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YorkU_Summer2013B FINAL_YorkU_Oct10_FINAL 13-05-13 4:01 PM Page 35 Class Notes president of the South America chapter of the Schulich School of Business Alumni Network. 2009 Klibanov, Igor (BA Spec. Hons. Stong) owns a personal training business in Toronto, has published a book, appeared on TV and had many public speaking engagements. He can be reached at igor@torontofitnessonline.com. 2010 2009: Igor Klibanov 1998 Hojabri, Afsaneh (MA) lives in Montreal and works as a freelance researcher, blogger and writer. She recently released her debut eBook, A Sip, A Bite, A Mouthful: A Memoir of Food and Growing Up in Shiraz. 2003 Clark, Esther (IMBA) founded Hipona Consulting, an international consultancy specializing in business strategy and corporate governance in Latin America in 2011. For the past seven years, she was project manager for Canadian Commercial Corporation, managing the Government of Canada's interest as prime contractor in a half-billion-dollar project for the construction, design and concession of Quito's international airport. The New Quito International Airport opened Feb. 20 and is one of the few greenfield airport projects in the world. Clark is also Inacia, Jonathan (BA Spec. Hons. Stong) and his fiancée Victoria Manserra (BA Hons., BEd Stong) are pleased to announce they will be getting married Sept. 28. 2011 Drljaca, Igor (BFA Spec. Hons. '07 Winters, MFA) turned his master's thesis project into his debut film, Krivina, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and was screened at the 2013 International Film Festival Rotterdam. The feature tells the story of a Bosnian immigrant in Toronto who returns to Yugoslavia after two decades to find an old friend, Dado, wanted for war crimes. Parente, Matteo (BFA '09 Winters, MA) is a freelance guitarist who has been performing with bands in Vietnam, Thailand, China, Korea, United Arab Emirates and Singapore for two years. He is thinking about getting into Korean pop music, also known as K-pop. Matteo thanks his music professors – especially Al Henderson, Ron Westray and Michael Coghlan – for sharing their expertise and guidance. yasin photograph by sophie kinachtchouk In Memoriam Arista, Maria, multilingual academic adviser for 25 years – first at Atkinson College, then in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies – died Dec. 10, 2012. Feguson, Jamie, long-serving photography technician in the Department of Visual Arts, died Jan. 29. 2011: Matteo Parente Hough, Michael, distinguished landscape architect renowned for his ecological approach, who taught in Grassroots Organizer Leads York Youth Coalition by Example In December 2012, the Toronto Star profiled Shadya Yasin (BA '07) in its regular "People to Watch" column. "When it comes to grassroots community organizers in Toronto, there is perhaps no better example than Yasin," wrote the Star. Those who know her say she leads "by example and with humility," continued the column. For the past four years, as a coordinator with the York Youth Coalition, Yasin has been bridge-building and organizing in Weston-Mount Dennis, one of Toronto's priority neighbourhoods. She has a talent, wrote the Star, for bringing people together, like youth and police, to discuss difficult issues such as community policing and racial profiling. Yasin moved to Canada from East Africa in her teens and attended York, where she majored in international development and African studies, and earned the Certificate in Community Arts Practice. She has organized famine-awareness campaigns and introduced urban youth to northern First Nations youth. These days, she's busy planning the annual West Won Festival that showcases culture and talent in Weston-Mount Dennis. Y the Faculty of Environmental Studies from 1970 to 2005, died Jan. 25. He was 84. Wallace, Margaret, director of the Glendon Athletic Club who worked with students for 25 years, died Nov. 17, 2012. Marcuzzi, Michael (PhD '05), passionate musician and educator cross-appointed to the Faculties of Fine Arts and Education, died Sept. 27, 2012. He was 46. Wurfel, David, a long-time senior research associate at the York Centre for Asian Research, best known for his definitive works on Philippine politics, died Nov. 12, 2012. YorkU Summer 2013 35

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