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April 2015 – What’s News?

What’s News?

Search begins for new board chair Man Smiling

A committee of Old Boys, parents and senior volunteers has been struck to find and nominate the next chair of the Upper Canada College board of governors to succeed Old Boy and parent Andy Burgess ’83, who concludes his term in January 2016.

The committee will meet with key stakeholders and past and current governors in its search for a new chair over the next several months. The committee includes: Michael MacMillan ’74 (board chair from 2004 to 2009 and former Foundation trustee); Roly Browning Watt ’62 (Foundation chair from 2001 to 2008); Richard Phillips ’85 (Foundation chair from 2009 to 2014); Jill Denham (governor and current parent); David MacDougall ’81 (former governor and Foundation trustee, and current parent); Sue Guichon (governor and past parent); and Burgess.

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UCC Military History Immersion Program

Upper Canada College announced the creation of a new Military History Immersion Program at a student assembly on March 30.

The program is the direct result of a generous leadership gift to UCC’s $100-million Think Ahead Campaign from John and Pattie Cleghorn (grandparents of Grade 8 student Jamie Cleghorn) and their family.

The program will immerse student participants in the First and Second World War experiences of Canadian soldiers, with a special focus on the more than 400 UCC Old Boys who gave their lives in the conflicts. Its centrepiece will be an eight-day tour of European battlefields, including Ypres, Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge, Dieppe and Juno Beach. There will also be a significant research component to the program that takes advantage of UCC’s many archival resources relating to the First and Second World Wars and the conflicts’ impact on the College community.


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Association Day & Reunion 2015

This year’s Association Day will be on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Click here for further details about Association Day and other alumni events.

Attention classes of 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010: this is your reunion year. Your reunion committees are hard at work planning an amazing weekend. More information and details will come. Please email the Association office at association@ucc.on.ca if you have any questions.

Volunteers in the spotlight

Founder’s Dinner was a huge success.

More than 450 Old Boys, parents, past parents and friends of the College enjoyed a wonderful dinner catered by O&B and a captivating keynote address by current parent Reza Satchu, the co-founder of The Next 36.

Founder’s Dinner isn’t a fundraising event, but we count on sponsorship for our community to help offset the cost of the dinner. This years’ dinner chairmen, Charles Field-Marsham ’87 and current parent John Francis, did an outstanding job in obtaining sponsorship for this event. Thank you for ensuring that Founder’s Dinner was a success.

Charles Field-Marsham ’87, Reza Satchu and John Francis at Founder’s Dinner.

Old Boy open sports schedule


Basketball in Hewitt Athletic Centre, 6:30 to 9 p.m. (all year)


Soccer on oval (in the bubble during the winter), 6:30 to 9 p.m. (all year)


Winter shinny hockey in arena, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., until June 10 (returns Sept. 2)

Summer shinny hockey in arena, 6 to 7 p.m., from June 17 to Aug. 26

Lacrosse on New Field, 6:30 to 9 p.m., from July 8 to Aug. 27


Ball hockey on sports court, 12 to 5 p.m., from April to October

Tennis on outdoor courts only, 12 to 5 p.m., from late June to August


Family pleasure skating in arena, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., from September to April. The last skate is on Sunday, April 19. Check the next edition of Old Ties for the 2015-16 dates.

Please contact Association coordinator Courtney McNeillie at cmcneillie@ucc.on.ca for more information.

Association staff update

Please join us in welcoming Courtney McNeillie as the acting Association Coordinator in the advancement office. Courtney is Samantha Kerbel’s maternity leave replacement until May 2016.

We are thrilled to welcome Courtney to the UCC community. She can be reached at cmcneillie@ucc.on.ca or at 416-488-1125 ext. 2239.

The UCC Association

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April 2015 – Alumni Events

Alumni Events 

Spring branch events

All are welcome to attend. If you’re on vacation or business in any of the cities below, we would love to see you there. Please click here to register. Please contact the Association office at association@ucc.on.ca if you have any questions.


Thursday, April 23

New York branch reception
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
New York Athletic Club


Friday, April 24

San Francisco branch reception
6 to 8 p.m.
Home of John ’89 and Lisa Hockin


Sunday, April 26

Los Angeles branch reception
3 to 5 p.m.
Jonathan Beach Club

Join us to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Stephen House at the Norval spring family open house 

Norval’s spring open house will be held on Sunday, May 3 from from 1 to 3 p.m.

We’re often asked: “Why don’t you offer some of your fun Norval programs for parents and families?”

Our seasonal open houses are just that: a chance for families to come and try some of the great Norval activities that your boys have been talking about. Come join us and try out some of our favourites.

1.  Try our photo scavenger hunt. We’ll give you photographs of certain places or things at Norval, as well as a list of items to find. The idea is to find these things and take their picture. Use your own camera or borrow one of ours.

2.  Come visit the new Norval garden. The boys have worked hard to create this appealing and educational garden that includes herbs, flowers and vegetables. Speak with our resident gardener, Ms. Livingston, about tricks you can use to spruce up your own garden.

3.  Did you know there are three kinds of crayfish that live in the Credit River? Help us catch (and release) some of them and see what we find. Please bring rubber boots for this activity, as you’ll have to wade into the river a little bit.

We’ll have food, refreshments and displays in Stephen House. There’s no charge and friends, family members and dogs on leashes are all welcome. This May marks the 50th anniversary of the dedication of Stephen House at Norval by R.A. Laidlaw from the class of 1904. We’ll mark this special anniversary by enjoying stories of appreciation from past Norval directors and members of the Laidlaw family, a photo display of Stephen House’s construction and a really big birthday cake.

Please email Courtney McNeillie in the Association office at association@ucc.on.ca to register. Please indicate the number of people attending.

Directions to Norval: Take Highway 401 west to Winston Churchill Boulevard. Follow Winston Churchill Boulevard north and go through the Village of Norval. Continue straight ahead. The entrance to the Norval property is on your left, 1.2 kilometres north of the village stoplight. The drive takes about 50 minutes from UCC in light traffic.

Spring reunion dinner for the young at heart

The College’s annual spring reunion dinner, honouring the leaving classes up to and including 1964, will take place on Tuesday, May 5, at 6 p.m. in the Upper School. A reception will be held in the main foyer and dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. in the Upper Dining Hall.

Tours of the College will be available from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Please contact the Association office at 1-800-822-5361 or click here to register online if you’re interested in attending.

Old Boy spring sports day

Celebrate the arrival of spring and participate in friendly games of cricket, lacrosse, soccer or ice hockey as part of the College’s spring sports day on Sunday, May 24. All skill levels are welcome.

There will be lunch and beverages in the Foster Hewitt Foundation Lounge of the William P. Wilder ’40 Arena and Sports Complex after the games at 11 a.m. for soccer players and noon for all other participants.

Please click here to register. Please contact Courtney McNeillie in the Association office at association@ucc.on.ca if you have questions.

Game locations and start times:

Soccer: Oval (10 a.m.)

Lacrosse: Oval (11 a.m.)

Ice hockey: Arena (11 a.m.)

Cricket: Cricket pitch (11 a.m.)

81st annual Joe Cressy Memorial Golf Tournament

The 81st annual Joe Cressy Memorial Golf Tournament will take place on Wednesday, June 3.

Please contact events manager Maria Karakoulas at 416-488-1125, ext. 2231 to reserve your spot or obtain more information, or click here to register online. Sponsorship opportunites are available.

Association Day is on Sept. 26

The entire community of Old Boys, students, parents and friends are invited to come and join us as we celebrate everything that makes UCC great on Saturday, Sept. 26.

It’s a fun-filled day for the entire family featuring tons of new activities as well as ones you know and love.

Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • the fun-filled Kidzone will have exciting new attractions
  • varsity football, volleyball and soccer games (Go Blues!)
  • the A-Tunes music fest will be back by popular demand on the main stage
  • the Jon Wookey Market will have a fresh look and location
  • the silent auction will feature an amazing selection of items
  • the ever-popular dunk tank
  • BBC information tent
  • Kernel’s Popcorn
  • the barbecue and snack shack with delicious, new nut-free items
  • the Michael Evan Jurist Memorial Tennis Tournament
  • the hospitality terrace (19+)
  • campus tours to check out recent renovations of the Upper School and boarding houses

The next edition of Old Ties will have more details and surprises that will take place on A-Day.

Please contact events manager Maria Karakoulas at mkarakoulas@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 2231 if you have any questions.


Young Alumni Events

Young Old Boys Night Out

The seventh annual “Young Old Boys Night Out” will be on Wednesday, June 10 at El Tequila Y Tacos.

The restaurant is located at 220 King St. W. and owned by Andreas Antoniou ’02.

Young Old Boys Night Out is an annual, exclusive downtown Toronto gathering of young alumni who’ve graduated within the last 15 years (2000 to 2014). The event provides a great opportunity for Old Boys to get together and rehash tales of their glory days at UCC. Young Old Boys Night Out is sure to bring together classmates who haven’t seen each other in a few years (or since last weekend) and get everyone revisiting a memory or two.

Young Old Boys Night Out is hosted by the Young Alumni Network. Please click here to register.

Please contact alumni relations and Common Ties manager Lindsay Tarvit at ltarvit@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 3357 for information about the event and the Young Alumni Network.

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April 2015 – Common Ties

Common Ties Mentorship

Ninth annual Finance LunchNet

Date: Thursday, May 28

Time: 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Fasken Martineau LLP, 333 Bay St., 24th floor

This event presents a great networking opportunity for those who are working in or interested in working in finance-related industries. Lunch will be provided.

Please click here to register. Please contact Lindsay Tarvit at ltarvit@ucc.on.ca for more information.

Common Ties screening of Out to Win

The Common Ties Mentorship Program invites you to an April 29 screening of Out to Win at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

Hot Docs executive director Brett Hendrie ’97 has once again invited members of the UCC community to participate in the 2015 festival. hotdocs

Sports have the power to reflect and define our cultural identity and shape gender roles. When Michael Sam was drafted to the NFL in 2014, it was a groundbreaking event that blew the closet doors wide open on the challenges faced by professional lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) athletes around the globe. Filmmaker Michael Ingram chronicles the history of LGBT in sports through perspectives of athletes, coaches, agents, fans and the media in Out to Win. Please click here for a full description of the film.

Date: Wednesday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Location:  Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. at Bathurst Street

Olympic gold medal-winning hockey player Charline Labonte, former Major League Baseball player Billy Bean and American college football player Conner Mertens will participate in a panel discussion about their experiences following the film.

Registration is required here, as space is limited to 50 seats. Tickets will be provided in pairs. Please keep this in mind and register yourself in multiples of two. Walk-ins aren’t permitted.

Contact events manager Maria Karakoulas at mkarakoulas@ucc.on.ca with any questions.

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April 2015 – Annual Fund


If you’re an Old Boy who has graduated within the last 15 years, you can become a member of the Crown Links Society by making a cumulative donation of $500 or more.

You can help ensure that the traditions and values that have shaped the lives of so many young men will continue. You’ll receive an exclusive pair of UCC crown cufflinks in recognition of your generosity.

We all wear our pride differently, so celebrate the links you have with Upper Canada College.

Please contact Joanne Weedmark at 416-848-1125, ext. 2000 for more information.



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