Sep 6, 2019

Conrad Gorinsky R.I.P

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As a young woman lay dying after being bitten by a venomous sea snake in Papua New Guinea, Conrad Gorinsky bemused his fellow explorers by smearing her swollen leg with mashed mango.
A world authority on the medicinal properties of tropical plants, whose reputation was later tarnished by allegations of “biopiracy”, Gorinsky was familiar with the ancient treatment for snake bites used by the indigenous people. The girl made a full recovery.
A veteran of many such expeditions, Gorinsky would distract his fellow explorers from eerie noises in the jungle as he told stories around a campfire about growing up with the Wapishana tribe in the rainforest of British Guiana (now Guyana), South America. He learnt to fish by watching them chew the leaf of the barbasco bush, roll it into a ball and throw it in the river. After the fish had nibbled the ball, their nervous systems would be attacked and they would jump obligingly on to the riverbank.
Infusions from the bark of the greenheart tree would treat fevers. The grated nut of the tree was chewed by the women if they needed a contraceptive. Years later, as an academic at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, Gorinsky set about isolating the chemical compounds of these jungle remedies.
In the 1980s he patented cunaniol (from the barbasco bush) as a stimulant to the nervous system that could unblock arteries and temporarily stop the human heart without damaging it. He also patented the compound from the greenheart tree, which he called rupununine, as an antipyretic to treat diseases such as malaria and cancer. The patents were registered in the US and Britain. Gorinsky talked to pharmaceutical companies and venture capitalists with a view to marketing them.
A proto-environmentalist who was a quarter Amerindian, Gorinsky had a vision of creating a “pharmacopoeia” of jungle compounds. “The forests are like a big library and the people of the forest are librarians,” he liked to say. However, his vision of saving the Amazon turned into a nightmare when Wapishana tribespeople accused him of stealing the secrets of the jungle.
Gorinsky had become internationally respected in the Seventies as a co-founder of the charity Survival International, which campaigns for the land rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon. A fellow of Green College, Oxford (now Green Templeton College), Gorinsky had talked about creating a university of ethnobiology in Brazil at which the shamans of the Amazon would be “barefoot professors”. He was convinced that there were thousands of undiscovered cures still to be found.
Some thought his ideas overblown, others took him seriously. He was once invited to the House of Commons science select committee to explain his “debt for nature” plan to sell jungle medicines as a way of paying off the millions that South American nations owed western banks. For all his good intentions, his enterprise ended in disaster. He claimed that he wanted to protect the intellectual property rights of the tribespeople who had developed the cures over generations. However, in 1990 members of the Wapishana tribe demanded that he revoke the patents. Some tribespeople claimed that he would be avenged by the spirits whose wrath Gorinsky had incurred by stealing their secrets. Gorinsky, who was working in Venezuela at the time, found himself condemned as a “colonial scientist” and deported.
He recalled: “I wanted to help them [indigenous tribes] sell their knowledge to the outside world without being exploited by governments and western multinationals. To do that I needed to establish legal title to their genetic heritage. If someone else established patents, I wouldn’t be able to research those genes . . . The idea was to share the proceeds with the tribes.”
Tall with a jaunty gap-toothed grin, Gorinsky could morph from seriousness to silliness in an instant. By his own admission, he was naive and lacking in business acumen. He claimed to have been exploited by his business partners and said that rival pharmaceutical companies and scientists turned the Wapishana tribe against him.
The Convention on Biodiversity, signed at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, effectively nationalised plant resources and outlawed the patenting of organic compounds by individuals. Gorinsky could have retained his American patents because the US did not recognise the convention, but he allowed them to lapse, claiming to the end that he would never have betrayed the indigenous communities whose heritage he shared.
Conrad Gorinsky was born in Parubaru, near the Kuyuwini river, in British Guiana in 1936. His father, Caesar Gorinsky, had emigrated to Brazil from Poland to prospect for gold. He did not find any, but he did find a wife, Nellie Melville, who was half-Amerindian. The couple settled at a ranch in Good Hope in the north, which Caesar had won at cards. It was 300 miles from the capital, Georgetown, which in those days could be reached only by river: a journey that could take months.
Conrad was educated at a Jesuit school in Georgetown. At the age of 17 he sailed for Britain, attended night school and enrolled at Birkbeck College, University of London to study botany and chemistry. While there he met Beatrice Woolhouse, who was studying crystallography. They married in 1967. She became a lecturer. He is survived by their two sons and a daughter: Julian, who leads a private life; Roland, a solicitor, and Christina, who is an English teacher.
Gorinsky went on to do a PhD at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College in London and became a lecturer, building his own ethnobotanical laboratory. He joined many expeditions to tropical rainforests. His knowledge of tribal customs and patois proved invaluable. In return, he gained a passage to collect plants, never removing specimens without the permission of a local chief.
His first expedition, led by Robin Hanbury-Tenison, was to navigate the Orinoco river by hovercraft in 1968. He also made several trips with John Blashford-Snell, a British army officer and explorer. One of their missions was to deliver a grand piano to the Wai-wai tribe in a remote village in Guyana at the behest of a local chief who thought the instrument might persuade young members of the tribe not to leave. Their party, which included a choirmaster and piano tuner, landed at the nearest airstrip, where they were promised that 100 sturdy Wai-wai would be on hand to lug the piano to its final destination ten miles away. Only six were there. They slowly pushed the piano through the jungle on a wooden sledge. Ever resourceful, Gorinsky found a canoe that could take the weight of the piano and took it to the village through rapids. When they arrived, they asked about their supposed 100 helping hands. The chief said: “We did not think you would make it.” The piano is still being played, but Gorinsky often received letters requesting a tuner to be sent deep into the jungle.
A keen cook and gardener, Gorinsky drove a battered Austin 1300; he had spent his life savings on his research. He never gave up when his latest venture collapsed. He would soon embark on a new one, even though he knew that his poor administration skills would usually spell doom. “I’m always building a new Titanic from the wreckage of the last,” was one of his favourite sayings. His family will create a website for his huge database of medicinal plants.
Ethnobiology is now taught at many universities, which is partly down to Gorinsky and his passion for the Amazon. As swathes of the rainforest burn this week, some would argue that such activism was never more needed.
Conrad Gorinsky, chemist, was born on March 7, 1936. He died of pneumonia after being treated for nasal cancer on August 18, 2019, aged 83

Aug 20, 2019

St. Stanislaus College Alumni Association (SSCAAT)

The St. Stanislaus College Alumni Association Toronto Chapter (SSCAAT) is open to all past alumni of our beloved college, St. Stanislaus College in Guyana.  We are calling on past alumni who would like to bring their ideas and enthusiasm to the Executive Committee to join and apply for positions to serve on the Association.  
A bit about the Association's work:
This year, to date in 2019, the Toronto Chapter, has donated just over $20,000 CDN to the College for new technology.  This equips the school and students with access to education through technology.  Items include 3 projectors and screens, 15 desktop computers,11 of which are high end Intel I7 small form factor systems as requested, 11 LCD monitors, and copy paper.  
With a commitment to furthering science, the association has also sponsored two Pueblo Science Volunteers to go to Guyana and share their knowledge with experimental learning tools and science 
Important contributions to students also have been funded by our Toronto Association in the form of scholarships to the University of Guyana awarded to Saints graduates with high academic standing but challenged economic means and funds to current students in attendance.  UG Scholarships funded $4000+ USD, Prize Day Awards $3000+ USD, Teacher Christmas Dinner & Bonus, $2500 USD all in 2018.

We encourage these recipients to one day give back when they are able to, just like we are doing now with our alumni, by encouraging you to join the Association!  Come and be a part of this important organization that is committed to furthering education and making a meaningful impact on the lives of students who attend St. Stanislaus College in Guyana.  Your time will make a difference to someone and you will have fun too.
I encourage you to come out to the Meeting to elect the Executive Committee for the 2019-2020 year this September in Scarborough.  
 Date: Sunday, September 8th
Time: 1  p.m.
Address: 4544 Sheppard Ave East, Scarborough  (Saints Boardroom located in the basement level)
Submit your names to us if you are interested in any position on the Executive Committee and we hope you are!  Kindly see the attached.
Another way to help is to become a member.  As a member of the Association, you can attend meetings, contribute, and have input but don't have to be on the executive committee.  It's a great way to meet your old school mates, give back and have fun.  The cost is $25 CDN. for one year of membership and $100 CDN for five years.      Please contact me if you'd like to become a member!  Funds can also be etransferred to: paysaints@gmail.com  (Security Question: school  Answer: ststanislaus)  Note:  all lower case.   
New members, new ideas and enthusiasm is vital to the ongoing success of the association and will benefit our school and the students now and to come.  We remember our own time there and give back to Saint Stanislaus College in Guyana.
“No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.” – Author Unknown
Sincerely,

Amanda King





2019 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING




Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the membership of the St. Stanislaus College Alumni Association Toronto will be held as follows:



Date:                Sunday, 8th September, 2018

Time:               1:00 p.m.

Location:         Century 21/CAMDEC

                         Saints Boardroom

                         4544 Sheppard Ave East

                         Toronto, Ontario M1S 1V2



There will be refreshments (food and drink) to allow alumni to renew acquaintances.



Members in good standing, as of the date of the meeting, are eligible to vote on all issues raised at the meeting, including the election of the new Executive Committee for the year 2019-2020.  Members not in good standing can become eligible to vote at the meeting on payment of their current membership dues.



The Secretary of the Association will accept properly seconded nominations for positions on the Executive Committee, up to the date of the meeting.



Your presence is requested to participate in conducting the business of the Association, including the election of a strong and vibrant new Executive Committee.  Please bring (and encourage to attend) as many of your old school friends as possible.  Your and their involvement in the Annual General Meeting will ensure the successful continuation of the Association for the benefit of the College in Guyana.



Dated:  at Toronto, Ontario, on the 20th day of August 2019.



Des Jardine

Secretary (2018 - 2019)

(C)416-902-5047

E-mail: des.jardine@td.com

(See reverse of this page for Agenda of the Annual General Meeting)

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

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ST. STANISLAUS COLLEGE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION TORONTO



If you wish to appoint a person other than the persons designated on this form, please insert the name of your chosen proxy-holder in the space provided.



The undersigned member in good standing of the St. Stanislaus College Alumni Association Toronto hereby appoints Roger Devers, President, or, failing him, Des Jardine, Secretary, or, failing them, Andrew Insanally, Treasurer, or



(print name of person appointed)____________________________________________



as proxy-holder of the undersigned, with the power to attend, vote, and otherwise act for and on behalf of the undersigned with respect to all matters that may come before the AGM of  8th September 2019.



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Signature of Member in Good Standing                                  Day                     Month              Year



ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING



8th SEPTEMBER, 2019



Start Time – 1:00 p.m.    End Time - 3:00 p.m.



Location: Century 21 CAMDEC (Saints Boardroom)

4544 Sheppard Ave East

Toronto, Ontario M1S 1V2



AGENDA



Call to Order



Approval of Agenda



Approval of Minutes of Previous Annual General Meeting



Matters arising out of Previous Minutes



President's Report



Treasurer's Report



Reports of Special Committees:



       FINANCE - Financial Status / Audit, Endowment Fund



       FUND RAISING EVENTS - Entertainment / LLL Tasks

                                                                                                           

       ADMINISTRATION - Correspondence, Hearts & Flowers, Membership



       MARKETING - Newsletter, Publicity, Website (Association and School)



       SCHOOL - Facilities, Information and Communications Technology, Communication



       FUTURE PROJECTS -



Nominations for and Elections of new Executive Committee



New President's Acceptance Speech



Other/New Business - Appointment of Auditor



Adjournment




MOTION FOR MERGER OF SSCAAT AND SSC(G)AS






WHEREAS



(1)  there are two corporations with the same objective of providing assistance to St. Stanislaus College, Guyana, one being St. Stanislaus College Alumni Association Toronto, (SSCAAT), a not for profit corporation incorporated under the laws of the Province of  Ontario, and the other being St. Stanislaus College (Guyana) Alumni Society, {SSC(G)AS}, a not for profit corporation incorporated under the laws of the Province of Ontario which has been granted charitable status under the Income Tax Act, and

(2)  the membership lists of the two corporations are the same; and

(3)  many (if not all)  of the members of one corporation’s Executive are also members of the other corporation’s Executive; and

(4)  the same people who are involved in fund- raising for one corporation are the same people who are involved in fund-raising for the other corporation; and

(5)  there is a potential (if not actual) situation for confusion by both members and outsiders about the difference between the two corporations and the need for two similar corporations;


BE IT RESOLVED THAT


(1)  the two corporations effect a merger as soon as possible, starting with the election, at the Annual General Meetings of the corporations, of identical compositions of the Executives of the two corporations; and

(2)  SSC(G)AS will be the surviving corporation; and

(3)  SSC(G)AS will assume all the assets and liabilities of SSCAAT; and

(4)  SSC(G)AS will honour all existing contracts and agreements of SSCAAT; and

(5)  SSC(G)AS will continue with all current and underway fund-raising activities of SSCAAT and SSC(G)AS; and

(6)  SSC(G)AS will make the appropriate changes to its Constitution to allow for the dissolution of SSCAAT.

(7)  SSCAAT will take the necessary steps to apply for dissolution of the corporation and the surrender its Charter.


ST. STANISLAUS COLLEGE (GUYANA) ALUMNI SOCIETY.



NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING







TAKE NOTICE that the Annual General Meeting of St. Stanislaus College (Guyana) Alumni Society will be held on Sunday, the 8th day of September, 2019, at 2:30 P.M. at 4544 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario.





AGENDA



  1. Adoption of the Minutes of the Annual Meeting held on September 16, 2018.
  2. Receiving the President’s Report.
  3. Adoption of the Financial Statement of the Association.
  4. Resolution ratifying actions of Officers and Directors on behalf of the Association.
  5. Election of Office Bearers and Directors.
  6. Appointment of an Auditor.
  7. Any Other Business.





Godfrey Whyte,

Secretary,

St. Stanislaus College (Guyana) Alumni Society.



Dated this 21st day of August, 2019.

Jul 20, 2019

Adrian Francis Castanheiro R.I.P.

Adrian Francis Castanheiro


Adrian Francis Castanheiro, 72, of Ajax, Ontario passed away suddenly and peacefully on Monday, July 15, 2019, at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto. 
Born in Georgetown, Guyana to Oscar and Cyriaca Castanheiro. Adrian was a kind and loving man who enjoyed fishing, playing and watching sports, horse racing, dominoes, helping others and being with his friends and family. He is survived by his wife Donna (nee Taylor).
Adrian was extremely devoted to and will be fondly remembered by his three children - Mauriceo (Shana), Cyriaca (Leif) and Nicholas (Yara); his five grandchildren - Rhys, Tristan, Chloe, Kaidyn, and Teagan; his brothers and sisters - Joseph (Anne), Margaret, Gerard (Elsie), Bernard (Yvonne), Andrew (Mitzie) and Rosalind (Mark). He will also be forever remembered by his numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and other friends. 
All are welcome to gather at the McEachnie Funeral Home, 28 Old Kingston Road, Ajax (905-428-8488) on Tuesday, July 23rd for visitation from 2 pm - 4 pm or 6 pm - 8 pm. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at 11 am at Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 1001 Ravenscroft Road, Ajax.
In lieu of flowers memorial donation may be made to St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation.

Jun 10, 2019

Kim Kissoon R.I.P.




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May 30, 2019

Doreen Francisco Husbands R.I.P.

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Family and Friends,

Our mother, Doreen Francisco, died peacefully on Monday, May 27th at Seven Oaks Nursing Home.  We are most grateful to the fifth floor staff of Seven Oaks for their care of Mum over the five years she lived there as well as all of the support we received from the staff, family, and friends in her final days. 

A Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at St. Barnabas Church, 10 Washburn Way, Scarborough, M1B 1H3 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a reception from 12:00-3:00 p.m. at Highland Funeral Home, 3280 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough, M1T 3K3.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.  Other details can be found at Highland Funeral Home's website:  https://www.arbormemorial.ca/highland-scarborough/obituaries/doreen-francisco-husbands/34563.


Michael (Central alum) Jennifer Singh (BHS alum) and Gavin (St Stanislaus alum)