York University pays tribute to its retirees

Retirement isn’t what it used to be.

That was the clear picture emerging from York University’s annual luncheon honouring retirees. Guests traded stories about their adventures, many are travelling abroad, volunteering with non-profit organizations, actively following their hobbies or starting new careers.

In his welcoming remarks to retirees attending the Nov. 23 event, York University President and Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri expressed his gratitude to the retirees for their decades of dedicated service to the University.

Faculty attending the retirement luncheon:

  • Isolde Daiski, associate professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health
  • Mary-Elizabeth Manley, associate professor, Department of Dance, School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design
  • Indhu Rajagopal, professor, Department of Social Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
  • Louise Ripley, professor, Department of Administrative Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
  • Savitsa Sevigny, associate lecturer, Department of French Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
  • Dennis Stynes, associate professor, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science
  • Anthony Szeto, associate professor, Department of Earth & Space Science & Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering

Staff attending the retirement luncheon:

  • Aileen Ashman, assistant vice-president, Human Resources Department
  • Anne Benincasa, circulation coordinator, Steacie Science Library
  • Linda Brethour, administrative clerk, Energy Management Department, Campus Services & Business Operations (CSB0)
  • Jennis Carter, coordinator, Materials Distribution Centre, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Lucille Dacosta, administrative coordinator, University Information Technology (UIT)
  • Novelyn Dayal, lab technician, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science
  • Bruno Galati, electrician, Maintenance Services, CSBO
  • Joanne Guidi, Office of the Dean, Faculty of Environmental Studies
  • Shirley Hickman, administrative services, Human Resources Department
  • Howard Hui, UNIX system support specialist, Library Information Systems
  • Helen Hundert, administrative secretary, External Relations & Alumni Affairs, Schulich School of Business
  • Ancil Kashetsky, financial assistant, Office of the Executive Officer, Schulich School of Business
  • Ronald Kawall, Systems Management Services, UIT
  • Lawrence Mattiussi, project coordinator, Renovations Services, CSBO
  • William Pangos, head coach, Women’s Basketball, Sport & Recreation
  • James Savage, communication technician, Network Operations, UIT
  • Brian Stewart, Custodial Services, CSBO
  • Angela Swartz, administrative assistant, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
  • Fernando Taccone, Grounds Maintenance, Grounds & Vehicles Department, CSBO
  • Robert Thompson, director, Library Computing Services
  • Barry Williamson, manager, Administration-Academic Programs, Osgoode Professional Development, Osgoode Hall Law School

Together, the group has contributed more than 750 years of service to York University.