Saturday May 2nd – Thomson Collegiate’s 50th anniversary celebration!

Welcome to all, as we continue the countdown to the 50th anniversary celebration and alumni reunion at David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute, on Saturday May 2nd, 2009.

Be sure to read the comments submitted by visitors to this site (click on the comments link at bottom of each post on the home page). Many Thomson Alumni are contributing their memories and suggestions in anticipation of the reunion!

Read about the history of David and Mary Thomson and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, as written by distinguished Thomson CI alumnus, Tom Childs, Class of 1976.


Bringing your camera to the festivities May 2nd. Share your photos with others on this web site. E-mail them ( and our webmaster will post them as mementos of the event.


#1 Mike Walker on 05.05.09 at 8:33 pm

I was a bit saddened by the turnout from the 60s but I cherish the memories from meeting each and every one of the 16 students and 4 staff members that I met from that era (circa 59). I am pleased that this opportunity presented itself. Thank you to the Organizing Committee, the Principal, the staff, the students and my fellow attendees for making the day so exceptional.

#2 Linda Offenburger on 05.06.09 at 5:46 pm

Even though I couldn’t make it to the reunion — I have been living in Germany for the last 37 years– I almost felt as if I had been there. I have read your comments, seen the pictures, recognized many faces and can appreciate how much work was involved to make the reunion such a great success. I would love to hear from other members of our class. Please get in touch! (
PS Noel, did you graduate early??? I thought you were in the same class as me. Class of 1964. We even went to Knob Hill Public School together.

#3 Cullen Smith on 05.06.09 at 8:13 pm

Great Great reunion. Saw a lot of old faces and shared good stories and times from 59 – 64. Mr, Farrow – you did a magnificent job. Saw Mr Anderson but was unable to talk to him. Could anyone provide a contact address or e mail for him? Many thanks. Enjoyed memories in auditorium and Bob Heath’s address. Terrific memories.
thanks all.

#4 Brian Taylor on 05.08.09 at 6:51 am

John P, if you could scan that Gr 8 photo you mentioned and send it along to it would be great. It survived about 5 moves but not all of them; it was great to catch up, cheers, Tayls

#5 David Robson on 05.08.09 at 7:49 am

I was unable to attend, but Gregg Levis sent me an alumni form. I was wondering if this might be posted on this site so others, like me, can sign up! I would like to stay in touch!

I enjoy reading stories of people from my past. It is amazing where we live. Any other DMTCI people in York, PA.?

#6 Warren Viegas on 05.08.09 at 8:16 pm

1st – Kudos to all the folks who made May 2 happen. It is reminiscient of the Thomson spirit I remember. 2nd – great to see all the old friends, it is strange of whom you expect and hope to see (Christine Daw, Chris Bellefuille,Phil Levi) – amongst others to see and then you see people you don’t necessarily expect which made for wonderful reunion. 3rd – A thought for those classmates that have passed on – I was stunned to hear about Howie Summerfield.
A nice Thomson story to share – Many of you I am sure have heard about the story 4 years ago of the co-joined twins from Zimbabwe that were separated at Sick Kids Hospital. What you may not know is the Thomson contribution. Since 2002, I hold a golf fundraiser to raise money for Dr. Paul Thistle who has spent 15 years in Zimbabwe at a Salvation Army mission hospital. In 2002 with the funds raised from this tournament, a used ultrasound machine was sent to the hospital. Without this machine, Dr. Thistle would not have known about the co-joined twins well into 6 months pregnancy and that separation story would never have happened. The golf tournament is on June 22 at Pheasant Run. Come and see a wonderful Thomson alumni who doing something as unselfish as anyone of us would like to. Rather than making big $ running an Obs/Gyn unit in any hospital in the Western world, he has chosen a life in a country to help so many people less fortunate who have hope because of him in a place so wrecked by a selfish despot. I have seen these glimmers of hope for myself. You can go to for more information and pictures of Dr. Thistle. Yes this is a plug of sorts but it has strong roots at Thomson.

Would also be nice to hear either way from other old friends.

Warren Viegas

#7 Tom Wheler on 05.09.09 at 7:29 am

Hello Gary Rankin. I wish that we had met during the reunion. So, you’re into Scottish Pipes now, and not Gerry Cheevers? 😉

#8 Bob Winnitoy on 05.09.09 at 1:07 pm

Noel and Linda, we did in fact attend 59-64. Used to call ourselves the first “pure Thomsonites”, a misnomer to be sure. Reading these comments reminded me of that day in Music class that Mr. Jolliffe sat down at the piano and sang the new school song he’d composed. He had such a great deep voice.
I wanted to attend the event but my daughter’s wedding was the same weekend in California. One last walk through the halls would’ve been great. Tons of memories. I plan to go and take some photos next trip to Toronto before Thomson is demolished.

#9 Karen Mancini on 05.09.09 at 4:11 pm

Found out about the reunion too late. Was wondering if anyone has kept in touch with Les Roberts from ’77-78?.

#10 Allan Shaw on 05.09.09 at 4:38 pm

Hello Gary Rankin,

bumpped into your brother while wandering the halls of DMT, unfortunately we didn’t manage to connect, did however pass along a business card to your brother with my contact info.


Gary may have been into Gerry Cheevers, but unlike Cheevers he was always week on the low, stick side.

#11 Debbie Reeves on 05.12.09 at 2:45 pm

Was away in Florida on reunion date. Sorry to have missed it.

Anyone know or been in contact with Mike Schiffler – who was at Thomson for 2 yrs., (1967-1968) then went on to Cedarbrae HS?
Please contact me at

#12 Marilyn (Juli) Halter on 05.28.09 at 1:34 am

Totally enjoyed the reunion !

It was truly awesome to see everyone again …

No one has changed a bit eh

#13 don novak on 05.31.09 at 6:11 pm

Sorry I missed the last reunion. Keep me informed of any new developments.

#14 Kim Yaksich on 06.14.09 at 1:27 am

I’m sorry to hear that your school will be demolished. David and Mary Thomson were my Great x 5 Grandparents. Hopefully we will get a chance to see the school.

#15 Jim McCron on 07.23.09 at 12:29 am

I can’t believe the names I am seeing
on this site! I am sorry I missed it.
I know I will not miss the next one.
I hope all is well with all!

#16 Debora Corrick on 07.25.09 at 6:36 pm

to bob forest, did you find Eileen or Leah or the others you were looking for. I just came across this site today. Sorry I missed the reunion.

#17 David H Chambers on 08.09.09 at 7:50 am

To all my fellow Redmen, It was very distrubing to hear that Thomson is going to be demolished. I spent a lot of GREAT years there with some very special people.Unfortunately I was unable to attend the Reunion but have heard the turn out was very good.Hopefully this site will stay up and running and people will have the opportunity to tell some of the funny stories that happend while we were attending the school.Like Pub nites….What a blast that was

#18 Bob Stevens on 08.14.09 at 11:23 pm

It may seem like a long way from my rural property in Australia to suburban Toronto but news of the 50th anniversary instantly transported me back to my days as part of the student intake for the new Thomson CI in 1959. It was heady times of a new environment, new teachers, new friends, and new opportunities. In retrospect, the three years I spent there were critical to my growth, although naturally I didn’t realise it at the time. I was just a lanky kid trying my best to survive adolescence and learn something along the way. And learn something I did, especially from the likes of Anderson, Bride, Scott, Simons, Foden, Hodson, Joliffe to whom I’ll always be grateful. I’m grateful too to the friendships I made which helped me to survive the dramatic ups and downs of late teenagehood. While I recognise a few of the names that have appeared in this long list of comments, I trust there are more of you out there sharing some of the same memories as me. Like many of you, I’m astonished that 50 years has passed so quickly. I’m also disappointed that a building I remember smelling of fresh paint and polish is now, for reasons I don’t understand, scheduled for demolition. Sorry I wasn’t there to celebrate an important date but regards to all those who have graced the halls of this grand building over half a century.

#19 David Stevens on 08.24.09 at 10:28 pm

Just came across this website and haven’t moved for hours reading all the past alumni newsletters!! So sorry about missing the reunion and of course surprised about the demolition plans.
Recognised a few names from the class of 82- saw a picture of Kathy (Kightley) Karch and she hasn’t changed a bit!
I live in Waterloo now but still keep in touch with Mark Gallinger and Andrew Irvine- anyone else from 77-82 around??

#20 Niles Koski on 09.29.09 at 11:45 pm

St Andrews Public School a feeder school to Thomson is having its 50th anniversary reunion, Saturday Oct. 4 12-3 pm.

#21 Carrie Turney (nee Bustard) on 11.10.09 at 8:02 am

I just saw a note from Debora Corrick – I’ve been looking for you on facebook – are you there? I am! I’d love to talk to you. I can’t find Lea S or Eileen A either.

#22 Steve Grice on 11.24.09 at 8:33 am

Wow! Sorry to have missed the reunion.

#23 Bob McBride on 12.02.09 at 4:30 pm

It’s still fun to go back and look at the past comments

#24 Steve Krstinovski on 12.02.09 at 5:21 pm

Janet Schuster and I dated during high school.
Her sister Susan also attended D & M T.
(I was @ Birchmount). We both graduated in ’77.
Could you please help me reach her.
Perhaps you can forward my email address or phone to her. Thanks. Steve K. 416.464.5464

#25 Mike Angelo on 12.26.09 at 1:03 pm

I couldn’t make the reunion, but was hoping someone could post a bunch of pictures so I could see some old friends.

#26 Cathy Viscount nee Humphries on 12.29.09 at 10:33 am

I just found out at Christmas that Thomson had had a 50th Reunion in May. I didn’t know so wasn’t there. I graduated from Thomson in 1972. My sister and brother told me about it at Christmas dinner. So, I decided to do a search and found this site. I’m on the fence about the demolition of Thomson. I am now a teacher so understand the hard decisions that must be made when enrollment falls.

My brother and sister mentioned having bumped into an old friend of mine at both the Thomson and Edgewood (feeder school) reunions. I’ve been trying to find him but no luck. Turns out he is also a teacher (with the TDSB). Anyway, if Joe Turner or anyone who knows Joe sees this please get in touch with me: personal email is, school email is

I wish that I had known the reunion was on and that I had known that DMTCI was about to be demolished. I would have been there.

#27 Jim Hobbs on 01.17.10 at 10:31 am

Once again the board of education has failed.
Demolishing a building in one thing.Selling land is another.Look at the education portion of your property taxes.A lot of properties aquired by the ontario teachers pension fund are run into the ground.
I have seen this. I suspect there is asbestos in the buildings of highbrook and thomson. But I am still alive today,that status may change anytime.
Whats next Edgewood? Lets build a state of the art facility on 2 acres instead of 38. Future generations can play on the cement at tim hortons or the condo parking lot.Imagine the footballgame!
I have to go ,late for Haags geography class.
Yes i will do some doughnuts in the parking lot at 3:15

#28 Marilyn (Juli) Halter on 02.13.10 at 3:34 pm

Yes, the reunion rocked!
~ Just wanted to let everyone know, if you get a craving to listen to the tunes of our era, a really great site to go to is:
You can choose which year you want to listen to, and stay tuned while you surf the net!
Let’s keep in touch – would luv to hear from you

#29 DAN SNEDDON on 04.02.10 at 8:19 pm


#30 DAN SNEDDON on 04.02.10 at 8:21 pm


#31 patricia vaughan on 05.16.10 at 5:07 pm

to dan sneddon: is that the susan browne who lived south of lawrence, off brimley road, and whose brother was jim wright

#32 John Harling on 07.26.10 at 7:02 am

Sorry I missed all the fun. Down in Houston and long past the class of 69. Whene did the Thomson Redmen pass into obscurity? will get to me!

#33 Rashid Patel Singh on 07.28.10 at 10:32 pm

Thomson was my introduction to Canada. I will miss it dearly.

#34 William (Bill) Lowe on 09.27.10 at 1:27 am

Has anyone any idea where Kent or Karen Knox have gotten to? I believe they left Canada for the U.S. and I have been trying to track them down for 30 years!

#35 Dan McGarry on 10.27.10 at 3:51 pm

Returned to this site a year later and read Lance Corporal Dollack’s comments.

If my memory is correct the last time I saw him he was drinking flaming Drambuies at the Moss Park Armoury.

#36 Keith Parrott on 03.06.11 at 8:21 pm

March 6, 2011 I just came across this site. I used to live in the wild rural part of Ireland where web access was intermittent at best and not allowed at work. I am sorry that I missed the last reunion. It is sadder as I didn’t even know that the place was demolished. I remembered a lot of the names that left comments which is a hard thing for me these days after two brain tumour removals. Now when the guys tell me I am an airhead they are right…
LynneMacLachlan, drop me a note sometime if you ever come across this note at Randy Black is in Edmonton and is on facebook.

Keith Parrott, Class of 1972

#37 Angus Steenson on 05.02.11 at 4:34 pm

Went to Thomson for Grade 9 & 10, the first year it was open. Sad to see it’s being demolished. It was a long time ago, but I remember Mr Joliffe, and Mr Simons was my gym teacher. I used to date a lovely girl from Thomson named Yvonne Wade. Don’t suppose anyone knows her.

#38 alexandra del rizzo on 07.19.11 at 3:25 am

Did your school have a football captain who went by the name “Sandy ?” This would have been 1960/1961. Thank you in advance for your consideration of my request.

#39 Susan Fletcher on 09.22.11 at 4:43 pm

Wow !! Just reading all the comments above has brought back fantastic memories. Friends, dances (April Wine concert, Sadie Hawkins dance), Miles for Millions, football games. Unfortunately I did not hear about the reunion until long after; it would have been wonderful to see old (haha) friends again. Speaking of old friends: Sandra Talbot, Karen Moffat (Edgewood PS), Mike Pisano, Pat McClellan (last name ??) Mike and Karl Marquart. Does anyone remember Bill Bralec; use to park his white corvette out front. Is is definite that Thomson is going to be demolished or just a rumor? Would love to go back and do a walk-thru if she is coming down. Also, is there anywhere to look at old pictures ??? Ok – write back, say hi. Susan

#40 KEITH BUTLER on 12.22.11 at 1:52 pm




#41 Maureen Knight on 01.02.13 at 2:44 pm

I was at the Pub night, and enjoyed seeing several people from the past…a lot of them from Hunter’s Glen P.S. I am just now getting around to reading all of the comments.

#42 Yvonne Kocsis (Salvas) on 02.27.13 at 7:28 pm

I just found this site too! I attended Thomson from 1968-1972. I have been living in Indiana for the last 27 years. Has anyone seen Joanne Wilkins or Chris May (Chaplin)? They were my best pals back then, but we lost track years ago. My email address is if either one of them sees this or anyone else who may remember me.

#43 Paula Oda on 09.27.13 at 2:08 pm

I am looking for Linda Pohlman – can anyone help?
Thanks Paula

#44 Jim Temple on 05.18.15 at 12:51 pm

Sorry never made it to the reunion, but never heard in time. Out on the prairies raising horses with my wife. Any old classmates from 70-75 out there?

#45 Leslie Switzer on 07.01.15 at 11:10 pm

I guess I’ve long missed out on this one. Didn’t know about it. I see some familiar names.

#46 kevin mcleod on 07.28.15 at 2:53 pm

looking for Kathy Bustard(maiden name)

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