SPORTS & RECREATION
Gordon Apolloni, 45, is the head coach of the Ontario National
Training Centre in Azilda.
Gordon is an accomplished boxer and coach. He won the Canadian
National Championship in boxing four times (1975-77, 1979) and the
Ontario Provincial Championship five times (1975-77, 1979, 1982).
In 1979 he was a gold medalist at the Canada Winter Games. His
Olympic hopes were dashed when Canada boycotted the Moscow Games in
In 1996 he had another chance to attend
the Olympics. He was the Canadian Olympic Team coach in Atlanta. He
was also head boxing coach for the Canadians at the 1994 Junior
Championship in Turkey; the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina;
and the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Gordon
has more than 25 years of coaching experience.
Robert J. Bateman is a consultant for Patricia Holdings Inc.
Previously, he was project co-ordinator for the Oshawa Group
Shopping Center Development in Ontario and Quebec.
Robert was a commissioner on Sudbury’s Urban
Renewal Committee in the late 1960s, and was assistant director of
parks and recreation in Sudbury from 1957 to 1966.
He has been involved with many community
organizations and has played leadership roles. He was president of
the Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, a member of the board of the
Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and president of the Sudbury branch of
the Canadian Cancer Society.
José Blanco, Ph.D., P.Eng., (Chem. Eng. Syracuse, 1967) played a
key role in Sudbury in the 1980s, when Inco Limited had to reinvent
itself to stay in business. He led organizational and technological
changes that cut costs, controlled pollution, improved safety, and
He left Inco in 1994 as vice-president, and
began consultingin management and processing in Canada and
José has been a director or chair on the boards
of Cambrian College, the Sudbury Regional Development Corporation
(where he was involved in creating and launching the Regional
Business Centre), and he has served on various other boards of
directors and committees at the local, provincial and national
José has also participated as a judge of the
Northern Ontario Business Awards, as well as the Ontario Global
Helen Ghent has worked tirelessly for a variety of charities and
community organizations. Her contributions have been acknowledged
with many awards and distinctions. Since 1994, she has chaired the
Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco. Most recently, as a member
of the Citizens for Cleaner Air, Helen helped to get a 100 percent
smoke-free bill passed in Sudbury.
Helen has volunteered
for the Canadian Cancer Society for more than 40 years, including
as the president of the Ontario Division. In April 1999, she was
appointed to the executive committee (Clinical Trial Committee) of
the National Cancer
Institute of Canada.
She has served on the
boards of the Sudbury Theatre Centre and Science North, was
co-chair of the YMCA Centre for Life Capital Campaign, and is the
vice-chair of the Salvation Army.
Meredith Morris has been the vicepresident and general manager for
Sudbury Hyundai since 2002. The business is a family affair (her
father and mother own the business), and Meredith takes her career
in the automotive industry very seriously.
She began in the industry at 14 years of age,
working at a gas station, then washing cars, and also as a
bookkeeper. She believes these experiences have provided her with
the valuable knowledge of every aspect of the business. She
received a scholarship from the Canadian Automotive Institute to
attend Northwood University in Midland, Michigan, the only North
American university with a specialized degree in automotive
Meredith is currently taking her master’s
degree from Northwood through correspondence, and she is also a
director on the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council. She
believes in making her own destiny and being ready for
opportunities when they present themselves.
Dr. David Pearson is a professor in the Department of Earth
Sciences at Laurentian University, and he is co-director of the
Science North/Laurentian Graduate Diploma in Science Communication,
the first program of its kind in North America.
The former project director for Science
North, David was the host of “Understanding the Earth” (TV Ontario)
and “Down to Earth” (MidCanada TV) and CBC Northern Ontario’s
“Radio Lab” (1982-1997).
He is a part-time member of the Ontario
Environmental Review Tribunal, dealing with matters under the
Environmental Protection Act, the Ontario Water Resources Act, the
Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act, and Ontario’s
Environmental Bill of Rights. In 2003 he was a member of the
two-person review panel that held hearings on the Niagara
In 2004 David received the Community
Builders Award in the Environment category.
Judi Straughan’s secondary school teaching career spanned from 1967
to 1998. Having been on the committee that founded the Performing
Arts Program at Sudbury Secondary School, she went on to become
program leader of Drama, Visual Arts and Film Studies before her
retirement in 1998. Since then, she’s served on Thorneloe
University’s Board of Governors as well as the board of Music and
Film in Motion. Passionate about theatre, she has spent years
performing and directing in community theatre.
For the Sudbury Theatre Centre, she
co-ordinates all educational programming, as well as teaches adult
acting workshops, and directs the Young(ish) Company spring
She has just completed writing and directing
another Celebrities fundraiser at the Sudbury Theatre Centre.
Judi also teaches Introduction to Theatre at
Education is not just about filling a vessel; it’s about igniting
the imagination, or so it seems, to Donald Walker.
“Duff” is a retired secondary school teacher
with 30 years in the classroom.
As a graduate of Lake Superior State College,
he has appeared in “Who’s Who Among American Students.”
Duff taught freshmen English at the University
of Wyoming while completing his master’s degree in language and
literature. After graduating from Queen’s McArthur Teachers
College, he began his career in Sault Ste. Marie.
Thirteen years later, Duff moved to Sudbury. He
has been a program leader in English, and rounded out his final two
years as literacy program leader.
A humanist whose passion for reading covers
anthropology, philosophy and theology, Duff currently resides in
Val Caron with his soulmate.