Category Archives: Education

Education • Photo Restoration • 56 • Gabičko • University

• Engineering was the hardest four years of my life. I studied seven days a week, usually till late into the evenings, with only Friday or Saturday night to unwind.  Physics didn’t come easy to me. Semiconductor theory, special & general relativity, radio communications, quantum physics, nuclear science – all of it was hard. I had to find a way to visualize what I was learning, and that was my biggest challenge. I nearly failed physics in the second year, while  enrolled in the Engineering Physics program! To this day I honestly believe that physics professor would have failed me. I can’t say for sure, how I passed, but, but I’m certain that he let me go because he saw I had passed my other courses. I scraped by with my lowest grade ever: 52%.

• I was petrified of failing any course. Not for fear of failure, but because I knew that if I failed any course, it meant adding an additional year to my studies.  From 19 students, I managed to graduate in the top half. During the week of my graduation I visited the Dean of Engineering, Gary R. Purdy and thanked him for accepting me into the engineering program. According to the Top 500 Universities in the World, there are four Canadian universities in the top one hundred. McMaster University ranked 90 in 2014.

• After graduation I realized there weren’t many options for me. I could have pursued a Master’s degree, which was a logical direction for some of my colleagues. That didn’t interest me. I struggled so much in the undergraduate program I felt I didn’t have the brain capacity.  Another option was to go for an MBA, but wanted to get some work experience first. Also, my graduating class entered the middle of a recession in 1991. So applying for any engineering job was a crazy affair.  I recall submitting my resume to a job that had 2000 applicants. In hindsight I wasted two years before realizing I should have just gone for that MBA while I still had the cognitive capacity. By the time time I wrote the GMAT, I had missed that boat, acing the math, but fairing poorly on the English part.

• This year commemorates the 25th anniversary of my graduation.

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 7 minutes 20 seconds

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering graduation photo)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering graduation photo)
91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering graduation class)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering graduation class)
91 - Hamilton · McMaster University · Engineering Physics Class
91.May – Hamilton · McMaster University · Engineering Physics Class

 

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering Physics, degree)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering Physics, degree)

 

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering Physics, brochure)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering Physics, brochure)

 

• 1991 May 31 • Hamilton, Ontario, Canada • McMaster University, Convocation

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation, photo)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation, photo)

• My mother only paid for my first year of studies. I managed to finance the latter three years from my summer jobs and working as the bookkeeper at my mother’s animal hospital.

 

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation Ceremony)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation Ceremony)
91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Rituals of Convocation)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Rituals of Convocation)

 

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation)
91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation Announcement)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation Announcement)

 


87.Jun - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, graduation photo, premiere pro)

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Friends • Photo Restoration • 55 • Gabičko • Bullies

• In elementary school, I wasn’t overly bothered by the physical nature of bullying. What really got under my skin was the hatred in their eyes. Ally Kennelfry*, Jell Ruleimi*, and their leader, Jean Hopenix* – this trio were Holy Rosary’s mean girls in my day.  I still remember seeing the disgust in their eyes when I would catch their stare. Following their lead was the class alpha-male, Canon Sooner*. What shocked me the most was when I bumped into them individually – they would be nice all of a sudden. But as soon as they were together their nastiness came out like fireworks. On a few occasions I witnessed how herd behavior manifests itself, when kids turn from observers to participants. The students would feed off of collective hysteria and find themselves as fellow bullies. Thankfully, by the seventh and eighth grade new kids joined our class. As they became new targets, the bullies attention diverted away from me. Maybe puberty had a part to play, as well.

• I had to deal with a lot of anger issues from the many years I spent in that war zone. I had built up many layers of defense, The problem is that the bullied often becomes the bully. I first realized this when my cousin Roman pulled me aside after swim practice one day. I had joined the Burlington YMCA swim team when I was eleven years old. Roman started six months later. He said that the other kids didn’t like me because I was being mean to them. I was shocked to hear that, and it became a turning point in my behavior. I started to be nicer to everyone on the swim team, realizing that I needed to segment my behavior from school.

• Being bullied either makes you stronger, or it can break you down. I often look back at those years and feel that I kept my sanity because I had three sets of friends: Those on the swim team, my Czechoslovakian friends, and then there were the school kids. Since I was only hated at school, I managed to rationalized that the problem wasn’t in me.

• When I watch movies with an antagonist, I often wonder if real life bullies identify with the villain, or with the hero. I have always identified with the hero, even if I have played both sides at different stages in my life.

*Names have been modified to protect the guilty.

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 6 minutes 8 seconds

94 - Prague · Gabriel Dusil (Rocc Computers)94 – Prague · Gabriel Dusil (Rocc Computers)

93.Nov - Prague · Gabriel Dusil (empty beer)
93.Nov – Prague · Gabriel Dusil (empty beer)

 

93.Nov - Prague · Gabriel Dusil (cigar & beer)
93.Nov – Prague · Gabriel Dusil (cigar & beer)

 

94.Jun - Prague · Gabriel Dusil
94.Jun – Prague · Gabriel Dusil
95 - Prague · Gabriel Dusil
95 – Prague · Gabriel Dusil
96 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (sleeping)
96 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (sleeping)
97.Aug - Prague · Gabriel Dusil
97.Aug – Prague · Gabriel Dusil
99.Oct - Antigua · Gabriel Dusil (beach)
99.Oct – Antigua · Gabriel Dusil (beach)
99.Sep.25 - Prague · Gabriel Dusil (wedding reception)
99.Sep.25 – Prague · Gabriel Dusil (wedding reception)
99.Sep.25 - Prague · Gabriel Dusil (wedding, getting ready)
99.Sep.25 – Prague · Gabriel Dusil (wedding, getting ready)

 

Education • Photo Restoration • 53 • Gabičko • High School

• The summer before going to high school terrified me. I had anxiety in anticipation of five more years of bullying. In the first week of my freshmen year I breathed a sigh of relief after realizing all the kids that had bullied me went to a different high school. I started with a clean slate, and established new friendships.

• I had five great years at Aldershot High school.  I made friends that have lasted a lifetime. I was also lucky to have an older cousin, and a few tough friends to create a protective aura throughout middle school. While swimming throughout my teens I decided to try my hand at Karate, and a bit of weight lifting in between to stay in shape. In hindsight we were all lucky to be in a relatively calm social environment in Burlington, Ontario compared to the level of youth aggression experienced in metropolitan cities.

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74 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, kindergarten, gif)

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 11 minutes 19 seconds

Gabriel Dusil (Class photos, Holy Rosary & Aldershot High School '74-'87)
Gabriel Dusil (Class photos, Holy Rosary & Aldershot High School ’74-’87)

 

74 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, kindergarten)
74 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, kindergarten)

75 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 1)
75 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 1)

76 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 2)
76 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 2)

77 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 3)
77 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 3)

77 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, communion)
77 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, communion)

78 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 4)
78 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 4)

79 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 5)
79 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 5)

80 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 6)
80 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 6)

81 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 7)
81 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 7)

82 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 8)
82 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 8)

83 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, grade 9)
83 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, grade 9)

84 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, grade 10)
84 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, grade 10)

85 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, grade 11)
85 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, grade 11)

86 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, grade 12)
86 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, grade 12)

87.Jun - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, grade 13, graduation photo)
87.Jun – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, grade 13, graduation photo)

 


74 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Holy Rosary, kindergarten, restoring, premiere pro)

Education • Photo Restoration • 51 • Gabičko • High School

• Physics was my passion as far back as high school. It’s thanks to Mr. V. Cantlon, my grade 13 physics teacher from Aldershot Secondary School.  He was also my favorite teacher from middle school.  The subject wasn’t particularly my strong point, but I felt I enjoyed the subject enough to pursue it into my undergraduate studies.

• My other favorite teacher was Mrs. L. Tessler, my ninth and eleventh grade English teacher, giving me the passion to express myself in words. Mrs. Tessler had the most wickedly teaching voice. It hypnotized me every time I listened to her, going as far as falling in love with her voice. I always wanted to impress her with my writing skills. But I could never seem to exceed an 80% grade on my essays. It wasn’t until I read the words of a 90% English student that I realized what it takes to get to the next level.

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 5 minutes 56 seconds

86 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil, Tim Steele & Doug Little (Aldershot High School, lockers)
86 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil, Tim Steele & Doug Little (Aldershot High School, lockers)
86 - Burlington · Tim Steele, Gabriel Dusil & Doug Little (Aldershot High School, lockers)
86 – Burlington · Tim Steele, Gabriel Dusil & Doug Little (Aldershot High School, lockers)
87.Jun - Burlington · Mr. Cantlon, Eva & Gabriel Dusil (high school graduation)
87.Jun – Burlington · Mr. Cantlon, Eva & Gabriel Dusil (high school graduation)
87.Jun.11 - Burlington · David Forsyth, Gerry Galea, Drew Schemmer, Doug Little & Gabriel Dusil (high school prom)
87.Jun.11 – Burlington · David Forsyth, Gerry Galea, Drew Schemmer, Doug Little & Gabriel Dusil (high school prom)
87.Jun.11 - Burlington · Doug Little, Gerry Galea, Drew Schemmer, Gabriel Dusil & David Forsyth (high school prom)
87.Jun.11 – Burlington · Doug Little, Gerry Galea, Drew Schemmer, Gabriel Dusil & David Forsyth (high school prom)
87.Jun.11 - Burlington · Blake Paterson & Gabriel Dusil (high school prom)
87.Jun.11 – Burlington · Blake Paterson & Gabriel Dusil (high school prom)
97.Dec - Burlington · Geoff Baxter, Gabriel Dusil, Ian Hawkins, Doug Little & Drew Schemmer (christmas party at Drew's, 1)
97.Dec – Burlington · Geoff Baxter, Gabriel Dusil, Ian Hawkins, Doug Little & Drew Schemmer (christmas party at Drew’s, 1)
97.Dec - Burlington · Geoff Baxter, Gabriel Dusil, Ian Hawkins, Doug Little & Drew Schemmer (christmas party at Drew's, 2)
97.Dec – Burlington · Geoff Baxter, Gabriel Dusil, Ian Hawkins, Doug Little & Drew Schemmer (christmas party at Drew’s, 2)
99.Sep.22 - Prague · Doug Little, Geoff Baxter & Drew Schemmer (stag)
99.Sep.22 – Prague · Doug Little, Geoff Baxter & Drew Schemmer (stag)
99.Sep.25 - Prague · Doug Little, Geoff Baxter & Drew Schemmer (wedding, best men)
99.Sep.25 – Prague · Doug Little, Geoff Baxter & Drew Schemmer (wedding, best men)

86 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil, Tim Steele & Doug Little (Aldershot High School, lockers, premiere pro)

Education • Photo Restoration • 48 • Gabičko • University

• During our first week of orientation, the keynote speech was delivered by the Dean of Engineering. He told us to look to our left, then then to our right, “Before the first term is completed one of you won’t be here anymore.” That prediction ultimately came to fruition.

• In the first year we were taught the fundamentals of science, math, and technology. Essentially it was to equalize all freshmen into the program, from varying levels of high school education across the country (and abroad). If you made it past the first year you picked an Engineering discipline. I distinctly remember asking my cousin which one to choose. It was a Friday evening in the summer of ’88. We were waiting at the entrance of The Phoenix pub, at McMaster University. I told him I was on the fence to choose Engineering Physics or Electrical Engineering. He was entering his fourth year of Electrical Engineering at McMaster University. He said that if I chose electrical then I could potentially work for a big company like Bell Canada  – the incumbent telecommunications operator in Canada. But I cringed at the thought, imagining that I would be installing telephones for the rest of my life. At that very moment I decided to go into Engineering Physics. I reasoned that if I started in the hardest discipline then I could transfer to an easier one in the middle of my studies with minimal damage to my  established course prerequisites. After four years in the undergraduate program, only 18 students graduated from the 40 that started.

• In the late 80’s there was an unwritten hierarchy to engineering disciplines: Physics was considered the top, followed by Electrical. Mechanical was in the middle and Civil was somewhere at the bottom. The rest: Chemical, Material Science, and Computing fit somewhere in between. This categorization may cause emotional outbursts, but it was my observation when talking to other students.

• I wanted to study Physics because I loved the subject. That passion came from my grade 13 Physics teacher, Mr. Cantlon – a phenomenal teacher. His lessons were a work of art.  I also migrated to Engineering because I was good at math. So Engineering Physics seemed the perfect fit for me. But it wasn’t long after graduation when I felt I had chosen the wrong path. My personality was more inclined to business. Pursuing a Master’s degree or PHD in Physics was out of the question – the undergraduate program was hard enough, and another two to four years would have probably broken me. Joking aside, I also realized I didn’t want to work in a nuclear power plant for the rest of my life. In hindsight I felt my cousin was right all along, and I should have gone into Electrical from the beginning. The employment options would certainly have been better. Even though many of my courses were shared with electrical engineering students, I never quite grasped the intricacies of their topics to the same intuitive level as they had. But I have no regrets. I never really had the passion to be a career engineer.

• As things turned out, I migrated to marketing and sales roles in the years that followed. University taught me mental endurance, how to learn, how to work hard, and it motivated me to pursue my life goals. Engineering Physics gave me a unique ability in marketing and sales to understand complex IT (Information Technology) topics and translate those concepts for business decision makers. I often considered myself strengths in being a liaison between the technical world and the business world. A manager once told me early in my career, “Gabriel, if you can understand it, then everyone will.” So I always wrote proposals, presentations, and articles, with the confidence that as long as I can explain it to myself, then everyone reading my work will also understand.

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 3 minutes 40 seconds

87.Sep - Kingston · Doug Little & Gabriel Dusil (Queens University, frosh week)
87.Sep – Kingston · Doug Little & Gabriel Dusil (Queens University, frosh week)
87.Sep.6 - Kingston · Alica & Gabriel Dusil (Queens University campus)
87.Sep.6 – Kingston · Alica & Gabriel Dusil (Queens University campus)
87.Sep.6 - Kingston · Alica & Gabriel Dusil (Queens University)
87.Sep.6 – Kingston · Alica & Gabriel Dusil (Queens University)
88.Sep - Kingston · Gabriel Dusil & Jim Little (Queens University, frosh week)
88.Sep – Kingston · Gabriel Dusil & Jim Little (Queens University, frosh week)
91.May.31 - Hamilton · Roman & Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, graduation, Convocation Ceremony)
91.May.31 – Hamilton · Roman & Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, graduation, Convocation Ceremony)
91.May.31 - Hamilton · Vašek Vasak, Gabriel & Eva Dusil (McMaster University, graduation, Convocation Ceremony)
91.May.31 – Hamilton · Vašek Vasak, Gabriel & Eva Dusil (McMaster University, graduation, Convocation Ceremony)

• Documents & Articles

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering, Obligation)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering, Obligation)
92.Mar - Hamilton · Tracking UFOs At Sea
92.Mar – Hamilton · Tracking UFOs At Sea
92.Mar.24 - Hamilton · Taking Their Research On the Road
92.Mar.24 – Hamilton · Taking Their Research On the Road
92.Jun - Hamilton · Radar Research Takes to the Road
92.Jun – Hamilton · Radar Research Takes to the Road

 

• These articles are from a research project where I worked as a junior engineer, after graduating.


87.Sep - Kingston · Doug Little & Gabriel Dusil (Queens University, frosh week, premiere pro)

Education • Photo Restoration • 40 • Mamička • University

• Introduction by Eva Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 2014 November

• I began my university studies in Košice, Slovakia in September of 1965. There were three other girls in the program. None of them finished. In fact of the 120 students that started only 40 became veterinarians. Those that dropped out either couldn’t handle the curriculum or realized they enrolled in the wrong profession. From 8:00 in the morning until 17:00 I was busy attending lectures and labs.

• When I continued my studies in Canada, I realized the contrast in the educational practices between the East and West. I came from a teaching system of intimidation. I initially believed that I was accepted into the Canadian education system so they could show how little an “Easterner” knew – after being humiliated they would kick me out of the program. In time I realized that wasn’t the case. The objective in Guelph was to teach the students – surprise surprise – and help them become great veterinarians. I soon became a proud student and felt that I was a member of an important establishment. The teaching staff were colleagues as well as friends. They didn’t posture as senior educators, acting pompous or patronizing to the students. That regime was now behind me. In Guelph the lectures were comprehensive and geared toward teaching techniques that were relevant in real practice. I realized that as a student of higher education I could be a progressive force in society, and a positive instigator of change. I graduated two years later.  During my time at Guelph I made many friends with the students and teaching staff. I found them to be decent, hardworking, and ambitious. I learned what it meant to be Canadian.

• I lived in residence during the week and came home most weekends. Trips to Brampton on Friday afternoons were filled with anticipation, to see my son, Gabriel. He attended Jack and Jill nursery school until 17:00.  Then he had a babysitter until 20:00 when Vašek came home from work. These were difficult times for all of us.

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 6 minutes 47 seconds

73.Jun - Guelph · Eva Dusil (University of Guelph, graduation photo)
73.Jun – Guelph · Eva Dusil (University of Guelph, graduation photo)

73.Jun - Guelph · Eva Dusil (University of Guelph, graduation alternate)
73.Jun – Guelph · Eva Dusil (University of Guelph, graduation alternate photo)

 

73.Jun - Guelph · Eva Dusil (University of Guelph, graduation, class photo)
73.Jun – Guelph · Eva Dusil (University of Guelph, graduation, class photo)
73.Jan - Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation class)
73.Jan – Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation class)
73.Jun - Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation, convocation program, smaller)
73.Jun – Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation, convocation program)

 

 

73.Jun - Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation, lawn)
73.Jun – Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation, lawn)
73.Jun - Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation, waiting)
73.Jun – Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation, waiting)
73.Jun - Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation, certificate)
73.Jun – Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation, certificate)
73.Jun - Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation, Dr. Hans Selye)
73.Jun – Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation, Dr. Hans Selye)
73.Jun - Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation, Dr. Hans Selye w. Vaclav & Gabriel)
73.Jun – Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation, Dr. Hans Selye w. Vaclav & Gabriel)

• Postscript by Eva Dusil • 2014 November • This is an important photo with Dr. Hans Selye, the author of Stress without Distress. I heard of him when I was a young girl from my father. He is a graduate of Charles University in Prague. Dr. Selye spoke several languages including Hungarian. In 1968 he was honored with the Companion of the Order of Canada – the highest decoration award, in Canada. I am very proud of this photo with him.


73.Jan - Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation class, premiere pro)

Education • Photo Restoration • 25 • Mamička • University

• Introduction by Eva Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 2014 November

• Those years were quite hard on me – frequently falling in and out of love, and ending up with a broken heart. I’d go skating in the winter with my friends. My oldest brother Csaba would chaperon me to Sunday afternoon tea dances. He was my confidante in matters of the heart. On Sunday evenings I would stroll downtown with my girlfriends and flirt with the boys. I was still horseback riding but by the time I reached the end of middle school my commitment in riding weakened as love interests occupied my time.

• In my teens, I didn’t apply myself. I graduated from middle school with slightly better than average grades. My next step was submitting my application to veterinary college. University education in my country was free and everyone had their own motivation. For me it was clear – I loved animals. But for others it was either parental pressure or they wanted to avoid military duty. Entering university was effective in postponing civil service – reduce it to only six months compared to a standard two year service. Getting into university was less about grades, and more contingent on who your father knew. The system was corrupt and everybody knew it. A consequence of this corruption was a lackadaisical attitude towards education. It wasn’t something that was openly discussed but we felt it subconsciously.

• With my father’s help I was accepted into the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice. Although I had a passion for animals I also had to work the system to get accepted to university. From the moment I entered higher education my sloppy attitude towards studying ended. I was stimulated by my surroundings, and proud to be a university student. I attended lectures regularly, even though they weren’t compulsory. I loved anatomy and immensely enjoyed dissecting animals in the lab. I recall on many occasions leaving the lab with blood up to my elbows. I studied parts of the body thoroughly, and it never ceased to amaze me that every little bump, groove, or elevation had a Latin name. Latin was also one of our courses, and continues to be the foundation of communication in medicine. That also helped me when I later learned English. My favorite professor was František Hrudka. He taught Histology and made the subject fascinating – a characteristic that I can’t extend to the other professors. Another favorite of mine was the world famous anatomy professor, Peter Popesko, whose anatomical atlases were used in the University of Guelph. The education system in Czechoslovakia was very different from the West. Most exams were oral. If the professor was in a bad mood, or was having personal problems at the time, it would have an adverse affect on how he conducted the exam. If he had some reservations or personal dislikes towards you – because you didn’t attend his lectures – it would negatively reflect on your final mark – or he would just fail you. We were hostages to the emotional roller coaster and personal biases of our professors.

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72 - Brampton · Vaclav Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery)
72 – Brampton · Vaclav Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery)
72.Jan - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, black lab)
72.Jan – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, black lab)
74.Jan - Oakville · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, Trafalgar Animal Hospital surgery)
74.Jan – Oakville · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, Trafalgar Animal Hospital surgery)
74 - Burlington · Valeria, Stefan Kende & Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery)
74 – Burlington · Valeria, Stefan Kende & Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery)
75 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, examination)
75 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, examination)
75 - Burlington · Vaclav & Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, examination)
75 – Burlington · Vaclav & Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, examination)
75.Jun - Burlington · Vaclav & Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, examination)
75.Jun – Burlington · Vaclav & Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, examination)
78 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery)
78 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery)
79 - Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery)
79 – Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery)
89.Jul.7 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Aldershot Animal Hospital)
89.Jul.7 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Aldershot Animal Hospital)

72 - Brampton · Vaclav Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery, premiere pro)

 

Family • Photo Restoration • 18 • Gabičko • Mentors

• We always want our children to be better than us. Some may interpret that to mean success through wealth, fame, or power. But it’s beyond that. I want my boys to be stronger than me. Emotionally, physically, and socially. I want them to survive in this world beyond what I could possibly achieve. I want them to make an impact on their world better than what I achieved. I want to give my boys what my father didn’t – to be their mentor.

• Even with emotional clarity, I always felt limited in my ability to reach the top tiers of success. I revered those that had mentors throughout their lives. I observed how a select few attributed their achievements to a mentor. I never had someone that would sit with me and assess my life and provide continual and persistent guidance. The only times I would be approached directly by a family member was when I was in crisis, or when I had done something horribly wrong. Those times I had been lectured and disciplined. The closest I had to a mentor in those years was my coach, Morris Vaillancourt*, and my girlfriend’s father, Conrad Brown. I respected them immensely – always listening to their words of wisdom, and lessons from life. They were mentors by example and in how they viewed life.

* Morris Vaillancourt, was the coach of the Burlington YMCA Swim Club. He is also a National Coach, Level I and II Clinic Conductor. In 1973 Morris was the Canada Games Coach and also held the position of Chairman of the Ontario Swimming Coaches Association. He has trained over 100 Provincial and National record holders.

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 5 minutes 17 seconds

02.Apr - Woking · Matias Dusil (bathtub)
02.Apr – Woking · Matias Dusil (bathtub)
02.Apr.17 - Chertsey · Gabriel & Matias Dusil (St. Peters Hospital)
02.Apr.17 – Chertsey · Gabriel & Matias Dusil (St. Peters Hospital)
02.Aug - Woking · Matias & Gabriel Dusil (pulling hair)
02.Aug – Woking · Matias & Gabriel Dusil (pulling hair)
02.Aug - Woking · Matias & Gabriel Dusil (Richmond Gardens, shoulder)
02.Aug – Woking · Matias & Gabriel Dusil (Richmond Gardens, shoulder)
05.Jul - Villamartin · Gabriel & Lucas Dusil (kiss)
05.Jul – Villamartin · Gabriel & Lucas Dusil (kiss)
05.Oct - Woking · Lucas Dusil (living room)
05.Oct – Woking · Lucas Dusil (living room)
05.Oct - Woking · Lucas & Matias Dusil (brothers)
05.Oct – Woking · Lucas & Matias Dusil (brothers)
06.Dec - Woking · Lucas & Matias Dusil (penguin)
06.Dec – Woking · Lucas & Matias Dusil (penguin)
06.Jul - Albisano · Matias & Lucas Dusil (park walk)
06.Jul – Albisano · Matias & Lucas Dusil (park walk)
06.Dec - Woking · Matias, Gabriel & Lucas Dusil (Ivylea rock garden)
06.Dec – Woking · Matias, Gabriel & Lucas Dusil (Ivylea rock garden)

02.Apr - Woking · Matias Dusil (bathtub, premiere pro)

Education • Photo Restoration • 11 • Googičko • School

• Here is my beautiful sister growing up – from kindergarten all the way to her high school graduation. As with anyone with a younger sibling, I will always look at our Googičko as my little sister. Well, she’s not so little anymore. She’s a business woman. She’s a wonderful mother. She’s an accomplished artist. She’s trains in mixed martial arts (MMA). Oh ya,… and she’s beautiful. I couldn’t ask for a better sister!

 Happy Birthda Googičko 

I love you,

Home - Signature, Gabriel Dusil ('12, shadow, teal, Gab)

• These days, my sister runs her own  business.

 

Home - Alica Dusil (Class photos, Holy Rosary & Aldershot High School '80-'92)

• Digital Photo Restoration

 8 minutes 33 seconds

Alica Dusil (Class photos, Holy Rosary & Aldershot High School '80-'92)
Alica Dusil (Class photos, Holy Rosary & Aldershot High School ’80-’92)

80 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, kindergarten)
80 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, kindergarten)

81 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 1)
81 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 1)

82 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 2)
82 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 2)

83 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 3)
83 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 3)

84 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 4)
84 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 4)

85 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 5)
85 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 5)

86 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 6)
86 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 6)

87 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 7)
87 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 7)

88 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 8)
88 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 8)

89 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 9)
89 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 9)

90 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 10)
90 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 10)

91 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 11)
91 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 11)

92 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 12)
92 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 12)

 


80 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, kindergarten, restoring, premiere pro)