2018 Irish Review - Fall Edition

New Building, New Beginning - Manrell Hall

Something amazing is happening here! We are all sharing the excitement of starting a new school year with the added joy of experiencing our new building. To be called Manrell Hall, it houses our Middle and Senior School Learning Commons, Learning Assistance and Counselling spaces, Founders Atrium, Dining Hall, and 18 classrooms - 12 for the Middle School and 6 for Elementary students for the next two years while the construction of the Elementary School building is underway.

This fall, we will begin the environmentally-sensitive demolition of our old buildings as we retain the Lannon Hall façade and the beautiful McCormack doorway. These links to our heritage help define the special school that Vancouver College is.

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John Dumont Classic - 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament (Saturday, Sept 1 - Richmond Oval)

The 45th Annual VC Golf Tournament (Monday, Sept 10 - Marine Drive Golf Club )

Homecoming (Saturday, Sept 15 - VC O'Hagan Field)

2018 Hall of Honour (November (TBD) - VC Founder's Atrium)

The 2nd Annual Irish Christmas Luncheon (Thursday, Dec 6 - Terminal City Club)

The 2018 Homecoming Football Game will take place once again on O'Hagan Field, September 15, 2018. An exciting addition to this year is our new Middle School, Manrell Hall. Please join us to cheer on the Fighting Irish team and visit Manrell Hall!

The Alumni Corridor is a walkway that memorializes the journey of our alumni, commemorates the rich tradition of our faith and learning community, and forges a new path for the future of Vancouver College.

Catherine Cleveland, a VC staff, dedicated a paver in memory of her father , E.M. Donald Cleveland.

"My father, E.M. Donald (Don) Cleveland, a proud VC graduate of the Class of 1937, was an introspective man with unshakable faith.

My father left behind a legacy as a man of character and faith. Two of his nephews also attended VC and now I work at VC. I keep my father’s class picture in my office and feel his presence as I walk the halls that he did so many years ago.

The Alumni Corridor paver project is the perfect opportunity to memorialize my father and his journey at VC. A brick paver in the Corridor, with his name and graduation year permanently etched, is a tribute to my dad and a physical representation of his legacy at Vancouver College."

- Catherine Cleveland, VC Staff

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The Hall of Honour recognizes and honours alumni who, through their exemplary performance, achievements, and service, reflect credit on the Vancouver College community.

Since 1986, Vancouver College has inducted 58 individuals and 5 teams.

The Hall of Honour Committee is now accepting nominations! We welcome any nomination that fulfills our selection criteria .

You may download and email the nomination form to vcalumni@mail.vc.bc.ca to the attention of the Hall of Honour Committee, or you may complete our nomination form electronically via the button below.

Class of 1948's 70th Reunion Luncheon


The Class of 1948 had their 70th reunion luncheon in the VC Alumni Room on June 14, 2018. Those who attended are from left to right : William Gatewood, who traveled all the way from San Jose, Jack Herb (father of VC staff Nancy Herb), Stanford Stordy, Norm Lesage, Patrick Kinahan (father of VC staff Maureen Wicken), and Cyril Battistoni.

The gentlemen enjoyed a multi-course meal along with an update from Brother Gattone on the status of the Christian Brothers and their world-wide endeavours. As well , President John Nixon (VC'69) shared the vision of the College moving forward.

Many thanks to Jack Herb and William Gatewood for spearheading this lovely reunion! It was an afternoon full of fond memories.



Class of 1953's 65th Reunion Luncheon

The Class of '53 held their 65th reunion on June 5, 2018 with a grand tour of Mackin, Lannon, McCormack, and Nichol Halls before they are brought down in a fall. Nine of the 1953 members attended. We only had eight, five years ago. We saw pictures of our dynamic football and basketball teams of the 1950's.

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The Class of 1988 will celebrate their 30th Reunion on October 5 at Vancouver College.

The Class of 1978 will also have their 40th Reunion at VC on October 6 followed by a golf game at Fraserview Golf Course on October 7.

The Class of 1963 will celebrate their 55th Reunion on September 22 at Shaughnessy Golf.


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

Farewell to Two VC Icons


The alumni event on June 23, Farewell to Two VC Icons, had a great turnout! Close to 500 alumni, former and current teachers, family members, and friends attended and walked around the VC heritage buildings one last time. Alumni and families also got a chance to say good-bye to retiring teacher and coach, Mr. Ten Hon Choo, for his 42 years of exemplary service at Vancouver College.

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The 11th Annual Alumni Hockey Game


On Saturday, May 5, 2018 we had another successful hockey evening at the Doug Mitchell rink out at UBC. With dwindling registration due to a variety of factors beyond our control, we needed to alter the format of the event from a four team tournament to a single game with two teams. Our good friends at UBC thankfully worked with us and we were able to shuffle our ice times around to accommodate. It all worked out perfectly!

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The Inaugural Jim Canil Football Game


The 34th Annual Alumni Football Game (aka the Inaugural Jim Canil Football Game) was a huge success this year with the alumni topping the graduates in a nail biter 20-19. This year we dedicated the game to Mr. Jim Canil and renamed the trophy as the Jim Canil Trophy. Thank you, Mr. Jim Canil, for coming out of retirement for the day and for all your years of commitment to VC football.

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The 4th Annual Devenport Cup

The 4th Annual Devenport Cup took place Saturday, May 12, 2018 on sunny O'Hagan Field. We had an excellent turnout this year with 20 players from different graduating classes taking the pitch!

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The 12th Annual Alumni Fishing Derby


Although the weather was less than ideal, it did not dampen the spirits of those who came out for the 12th Annual Alumni Fishing Derby held at Salmon Lake Resort just outside of Merritt.

Alexzander Kozikowski hooked his first ever trout at 3 pounds to capture the title and lay claim to “master fisherman” for the day. Alexz is the son of the four-time tournament winner Rob Kozikowski (VC’94) and looks forward to being part of the alumni community upon his graduation from VC…...12 years from now.

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VC Alumni Wheelmen - First Cycling Group Ride!


May we introduce the founding riders of the VC Alumni Wheelmen: Jonathan Sy (VC‘94), Peter Fahrmann (VC'90), Jason Chiu (VC'95), Grand Yeh (VC'94), and Dominic Toa (VC'95). Even the smoke didn’t stop them from spinning out 40km around Richmond! Interested? Join us on our online platform HERE.

Looking Back at VC: Christian Covington (VC'11)


photo source: Surrey Now-Leader (Tom Zillich)

Christian Covington (VC'11), defensive end in the NFL Houston Texan, came back to Vancouver this past June with fellow NFL players and taught children football free of charge. We asked Christian a few questions regarding his experiences at VC.

What was VC Like for Christian?



Norman Lesage (VC'48) Sprints in the 2018 Canadian Masters Outdoor Championships


photo source: Burnaby Now (Jennifer Gauthier)

Norman Lesage (VC’48), a running enthusiast and record holder, shined at the Canadian Masters Outdoor Championships on August 4, 2018. Having never done track at Vancouver College, Norm picked up running at the ripe age of 68. Norm won second place in the M85 100 Meter Dash with a record of 18.96 seconds. Congratulations, Norm!

Since the last edition of the Irish Review (April 2018) we have learned of the passing of the following Vancouver College alumni:

Frederico Merlo (VC' 46) - Frederico passed away on Feb 23, 2018

Constable Ian Douglas Jordan (VC'70) - Ian passed away on April 11, 2018

Mike Eivemark (VC'62) - Mike passed away on May 10, 2018.

William Sweeney (VC'45) - Bill passed away on July 07, 2018

Father Christopher Rushton, OMI - Father Chris was a Chaplain at VC until 2016. He passed away on July 30, 2018

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


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