Celebrating five decades of
CHOIR TOURS OUR CHANGING LIVES Alumni Updates
Message from the Headmaster
Messages from the Head of Junior & Senior Schools
Message from the RSGC Alumni Association (RSGCAA) President
RSGCAA Events and the Kingston University Reception
Mom and Son Golf Tournament, Grad Moms’ Tea, Grandparents’ and Grandfriends’ Day and collaborating with Habitat for Humanity
Fall/Winter 2009 10 CanGrad Studios John Birkett Guy Burry Win Burry Tom Stevens
Great Georgian Events
RSGC Faculty Did you know? Learn more about Faculty members Haelie Baird, Jennifer Bonetta and David Miller
Royal St. George’s College
Ten community members capture the ‘magic’ of Georgian 16
Georgians Around the World
Meet a Recent Grad
Georgians in the Family
Georgians on the Move
Searching for Georgians Online Alumni Directory Shout-Out for Grad Years ending in 4 or 9
Since 1982, students have participated in the High Park run (which evolved into the Terry Fox Run in the late 1980’s). On Friday, September 18, 2009, students, faculty, parents and alumni gathered once again at High Park to run, enjoy group activities and a BBQ, but most importantly, to raise money for cancer research. Over the past 14 years, the RSGC community has raised over $155 000 for the Terry Fox Foundation and twice earned a spot in the Top 25 schools in
who collaborated to make Terry Fox Run ’09 another successful event. Way to go RSGC! Cover Photo: Tom Stevens Spirited ‘A run’ athletes were captured in action as they began the race.
Our Changing Lives
ANNUAL REPORT 2008-2009
Team 80’s was one of 11 teams representing three decades of Georgians at this year’s Recent Grad BBQ and Alumni Ball Hockey Tournament. Action took place on the tarmac and in our newly renovated gymnasium. Read more about the tournament on page 5.
MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR
Upholding Traditions and Setting a Course for the Future Mission Statement Royal St. George’s College is an independent university preparatory school which provides a stimulating and supportive environment, grounded in Christian values and dedicated to instilling in boys the knowledge, skill and adaptability to live a balanced, purposeful and happy life.
ife at RSGC has been busy since the last Shield issue in June 2009. The Choir Tour 2009 followed graduation ceremonies (read all about Choir Tours on pages 11-13) and in August we officially welcomed our new Headmaster, Steve Griffin (read his inaugural “Message from the Headmaster” on page 2). The new season of RSGC Alumni Association events promises to reach out to even more alumni this year (read about September and October RSGCAA events on pages 5 and 6). Our newly retired Chair of the Board of Governors, David Mather, emphasizes our constant focus on improvement in his final message for the 2008-2009 Annual Report at the end of the magazine (pages 25-38). We will all miss his leadership and reminders to always consider, “what’s in it for the boys?” The Advancement Committee consulted on this year’s report, which provides a look at our financial activities ending June 30, 2009 and celebrates supporters of RSGC. Throughout this edition of The Shield, you will see interviews with various members of the RSGC community. Many people were asked the question “What does Georgian mean to you?” The candid responses may or may not ‘fit’ for you; Steve Griffin assures us that the conversations will continue as we fulfill our promise to develop life-long Georgians. The transition with Steve has been seamless and he has already gained the respect of curious boys, their families, alumni, staff and faculty in a short time. In both correspondence and speeches, he has delivered many clear messages. Traditional values will continue to drive daily life and decisions at RSGC. He also has an exciting vision for the future. Stay tuned. Feedback from last spring’s Shield was positive and, in typical Georgian fashion, gracious. There were a few constructive comments and we did our best to implement suggestions in this issue. At RSGC, we are working to improve our databases and communications (print and online) to meet the needs and desires of our community. As always, please continue to share your thoughts, ideas and submissions at email@example.com. Happy reading!
Lori O’Leary Editor Please enjoy your copy of The Shield and pass it on to a friend or colleague.
It was fun coordinating and composing the choir tours of past and present story. Decades of Georgians have shared their musical talents and enjoyed adventures around the world. Our next issue will feature our incredible international service learning trips and community service at RSGC – Georgians are making a difference locally and globally!
MESSAGE FROM THE HEADMASTER
Our New Headmaster Respecting traditions and moving forward
Greetings from Royal St. George’s College! As I have learned more about the Headmasters that have gone before me: Jack Wright, John Allen, John Latimer and Hal Hannaford, I have gained a deeper understanding of both the tremendous foundation and culture upon which this school stands, and the immense responsibility with which I am entrusted. I am honored to serve Royal St. George’s College to the best of my ability. It’s a great school, with amazing potential. One of the questions I have been asked is, “When did I know that RSGC was right for me?” Last spring, I came for a visit, and I was standing at the back of the Chapel, ready to process, when the band broke into Crazy Train by Ozzy Ozbourne. This is a school that respects its traditions, but isn’t afraid to try something new. If you ask me, that was a Georgian way to be introduced to the College, and it reaffirmed that this is an excellent fit for me. A short year ago, Hal Hannaford argued in this very publication that a written definition of a Georgian would be too restrictive. That said, the simple exercise of asking oneself the question “What is a Georgian?” should evoke such positive memory and feeling from our Georgian community, that I have decided to spend some time asking and listening. On my first day of work in August, I sent a message to alumni (those who have kept their email address current, anyway), asking them to send me stories that exemplify the Georgian experience. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. While it is quite clear that there is a common understanding of many Georgian characteristics, there is also the sense that the “magic” of being Georgian is difficult to capture. With a new Headmaster, change is inevitable. You will hear more from me about improved student financial assistance, renewed facilities, constant academic innovation, and enhancing our reputation as a green, urban school that uses technology for educational impact. I want to reassure you today that the underlying vision remains the same; we will continue to develop life-long Georgians. Warmest regards,
Steve Griffin Headmaster
Steve agreed to answer two quick questions during his first few weeks at RSGC. Q. You officially arrived at RSGC on August 1st, 2009, although you had several opportunities to experience our Georgian community before that. What are your first impressions? A. I expected a warm and welcoming school community, but frankly, I’m surprised at how caring this community is. The boys seem genuinely happy to be here, comfortable and confident around their peers. Faculty and staff understand that they are truly blessed to work with such a great group of colleagues, and a great group of boys. The parents understand what an impact this institution is having on their boys, and the alumni credit the school for so much of their current sense of well-being. My first impressions are of a community that knows it has a good thing going, but at the same time seems poised to take an important step into the future. Q. How can the RSGC community help with the future success of RSGC? A. There are a number of ways the community can help. We’re a great small school, but we only have about 1 employee for every 6 students. The great thing is that if we include parents, alumni, and past parents in the mix, the ratio swings the other way, and we truly have a village to raise our boys. Everyone’s continued involvement in this fabulous community will ensure our success. It’s also about internal marketing: community members need to help friends and neighbours understand how important the Georgian experience is, and word of mouth is our best admissions tool. Finally, I think it is important to understand that it will take dollars far beyond tuition and Annual Giving donations to enhance our campus, introduce new programs and expand our accessibility to a broader number of boys. If our community commits to all three legs of support, I am firmly convinced that we can ensure the future success of this amazing institution.
Message from the Head of the JUNIOR School
Balanced, Purposeful and Happy CATHERINE KIRKLAND Experts estimate that today’s elementary school age children will have held over 14 jobs by the time they are 38; our world is changing so quickly, that most of these jobs do not yet exist. Given those statistics, educating our boys for the future can be a daunting task. However, what we do know is there are the 21st Century skills that will be valued in the Wanakita, September 2009 workplace of the future, and our vision is to prepare boys for a future in which they will have the academic, social and personal skills that will take them far in life. In the Junior School we like to think we are a school full of Renaissance boys: young men who feel as adept in the art and music
rooms as they do in an English or math class - boys who are interested and engaged in their learning and big ideas. We want our students to have the confidence and motivation to seek challenges and find solutions. Our boys need to be problem solvers – able to think outside of the box – and possessed of a confidence that allows them to take risks. Our job is to nurture the creative, innovative, and intellectual curiousity of our boys. The uniqueness of the Junior School lies in our ability to provide the boys with a first rate curriculum in a loving, nurturing and safe environment. Our small size allows us to focus on bringing out the Georgian qualities in each boy. We openly teach and model empathy, care and concern in our school. We discuss commitment, working hard, the satisfaction of doing our personal best and the virtue of humility over seeking the accolades that accompany success. “… Balanced, Purposeful and Happy” are words in our mission statement that embody the philosophy we try to live and model for our boys. We remind ourselves daily of the important role we play in the development of “Georgian” values in our school, our families, our communities and our world. We want our boys to “be the change they want to see in the world”.
The Quest for Excellence
Message from the Head of the SENIOR School
PAUL O’LEARY As the Senior School moves forward in this exciting time of change, we will continue to hold close the values that will forever be Georgian: our commitment to music and the Arts, the importance of manners and the Georgian Code, and our quest for excellence in everything we do. Through these values, we commit to each boy that he will be known and loved. The Senior School of 2009 is a special place that provides students with a learning environment where faculty members have strong connections with students and challenge them to think critically, to debate and engage, and to enjoy intellectually challenging academic programs. It is also a place of emotions, successes, and growth that, when addressed on a personal level, can instill in each boy a sense of balance, purpose and happiness. We recognize that individual differences in learning should be supported through an inclusive and challenging classroom environment. Students are encouraged to increase their selfawareness and develop their potential as life-long learners and life-long Georgians. A successful transition into high school cannot be accomplished in a day, or even a week; it requires a fundamental change in our approach to what some describe as the “linchpin” year. To truly change the 9th grade experience, we have coordinated an interdisciplinary team to teach the grade 9 cohort. With all students in common, the invested teaching team provides personalized support and innovative instruction in what is otherwise considered a difficult transition year for students. As of September 2009, every student in the Senior School walks through our doors with a laptop. The ever-changing information landscape means that our methods and practices are evolving and adapting. Information literacy has become a key focus that requires collaboration and an ability to seek out and identify innovations
that will be needed to keep pace. Online learning is now an integral part of the life-long learning landscape worldwide. This year, we have teamed up with the CIS e-Learning Consortium in developing exceptional e-learning experiences for students. By Camp Ahmek, September 2009 using the best teaching and learning practices, we are able to provide students with the experience and skills they need today and in the future. We have fully embraced our Community Service Programme, expanding it to include several international Service Learning trips. Students have come to understand that we are global citizens and, as such, our knowledge of global issues as well as our participation on the global stage is essential. We understand the growing importance of preparing students to participate in issues of development, equity, social and environmental justice and peace, locally and globally. In the last five years, students and faculty have helped to rebuild communities through Habitat for Humanity and Free the Children in Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania, Mongolia, Ecuador and Peru, Cambodia, India, and New Orleans. This year, students will continue their good work in the earthquake stricken area of Beichuan, China. The programme is changing the lives of our students and their perspective as citizens of the world. In all areas of the curriculum, a common appreciation for the importance of clear, high standards of excellence is reflected in the success of our students: a testament to the goals and aspirations of a community of teachers, parents, students and alumni. 3
RSGCAA Executive Committee 2009-2010 Alumni Association President Jamie Lint ‘98 Alumni Association Vice President Sandy Gibson ‘01 Alumni Representative, Board of Governors & Past President James Peters ‘90 Old Boys’ Dinner Co-Chairs Matt Burns ’04 & Bernard von Bieberstein ‘97 Class Representative Chair Will Jones ‘99 Speaker Series Co-Chairs Peter Antonoff ‘82 & Brad Milne ‘01 Speed Mentoring Event Co-Chair & Communications Colin Watson ‘94 Speed Mentoring Event Co-Chair Chris Yelle ‘90 Recent Grads Chair Jesse Parker ‘01 Annual Giving Phone-a-thon Chair Alex Edmison ‘02 Parent Liaison Jay Murray ‘79 Faculty Liaison Jeff Enfield ‘97 STAFF
MESSAGE FROM THE RSGCAA PRESIDENT
Growing Our Georgian Community Fellow Alumni, As I write this and Thanksgiving draws near, meaning the Christmas season is just around the corner, I find myself reflecting on what RSGC and the Alumni Association has for which to be thankful. Our students, faculty and families are happy and healthy. Our new Headmaster, Steve Griffin, brings a new vision, a new attitude, and a new focus to everything at RSGC. Our Alumni Association is having record participation at all our events. RSGC has much for which to be thankful. More specifically, I think about what it means to “be Georgian”. The goal of the Alumni Association is to continue to develop life-long Georgians. With the development of many new Alumni events such as the Speaker Series and Speed Mentoring, we have seen participation from Alumni that have previously never joined our events. Not only are more Alumni attending each event, but they also come from a broad spectrum of years, both recent and vintage. The success of these new events, coupled with the continuing growth of our current events (Recent Grads BBQ and Ball Hockey, Old Boys’ Dinner, etc.), shows that being a Georgian is truly a life-long endeavour. So, to develop life-long Georgians, we must appeal to the entirety of the Alumni community. As Alumni grow older, and their lives change, they must continue to feel connected to the College and the Association. By introducing new ways to connect with the College, and through our improved communication, the Alumni Executive feels that we are headed in the right direction. Part of being Georgian is knowing that the College and the Alumni Association will always be there for you when you come home to RSGC. Best regards,
Director of Advancement & Alumni Development David G. Lee Advancement & Alumni Development Associate, Assistant Editor of The Shield Fiona Cooper
Jamie Lint ‘98 RSGCAA President
Archivist Jonathan Lofft ‘01 Editor of The Shield & The Tarmac Lori O’Leary
Georgian Alumnus of Distinction Award
Robert Keilty ’81
Jamie and Juliana Lint were married in our Chapel this September, 2009. Groomsmen were brother, Kevin Lint ‘94, Marc Burroni ‘98, and Dave Robinette ‘98. Congratulations to Jamie and Juliana!
The RSGCAA Executive Committee was pleased when Andrew von Teichman ’96 nominated Robert Keilty for the RSGCAA’s highest award. Rob’s commitment to RSGC is unparalleled, as a student, alumnus, past Chair of the Board and current parent. Most notably, Rob steered RSGC through arguably one of its most tumultuous periods, charting the course for the College as Chairman of the Board through the NOSAP protest in the Annex and subsequent OMB hearings. Without his perseverance and professionalism, much of what lies ahead for our great school would never have been possible. After graduation, Rob earned a B.Arts from the University of Western Ontario followed by several
years of insurance experience with a major insurer in Canada and with a substantial broker in the Lloyd’s of London insurance market. He joined HKMB HUB International in 1987 and is a founding and managing partner of the firm, which is currently Canada’s largest, privately owned, commercial insurance brokerage. He is former President of the Toronto Insurance Conference and continues to be actively involved with the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise. Rob’s wife, Ruth, is a true Georgian mother who has been active on the Georgian Parents’ Guild for the past 9 years. Son, Jack, grade 12 is a Lifer and Prefect and daughter, Sloane, is at Bishop Strachan School in grade 8.
Georgian Spirit Alive and Well Recent Grad BBQ & Alumni Ball Hockey Tournament ARDEN CHURCH ‘00 I remember a conversation I had with Derek Hepburn ‘04 at the outset of this year’s Alumni Ball Hockey Tournament. He was lamenting the fact that his team had seemed to become perennial silver medalists. Having made it to the finals several years in a row, and getting edged out each time, there was a strong determination amongst the members of his team, that eventually, they were going to win it all. It seems odd to be so devoted to winning what amounts to a few short games in the parking lot of a school, but anyone who has spent time battling for the ball on the tarmac knows why the chance to do it again for a few short hours in May is worth it.
Save the Date Make sure you are registered on the Alumni Directory (Facebook and Twitter too) to get details about next year’s Ball Hockey action. Thursday, May 13, 2010
The 2009 Recent Grad BBQ & Alumni Ball Hockey Tournament was held at RSGC on Thursday, May 14th. Thank you to the over 200 Alumni and staff members who came out for the evening to compete and enjoy the BBQ.
I was corralled into playing after school ball hockey in grade 10. Winch needed players and I had two qualities that would be perfect for the team: I was on Winch and I happened to be in the area at the time. It turns out there was plenty to do for those who were not good shots. Grade nines needed tossing into snowbanks, teachers needed checking into parked cars and the ref needed distracting. It was a lot of fun, it was fiercely competitive and it quickly converted me to being a loyal player. Judging by the number of people at this year’s tournament, it’s easy to see that I was not the only one affected in such a way. Playing in this year’s Alumni Ball Hockey Tournament were 11 teams spanning 3 decades of Georgians, from the 1980’s to recent graduates. Not everyone played, some just came to root on their year’s team, or in a few cases, teams. Others came to see friends and talk about the good times past and brag about the good times to come. Some came just for the food; Jonathan Lofft ’01 and Sandy Gibson ‘01 can grill some mean steaks. And, as always, some just came to cheer on whomever was playing the teachers.
Championship Team members included: Andrew Pettit ‘00 Justin Young ‘00 Michel Mainardi ‘00 Arden Church ‘00 Adam Smith ‘00 Stefan Superina ‘00 Sebastian Lyman ‘06 Dan Burkett ‘06 Ben Razulis ‘06 Cam MacNicol ‘06 Alex Mather ‘06 Bennett McBride ‘06 The Faculty Team captured the Masters Tournament prize.
Buffalo Bills Roadtrip
ALEX EDMISON ‘02
Having just returned/recovered from the 2009 Buffalo Bills Road Trip I can wholeheartedly recommend it to any alumni looking for a memorable Sunday excursion. Not only did I get to catch up with many of my Georgian counterparts over a few social beverages but I also got to watch live NFL Football and experience true American tailgate culture. I can assure those who have not done this before that it is absolutely something you must experience in your lifetime. Words simply cannot describe the spectacle of 100,000 rowdy fans engulfed in pre-game celebrations. Not being a renowned football fan myself this was certainly a highlight of my 2009 and an event I am sure to be attending next year. A special thanks to Mark Ackley for his unfailing barbeque skills and David Lee and the alumni committee for encouraging us to go down to Buffalo and show the Americans what Georgian Spirit is all about.
For many, it was also the first chance for many to meet the new Headmaster, Steve Griffin, and in turn provide him with the experience of what it means to be a Georgian. This year the tournament was won by a hybrid team of the years 2000 and 2006, whose members successfully fought their way to the top past a rival Class of 2000 team, and yes, the Class of 2004. Derek and his friends weren’t too broken up about it though. There’s always next year, and after all, what’s better than seeing old friends, having a steak, and one timing a shot past the glove of the goaltender of a team that’s five years younger than you? Yeah, still got it. 5
COLIN WATSON ‘94
The RSGC Alumni Association organized its second successful Speed Mentoring event on October 1st, 2009. The event brought together a broad range of alumni who engaged the Grade 12 class and discussed their futures. The turnout was better than expected, with nearly twice as many alumni volunteering this year over last year’s inaugural effort. Alumni volunteers represented numerous sectors including medicine, law, finance, academia, technology, the arts and sports. Alumni entertained the boys’ questions on several major topics including university admissions, course selections and first jobs after graduation. The format of the afternoon allowed mentors to meet one-on-one with grade 12 students for five-minute intervals before the boys switched to new mentors. This allowed the grade 12 students to gain numerous perspectives during the one-hour event. The RSGCAA is looking forward to an even bigger Third Annual Speed Mentoring event in the Fall of 2010.
The RSGCAA would like to thank Alumni Mentors: Gordon Baird ‘82, Jon Bell ‘04, Dan Bennett ‘01, Guy Burry ‘77, Geoff Cardy ‘01, Nick Culverwell ‘82, Kevin Drynan ‘78, Charles Ellis ‘74, Robert Eng ‘88, Chris George ‘96, Adam Green ‘99, Ian Hardacre ‘85, Doug Lawson ‘77, Daniel Medd ‘98, Jay Murray ‘79, Jamie Peters ‘90, Morgan Rubes ‘03, Andy Spears ‘79, James Thompson ‘84, Brian Tod ‘02 and Jamie Ferguson Woods ‘02. A special thank you to the mentors who also sat on the University Q&A Panel: Drew Clark ‘02, Alex Edmison ‘02, Scott Ackley ‘04, Chris Yelle ‘90 and especially Sandy Gibson ‘01 who made the keynote address to the boys entitled Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Went to College: 1st Year University Tips.
Spotlight on Kingston Visit
IRA LEWY ‘07
It was really great to attend this year’s RSGC Alumni Reunion at Queen’s University on Friday, October 2nd, 2009. Apart from the free food and drink, it was an excellent opportunity to catch up with other RSGC graduates. The College’s new Headmaster, Steve Griffin is certainly living up to Georgian standards and we were all very pleased with his commitment to Georgian Alumni traditions here at Queen’s. Director of Alumni Development, David Lee and Director of Admissions, Tom Stevens, along with alumni representative Alex Edmison ‘02 were terrific hosts. Several of the 30 plus Georgian grads who participated are making plans to travel to Montreal for the next alumni reception in November. It promises to be just as eventful and inspiring! We will continue to communicate details via email before events. To get your name on the list or for more information, please contact Fiona Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org or (416) 516-5202.
GREAT GEORGIAN EVENTS
Learn more at www.RSGC.ON.CA Click on JUNIOR or SENIOR SCHOOL and read about current NEWS and EVENTS
Celebrating Georgian Moms Grad Mothers’ Day Tea For many years now, Junior School mothers have enjoyed the popular Mother’s Day Tea in Ketchum Hall. The challenge to coordinate a similar reception annually on Mother’s Day throughout their son’s Senior School experience proved too complex, but the seed for a different event was planted. Former Headmaster, Hal Hannaford, promised a group of mothers who had moved up from the Junior School that he would arrange for a Grad Mother Tea in celebration of their ongoing commitment and special relationship with RSGC. On Thursday, May 7, 2009, the Advancement Office proudly hosted the second Grad Mothers’ Day Tea at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Mothers were treated to a special afternoon with friends and members of the RSGC family. Save the Date We look forward to celebrating with mothers of this year’s graduating Georgians at the R.C.Y.C. on Friday, May 7, 2010
MOM & SON GOLF
LOUISE HUCAL, mother of Julian ’06, Alexander ’07 and Peter, grade 12 Over our family’s eight-year tenure at RSGC, the Mom and Son Golf Tournament stands out as one of my favourite school events. The opportunity to spend time one-on-one with one of my sons is always special, but to do so with a group of other RSGC moms and sons is an added bonus. The beautiful setting and hospitality of the Arbesman Family adds to the perfection of the day. The day is all about fun…don’t let your golf skills (or lack thereof ) prevent you and your son from signing up for this amazing event! Save the Date Dad and Lads Golf Day is Saturday, May 15, 2010
GREAT GEORGIAN EVENTS
On June 4th, 2009 we hosted an impressive number of Junior School grandparents and grandfriends at our Annual Junior School Spring Concert. It was a glorious sunny day to celebrate our boys’ musical talents and enjoy refreshments under the tent.
Three Generations of the Balan Family Celebrate Together Grandparents’ and Grandfriends’ Day 2009
eter and Marilyn Balan are reconnecting with RSGC through their grandson, Nick Balan, grade 9. It seems like yesterday that Peter and Marilyn choose St. George’s for their own son, Bill Balan ’86, when they felt that a small private school experience would offer him more opportunities for success after graduation. They found a home at SGC and years later Marilyn fondly remembers her involvement with the Guild and assisting with hot dog days for the boys! One favourite Georgian teacher, Gage Love, made an impact on the Balan family when he assured them that Georgian graduates go on to do great things. They are thrilled to have been welcomed back each spring to enjoy watching Nick in action. Their talented grandson participates actively in Georgian life, most recently singing solos in the Choir and winning the Most Improved Chorister Award, and as a member of the Junior School Alpine Ski Team that captured first overall at the CISAA Championships. Since grade 3, he has been a solid contributor to academic, artistic and athletic life at RSGC. Nick’s grandfather, Peter, spoke about how much he appreciates having time now to interact with Nick and attend his school activities…time that he was not afforded when life was busy during son Bill’s days at school. As Nick moves across the tarmac to the Senior School this year, the Balan legacy lives on. We hope that Peter and Marilyn continue their on-going relationship with RSGC. We’ll be looking for you at the next RSGC community event!
Save the Date Next year’s Junior School Grandparents’ and Grandfriends’ Spring Concert and Reception will be held on Thursday, June 3, 2010
GREAT GEORGIAN EVENTS
Building a Home and Hope with Habitat for Humanity Adopt-a-Build Day Georgian volunteers adopted a Habitat for Humanity Build Day in Toronto on Tuesday, June 9th, 2009. Efforts from ‘Club ‘84’ members Stewart Istvan ’84, David Lyon ’84 and Chuck Magyar ’84 alongside current students, faculty and parents made a positive impact on poverty housing in the Greater Toronto Area. Student participants in the Habitat for Humanity Build ‘09: Andrew Burt, grade 12 David Chadwick, grade 11 Callan Convery, grade 12 Arshia Hayat Davoudi, grade 11 Alex Kim, grade 12 Kyle Kim, grade 11 Mark Kryshtalskyj, grade 12 Adam Raponi ‘09 James Reble, grade 12 Stewart Roulston, grade 11 Kenny Taylor, grade 12 We plan to make this an annual event. If you want to get involved next spring, please contact Emma Roche, Community Involvement Coordinator at email@example.com or 416.533.6724 x270.
The Habitat for Humanity Scholarship Story
A mother-son team venture to Zambia for a remarkable cause
At the end of the work day, a wave of children would arrive to play with us. Charles Lailey, grade 12 learned of the Habitat for Humanity Toronto Scholarship, sponsored by Bert Clark ‘89 last spring. This generous scholarship sends one ParentSon team from RSGC, one Parent-Daughter team from St.Clement’s School and one Habitat Toronto Partner Family team on an international Habitat for Humanity Global Village project. Global Village representatives have stated that parent-child teams have proven to be most valuable. After a positive experience on an RSGC service learning trip to Cambodia in March 2009, Charles did not want to pass up the chance to venture out again. He went home to discuss the opportunity with his mother, who did not need convincing to apply. The successful applicants left two days after Charles finished exams in June. They chose to work in Tiyende Pamodzi, a small village in Zambia, Africa. The community has been slowly developed by Habitat for Humanity. Currently there are about 140 homes, with ongoing plans to expand. Their group built half of two homes and while Charles enjoyed building the home brick-by-brick, Margaret was constantly ready with supplies. One of the most rewarding moments for Charles was meeting the excited new homeowners. A woman was so grateful she danced as she thanked them for their labour. Another unforgettable memory was at the end of their work day when “a wave of children would arrive to play with us.” The children taught them many games and there was lots of dancing. By the end of the visit, they had established a great relationship with the children and a keen understanding of dynamics in the small village. Charles would definitely recommend this experience to others, although he warns that it is not a ‘glamorous’ trip; living and sleeping conditions are basic. The Laileys enjoyed the balance between work and recreation, and collaborating with a diverse group of people to improve the quality of life for families in the rural community. The ambitious grade 12 student has set a goal for himself – he wants to visit every continent before he is 25 years old. His odds look good as he only has two more destinations to visit! (He figures South America is on the way to Antarctica so he could hit both on the same journey). The night they returned from Zambia, Charles was surfing the Internet to find his next adventure.
Did You Know? One of the comments we hear over and over again is how much students and parents enjoy relationships with the unique and dedicated RSGC Faculty and Staff. Here are fascinating facts about three members of our team. Sensei David Miller
Our favorite Judo Sensei received the award of excellence from the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo, Japan (he was the first North American recipient) and represented Canada at the 1995 World Judo Championships in the open weight division in Makuhari, Japan. In 1999, he captured a gold medal at the World Judo Masters Championships and 4 Pan-American Masters Gold medals. David received his six-degree black belt in 2006. Students in grades 3-12 participate in our impressive Judo programme, which includes a credit course for grades 10, 11 and 12. In 1999, David founded the Ontario Schools Judo Championships held every spring at the Hershey Centre. He proudly presented the first black belt to RSGC student Chris Hammill ‘08 and there are many more potential black belts developing.
Haelie joined us this year to support the Senior School science and mathematics departments. She is an avid swimmer and competes at the Masters level. At the 2009 Canadian Masters Swimming Championship, she won gold in the 200-metre Butterfly and silver in the 100-metre Butterfly. Her fiancé, Alex Carter ’02, also finds time to pursue his passion. He balances a full-time job with life on the courts as a semi-professional squash player. Recently, he won a Professional Amateur Doubles Championship, beating the #1 ranked team in the world for Doubles. Haelie and Alex will be married in July 2010 on the Toronto Island.
Faculty and Staff, 2009-2010
Jennifer Bonetta Jennifer attended the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles as the Italian Olympic Synchronized Swimming Coach (the year synchronized swimming was introduced at the Olympic games). Prior to coaching, Jennifer competed in seven national synchronized swimming championships in both Duet and Team Events. Then, as a summer job during her studies at McGill University, she assisted with coaching for the Italian national synchronized swimming team. Her role with the organization extended from the initial one-month contract to four years coaching Junior and Senior National Teams and preparing athletes for the upcoming Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The Italian Olympic Committee sent a Solo Event athlete, who qualified under Jennifer’s leadership and placed 14th in her event. In addition to teaching the dynamic Intermediate French programme, Jennifer leads the Junior School Captains and last year coached the A/B Junior Alpine Ski Teams to CISAA Championships. 10
A Chorus of Choir Tour Memories With Contributions from Andrew Barlow, Giles Bryant, Win Burry, kimberly cudney, Douglas Jamieson, Jonathan Lofft ’03, Alex Mather ’06 and Eugene Trusler ‘74
“That was awesome”
Douglas Jamieson, Director of Choral Music
The experience of traveling with a group of boys to Europe is not for the faint-hearted. My first tour was in Spain during which I played the organ while Dr. Giles Bryant conducted the choir. I remember that trip primarily for the brutally long bus rides. We used to stop for picnics in those days and our driver, out of some strange compulsion or habit, took us to the same picnic site on both the southward and northward legs of the tour. The place was filthy, littered with broken glass and the discarded detritus of the less attractive side of human existence. As always, the boys ate lunch in under three minutes and just got on with their usual games. It was a great lesson in the resilience of boys and how they can teach us about adapting to the situation, however outwardly daunting. There are so many pictures that come to mind when I reflect back on our tours. There are, of course, the deeply impressive experiences of singing in magnificent cathedrals like York Minster, St. Paul’s in London, Reims and Chartres (where the large audience gave the boys a standing ovation). In England in 2008, we were treated to a private tour of the cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral, site of many scenes from the Harry Potter films. There are also equally vivid memories of some inglorious moments. Our ‘Papal Audience’ in Rome, for example, when we discovered that our visit with His Holiness would be shared with an intimate group of 60,000, or so, was a genuine disappointment, especially as it had to be endured in 40 degree sunshine in number one dress! On the same tour (Italy, 2001), we performed a concert in a huge church, attended by an adoring audience of John Lucas ‘03 and his mother! The booking had been for a rehearsal, not a concert. Of course, we’ve endured the usual nightmares of boys being arrested (East Germany), bathroom emergencies, and illness - the most recent being the quarantining of the entire choir in Paris, due to a suspected case of swine flu!
and largely approved of, the dreaded haggis. Of course, there have also been some alarming experiences. In China (1993), beloved teacher and choir tour ‘bad cop’ Bill McElroy remembers the chicken soup served with the deceased bird’s feet sticking out of the bowl! Certainly the bull’s blood sausage in Spain ranks a close second. Then there was the “meat” in York. We christened it blamb, as no one seemed able to say for sure if it was beef or lamb.
Canadian Embassy in Beijing
Another constant feature of choir tours is weaponry. Of course, the boys love touring war museums, torture chambers, castle dungeons, and the like. They are also avid collectors. Every tour seems to feature a must-have toy weapon. Over the years we have had, switchblade combs, retractable daggers, medieval maces, battle axes, garroting ropes, wooden and plastic swords and shields, bow and arrow sets, AK47’s, a huge variety of replica hand guns, miniature flamethrowers and even Ninja stars. On the England Tour (1973), John Bradley, then Assistant Headmaster and Director of Music, disposed of a huge cache of contraband weaponry out the window of a moving train!
Recently, a boy in grade nine remarked, “That was awesome!” in recollecting our visit to the Pont du Gard in France this past spring. In more than 45 years of touring, the choir has traveled the world, singing in informal settings, on a cruise ship and in some of the world’s most magnificent churches and cathedrals. Wherever we go, we always encounter someone who is touched by the beauty of the boys’ singing and equally captivated by the special fleeting innocence and joy of living that children exude. It is perhaps that last quality that is most indelible and why the choir tours are so memorable. They represent the culmination of hard work, discipline, obstacles overcome, hardship endured and laughs shared in company with friends. Yet it’s not camp, for it involves a level of preparation and discipline that many parents are amazed their sons can pull off. Wherever our choristers are, I Train from Qufu to Suzhou know they will always remember the choir tour as one of those precious Perhaps some of the most memorable tour events moments of growing up that will revolve around food. Whenever practical, we try to endure long after singing days are have the boys eat local cuisine. There have been some magical experiences done. around meals. Not surprisingly, France sticks out as particularly memorable Finding a familiar food on but Scotland, of all places was also a good “foodie” tour. The boys even ate the 1993 China Tour
1965 Western Canada
1966 Northeastern USA
1968 Western Canada
1969 EnglandWestminster Abbey
1971 Britain and Holland- resulted in an LP recording
1973 Britain- England, Wales
1975 Montreal and Quebec
A valuable tradition
Giles Bryant, organist
The intensive rehearsal necessary to prepare the varied repertoire needed on a tour, which is over and above that of the normal weekly performances, is of tremendous value. A tour gives the participants the thrill of singing in widely different locations, sometimes on a daily basis. Dr. Giles Bryant assists with picnic preparations Many of these locations are wonderful and historic buildings, some with fine acoustics, some not. All though, require a very fast adjustment in the style of singing, which is a mind-stretching activity. Many small incidents stick in my mind. A little old lady hugging and kissing a small boy after Mass in Italy, a group of Chinese wanting to be photographed with that extreme rarity, a blonde headed youngster, an elderly priest, saying rather testily that there would be ten minutes for rehearsal and then demanding that the Choir keep singing for an hour as he loved it so much. Perhaps I may be forgiven for a non-musical vignette - John Latimer lecturing everybody to keep their hands on their wallets in Milan and then, a few minutes later, realizing that he himself had just been pickpocketed. Above all though, is the wonderful feeling at walking away from an immense and historic place of worship, and thinking, “Yes! I used my voice for the purpose it was given in that building where other people like me have been doing it for a thousand years.” Let’s not undervalue tradition.
Nimes Avignon, France 2009 Kimberly Cudney, and her sons William Phillips, grade 10 and Fielding Phillips, grade 8, outside Chartres Cathedral, 2009 When the France Choir Tour itinerary started to circulate, excitement grew. A record number of families joined the boys throughout the tour. The highlight for me was the opportunity to hear the boys sing during the summer solstice at the world’s most famed gothic cathedral, Chartres, noted for its stunning 13th Century stained glass windows. The boys sang twice that day. The village of Chartres came out “en masse” to hear our boys. The sun was high and strong and streamed through the famous rose windows, but the brightest light came from the wide smiles of RSGC families that were fortunate enough to take part in this day. Our boys were awesome. 1978 Eastern Canada 12
1980 Eastern USA and Canada
1983 Italy and France
1986 Germany and Austria
Southwark Cathedral, London, England
‘The Boys of St. George’s Go Overseas’ album released after the 1971 Britain and Holland tour
Reflections from favourite choir tours
Andrew Barlow, order of the dragon
In Budapest (1989), as the choir was practising before the service, some of the RSGC boys who were involved in the play we presented were sitting outside the church. A number of children gathered to watch the Canadian invasion of their parish. Our boys started a soccer game with the street children and gave them Canadian flag pins to wear. When the service began, Adam Hess ‘93 gathered the children together, took them into the church, and he and others sat with them to keep them quiet. As the children spoke only Hungarian, all of this was done with signs! At the end of the service, the mostly elderly congregation gathered around the boys, speaking in Hungarian, French, and German. One woman came up to Mrs. Nightingale (our nurse) and said tearfully that they sang “comme des anges”. It was an incredible scene as our bus left: the street children (with their Canada pins) running after the bus waving and yelling, the old women weeping, and the priest blessing. At the Cathedral in Zagreb, Croatia, the boys were paraded through the church on the way to the gallery at the back. As they appeared at the front, the whole audience, 500 strong, rose to their feet to give a standing ovation. The organist raved on about what he called the finest choir he had heard, and the people outside crowded around the boys as they walked to the bus. One lady gave a boy the address of her daughter, asking him to write! Within a year of our singing at St. Stephens, the cathedral was damaged by gunfire in the unrest that erupted into full war. Throughout our travels around the world, I was constantly amazed at how easily language barriers were overcome by the children. From teenagers on the square in Budapest (where the two sides settled on French as a common language), to playing a pick-up soccer game with boys in Zurich, to idolizing girls treating the boys like young rock stars at a school in Innsbruck, to a soccer game in China, our boys always found a way to communicate with the young people of other countries. Traveling on a boat down a canal in Suzhou, I was amazed to hear our boys calling out to passing boats using the rudimentary Chinese they had picked up.
1989 Eastern EuropeAustria, Hungary, Czechslovakia- behind the iron curtain
1993 1991 Western Europe- China and Hong Kong- first trip to China by a Canadian school San Marino since the cultural revolution; British controlled Hong Kong
A labour of love
Win Burry “Mrs. B”, Choir Mom 1969 - 1976 mother of guy ’77, donald ‘79, john ‘81 and grandmother of owen, grade 9
The Daily Gleaner, New Brunswick, 1980
The front page of the second ever issue of The Shield, March 1976 describing the upcoming Choir Tour to England. Students process from West Minster Cathedral, 1969
It was a “labour of love” says Win as she talks about how committed she was to the school, the students and the music. To this day, she is grateful for the rich experience that she continues to enjoy through her grandson Owen, who currently sings in the choir. She still describes the boys’ singing as exquisite. Win attended her first Evensong service when son Guy was a probationary member of the choir. The experience was thrilling for Win and she became a dedicated volunteer until sons, Guy, Donald and John graduated from the choir. John Bradley was always patient when she naively asked questions about the how sections of the choir blend together or about boys’ changing voices. She has many happy recollections of choir days gone by. As a choir mom, she was busy organizing paperwork and money for trips, doing laundry (their station wagon transported 45 members garments for regular washings at the Burry home) and sewing vestments and bags to hold banners. Her role expanded to include carpentry when school Honour Roll boards and new choir desks were needed (students thanked her for a small miscalculation that allowed enough space for a Coke can to fit in the choir desks)! She also recruited her sons when husband, Jim Burry, an engineer, determined that a non-load bearing wall on the 2nd floor of See House could be torn down to create a larger choir room. Some of her fondest memories include casual chats with students in the Choir Room while she was mending vestments, nursing sick boys and hugging homesick boys on choir tours where she was affectionately known as “Mrs. B”.
This year’s Service of Nine Lessons and Carols will mark the 46th anniversary.
Alex Mather ’06
Choir tours allow students the unique opportunity of becoming performers on some of the grandest stages of eras past whilst gallivanting (educationally, of course) across faraway places they otherwise may not have cause to visit. Witnessing scores of people file in to famous cathedrals such as Ely or St. Paul’s to watch you and your cohorts perform is an inarguably unique and rewarding experience. One of the most memorable tours for me was to England (2002) when we had the opportunity to perform under the dome at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The regular myriad of tourists was casually milling about, snapping their photos and casually gathering historical facts from their informative translating earpieces when the RSGC choir strolled out at the front of the cathedral. As the choir released its first notes, a dramatic lull fit for Hollywood melodrama fell over the room, bringing the tourists to a stop. A congregation formed in the pews and the cathedral was silent, save for the notes resonating from the organ pipes and a small group of students and staff from our tiny private boys’ school from Toronto.
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When you weren’t on time…
Eugene Trusler ‘74, father of current RSGC choristers, Thomas, grade 9 and Graham, grade 7
Eugene remembers flying a balsa wood plane from the fourth floor of a hotel, and being left behind in Bristol, in the southwest of England, as the choir, led by John Bradley, set off for a gig. Mr. Bradley had been informed by Eugene’s friends that the boy was ill. A hotel employee took Eugene in a car and eventually overtook the tour bus. “I thought you were ill,” said a surprised John Bradley. “I’m better now, sir,” was the cool reply. Eugene even negotiated his way out of punishment from Andrew Barlow, insisting that punishment for such a heroic deed would “…not do your reputation any good.”
Save the Date Join Us Wednesday, December 16, 2009 Service of Nine Lessons and Carols St. James Cathedral
Headmaster, John Latimer, and Bill McElroy in 1991 1997 Spain
1999 France and the Benelux
2008 England- Evensong for the Lord Bishop of Gloucester
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Ostap Prokipchuk ’02, brother of Matviy, grade 7 My younger brother, Matviy, and I have the very good fortune of being able to say that we’ve been Georgians for over 15 cumulative years. So, when asked to summarize my own experiences and weigh them against my twelve-year-old brother’s, I found myself overwhelmed with all the memories quickly filling my mind. At the forefront of my numerous RSGC memories are the times spent off-campus, on the soccer pitches of other schools or at Lamport Stadium. It hardly seemed possible that we were in the same league as most of our opponents, who wore newer, more stylish outfits, compared to our faded, hand-me-down uniforms. I will never forget our U15 conquest, coached by Mr. Sarellas, or our heartbreaking loss to Ridley in the national tournament at Country Day two years later; and I am always reminded of the time I asked the referee to please remove my father from behind the net I was tending. It was always the first two months of each school year that were for me the most exciting and memorable. Now, almost a decade later, my brother is creating his own experiences and memories at RSGC. A number of things have changed since ‘my time’, including some faculty, campus facelifts, and the Knights’ uniforms (no more hand-me-downs). As an RSGC student, the furthest I traveled was New York City with James Lee’s OAC accounting class; these days, the boys are adventuring through South America, Africa and Europe. Even with the inevitable changes that come with time; however, the Georgian spirit has essentially remained unchanged. Has the school’s limited square-footage ensured that we’ve remained a close-knit community? Has not having our own field to train on made us – the ‘underdogs’ – train and play that much harder? In my younger brother, I see a second generation Prokipchuk growing up to be a respectful, responsible young man with a strong sense of belonging and a pride in his individuality. He’s celebrated by his peers and mentors not because he’s a talented goalie or because he’s the school’s only ‘Matviy’ (funnily, I was the only Ostap), but, because he’s an RSGC student and each one is given the values, experiences and memories that shape him into a Georgian, for life.
Tiffany Irwin, parent to Andrew, grade 11, Ryan, grade 8 and Jeffrey, grade 4
When asked what Georgian means to me, my first thought was of community. It is a feeling, something you want to be a part of and something you want for your son. Georgian means manners and acceptance and unbelievable opportunity. It is not a right, but an incredible privilege. I am so happy and proud that my three sons are fortunate enough to experience everything Georgian.
John Hodgins, RSGC Chaplain As I experience RSGC and reflect upon its founding principles I note that there is a continuing response by men who are Georgians to the school motto: Scientia Pietate. I see this in those who are young men forming habits of study and service that best reflect this ideal that blends the quest for knowledge with duty to God and neighbour. I also see it in alumni who return to visit with friends and to help their school grow – these are true Georgians. These men and boys continue to pursue knowledge (scientia) seriously and often with great success but at the same time take part in the life of the school through sport, public service and worship (pietate). In these endeavours they seek to act in a mannerly way – Manners Maketh Men. Their language is respectful of God, the school, neighbours, friends and every person regardless of status in society. These boys and men are competitive and highly motivated. When they lose they say little and when they win they say less preferring always to give credit to their teammates or their friends. Georgians are always ready to help a friend in a time of trouble and are fiercely loyal to their brothers. They greet other people with respect, looking them in the eye as they shake hands or offer to hold a door. Georgians volunteer to assist the less fortunate and make a point of looking out for others. These are some of the traits I have noticed about true Georgians that are timeless graces and virtues yet they are as fresh and commendable today as they were in the 1960’s when the school began. Georgians have a great heritage.
Ten community members were approached and asked to think about this question and respond. We were very impressed with their thoughtful descriptions. What do you think?
Jason Low, grade 6 Being a Georgian is wonderful. Georgians are polite, respectful, friendly, caring and ecological. This is my first year as a Georgian, and it’s like I’ve been given a new life. Thanks RSGC!
David Lee, Director of Advancement and Alumni Development Georgians are generous and appreciative by their nature. They have a quiet confidence and true understanding of what it means to be a part of a caring community. During my 17 years at the College, I have come to learn that when you combine values and vision with the Georgian spirit, the opportunities are endless!
Toni Nosworthy, Admissions Assistant I see the “new boys” mature into Georgian gentlemen. Their manners are impressive and I notice the eye contact they make when speaking. They fully understand the meaning of the Georgian Code. They respect their parents, peers and people they meet, even with a cultural sensitivity. They take on responsibility by making good decisions. They use their voice effectively and know that we listen and care.
David Luder, grade 12, Community Building Prefect and brother of Noah, grade 9, and Ben, grade 7 In my opinion, being Georgian is more than just being a student at RSGC. I feel that true Georgians exert themselves with proper morals, respect towards others and are gentlemen who strive to live a meaningful life during school, and after graduation.
Chris D’Arcy, Teacher, Order of the Dragon, Father of Mason ‘07 In my opinion, Georgian is a measure of the consistency of one’s character whether someone is watching or not. As Liam Neeson in the movie Rob Roy says, “It is what no man can giveth and no man can taketh away.”
Chris Comparey, grade 12, Lifer Being a Georgian means that you belong in a community of people who respect you for what you are. Your neighbour’s success is just as important as your own. Being a Georgian means that you could be anyone in the world, and you decide to be yourself.
Janet Stephenson, Junior School Resource Teacher and Jamie Stephenson-Smith, grade 4 Being a Georgian means you are a part of this community. Like a family, you work together, help each other and value everyone’s contributions. It is comfortable.
GEORGIANS AROUND THE WORLD
Celebrating an Innovative Leader Q. How did you end up studying locusts? If you told me 19 years ago when I arrived at RSGC that I would do a PhD in neuroscience, I wouldn’t have believed you. But my passion for science directly stems from the time I spent with Mr. Schreiner and Dr. Skalinski. The amazing experience I had in their classes motivated me to study Biology at Queen’s and ultimately pursue my doctorate degree at Oxford.
Dr. Michael Anstey ’99
e’ve all heard of locust swarms. These notorious pests, famously described in the book of Exodus, can periodically form plagues of billions of insects that stretch over hundreds of miles, destroying billions of dollars worth of crops annually in Africa, Asia and Australia, with the potential to affect the livelihood and food supply of one in ten people on the planet. So what makes locusts transform from shy, cryptic grasshoppers into devastating plagues? That question has haunted farmers, governments and scientists for nearly 100 years and Georgian, Dr. Michael Anstey ’99, led the team of researchers at Oxford, Cambridge and Sydney universities (having spent time at all three) that solved this important question. Mike’s research led to a major publication in the world’s leading academic journal Science, with accompanying front cover and attendant worldwide publicity and media coverage. The vast majority of scientists and researchers could only dream of such an achievement – Mike managed it as a doctoral student at the University of Oxford. Mike now applies his expertise in science and innovation as an Investment Analyst at Oxford Capital Partners, a UK-based venture capital firm that specializes in investing in UK headquartered, but globally focused, science and technology businesses. He has been at OCP for two years, and loved every minute of it. Recently, he won a place on the Kauffman Fellows Program, a prestigious and highly competitive program for the development of the next generation of leaders in venture capital. Mike agreed to share thoughts about how his experience at RSGC contributed to his current success living a balanced, happy and purposeful life in the UK.
I wanted to do my doctorate on a topic that was in the field of neuroscience (an interest that I developed while at Queen’s) but that also had the potential to actually make a difference to both people and the environment, rather than just be a bunch of text on a shelf of a library. Strangely enough, locusts ticked all the boxes. They are a really interesting animal to study as a neuroscientist (believe it or not, the most cuttingedge neuroscience research is usually done on insects) and they are a massive economic, social and environmental problem. By the time the locusts are sprayed, it’s too late and the damage has been done... picture empty farmland covered in pesticides that ultimately find their way into the drinking water. The best way to stop the problem is at the source: prevent non-swarming grasshoppers from transforming into the swarming form. People have been trying to understand this for over 85 years but my research group at Oxford was the first to get neuroscientists involved to look at the brains of these animals to see if we could identify the neural pathways that drive this behavior. It was a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack but amazingly we managed to succeed! Now that we understand how the process works, the goal is to develop drugs to target the specific brain cells involved and prevent this Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde transformation, ultimately curbing the need for pesticides. Q. What aspects of your career do you find most rewarding? Although I really enjoyed my time in the lab and working on the problem of locust swarms, a great deal more research is required before a commercially viable solution is ready. Venture capital is a really exciting, dynamic and fast paced industry - but it’s also the riskiest game on the block. We look for early stage companies with a ‘glimmer of greatness’ that require funds to achieve their growth. Essentially, we are looking to invest in the next Google, Apple or Facebook. My specific focus is on healthcare and cleantech businesses, so I am looking at businesses that may have a cure for cancer or Alzheimer’s, are developing the next generation of biofuels or have a technology for turning waste into energy. These sorts of
innovations are directly addressing some of the world’s most critical issues around healthcare and the environment and it is great to be playing a part in solving these problems. Q. How do you manage to balance work and leisure? My enthusiasm for volleyball has continued long after my days on Mr. Lee’s team at RSGC. I was one of the starting six players on the University of Oxford men’s varsity volleyball team, which is consistently one of the top student teams in the UK. When I wasn’t in the lab or on the volleyball court (or in the occasional pub!), I rowed. Although my volleyball and rowing days are now behind me, I keep fit by regularly going to the gym and I try to visit different cities in Europe whenever I have a free weekend. Q. What advice would you give to current students and/or parents? I have two pieces of advice to offer. Both may seem intuitive but they are by no means always followed. I think they are essential for happiness and success. The first is to be sure you pursue what you love and not worry about where it will take you. That will sort itself out. I think the worst thing you can do is chose a field of study because you think it is the most prestigious or because you think it is the only way to get a certain type of job. It is much better do what really interests and inspires you and do it very well. Second (which I admit that I didn’t always stick to), make the most of your time at RSGC. Get involved and take advantage of all that it has to offer. It’s a great school and the skills you learn and relationships you develop can help lead you to amazing places. Q. Where do you see yourself in another 5 years? Living, studying and working in the UK for the past six years has been incredible, but it has always been my plan to return to Canada. In January 2010, I will be moving back to Toronto to join the Boston Consulting Group, an international strategy consulting firm. Unfortunately the venture capital scene in Canada is still quite young and there are only a handful of active funds. I think that is a real shame because there is world-class innovation coming out of Canadian research labs, but with far too few Canadian institutions to provide financial backing. My ultimate goal is to start a Canadian venture fund, and thankfully there are few close friends from RSGC that are keen to get involved. Mike can be reached at email@example.com
MEET A RECENT GRAD
Go Beyond Your Comfort Zone
n grade 10, David was diagnosed with Craniopharyngioma, a benign brain tumor entagled in his optic nerves, pituitary gland and hypothalamus. He underwent surgery and radiation. The incision from the craniotomy left a scar from the base of his left ear to the middle of his hairline. Only three months later, the resilient Georgian returned to re-join classes on a part time basis. David’s health quickly improved and he resumed many leadership roles at RSGC. In grade 11, he was York House Captain, Ahmek Leader and Peer Mentor and was honoured to win the WP Gilbride Award and Carol A. Lucas Memorial Award. David convinced many prospective families that RSGC was a smart choice in his role as Admissions Prefect during his grade 12 year. For his strength and determination, he won the prestigious Headmaster’s Medal at Graduation 2009. This year, he is studying at Dalhousie University in the Faculty of Management. David truly epitomizes all that is Georgian and we are proud of his inspiring accomplishments. In an e-interview, he reflects on his time at RSGC and offers insights into what makes Georgian life so unique. David Munroe ‘09 Q. What are some high school experiences that are unforgettable for you?
Q. What is your advice to Georgians at RSGC?
• Band trip to Moscow and St Petersburg in grade 9 • Hockey trip to Austria and Czech Republic in grade 11 • BC/Squamish trip in grade 11 • Fashion for Compassion; the show itself, and the award ceremony at SickKids • Hokey-pokey with Mr. Hannaford in Ms. Nosworthy’s and Ms. Ryan’s office!
Now that I am at university and have some perspective, I have something to compare RSGC to. I finally and truly realize how special a place it was, and still is. Take advantage of the nurturing environment. Take a risk and reach for the stars, because once you’re in university you will be required to test yourself and go beyond your comfort zone on a regular basis. You might as well get used to it, and I couldn’t think of a better place to do that than RSGC.
Q. How did RSGC set you up for success at university?
Q. What does Georgian mean to you? The great thing about the teachers and staff at RSGC, is that they realize there are parts of our lives that are not solely concentrated on academics. They want us to enjoy our time at school, inside and outside of the classroom. The idea of working hard and playing hard was instilled in me as a student, well before I crossed the tarmac. In my final year at RSGC, Mr. Hannaford told me to treat university like a 9-5 job, and that is what I’ve been trying to do.
Being a Georgian is a privilege, but also a responsibility...
Being Georgian is more than just being a student or alumnus of RSGC, it’s about belonging to a community and upholding the specific standards of that community. Being Georgian is a privilege, but also a responsibility. We have been charged with the task of always being at our best, of always acting with good intentions and accepting the consequences of our actions, be they good or bad. Royal St George’s College has given me so much, and doing my best to represent the school even after I have graduated, is the least I can do. 17
GEORGIANS IN THE FAMILY
The True Legacy We Leave Behind Meet the Dawson Family
two years of a general BA, he attended the Ivey School of Business and graduated with an HBA. He later returned to secure an MBA. He has worked in Industrial Marketing, various corporate roles primarily in the Telecom sector and is currently an independent consultant, specializing in two areas of Process Redesign for Office/Manufacturing operations (Lean Manufacturing) and Strategic Deployment.
Chris Dawson ’78 was with many of his classmates as they celebrated their 30-year reunion at the Old Boys’ Dinner last year. The group shared many great memories of SGC and copious amounts of laughter. In 1978, the graduating class consisted of 31 students. “Our grade 13 year was a blur of many fun times together including a Christmas celebration at my parent’s house in Georgetown, of which the majority of the class made the long trek out from Toronto.” The year culminated in a Gala celebration at the Royal York recognizing Jack Wright’s retirement.
As his own son, Michael, grade 12 prepares to graduate this year, we Father and son offer the same wisdom asked Chris to share thoughts about what makes RSGC distinct to the to current Georgians and their parents. Dawson family. In Chris’ mind, the caring and nurturing environment They encourage students to take for students has remained the same over time. He recalls participating advantage of every opportunity RSGC provides. Chris says, “maybe a boy is on soccer and basketball teams at SGC and reflects, “we were never not the greatest athlete or academic, but he can find a path within the school to the best soccer team, but the heart of our team occasionally triumphed channel his personal skills in a positive manner.” over the lack of skill.” He enjoyed weekend trips to Ridley and Trinity College with formal lunches at long trestle tables. Chris and his wife, Betty Ann, have enthusiastically watched their son grow during his years at RSGC. They will miss hearing about Michael’s daily life at RSGC. Betty Ann, an active member of the Georgian Parents’ Guild enjoyed co-convening the Used Text Book Sale for two years and highly recommends parents become involved in fundraising/recycling/service projects at the school to create a win-win situation for the parents, the school and the boys. As well, she is one of very few mothers who brave the cold temperatures and icy conditions to cheer on her son’s ball hockey team. Some of Betty Ann’s best memories involve watching Michael’s ball hockey games with Harley the family dog. The family will miss memorable moments with teachers like Paul Darvasi (Michael especially remembers his booming voice and storytelling abilities from grade 7), Keith Farrar, Julie Girvan, Don Schroeder and Chris D’Arcy. Michael has diverse athletic interests (badminton, golf, soccer, cross country running and platform tennis), and has taken advantage of the broad range of courses in the Senior School. He is currently enjoying Classic Civilization with long-time faculty member, Morris Reid, spending time in the Art Studio creating with teacher, Myles Vivares, and reading and blogging in Writers Craft with Janet Somerville. His most memorable school athletic team experiences were playing badminton with coach Glen Algarvio and basketball with coach Wayne Bibby. These exceptional leaders treated Michael with an incredible sense of integrity and respect, acting as perfect role models for the Georgian spirit. Chris and Betty Ann hope Michael will be as prepared as Chris was for all of the challenges and excitement of life after RSGC. After graduating, Chris attended Huron College at the University of Western Ontario to learn and define a path going forward. After
We were never the best soccer team, but the heart of our team occasionally triumphed over the lack of skill.
When put on the spot and asked what being Georgian meant to him, Michael responded with one word: “togetherness”. It’s the small community at RSGC he will most miss next year as he graduates and considers journalism at a university in Ontario as a possible path. For Chris, it goes back to having a set of principles and balance within your life. Regarding principles, he quotes the famous phrase Manners Maketh Men. “How we conduct ourselves on a daily basis in business, in public, with our family and friends will be the true legacy that we leave behind. “Conducting myself with integrity and honesty in business, on a golf course or with my family is a key foundation. My SGC experience developed and enhanced these aspects of my character, as I hope to see with my son.”
hris remembers the construction of our current gymnasium during his grade 7 year in John Tansey’s homeform (Editor’s Note: The original gymnasium was located in the basement of the Junior School). Portables were housed on the dirt field between See House and the Chapel, now our beloved tarmac. The gymnasium was built within the year and a state of the art basketball court was available for other independent schools to enjoy and marvel. Each year, in December and June, the gymnasium was covered with plastic liner sheets while exams were written.
GEORGIANS ON THE MOVE
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games Contender Your ability to succeed is a direct reflection of your eagerness to try. Sam Danniels
Photo Credit: Ian McLaughlin
Sam Danniels ‘04 (brother of Shane Danniels ’06) labels himself as a restless teenager during his high school days. He moved from UCC in grade 10 and found RSGC to be a place where individuality was encouraged. He says he was impressed by the Georgian culture where students were encouraged to broaden themselves and participate in both sport and the arts.
Seeking an active and adventurous lifestyle, Sam headed to Thompson Rivers University in the interior of British Columbia for an adventure tourism management degree after graduation. On a fateful mountain biking excursion the summer after his first year, he made an error on a large jump, crushing fourteen of his vertebrae, as well as other serious injuries. The resulting spinal cord injury paralyzed his lower body and legs. In true Georgian spirit, Sam, who is a naturally gifted athlete and optimist, discovered that he was still very capable of great things.
extraordinary young man who has faced his spinal cord injury with hard work and a positive attitude”. He is a volunteer instructor with the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program and has taught several other paraplegics to sit-ski. This fall, Sam has been training in South America, Colorado and Whistler in preparation for the 2010 Paralympics. His family, friends and sponsors are all hoping that he not only qualifies, but also earns a victory at the Vancouver Games. His extended Georgian family is behind him too. Go Sam! To follow Sam’s quest for a Paralympic sit-skiing medal, check out his website at http://samdanniels.com.
Only 6 months after his accident, he was sit-skiing in Collingwood. His sit-ski consists of a burly aluminum frame, and borrows design and suspension technology from competitive moto-cross. Unbelievably, he did not miss a ski season. Sam made his World Cup debut this past winter at the World Cup Finals in Whistler. He placed 4th in a field of 70 skiers and was the fastest athlete throughout the 2nd interval, clocked at speeds of 115 km/h. The Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team made history in March 2009 by finishing the World Cup season in top spot. It was the first time in history that a team other than Austria or the USA has won the overall title. Sam also devotes time to raising awareness for spinal cord injury, the benefits of an inclusive society and the importance of sport with the Rick Hansen Man in Motion Foundation. Rick Hansen considers him “an
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You’ll Always be a Georgian
My Georgian experience has prepared me for university by giving me the courage, confidence and ability to deal with the challenges of real life.
RECONNECT WITH THE COLLEGE AND FRIENDS AT OUR NEXT RSGCAA EVENT:
Friday, November 27, 2009 Halifax Visit, Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Thursday, December 3, 2009 London Visit, Station Park All Suites Hotel
Chiranjeev Singh ’07 The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania (Class of 2011)
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Thursday, January 14, 2010 Guelph Visit, Holiday Inn Guelph Hotel & Conference Centre Tuesday, January 26, 2010 New York City, New York Marriott Marquis Wednesday, February 10, 2010 T.O Pub Night, Crown & Dragon Pub Thursday, February 11, 2010 Waterloo Visit, Waterloo Inn & Conference Centre
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OUR CHANGING LIVES 1970s
The RSGC Alumni Association is on Twitter. Follow the RSGCAA feed on Twitter and get regular updates on what’s happening in the RSGC community! www.twitter.com/rsgcaa Peter Evans ‘75 After spending seven years in Chicago, Peter has lived out in Southern California for almost twenty years. He stays in touch with a handful of 1975 alumni. In fact they organize a Christmas Dinner get-together.
1980s Bert Clark ’89 Lara Shohet and Bert Clark were married at Bert’s parent’s house on August 8th, 2009 in Toronto. The reception was held right across the street at Lara’s parent’s house. In attendance were Bert’s best man, Graham Fisher ’89, John Sievenpiper ’89 and Andrew Golding ’90. Their family has since expanded to include one more – Fennel, a black lab who joined Huckleberry, a chocolate lab.
Kevin Drynan ’78 Kevin currently lives in Toronto with his wife Cheryl and their two children: Bill (17) and daughter Jamie (15). He sits on the Board of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA), The Child Development Institute (CDI) and is a corporate director for Wintergreen Energy Corporation based out of Dallas, Texas. His full time job is President and CEO of State Street Trust Company Canada. State Street is one of the world’s largest institutional asset managers and global custodians serving institutional investors worldwide. Campbell Harvey ‘77 Cam is working as a finance professor at Duke University and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is also the Editor of The Journal of Finance. You can see what he is up to on his blog at http://thestar.blogs. com/globalfinance/ and Twitter at http://twitter.com/camharvey. When Cam travels to Toronto, he tries to fit in an appearance on BNN (Business News Network).
Graeme Egan ’84 After 21 progressive years with TE Wealth (Toronto office, Calgary office and most recently the Vancouver office), Graeme joined KCM Wealth Management Inc. in Vancouver as a Portfolio advisor/ partner. Graeme and his family love living in Vancouver. They have two boys, Cameron (14) and Garrett (11). Graeme’s wife, Jennifer, is a homemaker who keeps them all organized and on time! Both boys are involved in ice hockey, soccer and rugby...all sports that are played at the same time given the moderate climate on the West Coast. This makes for a busy Sept. - Feb. period! They also ski as a family though the other sports dominate their weekends. They are looking forward to the Winter Olympics and attending a few events. Each summer, Graeme and his family enjoy returning to Ontario cottage country to stay in touch with friends and family.
Sean Fennell ’88 Sean is changing career gears to join his wife, Sheila, in the residential real estate business in Durham. They work for Remax First Brokerage in Pickering. Sean left his commercial post production job at Technicolor in Toronto in March. Spending more time with his family was the primary objective.
1990s Gordon Smith ‘90 Gordon and Stephanie are happy to announce that Claire Elizabeth Louise Smith was born on July 25th, 2009 at the Georgetown Hospital, weighing in at 8lbs. 10oz. Gordon is currently working in media relations and completing his MBA at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Andrew Waschuk ’93 Although Andrew went to school for Pharmacy (‘99) and Health Administration (‘07), his career has taken a turn in the past couple years. He is currently writing and publishing travel books. With a partner, he started a company called Junior Jetsetters, specializing in guidebooks for children. The Junior Jetsetters City Guides collection currently has 6 titles/cities: Amsterdam, Chicago, Lisbon, Paris, Toronto, and Vancouver. There is more information on their website, www.juniorjetsetters.com. The European book launch occurred in Amsterdam in March, at which time they were the guests for the closing bell of the Euronext stock exchange. Geoffrey Mariani ’96 Geoff, Sarah and Ethan are happy living in Toronto. Ethan was born in 2008 on July 26th.
Chris Yelle ’90 Chris and Deidre Lipton are thrilled to announce the arrival of their daughter Olivia Alexandra on August 16, 2009. Big brother Rowan, who is now 3, is also pretty happy...the cat and dog not so much. Rory Gilfillan ’91 Rory is a grade 8 teacher at Lakefield College School. He has been training and competing in marathons (14 on last count) striving for something beyond the standard life measures. He has run the Boston Marathon twice. This last May he placed first in his age group and 4th overall in the Cleveland Marathon. Rory is ranked nationally as the 24th fastest marathoner in the country. Not bad for an ex-pat of the SGC Cross Country team. Rory has been training with Jeff “Ironman” Enfield ‘97 putting in 100-mile weeks and making a whole lot of sacrifices to race. At thirty-seven he has never lost that need for speed and is not even close to throwing in the towel.
Omar Rajani ’95 Omar has made some life changing decisions. He has recently started a new job as Senior Manager, Brand & Marketing at Scotiabank. More importantly he is now engaged to Natasha Rampersad, his beautiful better half of over four years. Together they are planning for a “mother” of a wedding in the summer of 2010.
Patrick Ronaldson ‘95 Patrick and Doreen are happy to announce the birth of Brandon.
Netan Choudhry ‘96 Netan recently got married and he is living in Boston with his wife Teresa. He has just started a 2-year fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery at Harvard University.
Max Perren ’91 Max went to university in Ohio at Kenyon College where he majored in Political Science, played four years of Varsity Lacrosse, and captained the team in his senior year. After graduation he attended teachers’ college at Mount Allison University. He spent one year teaching elementary school before joining the faculty at Upper Canada College. This is his 12th year as a Grade 7 teacher of English and History. In addition to teaching, he coaches the U14 Hockey team and the Varsity Lacrosse team. As a coach, he always enjoys playing against RSGC and especially seeing his old coach, Mr. Ackley. Max, his wife Sarah and their two sons, Quinn and Oscar, live in Cabbagetown. Sarah is currently teaching at The York School.
Andrew von Teichman ‘96 Andrew and Natalie welcomed their first-born, William Robert, into the world on September 29th, 2009. After three and a half years of working with some of the world’s most recognized premium wine and RTD brands, Andrew has resigned from Vincor Canada to pursue a lifelong passion of starting his own wine importing business. Von Terra Enterprises Ltd will be focused on importing premium wines, beers and spirits to the LCBO, Vintages, licensed establishments and consumers. Andrew Davis ‘99 Andrew has been working as an Autism Therapist and Consultant at the Geneva Centre for Autism since October 2003.
Micheal Fountain ’99 Sarah and Mike are happy to announce the birth of their first son, Wilfred James. He was born on May 20th, 2009.
Damian Abraham’99 and Jonah Falco ’01 Jonah Falco and Damian Abraham’s band, F---ed Up, has been awarded the prestigious Polaris Prize. The prize is given to the best Canadian independent artist of the year and brings $20,000.00 to the winner. F---ed Up was up against some real Canadian luminaries such as Metric, Joel Plaskett and K’Naan. (Editor’s Note: Faculty member, Tom Wade-West, accompanied the band on several tracks).
Walter Davies ’00 Walter graduated from Oxford Aviation Academy in Oxford, England in December 2008 with the Joint Aviation Authority Airline Transport Pilots License qualification, and in March this year was awarded with the Airbus Industrie type rating certification for the Airbus A320 family of aircraft. He is now employed as a First Officer on the Airbus A319/A320/A321 commercial airliner for FlyNiki Airlines based in Vienna, Austria. FlyNiki is the airline of three time Formula 1 World Champion Niki Lauda, his second after the formation of Lauda Air in the 1970’s. This year they are estimating carrying 2.75 million passengers to destinations throughout Europe, North Africa, Russia, Iceland and the Canary Islands. Walter is employed on the Airbus A320 family, largely considered to be the most technologically advanced medium range jet aircraft flying today. Philip Watson ’00 In June 2009, Philip started a new company called Easy Tiger Corporation.
Kris Jagasia ‘01 Kris is making an exciting move to Dubai, where he will still be working with Deloitte. Austin Locke ‘01 In August 2008, Austin “shared his life” and donated a portion of his liver to his father. This summer he announced his engagement to Katelyn Bickham. He has now left New York City and has moved to Chicago, where he is a member of the MBA Class of 2011 at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Jonathan Lucas ‘03 Now that Jonathan has graduated from York Teacher’s College he is working at the City Adult Learning Centre in Toronto.
David Munro ’09 After graduating this past June, David spent his summer in Muskoka, working at the local marina in Port Carling, while training his Golden Retriever, Henley, to jump off the dock. David is now at Dalhousie University in the first year of his BCOM degree.
Chris Roscoe ’02 Chris just moved to College Station, Texas to start his PhD at Texas A&M University in Aerospace Engineering, having recently completed a master’s degree at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies. He’ll be studying spacecraft dynamics and control, specifically related to formations of small satellites. Chris is finding that Texas takes a bit of getting used to, but he’s settling in and especially enjoying the great football! Back in 2007 Chris won the L.E. (Ted) Jones Award of Distinction from the University of Toronto Engineering Alumni Association. The Award endorses Ted Jones’ great appreciation of the arts and his love of music.
Michael Lambert ‘04 Michael is a Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games hopeful. He is an alpine snowboarder who is also featured in MTV’s Over the Bolts reality television series.
Royal St. Georgeâ€™s College
Annual Report 2008-2009
Report from the Chair of the Board of Governors
RSGC Living the Value of Continuous Improvement This report is being written at the beginning of September 2009. It is a special time of year, when everyone is filled with energy and excitement. I met with the entire faculty and staff the week before the boys returned to school, and found universal enthusiasm for the year ahead. It is a time of year when anything seems possible. I asked everyone to hold onto that belief throughout the year. My term as Chair of the Board is drawing to a close. As such, I have reflected on the experience of my family. We have all been involved in the school for the last 13 years; our son, Alex ‘06 was a Lifer and is now in his 4th year at the University of Western Ontario, my wife Kate was President of the Georgian Parents’ Guild and I have had the privilege of serving on the Board for 10 years, 8 as Treasurer and the last 2 as Chair. There is a natural tendency to take for granted the current state of affairs, particularly when things look to be going well. One of the principles that we have consistently advocated is continuous improvement. It is only when I look back over the last 13 years that I realize the extent to which RSGC has been living that value. There can be no doubt that the College today is superior in every respect to the one we came to 13 years ago, and the quality of the experience being delivered to the boys has never been better. Without exception, each year has seen material improvement over the previous one. We now begin a new era in the growth and development of the College, as Steve Griffin settles in as our 5th Headmaster. Organizations need different leaders at different stages in their evolution and RSGC has been fortunate to have had exactly the right leaders at the right time from the very beginning. All of us are absolutely convinced that we have the will, the drive, the energy and the determination to make the school the best it can be. We have a very good school, we have the opportunity to make it a great school. In simple terms, that is our objective, while never failing to ask “what’s in it for the boys?”.
BOARD OF GOVERNORS 2008-2009
Board of Governors 2008-2009
Officers Mr. David Mather Chair of the Board Mr. Tye Farrow Vice Chair of the Board, and Co-Chair, Facilities Committee
Looking ahead, there will be much attention focused on academics, with the intention of ensuring that we are constantly searching for the most creative, innovative and effective ways to deliver the curriculum. We will continue to attract and retain superior teachers, and provide them with the training, tools and support to make them even better. As we proceed with the subsequent phases of the building program, we will take great care to make certain that both new construction and renovations are aligned with our academic goals.
Mr. Robert Keilty ‘81 Past Chair of the Board Mr. Hal Hannaford * Headmaster Mr. Andrew Whiteley Assistant Headmaster, Finance and Operations, Secretary Board Members
Over the past year, all of us wrestled with economic and market upheaval without precedent. While we accumulated a few scars, we have come through it well prepared to press on toward our objective. Despite very difficult circumstances, our enrolment never faltered. The school is at capacity, filled with boys we are pleased to have, boys for whom we have very high expectations. Full enrolment, combined with years of prudent fiscal management, has given us the flexibility and credibility to pursue our dreams. We have a solid foundation from which to launch the capital campaign needed to complete the master plan for the campus. As this new era begins, I see us focused, cautiously optimistic, quietly excited and filled with resolve. It’s the Georgian way.
Mr. Stephen Beatty ‘86 Chair, Long Range Planning Committee Mr. Guy Burry ‘77 Chair, Advancement Committee Mr. Tye Burt Mr. Anthony Caldwell Chair, Nominating and Governance Committee Mr. Brad Crompton Mrs. Linda Deshman Ms. Shelly Haber Chair, Strategic Planning Committee Ms. Wanda Ho Chair, Finance and Audit Committee, Treasurer Mr. Steve Hucal
David G. Mather Chair of the Board 2008-2009
Mr. Sheldon Inwentash Mr. Jamie Peters ‘90 Alumni Representitive Mr. Gary Singh Mr. Wayne Squibb Co-Chair, Facilities Committee Ms. Ruth Woods Chair, Headmaster Search Committee to January 2009 * Mr. Steve Griffin Headmaster effective August 1, 2009
message from the incoming chair of the board of governors
Introducing Tye Farrow Chair of the Board of Governors, effective october 19, 2009
father of Conor, grade 12 and Brendan, grade 10
ye is senior partner at Farrow Partnership Architects Inc. He is viewed internationally as a leader who is re-imagining the future of design for learning and health. Drawing on inspiration from the natural world, his global recognition includes the first annual Architect Award from the Stockholm-based International Academy for Design and Health, as well as the U.S.-based Healthcare Facilities Symposium Individual Architect Award. He has also received the U.K.-based International Design award from the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University.
Tye S. Farrow, B.Arch., M.Arch.U.D., FRAIC, OAA, MAIBC, NSAA, NLAA, LEED AP
Sons Conor and Brendan have been very involved at the College as members of various teams and clubs. Their leadership roles have evolved to include Student Ambassador, Junior School Captain and Senior School Prefect. Tye’s wife, Eileen, has enjoyed her involvement in the Georgian Parents’ Guild and as a Parent Ambassador for prospective families. Daughters Julia and Caroline ensure that their brothers live up to the credo Manners Maketh Men on a daily basis!
Q. What has made your participation on the RSGC Board of Governors meaningful to you? A. Participating on the Board of Governors has been a remarkable opportunity for me to contribute more extensively to the Georgian community. I have found the past couple of years to be stimulating in terms of both celebrating the accomplishments of Hal in building the College over his twelve year tenure and undertaking a rigorous search for a Headmaster who will lead us into the future. Having sat on the Headmaster Selection Committee, I am convinced there is no finer, more accomplished leader in boys education than Steve. Already I sense, as he moves through the halls of the College, that he is inspiring the boys to greater levels of achievement. Q. What Board activities should the Georgian community be excited about? A. The 2009-2010 Board of Governors is very active on a number of exciting fronts so as to ensure RSGC will continue to flourish. These include a number of initiatives by the various Board committees. Building on our mission, vision and values, the Strategic Planning Committee, led by 28
Shelly Haber, is developing themes and strategies through Board, Headmaster and stakeholder consultation for adoption by the end of the year. The Facilities Committee is developing plans to support the strategic priorities on our campus by continuing to enhance our facilities over time. These include our learning spaces; such as classrooms, common spaces (the Chapel balcony accessibility, Guild Library and Ketchum Hall), as well as expanded resources in the phased implementation of the approved master plan including the second gymnasium, black box theatre and sustainable design building systems upgrades. Building on the Strategic Planning and Facilities initiatives, the Advancement Committee, under Guy Burry’s ‘77 leadership, is evolving the structure for Annual Giving, Headmaster’s Initiatives, Endowment Support and Capital Projects giving to these priorities. Wanda Ho continues to lead the Finance and Audit Committee and the sustained financial health of the college, while Tony Caldwell is developing the Board’s Governance structures for effective organizational leadership.
Board members David Mather (Past Chair), Robert Keilty ‘81, Stephen Beatty ‘86, Tye Burt, Brad Crompton, Steve Hucal, Sheldon Inwentash, Jamie Peters ‘90, Gary Singh, Wayne Squibb and Ruth Woods (Vice-Chair) are enthusiastic about implementing the above initiatives. I would also like to welcome two new Board members: Michael Barker, father of Emmett, grade 8 and Molly Johnson, mother of Otis, grade 7 and Henry, grade 4. Q. What does “Georgian” mean to you? A. For me a Georgian is represented by a lot of the intangible qualities and sensibilities that I see within our own sons at the College. One of the coaches vividly captured these qualities when he told me, “these boys are all heart; they will give it their all and do it for their fellow team and classmates; no exceptions, all the time.” I think RSGC has done a remarkable job of helping our sons develop their own tangible dexterity that will help them flourish at university and beyond. What is particularly remarkable about being a Georgian, I believe, is represented in the intangible qualities expressed in their character.
Volunteer Opportunities Royal St. George’s College would not be able to offer the superlative education to our boys without the time and talents generously donated by our volunteers. To those of you who have volunteered at the College, thank you. To those who have not yet had the experience, know that there are all kinds of great opportunities here to engage in our vibrant caring community. Steve Griffin, Headmaster
Colin Watson ‘94 RSGCAA Executive Committee
Lynn Factor Mother of Jakson, grade 10 Georgian Parents’ Guild Executive Committee
Patti Sifton- Munroe (Alumni Parent Convenor), Jennifer Brannon (Alumni Community Events Manager), Colin Watson ‘94 Since reconnecting after graduating 15 years ago, I have attended and helped organize several amazing RSGCAA events. Currently, I am the Online Communications Chair for the RSGCAA, and I post to Facebook and Twitter regularly. I also coordinated the Speed Mentoring event for grade 12 students and alumni. So many of the things that made RSGC great when I was a student remain the same. My only regret is that I didn’t get involved with the RSGCAA sooner.
Lynn Factor and husband Sheldon Inwentash (Board of Governors)
I love my role as Welcoming Convener because I meet prospective parents and share with them all of the exceptional things that go on at RSGC. My job is easy because I speak from the heart. I couldn’t be any happier with the College and the Georgian experience that Jakson is benefiting from. I wholeheartedly recommend you take advantage of the wonderful volunteering opportunities here on campus.
To learn more about the many volunteer opportunities available at RSGC, please contact: Georgian Parents’ Guild Executive and Committees Nancy McConnell, President of Georgian Parents’ Guild firstname.lastname@example.org Visit www.rsgc.on.ca > Georgian Parents’ Guild > Get Involved
Alumni Association Executive and Committees Jamie Lint, President email@example.com
The Georgian Parents’ Guild President’s Report 2008 – 2009
A True Sense of Community
t has been my honour to serve as the President of The Georgian Parents’ Guild during this important transitional year. We have taken the opportunity to look back on the successes of the past twelve years; acknowledging the contributions Hal Hannaford made to the school. We also have taken opportunities to welcome Steve Griffin and his wife, Elizabeth, to RSGC and look forward to the future development of the school under his leadership.
The Guild activities also support the school in a variety of ways on a day-to-day basis.
The strength of the Georgian Parents’ Guild continues to be the active participation of its members. This year, the Guild Executive welcomed ten new conveners, all of whom made important contributions to the organization and the school. We also engaged many new parents in the various Guild sponsored activities and events. The success of the four primary fund raising events came not only from the actual monies raised, but also from the sense of community they develop. The annual Used Textbook Sale has become an important part of the year-end tradition. Betty Ann Dawson and Judith Mason have run the sale for the past three years and have improved it on every level. This event not only provides an opportunity to efficiently recycle textbooks and raise funds for the school, it is also fun opportunity involving over 30 volunteers. Betty Ann and Judith are handing the sale off to the capable hands of Jennifer Knowles and Susan Barker this year. Sarah Hillyer and Victoria Switzman took over responsibility for the Mistletoe Market this past year and did an amazing job. They assembled a fabulous team of parent volunteers, reconfigured the event with a number of new vendors and made the 12th annual event one of the most successful ever. The Poinsettia Sale continued under the leadership of Jennifer Knowles, Amelia Milosevic and Fiona Therrien. Although the state of the economy reduced the volume of sales, the event was successful and most efficiently run with the help of numerous parent volunteers. The highlight of the year was the Molly Johnson and Friends concert the Guild had the pleasure of sponsoring. This new concert event was held in support of the choir program. I want to extend a special thanks to Molly for sharing her amazing talent with us and especially with the boys she invited to her stage. Molly has generously offered to continue this event next year. I strongly encourage everyone to attend this truly amazing evening. I am pleased to announce that through the combined results of the Used Textbook Sale, Mistletoe Market and Poinsettia Sales the Guild will present the school with a cheque totaling $100,000. Approximately $24,500 will go toward the Bursary Fund. Two students, awarded with The Marion McDowell Trophy and The Guild Trophy will be given $250 cash award each. In addition, $75,000 will be used to support ongoing program and capital developments at the school. Approximately $90,000 of the funds donated are coming from this year’s fund raising activities. The remaining $10,000 is coming from a reduction in the reserved funds of the Guild. In past years, the Guild has maintained a $25,000 reserve, sufficient to fund our annual bursary commitment. Given the current investment environment and the Guild’s fund raising track record, a decision has been made to reduce that reserve. We believe the funds will be put to better use by the school.
The Parent Ambassador program, lead again this year by Patti Sifton-Muno, continued its important role in the success of this year’s admissions program. We all remember the Parent Ambassador, who met us on our first visit to RSGC and saw us through that unavoidably stressful admissions process. Patti assembled and organized a group of 25 parent volunteers who have done so much to develop and demonstrate RSGC’s reputation as a welcoming inclusive school. Patti and her son, David, are “graduating” this spring. On behalf of the Guild, I would like to extend a huge “Thank You” for all she has done. The Guild Library Convenor, Tina Clare, assembled a team of volunteers that spent countless hours supporting the school’s library staff. Stacey Sharpe and Kimberly Cudney were our Choir Converors this year. They not only organized the Molly Johnson concert mentioned earlier, but also the reception following the annual Service of Lessons at St. James Cathedral. They have also been of tremendous support to Doug Jamieson and the choir parent community by providing important communications and coordination regarding the upcoming choir tour to France. The Guild expanded its support of the Chaucer Debate Tournament this year. Erin Coffey and Lynn Morse assembled thirty parents to act as judges for this important event. Flora Yee and Christina Lau provided the Band program support on behalf of the Guild. The annual Showcase concert at the Steamwhistle Brewery was a great success. Two very important roles within the Guild are the Junior School and Grade 9 Convenors. Nancy Balan took on the Junior School role early this year and did an outstanding job. She organized class parents for each grade who in turn supported the communications and parent involvement within each of the Junior School classes. She also coordinated the assembly of the extraordinary class baskets that were raffled at the Mistletoe Market. Shane Crompton provided much needed communications to the Grade 9 parent community this past year. As we all have learned, or will learn, Grade 9 in an important transitional year for our sons and us as parents. Shane’s efforts smoothed the transition for this year’s class and set a standard that will be followed in the upcoming years.
The Georgian Parents’ Guild Executive Members 2008-2009 President Louise Hucal 1st Vice President Nancy McConnell 2nd Vice President/Secretary Sharron Mollenhauer
I want to extend a special thank you to Pennie Mathers. Pennie joined the Guild Executive in a new role as Volunteer Coordinator. Pennie made sure each of our volunteers was connected to the organizing committees. Another new portfolio created this year was Advancement Support. Tiffany Irwin as well as other parent volunteers provided much needed support to David Lee and Ailee Rouse with Development and Alumni efforts. Margaret Lailey and Nancy McConnell have led the effort to determine the most effective way of making a used uniform option available to the RSGC community. Going forward, used blazers will be available through the Dragon’s Lair. The Guild also benefited from the support of a number of members at large including Ruth Keilty, Susan Barker, Lynn Factor, Terri Hodges and Eileen Farrow. Their advice and support of Guild activities was greatly appreciated. The Guild Management Committee provided invaluable support to me this past year. Wanda Ho, Past President and Board of Governors representative provided me with great insights and unwavering support. Wanda will be continuing for one additional year as our Board of Governors representative. Sharron Mollenhauer joined the Guild as 2nd Vice President/Secretary and has done an exemplary job of recording and distributing the minutes to our meetings. Jill Kim also joined the Guild Management committee this past year as our Treasurer. She has done an amazing job of keeping our books and records in order and providing us with ready updates on our fundraising efforts. Nancy McConnell will be taking over as President of the Guild for the 2009/2010 academic year. I could not imagine a more capable individual to entrust this organization. Nancy co-chaired the “Hala” organizing committee this past year. The evening was a spectacular tribute to the Hannaford’s and a wonderful opportunity for the school to celebrate as a community. Nancy has also been a tremendous source of support to me personally throughout this past year. I am also appreciative of the tremendous support the faculty, staff and Board of Governors provided the Guild and me personally this past year. I would like to single out Andy Whiteley. The insights and guidance you provided during my many “drop by” visits to your office were invaluable. I must also single out Toni Nosworthy and Dianne Ryan. These two ladies do so much for the Guild every day. Thank you once again! I would like to reiterate my gratitude for the opportunity and honour to serve this past year as President of the RSGC Parents’ Guild. This school has been such an important influence on the lives of our sons. Steve and I are forever grateful. Respectfully submitted,
Treasurer Jill Kim
Past President Wanda Ho Poinsettias Jennifer Knowles Amelia Milosevic Fiona Therrien Junior School Nancy Balan Used Textbooks Betty Ann Dawson Judith Mason Welcoming Patti Sifton Munro Choir Stacey Sharpe Kimberley Cudney Grade 9 Coordinator Shane Crompton Social Marina Queirolo Mary Jo Looby Mistletoe Market Victoria Switzman Sarah Hillyer
Board of Governors Wanda Ho Interguild Eileen Farrow Library Tina Clare Used Uniforms Margaret Lailey Band Flora Yee Christina Lau Debating Erin Coffey Lynn Morse Volunteer Coordinator Pennie Mathers
Louise Hucal President The Georgian Parents’ Guild 2008 – 2009
Advancement Support Tiffany Irwin Members-At-Large Ruth Keilty Susan Barker Lynn Factor Karen Hall Terri Cunningham Terri Hodges
MESSAGE FROM TREASURER
On Firm Financial Ground Dear Parents, Alumni and Friends of Royal St. George’s College, It is my pleasure to submit my annual report on the finances of the College for the year ended June 30, 2009.
The forecast for the current year continues to look very bright on the operations front. The enrolment target of 426 students for the current year has slightly exceeded and we look forward to another robust year.
I am pleased to report that the College’s finances remain very positive. Total revenues of $10,226,513 and expenses of $9,640,078 for academic activities, $758,336 for depreciation and other capital related expenses, with a net contribution of $950,756 of net financial support from donations and grants from our Foundation.
Your Board of Governors and the Finance Committee, together with senior management continue to budget prudently, taking much care to ensure that faculty and staff have the financial resources to provide our students with the best possible programs and experiences at the school but still maintain reasonable tuition levels. In this regard, I offer our collective and my personal thanks to all faculty and staff for working with us to achieve this goal.
Our cash position remains at a very healthy level. Operations and donations generated $1.1 million. A total of $1.7 million was invested in property, plant and equipment. However, we were still able to maintain our reserves at a target rate of 10% of tuition fees.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Finance Committee for their generous contribution and our senior management team, in particular, Andrew Whiteley, for their diligence and dedication to the financial well-being of our beloved College.
The school remains on firm financial ground as a result of sound financial planning that bases fixed costs on fixed attainable enrollment, with variable and non-recurring expenditures only in curred when enrolment exceeds 405 students. We feel that this is the best way to protect the financial strength of the College in light of the variable nature of enrollment levels. Our enrollment has been maintained at what we consider to be the ideal level of 426 students.
Wanda Ho Treasurer
Message from the Chair of the Advancement Committee
Growing Georgians Annual Giving at RSGC
new school year, new headmaster, new approach to annual giving...New level of commitment from you!
Dear Parents, Alumni and Friends of Royal St. George’s College, By the time you read this article you will have received a Growing Georgians Annual Giving Campaign letter asking for your support. You may have looked at a video link on the website and if you are a current parent, you may have received a phone call from another parent from your son’s grade. We hope to transform the College by way of ongoing giving as opposed to a grand Capital Campaign. We know this is a change for RSGC and we are doing it because of the real needs of the College. The Board of Governors has identified goals of increasing both the total amount of giving as well as the percentage of families and alumni who participate. The College understands that in order to succeed we need to ensure we are “donor focused” and as such there are opportunities to give to both Capital Project (upgrade our facilities) and Endowments (make the College more accessible).
The Facilities Committee has provided a list of the College’s needs as follows: • Safety and Access – this includes making the Chapel accessible and barrier free, as well as enhancing the lighting (with energy efficiency) and adding sprinklers Projected cost $650,000 • Engaging Academic Spaces – 6 Senior School and 3 Junior School classrooms completely retrofitted to the highest standards Projected cost $700,000 • Larger Common Areas – Renovate Ketchum Hall -$600,000, Chapel foyer and Balcony $2,600,000 and the Library (an amount to be determined) Projected cost $3,200,000+ • The “Big Dig” – to complete the grand scheme with centralized building systems, Geothermal heating and cooling, a second gym, black box theatre, more student space and classrooms Projected cost $20,000,000 Realistically, with $2,000,000 we could make the chapel accessible, completely renovate Ketchum Hall and transform many of the current classrooms before the beginning of next year’s school start with minimal disruption to the boys. Naming Opportunities do exist! The Advancement Committee will also be working on ensuring the entire operation, including the RSGC Foundation becomes more accountable and transparent. We will be reviewing Investment policies, Spending policies, use of Private Data, Stewardship and Endowed Gift agreements. All of this is to ensure the College remains focused on providing an outstanding environment for the boys. Sincerely,
Win, Owen, grade 9 and Guy 32
Guy Burry ‘77 Chair of Advancement Committee
ANNUAL REPORT 2008 - 2009
CLASS OF 2009
Developing Life-long Georgians
he Class of 2009 clearly differentiated themselves from their peers not only in program choice but destination as well. Mr. Nick Van Herk, Director of University Counseling, finds it is reassuring that some students will be attending smaller liberal arts universities while others have chosen the largest schools and faculties in Canada, each in keeping with their own personal strengths and goals.
close to 30%
members in the Class of 2009
of students in the Class of 2009 were admitted to the university and program of their first choice
of the graduating class is pursuing science (11 students) or engineering (7 students)
RSGC Class of 2009
GEORGIAN DONORS 2008-2009
Thank you to the following members of our community for generous donations in support of our Annual Giving Campaign from July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009. Every effort has been made to ensure that this is a complete and accurate list. If there are errors and omissions, we apologize and ask that you contact the Advancement and Alumni Development Office to make any necessary corrections.
Annual Giving Campaign Mr. & Mrs. Mark and Deborah Ackley Mr. William Alguire & Ms. Linda Maybarduk-Alguire Melanie & Frank Allen Mr. Jaime Alonso & Dr. Carol Wade Anonymous X 10 The Hon. Justice Robert Armstrong and Mrs. Erica Armstrong Mr. Dominic Auld ‘86 Mr. & Mrs. Peter and Marilyn Balan Mr. William Balan ‘86 and Ms. Nancy McCaffery-Balan Mr. & Mrs. Simon and Shevawn Barder Mr. & Mrs. Michael and Susan Barker Mr. Howard Barton & Ms. Sally Hannon Ms. Catherine Bateman Mr. & Mrs. Stephen and Jane Beatty Mr. & Mrs. Chris and Christine Bell Mr. & Mrs. David and Jennifer Bellamy Dr. Andrew Bennett ‘91 Mr. & Mrs. Dennis and Julie Bernhard Mr. & Mrs. Ivan and Donna Betcherman Mr. Peter Bethlenfalvy Mr. & Mrs. Wayne and Jennifer Bibby Mr. & Mrs. Brian and Drina Blair Mr. & Mrs. Philip and Nicola Blake Patty Boake Mr. Joseph Bogdan Mr. & Mrs. Howard and Lorie Bogler Mr. Stuart Bollefer & Ms. Diane Karnay Mr. & Mrs. Michael and Valerie Bonacini Dr. Andrew Boright & Dr. Evelyne Bourrouilh Mr. David Bowlby ‘75 and Mrs. Susan Bowlby Mr. Reid Bowlby & Ms. Deborah Bongard Mrs. Kathleen Brethour Mr. & Mrs. Gordon and Teresa Briggs David and Joanne Browne Mr. Robert Bruce & Ms. Elizabeth Lawler Mr. Edward J. Bryant Mr. Anthony Bryant Mr. Gregory Burns & Ms. Emily Schmidt Mr. Guy Burry ‘77 & Ms. Liz Lundell Mrs. Winifrede Burry Mr. & Mrs. Tye and Janet Burt Mr. John Byrne Dr. Robert Casper & Ms. Jennifer Wardrop Dr. Suzanne Caudry Mr. Alan Chapple & Ms. Leanne Heeney Bruce Chapple ‘87 & Leslie McCallum Mr. Wally Chiu & Ms. Sarah Chow Mr. & Mrs. Louis and Wendy Cimicata Mr. Paul Clark ‘85 and Mrs. Susan Clark Mr. & Mrs. Paul and Lesley Cleveland Dr. Cameron Clokie ‘81 and Mrs. Winnie Clokie
Mr. Richard Comparey & Ms. Micheline McKay Mr. & Mrs. John Conforzi Mr. Thomas Connell & Ms. Sara Griffiths Mr. & Mrs. Mark and Lari-Ann Convery Mr. & Mrs. C. Anthony and Lisa Cooper Mr. Bradley Crompton & Ms. Shane Dunworth-Crompton Mr. & Mrs. Jeff and Carolyn Cullen Ms. Tracy Dalglish Mr. & Mrs. Chris and Carol D’Arcy Mrs. Celyne Darling Ms. Josephine Dasko Mr. & Mrs. John and Margaret Deeks Mr. Timothy Denison ‘86 and Ms. Tara Smith Mr. & Mrs. Greg and Elaine Dimmer Mr. & Mrs. David and Johanna Diplock Mr. & Mrs. Michael and Alison Dyson Mr. Alexander Edmison ‘02 Dr. Robert Eng ‘88 and Ms. Julie Eng Dr. Jonathan Evans Mr. & Mrs. William and Sarah Evans Mr. Robert Evans & Mrs. Nancy Evans Mr. Steve Falk Ms. Jaleh Farhadpour Mr. & Mrs. Keith and Nicole Farrar Mr. & Mrs. David and Kristin Ferguson Mr. Jeremy Fielding Mr. Lyle Fleetham & Ms. Rosemary Offord Ms. Alice Foster Mr. Charles Fowler ‘86 and Ms. Olga Mychajluk Mr. Bernard Francisco & Ms. Kathryn Minialoff Mr. Alexander Gibson ‘01 Ms. Janet Gillies Mr. & Mrs. A. Charles and Laura Gluek Mrs. Eleanor Glynn Ms. Karen Gold Mr. Nicholas Golding ‘86 and Ms. Rebecca Lampert Mr. Christopher Golding ‘83 and Ms. Joanne Golding Mr. & Mrs. Gordon and Celia Goodman Mr. Douglas Grant & Ms. Nancy Conn Ms. Carol Gray Mr. & Mrs. Steven and Elizabeth Griffin Mr. Paul Gross & Ms. Martha Burns Mr. & Mrs. Martin and Peggy Guest Mr. Brad Gushaw ‘71 Ms. Nadya Habib & Mr. David Ford Mr. & Mrs. Richard and Cherie Hamel Mr. Jim Harbell & Ms. Pat McQuaid Mr. & Mrs. Max and Elizabeth Hardinge Mr. David Harrison Mr. Jonathan Harty ‘86 and Mrs. Diane Harty Mr. & Mrs. G. Crofton and Faith Harvey Dr. Campbell Harvey ‘77 and Mrs. Susana Harvey 35
GEORGIAN DONORS 2008-2009
Mr. William Hepburn ‘72 and Mrs. Anne Hepburn Mr. Andrew Hepburn ‘02 Mr. Jeffrey Hess ‘87 and Ms. Cathy Hess Mr. Neil Hetherington ‘91 and Ms. Laura Hetherington Mr. Alistair Hicks ‘86 Ms. Jeanette Hlinka Mr. & Mrs. David and Mary-Louise Hoad Mr. J. Gardner Hodder & Dr. Elizabeth Harvey Mr. & Mrs. Ronald and Terri Hodges Mr. Robert Hoffman Mr. Donald Hogarth & Ms. Terri Cunningham Mr. & Mrs. Martin and Heather Holford Mr. J. Bradley Holland & Ms. Jean Wong Mr. & Mrs. David and Jennifer Houlding Mr. & Mrs. Stephen and Louise Hucal Mr. & Mrs. Jaime and Elizabeth Hugessen Mr. & Mrs. David and Marilyn Hull The Reverend & Mrs. Myles and Helen Hunter Ms. Anna Ignagni Mr. Sheldon Inwentash & Ms. Lynn Factor Dr. Peter Istvan ‘87 and Ms. Kathleen McGill Mr. & Mrs. Douglas and Dianne Jamieson Mr. Allen Jefferson & Ms. Lesley Letofsky-Jefferson Mr. and Mrs. David and Barbara Johnson Mr. & Mrs. R. Scott and Robynn Jolliffe Mr. & Mrs. Guy and Heather Jones Mr. Andrew Jones & Ms. Linda Gee Mr. David Jones ‘03 Mr. & Mrs. Chris and Mima Kapches Mr. & Ms. Jay and Sandra Kearsey Mr. Robert Keilty ‘81 and Mrs. Ruth Keilty The Reverend Christopher Kelly ‘00 and Dr. Emily Kelly Mrs. Pat Keresteci Mr. & Mrs. David and Paula Kerr Mr. & Mrs. Ram and Neeta Khatter Mr. Henry Kim & Ms. Jill Taylor-Kim Dr. & Mrs. Cyril and Barbara Kincaide Mr. & Mrs. Hermann and Ellen Kircher Mr. & Mrs. Robert and Denise Kitchen Mr. & Mrs. Brett and Jennifer Knowles Mr. & Mrs. Anil and Bharti Kotecha Mr. Andrew Krausz & Ms. Donna Lorenzetti Mr. Andrew Krawczyk & Ms. Laura Peraboni-Krawczyk Mr. & Mrs. John and Katherine Kruk Dr. Bohdan Kryshtalskyj & Dr. Nina Kryshtalskyj Mr. Lubomyr Lahodynskyj Mr. Nicky Lai & Ms. Isabel Leong Dr. & Mrs. Stephen and Adrienne Lapinsky Mr. & Mrs. Don and Jennifer Lapschies Mr. Michael Latifi & Ms. Maria Helena Russo Mr. & Mrs. Leo and Christina Lau Mr. Douglas Lawrence & Dr. Paula Rochon Mr. Douglas Lawson ‘77 and Mrs. Christine Lawson Dr. Jim Leatch & Dr. Sandra Boyes David G. Lee & Carrie Mack Ms. Portia Leggat Mr. & Ms. David and Anne LeGresley Mr. Jamie Lint ‘98 Mr. Nicola Lisi & Ms. Lucy Monte-Lisi Mr. Donald Lomax Mr. & Mrs. Phipps and Barbara Lounsbery Ms. Mary Jane Lovering 36
Mr. Matthew Lovering ‘07 Mr. Richard Lucas Mr. John A. MacDonald ‘87 Mr. & Mrs. Robert and Joyce MacFarlane Mr. Grant MacFarlane ‘08 Ms. Patti MacNicol Mr. & Mrs. Morteza and Laleh Mahjour Darius Majlessi & Manuela Marcheggiani Mr. Nick Malcolm & Ms. Kathleen Donnelly Mr. Gordon Manning ‘87 and Ms. Melanie Manning Mr. & Mrs. Thomas and Margaret Martin Mr. Scott Martyn & Mrs. Marylou Belvedere Martyn Mr. & Mrs. Paul and Judith Mason Mr. & Mrs. David and Kate Mather Mr. & Mrs. J. Scott and Patricia McCain Rob and Nancy McConnell Mr. & Mrs. Murray and Joan McDonald Mr. & Mrs. Paul and Jean McGrath Mr. & Mrs. Kim and Lucy McInnes Mr. Hugh McKee ‘86 and Ms. Hilary Pounsett Mr. Michael McLafferty & Dr. Christine McGirr Mr. Frank McLaughlin & Ms. Soraya Farha Dr. David McNeely & Dr. Barbara Liu Mr. Mike Medline Mr. Peter Miller ‘81 Dr. Michael Milosevic & Prof. Eileen Fischer Mr. & Mrs. John and Catherine Moore Mr. Charles Morris ‘85 Mr. Laurie Munro & Ms. Patti Sifton-Munro Mr. Michael Murphy & Ms. Wendy Crewson Mr. & Mrs. Mike and Karen Murton Mr. James Musgrove Mr. & Mrs. John and Sarah Nagel Mr. Michael Nairne & Ms. Joanne Swystun Ms. Kimberley Neeson Mr. & Mrs. Bruce and Lori Neve Mr. John Ng & Ms. Rhonda Low Mr. Steve Ng & Ms. Cecilia Chui Mr. Terrance Nicholson ‘70 and Ms. Karen Kellner Mr. Rene Noel & Dr. Junie Toussaint Ms. Beth Nowers & Mr. John Curtin Mr. & Mrs. Bradley and Catherine Nullmeyer Ms. Eleanor Olmsted Dr. Daniel Omura & Dr. Mira Omura Mr. Jason Pantalone ‘96 Mr. Bruce Patterson ‘86 and Ms. Sheila Patterson Mr. & Mrs. Don and Nancy Pearson Mr. & Mrs. Richard and Linda Penn Mr. Anthony Pepper ‘73 and Ms. Jane Tattersall Mr. & Mrs. Johnand Deborah Perl Dr. Marty Perlmutar & Dr. Gillian Hawker Mr. Ashley Perreault ‘96 Mr. Dennis Peterson & Ms. Maria Bruzzese Ms. Angela Phillips Mrs. Veronica A. Phillips Mr. Thomas Pladsen & Ms. Wanda Ho Mr. Marvin Pludwinski & Ms. Linda Hacker Mr. Ferdinand Poon ‘87 Mr. & Mrs. Brian and Megan Porter Mr. Chris Purkis & Ms. Jane Botsford Mr. & Mrs. Walter and Georgina Ratcliffe Mr. Douglas Richmond ‘77 and Ms. Donna Meyers
GEORGIAN DONORS 2008-2009
Mr. & Ms. Brian and Stephanie Robinson Mr. & Mrs. Ian and Jennifer Robinson Mr. Philip Robson & Ms. Victoria Prince Ms. Emma Roche Dr. William Roscoe & Dr. Janet Roscoe Mr. & Mrs. Ronald and Kaye Royer Mr. Robert Rubinoff Mr. Matthew Rubinoff ‘96 Dr. Uri Sagman & Ms. Sandra Rabinovitch Ms. Philippa Samworth & Dr. Geoffrey Houlton Mr. Michael Sanderson & Ms. Donna Green Mr. & Mrs. Rowan and Susan Saunders Mrs. Margaret Secor Dr. & Mrs. John and Anna Semple Mr. Paul Shakotko ‘86 and Ms. Sian Messinger Mr. & Mrs. George and Lucy Sharp Mr. John Sharpe & Ms. Sarah Moss Sharpe Mr. & Mrs. Andrew and Jennifer Smith Dr. & Mrs. David and Marlene Smith Mr. & Mrs. Peter and Debbie Snucins Prof. Don Snyder & Ms. Rebecca Upjohn Snyder Mr. Bruno Solby ‘87 Mr. & Mrs. Barry and Penny Somerville Ms. Janet Somerville Ms. Ailee Soulliere Mr. & Mrs. G. Wayne and Maureen Squibb Mr. Andrew Steen & Ms. Debbie Babington Mr. Ken Stein & Ms. Leslie Jones Ms. Nancy Steinhauer Mr. Tom Stevens Dr. & Mrs. Hans and Jacquie Strauss Mr. Simon Sutherland ‘01 Mr. J. Gregory Sutton ‘86 Ms. Petra Swayze Mr. Ronald Taylor & Ms. Chrys Fragakis-Taylor Mr. Daniel Tecimer ‘93 and Mrs. MaryAnne Tecimer Mr. Philip Thompson ‘86 Mr. & Mrs. John and Barbara Timmins Mr. & Mrs. Mark and Clare Trachuk Mr. & Mrs. John and Victoria Tremayne Mr. Martin Tulett & Ms. Jennifer Price Mr. Trevor Turnbull & Ms. Jennifer Day Mr. Richard Vile ‘91 Mr. & Mrs. Wolf and Gillian von Teichman
Gifts-in-Kind Anonymous Mr. Scott Daly ‘82 and Mrs. Carla Daly Mr. Richard Greene & Ms. Shelly Haber Mr. Paul Mantrop Mr. Steve McDonald Mr. James Peters ‘90 Mr. Chris Purkis & Ms. Jane Botsford Mr. & Mrs. G. Wayne and Maureen Squibb Mr. J. Gregory Sutton ‘86
Mr. Andrew von Teichman ‘96 and Ms. Natalie Oldfield Mr. Colin Walker & Ms. Gloria Della Maestra Mr. & Mrs. Bill and Maureen Wareham Mr. & Mrs. John and Joan Warren Mr. & Mrs. H. Geoffrey and Adrienne Waterman Mr. Colin Watson ‘94 Mr. Colin Webster & Ms. Sarah Dinnick Mr. John Wesley ‘71 Mr. Jonathan Wheler ‘87 and Ms. Tricia Tait Mr. Andrew Whiteley Mr. Henry Wiercinski & Ms. Faye O’Donnell Dr. & Mrs. Larry and Martha Wilder Mr. & Mrs. Michael and Katherine Wilson Mr. William E. Wilson Mr. & Mrs. Andrew and Jeannie Wong Mr. & Mrs. Tom and Ruth Woods Mr. David Woollcombe ‘83 and Mrs. Louise Woollcombe Mr. Michael Woollcombe ‘87 and Ms. Lynne Woollcombe Mr. & Mrs. Kevin and Julia Wright Mr. Joseph Wright Mr. Max Wu & Ms. So-hyeong Yun Mr. & Mrs. Takahiro and Tomoko Yamanaka Mr. Shunyi Yao & Ms. Li Liu Dr. Bernard Yaphe & Ms. Pam Foreht Mr. Chris Yelle ‘90 and Ms. Diedre Lipton Mr. Todd Yelle ‘86
Corporations 611563 Ontario Inc. Dr. Scholl Foundation The Georgian Parents’ Guild Gibson’s Cleaners Company Limited Joseph Bogdan Associates Inc. The Lowidt Foundation Martin Merry & Reid Limited The Midloch Foundation Neeson & Associates Park Avenue Holdings Inc. Sofina Foods Westminster International Inc.
Thank you to the following members of our community for their Georgian generosity. Mr. & Mrs. Victor and Fiona Therrien Mr. Michael Winter Mr. & Mrs. Tom and Ruth Woods Mr. Todd Yelle ‘86
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GEORGIAN DONORS 2008-2009
We would like to acknowledge these members of our community for making pledges and gifts to Capital Projects over the past five years.
Mr. & Mrs. Mark and Deborah Ackley Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. David and Carol Appel Mr. & Mrs. Ray and Karen Arbesman Kim & David Beatty Mr. & Mrs. Wayne and Jennifer Bibby Mr. Richard Bradeen Mr. & Mrs. Robert and Karen Bradeen Mr. Andrew Bryant ‘98 Mr. Edward J. Bryant Mr. & Mrs. David and Wendy Bunston Mr. Guy Burry ‘77 & Ms. Liz Lundell Mrs. Winifrede Burry Mr. & Mrs. Tye and Janet Burt Mr. & Mrs. Gregory and Linda Cochrane Mr. Bradley Crompton & Ms. Shane Dunworth-Crompton Mr. John Curtin & Ms. Beth Nowers Mr. & Mrs. Tye and Eileen Farrow Mr. & Mrs. Peter and Barbara Golding Mr. Richard Greene & Ms. Shelly Haber Mr. & Mrs. Steven and Elizabeth Griffin Mr. Hal Hannaford & Ms. Susan Doherty Mr. Jeffrey Hauswirth & Ms. Erin Coffey Ms. Anne Herringer Mr. & Mrs. David and Adele Imrie Mr. Taylor Imrie ‘05 Mr. & Mrs. Bruce and Leslie Jackson Mr. & Mrs. David and Barbara Johnson Dr. Donald Jones & Dr. Patricia McEwan Mr. Robert Keilty ‘81 and Mrs. Ruth Keilty Mr. & Mrs. Brett and Jennifer Knowles David G. Lee & Carrie Mack
Mr. & Mrs. Richard and Janet Lint Mr. Nicola Lisi & Ms. Lucy Monte-Lisi Darius Majlessi and Manuela Marcheggiani Mr. & Mrs. J. Scott and Patricia McCain Mr. Craig Moffat Mr. & Mrs. Paul and Lynn Morse Lori & Paul O’Leary Mr. James Peters ‘90 Mr. Charles Peters Mr. Fraser Phillips ‘78 and Ms. Kimberly Cudney Mr. Thomas Pladsen & Ms. Wanda Ho Mr. Chris Purkis & Ms. Jane Botsford Mr. & Ms. Morris and Sue Reid Mr. Matthew Rubinoff ‘96 Ms. Philippa Samworth & Dr. Geoffrey Houlton Mr. & Mrs. Bradley and Cynthia Sherman Ms. Ailee Soulliere Mr. & Mrs. G. Wayne and Maureen Squibb Mr. Kevin Stanton & Ms. Bernadette Stanton-Meijer Mr. Peter Thomas & Ms. Brenda Bronfman Thomas Mr. Andrew Whiteley Mr. & Mrs. Tom and Ruth Woods
Corporations 1386945 Ontario Inc. 2849224 Ontario Ltd. Green River Foundation Red Jam Holdings Ltd. WINCO Corporation
Celebrating the life of a true Georgian Mom and Grandmother Dorothy Keilty, mother of Robert Keilty ’81 and grandmother of Jack Keilty, grade 12 Dorothy was an active member of the Guild for five years. She enjoyed keeping in touch with her many RSGC friends long after Rob’s graduation, loved going to the Guild Luncheons and even attended a co-ed Old Boys’ Dinner. She was a woman of great character and possessed many of the qualities that RSGC values and fosters in its boys: loyalty, intelligence, humour, athleticism and integrity. She was a wonderful friend to all who knew her.
Chapel was one of the highlights of Dorothy’s experience at RSGC. She loved listening to the concerts performed by the choir and bands. The Festival of Carols at St. James’ Cathedral was the start of the holiday season each year and was not to be missed!
Dorothy’s greatest joy and deepest love was for her family. She recognized the value of the small school setting and appreciated the traditions it instilled. Most particularly, she believed in the school’s motto, Manners Maketh Men. Dorothy was a stickler for doing things the proper way and was particularly happy that these values were being reinforced at school.
Dorothy was a great champion of RSGC and was delighted that both her son and grandson attended the school. She would have been greatly touched and humbled by this tribute.
Her family wanted to give a lasting gift to the school as a tribute to Dorothy. Donating the stained glass for three west-facing windows in the Chapel seemed like the perfect way to honour a true Georgian Mom. The Keiltys have been working with Jane and Kathryn Irwin, who will be designing and installing the windows, as well as various members of the Board and Building Committee to determine the best theme to complement the existing windows. Although the proposal is not finalized, everyone is very excited about the suggestions that have been made and all involved are confident it will be a great addition to the already beautiful Chapel.
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