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2015/06/13 U. Waterloo convocation

The family convened in Waterloo to see Adam receive his Master’s diploma at convocation.
Adam completed his master’s thesis in September, and then moved to the Detroit area in October to take a job.  The timing put him into convocation with the spring 2015 group.  From Toronto, we picked up his grandfather and drove towards Waterloo, while he came from the other direction.  We converged in Waterloo for lunch at a local restaurant that serves northern-style Chinese dumplings.

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Over at the PAC, Adam had already registered ahead for his black academic gown.

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We were early enough to be at the front of the line into the gymnasium where the ceremonies would be held.

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Diana and I opted for a more strategic stage right position for photography.  This separated us from our sons and their grandfather, who chose the bleachers on the other side.

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When the procession started, people stood up to get a view.

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The procession came down the middle of the gym.  Adam’s group was to be seated towards the front.

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All of the graduates were asked to rise at the beginning of the ceremony. Continue reading2015/06/13 U. Waterloo convocation

2014/11/17 Killin Award at Ryerson University

Ryan was honoured to receive the Killin Family Award for leadership in the Business Technology Management program at Ryerson University.
At the fall 2014 awards ceremony, Ryan was presented the Killin Family Award by Dr. Franklyn Prescod, of the Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management, at Ryerson University.

This award is for a full time student currently enrolled in the Business Technology Management program and who demonstrates leadership qualities and a commitment to entrepreneurial pursuits while maintaining overall academic proficiency.

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The gift was donated by Ken Killin, (Business Mgmt ’82), a volunteer member of the Ted Rogers School of Management Campaign Cabinet, and his wife, Linda Killin (Lab Tech, ’81) matched by the Ontario Trust for Student Support.

2013/07/04-05 Suzhou

A 24-hour stopover in Suzhou allowed enough time to visit Jinji Lake and Pingjiang Road, but rainy weather deterred us from visiting the classical gardens.
On our 26-day journey, we only scheduled 24 hours in Suzhou.  The city is on the main train line between Beijing to Shanghai — actually only an hour east of Shanghai.  We arrived at Suzhou North Railway Station, and had a long taxi ride to our hotel west of the Jinghang Canal.  Thus gave us an experience of suburban Suzhou, with Yushan Lu station nearby the shopping mall.

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With Jinji Lake a destination sight, we rode the not-very-busy subway at rush hour through the city centre to the east side at Dongfang Zhimen (Gate of the Orient) station.  The building outside that subway stop looked to be a concert hall with no performances that day.

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Jinji (Golden Rooster) Lake is manmade.  Knowing that, the concrete shore is less surprising.

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After dinner, we walked along the shore in the dark.  Vendors featured lit-up toys.

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Looking westward, the higher buildings in central Suzhou were prominent.

Continue reading2013/07/04-05 Suzhou

2013/06/29-07/03 Beijing

Four days of family vacation in Bejing included the China Ethnic Culture Park, the Ming Tombs, Great Wall at Badaling, Forbidden City, Xidan, and the 798 Art Zone.
In the ultimate family trip, we started a 26-day journey of China and Vietnam in Beijing. By the end of the trip, we would have 8 people in the group. On our first stop in Beijing, five of us flew together.

We picked a hotel near the Olympics site.  We knew the location was by the Beitucheng metro station in north central Beijing, but hadn’t appreciated that there would be a pond just east.

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[See the album of 23 Pearson-Beijing webphotos (with a slideshow option)]

The pond east of the hotel is on the west side of the Chinese Ethnic Culture Park.  Headed out for sightseeing on our first morning in Beijing, we thought that we might spend an hour or two in the culture park, and then move on.  Once inside, we rediscovered the park was much larger than anticipated.  The existence of the park focused on ethnicity is itself a surprise, as the vast majority of the country is populated by Han Chinese.  The south end includes reproductions of buildings in the Uyghur style, as would be found in the Xinjiang northwestern region of China.

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On the east side of the Ethnic Park was a large bridge depicting the She (Hakka) region in southwest China.

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From the Gelo house, we could look at stream depicting the Maonan ethnic minority, both from the southern China.

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Prominent in the middle of the Ethnic OPark was a reproduction of the triple pagodas, as found near Dali City in southwestern Yunnan, Continue reading2013/06/29-07/03 Beijing

2013/06/13 EKI Convocation, U. of Toronto

Our second son, Eric, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts granted by St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto.
On June 13, 2013, Eric was conferred the degree of Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.  He chatted for moment with President David Naylor, and then shook the hand of Chancellor Michael Wilson.

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Studying in the Faculty of Arts and Science, Eric’s degree was granted by St. Michael’s College.  The scene was a little quieter in the college quadrangle, in front of the sculpture titled Michael (after the archangel) by Anne Allardyce.

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[See the Convocation-EKI album of 14 webphotos (with a slideshow option)]

Eric is continuing to pursue the career as an entrepreneur that he started while still a student.

2012/06/20 AHI Convocation, U. of Toronto

Our eldest son passed a milestone by receiving his bachelor’s degree in applied science.
On June 20, 2012, Adam was conferred the degree of Bachelor of Applied Science by the University of Toronto.  Following tradition, the ceremony was conducted at Convocation Hall.

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On the front campus with University College in the background, Adam preferred some unconventional poses.

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[See the Convocation album of 55 webphotos (with a slideshow option)]

Adam is continuing with graduate studies at the University of Waterloo.

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