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Susie Ann Kicknosway-Jones (1937-2019) was from the Bkejwanong Territory, also known as Walpole Island First Nation. Susie attended Shingwauk Residential School from the age of four and a half (1941) until she was sixteen. She graduated from the Technical School, Sault Ste. Marie in 1953.
After graduating Susie worked in social services. She married at age 18 and, together with her husband, they raised six children. Susie spent a number of years as a Social Service Worker in Detroit Michigan. She returned to Walpole Island when she retired at 55.
In retirement, Susie was able to dedicate much time to her passion for sharing the story of her experience with residential school. Susie spent a lot of time helping people understand the truth about Canada’s history. Susie’s kind heart also made sure that people learned about this part of our history with truth and kindness. Susie was one of the founding members of the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association (CSAA). Susie and her family took great pride and had a great love for the sacredness of this site. Susie passed away on July 13, 2019.
This scholarship was established in 2020 in her memory and is awarded to a student enrolled full-time at the College who identifies as First Nations, Metis or Inuit and is either a residential school survivor or an intergenerational residential school survivor.
Cherished husband of Nancy (nee Tumpkin) for 43 years. Proud father of Chris Allen, Carlos Tumpkin, and Chris Tumpkin. He was "Grampa Jim" to six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Survived by his siblings Burton Allen (Janice), Cheryl Shreve, Andrea Vincent, Ettolla Renaud (Mike), and Warren Allen (Andrea). Predeceased by his parents Warren and Peggy Allen, and his sister Vina Johnson. Jim will be missed by many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.
As a child, he was always watching others and learning. Jim took an interest in most things that he encountered. He attended Sunday School and church at the African Methodist Church, and spent some Sundays attending other services with friends at the First Baptist Church and the British Methodist Churches.
Jim took a liking for sports playing "Little League" and "Pee Wee" football, as well as, basketball, track and field and baseball with the Maverick teams. His participation with these sports allowed him to polish his leadership skills as a cadet officer (Captain) in the Patterson Collegiate Cadet Corps. This prompted him to join the Windsor Regiment, achieving the rank of Chief Warrant Officer and eventually the appointment to Regimental Sergeant Major, a position sought by most enlisted men.
Jim's journey down "the road of life" gave him the opportunity to pursue the many interests, ideas, and projects that he wished to explore. Many of his visits to the local hardware stores, online computer sites and the hands on learning practiced by apprentice electricians, nurtured his path to successfully becoming a qualified skilled trades teacher. Jim's first official job was teaching apprentice electricians, robotics and electronics at St. Clair College in Windsor. He strengthened his teaching skills at Queen's University by attending lectures that led to an "enhanced teaching diploma". As well, Jim was honoured to have been selected to travel to Toronto with a mandate to develop curriculum strategies for teaching skilled trades students by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. Jim retired in 2006 after completing 26 years of fulfilling his dream about becoming a professor.
Jim was never without a thought about the neighbourhood that he grew up in. He enjoyed seeing former friends and colleagues who were part of "The Good Times". After convening a meeting in Wigle Park, he was one of a group of people who expressed a desire to form an organization that would pursue a project to plan an annual gathering to be called the McDougall Street Neighbourhood Reunion and search for a place to utilize as a community centre. Jim served three terms as president, and continued to serve on the Board of Directors. This year, 2021, will be recognized as the 18th anniversary since the Northstar Cultural Community Centre was established in the neighbourhood.
The legacy of Jim Allen will be perpetuated through the creation of the "James H. Allen Scholarship Award" for skilled trades under the management of The St. Clair College Foundation.
Teresa Toohey grew up in a different time, when women didn’t have the same opportunities that are available now. But there is still more to do, to advance equality. Be the change. In her memory, we hope the recipient finds the balance between work, family, and spirituality that Teresa found. Good luck and pay it forward.
Roger graduated in 1958 with a diploma in Architectural Technology. He worked for Storey Architect Firm in Chatham for 35 years his entire career. Roger and his Architectural Team left their design stamp on many building that can be seen today in Chatham. These buildings include: City Hall, Police Station, The Pines, Union Gas and Walpole Island school to name a few.
Roger had an expertise in model construction. Roger was a proponent of education and will certainly be
smiling down on the recipient today that is receiving the scholarship in his name.
Fred had a quick sense of humour, was a great storyteller, and generous with his time. He was often invited to give speeches at special events in Windsor. He brought joy to the party. He celebrated his birthday as if it were a national holiday.
His love of Christmas was legendary and he loved to watch his family dig into their gifts. His vast battery-powered toy collection surrounded the Christmas tree at home. His toys also entertained donors to Salvation Army kettles at Devonshire Mall.
Next to his family, Fred had a love of music, singing in particular. As a child, he was recruited to join junior choir at Ascension Anglican Church, sang at weddings as a teenager, and won first place in music festivals.
As an adult, Fred sang tenor and had lots of laughs with a barbershop quartet. Fred and Donna were married at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, where Fred served as an elder, and they both sang in the exceptional choir for over thirty-five years.
He and Donna would break into show tunes at the drop of a hat. He was a great believer in the positive power of music even to the end.
Fred and Donna led an active life and the door to the Sorrell household was always open.
Fred was born in Windsor, the son of the late Doris and Harry Sorrell. He attended J.E. Benson grade school and his beloved Patterson Collegiate, where he excelled in extracurricular activities and formed a singing group known as the DoBoBos with five buddies. They won an audition to appear on a Detroit TV station and remained lifelong friends.
Fred’s work career was wide-ranging: from President and GM of CKLW Radio, “The Big 8”, during its ratings heyday (1969 – 1973) to part owner and manager of Wheels Roller Rink (1974 – 1992). Even years after the rink’s closing, Fred was often recognized and greeted in public as ‘Mr. Wheels’.
Fred was a great salesman who made things happen. He began by selling radio advertising at CJSP in Leamington and then at CBE Windsor. He was hired away by the late wonderful Cam Ritchie who was VP of sales for CKLW, owned at the time by RKO General of New York. Fred worked in Toronto as Canadian National Sales Representative for all RKO Radio and TV stations. His territory was all of Canada and Upper New York state.
After four years, Fred was recalled to Windsor as President and GM of CKLW. During his tenure, the station generated the highest revenue in its forty-year history. Fred oversaw the construction of the present-day office on Ouellette Ave. and suggested putting the Big 8 signal in the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel for commuters to enjoy.
While at CKLW, he joined with three partners to purchase the Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club, bringing a Major Junior A franchise to Windsor.
After a change in ownership, Fred retired from radio and became an entrepreneur. He opened Wheels Roller Rink on Dougall Ave., which became a popular social scene, then expanded to rinks in Forest Glade and London. After Wheels closed, Fred again turned to sales, working the Chrysler account at Ross Roy Communications.
Fred often said service to others was selfish because it made you feel good. He emceed fundraising galas for Big Sisters, Capitol Theater, Windsor Symphony and many others. He supported the Easter Seals Telethon and chaired United Way committees where he was known as “The Gentle Persuader”.
Fred was President of the Windsor Rotary Club 1918 and District Governor (1994). He was a founder of The Children’s Safety Village in Forest Glade. After Prince Michael of Kent visited the village, it received the Prince’s Award on Safety, the first non-UK winner. As thanks for broadening the scope of the award, Fred and Donna went for tea at Kensington Palace.
Other vacation highlights were balloon rides in Kenya, swimming in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, many heritage trips to the UK, and a two-month sojourn through Europe with no planned itinerary, travelling by car, train and boat.
At St. Clair College, Fred volunteered on the Foundation Board and was asked to temporarily fill an open position. This led to years-long Foundation work including establishing the Ford Center for Excellence in Manufacturing and acquiring downtown core and other sites for the College.
Fred was grateful for, and appreciated, the gift of life and all it had to offer. He was totally incapable of a negative thought, which served him well when it came to solving difficult situations. He was respected for his high principles and integrity in business dealings throughout the community.
The Altenhof family is pleased to award this scholarship in memory of their dear son and brother, Zachary Altenhof.
Zach was enrolled in the apprenticeships training program for Mould Maker and General Machinist at St. Clair College. He was also employed at J&J Tool & Mold Ltd, owned by his father and grandfather. He worked there for three years before his passing in May 2015 at the age of 21. Zach was a dedicated employee who never let the influence of being the "owner's son" impact his position, he strived to always earn the respect of his fellow employees, be that his shop supervisor or the company truck driver.
Zach looked to improve upon his talents and felt enrolling at St. Clair College in his chosen trade would certainly benefit his skill set and broaden his promising future. He knew the definition of hard work and commitment and worked full 8-10 hour days while attending night classes at the College. He would be proud to know the small difference in someone's life, who has chosen the same trade(s) he loved, this scholarship benefit could make.
It is with great pride that we present this scholarship to a student enrolled full-time in mold making or general machinist.