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Association Day is on Sept. 29

Association Day Old Boy chair Andrew Binkley ‘02 and Parent Chair Heather Senst, mother of Preston ’22, are delighted to invite all Old Boys, students, parents and friends to join us as we celebrate everything that makes Upper Canada College great.

UCC will celebrate its 39th Association Day on Saturday, Sept. 29. The theme is “Makers and Innovators.” Join fellow Old Boys, parents, past parents and students for a fun-filled celebration for the entire family that will feature many new activities and favourites you’ve known and loved in the past.

Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • the fun-filled new and improved Kidzone, with exciting new attractions, thanks to the generosity of the Atkins family;
  • a LEGO creation station to enrich the minds of our youth;
  • varsity football and soccer games against Trinity College School and volleyball against Crescent
    School (Go Blues!);
  • A-Tunes, UCC’s musical talent show, will be back by popular demand on the main stage (under the clock tower);
  •  The Jon Wookey ’08 Memorial Organic Farmers’ Market will have a wonderful selection of items;
  • a silent auction with an amazing selection of items;
  • the ever-popular dunk tank;
  • Arts Booster Club contributions;
  • Blues Booster Club information tent;
  • Freshly popped Kernels Popcorn and ice cream provided through the generosity of The One Information Corporation;
  • the barbecue and Snack Shack, with delicious, new nut-free items thanks to the
    generosity of the Chisholm family, Steve Chisholm ’76,
    and MacMillan’s Orchard, Greg MacMillan ’87;
  • The Michael Evan Jurist ’03 Memorial Tennis Tournament;
  • delicious Kona coffee from Hawaii thanks to Dakine Coffee Bean, Terry FitzGerald ’58;
  • a licenced hospitality terrace for those 19 and over;
  • Allan Harris Old Boys Soccer Tournament (click here to register) from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on
    New Field;
  • young alumni softball game at 1:30 p.m. on Commons Field; (click here to register)
  • the chance to meet Principal Sam McKinney and his wife Rosey;
  • water stations on campus
    *In an effort to decrease the carbon footprint, we will NOT be selling bottled water. Please
    bring your own water bottle for filling at our two stations — one at the barbecue and one near the Snack Shack (close to the clock tower entrance). We’ll also be selling stainless steel water
  • a musical performance by the community band on the front steps of the Upper School at 11:30 a.m.;
  • and water stations. (In an effort to decrease the carbon footprint, we won’t sell bottled water. Please bring your own water bottle for filling at our stations at the barbecue and near the Snack Shack, close to the clock tower entrance. We’ll also be selling stainless steel water bottles.

Have a group? Have talent? You have to perform at A-Tunes @ A-Day.

UCC talent will be featured on the main stage at A-Day from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Old Boys, students, faculty and staff members are all encouraged to participate. So, dust off your old guitar, call up your buddies and come and belt out a few tunes.

Please contact Peter Gray at pgray@ucc.on.ca to register your group.

Interested in sponsoring A-Day?

In order to offset the costs associated with hosting A-Day, we seek both tangible and monetary donations for our barbecue, Snack Shack and, most importantly, silent auction. These are great revenue-generating opportunities and we very much appreciate the support of our donors. Items donated are entitled to a gift-in-kind tax receipt.

There are also many other ways to support A-Day. Please click here for a list.

Volunteer Opportunities

Moms, dads, uncles and aunts are all welcome to help out on A-Day, and can click here to sign up to volunteer.

Click here for a full list of A-Day events, times, locations and the athletic schedule.

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

Future Association Day dates:
2019 – Saturday, Oct. 5
2020 – Saturday, Sept. 26
2021 – Saturday, Sept. 25
2022 – Saturday, Oct. 1

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Nominations for Old Boy of Distinction Awards

Old Boy of Distinction Award

The Old Boy of Distinction Award was established in 2017 and is among Upper Canada College’s highest honours.

The award is presented annually by the UCC Association Council to one of the College’s 10,000-plus living alumni. The recipient will have: demonstrated a lifetime of significant achievement in his field(s) of endeavour; and have made a positive impact on the local, national or global community while upholding the principles and values of the College.

Young Old Boy of Distinction Award

The Young Old Boy of Distinction Award is presented annually by the UCC Association Council to one of the College’s more than 3,000 living alumni for whom it’s been less than 15 years since their graduation from the College.

The recipient will have demonstrated a significant contribution in his field of endeavour and made a noteworthy contribution to community service while upholding the principles and values of the College.

To be considered for 2018-19, nominations must be received by Monday, Oct. 1.

To submit a nomination or receive further information, please contact:

Kathryn Champion
Director, Constituency Relations
Upper Canada College
200 Lonsdale Road
Toronto, ON M4V 1W6
Email: kchampion@ucc.on.ca
Phone: 416-488-1125, ext. 2202

How to nominate an Old Boy

Any member of the UCC community may nominate someone for an Old Boy of Distinction or Young Old Boy of Distinction Award. To nominate a candidate, please submit:

  • nominee details, including name, year of graduation, contact information and curriculum vitae;
  • a description of the nominee’s accomplishments and contributions in their field(s) of endeavour and community;
  • and up to three letters of support from other UCC community members.

The Hon. Michael Wilson ’55 and Max Bruce ’05 were the first recipients. Wilson also delivered the keynote address at Founder’s Dinner on Feb. 12, 2018 .

All nominations will be treated as confidential by UCC and those involved in the selection process.

2017-18 Old Boy of Distinction Award recipients








Click here to read more.

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Zhibai Tang ’07 supports the Class of 2007 Scholarship Fund

Zhibai Tang ’07 supports the Class of 2007 Scholarship Fund, which goes towards Upper Canada College’s financial assistance program, every year.

Tang, a husband to wife Sheryl and father to a girl who was born in April, lives in Mississauga and works in downtown Toronto as an executive director for CIBC. He makes an annual contribution of between $250 and $350 to the College every year through United Way.

“The reason that I donate to UCC is because, when I came to UCC 15 years ago as an international student new to Canada, I received lots of support — both academic and emotional from the staff at UCC, from teachers at the Upper School to resident dons at the boarding house,” says Tang.

“The class of 2007 was great to me and I made many friends from my time at UCC. Understanding that alumni contributions make the program great, I want to make contributions on an annual basis to support the program.”

Would you like to make a donation to the UCC Fund? Visit giving.ucc.on.ca to receive a Canadian tax receipt and www.ucc.on.ca/usgiving for all international gifts.
You can also contact associate director of annual giving Joanne Weedmark at jweedmark@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 2000 to make a contribution.

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Refer your family and friends to UCC

As an Old Boy, you know first-hand the amazing opportunities that Upper Canada College offers to its students and what a transformational experience it can be.

With more than $5 million in financial assistance available annually, it’s also more affordable than many people think.

You can help play an important role in our recruitment process by encouraging families to begin exploring UCC. Interested families will have their first opportunity to visit the school at our annual open houses on: Thursday, Oct. 25 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; and Friday, Oct. 26 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. You can also contact us directly about a prospective student by using the alumni referrals form on the Old Boys website or emailing admission@ucc.on.ca.

As always, the College is committed to honouring relationships with legacy families by offering interviews to any sons of Old Boys or applicants with siblings already attending the school.

Applications to the day program for 2019 entry are accepted now until Friday, Nov. 30. Boarding applications are accepted through to April, but spaces fill up quickly so we encourage families to apply early. Visit the admission section of the website for more information on applying to UCC.

Thank you for being a proud UCC ambassador and helping us find great boys.

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Norval open house on Sept. 9

Did you know that Upper Canada College has a second campus?

The entire community is invited to welcome our new families at an open house at the Norval Outdoor School on Sunday, Sept. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. The property has more than 160 hectares of forest and fields, bisected by the beautiful Credit River. If you’ve never seen Norval before, here’s your chance to come for a visit.

This is a great opportunity to see what Norval is all about first-hand. Our main lodge, Stephen House, will be open. Food and refreshments will be available. Our teaching faculty will show you around and answer any questions about your son’s upcoming trips here. Come join us for an outdoor getaway with friends and family members. Dogs on a leash are welcome too.

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.

Please register online or let us know the number of people attending by contacting Leanne Gardner in the Association office at association@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 2232.

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Upcoming branch events

Upper Canada College’s annual branch receptions are a great way to stay connected to your classmates and the College while you’re away at school.

The whole UCC community is invited to these events. Please click the event title to register.

Boston Branch Reception
Friday, Oct. 18 | 6:30 p.m.
The  Harvard Club of Boston
Dress: Business casual (no jeans)

Toronto Branch Reception
Wednesday, Oct. 23 | 6 p.m.
The Bedford Academy, Prince Arthur Room (third floor)
36 Prince Arthur Ave.

Kingston Branch Reception
Tuesday, Nov. 5 | 6 p.m.
The Grizzly Grill
395 Princess St.

Montreal Branch Reception
Wednesday, Nov. 6 | 6 p.m.
Le Mount Stephen, North Salon
1440 Rue Drummond
Dress: Business casual (no jeans)

Hong Kong Branch Reception
Tuesday, Nov. 12 | 6 p.m.
Mission Hills Group
29th floor, No. 9 Queen’s Road Central
Dress: Business casual (no jeans)

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Family skating returns for 2018-19 school year

family skateThe Upper Canada College community is invited to a pleasure skate at the William P. Wilder ’40 Arena & Sports Complex from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Sunday from mid-September to mid-April.

Family skating for the 2018-2019 school year begins on Sunday, Sept. 9. Questions can be directed to alumni and parent relations officer Leanne Gardner at lgardner@ucc.on.ca.


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Donate tickets for the boarding program

An important part of Upper Canada College’s boarding program involves new boys getting to know Toronto better.

It’s essential for them to become familiar with getting around and to learn what the city has to offer. Part of that experience is attending Toronto sports events and arts-based performances. The UCC community continues to support this program by donating tickets to watch the Blue Jays, Raptors, Maple Leafs and TFC, as well as musical and theatrical performances.

You’ll receive a gift-in-kind tax receipt for the full face value of each ticket if you decide to donate to this program. Please contact Leanne Gardner at lgardner@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 2232 if you wish to donate tickets or have any questions.

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