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December 2002

Winter Edition

Ontario Maryknollers


Official Newsletter of Maryknoll Convent Former Students (Ont.) Inc.



Marie Louise Chang



hristmas is a time when we think of PEACE and GOOD WILL.  These two virtues are more important than ever during these troubled times.  Your Executive Committee prays and calls upon Mary, Queen of Peace, to intercede for all Maryknollers and for the people of our time that we may walk in the way of peace.  As believers, we understand peace is a gift of God.  This belief prompts us to pray constantly, personally and communally.

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May the newborn Christ Child bless you all, and grant you

and your loved ones,

Peace of mind

Peace in our days

Peace to our souls

Peace to families

Peace to our country

Peace among nations

May He grant us Good Will among ourselves and all peoples of the world.

May you all have a Holy, Happy, Healthy and Contented New Year

Joint School Fundraising

Dear Friends of the Maryknoll Sisters:

MSS and MCS former students, families and friends will once again gather to give thanks and celebrate the Maryknoll Sisters’ education work in Hong Kong.  On April 5, 2003, at the Granite Club in Toronto, friends will gather at the For-Ever-Green Gala to raise funds for the care of our beloved sisters.

The Maryknoll Sisters perform missionary work worldwide.  In Hong Kong they founded two schools – Maryknoll Convent School (MCS) in 1925 and Maryknoll Sisters School (MSS – later known as Marymount Secondary School) in 1927.  The Sisters have dedicated their whole lives to giving us a very special education and guidance at our alma mater – an education that laid the foundation of who we are today.  Many of these sisters who once taught and cared for us now require nursing care.  It is our turn to reciprocate the care.

While the Fundraising Gala 2000 is still fresh in our mind, let us repeat history.  On April 5, 2003, we will have another opportunity to renew our friendship and keep it evergreen while showing our appreciation for the people who made a difference in our lives.  We will have a fun-filled evening with silent auction, table prizes, fashion show, karaoke and dancing.

The For-Ever-Green Gala Organizing Committee is now asking for your support.  You can make a difference with the following:

     Attend the For-Ever-Green Gala

     Donate items for silent auction or door prizes

     Sponsor airfare and accommodation for the sisters to come to Toronto for the event

     Participate in corporate sponsorship (tell us about your business and accomplishment)

     Advertise in our program book (so your fellow classmates may know your whereabouts)

     Make a donation (Tax receipts available to U.S. residents for donations of $30 or more).

We can make this another memorable event by extending that branch of friendship and keeping it evergreen.  Please give generously as your help will touch someone dear to us.

Yours truly,

Abigail Tsang Kan   Ludia Fong
Chair Co-Chair


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I would like to: (please check)

purchase tickets @ $95.00 each


place an advertisement in the program book (format is 8 1/2" x 11")

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be a corporate sponsor:

Presenter Sponsor $ 5,000 (includes 20 Gala tickets)

Diamond Sponsor $ 1,200 (includes 10 Gala tickets)

 Patron Table $ 1,000 (includes 10 Gala tickets)


I would not be attending, but would like to make a cash donation


(Either Canadian or US funds are welcome) 



I would like to donate prize(s) for silent auction / lucky draw, value @$each

                                  table prizes (50 pieces of the same item), value @$each

For enquiries, please call Winnie Ng at 416-727-6982 or email any of the committee members.

Thank you.

Congratulations to the Natalie Babies

Natalie Ko.bmp (122412 bytes)         Natalie Ko - born on March 11, 2002

Parents: Derek Ko & Mendy Lui Ko

Grandparents: Gloria Yip Ko & Felix Ko


      Natalie Der - born on August 23, 2002

Parents: Jonathan & Jasmine Der

Grandparents: Margaret Lee Der & Edmund Der

Academic Achievement Awards

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This year there are 6 recipients who earned an overall average of above 80% in 6 Ontario Academic Credits.

Congratulations to:-

Kimberly daughter of Lily Wong Yeung   71
Michael    son of Grace Law Tang  72
Brian   son of Pauline Shum Cheung 71
Mark  son of Ludia Au Fong  71
Vikki Ho daughter of Winnie Wong Wong 73
Carole  daughter of Christine Cheung Chan 71

Barbeque Picnic

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The Fall picnic was held on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002 at Milliken Park in Scarborough.  Over 50 people attended with fun, food and games for young and 'old' alike.  The day started bright and sunny but as the afternoon wore on, dark rain clouds were looming overhead.  By the time the rain storm came, we were back in our cars, all packed ready to end the barbeque for the year.  Everyone had an enjoyable afternoon and was planning the next one.

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For more photos, please visit our website at , 'recent happenings' and individual pictures can be clicked to get a better view.

Valentine Ball - Feb. 15, 2003

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The host school for the Ball is Sacred Heart Canossian College.  Again, it will be at Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Saturday, February 15, 2003.  As usual, there will be fine food, numerous door prizes and live music.  Tickets are $80.00 per person.  Please contact Ludia Fong at 416-449-0345 or Winnie Ng at 416-727-6982 to purchase tickets for a fun-filled evening with fond memories to cherish in the days to come.

Welcome New Members

A BIG WELCOME to our new members:

Joan Fan   77
Wendy Man Lee 88

We hope they will bring more members to join our family and contribute to the well-being of our association.  We need new blood continuously and strong support from everyone who calls herself a Maryknoller.

Worldwide Reunion - 2004

After the 4th Worldwide reunion in Vancouver in August 2001, plans were made for the 5th one to be held in New York in 2004.  A committee has already been formed and the New York committee is hosting a conference call on Dec. 2 with representatives from Vancouver and Toronto.  The date of the reunion has been set for Aug. 6, 7, 8 2004.  You will be kept informed of further details in our subsequent newsletters.  You can be assured it would surpass the previous ones in every respect.

Biannual General Meeting

The present Executive Committee is due to retire in May 2003.  Please be on the lookout for members who have time to serve in the new Executive Committee, 2003-2005.

It is heartening to know that members like and enjoy reading the newsletter on the internet.  Our sincerest thanks to them for their co-operation in helping us to economize on postage.  For those who do not have Acrobat Reader installed in their computers, they can still read the online version of the newsletter on our website, with a slightly different layout.  For questions regarding the newsletter and website, please call or e-mail Gertrude Chan at and she will try her best to help you.

Don't forget the important date - Saturday, April 5, 2003

Granite Club - joint school fundraising for the Maryknoll Sisters with MSS.

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