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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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