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Saturday, Sept. 28

It’s that time of year again.

Join our entire community of Old Boys, students, parents, staff and faculty members, and friends as we celebrate everything that makes UCC great. It’s a fun-filled day for the entire family featuring tons of new activities as well as ones you know and love. Association Day will include:

  • A very special celebration of the 100th anniversary of Norval
  • Bigger and better Kidzone for the little ones
  • Showcase of homegrown UCC talent on the main stage
  • A “live action” mural painting and visual arts display
  • New parent breakfast
  • The Jon Wookey Market
  • Lots of sports, including the Prep Soccerfest and the varsity soccer, volleyball and football teams challenging SAC, Appleby and TCS
  • Michael Evan Jurist Memorial Tennis Tournament
  • Silent auction
  • Barbecue, snack shack, Greg’s Ice Cream, Kernels Popcorn stand and Starbucks coffee
  • Check out plans for Upper School renovations
  • A big UCC announcement before the varsity football game

If you are unable to join us on A-Day to watch the Varsity football game, our live stream of the game starts at 2 p.m. To access the live stream, full A-Day program details and our new Association Day video, just visit our website.

Norval 100th anniversary on Oct. 6

Norval has held a special place in the heart of the UCC community for a century. Class field trips, family open houses and the treasured “Maple Madness” event have all provided fond memories for our boys and their families.

We’re throwing a party to celebrate the 100th anniversary of UCC’s Norval property on Sunday, Oct. 6.

Join us from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for boat races, kids’ games, baseball, tours, bug safaris, bird-banding and tree-planting and Norval favourites the blanket toss, high ropes course and the “Paddle to the Sea” boat launch. Enjoy a complimentary picnic lunch and archival displays and shop at the 100-mile harvest market.

Don’t miss the opportunity to camp out overnight on Saturday, Oct. 5 with an evening campfire, s’mores, storytelling and a fireside breakfast on Sunday morning.

Please visit www.ucc.on.ca/Norval100 for more detailed information and to sign up for the campout and the  picnic. As well, if you are interested in helping out at the event as a volunteer. Please indicate your interest in your registration.

If you’re unable to join us on Oct. 6 but would like to support Norval in this centennial year, please visit www.ucc.on.ca/makeagift.

Get ready for Reunion 2013

These classes are celebrating reunions in 2013: 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008.

By now you’ve received reminders and communications about your upcoming reunion weekend on Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28. If you haven’t already made plans to attend and join your class, we hope you will. The weekend promises to be a lot of fun, reminiscent of your days at UCC, and a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends.

Class-specific events  planned by your class president and his committees will take place on Friday evening. Saturday is reserved for Association Day, with activities on campus including a variety of sports, the varsity football game against Trinity College School and the ever-popular Old Boys’ hospitality (beer) terrace.

The highlight of reunion weekend is the traditional reunion dinner in the Hewitt Athletic Centre
on Saturday evening. An after-party following dinner is a chance for your class
to continue the celebration.

Visit www.ucc.on.ca/reunion for your full weekend schedule.

Don’t delay. Register today.

Please contact alumni relations and Common Ties manager Lindsay Tarvit at ltarvit@ucc.on.ca  for further information on your reunion weekend.

News from the admission office

The admission office is hard at work looking for great boys for UCC from across the GTA and around the world.

As an Old Boy, you know the kind of student who would thrive at UCC. It could be your son, a relative, a neighbour or someone you teach or coach. We’d be thrilled to have you make an introduction for us, or to encourage the family to visit us at www.ucc.on.ca/admission/request-information  to request a brochure and register for our bi-weekly admission e-newsletter.

We’d also love to have prospective families join us for one of our open houses, which will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24 and Friday, Oct. 25. Registration in advance is required and may be completed online at: www.ucc.on.ca/admission/visit-us.

The admission office has a busy travel schedule throughout the fall term. To learn where we’re headed, please visit: www.ucc.on.ca/admission/travel-events-receptions or contact David McBride at dmcbride@ucc.on.ca if you would like to suggest a location, host an event or recommend a boy whom UCC should follow up with.

College Times digital collection

The College Times digital collection was generously sponsored by the leaving class of 1972. This valuable online resource features College yearbooks which date from 1894 to 2013 and is intended for the use of Old Boys and students only.

Visit the College Times online resource page to access your digital yearbook. You’ll be prompted to log in to Bluenet using your unique name and password. Early editions aren’t available digitally but may be viewed in person at the archives. Contact College archivist Jill Spellman for more information.

Please contact Samantha Kerbel  if you’re an Old Boy and don’t have an account on Bluenet. Please email helpdesk@ucc.on.ca if you know your login but have misplaced your password.

Nominate an outstanding UCC volunteer

Do you know an individual who has made a significant volunteer contribution to the life of the College? If so, we need to know by Saturday, Oct. 26.

The John D. Stevenson Award for outstanding volunteer service to UCC is awarded each year at Founder’s Dinner to an Old Boy or parent whose commitment to UCC over
several years has been exceptional. Recent recipients of the award include Hugh
Innes ’72, Martha Shaw, Roly Watt ’62, Vivien Cappe and Ted Mills ’81.

Nominations are welcome from all members of the College community in written format. They   should include brief details about the nature and time of the nominee’s
volunteer service and the reason for the nomination. The nomination form can be filled out online here or you can email your nominations to Jody Jacobson at jjacobson@ucc.on.ca.

All nominations will be reviewed by the Association Council before a recipient is selected. Nominations must be submitted by Oct. 26.

The John D. Stevenson Award will be presented at Founder’s Dinner on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.

UCC annual general meeting set for Oct. 9

Upper Canada College’s annual general meeting is the best place to get a bird’s eye view of all of the school’s top-level goals and recent achievements.

Make a date to attend on Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Wilder Arena’s Hewitt Lounge.

The board of governors and Association Council welcome all to come and encourage newcomers to make a night of it. In addition to an update from board chair Andy Burgess and a message from principal Jim Power, you may also join a guided tour of Upper School classrooms and science labs to remind us all why we’re investing so intensively in renovations to those spaces.

Please email Samantha Kerbel at skerbel@ucc.on.ca if you would like to attend.

UCC chapel service on first Wednesday of every month

The long-standing Upper Canada College chapel service in the All Hallows Chapel, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is held at 8 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month during the school year.

An experienced minister or educator leads an opening prayer, delivers a message
and then opens things up for general prayer from those who are gathered. The
service is finished by 8:25 a.m. and interested participants usually have tea
or coffee in the Upper School dining hall afterward.

Everyone is welcome at these monthly non-denominational services, which are generally attended by a relatively small but friendly and open group of Old Boys, past parents, faculty and staff members.

All Hallows Chapel is a few steps down and to the right of the old gym from inside the Upper School. It can also be accessed from the quad.

Please email Brendan Caldwell ’87, Serge Markarov or Kate Brookes  if you”˜d like to be added to the chapel service email distribution list or have any questions or comments.

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September 2013 – Extra! Extra!
ld Boy Drew Taylor had film at TIFF

Drew Taylor

Drew Taylor ”˜01 is a man of many talents.

The son of former Major League Baseball pitcher and Toronto Blue Jays physician Dr. Ron Taylor followed in his father’s footsteps by playing pro ball in the Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies organizations and has gone on to become a PhD candidate in biomedical engineering at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital.

Taylor, who still pitches for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the Intercounty Baseball League, can also put film director on his resume. Taylor and Larry Weinstein directed Our Man in Tehran, which premiered at the recent Toronto International Film Festival. The documentary offers an in-depth look at former Canadian ambassador to Iran Ken Taylor, who facilitated the 1980 escape of six United States embassy workers during the Iran hostage crisis.

Taylor and his girlfriend, actress and former Miss Universe Canada Elena Semikina, have a film and television production company called Film House Inc. that made Our Man in Tehran.

Brandon Ng ’11 has started his third year as a student at North Carolina’s Wake Forest University and a member of its golf team, and he talked to the school’s newspaper about the experience on Sept. 19. You can read his thoughts here.

Allen Champagne ’11 is the recipient of the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at the University of North Carolina, where he plays football for the Tar Heels.  Click here to check out a big tackle the defensive lineman and special teams player made in an Aug. 29 game against the University of South Carolina.

Michael Carter ’98 was named entrepreneur of the year by the Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce for his innovations at Carter Farm Market, an on-farm, locally focused café and boutique specializing in field fresh produce (much of it grown on the 105-acre Carter Farm), honey, preserves, gourmet food items and baked treats. The market’s Bluebird Café offers soups, sandwiches and seasonal patio barbecue food. While picking up fresh items, people can visit the farm’s alpacas, horses, ponies, sheep, goats and chickens.

Justin Yuen ’11 is starting a Terry Fox Run at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. Click here to find out more details or click here to make a donation.

Ottawa Senators forward Colin Greening ’05 has signed a three-year contract extension with an average value of $2.65 million per season that locks him up until the end of 2016-17.

Read an interview with diplomat, historian, writer, television and radio personality, and House of Lords member John Julius Norwich ’48 at http://bit.ly/1a3E6jQ.

Turner Southey-Gordon ’11 was tied for seventh place after shooting a two-under par 68 in the first round of the 113th U.S. Amateur Championship in Brookline, Mass. before he fell out of contention and missed the cut. Southey-Gordon is a member of the Duke University golf team.

Basim Mirza ’05 is the author of  Your Naked Brand,  which has received a lot of attention and was a best seller on Amazon. As a speaker and trainer, he helps leaders achieve life growth through social networking.

Read a Toronto Life profile of artist Michael Snow ’48 at http://bit.ly/17k6Z8V.

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September 2013 – Alumni Events

Friday, Oct. 4 promises to be a great night of football under the bright lights as UCC takes on St. Andrew’s College.


The junior varsity game begins at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity game follows at 7:30 p.m.

Bring your family and friends and relive old times.

Please let us know if you plan on attending. Email the Association office at association@ucc.on.ca.



Register now! Online or call the Association office

at 1-800-822-5361.

Fall branch events

If you’re travelling or living in any of the cities below, we hope you can join us at one of the fall branch events. All are welcome to attend. Click here for more details and to register.

Thursday, Sept. 26
Branch reception in Kingston
7 p.m., The University Club

Wednesday, Oct. 2
Branch reception in Halifax
7 p.m., Dalhousie University Club

Saturday, Oct. 19
Branch reception in Boston
7 p.m., The Harvard Club

Friday, Nov. 8
Branch reception and dinner in London, England
6 p.m., The Royal Automobile Club

Saturday, Nov. 9
Branch reception in Montreal
7 p.m., The University Club

Old Boy sports

For those who still enjoy playing hockey, soccer or basketball, the Assciation offers alumni the opportunity to use our facilities on a weekly basis. Please feel free to attend.

Mondays: Old Boy basketball from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Hewitt Athletic Centre

Tuesdays: Old Boy soccer from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on the oval (under the oval bubble from November to March)

Wednesdays: Old Boy pickup hockey from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. (until June 11, 2014)

Please contact Samantha Kerbel at skerbel@ucc.on.ca if you have any questions.

Family pleasure skating

The UCC Association is happy to announce that family pleasure skating for the UCC community is back for the 2013-14 school year.

Family skating runs every Sunday until April 13, 2014 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the William P. Wilder ’40 Arena & Sports Complex.

Family skating is free and all are invited. Feel free to bring your friends and family.

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

Everyone skating is required to wear a CSA-approved helmet.

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September 2013 – Common Ties Mentorship

The Common Ties Mentorship Program looks forward to another exciting year of industry events.

The fifth annual Legal LunchNet will kick things off on Wednesday, Nov. 20and will begin a calendar of events that will include industry representation from real estate, medicine, finance, communications and the arts.

The Common Ties program will see a change in leadership this fall as chair Kevin Clark ’77 hangs up his hat and transitions responsibilities to Evan Thompson ’73. Clark enhanced the Common Ties program during his two years at the helm and was integral in increasing the program’s outreach to Old Boys and UCC community members living outside of the Greater Toronto Area. Thompson will help the committee stay on this trajectory as well as seeing the program through its 10-year anniversary celebrations in 2014.

John Elias, Katherine Ridout and John Stackhouse joined the committee in the spring.

Elias is a parent of two Old Boys, Gavin Elias ’11 and Justin Elias ’13, and Darren Elias ’16. He’s a partner at Fasken Martineau and has played an important role in the success of both the Finance and Legal LunchNet events in the past two years.

Ridout, as some of you remember, serves as director of UCC’s university counselling. She’s worked closely with the Common Ties Link program for the past several years, where IB1 and IB2 students receive interview and resume workshops and make connections with university students.

Stackhouse, editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, graduated from UCC in 1981 and is the father of Matthew Stackhouse ’15.

If you’re interested in registering as a mentee or a mentor, please contact alumni relations and Common Ties manager Lindsay Tarvit at 416-488-1125, ext. 3357 or ltarvit@ucc.on.ca.

Old Boys and students intern with TerraCycle

Nine lucky Upper Canada College students spent the summer as the first-ever high school interns at TerraCycle, one of the world’s most innovative eco-employers.

TerraCycle chief executive officer and Old Boy Tom Szaky ’01 has rallied more than 35 million people in 22 countries to collect package waste that his company turns into new products like backpacks and pencil cases.

“We are committed to providing every intern the opportunity to lead and develop several major projects of their own,” says Szaky, whose Trenton, N.J.-based company also has a North York, Ont. office where the UCC students interned.

The interns had positions in business development, marketing and video production and Szaky says they had the opportunity to “see the initiative through from inception to fruition, enabling them to realize their results and truly understand the impact of their efforts.”

TerraCycle has been a media darling since it launched in 2001 by producing fertilizer made from “worm poop” packaged in reused containers. It now enlists more than 20 large companies — including Garnier, Maple Leaf and Old Navy — which benefit from the good publicity involved with the collection and upcycling of its refuse. The New York Times has featured Szaky as a guest blogger on small business issues and he’s a guest industry expert on CNBC Prime’s reality competition television series, Crowd Rules.

“I like TerraCycle because they are a very innovative company, constantly finding new methods to deal with challenges,” says UCC internship recipient Winker Xiao ’13. “It is the only company in its field  due to such a high level of innovation.”

Bruce Chi ’13 wrote this about his TerraCycle experience:

“I had the privilege to intern at TerraCycle Canada, an innovative recycling and upcycling social enterprise that strives to eliminate the idea of waste from planet earth. It has been truly a fulfilling experience. Working in a dynamic setting filled with innovative upcycled decorations, having the freedom to initiate and implement outreach projects, learning from inspiring and talented coworkers, working toward a righteous cause that is making a huge impact in the world, we could not have expected anything more.

“Most of the interns were involved in at least one of the three aspects of the company, marketing, account management and business development.

“As marketing interns, we came up with our own outreach project and persuaded organizations to participate in TerraCycle’s recycling program. Take the summer camp outreach project as an example. Three interns worked on that project. We came up with a general outreach plan, email script, phone script and designed posters and other promotional resources. After that painstaking process, we would then start calling camp counselors. In good times, we could get a few camps to sign up, which boosted our confidence. But in ‘rainy’ days, out of one hundred summer camps we called, none would sign up. Despite our disappointments, we learned a lot about how to deal with failures. We learned not to be distracted from defeats and focus on the work for the future.

“As business development interns, we researched different companies that have the potential to collect for TerraCycle, mined for contacts of their brand managers, and drafted emails to those brand managers for partnership. Through these, we learned about the marketing techniques of different companies, the importance of speaking their business language, and all other strategies to successfully approach potential business partners.

“As account management interns, we designed and customized presentations to TerraCycle’s clients, such as GoGo squeeZ. For each presentation, we brainstormed creative activities, such as Eco-Product Design Contest, to engage collectors and TerraCycle’s business clients.

“Overall, we learned so much from TerraCycle Canada. We learned that it is not about what your company can do for you, but what you can do for the company; we learned to always try our best at whatever we do and exceed other people’s expectations; we learned to never be picky about the jobs we are given as long as they can make contributions to the team; we learned that despite the challenges ahead, we should always remain optimistic and hopeful.”

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September 2013 – Annual Fund
Lock up a locker location with a $5,000 donation

Do you remember sitting in front of your football locker psyching yourself up before heading on to the field to play a big game?

Here’s  your chance to be a part of the team again. You can have your name added to one of 30 lockers with a $5,000 donation.

Don’t fumble this opportunity to relive some of your gridiron glory.

Please contact annual giving manager Joanne Weedmark at jweedmark@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 2000 for more information.

Go Blues go!

Surf City: Here I come

It’s cherry and so very … make your online bid to strap your board to this classic Chevy.

Thanks to a donation from Old Boy Brian Jones ’70, this 1956 Chevrolet Deluxe 210 Handyman Wagon could be yours ”” with all proceeds going towards the Class of 1970
Scholarship Fund.

The auction runs until Sat. Sept. 28 at ucc.vonality.com.

Visit with this sweet ride at City Buick (www.citybuick.com) and at UCC on Association Day.

Contact annual giving manager Joanne Weedmark at jweedmark@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 2000 for more information.

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