Thanks to Everyone Around the World – Your Positive Energy Hit the Mark!!! – Karen’s News is GREAT!!!


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Several weeks ago, Karen underwent a double mastectomy and 3 lymph glands were taken out to be examined.  They are all clear – NO CANCER, NO Chemotherapy!!!

For those of you who don’t know Karen’s History (Health and otherwise) – let me fill you in.  The old cliché’s about “Life being a roller Coaster”, and “If it doesn’t kill you, it makes you stronger” couldn’t describe anyone better than Karen.

Over 30 years ago, when Karen was in her early 20’s and her son James was born, she was diagnosed with Hogkins disease.  She underwent Chemo and radiation in 1978 and beat it!!!  I met Karen in 1983, when she was a single mom (her husband wasn’t so nice to her, so she left him (a separate story) and wanted to get an education to improve her son’s chances for success in life.  She struck me as a strong women, who appreciated life, and embraced everything around her.  I was amazed that she could be a full-time student and single mom – let alone a cancer survivor!!

Then, In 1985, Breast Cancer struck Karen , and she underwent Chemotherapy and Radiation again.  She pulled through!!  She tells me that the chemo and radiation in the 70’s and 80’s was fierce and overkill and the radiation will stay in her body for 30 years.

She stuck school out and  eventually graduated with her B.Comm after 8 years – she was the most deserving Grad ever.  Shortly after graduation, her life took a wonderful turn – she met and soon married the wonderful Colonel Chris Bodner – from the Canadian Armed Forces.  Chris’s Military career was progressing, and they spent 10 years in Europe as Diplomats.  The returned to Canada about 7 years ago, and decided to settle in the hometown of Winnipeg.

In December 2010, Karen collapsed –  later it was discovered she suffered a stroke.  At the time she was diagnosed with arrhythmia, second degree heart block, which they feel was caused by one of heart medication (beta blockers) to slow her heart down.  Since then, she has been wearing a Pace-Maker – and had a full recovery, and went back to golf, Pilates and dance classes!!

That pretty much brings us up to date – in the Summer of 2011 she started having many stomach pains and couldn’t keep anything down.  Eventually she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, again, and underwent the above mentioned surgery.

She now has an all clear sign for Breast Cancer.  She is still recovering from her surgery, and does still have stomach problems.  The doctors think she may have a cyst on her intestines, and in the year, once she has recovered, will go back in for surgery to remove the cyst.  But, they are pretty confident that it is only a cyst.

Karen is thrilled – what a Christmas present!!  She says she is  now low on the Oncology priority list – will have to take hormones for estrogen – and that is it.

How Great!!

Thanks to all for your support – and Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!!


Update on Karen…

Hey everyone – I just got back from Winnipeg spending time with Karen on her first week home from the hospital after her surgery.  She is getting stronger by the day. She is able to sit and walk, but does get tired.  I was glad to have been there for the first few days – Karen is in good hands with Chris, but, they will need help – especially when Chris goes back to work.  We found this great website -Care Calendar – you can log on to check for updates on Karen is doing, or offer to help:  Then enter the following information in the appropriate spaces:

  • CALENDAR ID      :   95571
  • SECURITY CODE :   1421

In 3 weeks, she will get biopsy results – lets pray the cancer is gone, and she will not need any more chemo!!

On a fun and festive note – while I was in Winnipeg, a 16 year old Winnipeg teen ager was filmed by his sister playing The Christmas Classic  – Little Drummer Boy – in Winnipeg Style – he played outside with mittens and shorts and threw snow on his drum kit.  Filming was done in his back yard, and I think at the Forks.  It is very good, and quite fun.  While I was there, it was going viral – it had 8000 hits on You tube.  Two days later, I  flew back to Toronto, went straight from the airport to my son’s Christmas Concert (grade 5 at Upper Canada College), when I picked him up in his room afterwards, the teacher was playing the Winnipeg Little Drummer Boy video on their smart board screen.  How Cool, I think he is way over 100,000 viewers.   So, to end this on a positive note – have a look at the Winnipeg Drummer Boy, and pray for Karen!!

Please – all of you all over the world shoot your positive energies to Karen….


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Just days after the September 16/17th University of Manitoba B Comm 25th Reunion weekend, we learned that our friend and Classmate Karen Paskoe was diagnosed (again), with Breast Cancer.She is one of the strongest people I know.  Here are here words on the Cancer:

I know that I am going to kick the cancer. It is the barbaric recovery that scares the hell out of me

Her surgery is scheduled for November 24th at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg.  Here is what she is going to go through:

The Cancer is invasive but appears to be caused by hormone replacement and is therefore slow moving.  To be safe it will be a double mastectomy.  This was Karen’s choice so she will not have to go through this again. Due to previous radiation, chemo and other operations, they will have to take the skin and fat from the upper butt area to reconstruct the breasts.  This is much harder to do, but the surgeon says that aesthetically it will look much better once it is all done.  As a result she will get a butt lift and have some more shape given to her waist.  Because of the heart problems and damage to the heart area from past radiation treatments, they will have to redirect blood supply from the butt area to the new breasts.  This will leave vital arteries available if she needs a bypass in the future.

 The Doctor has performed this type of surgery in the States before, but it will be the first in Canada.  Apparently, this is the only place in Canada where it could take place.  People come from all over Canada to have work done by this plastic surgeon.  He will also have to turn off her pacemaker and they are consulting the cardiologists about the implications.  She should be on the operating table for 8 to 10 hours and will have to remain in the hospital for a week and have a 6 week recovery at home.  Because she will not be allowed to use stairs, I will have to move a bed into the living room for her to sleep.

 I don’t know about further cancer treatment as they will be waiting for the results after they examine the growth when it is removed with the mastectomy.  During the operation, they will be checking the lymph nodes to see which ones were draining the cancer area and have them removed so it doesn’t spread into other areas of the body.

So, that is all I know for now.  I will be flying in to Winnipeg on Dec 1 though the 5th to see if I can help and will share updates later.

Karen’s request was

People all over the world, shoot positive energies to me.

Please aim and fire!!






Halloween is my Favorite day of the year

I know you may be thinking – maybe she’s a chocoholic or loves zombies.  No, it has nothing to do with that.   As a mom of 4 kids, each at a different school, and involved in various sports and activities, you can imagine that every day and evening is busy.  Usually the evenings are spent rushing kids from one activity to another, getting homework done, trying to cram in a healthy meal.  My husband also has a demanding job, and usually works late.  But..on Halloween –

  •          Teachers don’t assign homework.
  •          After school activities and events get cancelled.
  •          You Husband comes home early and takes the out for the evening!
  •         You neighbour pop over for a  quick visit.

Oh, sure every now and  then, the doorbells rings, and you have to answer it and dole out some treats – but, for the most part – it’s a relaxing evening at home, either reading a book or watching some TV!!!

I heard there is a movement to make the Last Saturday Night of October Halloween.

Me, I say no – it would ruin the specialness of this one night.  Not only that – but, I know many adults who go to Halloween Parties – this would be tough to do if you have to hang around with your little one trick or treating.  What do you think?  Please vote

Before I go and get ready for tick or treating, I would like to leave you with a super easy, and yummy Treat you can make for your Halloween Tricksters:

One-Bowl Scary Spider Brownies:

Spider Web Brownies

Super Easy Spider Web Brownies

4 squares BAKER’S Unsweetened Chocolate

3/4 cup  (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine
2 cups sugar
3   eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup  flour
1 jar  (7 oz.) JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Creme
1 square BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted



LINE 13×9-inch baking pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan to form handles. Grease foil.


MICROWAVE unsweetened chocolate and butter in large microwavable bowl on HIGH 2 minutes or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Add sugar; mix well. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Add flour and nuts; mix well. Spread into prepared pan.


BAKE at 350°F for 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. (Do not overbake.) Immediately drop marshmallow creme by spoonfuls over hot brownies; spread evenly over top of brownies. Cool in pan. Lift out of pan onto cutting board using foil handles. Remove foil. Place on serving tray. Drizzle melted chocolate over marshmallow creme to create a spider web design.



How To Easily Drizzle Melted Chocolate

Place unwrapped square of chocolate in small microwavable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until chocolate is almost melted, stirring every 30 seconds. (Chocolate will hold it’s shape.) Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Spoon into small plastic bag. Roll up bag to push chocolate into corner. Using scissors, cut off tiny piece of corner, about 1/8-inch wide. Twist top of bag and gently squeeze to drizzle chocolate back and forth over dessert.

Enjoy – and thanks for reading

 Have a safe and Happy Halloween.


Don’t Abuse Summer [IMG-20110828-00042.jpeg] Students!!

Too Many Seasonal Employers Don’t Treat Summer Students Well – The Result – They Lose a Good Employee

  • My 16-year-old son had a full-time job this summer at a resort in Muskoka.
  • He was excited about the job because he thought he would meet lots of other student employees, work a bit and get some spending money
  • He was hired as a bell boy, maintenance and front desk worker
  • He asked to work 2 – 3 days/week

After the second day of the Job – the lawn maintenance staff all quit. So, he was the only person on yard maintenance

He did not complain and worked hard all summer – but – he worked 100 percent of his shifts all by himself and didn’t meet other students.

He was fortunate to get plenty of hours – but – his shifts were 7.5 hour shifts…he was working 5 – 6 days a week – with no longer than a 30 min break, and never logging more than 44 hrs/week so he didn’t get overtime.

So….this isn’t such a tragedy I know, and he was grateful for the experience and the wages.

However….he will not go back next year – he believes he has a job lined up as a swim instructor – for less hours, more pay and working alongside other young people.

The Resort Management stated to my son several times that they couldn’t keep student staff and hope he comes back next year..

If they understood that students (and probably all staff) perform better and stick around if they are having fun, being appreciated and also contributing they might have better staff retention.

I am sure if there was a “maintenance team” that worked on a part of the grounds together – then maybe moved on to other duties – or even had an afternoon off – my son would have enjoyed the shift and wanted to go back.

What about having a staff/student pizza party. It may sound hokey – but…a few of these would have worked to boost morale.

Bottom line – for students to have a summer job they want to come back to – often it is not about the money, and sometimes not even the job – it’s whether they enjoy who they are working with every day!!


Thanks for reading – I appreciate you comments! – Perry


As we in Canada begin our thanksgiving weekend – let’s be thankful for all we have – and work to be better…maybe even great….


Those are the words of Steve Jobs.  We are all paying tribute to them.  WordPress just launched a Retro Mac Theme.  I just wanted to try it out – at least for a while – you can use it too!!

Retro Mac Theme – Homage to Steve Jobs

Originally created by Stuart Brown, Retro MacOS is now available in your dashboard. You can activate the theme there as usual, from Appearance → Themes, or directly from the Theme Showcase.

More words from Steve Jobs…(via Matt’s Blog


We think the Mac will sell zillions, but we didn’t build the Mac for anybody else. We built it for ourselves. We were the group of people who were going to judge whether it was great or not. We weren’t going to go out and do market research. We just wanted to build the best thing we could build.

When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.

And finally…

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.


B Comm Reunion Recap!!


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U of M B Comm Reunion Weekend Re-Cap!

I have gotten quite a few questions from alum who couldn’t make the weekend asking how it was….before I do that, I would like to thank those alum who helped organize:  Elsie Redekop, Susan Udow, Erla Hamilton, Martha Kane, Sharon Granovsky, Barb Reid, Pat Nesbit, Karen Paskoe – and Eugene Liu – for you support from Hong Kong!!

Class of 86 Reunion Attendees

Also a big thanks to all those who flew in from out-of-town – and to those from Winnipeg who took the time out of their busy lives to attend.

Thanks also to the Faculty for hosting, current Commerce students for being Tour Guides,  Scott McCullough for organizing and Prof’s Mittoo, Harmatz for their Lectures and Prof  Tax for attending, and to Dean Grandpre and Prof Buckwald for sending their thoughts and wishes – which were read at the Wine and Cheese.

Well….here goes my thoughts – just a warning – they have a very personal slant….because they relect my world!

We had a great time catching up and reconnecting! It certainly wasn’t the crazy beer bash days of the mid-80’s….after 25 years, most of us have family – at both ends who keep us busy either kids who have busy schedules and/or  parents who are aging.

Karen Paskoe and Elsie Redekop

Truthfully the crowd was smaller than I had both hoped for and anticipated (some last-minute cancellations because of the parent and or kid thing). But in the end there was over 20 of us I think and we all LOOKED JUST LIKE WE DID in 1986!!!

It was about this time last week that alum Karen Paskoe, Allen Lupyrypa (aka my husband) arrived at the new commerce building to set up. I am sad to report that 2 days ago I got an email from Karen asking to “Pray like Hell” as cancer has reared it’s ugly head again. She was just diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I am sure you will all remember her valiant and successful fight against Hodgkins Disease during our 2nd and 3rd year. Go Karen!! Please join me and Pray Like Hell for her..

Enough of that seriousness.  Tom Finch (yes, he did finally graduate – although not in our year – and he is alive and well in Edmonton) couldn’t make it – but sent a big box of memorabila including all grad handbooks, beer bask tickets, faculty and UMMA newsletters, grad programmes and much much more. We unpacked everything as if we were opening buried treasure and set up a fun display.  (Tom wants all his stuff back..yipes, that means I have to organize it and ship it off to him….)

Julie Hollaman – our class valedictorian of course was the first to arrive – followed soon by Sandra Shibata who added an old Commerce Sweatshirt to the display. Sandra was part of a group of 5 foot and under pals I met in first year – we called ourselves the Shrimp Gang (other members included Kathy King – who couldn’t make it because of family commitments and Carrie Wallman…who I think is a lost alum!! So..Julie – definately not part of the Shrimp gang Julie’s legs come up to my chin…I think we are standing beside each other in many photos!!!

Elsie Redekop, who flew in from Toronto and was one of my partners in crime to help organize the event, got their in time. Brenda Burns and Jeff McInnes also joined the gang! The accountants were out in full force! Although reunion committee members Barb Reid and Erla Hamilton (Juravsky) were missed. They had family trips booked earlier!

I was delighted when Kyle Halford walked in – the last time I had seen Kyle was 4 years earlier at our High School Reunion. Other Commerce grads I went to high school with  Pat Nesbit, David Sitarik and Jason Novak. Pat was a last-minute cancellation as some family issues came up..and Dave – well, I was hoping to see him, and figured as Curling season hasn’t started yet he might make it, but..sadly no Dave! Jason is living closer to me I think in Burlington and couldn’t make it.

Many thanks to Teresa Negrich (nee Wachal) for tracking down quite a few of the Actuary’s and getting them out. While Charlie Allegro couldn’t make it – we had a great e-mail exchange. But – Gord Ladder flew in from Minneapolis (or was it New York) and dragged Bill McMillian to the soiree! We were all expecting Teresa to show – and I think she got a few threatening phone calls that nite from her Actuarial pals.  I know Tom Finch was trying to organize a last-minute car ride with Charlie and Mark Anderson to Winnipeg…but…not this time!!

B.C. was well represented with Martha Kane who flew to Winnipeg via Toronto and previously Spain!! and Teresa Ostman was there – less than 1 week before she packs up her and her families belongings and moves to Kelowna…..maybe watch for a Vancouver event in the future! Good Luck in B.C. Teresa. Teresa brought Shelley Maclise ’85 along – we take anyone who walked the halls with us from the 80’s!!.

Current (young and keen) Commerce students took us through a building tour…man these guys never had to dash from Enginneering to Isbister in 10 minutes. They also were complaining that they student groups for the various Clubs (finance, marketing etc) did NOT have their own office.

But…they never experienced a Beer Bash in the study hall – and UMZOO is now a Tim Hortons (no Bar on Campus).

Prof’s Mittoo and Harmatz conducted a lecture about what happened in 1986 compared today. There was a test and prizes for correct answers. Of course Brenda Burn and Gord Latter dominated and had to be cut off – as they won their quota of prizes! I think Kyle, Allen and Teresa walked away with a prize as well!!

While Dean Grandpre and Prof Buckwald couldn’t join us they sent along their wishes, words of wisdom and inspiration and other thoughts. This posting is too long already – but I will get these off to everyone at a later date.

Of course, true to form, not all alum made the classes! Maria Lonardelli and her Husband, Paul Mahon (Married to Anne Thane’87), and  Herman Hansson  ditched the class and hit the Wine and Cheese! Paul and Anne have kids starting at the U of M this fall – and Herman has 3 boys – 1 is on the Bison team and would have played at the homecoming game – but got an injury the day before and was sidelines. Poor Danny Lester who drove to Earl’s to join us for the after party,  – but missed us, as he got there too early.  The group stayed Wine and Cheese until after 11pm when we got kicked out. Danny you were missed – but stories about you were legendary.  There was quite a gang that continued going over the grad handbooks, etc at Earls, until it just about closed.  Yes, we were the oldest people there…almost everyone else were students!!

Perry Lupyrypa reading message from Dean Grandpre and Prof Buckwald

I have to say we  delved into the old photos and books and had great fun remembering all. We had our own version of “who’s hot”….and I was surprised to see who the guys salivated over….(Not gonna tell you….because what goes on in the Commerce Lounge Stays in the Commerce Lounge!!). There were requests to post the Hand

book on-line (which i have done…via Flickr and YouTube)

While 25 years had

passed – it really seemed like yesterday that we where spending time together.

As an org

anizer of the reunion I had the pleasure of chatting and emailing with many friends from the 80’s. There are lots out in or near Toronto – where I am, who I was able to connect with….Gord Swanlund – married to Shellie Keddie, Blair Zilkey, Micheal Worb…I connected on Facebook or Linked in with many – including Peggy Saclamacis – who is Married to Curtis Clark ’85, living in Vancouver, Lori O’Hara, Mary-Ellen

Race for Space - Perry, Sandra Gord, Julie, Allen

McDonald, and Bernie Gutnik – out in California.. We have grads in Hong Kong – Eugene Liu and Iris Chung . who have offered to host any classmates who venture out..way East!!!!

Who knows what the n

ext 25 years will bring.  Hopefully we will have good health and happiness.  Here’s also hoping that we do stay connected.  It’s so easy now with technology….Maybe there will be events in Tor


Vancouver, or Calgary that other Alum can attend…Who knows…

Take Care



Gord-Sandra Race
Gord’s gonna win!!

Reunion Wine and Cheese

Thanks for reading – I appreciate you comments! – Perry

B Comm 86 – 25 years later…


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B Comm 86 – 25 Years Later..Part 1….

Day 1 Recap..and Reminder that today at 11am is the Race for Space/Tailgate Party!!.Come on Down!!

Just a quick post to say we are midway in the Reunion Weekend Festivites! Last Night was the Commerce Building Tour, Wine and Cheese, and Mock Lecture.

Professors Usha Mittoo and Howie Harmatz were in fine form and took us through a that was then…this is now…themed lecture. It was fun, and informative…complete with a quizz and prizes!!!

we were also delighted they could join us along with Prof Charlie Tax for the Wine and Cheese afterwards.

Dean Grandpre and Prof Buckwald couldn’t attend – but sent along messages which will be posted on the linked in and facebook pages soon..

In typical Commerce Fashion – we had to be kicked out of the Building at the end…and a group of us continued reminiscing at Earl’s on Pembina Hwy..

There were about 20 Grads – people flew in from Toronto, Michigan, New York, Vancouver and of course Winnipeg.

Thanks for reading – I appreciate you comments! – Perry