November 5, 2008 - At a sold out Tribute Dinner last night at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, 962 people gathered to celebrate the many contributions of Mr Hubert Kleysen to the development of industry and community in the city of Winnipeg and beyond.
Mr Kleysen was surrounded by family and friends with daughter Brenda and her family attending from their home in Costa Rica and son Rob ’88 in from Toronto. Eldest son, Tom ’76, introduced his father, sharing stories of cross-country family trips, time spent with family at their summer cottage and described only some of the many creative and far-reaching contributions to the trucking industry.
Very Reverend Jim Webb, Provincial Superior of the Jesuits in English Canada, brought greetings on behalf of the Society of Jesus; Fr Michael Koryluk on behalf of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg, Councillor Grant Nordman, father of Kyle ’01, on behalf of the City of Winnipeg. Fr Alan Fogarty SJ, St Paul’s High School President, brought greetings on behalf of St Paul’s, offering his congratulations to and appreciation for Mr Kleysen whom he described as a life-long learner with a focus on the importance of the person.
In his greetings, Fr Fogarty recognized the many past Ignatian Challenge Award Honourees in attendance at the dinner. Fr Fogarty called upon the Grade 12 members of the Maroon & White Society to present gold pins of the school crest, the same pins that Maroon & White members earn after their senior year of service to the school, to the past honourees: Paul Albrechtsen, Kevin & Els Kavanagh, Gregg Hanson ’69, Richard Bracken, Joseph Stangl, William Norrie, Robert Puchniak ’65, Gary & Janice Filmon (pins accepted by son David ’84), Robert Chipman ’44, James Tennant ’66. Pins were also awarded posthumously to Fr Jakie Driscoll SJ (accepted by Fr Jim Webb SJ) and Kathryn Bracken (accepted by 2001 Co-Honouree, Richard Bracken).
Fr Fogarty also took a moment to recognize Mr Paul Leatherdale, St Paul’s Business Manager, for his 23 years of service to the school in his roles as Business Manager and Building and Grounds Manager, on the occasion of his birthday and for his many years of service as he prepares to retire in May of 2009.
In his greetings, Fr Fogarty, and in his acknowledgement of the award, Mr Kleysen, each recognized the Bursary Program as an essential element in fulfillment of the Mission of St Paul’s High School, ensuring a place for all qualified students regardless of financial means. Proceeds from the Tribute Dinner go directly to the Bursary Fund, including the Gary Kleysen ’56 Memorial Bursary.
The entire community of St Paul’s offered tremendous support in making the dinner a success. Dinner Co-Chairs Pierre Campeau ’79 and Shawn Alwis ’00 took a moment to share their appreciation for the many people who contributed to the organization of the Dinner and offered their thanks to the patrons and sponsors who helped to make this fifteenth Tribute Dinner a record-setting, sold-out event.
November 05, 2008 at 12:09pm