From a wealth of Sears Drama Festival awards to a DVD-Premier award, and a Canadian Comedy Awards Pretty Funny Female nomination, Blakelock graduate and Hall of Fame inductee Lindy Booth provides a little Hollywood mystique to the T. A. Blakelock Hall of Fame.
Oakville born, Lindy attended Pine Grove Elementary and St. Mildred's Lightbourn School before entering T.A. Blakelock in 1994. It wasn't long before she was wrapped up in TAB theatre. It was in this realm that, according to former teacher, Mrs. Jan Barrett; "She lit up the room with her infectious laughter and sparking eyes. She had that special "it" star quality."
In addition to her commitment to theatre, Lindy excelled in academics. She maintained this standard of excellence while working on a TV show.
In recalling her favourite memories of Blakelock, Lindy talked about preparing for the Sears Festival; coming to school early and leaving well after dark. "We were all so passionate about whatever show we were working on; so many different people with different skills, working together for a common goal."
Although she is in a very public and high profile profession, Lindy insists that she kept very much to herself at TAB. "I had a very tight group of friends, and we were fairly fearless!, My nickname was "Drama girl", but I was also shy. The theatre gave me an opportunity to be as outgoing as I wanted." She went on to say that she owed a great deal to a number of teachers, in particular her Drama teacher, Mrs. Barrett, who encouraged, supported and eventually introduced her to an agent.
When asked what advice she would offer current Blakelock students, Lindy said that although it sounds a little clichéd, she would say that they should follow their hearts and dreams. "Rewards are so much bigger if you are pursuing something that you love."
It has been an eventful life journey for Charlie Galunic, from Zagreb, Croatia, to the splendor of Fontainbleu, France, via Oakville, Ontario. Along the way he managed to squeeze in some quality time at Queens and also won a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford.
Despite the travel and achievements, Charlie still considers Oakville home. Charlie spent most of his childhood and young adult life in Oakville after moving here from Croatia with his parents and sister, Jasna. He attended Oakwood, E.A. Orr and Brookdale Public Schools before entering T. A. Blakelock in the fall of 1979.
Curiosity and fifteen minutes to spare hooked Charlie into the Blakelock Football Team in grade nine. He would play some form of football during every Canadian autumn for the next nine years and then a further two more in England.
Charlie was also a member of the TAB Athletic team and took the Halton Gold Medal in the shot put. And he was on TAB's winning Bathtub Team.
Charlie's competitiveness and drive at Blakelock was not just confined to athletics and the football field. Academic work also captured his attention. Manifestations of this effort were to be seen in his 1984 graduation as an Ontario Scholar, Class Valedictorian and acceptance by Queen's University to study Chemical Engineering.
The combination of academic and athletic energy and drive resulted in Charlie becoming quite the achiever!
In four years playing for the Queen's Golden Gaels, he became a conference All-Star in each season and was named Captain in his final two years. In 1987, he was awarded the Intercollegiate Athletic Union's Russ Jackson Trophy (football). He also won the Queen's "Most Outstanding Student Athlete" trophy.
Honours at Queen's did not stop there. In 1988, Charlie graduated first in his Chemical Engineering class and won the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. This honour took him to the hallowed halls of Oxford where, in 1990, he graduated with a BA in Economics and Politics. It was also at Oxford that Charlie met his life companion, Londoner Lucy Cuzner.
The fondness for the social sciences attracted him to academic work and a PhD program in Organization Behaviour at Stanford University. After graduating Stanford, he became a professor of Organization Behaviour at INSEAD, one of the world's leading business schools. Charlie serves as the OB area coordinator and holds the CORA chair in retailing and management,.
Dr. Galunic, Lucy and their two children, Tess and William, live near Fountainbleu, outside of Paris.
Rob MacDougall, artist, and sportsman, graduated from T. A. Blakelock in 1977. Interestingly, he failed Grade 12 Art because of "lack of effort!" Wishing to pursue a career in art, he financed his way through the Ontario College of Art from the earnings of his own roofing business. He graduated from the OCA with a PDF Award for Art Design. MacDouglall joined the Toronto Sun as a sports and political cartoonist.
His career as an artist for athletes lead to contacts with many sports figures including Don Cherry, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and many more.
Rob loved high school and thought T.A. Blakelock High School was the best in Oakville. He loved sports and socializing. He also admitted to being impulsive.
Rob did not make his desire to be an artist too public at TAB, "It was a secret of mine, An artist was considered "flaky", I was a sports guy."
On success, Rob suggests students follow their God-given talent, have fun with what you're doing, and to develop "sticktoitness, a word not in the dictionary but crucial to success."
Terese Sears graduated from T. A. Blakelock in 1981. After attending the University of Toronto for two years, she left to pursue opportunities in television. She is currently an established member of Global Television News. Terese is a founding member of The Canadian Association of Black Journalists.
Born in London, England, Terese came to Canada when she was 13 years old. She brought with her a sense of style and determination. It was this combination that Terese translated in to success as a publicist, writer, fashion promoter and journalist.
Reminiscing about her years at Blakelock, Terese said, "It was a great school to attend. All kids were given the opportunity to succeed. They were, in fact given that extra encouragement to succeed. I even remember the food was good!"
As a Blakelock student, Terese considered herself a little shy though she readily admitted to being outgoing and a bit of a troublemaker. I had lots of friend who were considered nerdy, as well as sports jocks and everything in between."
When asked about her success, Terese said that her willingness to continue to learn and hone her craft was a major factor. She also attributed a great deal of her professional work ethic to her parents and sisters. In fact, the Sears family is the definitive embodiment of success. Djanet Sears is a Governor General's Award winning playwright, Rosie Sears is a Physiotherapist and Celia Sears is an International Fashion editor; all Blakelock graduates!
Terese's advise to current Blakelock students is to pursue their goals with "gusto" but to make sure they take the right steps needed to make it happen.