Three new members welcomed into Winston Churchill Hall of Fame

By Garrett Simmons

Lethbridge School District No. 51

Communications Officer

The 2018 Winston Churchill High School Hall of Fame welcomed three new members on Friday morning.

Judy Trinh, a Gemini Award winning reporter with the CBC stationed in Ottawa, and Devon May, the current senior vice-president of Network Strategy with American Airlines, in the Hall of Fame.

Bryce Salvador, 14 year NHL veteran, who is also a sports health advocate and entrepreneur, was also inducted, though he was unable to attend Friday’s ceremony.

Trinh graduated from Winston Churchill High School in 1992, and then attended the University of Alberta, where she received her Bachelor of Arts, Honours Political Science and English in 1997. She then attended the University of Western Ontario to complete a Master of Arts degree in Journalism in 1997. Trinh is an on-air reporter with CBC in Ottawa and received a Gemini Award in 2010 for Best Breaking News Report for a story, Crematorium, which chronicled the story of soot from an Ottawa crematorium that was falling and blowing onto nearby homes.

Her family story of their escape from Vietnam in 1979 was also a Canada 150 Heritage Minute.

In her acceptance speech, Trinh told those gathered about her harrowing five-day journey on a boat, not much wider than a school bus, packed with 315 people.

Twice attacked by pirates, the boat finally made land, after first being turned away, when the crew made the decision to sink the boat, not far from shore. With no water left and no rations, the difficult decision forced the Trinh family, and many others, to swim to safety. Trinh was only four at the time.

“Can you imagine a mother making that decision, to throw their child overboard,” said Trinh, who added the family made it safely to land and three months later, found themselves in Canada.

The Canada 150 Heritage Minute story spoke to the political will that allow the families to come to Canada, said Trinh, who added it was the kindness of the people of Lethbridge which allowed her family to thrive.

And with that, she encouraged Churchill’s current students to make a difference in their own way, as Trinh told students that half of the 46,319 refugees which come to Canada each year are age 17 or under.

“These are individuals who could use a friend, individuals you could help. You could help sow the seeds for someone’s success.”

May graduated from Churchill in 1993. He then attended the University of Lethbridge, and received a Bachelor of Management in Finance in 1998, and a Master of Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2001.

He has worked in the aviation industry since 2000 working with Continental Airlines, America West Airlines and US Airways through to 2013, and with American Airlines since 2013. He has held many administrative positions including international route planning, financial planning and analysis. May is currently the senior vice-president, finance, with American Airlines in Dallas/Fort Worth, but he added for him, everything started at Lethbridge’s northside high school.

“I am thrilled to be back and Churchill and honoured with this award,” he said. “I grew up at Churchill and Churchill was at the centre of my life.”

He highlighted some of the Churchill teachers who made a big impression on him, which include current principal Carey Rowntree, who was one of May’s football coaches.

His father also taught at Churchill, as May spoke about a childhood surrounded by teachers, as he thanked the Churchill staff for their tireless work and dedication.

As for his accomplishments in the business world, May attributed that to his formative years at Churchill.

“It was because of the foundation I’ve built here.”

Salvador, who graduated from Churchill in 1994, was unable to attend Friday’s ceremony. The school hopes to have the retired National Hockey League visit in the fall.

Originally from Brandon, Salvador came to Lethbridge as a 16 year old, and played his entire Western Hockey League career with the Lethbridge Hurricanes. He helped lead the team to a 1997 WHL Championship season.

He was recognized twice by the Hurricanes as the team’s top scholar, and received the WHL Scholastic Player of the Year recognition in 1995. His jersey number was retired by the Hurricanes in 2016.

Salvador went on to play 14 seasons in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues (2000-2007) and New Jersey Devils (2008-2015), and played a total of 780 regular season games and 74 playoff games, which included a run to the 2012 Stanley Cup Final with the Devils. He was honoured as the captain of the New Jersey Devils from 2013 until his retirement.

Salvador actively promotes and supports health initiatives related to concussion assessment and recovery, youth hockey and development in the New Jersey area, provides colour commentary for televised New Jersey Devils games and co-owns xHockeyProducts, a company focusing on hockey training equipment and off-ice player development programs.

Date posted: May 11, 2018