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John Kissick (77-80) has definitely come a long way from his Nature Arts program at HSR. Since 2003 John has been the Director and Professor of Art at the University of Guelph, School of Fine Art and Music after stints teaching/administering at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Art Faculty in Toronto and the Penn State University, School of Visual Arts.

John Kissick is a smooth public speaker, but he seems a little nervous. This is, after all, a survey of ten years of his work, and he is clearly overwhelmed by the show of support. It is a moment that artists dream of: a public acknowledgement of their contribution to art’s perpetually itinerant dialogue. While actors fantasize about Oscars, artists fantasize about survey retrospectives.”

Read the complete article from the Winter 2010-11 Issue of Canadian Art.

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Tara (Neal) McNally (90) and family have gone to China and she writes, “We are settled in Shanghai now. We are located in Pudong, Shanghai. We arrived on May 16th and will be here for approximately 2 years. Declan will be starting at a bilingual school in August (YCIS – Yew Chung International School of Shanghai).”

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Mary Edna Rosevear, the mother-in-law of Peter Zurawel (67-71) in November of 2009.

Keith Watt’s (66-70) Morning Bay Vineyard ( is celebrating its Fifth Anniversary all this summer on Pender Island, BC. July 3 is the big 5th Anniversary Birthday Bash with barrel and tank tasting, music, Pender Island lamb and other delights. Then Saturday, September 4 is the Fifth Annual Winestock Music Festival. Details on their website.

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Congratulations to Jodie and David Wynne (90-91,93) on the June 26, 2009 birth of their daughter Daphne Elizabeth Wynne 7 lbs 12 oz.

Congratulations to Sarah Parks-Quinn (98-01,03-05,07-08) and Colin Quinn (95-98) on the June 29, 2009 birth of their second child Gavin Douglas Quinn 8 lbs, 6 oz!

Allan Haley (97-00) has left Scouts Canada to become a Park Warden with Ontario Parks.

We regret to announce the passing of Doug Ross (68-70) at his home on May 22, 2009. Doug was the first Rifle Range instructor at HSR.

Barry Hardaker (79) reports that he just completed 32 years with Scouts Canada as a professional Scouter and still visits HSR at least once a year.

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Congratulations to Erin and Jeremy Debling (86-90) on the birth of their daughter Tara Ann on April 10, 2008 and to Kevin (89-93, 05-07) and Alicia (Matier) Bell (93) on the birth of their daughter Kyra on May 12, 2008.

Congratulations to Derek Monderman (98-02) on his promotion in April to Captain.

Phlip Arima (79-81) launches a new book Breathe Now at the Duke of York pub. For details see

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Art Wrigglesworth (78-79) is currently an Assistant Professor and Program Operations Co-ordinator with the Architecture Science Department at Ryerson University.

Congratulations to Grant Lafontaine (88) and his wife Terri on the May 26, 2007 birth of their son Luke William.

Chris Wren (91-93) is working as a Graphics Training Manager for EA (the games company) and is living in Vancouver, BC.

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Welcome back to long time staffer and former Alumni Executive Dr Jamie Kissick (76-78,88-98) as an Alumni member. He is currently working as a Medical Officer for the Canadian Medical Protective Association.

The 2004 Inkameep Vineyards Reserve Merlot from Morning Bay Vineyard and Estate Winery – co-owned by Keith Watt (67-71) – was recently awarded a Bronze at the 2007 Canadian Wine Awards.

Congratulations to Jody and Dave Blackburn (88-92) on the birth of their son Connor James born September 11, 2007 – Dave is still working for TD Bank in Sudbury.

Congratulations also to Karen Upper and Eric Scott (94-97) on their recent marriage and what looks like a great honeymoon in Cuba!

John Manestar (85-89) is currently working as a cowboy on a ranch in Merritt, BC and for TerraFirm Enterprises, and has a 10 year old daughter.

James Madar (92-95) is married and living in Washington, DC where he works for the US Government and plays lead guitar in The Rent Seekers – check out the videos!.

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From September 23rd to October 1st, the Outreach Gallery of the Ontario College of Art and Design featured an exhibition of John Kissick. His paintings are described as a construction of intimate but ambiguous spaces that explore the boundaries of play. John is the new Dean, Faculty of Art, at the Ontario College of Art and Design.

John Pollock and Shauna Coones were married on July 22, 2000 in Peterborough.

Dave Blackburn (88-92) is getting married on May 5th, 2001 to Jody Sauve in Sudbury.