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Swimming • Photo Restoration • 63 • Dusil

Diary • 13th March 1994

• Swimming took a big commitment, both physically and mentally. But I have no regrets; Fourteen hours  a week, ten month swimming season, cold water, lactic acid pain, endless push-ups, three day swim meets, pressure of finals, waiting hours for your next race, boring lengths, heart sinking 20x200m endurance practices, swallowing water, goggles filling with water, chlorine burning your eyes, swimmer’s ear, eye sockets hurting because the goggles are too tight, the thrill of winning, and the agony of losing – It was all worth it. It’s a sport only understood by those who experienced it. With commitment and sacrifice, came patience, discipline, endurance, and grit that is hard to explain to someone that has never done it before.

• Reflecting on those years of competition, I remember how hard we trained. To this day I can say I have never trained harder, and no sport since has matched the shape I was in during those seven years.

• Swimming

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Photo Restoration

85 - Burlington · Stelco News, Gabriel, Roman, Vlasta & Karol Dusil (BYAC, AAA Championship winners, BYAC swimming)
85 – Burlington · Stelco News, Gabriel, Roman, Vlasta & Karol Dusil (BYAC, AAA Championship winners, BYAC swimming)
85 - St. Catharines · Gabriel Dusil (BYAC, Brock University, swimming, fly)
85 – St. Catharines · Gabriel Dusil (BYAC, Brock University, swimming, fly)
82.Jul - Burlington · Roman, Gabriel Dusil & Cezar (flexing, restored)
82.Jul – Burlington · Roman, Gabriel Dusil & Cezar (flexing, restored)
87.Aug - Kamloops · Gabriel & Roman Dusil (snowball finger, restored)
87.Aug – Kamloops · Gabriel & Roman Dusil (snowball finger, restored)

Documentation

85.Feb.19 - Burlington · Post, Striking Gold, Making a Splash (BYAC swimming)
85.Feb.19 – Burlington · Post, Striking Gold, Making a Splash (BYAC swimming)
85.Feb.9 - Burlington · Post, Vlasta Dusil Leads Aquatic Club in Meets (BYAC swimming)
85.Feb.9 – Burlington · Post, Vlasta Dusil Leads Aquatic Club in Meets (BYAC swimming)
85.Feb - Burlington · Post, Vlasta Collects Medals (BYAC swimming)
85.Feb – Burlington · Post, Vlasta Collects Medals (BYAC swimming)
85.Feb - Burlington · Post, Dusil Family Dominates Meet (BYAC swimming)
85.Feb – Burlington · Post, Dusil Family Dominates Meet (BYAC swimming)
85.Apr - Burlington · Post, Dusil's Pool Their Efforts (BYAC swimming)
85.Apr – Burlington · Post, Dusil’s Pool Their Efforts (BYAC swimming)
84.Feb - Burlington · Post, Roman Paces BYAC at Swim Meet (BYAC swimming)
84.Feb – Burlington · Post, Roman Paces BYAC at Swim Meet (BYAC swimming)

 

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AAAA Championship, Bruce Law, Burlington Civic Award, Burlington Ontario, Burlington Y Aquatic Club, BYAC, competitive swimming, David Darling, David Murray, dusil.com, eurostartups.tech, Eva Dusil, Gabriel Dusil, gabrieldusil.com, Gareth Jones, Grant Reffell, Linda Weston, Meg Midghall, Michelle Prendergast, Morris Vaillancourt, Roman Dusil., Sandra Moore, Steve Babiak, Swimming, Tracey Colson, Vlasta Dusil, Wayne Kot, YMCA

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Swimming • Photo Restoration • 62 • Dusil

Diary • 13th March 1994

• Friendships developed over the years, between my fellow team mates. Friendships which initially centered around competition. We had similar goals and a competitive spirit. The veterans were Wayne Kot, David Darling, Linda Weston, Tracey Colson, and Grant Reffell. I was young for that crowd, and they were closer in age to my cousin Roman. In my age group was Paul Babiak, Dave Murray and Bruce Law. Gareth Jones left after a few seasons to pursue cross country skiing. I remember him well because he was such a nice guy, and how hard he worked at each practice.

The duo of Wayne and Dave was a welcome refreshment in the club. At the time they were nearing the end of high school. They were truly hip, and fun to have around. Being two divisions higher in age and maturity meant that I looked up to them as positive infuence. They introduced the Daveski and Waynski nicknames for themselves. That spawned Paulski, Daveski, Romski, and Gabski. Nicknames that still hold today, with my cousin.

• Morris once told us, “Never lose to someone by hundredths of a second. If you’re in a close race then make sure you win.”  At a Western Regional Championship meet at Nepean, Ottawa, Canada I was in the 100m freestyle final. The leader was way ahead of us, but I was fighting for second place with a guy right next to me. As we swam to the finish I spearheaded my hand into the board. When I looked up at the clock I saw that I beat him by 1/100th of a second. That was a defining moment, and was proud of that I could action the words of my coach. I won silver, but  winning that battle was more valuable to me. In swimming it’s said that 1/100th of a second is the length of a finger nail. As much as my middle finger hurt, I made the finish count, when it was necessary.

• Swimming

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Documentation

84.Apr.25 - Burlington · Post, BYAC Dominates Aqua Seven Meet (BYAC swimming)
84.Apr.25 – Burlington · Post, BYAC Dominates Aqua Seven Meet (BYAC swimming)
84.Apr.25 - Burlington · Post, 28 Firsts at Dual Meet in Stratford (BYAC swimming)
84.Apr.25 – Burlington · Post, 28 Firsts at Dual Meet in Stratford (BYAC swimming)
84.Apr - Burlington · Stelco News, Super Swimmers (BYAC swimming)
84.Apr – Burlington · Stelco News, Super Swimmers (BYAC swimming)
83.May.11 - Burlington · Post, Ontario AAA Swimming Championships (BYAC swimming)
83.May.11 – Burlington · Post, Ontario AAA Swimming Championships (BYAC swimming)
83.Jul.22 - Burlington · Post, Swimming Victory Not A New Thing to Canucks (BYAC swimming)
83.Jul.22 – Burlington · Post, Swimming Victory Not A New Thing to Canucks (BYAC swimming)
83.Feb.13 - Burlington · Post, Dusil Takes Four Golds at CASA Meet (BYAC swimming)
83.Feb.13 – Burlington · Post, Dusil Takes Four Golds at CASA Meet (BYAC swimming)
83.Apr.22 - Burlington · Post, Dusil & Refell Go For Gold and Boys Team Takes Silver (BYAC swimming)
83.Apr.22 – Burlington · Post, Dusil & Refell Go For Gold and Boys Team Takes Silver (BYAC swimming)
83.Apr.22 - Burlington · Gazette, Dusil's Lead Y Club at Nepean Swim Meet (BYAC swimming)
83.Apr.22 – Burlington · Gazette, Dusil’s Lead Y Club at Nepean Swim Meet (BYAC swimming)
83.Apr.10 - Burlington · Post, Swimmers Impressive (BYAC swimming)
83.Apr.10 – Burlington · Post, Swimmers Impressive (BYAC swimming)

Photo Restoration

83.Apr - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (swimming medals, BYAC swimming)
83.Apr – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (swimming medals, BYAC swimming)

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AAAA Championship, Bruce Law, Burlington Civic Award, Burlington Ontario, Burlington Y Aquatic Club, BYAC, competitive swimming, Dave Darling, David Darling, David Murray, dusil.com, Eric Coulson, Eric Finstad, eurostartups.tech, Eva Dusil, Gabriel Dusil, gabrieldusil.com, Gareth Jones, Grant Reffell, Linda Weston, Mark Hopkins, Meg Midghall, Michelle Prendergast, Morris Vaillancourt, Roman Dusil., Sandra Moore, Sean Simms, Steve Babiak, Steve Belham, Swimming, Tracey Colson, Wayne Kot, YMCA

 

Swimming • Photo Restoration • 61 • Dusil

Diary • 13th March 1994

• My first big meet was the Western Regional Championships. I was 12 years old. Leading up to the event I did 200 push-ups every night for six months, to get stronger. I remember building up to 4×50 pushups, which was my limit before the lactic acid was paralyzing and unbearable. Attendance required qualifying times, so only a few swimmers from my club attended. I was swimming the 50 meter, 100m , 200m and 400m freestyle and the 100m butterfly. I made the finals for all of them. This meant a five hour wait till the evening finals. This was my first experience with competitive pressure. Morris prepared me by asking what my splits will be for the 200 freestyle. I looked at him as if, “I should know?” He coached me on the experience of the swimmers I’d be competing against. Their years of swimming exceeding my short one year career. He told me I couldn’t eat any hard foods before the finals, despite how hungry I was. I was only allowed to have a bowl of soup, or juice. In the end I won gold in the 50m and 100m freestyle, and bronze in the other three. That earned me the nickname “Champ” from Morris. This carried along for at least two seasons. I was growing and improving quickly.

• Swimming also introduced me to my first girlfriend. I was thirteen when I started dating Sandra Moore. My mom allowed me to go to her house after practice, once a week. We’d watch Barney Miller with her mom. Sandra was my first childhood love. We’re still in contact and remain friends till this day.

• By the time I was fifteen my passion in the sport began to wane. The psychological commitment was too overwhelming, and I made a conscious decision that I wouldn’t submit myself to such a strict regime. Our seven day per week swimming schedule was my limit, compared to the 14 practices a week typical of division A clubs. High school, girls, and karate became more important. My lack of effort eventually demoted me to “ex-Champ”, and that stuck until the end of my swimming career.

• Swimming

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Photo Restoration

81.Sep.18 - Burlington - Sandra Moore & Gabriel Dusil (birthday, lap, BYAC swimming, restored)
81.Sep.18 – Burlington – Sandra Moore & Gabriel Dusil (birthday, lap, BYAC swimming, restored)
81.Sep.18 - Burlington - Sandra Moore & Gabriel Dusil (birthday, BYAC swimming, restored)
81.Sep.18 – Burlington – Sandra Moore & Gabriel Dusil (birthday, BYAC swimming, restored)
82.Apr - Burlington - Sandra Moore & Gabriel Dusil (Burlington Road Race, BYAC swimming, restored)
82.Apr – Burlington – Sandra Moore & Gabriel Dusil (Burlington Road Race, BYAC swimming, restored)
82.Jun - Burlington - Sandra Moore & Gabriel Dusil (Graduation, BYAC swimming, restored)
82.Jun – Burlington – Sandra Moore & Gabriel Dusil (Graduation, BYAC swimming, restored)
82.Apr.3 - Burlington · Post, Mark Hopkins, Steve Belham, Gabriel, Bruce Law, Linda Weston, Darling, Jones, Reffell, Roman, Cot, Moore, Midghall, Prendergast, Vlasta Dusil (BYAC swimming, restored)
82.Apr.3 – Burlington · Post, Mark Hopkins, Steve Belham, Gabriel, Bruce Law, Linda Weston, Darling, Jones, Reffell, Roman, Kot, Moore, Midghall, Prendergast, Vlasta Dusil (BYAC swimming, restored)
82.Apr.16 - Burlington · Post, Vlasta Dusil, Michelle Prendergast, Meg Midghall, Sandra Moore, Gareth Jones, Gabriel Dusil, Steve Belham, Bruce Law (BYAC swimming, restored)
82.Apr.16 – Burlington · Post, Vlasta Dusil, Michelle Prendergast, Meg Midghall, Sandra Moore, Gareth Jones, Gabriel Dusil, Steve Belham, Bruce Law (BYAC swimming, restored)

Documents

82.Oct.24 - Burlington · Post, Dusil Tops for BYAC at Guelph Swimm Meet (BYAC swimming)
82.Oct.24 – Burlington · Post, Dusil Tops for BYAC at Guelph Swimm Meet (BYAC swimming)
82.Feb.20 - Burlington · Post, Reffell & Dusil Gold Medallists (BYAC swimming)
82.Feb.20 – Burlington · Post, Reffell & Dusil Gold Medallists (BYAC swimming)
82.Apr.27 - Burlington · Gazette, BYAC Fifth Overall at AAA Event (BYAC swimming)
82.Apr.27 – Burlington · Gazette, BYAC Fifth Overall at AAA Event (BYAC swimming)
82.Apr.16 - Burlington · Post, Making a Big Splash (BYAC swimming)
82.Apr.16 – Burlington · Post, Making a Big Splash (BYAC swimming)

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AAAA Championship, Bruce Law, Burlington Civic Award, Burlington Ontario, Burlington Y Aquatic Club, BYAC, competitive swimming, Dave Darling, David Darling, David Murray, dusil.com, Eric Coulson, Eric Finstad, eurostartups.tech, Eva Dusil, Gabriel Dusil, gabrieldusil.com, Gareth Jones, Grant Reffell, Linda Weston, Mark Hopkins, Meg Midghall, Michelle Prendergast, Morris Vaillancourt, Roman Dusil., Sandra Moore, Sean Simms, Steve Babiak, Steve Belham, Swimming, Tracey Colson, Wayne Kot, YMCA

Swimming • Photo Restoration • 60 • Dusil

Diary • 13th March 1994

• My swimming career began at eleven, introduced to me by my Mom. Taci wasn’t interested in the sport so he didn’t pay much attention to my development. His hopes were in judo and soccer, but that didn’t work out so well. At the time, this was more obvious to Taci than myself. Regardless, my Mom encouraged me. She drove me to practice and attended swim meets. That support isn’t so evident until you look back at the effort required from parents. I still remember my first swim practice. I walked in with Sean Simms, Eric Finstad, and Gareth Jones. They asked me how well I can swim. Unaware of what lay ahead of me, I said that I was a good swimmer. But my first mistake was showing up with no goggles. Within five minutes my eyes were burning from the chlorine, and I was shuffled down to the last lane, with the novices. It was a reality check, and a bump to my ego, but I stuck with it and eventually learned the concept of lanes, direction, and swimming etiquette. I moved to the senior lanes after half a year. Roman joined a few months after me. He was a born breaststroker, thanks to his father, and didn’t have to start from the ground-up, like me. As the months followed, Vlasta, Soňa, and Alica gave it a try as well. Only Vlasta made a teen-career out of the sport.

• Moving to the senior team didn’t just mean moving up the lanes. It meant meeting Morris Vallencourt, the head coach. He was not much of a family man, as the parents would say, but as a coach he was awesome. He taught us discipline, organisation, leadership, passion, concentration, patience, work ethic, dealing with pain, winning and learning from our losses. His resume consisted of coaching the famous Hamilton swim team and several swimmers to national class. He was a mentor in my eyes. On the flip side, many parents had a strong disliking to him. The truth is Morris was not interested in satisfying parental agendas. He only cared about the swimmers. Besides, the political conflicts between the parents and Morris were uninteresting to me. When parents wanted their kids to swim backstroke Morris insisted on freestyle. When a swimmer complained of menstrual cramps Morris said, “Swim it off”. When a swimmer had a bleeding nose, Morris said, “Swim it off”. From my vantage point politics consisted of Morris’s salary and parental meddling into what they felt was best for their kid. Most of the swim team was behind Morris. Looking back, he was truly an wicked coach.

• Swimming

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Photo Restoration

81.Apr.1 - Kitchener - Morris Vaillancourt (BYAC coach, BYAC swimming, restored)
81.Apr.1 – Kitchener – Morris Vaillancourt (BYAC coach, BYAC swimming, restored)
81.Apr.4 - Burlington · Post, Bruce Law, Steve Babiak, David Murray, Gareth Jones, Eric Coulson, Gabriel & Roman Dusil, Grant Reffell (BYAC, AAAA Championship winners, restored)
81.Apr.4 – Burlington · Post, Bruce Law, Steve Babiak, David Murray, Gareth Jones, Eric Coulson, Gabriel & Roman Dusil, Grant Reffell (BYAC, AAAA Championship winners, restored)
81.Sep - Burlington · Paul Babiak, Gareth Jones, Gabriel Dusil, Grant Reffell, Eric Coulson, David Murray, Bruce Law, Roman Dusil (BYAC swimming, Civic Award, restored)
81.Sep – Burlington · Paul Babiak, Gareth Jones, Gabriel Dusil, Grant Reffell, Eric Coulson, David Murray, Bruce Law, Roman Dusil (BYAC swimming, Civic Award, restored)
81.Jan - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (swimming medals, BYAC swimming, restored)
81.Jan – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (swimming medals, BYAC swimming, restored)
81.Apr.4 - Burlington · Post, Y Aquatic Swimmers Mine Gold in Guelph (BYAC swimming)
81.Apr.4 – Burlington · Post, Y Aquatic Swimmers Mine Gold in Guelph (BYAC swimming)
81.Mar.8 - Burlington · Post, Dusil's Lead BYAC (BYAC swimming)
81.Mar.8 – Burlington · Post, Dusil’s Lead BYAC (BYAC swimming)
81.Mar.8 - Burlington · Post, Dusil Brothers Collect 7 Gold (BYAC swimming)
81.Mar.8 – Burlington · Post, Dusil Brothers Collect 7 Gold (BYAC swimming)
81.Jan.10 - Burlington · Post, Dusil and Reffell Win Twice (BYAC swimming)
81.Jan.10 – Burlington · Post, Dusil and Reffell Win Twice (BYAC swimming)
81.Apr.11 - Burlington · Post, Dusil Stars as Y Boys Defeat Welland (BYAC swimming)
81.Apr.11 – Burlington · Post, Dusil Stars as Y Boys Defeat Welland (BYAC swimming)
81.Apr.11 - Burlington · Post, Dusil Paces BYAC at Y Seven Swim Meet (BYAC swimming)
81.Apr.11 – Burlington · Post, Dusil Paces BYAC at Y Seven Swim Meet (BYAC swimming)

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AAAA Championship, Bruce Law, Burlington Civic Award, Burlington Ontario, Burlington Y Aquatic Club, BYAC, competitive swimming, David Darling, David Murray, dusil.com, Eric Coulson, Eric Finstad, eurostartups.tech, Eva Dusil, Gabriel Dusil, gabrieldusil.com, Gareth Jones, Grant Reffell, Linda Weston, Morris Vaillancourt, Roman Dusil., Sean Simms, Steve Babiak, Swimming, Tracey Colson, Vaclav Dusil, Vašek Dusil, Wayne Kot, YMCA

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.

• Digital Photo Restoration

 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.

• Gabičko

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

• Digital Photo Restoration

 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.

• Gabičko

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• Digital Photo Restoration

 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.

• Gabičko

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• Digital Photo Restoration

 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)

Family • Photo Restoration • 45 • Dusil • Capitalism

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

• When I was accepted at the University of Guelph to attend the Ontario Veterinary College, my mother had settled down with the assurance that I would finally finish my studies. It was my promise to her before we left Košice. Within a relatively short time I made friends in the dormitory. I was surprised how dedicated my classmates were to their studies. It was in stark contrast to the college in my home town, where few students would attend lectures. The atmosphere in Guelph was very collaborative, and everyone was ambitious. Students took their studies seriously. They knew that studying hard was for a better future. I realized how lucky I was that I was accepted into the program. My colleagues explained to me that the University of Guelph was one of the most sought after schools, and one of the hardest to get in.

• At the time, there were only two other universities offering veterinary degrees: Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and the Université de Montréal, Quebec. Candidates were admitted to the program based on their scholastic achievements – not based on knowing the right person in high ranking positions, as was the practice in Czechoslovakia. Competition into the college was fierce. Moreover, in those days less than 10% of the students were girls. Once I graduated I felt that a new phase in my life had begun. I was in a new country, speaking a new language, and part of a new economic and political ideology. I would finally become what I dreamed of since I was a child – to cure animals.

• Digital Photo Restoration

• 9 minute 42 second

 

71 - Guelph · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Veterinarian, Main Building)
71 – Guelph · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Veterinarian, Main Building)
71 - Guelph · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Veterinarian, Macdonald Hall)
71 – Guelph · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Veterinarian, Macdonald Hall)
71 - Brampton · Slavo Sykorsky, Vaclav & Karol Dusil
71 – Brampton · Slavo Sykorsky, Vaclav & Karol Dusil
73.Jun - Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation ceremony)
73.Jun – Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation ceremony)
73.Jun - Burlington · Eva, Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (Veterinarian, Aldershot Animal Hospital front door)
73.Jun – Burlington · Eva, Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (Veterinarian, Aldershot Animal Hospital front door)
74.Sep.18 - Alica, Eva, Gabriel, Roman, Vaclav, Vlasta & Sona Dusil (birthday)
74.Sep.18 – Alica, Eva, Gabriel, Roman, Vaclav, Vlasta & Sona Dusil (birthday)
76.Jul - Burlington · Eva & Cezar Dusil (roses)
76.Jul – Burlington · Eva & Cezar Dusil (roses)
76.Jul - Burlington · Cezar & Vaclav Dusil (garden)
76.Jul – Burlington · Cezar & Vaclav Dusil (garden)
76.Jul - Burlington · Cezar & Eva Dusil (garden)
76.Jul – Burlington · Cezar & Eva Dusil (garden)
80 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, Aldershot Animal Hospital)
80 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, Aldershot Animal Hospital)

75 - Burlington · Vaclav & Cezar Dusil (standing on hind legs, premiere pro)

Family • Photo Restoration • 5 • Mamička & Taci • Wedding

• Introduction by Eva Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 24th February 2015

• Our wedding was on the 24th of February 1968, and remember that it was a cold day. The first part was a civil wedding ceremony at the City Hall in Košice. From there we went to the big cathedral, Dóm svätej Alžbety. After the reception we went to my parent’s apartment on Krmanova 3. My father hired a cook to do the catering. Taci was responsible for getting the wine. Your father was still in the military at the time of the wedding.  He chose his brother as his best man, just as his brother chose Taci when he got married. The wedding group was not very big – somewhere around twenty people. The wedding party included close family, friends and teammates from judo. It was a happy day.  Today would have been our 47th anniversary.

• A year and a half later on 5th of September 1969  we left Czechoslovakia.  We celebrated your first birthday in Paris, and you took your first steps there as well.  We were there with your uncle’s family as well as your godparents, Slavo and Milica Sykorsky. We spent nine weeks in Paris, arranging for visas to enter Canada.

Mamička

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• Digital Photo Restoration

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  • 5 minutes 55 seconds

 • 7 minutes 51 seconds

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (veil, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (veil)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (down the isle, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (down the isle)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (witness, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (witness)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (ceremony, restored #b)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (ceremony)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (ring, restored #b)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (ring)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (kiss, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (kiss)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (signature, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (signature)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (breaking plate, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (breaking plate)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (breaking vase, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (breaking vase)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (sweeping up, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (sweeping up)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (first dance, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (first dance, restored)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (family & friends 2, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (family & friends 2)

 

• Top row – Pista Oravec, Juraj Mazanek, Pepo Vosecky, and his sister Alica Vosecky • Second row – Uncle Nandor Wawrek (My dad’s uncle on his mother’s side), Karol Dusil, Erika Dusil, and partially hidden is Sonja Leitman • Third row – Csaba Kende (“Nadapy” my grandfather) Stefan Kende, Roman Dusil (baby), Attila Kende, Robert Dusil • Fourth row –  Viera Kendeova, Zuzka Dusil • Bottom row – Valeria Kendeova (“Nanika”, my grandmother) and the bride and groom, Eva Dusilova and Vaclav Dusil.

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (family & friends 1, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (family & friends 1)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (bride, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (bride)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (car, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (car)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (Couple, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (Couple)

 

 

• Tags

Alica Vosecky, Attila Kende, Csaba Kende, Erika Dusil, Hosszu, Karol Dusil, Nandor Wawrek, Oravec, Pepo Vosecky, Robert Dusil, Roman Dusil., Sonja Leitman, Stefan Kende, Valeria Kendeova, Vavrek, Viera Kendeova, Zuzana Dusil, Zuzka Dusil, Gabriel Dusil, dusil.com

 


68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (premiere pro)