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May 2016 – What’s News?

What’s News?

Last chance to RSVP for Jim Power’s send-off; sign memory book

Jim Power, principalAs we all know, Principal Jim Power is bidding farewell this June after 12 years with UCC. Knowing Jim’s love for a good cup of coffee, we’re toasting him and Mary with a Venti or two on Saturday, May 7 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. RSVP here by May 5. If you can’t attend or would like to send him a personal note or well-wishes, we encourage you to leave a message on this tribute page .


Spring is the season for a flurry of UCC events! We’ve got an exceptional number of them coming up. So be sure to click on the Alumni Events and Common Ties tabs on the left–and don’t miss them. What’s NEW in this issue? Check out the “Why I Give” profiles of our awesome donors in the Annual Fund section.

Be heard at first-ever Old Boy Summit on Oct. 22

You may have heard UCC is inviting Old Boys back to the College on Saturday, Oct. 22 for its first-ever Old Boy Summit.

We want YOU to provide valuable input into the future of the College as discussions around the next strategic plan begin. It also may be your first opportunity to meet, chat with and hear from our new principal, Sam McKinney. Watch for the ad in Old Times and for more information via email shortly.

Show Marshall Webb some love; sign his memory book

What can we say? After 40 years at UCC, Marshall Webb, Old Boy from the Class of 1968 and master English teacher is leaving us. He’s beloved by generations of UCC grads–as evidenced by the fact our Facebook post on his farewell address at Upper School assembly received 15,000 views. Keep the love going by signing his memory book here. Deadline: May 20. To send a submission or image without using the forms, write to aaster@ucc.on.ca




And the Harold Roberts Circle winners are …

Harold A.D. Roberts, class of 1915, was known as “Mr. UCC.” His service to UCC stretched over eight decades. In their own inimitable way, each of the five inductees into this year’s Harold A.D. Roberts Circle has earned, likewise, the title of Mr. or Ms. UCC.

The annual award recognizes substantial contributions or special service by members of the UCC Association, either through short- or long-term commitment. Read on to learn about our five winners. They’ll receive their award at the volunteer reception on Wednesday, May 18. Congratulations to all. Read more.

Calling all boarders; say bye to Despina

It’s also time to sign a memory book for one of UCC’s unsung heroes, Wedd’s housekeeping staff member Despina Koinis, shown with IB2 student Atef Abedin.

It’s hard enough telling one teenaged boy to keep his room clean. Imagine helping close to 50 teenage students keep 29 rooms tidy, day in and day out—for 35 years?

It’s time for Koinis to enjoy some rest and relaxation. Best described as an extension of the house advising staff, she’s one of only two people who goes into every boarding house room, every day. Boys over the years have appreciated Despina’s legendary listening skills. She’s heard it all; complaints about workload; finding a date for the Batt; and so much more.

Let Despina know how much she’s contributed to the UCC boarding experience. Sign our memory book here or send a note or images to aaster@ucc.on.ca

Spread the word: UCC’s got Doors Open on May 29

Have you been back to UCC since the renovations were completed? You know you’re always welcome to come for a visit, but why not drop in during Toronto’s annual and popular Doors Open event this year? UCC will participate for the third time on Sunday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Be sure to also spread the word and tell your friends and family to join us for tours, refreshments and lots of fascinating historical information about our storied, 187-year-old school. See you there.

Check out new all-star athlete profiles at Go Blues

What do Allen Champagne ’11, Barney Williams ’96 and Brian Conacher ’61 have in common? Well, besides being Old Boys, they’re also “all-star alumni.” From football to golf, volleyball to tennis, you can read about alumni who’ve made their mark on the sports world here on the newly launched Go Blues website. Suggestions for nominees for future profiles? Email your suggestions to the editor.

Greg Eckler ’87 a contender for funniest assembly speaker

Greg Eckler ’87 is in the running for UCC’s “funniest assembly speaker in a long time” award. One of The Rick Mercer Report’s head writers spoke on April 11. Click here to read more.

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May 2016 – Alumni Events

Upcoming Events

Click on the listing for more details and to register

Coffee Farewell for the Powers – May 7

Spring Reunion Dinner – May 11

Norval Spring Open House – May 15

Doors Open – May 29

82nd Joe Cressy Memorial Golf Tournament – June 1

Spring Sports Day – June 4

Common Ties Finance LunchNet – June 6

Common Ties UK event – June 9

Young Old Boys Night Out – June 15

Old Boy Summit – Oct. 22

82nd Joe Cressy Memorial Golf Tournament

Dear Old Boys:

It’s our pleasure to invite you to join us on Wednesday, June 1 at Copper Creek Golf Club for the 82nd Joe Cressy Memorial Golf Tournament.

This will be a great day of golf, friendships and rivalries. Proceeds raised will go to the College Priority Fund at UCC. Your day will feature a round of golf at one of Canada’s top golf courses, a barbecue lunch, a steak dinner, a silent auction and a great prize table.

It will be a fun and exciting event that will include a number of on-course activities including hole-in-one, closest to the pin and longest drive competitions.

Now, we have a challenge for you. The leaving class that gets the most gentlemen out will receive unlimited beverages for the day. Yes, all day, on the course, the entire class.

Call your classmates, polish your putter, iron your golf shirts and join us on June 1 at Copper Creek.

To register and find out about sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Matt Irwin ’00                                 Brett Twaits ‘00

Co-chair                                         Co-chair

Thank you to our sponsors to date:

Presenting sponsor: MARANT Construction Limited

Hat sponsor: Ewing Morris & Co. Investment Partners Ltd

Par gold sponsors: Barometer, Colliers International, WOW 1-day Painting

Par silver sponsor: Aramark

Joe Cressy 2016

Check out Norval spring family open house on May 15

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. Here’s your chance to try the great Norval activities your boys talk about. Join us Sunday, May 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. Here’s a brief sample of some of our favourite activities:

  • Photo scavenger hunt: We’ll give you photos or lists of places or things at Norval. Your job is to find them and take their picture. (Use your own camera or borrow ours.)
  • New Norval garden: The boys have worked hard to create this appealing and educational garden. Herbs, flowers, veggies, we have it all.  Speak with resident gardener Ms. Padfield for tips to spruce up your own garden.
  • Crayfish safari: Did you know three species of crayfish live in the Credit River? Help us catch (and release) them. Bring rubber boots to wade into the river.

As usual we’ll have food, refreshments and displays in Stephen House. Friends, family members and dogs on leashes are all welcome. There’s no charge.

Directions: 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.

Please click here to register. If you have any questions, please call the Association office at 416-484-8629.

Past Events

Young Alumni Network hosts evening with Toronto Mayor John Tory

Toronto Mayor John Tory took some time out of his hectic schedule on April 27 to join a capacity audience of more than 100 young graduates of UCC, The Bishop Strachan School and Branksome Hall to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing young professionals in the City of Toronto.

Tory was introduced by UCC Young Alumni Network chair Ben Gilbank ’04 and spoke briefly to set the stage. This was followed by a lively exchange of views moderated expertly by the mayor’s nephew, Nick Tory ’04. A wide range of issues was addressed, including transit policy and expansion, economic development strategy, gender equality, the growth of Toronto’s technology sector, the proliferation of marijuana dispensaries, bicycle lanes on Bloor Street and what the mayor called the troublesome income and housing opportunity gap between the “comfortable and the struggling” citizens of Toronto.

The mayor gave generously of his time and opinions and left a thoughtful group of young professionals to debate the issues among themselves. UCC thanks Cassels Brock for providing the venue and staff support for this event.

John ToryMayor John Tory with Nick Tory ’04

UCC visits the west coast

The UCC Association recently hosted events in Vancouver on April 14, San Francisco on April 15 and Los Angeles on April 17.

Everyone who attended had an amazing time. One of the highlights of the trip was a tour of Stanford University following the San Francisco evening event. Thank you to our wonderful hosts: Chris Cottier ’70 in Vancouver; Hazel and Michael Kawaja in San Francisco; and Richard Saxton ’73 in Los Angeles.

Stanford April 2016

Elliott Kaufman ’14, Ben Leung ’09, UCC senior development officer Michelle Golfman and Paricha Duangtaweesub ’09 at Stanford University.

LA 2016

 Principal Jim Power, Los Angeles branch President Richard Saxton ’73, Sue Guichon, Cary Hurwitz ’90 and Michael Hurwitz ’01 at the Los Angeles branch reception.

Aly Kassim-Lakha ’11, Rohan Karunakaran ’03, Dylan Haber ’10 and Alan Chan ’02 at the San Francisco branch reception.

SF branch 2016

Sue Guichon, Andrew Kawaja ’92, Dokleida Kawaja, principal Jim Power, Lisa Hockin and John Hockin ’89 at the San Francisco branch reception.

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May 2016 – Common Ties Mentorship

Common Ties Mentorship

10th annual Finance LunchNet

When: June 6 from 12 to 2 p.m.

Where: Royal Blank Plaza, Toronto

Join your fellow finance professionals for an informal lunch and networking event hosted by John Stackhouse ’81.

Contact alumni relations associate director Jeff Ball at jball@ucc.on.ca for details.

The What’s What of Business Immigration to the United Kingdom

Hosted by the Common Ties Mentorship Program and BSS Connect

When: Thursday, June 9 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Charlotte Street Hotel, 15/17 Charlotte St., London W1T 1RJ
Cocktails and canapes will be served.

Guest panelists: Barristers Donald Lilly ’01 and Liz Barratt, and Karolina Smula BSS ’06, Adviser at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Contact alumni relations associate director Jeff Ball at jball@ucc.on.ca for details.

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Annual Fund – May 2016

Why I give: Graham Cowan ’10

When a memorial scholarship was created in the name of Jonny Wookey ’08, who died tragically in 2012, Graham Cowan immediately asked that his annual donation be directed to it.

“He embodied every positive characteristic Upper Canada College wants to instil in its graduates,” Cowan says.

“In my first year at the Upper School, Jonny definitely contributed to making it a more inviting place. Even though he was two years ahead of me, he always took the time to have a chat in the halls. 

“It was an easy choice to switch my giving to that scholarship. I’ll probably keep doing so as long as it’s alive.”

Cowan, too, embodies the UCC ideal of a well-rounded person. He was captain of the UCC squash team in Grade 12 and continued to compete in the sport at Western University while studying business.

During that time, UCC associate director of alumni relations Lindsay Tarvit introduced Cowan to a vice-president from PricewaterhouseCoopers, who recruited him upon graduation. Cowan now works for the professional services powerhouse as a senior associate who consults on purchasing and supply chain management.

Cowan first begin donating to his alma mater during his final year at university.

“I believe I should donate a percentage of what I earn and it’s the least I could do for UCC,” he says.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the direction the school is going in terms of funding high-potential students who couldn’t otherwise afford UCC. It’s great that the school is going outside of Forest Hill and providing opportunities. With the scholarships and financial aid, it makes me prouder to be an Old Boy every year.”

Cowan keeps in touch with UCC through the alumni network and still counts many of his classmates as good friends.

“Our ongoing relationship shows what kind of people there are at UCC,” he says.

Click here to read more donor stories.

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