SDHS names first Hall of Excellence inductees

IROQUOIS – Seaway District High School has announced the six individuals who will become the first inductees to the school’s Hall of Excellence.

These initial inductees will be honoured at a ceremony on Saturday, May 27, at 1 p.m., at the school, part of the Seaway’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Humanitarian George Jackson (Iroquois High, 1955) founded two local companies, Iroquois Enterprises and Craig Packaging Limited.

His passion for helping those in need, has led to his aid work and travel to 22 different countries.

In the mid-1980s, he founded Partners for Children in Development to assist orphaned and abandoned children in developing nations. He continued his work in Central America, with a focus on Honduras.

In 2012 George received he Coca-Cola Heroes Award for his service in that country.

He is a long time member of Lions International and has served on the Tri-County Board of Education.

Brenda Whitteker (Seaway, 1968), was heavily involved in athletics and yearbook. A lifelong educator, she taught at elementary and secondary schools, ultimately serving as an administrator with UCDSB for 19 years.

She volunteered for 26 years with the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association as a member, a consultant, on advisory councils, and ultimately as its president.

In 2016, OPHEA decorated her with the Award of Distinction, its highest honour.

UCDSB presented Brenda with the Extra Mile Award, while the province recognized her with an Ontario Voluntary Service Award.

She has served as an education officer for the Ministry, and continues to volunteer in the community and coach at area schools, including Seaway.

Jim Millard (Iroquois High, 1965) took part in many clubs at school, and went into radio and television, eventually serving as communications officer with the St. Lawrence Parks commission and editor of the Iroquois Post.

After working at Ross Video, he came to Seaway as the Communications Technology teacher, and was the driving force behind the creation of Seaway’s CISD Storm radio station.

He finished his career as a co-operative education teacher with the T.R. Leger campus located at St. Lawrence College’s Cornwall campus.

His years of volunteer community service include Anglican Church warden for the Iroquois-Matilda parish, participation in the Iroquois-Matilda Lions, the executive of the Golden Gears Car Club, Meals-on-Wheels, membership on the Waterfront Committee and director of Community Food Share, formerly the Dundas County Food Bank.

Steve Cruickshank (Seaway, 1979), an engineering graduate of Queen’s University, worked extensively in construction in Alberta and Saskatchewan, before returning to Ontario to work for Cruickshank Construction.

He assumed control of the company  in 1999.

Steve now heads one of the top construction companies  recognized across Ontario, and was named Businessman of the Year by the Kingston Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Construction Association.

Steve has volunteered his time to serve with numerous prestigious construction organizations.

Cruickshank’s has been an ongoing employer of Seaway co-op students, a supporter of Seaway DHS, and a supporter of many South Dundas projects including Champions for Kids and Winchester District Memorial Hospital.

David Ross (Seaway, 1984) was an active band member and won gold for Seaway, over multiple years, at the National Science Fair for computer technology innovations.

He joined Ross Video in product development, and was named CEO of the company in 2006.

He was honoured as Ottawa CEO of the Year in 2016, and was a finalist for Ottawa Entrepreneur of the Year.

In 2017 he received an Honourary Doctorate from the University of Ottawa.

Ross Video in Iroquois holds 10 US patents, and won a Technical Emmy.

It is one of the largest  employers in this region, and one of the few Hi-Tech manufacturing companies in Canada, with offices around the world.

Dr. Matthew Goodmurphy (Seaway, 2007), was on the Reach Team, School Band, Student Council, and in several clubs.

He was a School Board Student Senator and won the Millenium Scholarship at graduation, as well as being recipient of several other university awards.

He studied science at the University of Ottawa, and pursued medicine at McMaster and Queen’s.

While at school, and later, he volunteered for community based projects in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia and practiced family medicine in Tanzania.

At Queen’s he developed an app for health care workers in Kingston and spent some time at Winchester District Memorial Hospital.

He has authored several publications.

Matthew splits his time working in various fly-in indigenous communities in Northern Ontario, and at a Centre for Addictions and Mental Health in Toronto.