Karina Miki Douglas, MLIS’07, and James Mits Ballard Takayesu, BMus’87, MLIS’89, were engaged Nov. 29. Douglas works as a reference librarian at the Timmins Public Library, while Takayesu is the principal bassoon player for the Timmins Symphony Orchestra and woodwind instructor for the symphony’s Geoffrey James Lee School of Music. They plan to wed in late 2016 or early 2017.
Zachary Read, BMus’12, Nova Scotia, was named a semi-finalist for the 2015 Lotte Lenya Competition, open to emerging singer-actors ages 19-32 worldwide.
Kant Chong, BA’03 (Economics, King’s), wasn’t even invited to the party. However, thanks to a friend in need of a camera for her birthday celebration in 1999, the Administration and Commercial Studies (ACS) alumnus nabbed a last-minute invitation. It was at that party he met Virginia. They exchanged telephone numbers that night, and soon after, he invited her on a first date to the library. They have been together ever since. On May 1, Kant and Virginia, both of Hong Kong, married at The Chapel at Windermere on The Mount with Father Michael Bechard of King’s University College officiating. They were joined by their children, Kevin, 13, and Annabelle, 5, as well as Chong’s father. Turns out, it was exactly the “something special” he had hoped for. “In our hearts, in our minds, we were already married. The love, the bonds of the family together, that’s what has always been important to us,” Chong said. “But we decided if we wanted to get married, we should do it in Canada, we should do it at Western. We thought, why not bring our son and daughter and take some photographs, and bring my father, who supported me through school. It made for a special day for the family.”
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