Share your milestones (job, marriage, birth announcements, etc.) in the next issue of the King’s Herald by emailing your news to alumni@kings.uwo.ca or by completing the online form at www.kings.uwo.ca/alumni/address-update. Photos are welcome, space permitting.

Milestones

Paul McDonnell ’62 is based in Fredericton. He retired from the University of New Brunswick in 1999 and retired from his private practice in psychology in 2018. Currently, he is Chair of the Board of Directors for Autism Connections Fredericton. He was a co-founder and past president of the Atlantic Provinces Association for Behaviour Analysis. Paul is passionate about east coast music and hosts the Lansdowne Concert Series.

Dennis Roy ’64 retired in 2016 after practicing law for 47 years.

Margaret Rabideau (nee Gregor) ’73 is married with three adult children and two grandchildren. She is a retired elementary art teacher and pilates instructor. She says, “Life is good living in a small town!”

Michael Capotosto ’77 is retired and following his passion of becoming a musician in a rock & roll band.

Mark Rodrigues ’80 is the Director, Risk and Internal Audit for World Vision Canada.

Frances Kushner ’81 is a self-employed interpreter and translator in English, French, and Spanish. She specializes as a simultaneous interpreter/conference interpreter. She has two boys currently aged 13 and 17.

John Ross ’81 is a retired police sergeant. He is self-employed and works as a film and television actor.

Michael Cardinal ’83 was ordained a Catholic Priest on May 2, 1987. He is a registered psychotherapist and founded a private practice in 2000. In 2006, he founded University Place, a student residence, and in 2014 he founded Cardinal Place, a retirement home that maintained a COVID-free status during the pandemic.

Jill O’Neil (nee Sheahan) ’84 and Michael O’Neil ’86 became grandparents on October 2, 2021. Grandson Fisher Andrew O’Neil resides with his parents in Manhattan, New York.  

Erma Jacob ’94 wrote her first book, a memoir, which was celebrated at a book launch at King’s as part of Black History Month. A Dougla’s Tale is a collection of autobiographical stories about growing up in an interracial family in the idyllic, inter-cultural village of Flanagin Town in central Trinidad in the 1950s and 1960s.

Nicole Schiener ’00 graduated from Western’s Faculty of Education with an M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology in 2002 and from Leadership Waterloo Region in 2016. She received the 2020 Woman of Distinction Award from the YWCA of Cambridge, Ontario, in the Non-Profit, Public Service category. She was recognized for her work in mental health, coordinating and facilitating groups for abuse perpetrators and survivors, and her community involvement and social justice work. She specializes in anxiety, transition to parenthood and work-life balance. Nicole recently launched her virtual psychotherapy private practice and consultant business “Peace and Possibility” and is on a mission to liberate mothers from unrealistic societal expectations and empower organizations with trauma-informed and mental health and wellness education. She fondly remembers her time at King’s, particularly the psychology and sociology courses that provided a strong foundation for her work.

Shirley Hachey ’01 is an Area Program Advisor and Housing Administrator with the provincial government and an ESL Instructor with the Thames Valley District School Board. She is married with four children and ten grandchildren.

Robin Crozier ’02 has written a screenplay for a film called “The Taste of Blood,” currently available in Canada on Hollywood Suite.

Darren Mortier ’03 was inducted into Western’s Men’s Hockey Wall of Honour in May 2022. 

Ali Chahbar ’04 was appointed to the London Police Services Board (LPSB) and took his Oath of Office on December 13, 2021.

Chris Gray ’05, (aka Cody Deaner) professional wrestler, re-signed with Impact Wrestling. He has been with the company since 2018.

Simon McNeil ’05 got married in 2007 and welcomed a daughter in 2014. His novel The Black Trillium was published in 2015.

Adam Thompson ’06 was named one of London’s 20 Under 40 for 2021. He is Manager, Government and External Relations, with the City of London. This year’s winners were profiled in the February issue of London Inc. and recognized at an in-person reception.

Lindsay Chamberlain (nee Bos) ’08 and her husband Corey welcomed their second child Connor William on March 19. He weighed in at a solid 9lbs 8oz and completes their family. Big sister Lauren is very excited to have a baby brother!

Sal Peralta ’09 was inducted into Western’s Men’s Hockey Wall of Honour in May 2022. 

Heather Marshall '10 published her debut novel, Looking for Jane, on March 1, 2022, and it became a #1 instant bestseller in Canadian fiction. Inspired by true stories, Looking for Jane explores the lives of three women from different eras who are bound together by a long-lost letter, a mother's love, and a secret network of women known only by the code name "Jane." The book discusses abortion legislation, adoption, and cultural attitudes towards pregnancy over the decades.

Heather is currently wrapping up the first draft of her next book, which she hopes will be available in late winter or early spring of 2023. The story focuses on Mona Parsons, the only Canadian civilian woman to have been sentenced to death and imprisoned by the Nazis during WWII for assisting downed Allied airmen in the Netherlands.

Looking for Jane is available at major book retailers or visit heathermarshallauthor.com.

Bailey Allison (nee Atkinson) ’12 welcomed her baby, Savannah Allison, on April 18, 2021.

Jessica Bencosme ’16 is a Mortgage Mobile Specialist with TD.

Nicole Vlasman (nee Bullock) ’16 and her husband Nolan welcomed their son Troy David on March 20, 2022.

Amelia Wilde ’16 began a new job as Branch Assistant for the Lambton County Library on September 20, 2021.

Ciara Boyd ’18 co-authored an article with Dr. Jordan Fairbairn, Associate Professor of Sociology, titled “Montreal Massacre anniversary: The media must play a key role in fighting femicide.” The article was published in The Conversation.

Chandler Mills ’19 was admitted to membership as a CPA on December 24, 2021.

Sara Villani ’19 competed in the 2-woman bobsleigh at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Before leaving Beijing, Sara shared a photo of her sporting her King’s toque.

Nistha Chakraborty ’21 started a full-time job at CIBC Wood Gundy.

SSHRC Scholarships
Eleven alumni from the Class of 2021 received the highly respected Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholarship, the top academic award for undergraduate students.

The recipients are from Political Science, English, and History. Congratulations to:

  • Zainab Al-Jaiashi ’21
  • Mac Buchwald ’21
  • Hussein Sam Chams ’21
  • Kate Cormier ’21
  • Anastazia Csegeny ’21
  • Abigail Gerassime ’21
  • Reece Gordon ’21
  • Michal Kearn ’21
  • Lorena Kettle ’21
  • Natalie Playford ’21
  • Simon Stan ’21

In Memoriam

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of:

Brian McCarthy ’65, who passed away on February 25, 2022.

James Carey ’69, who passed away on February 27, 2022.

Lauralee McCormick (nee McDonald) ’90, who passed away on September 19, 2021.

Maryse Leitch ‘92, who passed away on January 6, 2022.

James Rocchi ’92, who passed away on November 28, 2021.

Louisa Midwood '03, who passed away on January 30, 2022.

Carolyn Lighthart ’10, who passed away on November 10, 2021.

Kristine Wild ’13, who passed away on January 20, 2022.

Alexandra Martin ’14, who passed away on October 27, 2021.

Kristin Legault-Donkers ’21, who passed away on March 11, 2022.  

Mary Bush, retired professor, who passed away on December 25, 2021.