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50TH ANNIVERSARY ALUMNI GALA SEES ELEVEN HUSKIES ALL-TIME GREATS INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME

Hall of Fame Inductee Lucky Boothe speaks at the Alumni Gala on Saturday night.
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The George Brown Department of Athletics and Recreation celebrated 50 years of Athletics on Saturday night at the 50th Anniversary Alumni Gala, a signature event of Homecoming Weekend.

"For a big college like ours, this is a milestone event that highlights the many contributions we have made," said manager of athletics Melanie Gerin-Lajoie. "At the same time, we are excited to be turning over a new leaf, and a weekend like this gives our current athletes something to really hold on to. Tying them into the culture that we are building here, it's a special time for us."

Prior to 1967, George Brown College had formerly been known as the Provincial Institute of Trades. After the transition, the newly formed Huskies adapted many of the recreational, instructional and varsity programs that had been previously offered. Over the past 50 years, the program has built itself a storied history that was celebrated this past weekend at the Athletics Homecoming Weekend.

"The energy and fun that came out of our alumni games was great, and engaging former athletes is another focus for us," said Gerin-Lajoie. "The beautiful weather didn't hurt, and we had a few great games."

Highlighting Saturday night's Alumni Gala, eleven of the greatest all-time Huskies were inducted into the George Brown Hall of Fame, each recognized for their contributions to the program’s storied history. NCAA commentator Dana McKiel emceed a special induction ceremony at the Toronto Chelsea.

“I remember asking Alex (Barbier) if a GTA school had ever won an alpine skiing championship,” said Mitch McDermid, the Huskies Male Athlete of the Year in 1995 and a 2017 inductee. “I had been with the national team, and he said no. We took it home for the first time, and I’ll never forget the way I was treated as a Husky. Whether it was Albert (DaSilva), Alex, Deanna (Oliver), they really cared about you as a person, not just an athlete.”

The Class of 2017 is truly one for the ages, a group that exemplifies what the department is all about.

“There are not too many days from then that remain clear in memory, but my first time playing table tennis at Casa Loma, hanging out with the staff at Casa Loma is certainly one,” said former women’s basketball standout Ria Bahadursingh.”

Reuniting with old friends at Alumni Weekend is always special, and this year’s event held extra significance with all the greats in the house. As the Huskies look forward to their next 50 years of sport, it was a great night of looking back on all that has been.​

"It was great to hear the reaction of former athletes when they were told that they were being inducted, the level of excitement was certainly there," noted Gerin-Lajoie. "While we focus on moving forward, it is important to recognize all the work that has been done in the past. We wouldn't be here without those contributions."

See below for a full listing of inductees from Saturday night.

2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

 Ria Bahadursingh - Athlete, Women’s Basketball

Ria Bahadursingh was a member of the Huskies women’s basketball team from 1982-1984. Ria was an OCAA all-star in each of her seasons of competition, while also leading her team in scoring in both those years.

During the 1982-83 season she was not only the top point getter for the Huskies, averaging 20.8 points per game, but that individual accomplishment of 279 points also led her to an OCAA league scoring title, as well as leader in field goals as well as free throws made.

Lucky Boothe - Coach, Men’s Soccer

Lucky Boothe began with an assistant coaching role with the George Brown women’s soccer team in 1996 and in 1997, the women’s indoor soccer team won gold. He took over the men’s team in 1999 and dominated the OCAA from 2005-2009.

Not only did Lucky win the title of East Region Soccer Coach of the Year for three consecutive years, the outdoor and indoor teams took home many medals including 1 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze in that four year period.

Fast forward to 2015, Lucky would later add to his medal count by winning a provincial bronze in men's indoor soccer in his last season before retiring as a Huskies head coach. 

Vincent Chan - Athlete, Badminton

In 1987-88, Vincent Chan was paired with James Cheung; a pairing which proved to be a force in the province as they beat Lambton College in the provincial championship final to win gold after losing their only round robin game to that same Lancers’ pair earlier in the tournament.

Vincent’s second OCAA gold medal in 1988-89 came with a new men’s doubles partner in Kimchan Ramrattan after finishing 4th in pool play at provincials, and in turn representing the Huskies once again on the national stage.

Cassie Chang - Athlete, Badminton

During her 1989-90 campaign, Cassie and mixed doubles partner & OCAA Hall of Famer James Cheung lost only 1 game on route to a provincial gold medal. They then proceeded to defeat Canadore College in straight games to capture a national bronze.

In the following season, Cassie’s dominance continued with women’s doubles partner Hsing Ly-Yu. The duo locked up another doubles gold medal, part of a George Brown team that finished first in the province and also earning an Overall Team gold.

Leslie Dal Cin - Athlete, Women’s Basketball

In just one year with the Huskies in 1979-80 after winning a provincial championship with Seneca College, Leslie Dal Cin led her team to a 17-1 record, was second in the league in scoring, a first-team all-star and a championship all-star, as she and her teammates captured the OCAA championship beating St Clair College 62-50.

Formerly the OCAA’s third all-time leading scorer with 792 career points, in 2000 Dal Cin was named a member of the OCAA Women’s Basketball All-Millennium team and subsequently inducted into the OCAA Hall of Fame in 2003.

Vince Drake - Builder,  Athletic Director

The late Vince Drake was one of the pioneers of the OCAA and served as inaugural Athletic Director at George Brown College in 1967. His involvement brought him into the role of convenor for the sport of Judo and for both men’s and women’s volleyball.

Vince coached GBC’s men’s basketball teams to three consecutive OCAA gold medals from 1974-1976, as well as the inaugural Men’s National Basketball Championship for Community Colleges in 1975; the only national championship gold medal in any sport that George Brown has to its credit.

In 1986, Drake’s contributions to the OCAA were recognized as he was presented with a Shield Award; and in 2003, inducted to the OCAA Hall of Fame as a Builder.

Albert DaSilva - Coach, Men’s & Women’s Basketball

Albert DaSilva became involved with the athletics department at George Brown in 1973 while being a student at GBC. He was a member of the mens basketball and mens volleyball teams before transitioning to coaching and coordinating for the athletics department.

While coaching a variety of teams during his time with the college, his most successful years were undoubtedly as head coach of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams where he won two silver medals and one bronze medal while being selected twice by the OCAA as coach of the year.

Mitch McDermid - Athlete, Alpine Skiing

A member of the George Brown Alpine Ski team for two seasons, Mitch McDermid captured a provincial bronze medal in 1994, followed by a brilliant individual performance in the 1995 season where he took home a silver medal in the giant slalom, and double golds in the slalom and combined.

Beating the field by a full 2.5 secs in the giant slalom race, he secured his spot both on the podium as well as the OCAA All-Star team.

Brenda Power - Athlete, Alpine Skiing

Coming off of a 6th place finish in both the slalom and giant slalom in 1989, Brenda Power came back with a vengeance in 1990 claiming individual bronze and two gold medals in the giant slalom, slalom and combined respectively, as well as an overall team gold.

Val Pozzan - Builder, Sport Coordinator

Val Pozzan began his association with George Brown College as a stand-out student athlete in 1973 and as such was inducted into the OCAA Hall of Fame in 2003 for his outstanding performance.

In 1976 Val returned to George Brown to take on the role of Sports Coordinator with the Athletics Department. Over his 30-year span working with the Huskies Val was instrumental in the development, launch and coaching of several varsity, extramural and campus recreation programs including Golf (winners of 3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze provincial medals), Baseball and Hockey teams. He also served as a coach of the Men’s Basketball team which won an OCAA silver medal in 1978-79.

Dayvon Reid - Athlete, Badminton

Dayvon Reid is a seven-time OCAA medalist in badminton (4 singles/doubles, 3 men’s/overall team). Representing George Brown for four seasons, he was a back-to-back OCAA silver medalist in men’s singles in 2008-09 and 2009-10, gold medalist in men’s doubles in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

He was also successful on the national scene, earning a CCAA silver medal. Dayvon was named both OCAA men’s player of the year and George Brown athlete of the year, and was inducted into the OCAA Hall of Fame in 2015.