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September 2016 – What’s News?

What’s News?

Get to know our 19th principal, Sam McKinney

Sam McKinney has been on the job since July 1 and the College community has given a warm welcome to him, his wife Rosey and sons Jack ’17, Connor ’19 and Charlie ’20.

To get a great snapshot of who McKinney is, including some of his hidden talents (hint: home renovation), check out this video. If you missed it on our Facebook page, take a virtual seat in Laidlaw Hall and check out our new principal’s first Upper School assembly address on Sept. 8.

For a complete archive of media stories about McKinney to date and his complete biography, please click here.

Countdown to Association Day on Sept. 24

Association Day co-chairs Jeff ’98, Jon ’99 and Craig ’02 Hill are delighted to invite all Old Boys, students, parents and friends to join us as we celebrate everything that makes UCC great.

A-Day 2016 will be a fun-filled celebration for the entire family. We’ll welcome new principal Sam McKinney and family, plus we’ll have new activities as well as those you know and love. For more information and a full schedule of the day’s events, please click here.

Click through to a video about all the reasons to be at A-Day.

Catch up at Reunion 2016 on Sept. 23 and 24

UCC’s reunion is a time to reminisce, have fun and, of course, tell everyone they haven’t changed a bit.

Is your class on the list of this year’s honourees from the years 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011? Click here to register for the weekend’s events.

Have a say in UCC’s future at first-ever Old Boy Summit

Join us for our first-ever Old Boy Summit on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UCC.

Hosted by the Association Council, the summit is part of the College’s collaborative and consultative approach to charting our new strategic priorities. The summit will tackle three topics: a long-term financial model of the College; Old Boy engagement with College life; and UCC’s financial assistance program.

Click here for more information about the breakout sessions and to register for the summit.

Rodger Wright ’70 appointed special adviser

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Rodger Wright ’70 as special adviser to the vice-principal, advancement and strategy.

In this role he’ll assist with alumni relations, donor relations and strategic planning.

We’re most fortunate to have the opportunity to bring Rodger back to UCC and have his passion and wise counsel available to us going forward. He can be reached at rwright@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1225, ext. 2229. Click here to read more about Rodger.

Family pleasure skating is back

Family skating began on Sept. 11 and runs every Sunday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. until April 16, 2017 in the William P. Wilder ’40 Arena & Sports Complex.

There will be no family skate on Nov. 27, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

Family skating is free and all are invited so bring friends and family members. Everyone skating is required to wear a CSA-approved helmet.

Contact Samantha Kerbel in the Association office at skerbel@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 2239 if you have any questions.

We’re asking Old Boys to help us find new boys

We’re accepting applications for September 2017 entry to UCC, and our annual admission open house is coming up on Oct. 26 and 27.

As an Old Boy, you can help play an important role in our recruitment process by letting talented boys and their families know about the amazing opportunities at UCC, or letting us know about talented boys.

Contact us directly about a prospective student by calling the admission office at 416-488-1125 (SK to Form 7, ext. 4123; Upper School, ext. 2221) or emailing admission@ucc.on.ca. The College is also committed to honouring relationships with legacy families and applicants with siblings attending the school and will interview any sons of Old Boys and siblings upon application. Visit the admission section for more information on applying. Thank you for being a proud UCC ambassador and helping us find great boys.

Summer hockey draws large numbers

Hockey isn’t the first sport you normally think about during the summer, but don’t tell
that to the group of Old Boys who hit the ice at the William P. Wilder ’40 Arena &
Sports Complex every Wednesday at 6 p.m.

While these sessions draw a range of alumni, young Old Boys from the past two
graduating classes made up more than half the group this summer.

“They absolutely love coming back to the school each week to see their old
classmates and totally appreciate that the school makes the ice available to them
weekly,” says Trevor Stephenson, who takes part in the games.

A lot of these Old Boys will continue to pursue their passion and enjoy the
camaraderie when the temperatures start to fall and the days grow shorter, as
they can keep on playing hockey on an Olympic-sized ice surface in the Mara Rink
every Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. through the fall and winter.

Click here to download the full schedule of Old Boy sports. Contact Samantha Kerbel at skerbel@ucc.on.ca for more information about using UCC’s rinks and other sports facilities.

Cookie retiring after 20 years

Can you believe it? It’s been 20 years since Cookie first graced our presence as school mascot. What started out as a 1996 Leaving Class gift that bore a striking resemblance to a trademarked Sesame Street character has evolved into a full-fledged member of our community.

However, the years have taken their toll on Cookie and the time has come for him to retire.

While we’ve enjoyed having Cookie as our mascot, due to copyright infringement issues among others, we’ve decided it’s time to usher in a new era of UCC spirit mongering. In short, we are looking for a mascot that UCC community members can truly call their own. So we’re launching a search for a new mascot and asking community members to submit their original ideas through a mascot nomination form. The shortlisted nominees will be presented at A-Day, with voting to commence soon after.

In the meantime, we’ve created a Cookie tribute page for you to share your memories and well wishes for Cookie as he enters this next stage in his life. He will be making a final appearance at A-Day this year, so please come out and show your love for Cookie and all the great teams he’ll be supporting.

Old Times correction notice

We have three corrections from the spring/summer 2016 issue of Old Times.




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September 2016 – Alumni Events

Upcoming Events


On the road again for fall branch events

If you dont live in the branch cities listed below but are there on business or pleasure, please feel free to attend. Please click here to register. If you have any questions, please email Maria Karakoulas at mkarakoulas@ucc.on.ca.

Thursday, Sept. 29
Kingston branch reception
6:30 p.m., The University Club

Thursday, Oct. 13   
Boston branch reception
6 p.m., Harvard Club of Boston

Thursday, Oct. 13
Ottawa branch reception
5:30 to 7:30 p.m., MUST Kitchen & Wine Bar

Thursday, Oct. 20 
London, Ont. branch reception
6 to 8 p.m., The Wave Bar & Restaurant

Friday, Nov. 4
London, England branch reception
7 p.m., The Churchill War Rooms

Friday, Nov. 18
Montreal branch reception
6 p.m., The University Club

“Battle of the Blues” on Oct. 14

The “Battle of the Blues” is back.

After a successful performance at last year’s inaugural match, UCC’s Varsity Blues will once again take on rivals from St. Michael’s College School in a fierce but friendly football event.

Event Details:

Friday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m.
University of Toronto Varsity Centre
Junior varsity game at 5 p.m.
Senior varsity game at 7 p.m.


Fall Norval open house

Please join us for our annual Fall Family Open House at the Norval Outdoor School, Sunday, Oct. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. Stephen House will be open, with food and refreshments available.  Group of people in the Fall season

Fall at Norval is a time of beautiful colours. There will be lots of evidence of wildlife as most animals are preparing for winter. Come join us for an outdoor getaway with friends and family. Dogs on a leash are welcome too!  We’ll be offering a wide variety of activities including: Plant a Tree at Norval, Pumpkin Carving, Fall Colours Hike and Mountain Biking (weather permitting).

Please click here to register. Click here to download directions to Norval.

Lest we forget

Each year we invite Old Boys who’ve served or are currently serving in the military to continue an important UCC tradition and attend special Remembrance Day services.

Photo taken by UCC parent Raj Ahluwalia

Each year, our students and staff celebrate the Old Boys who served in the military, particularly those who made the supreme sacrifice. The services offer solemn but imaginative programs that include music, readings and a performance.

Please join us on Thursday, November 10. The Prep service takes place at 9:15 a.m., followed by the Upper School service at 10:30 a.m.

Click here to register. Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contract events manager Maria Karakoulas at 416-488-1125, ext. 2231 or mkarakoulas@ucc.on.ca.

The photo at right was taken by UCC parent Raj Ahluwalia.

Another successful Joe Cressy Memorial Golf Tournament is in the books

Ninety Old Boys, parents, past parents and friends of the College joined co-chairs Matt Irwin ’00 and Brett Twaits ’00 at the 82nd Joe Cressy Memorial Golf Tournament on June 1.

It was an amazing day of golf and fun. The weather cooperated, the course was challenging and, best of all, everyone had a great time.We would like to sincerely thank our sponsors.

Without their generosity, the tournament couldn’t take place each year.Next year’s tournament will be on May 31 at Copper Creek Golf Club and co-chaired by Matt Flynn ’96 and Brian Bastable ’96. There will be more details as the date draws near.

Please contact Maria Karakoulas at mkarakoulas@ucc.on.ca regarding sponsorship opportunities.

Click here to view a gallery of images from this year’s tournament.

Historic cricket match on May 26

Join us for the 150th anniversary of the historic cricket match between UCC and Trinity College School on Saturday, May 26, 2017.

The match will be followed by a commemorative banquet at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club. More details will be announced as the date draws near.

If you’re interested in playing,  please contact UCC Old Boy Ed Bracht ’55 at edabracht@gmail.com.

Click here to read an inspiring story why one Old Boy gives back

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September 2016 – Annual Fund

September 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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