by Barbara Black
Graeme Decarie is fond of telling people just how awful he was at high
schooluntil something clicked, and he became first a student, and
then a professor of history.
The popular social historian and broadcaster gave a brief speech about
how he snuck into university by accident at the annual Long-Service
Reception, held once again at the University Club of Montreal on Mansfield
Studying at university after failing Grade 10 was a wonderful opportunity,
Dr. Decarie said. He paid equal tribute to Sir George Williams Universitys
tradition of service and Loyola Colleges reverence for teaching.
That got some of the guests at the reception talking about how they ended
up at Concordia.
A good place to stay
Cameron Tilson has had an unusually varied career at Concordia. Now Senior
Planning and Policy Analyst in the Rectors Cabinet, he remembers
1981, when he started here, as a pivotal year.
He was graduating with a geology degree and had an offer of field work
with the Ontario Geological Survey, but he had to take a summer course
and was due to get married in August. There was no way my wife was
going to let me go off for the summer doing field work in northern Ontario.
However, Concordias Geology Department was experiencing an enrolment
boom, and Tilson was offered a job as a technician/lab instructor.
Initially, I thought I might stay for a couple of years, Tilson
recalls. Unfortunately, the recession of the early 1980s hit the
mining sector very hard and many geologists were unemployed, so Concordia
seemed like a good place to stayand still is!
While he worked, he took a Graduate Diploma in Management. After five
years in Geology, he worked as Student Affairs Coordinator in Engineering
and Computer Science, which I enjoyed tremendously. After
several years there, he spent four years in the Treasury Office (now Financial
Services), and then moved to Institutional Planning and Research. In 1997,
this unit was closed down, and his position was transferred to the Rectors
Passion for teaching
By 1960, Balbir Sahni had a freshly minted MBA from New York University,
and was ambitious, seeking a management-training job, but as a Sikh, he
was at a disadvantage. At that time in the U.S., to hold a position
in the corporate world you had to be clean-shaven!
Instead, he accepted an award that enabled him to enter the PhD program
at the New School, and worked at the Consulate General of India in New
York until 1965.
He had high hopes for a job in India with Esso, but somebody else got
in ahead of him. In the meantime, he accepted a request for an economics
lecturer in Montreal at Sir George Williams University.
The first week of class made me realize that I loved teaching,
Professor Sahni recalled.
To his teaching vocation, he has added administrative tasks within his
department, a substantial role at the university as Director of Concordias
Centre for International Academic Co-operation, and active involvement
in such organizations as the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, the Canadian
National Committee on Pacific Economic Co-operation, and the Canadian
Bureau for International Education.
Dr. Sahni will soon be given the 2001 Lifetime Achievement Award by the
Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce. The presentation will be made at a banquet
in Ontario to be attended by Premier Mike Harris. Previous winners of
the award include Ujjal Dosanjh, premier of British Columbia, and federal
cabinet minister Herb Daliwal.
for long service
Many of these employees enjoyed a reception at the University Club of
Montreal on May 9. Congratulations to them all.
Asim Jawad Al-Khalili
Sean W. Bradshaw
Craig Thomas Brown
Stanley P. Charbonneau
Lori Anne Clark Gardner
Catherine M. Daigle
Judith A. Robinson
Christopher A. Ross
Franziska E. Shlosser
Reginald Keith Storms
Heather J. Thomson
Cameron R. Tilson
Phung T. Tu
Vishwanath V. Baba
Joy S. Bennett
Tien Hoang Bui
Marjorie Ann Clendenning
Janice Flood Turner
Wolfgang P. Krol
Guy Le Cavalier
Jose Antonio Lopes
David K. Probst
Ronald Edwin Rudin
William A. Sims
Bertram A. Somers
John Robert Sorfleet
Alwin C. Spence
William Kenneth Stevens
Walter Van Nus
Dale D. Doreen
Sup Mei Graub
Liana J. Howes
Oscar A. Pekau
Carol R. Vouzan
Zenon A. Zielinski
Clarence S. Bayne
John T.H. Hislop
Martha M. Smith
Maïr E. Verthuy
35 years or more
Shafiq A. Alvi
Tannis Y. Arbuckle-Maag
June S. Chaikelson
Frank R. Chalk
Malcolm B. Foster
James C. Hayes
C. Lynne Prendergast
Balbir S. Sahni
Stephen J. Scheinberg
Ramesh C. Sharma
Manfred E. F. Szabo