June 2013 – What’s News?
Welcome new Old Boys
The Association hosted a leaving class dinner on May 22 where Association Council president Jim Garner ’77, Young Alumni Network (YAN) vice-chair and incoming chair Zach Schwartz ’05 and YAN events chair Andrew Reburn ’06 welcomed the graduating students to the Old Boys’ club.
The evening included musical performances by 2013 grads Charlie Walker, Nicholas Yeretsian, Akash Pasricha, Othniel Cundangan, Thomas SauvÃ©-Lafrance and Alexander Gagliano, as well as a song by dean of students Evan Williams and teachers Julian Bauld and Richard Turner.
Leaving class students and parents generously donated funds to purchase the leaving class gift, a rapid-fill water fountain that counts the number of plastic bottles saved. The fountain will be installed over the summer by the locker rooms. Thanks again to everyone who contributed to this amazing gift.
Last but not least, congratulations to Zachary Mahon ’13, who was elected leaving class president.
Leaving class president Zachary Mahon ”˜13 makes a toast to the College.
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to view a complete photo gallery and video footage from the leaving class dinner and graduation.
Association Day on Sept. 28
This year marks the 100th anniversary of UCC’s ownership of its Norval, Ont. property, and we’ll kick off the celebrations with an interactive Norval experience at Association Day.
Join the entire UCC community at A-Day and you’ll also enjoy: watching a soccer game; enjoy eating a barbecued lunch; grabbing a coffee and muffin from the snack shack; playing in the Old Boy tennis tournament; watching members of the class of 1978 challenging the class of 1983 to a game of ball hockey; bidding on an item in the silent auction; dumping a teacher in the dunk tank; relaxing in the hospitality area while watching the varsity football game; or just wandering around the campus and soaking in the community spirit.
A few new and exciting changes for this year include: a bigger and better “Kid Zone” in a new location; Starbucks coffee; a “UCC Has Talent” show featuring members of the College community; living art murals; and an expanded offering of nut-free foods.
We hope to see you there.
Reunion 2013 will take place on the weekend of Sept. 27 and 28 for the graduating classes of 2008, 2003, 1998, 1993, 1988, 1983, 1978, 1973, 1968 and 1963.
Class presidents and reunion committees are taking an active role in organizing individual class reunions in conjunction with the Association office. Please contact manager of alumni relations and Common Ties Julia Melnikova at firstname.lastname@example.org
to connect with your reunion class if you haven’t been contacted by your class heads about your reunion or if you need general reunion information. Formal invitations will be sent shortly, so please keep an eye out for them.
Norval turns 100
UCC’s unique 420-acre outdoor campus, the Norval Outdoor Education Centre, will
celebrate its 100th anniversary this year on Sunday, Oct. 6 with a fun day filled with activities for the whole family almost 100 years to the day after the first Old Boy picnic was held there. More details and a schedule of events will be available at a later date.
Generations of Old Boys have enjoyed Norval over the years, and
you’re invited to share those special memories and photos with College archivist Jill Spellman. Let’s bring Norval’s rich and interesting history to life together.
150th anniversary XI vs. Old Boys cricket match
Cricket’s rich legacy at Upper Canada College was recognized on June 1 with a celebration to mark the 150th anniversary of the XI vs. Old Boys match.
Team photos were taken, introductory statements from event chair Edgar Bracht ’55, UCC board of governors chair Andy Burgess ’83 and principal Jim Power were made, and there were handshakes all around before the white-clad cricketers took the pitch to begin play.
The turnout of almost 40 Old Boy players ”” ranging from the leaving class of 1954 to 2012 graduates ”” was so large that two matches were held using a 20/20 overs format. Two Old Boy squads squared off against each other (with Squad C defeating Squad B 93-84) while a third played the current varsity squad, whose members were nattily attired in new blazers before they lost a 117-102 decision.
Non-playing Old Boys, staff and faculty, and other members of the UCC community were on hand to cheer for their favourites, admire an historical cricket display put together by archivist Jill Spellman and enjoy afternoon tea at 2:30 p.m. in between the two matches.
An evening reception was held in the Upper School’s Bernick Family Foyer and awards were presented. These included a cricket bat used by Peter Wessel ’49 (who flew in with his wife Marlene from Los Angeles for the weekend to attend) to score a century back in his UCC playing days and another bat signed by Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and UCC’s official visitor. All of the participants then sat down to dinner and more reminiscing in the student centre.
What does “merit” mean to you? Those who’ve submitted essays to the MeriTALKracy project so far have included a Second World War veteran from the class of 1943, a former NHL hockey player, a former federal minister of finance, renowned scientists and UCC faculty members, along with many others.
by Eric Meerkamper ’87
I have always believed that individual initiative, effort, perseverance, and risk-taking should be encouraged and rewarded, and that these characteristics strongly correlate with success and achievement on most measures. We revel in rags-to-riches stories, overcoming the odds, and the “self-made” person.
However, I also believe that to truly understand, appreciate and celebrate what has been achieved, what is genuinely a product of our extraordinary efforts and unique contributions, it is essential to begin with humility and recognize that much of what we have “merited” is often not only due to our own efforts.
Our achiever-fuelled society generally doesn’t like to recognize this, and some might think it mocks the core beliefs and values upon which society is built: witness the ferocious negative reaction to President Obama’s recent “You didn’t build that
” campaign comments on July 13, 2012 in Roanoke, Virginia.
Regardless of where we started, I believe we have to properly set the sticks if we are going to measure what we have, in fact, achieved and merited.
I had the privilege of being the Chair of the Daily Bread Food Bank
in Toronto, which produces the excellent Who’s Hungry report
. One thing that struck me the most from this and other poverty research, is that while there are many reasons why people might come to need the support of a food bank or other social services, a primary differentiator between those who temporarily stumble and get back up quickly vs. those who get caught in the poverty cycle, is the strength of their social “safety net”, and the resources of those around them, which to a large extent are a function of one’s circumstance, and not something necessarily built, or earned.
Recognizing what we have been given, and what others have not, doesn’t undermine achievement. Recognizing the contributions of those before us and around us that have allowed us to achieve that much more, only deepens our understanding of what merit is.
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” – Sir Isaac Newton
UCC’s “Think Ahead” campaign wins three awards
Upper Canada College won silver and bronze awards in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)’s North America-wide competition and a silver Prix D’Excellence from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE).
The Think Ahead fundraising campaign launch held on Association Day last September won bronze from CASE for special events, tying with Indiana University and the University of Toronto in a category with 81 entries.
UCC’s “Defining Moment” campaign video, narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Christopher Plummer, won a silver award from CASE along with Emory University and the University of British Columbia in the 95-entry fundraising video category. You can watch the video here
CASE is a Washington, D.C.-headquartered professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas.
The silver Prix D’Excellence was presented for a case for support for Upper School renovations as part of the Think Ahead campaign. It was awarded by CCAE, a volunteer-led organization that promotes excellence in educational advancement.
UCC volunteer service recognized at reception
Volunteerism is one of the things that makes the Upper Canada College community special, and the school recognized the contributions made by many parents and Old Boys at a reception attended by 140 volunteers in the garden at Grant House on May 15.
“This year we have just over 1,100 boys studying at the College,” said principal Jim Power. “By coincidence, we mailed over 1,100 invitations to volunteers to attend tonight’s reception.
“So in essence, for every student here, we have a member of our community who is volunteering his or her time in some way, shape or form. How very lucky we are that you care so much about this place and about our boys.”
Power introduced UCC Association president Jim Garner ’77, who in turn introduced Brian Roberts ’78 to present the Harold A.D. Roberts Circle Awards, which were named after his grandfather and recognize substantial contributions or special service by members of the UCC Association, either through short- or long-term commitments.
Four people received awards: Bob Medland ’65, father of Andrew ’95 and John ’97; Sandy Mingay, mother of Andrew ’09 and Michael ’11; Piera Morra, mother of Marco ’08, Alexander ’11 and Nicholas ’13; and Linda Pincott-Kitchen, mother of Andrew ’09 and Adam ’12.
Medland is a class president who has set a high standard for others in keeping his classmates connected to one another and the College. He’s served on various committees and chaired signature UCC events, including Association Day and Founder’s Dinner.
Mingay has been a volunteer since her boys were in the Prep and, though they’re now in university, she continues to serve UCC as vice-president of the Association Council. She’s a past president of the Parents’ Organization (PO) and served as a volunteer on the Blues Booster Club (BBC) board, with Horizons, admissions, the library, galas and in many other ways.
Morra has been a role model in serving as president of both the PO and the Prep Parents’ Organization (PPO). She has volunteered with many school events, including three galas, and is a member of the Association Council.
Pincott-Kitchen’s volunteer work at UCC began more than 14 years ago and continues today even though her sons have both graduated. She’s served as chair of the PPO, on the PO executive committee, on the BBC board and on three gala committees. She’s also opened her home to many UCC events, including the PO’s annual faculty and staff appreciation tea for more than 12 years. She was one of the originators of UCC’s Spring Arts Festival (now known as Nuit Bleue) and a strong advocate of Winterfest’s return to the school.
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June 2013 – Extra! Extra!
Old Boy launches DUCC at Duke University
Duke University Canadian Club (DUCC) was started last year to connect Canadians on campus and establish a network of Canadian Dukies past and present.
Old Boy Graham Vehovec ’11 and his friend Dustin Ashley rounded up the Canadians they knew at the Durham, N.C. university for a Canadian Thanksgiving dinner last October and thought it would be a good idea to establish something official to keep the group together. DUCC includes Old Boys Tim Nixon ’08, Robert Mihalik ’09 and James Stevenson ’12.
DUCC (note the convenient “UCC” in the acronym) will be in full swing this fall as a university-recognized student organization with a growing membership that will include non-Canadians. The club plans to host social events and guest speakers, establish a Canadian Duke alumni database and, of course, hold the annual Thanksgiving dinner.
Duke enjoyed visits from Canadian ambassador to the United States Gary Doer and Old Boy Michael Ignatieff ’65 (pictured here with Vehovec and Ashley) this year.
Jonny Wookey Memorial Hockey Game
Four hundred spectators attended the Jonny Wookey Memorial Hockey Game between the University of St. Andrew’s and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, which was won 6-3 by St. Andrew’s.
Wookey, a UCC Old Boy from the class of 2008 who passed away last year, had his number 16 jersey retired by St. Andrew’s. Old Boys Matt Wheeler ’09, Cal Robinson ’09 and Cam O’Neil ’10 played for St. Andrew’s. Fenner Dalley ’10 and Andrew Shen ’10 helped organize the game, which will be held annually to claim the Jonny Wookey Memorial Trophy.
The April 9 game raised $4,000 for the Jonathan Wookey Memorial Fund, which will provide a lasting legacy for Wookey through the Typhoons hockey club that he helped establish at St. Andrew’s. You can watch highlights of the game and the trophy presentation here
Tom Szaky ’01 kicks butts in recycling cigarette waste
TerraCycle chief executive officer and Old Boy Tom Szaky ’01 returned to Toronto on June 19 to talk about Imperial Tobacco Canada’s support for his company’s cigarette waste recycling program, which was launched in May 2012 and has collected five million cigarette filters which have been transformed into various products.
Butts, inner foil, outer wrap, unused tobacco, ashes and other elements that comprise cigarette waste ”” the most littered item in Canada and worldwide ”” can all be recycled. Filters and packaging are used in plastic products for industrial uses, while ash, leftover paper and tobacco are composted according to industry guidelines. The profits from the sale of the plastic products are re-invested into TerraCycle, allowing it to grow its national and international programs.
TerraCycle and Imperial have set a goal of surpassing 10 million cigarette filters collected and recycled this year through contributions from the “Cigarette Waste Brigade,” which incentivizes Canadians by offering money for each pound of cigarette waste collected that can be directed to registered charities. About 50,000 Canadians have helped out, with participation shared almost evenly among individuals, companies and non-profit groups. Those interested in taking part can register at www.terracycle.ca
Trenton, N.J.-based TerraCycle’s revenues are expected to reach $18 million in 2013. Its various recycling programs have raised more than $7 million for charities around the world.
“Several years ago, in the spirit of our vision of eliminating the very idea of garbage, we set our sights on tackling cigarette waste,” says Szaky, who has become a media darling in the past few years after launching TerraCycle in 2001 and appearing on the cover of UCC’s Old Times
magazine in 2010.
“Cigarette butts are one of the planet’s most ubiquitous waste streams. We are delighted that Imperial Tobacco Canada and its employees shared our dream to provide Canadians with an alternative to cigarette waste. With such a successful first year under our belts, we’re urging all Canadians to consider joining us in 2013.”
Nine students from UCC are working as interns in TerraCycle’s Toronto office this summer. Although Szaky said he hadn’t yet met them, he’s heard positive reports and looks forward to continuing and perhaps expanding the UCC internship program in the future.
Robert McLeese ’71 brings prestigious automobile event to Canada
Georgian Bay is set to become the backdrop for the newest edition of Concours d’Elegance, a celebration of the world’s finest cars.
This prestigious international event has finally found a worthy home in Canada: Cobble Beach. Location has always been paramount for the most elite concours’ around the world ”” from the esteemed Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como, Italy to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, Calif. ”” and the McLeese family’s Cobble Beach golf resort community offers a stunning coastline on par with this tradition of excellence.
Proceeds raised by Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance will go to Sunnybrook Foundation to fund a state-of-the-art helipad on the rooftop of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. About half of the 1,000 patients who are treated for life-threatening traumas at the hospital each year arrive by helicopter. The helipad is about 500 metres from the trauma room and transferring patients adds time to treating them when every second counts.
Concours date back to 17th century French high society as a parade of horse-drawn carriages, but they’ve been transformed into the most venerated display of antique and classic automobiles in the world. The Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance will exhibit more than 100 years of beauty and innovation represented in more than 10 different categories. Even Old Boy Fred Eaton ’57 has entered his prized 1938 Ford Woody station wagon into this competition which showcases the preservation and history of these rarely seen vehicles.
Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance general admission tickets range in price from $25 per person to $75 for a family, including two adults and up to four children under 16. A limit of 200 VIP admissions at $250 include gourmet breakfast, lunch, VIP parking and access to the VIP clubhouse, which will have a wine bar available throughout the day.
For the utmost convenience, the $1,100 VIP flight package includes VIP admission plus a round trip with Porter Airlines to and from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and a shuttle to Cobble Beach. The VIP flight package will also provide a $300 charitable donation receipt from Sunnybrook Foundation.
Please visit www.cobblebeachconcours.com
or call 416-366-4820, ext. 228 for more details, participant information and to purchase tickets.
Old Boy and UCC supply teacher Andrew Musselman ’99 was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award in the outstanding male performance in independent theatre category for Catalpa, which he previewed at the College last fall. Old Boy Phil McKee ’01 (who has led a variety of workshops in IB theatre at the College) recently directed an adaptation of King Lear titled Lear, in which Clare Coulter played the titular character. Coulter was nominated for a Dora in the outstanding female performance in general theatre category.
The Dora Award is presented annually by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts to honour the city’s best theatre, dance and opera productions. Dora Mavor Moore helped establish Canadian professional theatre in the 1930s and ’40s and her son, Mavor Moore, graduated from UCC in 1938.
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June 2013 – Alumni Events
Fall branch events
We hope that all Old Boys attending university or working abroad plan to attend the branch events coming up in the fall. All are welcome to attend. Please keep an eye out for formal invitations to register.
Thursday, Sept. 19
London, Ont. branch reception
7 p.m., The London Club
Thursday, Sept. 26
Kingston branch reception
7 p.m., The University Club
Saturday, Oct. 19
Boston branch reception
7p.m., The Harvard Club
Friday, Nov. 8
London, England branch reception and dinner
6 p.m., The Royal Automobile Club
Saturday, Nov. 9
Montreal branch reception
7 p.m., The University Club
Coming this November”¦.a brand new event for Old Boys.
The Toronto Old Boy Dinner
Thursday, November 21
The York Club
Join fellow Old Boys for a ”˜not to be missed’ night out. Further details will be available soon, so mark your calendar and call your friends!
Young Alumni Network
More than 120 young old boys from the classes of 1997 to 2012 came out for a night of fun at the Old Boys Night Out, which was hosted by the Young Alumni Network (YAN) at Toronto’s Kultura restaurant and lounge on King Street East.
YAN chair Blair Guilfoyle ”˜99 spoke about the tremendous growth the network has experienced since the first event at the Academy of Spherical Arts in 2009.
YAN programming now also includes an annual hockey game in New York City’s Harlem, followed by an after-party in Soho that’s generously hosted by Old Boy Dario Wolos ”˜96. This year the network also organized the first joint UCC/The Bishop Strachan School young alumni networking event in Toronto.
Guilfoyle also highlighted the importance of the Crown Links Society, which acknowledges young Old Boys who make a cumulative gift of $500 or more. The new members of the Crown Links Society were announced at the event, and we thank all of them for their generous contributions. There are 184 members who’ve received a set of UCC cufflinks designed by Old Boy Alan Chan ’02.
YAN vice-chair and incoming chair Zach Schwartz ’05, YAN chair Blair Guilfoyle ’99 and YAN events chair Andrew Reburn ’06 enjoyed their event.
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to view a complete photo gallery of the Old Boys Night Out.
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