2018 Irish Review - Spring Edition

I’m sure I’m not the only one who is happy to see Old Man Winter pack it in for another year! Spring is definitely here in Vancouver with cherry blossoms in full bloom. After a full season of planning, we on the VCAA Board have updated all the 2018 event information along with registration links on the VC alumni page.

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Join Us on Saturday, June 23, 2018: Alumni Barbecue and Final Tour of "Old VC"

Vancouver College invites all alumni on Saturday, June 23, for a final tour of Lannon, McCormack, Mackin and Nichol Halls. With the completion of the new Middle School, Manrell Hall, this summer, Vancouver College is preparing for its next phase.

Demolition of these seismically challenged, ageing buildings will take place in the fall to make way for the school’s new Elementary School, gymnasium, Chapel, and Brothers Residence.

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Help Wanted: Grade 10 Mock Job Interviews (May 14 & May 15)


As part of the new BC school curriculum, the Grade 10 students will be undergoing mock job interviews. The Assistant Principal of the Senior School, Daryl Weaver, has requested the help from VC alumni and parents to listen, review, and critique the mock interviews.

Volunteers would need to be available Monday May 14th from 12-3:15pm and Tuesday May 15th (partial or full day). Lunch will be provided.

For parents of current students, helping out with the interviews can be put towards your volunteer hours. Please contact Brian Taggart for more information at btaggart@mail.vc.bc.ca

The Class of 1948 will have their 70th Reunion Luncheon on Thursday, June 14 in the Vancouver College Alumni Room.


The Class of 1953 will celebrate their 65th Reunion on Tuesday, June 5 at Vancouver College with a campus tour and lunch at Van Dusen Garden.


The Class of 1968’s 50th Reunion is taking place on Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18, 2018.

Friday will be a barbeque for grads only. This is hosted by the Grad Committee and will take place at the residence of Ed Des Roches. Saturday night will be a dinner for grads and spouses at the Italian Cultural Centre.

More event information and updates plus pictures from past reunions can be found at www.vcreunion.ca


The Class of 1988 will celebrate their 30th Reunion in July. More information to come!


For any inquiries regarding reunion planning, please contact vcalumni@mail.vc.bc.ca

UBC Thunderbirds' New Recruit - Jack Cruz-Dumont


The UBC Thunderbirds welcome Jack Cruz-Dumont to their men’s basketball team.

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2017 Inaugural Alumni & Friends Christmas Luncheon


The Vancouver College Alumni Association had its first VC Alumni & Friends Christmas Luncheon on Thursday, December 7, 2017. We were privileged to invite a world-class combat photographer - Finbarr O’Reilly (VC'89) - to speak at Terminal City Club for the inaugural Irish Luncheon.

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South American Amateur Golf Champion - Chris Crisologo (VC'14)


Chris shot a 275 (-13), making him the first Canadian male player to ever win the tournament!

A senior at Simon Fraser University, Chris already has five collegiate championships under his belt. This time, he dedicates his win to our beloved VC alumnus Harry White (VC'63) who passed away earlier this year.

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More than a Bystander- Matthias Goossen (VC'10)

image released by Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Goossen is part of the Break the Silence on Violence Against Women program that launched in 2015. The theme of the campaign "Be More than a Bystander," is exactly what Goossen promotes with his school visits.

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Many of our graduating seniors continue the legacy of their fathers/grandfathers. Click HERE to view their VC family history.

Since the last edition of the Irish Review (November, 2017) we have learned of the passing of the following Vancouver College alumni:

Frank Woods (VC'02) - Frank passed away on November 16, 2017. Frank was a Varsity Football captain and a provincial all-star. He will be remembered for his high energy, loyalty and creativity.

Harry White (VC'63) - Harry passed away on January 2, 2018. Harry was a golf promoter extraordinaire and led a legacy of talented golfers in BC. Chris Crisologo (VC’14), one of Harry's protégés, wrote a heartfelt tribute in memory of his mentorship.

Francesco Renzullo (VC'09) - Francesco passed away on January 14, 2018. Francesco was a brilliant football player on the VC Varsity Football Team and the UBC Thunderbirds. He brought endless joy to everyone around him.

Mark Erceg (VC'85) - Mark passed away on February 22, 2018. Mark was the founder of Mark's Cabinets Ltd. Those who worked with Mark, a man of character, were deeply impacted by his kindness and generosity.

Father Lawrence Bilesky, OSB (VC'48) - Fr. Bilesky passed away on April 2, 2018. He was a teacher, photographer, carpenter, and monk. He dedicated himself to serve in the monastery and is deeply adored by the Benedictine community at Westminster Abbey.

We thank God for the gift of their lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families.



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