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Class Notes - Faculty of Social Science

We want to hear from you. Have you taken on a new job, got married, had a baby, taken the trip of your dreams? Please let us know so we can share your news with former classmates and with the Western alumni family around the world. Submit your class note today!

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Melissa (Dancy) Bickford, BA’01, BEd’02, and Brian Bickford, BA'01, celebrated the 10th anniversary of their company, Pendleton Translations Ltd., on August 9, 2015. Pendleton Translations was founded in 2002 and has become one of the fastest growing translation agencies in the GTA. They were recently awarded ISO:9001:2008 status and have won several other business awards, including Entrepreneur of the Year for the City of Mississauga (2008) and Top 40 Business People Under 40 years of age for the Halton region (2013).

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Capt. Cunningham retires

Capt. John Paul Cunningham, BA’77, is retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces after more than 40 years as a logistics officer.

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On May 29th, Peter Foltin, MA’12, and Zinaida Kalinina, MA’13, welcomed their first son, Gregory Bartolomej Foltin.

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In March 2015, Michelle Cherutti-Kowal, BA’88, became a Master of Wine (MW), one of only 323 in the world. Michelle is a highly respect wine lecturer, writer and wine consultant and has been based in the UK since 2001. The title Master of Wine (MW) is the most prestigious title in the world of wine held by only 323 individuals globally and conferred by the Institute of Masters of Wine.

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Michelle Sallan, BSc’12, is now married.

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Kenneth Engelhart, BA’77, retired from Rogers Communications after 25 years and started a law firm known as Engelhart Law.

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Ira Goldmintz, BA’72, and his wife, Marion, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 17, 2015.

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Kimberly Hunter-Galt, BA’96, and Thomas Galt welcomed a baby girl, Alyssa, on February 27, 2015.

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Baby Therrien

Michelle Therrien, BMOS’06, welcomed her second child in July 2015.

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Morgan Seale surfing

Morgan Seale, BMOS’12, was named general manager at Sugar Bay Barbados Hotel, overseeing renovation and implementation and set to open this fall.

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Megan Claucherty, BACS’04, and her husband Kevin Marx welcomed their second child, Claire Kathleen Marx, on April 22, 2015. Megan joined Harris Associates, LP in Chicago, IL as a Senior Attorney in 2015.

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Neesa Mistry, BA’03, and her husband welcomed a healthy baby boy on May 2, 2015.

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Lin Wang, BSc’13, moved to Toronto, is working at Holt Renfrew and is happy every day!

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James Wetmore, BA’06, married Joanna Flick on June 13th, 2015

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Robert Weston, BSc’15, recently started work at Info-Tech Research Group as a Consulting Analyst.

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Kristina Smailys, BA’09, married Thomas Armstrong, BSc’08, on July 4th, 2015 in Toronto. They met at Western in September 2007 and had their first date at The Spoke. They are still good friends with many of their fellow Western friends and three members of their bridal party were Western grads. 

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Morgan Seale, BSc’12, became Assistant General Manager in 2014 at Bougainvillea Beach Resort Barbados. As of January 2015, he became General Manager at Sugar Bay Barbados Hotel. 

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Andrew MacNair, BA’86, Regional Vice President of RBC Royal Bank, Calgary, Alberta, was named Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Calgary Zoological Society in May 2015.

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Douglas Auld, BA’64 (Economics), has been reelected chair of the Wellington, Dufferin, Guelph, Board of Health.

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Sandra Yoon, BMOS’06, recently joined Korea Investment Securities in New York City and accepted a senior equity sales role (director).

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Paul Emerson, BA’97, has a new job as Assistant Vice-President, Liability Claims at Berkshire Hathatway Specialty Insurance.

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Dimitry Anastakis, BA’93, was elected to the College of New Scholars Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada. A professor of Canadian history at Trent University since 2004, Dr. Anastakis recently won the international Hagley Prize for the best book in business history for his 2014 book, Autonomous State: The Struggle for a Canadian Car Industry from OPEC to Free Trade. His most recent book is Death in the Peaceable Kingdom: Canadian History since 1867 through Murder, Execution, Assassination and Suicide.

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Kevin Rollason, MA’85, was recently awarded a National Newspaper Award - the country's highest honour in print journalism, for a feature he wrote in the Winnipeg Free Press about Brian Sinclair, a disabled aboriginal man who didn't receive care and died after sitting in his wheelchair in a hospital emergency department's waiting room for 34 hours.

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Helen Scotchmer, BA’95, began a new career in online radio at Blogtalkradio.com/makingadifferencewithmarlene. Her intent is to interview people making a difference in all walks of life.

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Shelley Banks, MA’78, is delighted that her first poetry collection, Exile on a Grid Road, was published in Fall 2015 by Thistledown Press. The book also features her photography on its cover. Shelley welcomes visits to her website, ShelleyBanks.ca.

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