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HEAD OF SCHOOL & BOARD CHAIR MESSAGE

Head of School & Board Chair Message We would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere appreciation to all of the members of our National Ski Academy community who made generous contributions to the 2018-19 Annual Appeal — the first campaign of this nature in the Academy’s history. It is through your generous donations, sponsorship and gift-in-kind support that we are able to make enhancements to our program, infrastructure and upgrades to Tornaveen, our historic home who celebrated her 125th anniversary in 2018. Further details are shared on pages 6 and 7. Each donation has contributed significantly to the sustainability of the NSA, Canada’s only true ski Academy. For this upcoming Annual Appeal campaign, endowment growth continues to be a priority to enable the Academy to provide scholarship and bursary support to promising student-athletes with demonstrated financial needs. Another priority includes looking towards implementing newer technologies throughout all of our program areas. The National Ski Academy is a special place. Our academic, athletic and house staff devote countless hours to supporting our student-athletes in the pursuit of their personal goals. Our academic programming supports the development of creativity and innovation, with a focus on real-world problem-solving. Our athletic programming is designed to thoroughly prepare our students, physically and mentally, for achieving their personal best on the race course and in the gym. There are exciting times ahead for NSA student-athletes, and opportunities for your generosity to continue to support our mission of supporting them in their quest to become accomplished ski racers, enlightened students, and tomorrow’s leaders. Thank you for your support for both today and for our future.

Tobin Walsh

Nancy Esson

Head of School

Chair, Board of Directors

2018–19 Board of Directors Nancy Esson Chair Karson Benn Mackenzie Irwin Greg Jedrzejewski Brigitte Kopas Jeff Sziklai Nick Tadross Tobin Walsh Head of School Jurg Gfeller Founder and U16 Coach Sami Piana Athletic Director and Head Coach

2019-20 Board of Directors Jeff Sziklai Chair Nancy Esson Past-Chair Mackenzie Irwin Greg Jedrzejewski Brigitte Kopas Mike Neylan Tobin Walsh Head of School Jurg Gfeller Founder and U16 Coach Sami Piana Athletic Director and Head Coach

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NATIONAL SKI ACADEMY

NOTABLE NUMBERS Total Giving from All Sources During 2018-2019 (Cash)

$246,000 Class of 2019 Giving

100%

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Secondary School Courses Delivered

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Full-time Student-Athletes (21 FIS, 8 U16)

of Class of 2019 student-athletes contributed to donate a new podium for the school.

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Number of U16 and FIS Wins

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Number of Training Days Away Pre-Competition

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Number of U16 and FIS Podiums

U16 Average Number of Starts

FIS Average Number of Training Days in the Collingwood Area U16 Average Number of Training Days in the Collingwood Area

FIS Average Number of Starts

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Number of Training Days at Camps Prior to Competition

Top Parent Giving

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 parents for raising over $80,000, with a 73 percent participation rate.

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DONOR

IMPACT 2018-19 Our community’s support impacted all of our priority funding areas in 2018–19: Programming, House and Infrastructure, Professional Development and Student Financial Assistance. The following are just some of the exciting projects funded by philanthropic support.

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On-Hill Timing Equipment

GYM EQUIPMENT

Thanks to our community, new on-hill timing equipment was purchased in 2018–19. Timed runs during training provide our athletes with a benchmark, while also simulating race day environments, both invaluable scenarios as they prepare for competition days.

We are always looking for ways to improve our athletic program. Dryland is one essential component of our athletes’ training regime and with help from our donors, we were able to add new equipment to our gym to ensure our athletes have the necessary equipment they need to be in peak physical condition. Plyometric jump boxes, heavy bags for boxing and a new treadmill were all added and put to regular use by the students in 2018-19.

Science Lab Equipment

ROBOTICS AND CODING EQUIPMENT

Participating in hands-on labs and experiments is always the part of Science that students are most excited about. Thanks to donor support we were able to purchase science equipment including molecular model kits, chemistry experiment kits, and glassware like beakers, graduated cylinders, and test tubes; specimens for dissection, equipment for biology field testing and biological simulation kits so that students are able to engage in authentic, handson learning. These materials are essential for labs and experiments and for encouraging curiosity and excitement about learning Science. Without donor support and the ability to purchase science lab equipment, our students have to rely heavily on virtual labs and simulations, which are not nearly as fun to do!

As robotics and coding become more and more integrated into daily life, it is amazing to be able to expose our students to this ever-expanding area of technology and literacy thanks to donor support. Working with robotics equipment and being introduced to coding gives students unique opportunities to develop their skills in creative thinking, perseverance, and teamwork. By exposing our students to the basics of robotics, thanks to our donors, we are introducing them to a whole new world of innovation and opportunity.

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Third Floor Renovations

Our third floor received a beautiful makeover last summer. All bedrooms had new hardwood flooring and light fixtures installed, were painted, outfitted with new window treatments and shelving units, while several rooms also received new ceiling fans. As well, the two washrooms both received new flooring. The students were thrilled with the updated spaces, which they call home for the year.

PODIUM

Building Upgrades

It is a tradition at the NSA for the graduating class to give the Academy a gift to commemorate their year. Past gifts have included a chair made of skis for the front porch, the NSA sign on the lawn and a picnic table used by staff and students when the weather warms up. The Class of 2019 recognized that the Academy had never had an official podium and, in fact, the one used for graduation in 2018 was creatively put together by our Maintenance Manager, Robert Pierce from an old milk crate, a table cloth and a pair of GS skis left behind by Max McVey (’12)! We now have a beautiful podium with a plaque recognizing the Class of 2019's special graduating gift.

Efficiency, as well as energy conservation, are important to us at the NSA. Thanks to donor support, many facility upgrades were made possible last fall. Toilets were replaced throughout the building, and new low flow showerheads were installed. Lightbulbs were swapped out with more efficient LED versions and the kitchen received a new pre-rinse sprayer. New insulation for the attic was also added and the boiler replaced. We are appreciative of these new upgrades that will help reduce our utility costs.

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OUR DONORS

EDUCATION THAT TRAVELS Thank you to our donors and corporate sponsors for their belief and confidence in the National Ski Academy. We are sincerely grateful for your support.

Bonnie Campbell Eric Cohen Bev & Ann Collombin Bill & Ann Duffield Tim & Laurie Foote Gordon & Lorraine Gibson Jurg Gfeller Scott Hanson & Cindy Hayhurst Jim & Michele Jaques Greg Jedrzejewski & Dianne Corbiere

Ava Duffield David Eseverri Sierra Gibson Bella Gigone Cameron Hanson Michael Jaques Samantha Jordan Mikaela Loucks Jayden Metcalfe Michael Sellery Scott Sellery Taylor Unger

Brigitte Kopas Don & Suzanne Kopas Stephanie Leist Ken Loucks & Nathalie Gagnon Brad & Tina MacMillan Mike Neylan & Jen Usatis Sami Piana Jake Robbins Jason & Kathy Santomero Alan Sellery & Jennifer Gerdts Jeff & Michelle Sziklai Monica Sziklai Brian Sewall & Liisa Savijarvi James Wallace Anonymous

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GIFTS-IN-KIND

Danielle & Gino Larice

Bonnie Campbell CityDirect.Info Ecofitt Corporation Home Depot Chris Jordan Brad MacMillan, Scottish Caper Photography Hannah Needles Brian Sewall Side Launch Brewery Tempo Photography Winston Design & Communications

CORPORATIONS & FOUNDATIONS

Danny & Alex Brackett

CLASS OF 2019

OUR DONORS

Ben & Victoria Abray

Abray Holdings Creative Instore Solutions FortyNine51 Gordon & Lorraine Gibson Family Foundation Kopas Family Foundation Titus Steele Company


OUR SPONSORS

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DONOR PROFILE

BEV & ANN COLLOMBIN For many years, Jurg Gfeller had the great vision of opening a Canadian Ski Academy, but he needed help to move his idea forward. In the mid-80’s he enlisted a small group of interested individuals, one of whom was Bev Collombin. Bev and Jurg had never met, but both had heard great accolades about each other. Bev and his wife Ann were active volunteers in the ski community. Bev volunteered as Chief Ski Patroller in the ‘60s at Georgian Peaks. They both gave many hours of their time to the race program at their home club of Caledon Ski Club. They also had two sons who attended Burke Mountain Ski Academy in the ’80s, which led to Bev serving as a Trustee at the school for six years. Not long after an introductory phone call between Jurg and Bev, the Collombin’s hosted a small group around their kitchen table. It was at that gathering where the decision was made to realize Jurg’s dream, and the National Ski Academy was founded in 1986. “It was and continues to be very important to keep the balance of academics and athletics,” shares Bev, “as well as turning out first-class Canadian citizens. The Academy excels in both of these areas.” Bev and Ann were instrumental in financially supporting the start of the Academy, but Bev also made introductions for Jurg, which resulted in other essential donations that allowed the NSA to became a reality. This included the incredible gift of Tornavene, the NSA’s 125-year-old historical home, by Paul Phelan.

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In the very early years, Bev became Chairman of the Board where “the small Board worked hard to ensure a successful business, and make rational decisions for the new venture, with Jurg’s input and guiding spirit,” explains Bev. “We received good ideas from people on finance and operations, and parents started to get involved on the Board and committees. After my tenure as Chair, I stayed on in an Advisory Role, which seemed to last many years,” laughs Bev. Bev and Ann admit that they have been very lucky to participate as a family, with their four sons, in two sports that they are all passionate about, skiing and sailing. The Collombin’s philanthropic support celebrates and acknowledges the significant impact both sports have made in their lives for many years, and hence they are also supporters of Alpine Canada. When asked why they have continued to support the NSA for over three decades, Ann is quick to respond that it is “because of Jurg and the friendship we have established over the years.” Bev adds that Jurg has kept them updated on the Academy and “always made a point to introduce us to the students when we used to attend the ski races. His vision still inspires us.” In addition to their initial major gift to get the school started, Bev and Ann have been annual donors to the Pippa Blake Bursary Fund since its inception. They are committed to seeing student-athletes, who could not otherwise afford to attend the NSA, have the unique opportunity they helped get started. We are eternally grateful.


Ann and Bev Collombin are a big part of the National Ski Academy’s successes over the last 30 years. Bev’s enthusiasm and leadership for over a decade as a Founder, Board Member, Board Chair and leader of the Bursary program had an enormous impact on the organization. I will always be indebted to them for their generous philanthropic support to get us started, and so appreciative of their continued generosity over the later years supporting the bursary to ensure the NSA doors are open for all deserving student-athletes.

- Jurg Gfeller, Founder

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DONOR PROFILE

SPORTING LIFE Sporting Life has been a long-time sponsor and supporter of the National Ski Academy right from the early years; hosting private shopping events at the Collingwood store for the NSA community, donating prizes to the Snow Ball Gala and, of course, always sending a scratch team to the annual Golf Tournament. Cam Powell and Bill Ford, Sporting Life Collingwood’s top equipment techs, have assisted hundreds of NSA student-athletes, as well as guest campers from across North America and; Europe, during the first weeks of the Saas-Fee camp with their skis and boots but Cam

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and Bill have been far more than just boot fitters and ski tuners, they have been a part of the team supporting our student-athletes on and off the hill in Saas-Fee and where Cam has also been our unofficial photographer, taking fantastic pictures of life in our Swiss home away from home. Our heartfelt appreciation to the entire team at Sporting Life, particularly Collingwood store General Manager Andy Hotson. His support of local ski racing and specifically the National Ski Academy is a key component of the success of our program and organization.


“In my 12 years of activity with NSA I have had the privilege to spend a significant amount of time in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, on the hills throughout Ontario, and at the Collingwood storefront location of Sporting Life with two of their highly skilled technicians, Cam Powell and Bill Ford. These two individuals contribute a great deal to the success of our student-athletes and they bring an incredibly high standard of professional services directly to the Swiss Alps where our first on-snow training camp starts.”

- Sami Piana, NSA Athletic Director and Head Coach

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Saas-Fee

COMMUNITY SERVICE INITIATIVES

Saas-Fee is NSA’s second home. During the students’ six week stay at the start of the school year, they skied 25 days on the glacier. Grades 9 and 10 completed a French credit, while Grade 11 and 12 earned their Senior English or The Writer’s Craft credit. Training, dryland and hikes up the mountain were fueled by Chef Zak’s nutritious and equally delicious meals. For the second year in a row, we travelled to Stresa on a day off and enjoyed the beautiful Italian lakeside and lots of gelato.

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School and skiing were not the only activities students engaged in during the year. School-wide community service initiatives see the entire school give back. Our student council ran a campaign to collect non-perishable food and/or donations, to support two wonderful local organizations: My Friend’s House — a safe haven for abused women and their children, and the Barbara Weider House — a place of safety and hope for homeless youth. A school-wide initiative saw students pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child through the Samaritan’s Purse. Boxes were filled with gifts including toys, school supplies and hygiene items. We also had students who were involved in volunteering with the Collingwood Community Cleanup, Blue Mountain Special Olympics Alpine Team, the Rotary Club Taste of the Town, and the Hike or Bike for the Georgian Triangle Hospice.

FPO CLASS EXCURSIONS

NSA had a number of opportunities to connect with community partners who were able to enrich the curriculum, support student learning, and further their academic and athletic goals. A few of our guest speakers included: registered dietitian Leah Van Dolder, who walked us through how to fuel our bodies for high performance athletics, as well as how to make healthy choices pre and post racing and training; Jeff MacInnis, who led interactive sessions on creating your best year ever and used WIN walls as a visual representation of how momentum matters, setting great goals, gathering greatness and encouraging everyone; Erin and Oren Smith of Totem Wellness, who helped our student-athletes to understand different nervous system responses, and spoke about a balanced recovery from training; and, Gillian Wortley and Megan Fox who led yoga sessions to further their mindfulness journey.

Education does not only happen in the classroom. One exciting out of the classroom experience during the year had Ms. Cann’s class sit in on Supreme Court proceedings that took place at the Barrie Court House, under Justice Bird. The class was privileged to meet with Judge Bird before court was in session. She guided the students through what they would see, and how the trial would work in accordance with our judicial system. The students were able to witness firsthand the lessons they had learned about the judicial system in play, and were in awe of witnessing an inspirational female judge maintain order in her court. One student called it the “coolest thing ever,” while another found it fun to be in the gallery of a professional he sees himself pursuing. All students were incredibly positive about having taken part in this special opportunity.

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Athletic Achievements

GRADUATION

While all of our athletes achieved personal success in 2018–19 in different ways, such as by reaching their goals, bettering their points, or making technical improvements, some of our athletes had some notable accomplishments. Four of our U16 athletes, Nikki Finoro, Tessa Foote, Ben Neylan, Lily Sewall (who was the only first-year U16 who qualified from the province) represented Ontario at the 2019 Canada Winter Games at Nakiska and Canyon Ski Resort. NSA was the only club to have four athletes on the team. Tessa and Ben also qualified to participate in the prestigious Barcelonette FIS International Children’s Races in France. On the FIS front, David Eseverri was ranked third in his home country of Spain for his age in slalom, while Jayden Metcalfe was 7th overall at the Canadian Senior National Championships in Super G and finished the Nor AM Finals 20th overall in the Alpine Combined with an 11th place in the SL portion. She earned an invitation to the Ontario Ski Team for the 2019-20 season.

Our twelve Grade 12 students were honoured at Graduation 2019 as we celebrated their athletic and academic achievements. This year there were some exciting changes and additions to the ceremony. The ceremony was held at the intimate Simcoe Street Theatre and the graduates in their gowns and hats were piped into the venue by NSA Math teacher Mr. Brian Raaflaub to start the celebration. Four new awards were introduced and handed out. The Brian Traynor Award for Writing Excellence honours NSA’s former English teacher and Academic Director who spent 30 years with the NSA. “BT” led the charge for the school to become a credit-granting institution. He retired in 2018. The Principal and Counsellor’s Award recognizes a student who has pursued academic and athletic excellence during their time at NSA, acting as a role model for other students to follow. The Lieutenant Governor’s Community Volunteer Award recognizes a student who has gone above and beyond serving their community in a volunteer capacity. The Governor General’s Academic Bronze Medal is awarded to the graduating student who achieves the highest average in their Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses. All 12 students achieved Ontario Scholar status with a combined average of 88 percent, with some offered post-secondary scholarships valued at over $140,000.

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CLASS OF 2019


CLASS OF 2019

AVA DUFFIELD Huron University College at Western University Social Science with Ivey Advanced Entry Opportunity (AEO) status to the Western Ivey HBA program

CAMERON HANSON

DAVID ESEVERRI

SIERRA GIBSON

BELLA GIGONE

CEU San Pablo

Dalhousie University

Dual Bachelor Business & Law, Bilingual

Commerce

University of British Columbia

MICHAEL JAQUES

Sir Wilfried Laurier University

Sir Wilfried Laurier University

Business

Honours Arts with Management Option

JAYDEN METCALFE Ontario Ski Team, McGill University Arts & Science, Interfaculty Program (deferred)

International Relations

SAMANTHA JORDAN

MIKAELA LOUCKS

Western University

Western University

Kinesiology

Management & Organizational Studies

MICHAEL SELLERY

SCOTT SELLERY

TAYLOR UNGER

Western University

Sir Wilfried Laurier University

University of British Columbia

Business

Kinesiology

Management & Organizational Studies

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DONOR

IMPACT 2018-19 This report recognizes donations made during the fiscal year July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. We have made every effort to ensure accuracy. If there are errors or omissions, please accept our sincere apologies and contact the NSA at info@nsa.on.ca

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Contributors Elicia Cann Cindy Hayhurst Brigitte Kopas

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Design & Printing The Creative Co-opt

Racer Ready for Life Logo Design Winston Design & Communications

Photography Renata Caughlin Tempo Photography Herman Koeslag Eye in the Sky Photography Brad MacMillan Scottish Caper Photography Taylor Nullmeyer, Navigator Visuals Cameron T Powell Photography NSA Employees

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