For Notre Dame Grads and Friends

The 60s

Pat (Ave Maria) Finnigan (1960)   

(updated June, 2011)

I spent 30 or so years in various phases of catholic education…elementary as well as secondary. My last 15 years in education was ministering as a secondary school chap[lain. I retired in June 1998 and in the following September began ministering in a chaplain/pastoral care/spiritual care ministry with the Brothers of the Good Shepherd in Hamilton. The Brothers, along with a staff of 400 are one of the largest social service agencies in Hamilton, Ontario. Most of my time is spent in our hospice-palliative care facility but I do a variety of jobs in the other parts of the agency.

After graduation in 1960, I entered the Felician Sisters Community but left the community in 1990. However, ministering at Good Shepherd Centres has been a reconnection with my call to be of service to others.
I have lived in Hamilton since 1979 and thoroughly enjoy gardening…..the older I get, the more like my mother I am!!!…25 years ago, I couldn’t imagine what joy my mom got from flowers etc.
Look forward to reconnecting with the “girls” who attended ND 1956-1960

 

Judy McManus Guinan (1960s)   

(updated June, 2011)

Live in Hamilton.

Work for District School Board of Niagara.
Have two daughters, 1 son-in-law, 3 grandsons.

Pat  Marshall (1962)   

(updated May, 2011)

Pat Marshall graduated from Gr 13 in 1963 and can’t believe that she is actually 66!!

What an interesting life I’ve had since then. In 1963 I joined the CNDs and taught Grade 6 at several schools in Toronto. I left in 1971 before taking final vows. Finished a BA at Ottawa U and taught French in the public school system. Decided to go back and live in England but met Germain Vézina, a Québecois, and we married in 1972 (and Dear Reader,I stayed in Canada). We have two children, Luc and Stephanie . We are now happy grandparents. In the 80ies I got an M.Ed in Counseling and worked with Vietnamese Boat people in Ottawa. After that I was the Resettlement Officer for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and had the chance to work in many countries. Now I am involved in theatre and I play the harp, a most beautiful soothing and healing instrument . Looking back I realise that learning and loving French at NDHS was what set me on my life journey!

JoAnn (Munro) Tuskin (1961) taught mostly Kindergarten with the Toronto Catholic District School Board for 35 years while getting a B.A. and B.Ed. After retirement, she got herself hired with a private International School and taught Kindergarten (in English) in Ankara, Turkey for four years. Jo Ann had a wonderful experience in Turkey and traveled at every opportunity (visited nine other countries and extensively in Turkey). After returning home in 2003, she is now a supply teacher with the TCDSB. Jo Ann has two sons and four grandchildren, a taste for traveling and several hobbies to keep her busy.

Wendy Noonan (1962) trained as an x-ray technician after grade 13. She married Rick Noonan in 1967. They moved to Richmond, B.C. in 1970 and raised four children. They now have seven grandchildren and have since retired. They moved to Naramata two years ago, a small community in the heart of Okanagan wine country.

Mary (Bigoni) Powell (1964) is retired after teaching for thirty-three years for the Catholic School Board. She has a grown daughter. She is happily married and living in the country.

Paula (Foley) Burgener  (1964) taught for twenty years for the Catholic School Board and is now retired. She is married with two daughters. She is enjoying life to the fullest,

Ann Marie Monahan (1965) completed her RN after high school and headed out West.  She has had a varied nursing career all over the world, with a focus on older people. For the last twelve years, she did staff education in the Nursing Homes around Central Vancouver Island and just retired in June.  Over the last two years, she and a small group produced a website and teaching DVD on Delirium in the Older Person, which received an International Medical Media Award. She is single and has travelled extensively and now enjoys gardening and relaxing at home in Nanaimo, B.C. with her cat Sam.

Ann Marie Monahan,  1965 samnam@shaw.ca

I moved out to BC in 1969. I retired from my nursing career in 2007 and joined a retirement club called ProBus where, twice a week,  we hike the parks of Central Vancouver Island – rain or shine.

I had met Marianne Clarkson a few times hiking and we had chatted but one day we realized we both grew up in Toronto – and then came the discovery—not only had we been at NDHS the same 4 years but we were in the same class in grade 10. The whole hiking group were abuzz and Marianne and I never stopped talking for the rest of the time. We reminisced over classmates and teachers and then filled in some of the intervening years.

I have spent the last 23 years working in the area of Mental Health and the Older Person. My claim to fame was being part of a team who produced an award winning DVD in 2005 entitled Delirium in the Older Person: A Medical Emergency and its partner Delirium in the Older Person: Family Guide. Our team went to New York City to receive our Freddie and was among the elite of CNN, HBO etc – a night to remember. If you live or work with older people you can access the DBD at:http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-7013571520343388295 Following such a peak in my career I decided I’d better retire. Retirement is a blast.

Though NDHS days were long ago, the feeling of

camaraderie and connection remain strong. You never know where or when you might meet someone from NDHS – be on alert! We are everywhere and we are always ready to celebrate our past.

Louise (Baker) McAuley, 1965

After Louise left Notre Dame High School, she attended Toronto Teacher’s College on Pape Avenue. Louise now resided in Calgary, Alberta

Joanne-Marie (jj) Alexander nee Allen, 1966  

Michele Miles just sent me the link to this page. I am definitely going to be there for the reunion in October. She also sent me our 1967 (?66) class picture in which it looks as tho’ I have reddish hair. I always thought it was plain old brown but it is white now. I live half the year in Port Charlotte FL in Maple Leaf Estates and spend the other half at the cottage here on Lake Muskoka. I married a Yank and we have one daughter. She just got engaged. I am the step-mom of 3 who are my age, step-grandma to five and step great-grammie to three. I sure do hope there will be a lot of girls from the 60s at the reunion — I recognized Maureen Mailloux, Joan George, Susan Puncheon, Anne Marie Cain, Maureen McNeil (she’s in England), Joanne Gerritts, Antonina Caradonna and several others whose names I have forgotten. Let’s hope they have BIG name tags on October 15th! Cheers,

Gail Ann Ferguson, 1966

At one time Gail worked for the City Hall as a Public Health Department Clerk. Gail is now retired and resides in North York.

Ann (Dimuantes) Gotfryd (1966) has had a strong connection to the Marguerite Bourgeoys community ever since leaving Notre Dame after grade twelve. Following grade thirteen, Ann did her undergraduate studies at York in English and Philosophy and then her teacher training at the Faculty of Education at UofT. He first return to ND was as a Practice Teacher and she insists that her experiences with the girls in those classes were foundational to her success teaching high school English. Ann’s first teaching assignment was as a founding member of Cardinal Newman Catholic High School in Scarborough. She was responsible for the development of the Resource Centre and over the next years as teacher and librarian played a role in establishing that school. With a brief absence to take care of her two younge sons, Ann was at Newman until 1989 at which time she moved west to join the staff of Neil McNeil. It came as a shock to the Neil boys to find that their new librarian was in the 1966 Neil yearbook as a member of Fr. Flemings’ Choir. However, there have always been close ties between Neil and Notre Dame and in the early 1990s the girls and boys shared a number of grade thirteen classes, travelling back and forth along Kingston Rd. Ann was once again connected through these girls. Then in September 1995, Ann was offered the position of Vice Principal at Notre Dame. .She jumped at teh chance to return and had a wonderful two years before being moved to the northwest where she spent two years as VP at James Cardinal McGuigan. After six years at Jean Vanier, she is now working at Monsignor Fraser College with adult students and continues to enjoy her role as Vice Principal. Presently Ann is still very much part of Marguirite Bourgeoys’ community, connected to the CND Sisters through Associate Relationship. In this capacity, Ann continues to work within the charisma which animates the ND spirit. As she prepares for the next phase of her journey she is looking to retirement when she will be able to explore further her CND connections and her personal interests.

Kay (Rawson) Ainey (1969) is a mother of four and has two granddaughters. She is a cantor at St. John Church and works as an educational assistant at St. John school.



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14 Comments

  1. Pat Marshall's Gravatar Pat Marshall
    May 30, 2011    

    Pat Marshall graduated from Gr 13 in 1963 and can’t believe that she is actually 66!!
    What an interesting life I’ve had since then. In 1963 I joined the CNDs and taught Grade 6 at several schools in Toronto. I left in 1971 before taking final vows. Finished a BA at Ottawa U and taught French in the public school system. Decided to go back and live in England but met Germain Vézina, a Québecois, and we married in 1972 (and Dear Reader,I stayed in Canada). We have two children, Luc and Stephanie . We are now happy grandparents. In the 80ies I got an M.Ed in Counseling and worked with Vietnamese Boat people in Ottawa. After that I was the Resettlement Officer for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and had the chance to work in many countries. Now I am involved in theatre and I play the harp, a most beautiful soothing and healing instrument . Looking back I realise that learning and loving French at NDHS was what set me on my life journey!

  2. Judy McManus (Married name= Guinan)'s Gravatar Judy McManus (Married name= Guinan)
    June 21, 2011    

    Live in Hamilton.
    Work for District School Board of Niagara.
    Have two daughters, 1 son-in-law, 3 grandsons.

    • Maureen Cussion Martin's Gravatar Maureen Cussion Martin
      February 12, 2012    

      Hi Judy, I remember you from Notre Dame, you and Mary Bigioni who is also on this site. I also taught school and travelled the world with my husband who writes for the globe and mail -Lawrence Martin. I have 2 daughters who presently are working and going to school in England and Scotland. Love to hear more about you.

  3. Catherine (Dunn) Stephen Catherine (Dunn) Stephen "63"
    August 5, 2011    

    After graduating in 63, I entered a three year nursing program at Oshawa General
    hospital and graduated with my nursing diploma in 66. During that time I met my
    now husband John and we married in 67 and worked at Scarboro General for about
    18 months. Became pregnant and our son was born and I decided to be a stay home
    mom. Fifteen months later, our daughter was born. We now have 3 grandchildren
    and have been retired for almost 20 years as my husband took an early retirement
    from IBM at age 49. We retired to Mount Forest Ontario in 1992 and are still
    enjoying life to the fullest. I am now president of the CWL in our parish and have
    been very busy fulling this positon. I hope to get to the Notre Dame 70th in Oct.

  4. mary mcgrady schubert's Gravatar mary mcgrady schubert
    October 3, 2011    

    WISH i COULD BE AT REUNION,BUT SO GOOD TO CONNECT AGAIN MARY
    WOULD LOVE TO MEET JACKIE MACKASEY AND SUSAN SWACKHAMMER AGAIN

    • Wendy Gorringe Noonan 1962's Gravatar Wendy Gorringe Noonan 1962
      February 19, 2012    

      Hi Mary, I was so excited to see your name. I have had no contact with any classmates (excpt Joanne Chilco) since graduation. I was hoping that someone from our class would organize a reunion as it has been 50 years! I would love to connect with any graduate of 1962.

  5. Christine Regan's Gravatar Christine Regan
    October 4, 2011    

    I was at Notre Dame in about 1967 for one year. I am looking for Jean Shoemaker who was my good friend at that time. I am now in Keswick, Ont. My younger sisters also went to Notre Dame.

  6. Joanne Murphy/Hough's Gravatar Joanne Murphy/Hough
    October 9, 2011    

    I attended Notre Dame for 4 years and graduated with the class of 1963. I entered Toronto Teachers’ College and began my teaching career as a teacher a St. Rose of Lima Catholic Elementary School in Scarborough. In 1975, our family (husband Brian and Children Christine & Craig) moved to Lindsay Ontario. My passion had been working with exceptional children with special needs. Having persued a Specialist Certificate in Special Education, a B. Ed and M. Ed in Education, I enjoyed the challenge of several educational roles, Consultant, Principal and Superintendent of Schools for the Peterborough, Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board.
    A son, Paul, was born in Lindsay and all three of our children are passionate educators who have gifted us with 4 grandchildren. Brian and I now enjoy retirement and are very involved in several community activities. I am a proud grad of Notre Dame and have met several alumni throughout this community and my travels provincially.
    Congratulations on 70 years of inspiring women to be leaders!

    • Patricia Adair Korn's Gravatar Patricia Adair Korn
      May 21, 2014    

      Hi Joanne ,

      You and I were in tenC home room Miss Cole was our teacher in 1961. I have the 1961 yearbook. Do you remember me?

      Patti nee Adair. I am 69 this summer and live in Milton Ontario. One son, three granddaughters.

  7. Julia Biggar nee McLeary's Gravatar Julia Biggar nee McLeary
    March 20, 2013    

    I attended NDHS from 1966 to 1968 and I have some great memories of my High School days. My Husband is in the Forces and my family and I have lived all over Canada. I have 3 children, and 2 grandsons and I now live in New Brunswick. I would love to hear from any of my class mates.

  8. Dorothy McCARVILLE Werbowski's Gravatar Dorothy McCARVILLE Werbowski
    June 14, 2014    

    Hi from the Stampede City of Calgary Alberta! I graduated in June 1965 and in 1967 started on a 20 year job at Canadian Airlines [ C.P. Air], working in Toronto, Honolulu and Vancouver. I married Bill Werbowski in 1980 and we lived in Mississauga until Aug 1995 when we transferred to Calgary. This is now where we call home and absolutely love it here. We have 3 wonderful daughters who all live close to us. I would love to hear from some of my old school mates so please contact me through FB ! JUNE 2014

  9. Dorothy [ McCarville] Werbowski, '65's Gravatar Dorothy [ McCarville] Werbowski, '65
    April 30, 2015    

    Hi, looking for Margaret Bick, ’65 ….I have a copy of the song your wrote for NDHS… Also Anita McCann and Louise Baker who are now married and live in Calgary apparently and so do I so I would like to get in touch with them. April 2015

    • October 15, 2015    

      HI Dorothy … So good of you to connect with 1965 NDHS Grads … I have been living in Calgary since 1971 … Graduated 1969 from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Toronto … I married Frank Carey in Oct 1969 … We have 5 children … 4 boys and 1 girl and 9 grand babies … Ann Marie Monahan and I see each other at our nursing reunions … Would love to be in touch … Visit my website http://www.gramanita.com and have a look at what my passion is today …. or email … info@gramanita.com … 403.975.9929 … Look forward to being re-connected … Blessings on your day … Anita (McCann) Carey

  10. Lorraine Collins ( Jones )'s Gravatar Lorraine Collins ( Jones )
    May 15, 2016    

    Does anyone remember Mrs. Bruce 1963? My favourite teacher.

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