that is constantly progressing and evolving. A true artist, Mai-Ling enjoys the process of creating her work more than watching it in movies. Mai-Ling is an extremely driven and patient artist who is very careful and detailed when it comes to her work. It is these characteristics, along with the long hours of dedicated work, that allow Mai-Ling to create something real and believable out of nothing.
Mai-Ling credits her courage to follow her dreams to St. Clair College and thanks her professors for providing her with a broad set of tools, ideas, advice, and avenues to follow in order to reach her career objectives.
Mai-Ling is grateful for the support of her husband Pete, whom she met in the St. Clair Animation program.
Ambulance and Emergency Care '88
Chief of Essex-Windsor Emergency Medical Services
Born and raised in Essex, Randy Mellow grew up on a farm, where he learned many of his values regarding work. Randy graduated from the Electronics Technician program at St. Clair College but it was his volunteer experience with the Comber and District Fire Department (now Lakeshore Fire Services) that encouraged his interest in Emergency Services. Randy returned to St. Clair College and graduated from the Ambulance Emergency Care Program (now Paramedic Program) and continued to stay involved with St. Clair College by assisting with the instruction and testing of paramedic students.
Randy's career has allowed him to work in several locations across Ontario. He started out working in Tilbury as an Auditor with the Essex-Kent Base Hospital for Ambulance Services. In 2001, Randy became the Supervisor of Human Resources & Quality Assurance with Sun Parlour Emergency Medical Services in Leamington. In 2007, he accepted a terrific opportunity with Peterborough EMS and became the Deputy Chief & Alternate Community Emergency Management Coordinator. He embraced many responsibilities and excelled at providing leadership and direction to staff. In 2011, Randy became the Chief of Emergency Medical Services in the County of Essex, where today he still continues to provide leadership and direction to 250 paramedics.
It takes a special person to work in the Emergency Medical Services field, and Randy Mellow is indeed special. His caring attitude and strong work ethic along with his obtained skills led to Randy's success. He has deservingly been recognized for his contributions to the EMS field, including winning the Governor General's EMS Exemplary Service Medal.
Throughout Randy's career, he has had experience in several Emergency Management roles including: Chair of the Land Ambulance Disaster Planning Committee for the County of Essex, member of the Municipality of Leamington's Community Emergency Management Program Committee, and member of the Land Ambulance Pandemic Planning Committee for the County of Essex.
Randy has been fortunate to have such supportive and understanding family, including his wife, Cindy, and his two children.
President, Zenith-Optimedia, Zenith Media
Born and raised in Windsor, Julie Myers, was heavily influenced by family. With five siblings and a working mother with strong values, Julie naturally developed an appreciation and admiration for balancing work and family. Julie always had a passion for art, as well as a grasp of numbers. With these skills coinciding with her natural desire to get things done quickly and efficiently, it is no surprise that she became a successful graduate of the St. Clair College Advertising Program in 1982.
As part of the Advertising program, Julie accepted an internship in Toronto and was eventually hired as a Media Assistant at Robert Reynolds, a privately owned company. Julie worked on estimating costs of media campaigns for big name clients such as General Mills, Hiram Walker, and Hasbro. As Julie began to take on more responsibilities, she briefly moved into broadcast-buying but quickly realized her passion and heart belonged in media planning where she could better exercise her creativity and have a more personal connection with clients.
Constantly striving to challenge herself, Julie made a big and daring move to a smaller company known as ZenithOptimedia and worked as a Client Services Director. With her strategic problem-solving skills and knowledge of today's markets, Julie has not only helped clients determine their company objectives and create plans to achieve them but has helped ZenithOptimedia grow into a very successful and highly praised agency. ZenithOptimedia is involved with traditional touch-points such as television and radio as well as non-traditional mediums including social media outlets and has offices located in both Toronto and Montreal. Julie's strong contributions to the agency have contributed to ZenithOptimedia to winning the Canadian Media Agency of the Year three years in a row.
She prides herself and the rest of her ZenithOptimedia team on their success in bringing the hit U.S show "Project Runway" to Canada which featured one of ZenithOptimedia's clients, L'Oreal Paris.
Julie, now the President of ZenithOptimedia, is an active member in the community as a board member for both the Print Measurement Bureau (PMB) and the Canadian Outdoor Measurement Bureau (COMB). She also puts forth great efforts into volunteering and fundraising for several charities including the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
As always, Julie remains a very family oriented woman. Her husband, Paul, and her two children are extremely supportive of her career.
Civil Engineering '78
General Manager, Windsor Utilities Commission
Vice President, Hydro Enwin Utilities
John Wladarski was raised by a big and loving family north of Leamington where he worked on a farm, learning the value of a positive attitude towards working hard. John's father, a hard-working and respectable man, introduced him to construction and it didn't take much convincing for John to follow in his father's footsteps.
John enrolled in the Construction Technician program at St. Clair College which then led to him becoming part of the first class to ever graduate from the Civil Engineering program in 1978, also at St. Clair College. It was his experiences at St. Clair College that provided him with a fantastic foundation upon which to build his career.
John has had many exciting career moves and opportunities that led him to become the success that he is considered to be today. After being interviewed on campus by Bell Canada, he was hired as an Outside Plant Manager in Brantford, ON. In 1979, John accepted a position with Lafontaine Cowie Buratto & Associates Ltd. in Windsor, ON as an Inspector. Here he was able to put his knowledge of drafting, surveying, and inspection into action. John then became the first General Manager of Lincoln Hydro, a Niagara Peninsula company. After three years, John returned to the Essex PUC as the General Manager and Secretary Treasurer. He eventually moved on to the Lasalle Hydroelectric Commission where he used his experience and natural desire to work hard to contribute heavily to merging four hydroelectric companies into one, known as Essex Power. In 2005, despite the tough decision of leaving Essex Power after working diligently to create it, John took a job as the Vice President of Hydro Operation for Enwin Utilities and the General Manager of Windsor Utilities Commission, where he continues to serve the community by making important decisions on how to operate and move forward while keeping rate payers interests a priority.
Having a passion for the business, John wanted to continue his education in this field. He studied at MIT Harvard, Ivey School of Business, and took several management and executive education courses. John always has been and still remains an active member in the community, participating with the Ontario Electric League (Essex Chapter), the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists, the Municipal Electric Association, as well as the Lasalle Police Services Board.
Aside from a strong worth ethic, John also values family. He is strongly supported by his wife, Erin, and his three children.
Law & Security '89
Director of Intelligence and Field Support
Canadian Border Services Agency (Windsor, ON)
While attending school at St. Clair College in the Law & Security program Dan was able to secure a summer position as a Customs Inspector which gave him the applied knowledge to help him finish his final year at the College and also launch his career.
Immediately following graduation Dan was hired as a full time Customs Inspector with the Windsor Tunnel and Bridge. Dan was soon promoted and spent the next 9 years of his career working in different capacities for the Canadian Border Services Agency. This included working closely with the RCMP and other Canadian enforcement agencies. Dan worked with these agencies in identifying smuggling routes of criminal organizations that were planning on trafficking contraband, illegal immigrants and other dangerous materials into Canada.
In 2001 Dan was promoted to Chief of Intelligence Operations for the Ambassador Bridge and shortly after that was promoted again as the District Director of the Ambassador Bridge and in 2009 became the District Director of the Tunnel. In these capacities Dan worked closely with Canadian enforcement agencies, Homeland Security and the US Customs and Immigration services in the enforcement of high risk people and contraband and prevents their entry into Canada.
Through Dan's career he has been actively involved in the shaping of our future Law and Security enforcement officers. He has developed and administered training programs with the Ontario Police College as well as other Canadian training facilities.
Dan is currently the Director of Intelligence and Field Support for the Canadian Border Services Agency. In this position he coordinates the intelligence activities of field and international operations for the delivery of the appropriate program to organizations and agencies involved in the entry of illegal immigrants and national security issues.
Dan was nominated for, and is the recipient of many Canadian Border Services Agency awards and has received multiple letters of commendation from U.S. and Canadian law enforcement organizations.
Dan is a family man, devoted to his wife, Kim, and their three children.
Debra Cooper Burger
President & CEO
Unionville Home Society (Unionville, ON)
Debra Cooper Burger has worked in the health care sector for more than 30 years. Her experience spans all areas of the industry, including acute care nursing in hospital settings, occupational health nursing, case management and administration services in community and home care settings, as well as health care labour relations.
Debra was educated at both the Salvation Army Grace Hospital School of Nursing and St. Clair College. She was a member of the first graduating class of nurses of St. Clair College after the Salvation Army School of Nursing closed.
Debra began her full time nursing career at Windsor's Grace Hospital. Debra is a Registered Nurse and holds a Master of Continuing Education degree from the University of Calgary. In 1981, she served as President of the Ontario Nurses Association.
Prior to moving to the Markham area, she was a member of the Central East LHIN Peterborough Collaborative; a panel member of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Alternate Level of Care Assessment and Review; and a member of the Trent University Nursing Program Advisory Committee.
Debra is an active volunteer and serves on the College of Nurses of Ontario's Nursing Leadership Advisory Group. She has also served as Chair of the College Compensation and Appointment Council. She served two terms on the Board of Governors of Fleming College, including one term as Chair.
Since 2009, she has been the President and CEO of the Unionville Home Society in the York Region. The Unionville Home Society has become a leading senior's facility in Ontario. The Society provides a comprehensive range of quality care and special services to older adults and their families.
Debra and her husband Michael have two sons.
Business Advertising '85
Senior Vice President Sales
Shaw Media (Toronto, ON)
Errol grew up in Windsor and like many Windsor residents, he loved the Tigers, Red Wings, Pistons, Lions, Wolverines and the Windsor Spitfires. This love of sports very clearly overlaps onto his approach to business as he continually reinforces the ideas of teamwork and working together within the entire Broadcast Sales Group.
Errol studied at the University of Windsor and after graduation he then enrolled at St. Clair College where he earned his Business Advertising diploma in 1985.
Errol started with Leo Burnett Advertising Agency as a part time employee while he was in his final semester of studies at St. Clair College. This then evolved into the start of Errol's career in the advertising industry. He moved to Toronto in the early 1980's to begin his new position with Leo Burnett Advertising Agency as a media estimator and buyer.
After a few years at Burnett, Errol moved on to CBC to become a Marketing Analyst. From there he took a position as a Sales Representative for various stations including: CTV affiliates, independent stations, CityTV and the New VR.
Errol moved to the CTV Television Network as an Account Executive. When Baton Broadcasting merged with CTV, he was promoted to Group Director of National Sales as well as Group Director, Network Sales.
In 2001, Errol moved to Alliance Atlantis, where he was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2006. In 2007, Errol was promoted to Executive Vice President, Broadcast Sales, for both the Canwest and Alliance Atlantis networks and merged both sales teams into one after Canwest took over Alliance Atlantis. They broadcast a number of channels including the Food network, Showcase, IFC, Action, Mystery, History and National Geographic.
At the present time, he sits on the board of the Television Bureau of Canada (TVB) and the Broadcast Executive Society (BES).
Errol Da-Ré is married to Addie Gallop and they have two sons.
National Entertainment Editor
Toronto Sun / Sun Media (Toronto, ON)
John grew up in Windsor with the mindset to be an engineer, as his father had been. Realizing he also possessed a lively creative nature; he attended the University of Windsor and applied himself to Communication Studies. After hearing about the Journalism courses offered at St. Clair College in his final year from his professor, he decided to make the move.
Once graduated from Journalism at St. Clair, John left Windsor to work as a sportswriter in Timmins. Sports would also be his main beat working in Sudbury and then he was off to Toronto to work for The Toronto Sun.
Now positioned to move up the ranks of The Sun and Sun Media, John took on the position of Associate Sports Editor until 1999. He then changed departments and began working on the entertainment side of The Toronto Sun as its Executive Entertainment Editor. In 2006, John became the National Entertainment Editor for all of Sun Media.
Along the way, John still yearned to do more as a writer so in 1994, he authored "Natural Enemies: The Notre Dame-Michigan Football Feud". Readers don't have to be Michigan or Notre Dame Football fans to enjoy this book. John does a riveting job of describing the history of one of U.S. College Football's greatest rivalries……and the famous personalities involved in it. John begins at the genesis: the very first game between the schools in the late 19th Century, and he recreates that era through an imaginative use of magazine and newspaper accounts of the time.
John has been an award winning journalist and design award recipient and enjoys being a husband to Melinda and father to his four children.
Computer Systems-Technology '08
I.T. & Network Administrator
Motor City Casino & Hotel (Detroit, MI)
As one of the youngest honourees, Billy grew up loving computers during his high school days. Billy graduated from computer networking at St. Clair College winning the Student Leadership Award during his final year at St. Clair, only to go on to land what would turn out to be the job of his dreams.
Billy began his working career in 2008 when he joined the Information Technology team at Motor City Casino and Hotel in Detroit, Michigan. Motor City Casino is owned by Marion Illitch of the Illitch family who also owns Little Caesars Pizza, the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers.
Billy began turning heads property-wide from the very beginning although he was fresh out of college. Today, Billy is the "go to" guy for virtually every IT related issue at the Motor City Hotel and Casino. He has the ability to troubleshoot all systems, using his resources with great diligence.
In June 2010, Billy won the Employee of the Year Award beating out over 3,000 employees at Motor City Casino Hotel. This honour spotlights his leadership abilities and the level of skill and the positive attitude he brings to work every day. Co-workers will acknowledge the respect he has earned and his upbeat demeanor that makes him easy to work with. Even when Billy is not working, he's always answering his phone, ready to help in any situation.
Billy sits on the Metro Detroit United Way and Helping Hand Committees and shares his success with his parents and brother.
Mechanical Product Design '91
Owner & President
Nature Fresh Farms (Leamington, ON)
Peter was brought up on a farm in the Leamington area working hard to become a leading greenhouse operator in Canada. He fine tuned his skills after graduating from the Mechanical Product Design Program at St. Clair College in 1991 and Nature Fresh Farms was established by Peter in 2000. It is located on 150 acres of farmland at the corner of Hwy. 77 and Concession 7 in Leamington.
Nature Fresh Farms operates one of the most technologically advanced greenhouse complexes in all of North America. In doing so, it employs modern Dutch technologies in all-natural growing operations. The results are nutrient rich perfect peppers and cucumbers for the consumer market. The company's advanced technologies also enable it to incorporate environmentally friendly practices, making the operation 100 per cent recyclable.
For the fourth time in a decade, Nature Fresh Farms has achieved the opening of a new phase of operations. Completed in January 2010, Nature Fresh's Phase 4 adds another 31 growing acres to its 67 acre greenhouse complex, for a combined total of 98 growing acres.
Already the largest producer of Greenhouse bell peppers in North America, this new acreage of greenhouses focuses exclusively on producing Tomatoes on the Vine, Cluster Tomatoes and boasts a shipment of 3 million boxes of tomatoes and peppers combined to ship in 2010.
Nature Fresh Farms and its sister company, South Essex Fabricating, continue to lead the way in innovation, technology and distribution. As well, Nature Fresh Farms also participates in a major produce donation program for local food banks and for similar facilities across Ontario.
Peter has two children that work with him in the business.
Staff Photographer, The Windsor Star
Nick Brancaccio was a graduate of the Journalism program at St. Clair College in 1981. He is an award winning staff photographer for The Windsor Star. Growing up in Windsor, one of his first jobs was being a paperboy for The Star. Nick has been at that newspaper since 1979, starting out as a reporter and now working as a photojournalist.
His many achievements as a staff photographer at The Star include winning the Canadian Best Spot News Photography award for the best picture from across Canada in the 1991 competition.
Nick has covered many stories and events for the local newspaper. Like all great photographers, his photos have told the story of an event, complementing written accounts in a powerful way. He especially enjoys covering breaking news and loves "street level" photojournalism.
He is the recipient of Western Ontario Newspaper Awards, Ontario Newspaper Awards and Canadian Newspaper Awards for his photographic skills. He was recently runner-up for the Photojournalist of the Year in the Ontario Newspaper Awards.
Nick has been involved in many charity efforts in Windsor and Essex County.
He and his wife Noria are the parents of four children.
VP Clinical Affairs &
Chief Privacy Officer, Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital
Anita Harris is a graduate of the Nursing program at St. Clair College Class of 1975: the first nursing class to graduate. Anita grew up in Sandwich and knew from a young age that she wanted to be part of the healing arts. She serves on the Senior Management Team of Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital, where she is the Vice President of Clinical Affairs and Chief Privacy Officer.
Following graduation, Anita served as a staff nurse at Hôtel-Dieu Hospital, eventually joining the Critical Care Unit. Within two years of service in the Critical Care program, Anita became an instructor in Critical Care at St. Clair College (Continuing Ed.); then went on to become a sessional instructor for the Nursing Program at the college. Anita continues to be a guest lecturer in the St. Clair Nursing program.
Anita returned to school and earned her Law Degree at the University of Windsor, being admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1999.
She is a "Do Good Diva" and sits on the Board of Directors for the Windsor Family Health Team.
Anita and her husband John have three children.
Law & Security '89
Staff Sergeant, Leamington Police Services
Ed Marocko is a 1989 graduate of the Law & Security program at St. Clair College. He currently serves as Staff Sergeant for Leamington Police Services, with responsibility for five police platoons, the criminal investigations branch, police training and police service internal investigations. Ed has been with Leamington Police Services for over 20 years. Not long after finishing college, Ed was appointed to the Essex County Drug Squad, representing Leamington Police. He recently received the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery.
Ed was a part time instructor at St. Clair College, teaching Police Foundations - Law & Security. There, he demonstrated his great motivation and enthusiasm for police services. The faculty with whom he taught established the"Ed Marocko Bursary to assist Police Foundations - Law & Security students.
On behalf of the Leamington Rotary Club, Ed travelled to New Zealand to exchange methods and ideas with police services there. Officials from New Zealand have recently travelled here and were hosted by Ed and Leamington Police Services as part of that exchange.
He is the husband of Tammy and the father of two girls.
Mechanical Engineering '67
Fire Chief - Essex, Town of Essex
Ed Pillon graduated in 1967 from the Western Ontario Institute of Technology (W.O.I.T.)……the forerunner of St. Clair College. Ed obtained his degree from the Mechanical Engineering program. Following graduation, he was employed by Allied (General) Chemical in Amherstburg. Over 37 years, he worked in many positions, advancing to Operations Supervisor at the plant.
Throughout his career, he was a volunteer firefighter with the Harrow - Colchester South Fire Department. He began his service as a firefighter when he was a teenager: a reflection of the commitment to serving others which has been evident throughout his life. Before amalgamation of Essex County municipalities, Ed served as Deputy Chief of the Harrow Fire Service. In 2004, he assumed the position of Fire Chief for Essex, Harrow and Colchester South.
Ed is well known as a dedicated and active supporter of the community. He is involved in the Goodfellows and Toys For Tots campaigns. He was a coach in minor league sports and still enjoys lacing up his skates to continue playing recreational hockey.
For 38 years, Ed has been the husband of Gail. They have two sons and two grandchildren.
CEO & Owner, Rock Developments
Rocco Tullio was a 1988 graduate of the Retail Management program at St. Clair College after graduating from Assumption High School.
He is the chairman of Rock Developments in Windsor. This is a real estate development company with projects which include office, retail, design-build facilities and industrial and commercial land developments. Many familiar ventures in Windsor and Essex County were built by Rock Developments. The company also has numerous projects and properties in the Greater Toronto area.
Rocco owns and operates the three Lifestyle Family Fitness Centres in Windsor and Tecumseh which are dedicated to a focus on wellness and include a wide range of exercise alternatives, nutrition, personal training and lifestyle counseling. His first fitness centre has been transformed from a small Tecumseh racquetball facility of 5,000 square feet to a Lifestyle Fitness Centre boasting over 30,000 square feet. The Lifestyle Fitness success story has set a standard of fitness excellence by which other such facilities and programs are measured.
Since 2007, Rocco has also been principal owner of the Oshawa Generals Hockey Club of the Ontario Hockey League. Oshawa's hockey alumni boasts names such as Bobby Orr, Alex Delvecchio and Eric Lindros.
Rocco and his wife Danielle have three children.
Business Administration '72
President & CEO, Russell A. Farrow Ltd.
In 1990, Rick was appointed to his current position of President and CEO of Russell A. Farrow Limited. He is part of the third generation of the Farrow family who manages the company. The Farrow Group of companies is the largest privately owned customs brokerage in Canada. It has 600 employees with 33 offices and warehouses throughout Canada and the United States. Founded in 1911, the Farrow Group provides a comprehensive range of integrated solutions to North American importers and exporters.
Rick has served eight years as a National Director of the Canadian Association of Customs Brokers. He is also an active member of the Detroit Michigan Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and is moderator for his YPO Forum group.
He has focused his personal interests in the volunteer support of the Windsor affiliate for Habitat for Humanity as board member and President. In 2005, Rick was fortunate to host former U. S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, who came to Windsor as our part of Habitat for Humanity's Jimmy Carter Work Project in which six homes were built.
Electrical Engineering '68
President & CEO, Chatham Kent Energy (CKE) (Chatham, ON)
Raymond graduated from W.O.I.T. (Western Ontario Institute of Technology) which was our campus in Windsor, before St. Clair College was built. After his graduation, he began his professional career working at Ontario Hydro throughout the province. In 1998, he was selected as the General Manager of both the Hydro and Water/Wastewater utilities for the PUC (Public Utility Commission) of Kent County. He has worked in management, marketing, sales and customer service. Raymond even found time to be an instructor at St. Clair College in Windsor teaching marketing and sales.
In 2000, the Ontario Government deregulated the electrical distribution business. As a result, hydro and water utilities were separated. This restructuring formed Chatham Kent Energy Inc. (CKE). Raymond is the President and CEO, reporting to the Board of Directors. CKE is the holding company for Chatham Kent Hydro Inc., Chatham Kent Utility Services Inc. and Middlesex Power Distribution Corp.
CKE serves approximately 40,000 customers and is responsible for collections of $85 million. Raymond and his son are both proud alumni of St. Clair College.
Early Childhood Education '87
Administrator, CAW Child Care Centre
Gina has been instrumental in securing funding and exceptional child care for CAW workers and their families. This breakthrough concept of child care started in Windsor by the CAW. Windsor was the only city in which all of the Big Three had manufacturing facilities. They promoted and enabled child care for CAW workers on day and evening shifts.
There are now 3 of these centres across the province. The CAW believed it was imperative to meet the needs of shift working parents who had to care for their children, from infant to twelve years old. Gina also worked toward a flexible model for child care in homes. Caregivers were recognized as employees, because they took care of their own and other children.
Gina heads the drive for child care in our area bringing together new programs and partnerships with labour, government and parents. Gina is the director of 73 staff in our area and is a mentor and resource to many of our present St. Clair College Early Childhood Education Alumni.
Architectural Technology '05 Award-Winning Architectural Design Team
After graduating from St. Clair College in 2005, Jason, Vicki and Blake, enrolled at Lawrence Technology Institute in Southfield, Michigan. All three continued their studies to earn their Bachelor of Science degrees in Architecture.
During their schooling at Lawrence Tech, all three classmates, joined as an architecture team for a North American design competition. This student-design competition had 325 entries from students from more than 50 universities from the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The competition challenged student teams to submit designs by students to design the next "Museum of Steel" for a proposed museum for the steel industry in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Our students worked together on the competition, including travelling to Pittsburgh, in preparation for their entry. Over the four months of this project, each of our alumni, utilized their knowledge and skills learned on campus to produce the winning design against their peers across North America.
All three students are presently employed in their respective fields with all three planning to pursue their Masters degrees in Architectural Design.
Clinical Practice Manager
Windsor Regional Hospital
In 1987, Nancy was recognized by St. Clair College as the recipient of the College's Student Leadership Award. It was only a few years after her college education that she started to lead the way in the health profession in the Windsor and Detroit health care community. Nancy has been the key person in local area hospitals, responsible for coordinating, supervising and educating staff in operating and recovery rooms. Nancy is a valuable member of the team of health professionals at Windsor Regional Hospital as their Clinical Practice Manager.
As manager, she oversees the orientation of newly hired staff and the continuing education in the OR, Recovery Room and the Central Sterilization Room. She is also a trainer for hospital wide nurse orientation.
Windsor Regional Hospital is modernizing their health care service by turning to electronic charting for patient care. Nancy is a "Super User" for the preparation and education of electronic charting for Preoperative Services. With a wealth of experience in nursing care and administration she has become an outstanding model of a health care professional for both her co-workers and patients.
Assistant Managing Editor
The Windsor Star
Roseann always knew she wanted to be a journalist. How could she foresee, as a girl growing up in Amherstburg, that her work in journalism would have an impact on the lives of citizens and civic business in Windsor and Essex County.
Roseann's only employer has been The Windsor Star. She began working weekends while attending the college as a journalism student. She worked as an intern at school and then was hired by The Star after she graduated from St. Clair. Roseann received newspaper writing awards and nominations for her work on the articles "Our Troubled Children" and "Crack: An Unquenchable Fire".
In 2005, she received the Rogers Cable Award for Municipal Writing with her work in investigating the City of Windsor's involvement with MFP Leasing. Roseann used her journalism skills, taught at St. Clair College, to investigate and help unravel many of the arrangements negotiated with MFG to assist the citizens of Windsor better understand what took place. Today, Roseann works on the electronic online distribution of news on the internet for the immediate flow of news on the world wide web.
Roy Conliffe - Industrial Engineering Technology '72
Roy graduated from the College's Industrial Engineering Technology Program in 1972. He played defence on the College hockey team and earned an impressive second team O.C.A.A. All-Tourney berth. He continued his educational pursuits at the University of Michigan where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication in 1975.
Early in his career he discovered a deep affinity for working with people and human issues. During the last 27 years Roy has held Labour Relations positions within the Loblaw Group of Companies.
He is currently Senior Vice-President of Labour Relations and Corporate Officer for George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited, a position he has held for the past 10 years. Loblaw Companies is the largest non-government employer in Canada.
Roy is a member of the Conference Board of Canada, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, and Joint Labour Management of Commercial Retail Foods.
Lynda Monik - Nursing '80
Lynda is a 1980 graduate of the St. Clair College Nursing program. Her formal education also includes a B.A. from the University of Windsor and an MBA from St. Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. During her nursing career, Lynda has worked with renowned surgeons and as an integral part of critical care at several hospitals in Southwestern Ontario. Today, Lynda remains convinced that being a nurse is the best job in the world.
As of September 1, 2007, she was appointed Executive Director of Sandwich Community Health Centre. From 1998 to Sept. 1, she held various positions at Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital, most recently as Director, In-Patient Services. While at HDGH, Lynda worked closely with patients/families, staff and physicians to drive process change, improve overall efficiency and move the organization toward seamless care.
Over the past several years, Lynda has received certificates from the Rotman School of Management, Queen's University School of Business, and the University of Michigan Faculty of Engineering.
She is the recipient of numerous awards including: The Canadian College of Health Service Executives, Nursing Leadership Award; the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Leadership Award in Nursing Administration; the RNAO Leadership Award in Political Action; and, in 2007, the prestigious RNAO Hub Fellowship Award which is bestowed on nurses who have made outstanding contributions to the profession of nursing in Ontario.
Developmental Services Worker '75
As a teenager babysitting young children with disabilities, Lu-Ann recognized early in life the field that she would pursue. In 1975 she graduated from the College's Developmental Services Worker Program at Thames Campus and through Humber College later completed a course on preschool programming for children with developmental delays.
Upon graduation she assumed a front line position at the Developmental Centre, now known as Community Living in Chatham-Kent. Lu-Ann has advanced within the organization and since 1992 has held the position of Executive Director of Community Living Chatham-Kent.
Currently she is also the Chair of the Coordinated Access to Developmental Services for the community of Chatham-Kent and Chair for the Ontario Executive Directors Coordinating Group.
Lu-Ann works diligently with a large group of staff and Board of Directors and has instituted many innovative programs. She is committed to full servicing from within the community for people with disabilities. Lu-Ann's passion for supporting and improving the lives of people and families who live with intellectual disabilities has earned Lu-Ann recognition as a leader, both locally and provincially.
Mike Gibb - Journalism '98
Mike graduated in 1998 from the College's Journalism program. He credits the 3 month internship required to successfully complete the program as the catalyst to his successful career.
From 1998 to 2001, he held journalistic positions with Canadian Press, The Ottawa Sun, The Hockey News, and the Northwest Herald. During this time, one of Mike's stories placed second in the 2000 Statewide Newspaper Association's sportswriting division.
Since 2001, Mike has been employed with Royal Media Group, a leading financial services media company, providing specialized information and insights to executives. The Company operates from offices in New York and Houston and focuses on print and electronic publishing, market research, and live and audio conference production. From 2001-2003 Mike was the Associate and Managing Editor. In 2003, he was appointed Senior Editor and has also recently been appointed as Sales Director.
Frank Moceri - Business – Accounting '80
Frank's graduation from the Business - Accounting Program in 1980 equipped him with the background to make sound business and risk management decisions.
After graduation, he worked for several years in accounting positions at various businesses, including industrial companies, public practice, and banking.
For 13 years he has held the position of Chief Financial and Chief Executive Officer of Windsor Disposal Services which received the Business Excellence Award in 2000, the Canadian Italian Business Award in 2002, and achieved the first ISO 14000 designation in Canada in the waste and recycling industry.
Frank is an Executive Vice-President of the Federation of the Canadian Italian Professional and Business Association and a member of the Association's International Board in Toronto; President of the Windsor Executive Association; sits on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Waste Management Association in Toronto; and is also on the Executive Board of Directors of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce.
Cheryl Rettig - Journalism '06
Cheryl is a 2006 graduate from the Journalism Program at St. Clair College. While seeking employment, Cheryl became frustrated by job descriptions stating that field experience was a requirement. She found a web page that discussed international internships and read about opportunities funded by the Canadian International Development Agency.
This discovery subsequently resulted in her travelling to Ghana, Africa to begin a 6-month assignment with a human rights organization called Gender Studies & Human Rights Documentation Centre. While in Africa, Cheryl spent time writing proposals, reports and articles about Human Rights and teaching the people of Ghana about women's rights and gender equality.
Cheryl's humanitarian journey has only just begun. Her next mission to make a personal difference with her pen will be to a summer internship in Washington, D.C. She will be working in public relations/ communications for a non-profit organization called "Shared Hope," a group that works in the U.S. and around the world to investigate, eradicate and help victims of human trafficking.
Michael Burns – Child and Youth Worker '81
Michael Burns graduated from the CYW program at St. Clair in 1981 as a mature student, and took with him the necessary knowledge to build a successful career in this field. Over the past 30 years, Michael has worked as a front-line Child & Youth Worker in a variety of settings, all the while maintaining his own private practice. Michael has held faculty positions with Lambton College, St. Clair College, Fanshawe College, Grant McEwan College and is currently a professor at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, ON. Michael has written several books and numerious articles relating to the field of Child & Youth Work and is the most-published CYC in Canada. Michael is also a successful entrepreneur and owns his own Publishing Company, Child Care
Diane Gagner – Office Administration - Legal, '74
With her diploma from the Office Administration program providing a solid base, Diane Gagner continued her educational pursuits to receive her BA from the University of Windsor, her MBA from the Ivey School of Business and her CFP and CHRP designations. Using her experience and education, Diane became a successful entrepreneur and established her own Financial Planning and Management COnsulting businesses, all the while remaining involved in the family farming business. In 2001, Diane decided to enter into Municipal Politics, and ran for position of Mayor of Chatham-Kent, despite having no prior political experience. Successful in this endeavor, Diance was elected as Mayor in 2001, and was re-elected for her 2nd term in 2003.
Jason Newhook – Electrical Engineering Technology, '93
Following graduation from the Electrical Engineering program in 1993, Jason Newhook began a successful career with Navistar International Truck & Engine, where he held a variety of positions until eventually relocating to Mexico to launch their new production plant in Escobedo. Utilizing the Six Sigma training received at Navistar, Jason then accepted a position with a US-based Six Sigma consulting firm where he remained for 3 years, until opening his own company with his partners in 2003. Datazinc has since established itself as a dynamic leader in the fields of Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing and Assessment & Implementation services. Datazinc's founders and Master Black Belt trainers and revered as being among the top Six Sigma pioneers and practitioners in the world.
Christopher Popowich – Lighting and Sound '75
Christopher Popowich has been the lighting designer for numerous theatre productions across Canada, UK, Asia and the USA. Christopher previously taught at the Central School of Speech & Drama in London, UK and was the Head of the Lighting Department at the Banff School of Fine Arts. He was also Adjunct Lighting faculty at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama in Pittsburgh, PA from 1996-2002. Christopher recently moved into the field of Archtectural Lighting Design and has won international awards for his work at the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. Christopher works closely with his wife and fellow lighting designer, Cindy Limauro, who together have formed C&C Lighting in Pittsburgh.
Dr. Lawrence Schmidt – Medical Laboratory Technology '73
After graduating from St. Clair's Medical Laboratory Technology program in 1973, Lawrence Schmidt set his sights on further education and began down a path that led to his graduation from the University of Western Ontario with his MD in 1983. Dr. Schmidt practices as a Family Physician in London, ON, and provides a comprehensive range of services to his patients, with an active interest in obstetrics and women's health. In order to ensure that his patients do receive the most well-rounded care, Dr. Schmidt has incorporated certain non-traditional medical approaches into his practice, including midwifery support and acupuncture. dr. Schmidt has been a full-time faculty member at UWO since 2001.
Joe DiGiorgio – Advertising '80
Following his graduation from St. Clair's Advertising program in 1980, Joe Di Giorgio pursued the path of radio advertising. Joe held a variety of positions at local radio stations which allowed him to use his creativity and gain behind the scenes experience and knowledge. One day, Joe was placed on hold while phoning an auto body shop and was entertained by the hold messaging service that the owner had contracted from a Florida-based company. After researching the idea, Joe used his creative nature and technical knowledge to start his own messaging service, Hold Please Communications and currently has clients all over the world. Joe was able to find a way to use his creativity to turn a local business venture into an international success story and credits his instructors at St. Clair for giving him the encouragement needed to pursue his passion.
John Hall – Food Processing Technology '70
When John Hall graduated from St. Clair College in 1970, there was no doubt in his mind that he wanted to work in the beverage alcohol industry, and actively pursued this path while accepting a position with Campbell Soup Company. In his time there, John was able to develop his palate as a member of the tasting panel, so when Labatt's called upon John to work in their wine division he was more than ready. After 19 years with Labatt, John pursued his dream of creating his own product and founded Kittling Ridge Estate Wines and Spirits. In addition to his wine-making, Hall is the last remaining independent whisky maker in Ontario. John encourages all current and future students to embrace the entire College experience, not just the classroom. His time at St. Clair was filled with s number of life experiences that have contributed directly to his success today.
Dr. Shelley Lalani – Dental Assisting '80, Dental Hygiene '83
Dr. Shelley Lalani has been involved in dentistry since her early college days, when she was working in the dental office of a family friend. Her academic success in the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs at St. Clair College, provided the basis for her continued pursuit of academic achievement and laid the groundwork for a successful career in Orthodontics. Following her graduation from the University of Detroit Mercy with extensive credentials, Dr. Lalani purchased her own practice in Leamington, Ontario, where she continues to provide high quality of treatment in a caring, friendly and professional atmosphere. Dr. Lalani credits St. Clair with not only providing a solid educational base for building her career, but also with giving her the confidence needed to progress further with her education and career path.
Guy Parent – Security Administration '75
Guy Parent was a graduate of the first Security Administration program offered at St. Clair College. Guy quickly embraced this new and growing career field, and contributed significantly to the growth of a number of rising security companies of the time. In 1988, Guy founded Corporate Investigation Services Ltd. Now with offices in London, Windsor and Ottawa, his company serves all corporate investigative needs and interests in Canada. Guy has committed to a lifelong career in Security Administration, and has enjoyed much success as a result of his dedication to the profession. In reflecting on his time at St. Clair, Guy recognizes the challenges his professors faced as they were implementing a brand new program. He credits this outstanding line-up of teachers with instilling in him the knowledge and the drive to achieve what he has today.
James Petrozzi – Mechanical Engineering '70
A graduate of St. Clair's Mechanical Engineering program in 1970, James Petrozzi was fortunate to immediately start working in his chosen field. His combined practical education and experience would soon allow him to rise to the top of the food production industry, holding senior management positions at Green Giant and J.M Schneider before coming to M&M Meat Shops, where he holds the current position of CEO. Under Petrozzi's leadership, M&M has grown from the 45 franchise stores in existence in 1989 to the 400 stores currently in existence today. James recognizes that the practical experience gained at St. Clair College allowed him to make an easy transition into his first job. Above that practical knowledge however, James believes that "education teaches you how to think on your feet, how to analyse problems and how to set values for yourself", and those lessons learned are what determines your success.
Kay Douglas '91
Following her graduation from St. Clair, Kay Douglas went nowhere but up. She and a partner created DBA Marketing, which grew steadily for 9 years. Then in 2002, she merged with Tom Harris, owner of 30-year old Harris Marketing Communications. Agency accounts have doubled since the alliance, resulting in new job creation, rewarding client relationships and exhilarating work days. "This is an exceptional time for us", says Kay. "The team we have put together is really talented and supportive, and our clients are simply terrific. I feel so blessed to be a part of all of this."
Mary Jo Haddad '76
Mary Jo is the current President and CEO of The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and was the 2004 Premier's Award Recipient in the Health Sciences Category. She has held a variety of health care administration and nursing positions in both the United States and in Canada. May Jo graduated from St. Clair in 1976 and continued on to the University of Windsor (BScN, 1984), and the University of Toronto (MHScA, 1998). She is an active community member and involved in a number of projects and organizations including the United Way and the Cedarbrook Society.
David Heyens '81
From a modest beginning, David Heyens decided to become a success story. While attending St. Clair in 1980 and graduating in 1981, David realized that he loved to learn. David excels at everything he does. He was salesman of the year for two companies, held various management positions for a variety of companies and joined Cardinal Health as Vice-President Sales and Marketing. He quickly became President of Cardinal Health's Encapsulation business for North America. By the age of 45, David has a complete $200 million a year business under his control.
Gerry Lesa '65
Gerry Lesa graduated from the Western Ontario Institute of Technology (W.O.I.T.) in 1965 from Electronics Engineering Technology. A self-made success story, Gerry has owned and operated G.M. Lesa Associates, Phoenix Log, and SWT Specialty Products group in Tecumseh since the early 1970's. Gerry is a family man with 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren, and is active in the community as a volunteer and supporter to many organizations. In 2002, Gerry sold his company and is now enjoying retirement.
Lynn Martin '77
Shortly after graduating from St. Clair's advertising program in 1977, Lynn Martin relocated to California and began working in the advertising business. Lynn eventually moved back to Windsor to begin working in radio as a producer. She soon loved into an on-air position, and ultimately became a daytime talk-show host. Lynn is actively involved in the community and has earned celebrity status for her work and volunteer efforts.
Kent Billinghurst '93
As a College employee, Kent has been a fixture at St. Clair since the 70's. A faculty member and a local child-rearing guru who shares his knowledge through entertaining and informative parenting seminars or as an expert on call on local radio. For Billinghurst, it all boils down to finding ways to have an impact, and finding ways to place himself in a position to help others. "My goal is to leave a legacy in the lives of people I reach and touch".
Glen Angus '94
Glen Angus always knew there would be busy days ahead. He just didn't realize until recently that being a successful high end gaming software developer would limit his free time to sleeping hours. Married and living in Wisconsin, Angus applies his talents in several ways, creating concept art, skin textures and cinematic matte paintings. Angus is a former instructor for S. Clair College and was known for his serious approach to his craft. St. Clair sparked the drive for me to become and illustrator as opposed to an unfocused aspiring artist.
Dr. Laura Arbour '76
Dr. Arbour is an Assistant professor in the University of British Columbia Department of Medical Genetics. As a pediatrician and practicing Clinical Geneticist at UBC, she works at the B.C. Women's health centre and she is also chair of the B.C. Children's Hospital Clinical Ethics Committee. "My nursing education helped me to formulate how I saw health care and the practice of medicine. The patient is a person in a family, community and population. Relative health or 'unwellness' impacts on not only the individual but all who are connected to them in various ways."
Cal Haddad '94
Former President of Mohawk College in Hamilton, Haddad became a staunch advocate of student life first and St. Clair College. " I've graduated from three other institutions of higher learning, and what I took at St. Clair has benefited me more than anything. I got my teaching certificate, my B.A. and my masters, and it wasn't as hard as my three year Business Diploma." Haddad puts it all down to his dedicated teacher. "My instructors were all so very hard working...they were terrific."
Real Tanguay '72
After his first year at the University of Windsor, Tanguay realized he wanted a more practical education and enrolled at St. Clair College, in electrical engineering. "I went to school so that I could get a job," says Tanguay. "I wanted more practical training. My focus was to get in the door. St. Clair College gave me that." Tanguay became the first Canadian to take the top position at Toyota when he became President in March 2002. Attitude is a key factor in anyone's success. "I love to work, and I love to work with people. When you have that attitude, you find your place in the world. You have to always be looking ahead, and willing to do the jobs that no one else wants to do."
Paul Allsop '65
Paul Allsop has never been one to sit still when there's work to done. It's a by product of caring so much. Caring about the past, present and future. From the days as a student activist at the Western Ontario Institute of Technology (where Paul graduated from in 1965) through his distinguished career at Hiram Walker and his efforts to preserve pieces of Canada's architectural history; from his stint in 1999 as the co-chair of Canada's most successful United Way Campaign, through his retirement and lifelong involvement with his church, Allsop has always made things happen.
Elaine Maloney '79
Elaine Maloney's name is potentially on the lip's pf every pharmacist in Ontario these days, usually at a moment when they are dealing with a professional dilemma. In her role as Practice Advisory Officer at the Ontario College of Pharmacists - Maloney admits she must draw from her experiences from all her previous jobs. "The Pharmacy Assistant program at St Clair College got me started in something. It's hard to believe how fare we've come as a profession"
Dr. Francis Olu Ogunsakin '82
Dr. Ogunsakin successfully completed a three-year business Administration diploma with a major in accounting in 1982. In January 2001, he was appointed as the Cultural Diversity advisor to the city of London (England) as well as the advisor to the Police Authority on Race and other Diversity issues. As the England Police Commissioner for the City of London Perry Nove says "His commitment, his personal style and his ability to introduce difficult and sensitive issues to personnel in all roles in the organization, and to positively influence those individuals is particularly impressive".
Paulah Dauns '74
Paula graduated from St. Clair College in '74. From world travel to championing human rights to writing legal texts on the protection of children, Dauns has led her family on a merry -- and sometimes sad chase. Originally Paulah Edwards, a name she uses when she comes to Windsor, Dauns lives in Vancouver B.C. She has published two legal texts, one Crown counsel handbook and three training videos all dealing with sexual offenses against children. :What I like best about my job is that I need to read and understand the history, politics, legal structure, current events, culture and geography of over 50 countries...what could be better?"
Guy Diponio '68
Guy earned a tool and die scholarship to the Western Institute of Technology and ended up graduating from the newly named St. Clair College. He would serve as the Development Commissioner at 35 years of age. The single greatest highlight in his tenure was the locating of the Ford Essex Engine plant and Essex Casting facilities in east Windsor. "to do justice to raising a family of four, to do justice to your spouse, and to do justice to your employer and your career, you need to make fine adjustments every day to achieve balance" he says.
Dr. Sheila Horen '84
Dr. Horen graduated from St. Clair's medical Technology program in 1984. She now is a family physician with a thriving practice in Leamington Ontario. She spends 60 plus hours a week with her practice, plus a half-day at Windsor cancer centre and other time as an operating room assistant and her roles for the Essex County Medical Society Executive. "Our country is in dire need of young enthusiastic students (and old energetic alumni) interested in medicine and related fields."
Alan Buterbaugh '86
Alan graduated from the Advertising program at St. Clair College in 1986. In 1987 he joined Ross Roy Communications as Account Administrator. By 1994 he was the Senior Account Executive. In January of 2000 Alan became President of McGill - a company that uses technology to help companies sell products. Under his leadership, McGill has tripled in size and completely refined its product and service offerings to anticipate advances in technology and client needs. "(McGill) is not just another dot com company. St. Clair taught me how to deal with people first, and how to deal with communications objective and marketing messages."
Bill recalls how St. Clair college influenced his business career and accommodated his needs. "The confidence I gained at St. Clair College allowed me to enter the workforce in January of 1970, even before graduation." Not surprisingly, Carter is a staunch supporter in the value of education, but not just as a means to finding a high paying job. "Most of the instructors at St. Clair College were mentors of mine, and I've kept those relationships alive to this day."
Walter Fox '72
You'd think, sitting atop the mountain that is a multi-national corporation operating with divisions all across Canada, the western United States and even in Magadan, Russia, that Walter Fox (1972 Business Accounting) is the quintessential aggressive businessman who must win at all costs. And, you'd think in his role as President and CEO of Wajax Limited, a company with 1999 revenues of $1.03-billion, he must be a cutthroat corporate kingpin. And, you'd be wrong. Walter Fox, is, first and foremost, a family man who just happens to run a 150 branch conglomerate with a clear sense of immutable business ethics and respect for his 2,700 fellow workers.
Tim Kane '79
Advertising grad Tim Kane founded Delta Media following nearly two decades ago with leading advertisers, advertising and public relations agencies, as well as governments in Canada and abroad. In his role as Chairman and CEO of Delta Media Inc. and as a member of the Board of Directors of the New York based Worldcom Public Relations Group Inc. Tim has worked with Delta's clients on a wide range of high profile issues. "During the college prep program, I was given an aptitude test that indicated very clearly that I should pure a career in public relations and advertising."
Hazel McDonald '77
Things might have been very different for Hazel McDonald, and by extension the hundreds of people she has touched with her rare gift of caring, if she hadn't listened to her husband Allan's gentle advice one evening long ago. It all started as she prepared to attend a Nursing department open house at St. Clair College in Chatham.
Today, Hazel displays a youthful exuberance about her career as a certified emergency room nurse at the Chatham Kent Health Alliance Hospital. Perhaps it's because her career is really only a small part of what makes Hazel remarkable. She gives from her heart, pays for her trips to Honduras out of her own pocket by working extra shifts at the hospital, and is constantly giving to others. She works very long hours in a high stress area. . . and never stops caring about all humanity and the rights of others. She looks for opportunities to inspire and encourage people to be the best that they can be. She never stops sacrificing, never stops studying, and always encourages other people to study.
Ron Wingelear '77
If there was a person who functioned best while staying out of the limelight, It's St. Clair Plastics Technician grad Ron Wingelear. Long a champion of local charities in Windsor, Ron was the driving force behind the charitable efforts of Recko Tool and Mould for as long as anyone cares to remember. "I just find getting involved with kids very satisfying. It's satisfying to get a kid, even as a coach and help them to believe in themselves" he says.
Mechanical Engineering Technology - '66
Nursing - '74
Dr. Rebecca Ward
Developmental Services Worker - '77
Business - Advertising '81
Chemical Engineering Technology - '68
Business - Accounting '78
Electrical/Electronics Engineering - '71
Dr. Ken Schneider
Medical Laboratory Technology - '80
Business - Marketing '72
Business - Accounting '76
Business - Accounting '71
Motive Power Technician '73
|Dr. Lynne Sibley
Secretarial Science – Executive '70
Business - Marketing '72