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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.

2015 GAME HIGHLIGHTS


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.


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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.

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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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March 2016 – What’s News?

March 2016

What’s News?

Message from Association Council president Matt Johnson ’95

 

As a new initiative spearheaded by your Association Council, and as the current president, I’ll be contributing to Old Ties on an ongoing basis.

The Association Council is your alumni governing body and we want to ensure that, as an Old Boy, you have access to council initiatives and activities that we’re promoting within the Association community. Please keep an eye out for our announcements in future editions of Old Ties.

At this time, I’m excited to announce our first-ever Old Boy Summit.

We want to hear your voice as we enter a new era in UCC’s history. Join us at our first-ever Old Boy Summit on Saturday, Oct. 22, where you can provide valuable input into the future of the College as discussions around the next strategic planning process begin.

The summit is an on-campus event that will be hosted by the Association Council and its advisory committee chair, Matt Flynn ’96. It will feature keynote presentations and breakout sessions where you’ll have the chance to express your thoughts and hopes about where we’re heading, and vote on substantive recommendations to the board as it embarks on formulating the College’s next five-year plan. It also may be your first opportunity to meet and hear from our new principal, Sam McKinney.

Help make Oct. 22 a day for insight and inspiration. For more information about the Old Boy Summit, and ways you can contribute if you’re unable to attend, contact Jody Jacobson at 416-488-1125 ext. 2235 or jjacobson@ucc.on.ca. If you wish to reach me regarding any Association Council matter, please email me at associationcouncil@ucc.on.ca or call me directly at 416-643-3754.

Long-term faculty Mary Gauthier and Marshall Webb moving on

 

After 40 years of dedicated service to the college, Marshall Webb ’68 will retire at the end of this academic year.

Webb completed his bachelor and master’s of arts degrees at Middlebury College in Vermont. After spending a year teaching at Pickering College, he returned to UCC, this time as a teacher, and has been a valued member of the English Department ever since. Webb has been chair of the English department and director of the Little Theatre in addition to many other duties. Webb is probably best known for is the impact he has had on students in the classroom. Indeed, through our surveying of past students throughout the years, Marshall’s name is consistently cited as a teacher who had a noteworthy, positive impact on the lives of so many Old Boys.

Additionally, Mary Gauthier, executive director of the Wernham and West Centre for Learning, is heading on to the exciting role of executive director of the newly established Greenwood Institute, which will focus on innovation by inspiring and encouraging curiosity and leadership in teaching.

Gauthier has been with UCC for just over 15 years, when she was brought in to head up the Centre for Learning following a $7 million donation from Richard Wernham and Julia West to establish this unique resource at the College. Under her leadership, the CFL has become a model for and leader in helping teachers develop inclusive teaching practices, and for all boys to develop their own toolkit for learning. We’re one of the few schools worldwide to offer a 100 per cent open-door support policy for all of our students.

 

Model UN wins huge at Harvard

 

This is huge news on the Model UN front. Sixteen boys on the Model UN team earned “Best Large Delegation” at the 64th annual Harvard Model United Nations (MUN) in Boston, from Thursday, Jan. 28 to Sunday, Jan. 31. They also earned 15 individual awards. This means UCC was number one of all schools attending. Read more here.

 

Harold A.D. Roberts Circle Award nominations are now open

 

Do you know a volunteer who has made a significant contribution to UCC life? If so, the UCC Association needs to know by Tuesday, March 8.

The Harold A.D. Roberts Circle Award is given annually in recognition of substantial contributions or special service by members of the UCC community, either through short-term involvement or long-term commitment. It recognizes those who go above and beyond the call of duty to significantly improve the UCC Association and the College. The awards will be presented at the annual volunteer reception on Wednesday, May 18.

This award complements the John D. Stevenson Award and expands the ability to recognize outstanding contributions to UCC. The 2015 recipients were Jill Adolphe, Rajbir Ahluwalia, Neera Chopra and Susan Eplett.

Nominations are welcome from all members of the College community in written format. They should include some information about the nature and time of the nominee’s volunteer service and the reason for the nomination. Please click here to fill out our online nomination form or email Jody Jacobson at jjacobson@ucc.on.ca.

All nominations will be reviewed by the award committee and the recipient(s) will be selected by the Association Council. Nominations must be submitted by March 8.

UCC will participate in Doors Open Toronto 2016

 

Upper Canada College is Ontario’s oldest independent school and is recognized for its elegant architecture, landmark clock tower and expansive playing fields.

The school will participate in the 17th annual Doors Open Toronto in May, marking the third time UCC will be part of the event. Doors Open Toronto 2016 features the theme of “Reused, Revisited and Revised.” Come and learn the fascinating story of UCC as we explore the adaptive reuse and development of our campus buildings throughout the college’s history in Deer Park.

Doors Open at UCC is on Sunday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please contact Maria Karakoulas, Manager, Events at mkarakoulas@ucc.on.ca if you wish to volunteer.

 

UCC welcomes Syrian kids for playdate

 

If you wanted to see the international language of soccer in action, the covered Oval — also known as “the Fubble” — was the place to be on Feb. 24. In a milestone game, UCC boys had no trouble communicating with Syrian refugee kids as they took to the field for an afternoon of fun. Click here to read more.

 

Interim associate director of alumni relations

 

Jeff Ball will serve as interim associate director of alumni relations in Lindsay Tarvit’s absence.

 

Jeff is an experienced alumni relations and communications professional. He most recently worked in communications at the Children’s Aid Foundation and prior to that he was manager of alumni support and campus partnerships at York University. He’s excited to work at UCC and we feel fortunate to welcome him to our team.

 

Jeff can be reached at jball@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125 ext. 3357.


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March 2016 – Alumni Events

March 2016

Upcoming Events

First-ever Old Boy Summit on Oct. 22

 

We want to hear your voice as we enter an exciting new era in UCC’s history.

Join us at our first-ever Old Boy Summit on Saturday, Oct. 22, where you can provide valuable input into the future of the College as discussions around the next strategic planning process begin.

The summit is an on-campus event hosted by the Association Council and its advisory committee chair, Matt Flynn ’96. It will feature keynote presentations and breakout sessions where you’ll have the chance to express your thoughts and hopes about where we’re heading, and vote on substantive recommendations to the board of governors as it embarks on formulating the College’s next five-year plan. It also may be your first opportunity to meet and hear from our new principal, Sam McKinney.

Help make Oct. 22 a day for insight and inspiration. For more information about the Old Boy Summit, and ways you can contribute if you’re unable to attend, contact Jody Jacobson at 416-488-1125, ext. 2235 or jjacobson@ucc.on.ca, or email associationcouncil@ucc.on.ca.

 


Branch Events

 

April 14           Vancouver branch reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Terminal City Club

April 15           San Francisco branch reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the home of Michael and Hazel Kawaja

April 17           Los Angeles branch reception from 3 to 5 p.m. at Jonathan Beach Club

April 21           New York branch reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at New York Athletic Club


Spring reunion dinner

 

The College’s annual spring reunion dinner honouring the leaving classes up to and including 1965 will take place on Wednesday, May 11 at 6 p.m. in the Upper School.

The reception will be held in the Bernick Family Foyer and dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. in the dining hall.

College tours are available from 5:30 to 6 p.m. For those interested in attending, RSVP by calling the Association office at 1-800-822-5361 or register online at www.ucc.on.ca/events by Sunday, May 1.


“Maple Madness” open house at Norval on March 28

As days grow warm and sunny and winter gives way to spring, it’s a sure bet that maple syrup season is right around the corner.

Find out more about how sap is transformed into maple syrup at an open house on Monday, March 28 from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Norval Outdoor School. Visitors will have the chance to tour the sugar bush and learn how trees are tapped to collect sap using buckets and tubes. They’ll also be able to see an evaporator demonstration and learn how sap is boiled into syrup. We’ll be offering taste tests of sap and syrup as well as maple fudge.

Back at Stephen House, we’ll have pancakes and sausages with real Norval maple syrup plus an assortment of other goodies. Admission is free and all members of the UCC community are welcome along with dogs on leashes. Please remember to wear appropriate footwear for walking outdoors.

Please click here or call the Association office at 416-484-8629 for more information or to register.


Please join Brett Twaits ’00 and Matt Irwin ’00, co-chairs of the 82nd Joe Cressy Memorial Golf Tournament for a day of friendship and good times on June 1, 2016

 

Joe Cressy

Click here to register.


Past Events

 

Successful Founder’s Dinner highlights value of debate

 

Founder’s Dinner dished up a fantastic night of great conversation, food and lively debate as almost 500 Old Boys, parents, past parents and friends of the College enjoyed an evening of friendship and great food catered by Oliver & Bonacini on Feb. 10.

This year’s event welcomed political heavy-hitters on both sides of a controversial debate regarding the primacy of individual privacy or the government’s right to conduct surveillance in the name of national security.

“[A citizen] doesn’t need to have done anything wrong to be made vulnerable,” said Jameel Jaffer ’90, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union and director of the ACLU’s Centre for Democracy in New York. He praised U.S. whistleblower Edward for a “courageous stance that sparked an overdue debate.”

In contrast, Michael W. Duffy, Senior General Counsel for the Canadian Department of Justice argued that “an individual is not judge and jury,” stressing instead the need to “focus on a mechanism within the system to voice concern, rather than going public.” On this front, he stressed that the United States has more of a whistle-blowing culture, whereas the “Canadian system is not built on trust; it’s built on laws and their legitimacy [in the public eye].”

The debate was expertly moderated by Michelle Shephard, an investigative reporter for the Toronto Star.

Another evening highlight was Piera Morra’s thoughtful and heart-felt speech as she accepted the John D. Stevenson Award for volunteer service. “I started volunteering when my son suggested I could keep a closer eye on him,” she said. Ultimately, through two decades of service, the mother of Marco ’08, Alexander ’11 and Nicholas ’13 eventually “set an example for my sons about the value of giving back.”

Thanks go out to evening co-chairs David Morgenstern ’90, John MacKay ’90 and Maurice Siu ’91 who were co-masters of ceremonies for the evening and also raised funds to offset its cost.

For a livestream video of the debate, please click here.


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March 2016 – Annual Fund

March 2016

A message from Old Boy chair, UCC Fund, Chan Sethi ’03

 

This year brings significant change for UCC, such as: the departure of principal Jim Power; the arrival of the 19th principal, Sam McKinney; and the unveiling of a renovated first floor in the Upper School.

But there’s one change you may not have heard of: applications for financial assistance have jumped 40 per cent over last year. That change underscores why support for the UCC Fund remains critical.

Chan Sethi

Annual giving is a vital source of institutional momentum and the primary way that Old Boys, parents and friends can help sustain the special features that set the College apart. Whether it’s a sharp rise in applications for financial assistance or the need for new learning spaces and great programming in academics, athletics and arts, the UCC Fund provides the College’s margin of excellence. It was more than $1.6 million last year.

As Old Boys who benefited from a UCC education, our support of annual giving is especially important. The success of the UCC Fund reflects the spirit of shared experience and mutual encouragement, as each generation of Old Boys preserves the legacy of opportunity we received, strengthens it, and passes it on.

I wouldn’t be where I am today were it not for the many doors that UCC opened for me. I want to ensure those opportunities are available to any deserving young man, no matter his family’s ability to pay. That’s why I focus my giving on the financial assistance endowment.

Your gifts to the UCC Fund can be directed to what matters most to you, whether it’s athletics, academics, Horizons, environmental initiatives, a class fund or something else. Just know that the College’s progress in each of these areas wouldn’t be possible without annual giving.

I hope you’ll join me in giving this year. Remember that every gift is valued, no matter its size.

 


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