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BCI Hall of Excellence Ceremony
BCI Hall of Excellence Ceremony
Posted on 11/14/2016

Swayze and Stangeby Honoured at
2016 BCI
Hall of Excellence
and Faculty Awards Celebration

(Brockville) – A man who dedicated six decades of his life to the sport of rowing, and an internationally recognized physicist, are this year’s inductees into the Brockville Collegiate Institute(BCI) Hall of Excellence.

The late Craig Swayze, and Dr. Peter Stangeby were inducted Saturday during the 2016 Brockville Collegiate Institute Hall of Excellence and Faculty Awards Celebration, held in the high school auditorium.

Swayze, who died in 2000, was a sports writer and newspaper editor who grew up in Brockville and covered rowing events all over the world, said presenter Pat Marshall at the ceremony. Much of Swayze’s career was with the St. Catharines Standard. While in that city, Swayze was heavily involved with the St. Catharines Rowing Club and played a pivotal role in establishing rowing as a world-class sport through the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. He was also involved with policy making through the International Rowing Federation and served as chairman of the North American Rowing Championships.

The award was accepted on Swayze’s behalf by his daughter Dr. Kathy Swayze.

She noted how her father cherished Brockville, its river and its railway lines. She said if it hadn’t been for his two loves in St. Catharines – rowing and Dr. Swayze’s mother – she might have grown up in Brockville.

“This recognition would have blown my dad away,” Dr. Swayze said in accepting the honour on her father’s behalf. “… He was so passionate about this place.”

Dr. Stangeby is an internationally recognized physicist who worked for more than 40 years in the University of Toronto’s engineering department. The retired professor, who earned his doctorate in plasma physics at Oxford University, was honoured for his work as a leading authority on most aspects of the boundary physics of magnetic fusion energy research devices. He has had a profound influence on the field of fusion energy both through his own scientific work and through inspiring and mentoring the next generation of researchers in the field.

In accepting the honour, Stangeby did not discuss his academic or professional accomplishments. Instead, he spoke of the joy he experienced as a student at BCI – such as his numbered days as a gangly youth on the football field, on stage with the drama club, and other childhood memories.

He implored students gathered at the ceremony to live in the moment and appreciate their time at BCI.

During an interview after the ceremony, he said he was honoured to receive recognition from the school, noting his days at BCI were some of the happiest of his life.

“University was like a cold shower,” he said. “I have unrealistically fond and sentimental thoughts of my days at BCI. It is glorious to get this recognition.”

The ceremony was also used by BCI staff to present the Royal Military College Club of Canada (Kingston branch) book award – won by Grade 12 student Corinne Schonewille, and the school’s annual faculty awards.

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