Y O R K R O S E â€˜18 march 2018
class of 1944
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F O U N D E R S
Mrs. Lena (Cotsworth) Clarke
Mrs. Virginia (Moore) Mackay
Mrs. Marie Gerhardt-Olly
Mrs. Grace Faris
Mrs. Janet (MacDonald) Mitchell
Mrs. Gretchen (Meilicke) Hyland
Mrs. Gladys (Morden) Jopling
TABLE OF CONTENTS 3
A Message from the Acting Head of School
A Message from the Alumnae President
Elizabeth Lyall '77
Dianne Whelan '83 2017 YHS Alumnae Special Achiever
Geraldine Santiago '83
Sara Genn '90
Zahra Kassam '01
Anjali Katta '15
Ariane Potvin '15
Head Girl 2017-18 Saskia Freybe '18
Alumnae Gallery Exhibition: Fall 2017
85 Years of the YHS Uniform
Yorkies in Medicine
Yorkies in Law
Our International Alumnae Network
York Rose Ball
Founders' Day Highlights
Golden Alumnae Luncheon
Legacy Society & Annual Fund 2017-18
Lana Gustavson: Fond Farewell
A MESSAGE FROM THE ACTING HEAD OF SCHOOL I am delighted to be leading York House School as we celebrate our 85th anniversary. In 1932, our forwardthinking school founders already knew the importance of providing young girls with meaningful educational opportunities that would focus on developing the whole child. Their courage and determination in establishing an educational setting that was progressive, rigorous, and engaging set the stage for the ongoing success of future Yorkie generations. In our school’s 85th year, we have chosen to highlight and celebrate many of our Yorkies’ accomplishments. Our alumnae network now boasts over 4,000 Yorkies from around the world and our active alumnae chapters are a strong testament to the strength of our York House community. Throughout these pages, you will discover Yorkies who have become writers and filmmakers, artists and musicians, doctors and lawyers, mothers and homemakers, and entrepreneurs. Regardless of their chosen path, they each share a common passion for discovery and a deep sense of commitment to the school. They know the tremendous value that staying connected to one another brings. Already, I have had the privilege of meeting many of our outstanding alumnae and I look forward to many more future opportunities to connect with alumnae both at home and abroad. I am inspired not only by their talent and accomplishments but also for being so humble in nature and generous in spirit. Our school motto, "Not for Ourselves Alone", remains their guiding principle. As we look to the future, we are excited to explore and develop both internship and mentorship opportunities that will leverage the strength of our alumnae community who serve as incredible role models for our current Yorkies.
I know with absolute certainty that our alumnae inspire, motivate, and push all Yorkies to reach new heights in establishing their future careers and in living a life of purpose and joy. Whether our current Yorkies forge their own paths or follow in the footsteps of strong women who’ve gone ahead, I want to thank our alumnae for being trailblazers, innovators, explorers, and disruptors who continue to make a positive difference in the world. Sincerely,
JULI E ROUSSEAU ACTING HEAD O F SCHO O L
A MESSAGE FROM THE ALUMNAE PRESIDENT Dear Yorkies, Welcome to the latest edition of the York Rose. I would like to acknowledge the contributions of Lisa (Greczmiel) Roberts '82, the past-President of the YHS Alumnae Association. Lisa has been a dedicated member of the executive for many years and served as President from 2015 to 2017. During this time, she built a close relationship between the YHS Alumnae Association and the YHS Parents' Association and led our contribution to a fabulous York Rose Ball this past October. She took over the running of our used uniform shop, giving it her own spin, but with deep respect for its founders. Quiet and generous, she is also the tireless volunteer who packs away the last chair and empty glass and makes sure that everyone has a ride home. Somehow, we never find a way to say it enough, so, here, Lisa, on behalf of all of us, but especially those who have had the pleasure of working closely with you... if I could yell it from the highest mountain... a big and warm "thank you" from all of us. On this 85th anniversary of the school, I am delighted to be celebrating this milestone with you as both your new President of the Alumnae Association and as a current parent. I arrived at York House in 1982 to start Grade 4 in the classroom with giant windows that still overlooks the intersection of Granville Street and King Edward. My parents believed in the teachers and the community at York House, and they stretched themselves to support our education. They still speak of specific people we havenâ€™t seen in decades because the kindness of a single gesture or some astuteness in judgment has stood the test of time.
I am honoured to work with a small group of women on the Alumnae Association executive. We try to build strong connections and promote mentorship opportunities among younger and older alumnae, locally and abroad. We host events. We stay in touch with alumnae, make space for their voices, and encourage each other to keep alive what it means to be a Yorkie. As we continue to strengthen our ever-growing network, we invite you to share ways where we can better do this. I look forward to connecting with the many of you I know as well as those of you I have yet to meet as I begin in this new role. Sincerely,
The spirit behind this kind of experience is why my husband and I enrolled our two daughters at York House. It is a compelling thing for us that every student today is an alumna in the making for tomorrow, and that the investment of time and care is a far-reaching one.
JOANNE LEE YOUNG '90 PRESIDENT, YHS ALUMNAE ASSO C I AT I O N
N O T F O R O U R S E LV E S A L O N E : A LEGACY FOR THE FUTURE
E L I Z A B E T H Elizabeth Lyall ‘77 attended York House from Grades 9–12 and remembers Grade 10 as the best year of her schooling life. “While girls in public schools were distracted by fashion and boys and other grown-up concerns, we at York House were in our uniforms, separated from the rest of the world, and free to be kids for a little longer.” While at YHS, the school gave her a good foundation. “I learned the benefits of hard work, how to study, and I loved the camaraderie of my fellow students.” Today, the former Algonquin House Captain is a successful Vancouver lawyer who, along with her husband Tony Skuce, are parents to daughters Hunter, Class of 2016, and Mackenzie, who will graduate in 2018. When the time came to send Hunter and Mackenzie to school, her first and perhaps obvious choice was York House. “I loved the school’s focus on academics, sports, and the arts. It’s been a pleasure to be the parent of two daughters, who have had the advantage of all the opportunities the school has to offer. At York House, I know my girls are safe, well looked after, and educated superbly. Then too, there is the added bonus of having the chance to make lifelong friends, remaining part of a community long after graduation.” As a past President of the Alumnae Association, a member of the YHS Legacy Society, and a current Trustee of the YHS Foundation, Elizabeth’s connections to YHS run deep. Reflecting on her involvement with the Foundation, she says, “I am thrilled to participate in the growth of the Foundation, which offers educational opportunities to young women, who for various reasons do not have the opportunity to attend York House. To see such young women thrive and grow is most rewarding.”
LY A L L ‘ 7 7 As a member of the YHS Legacy Society, Elizabeth notes, “I believe in perpetuating the school’s history and values, which is what legacy is all about. Our founders set the foundation of the school’s legacy — fair play, life-long learning, compassion, pride in achievement, loyalty and integrity along with the school motto, "Not for Ourselves Alone". It is my privilege to assist in carrying this legacy into the future.” Mackenzie Skuce ‘18 and mother, Elizabeth Lyall ‘77
2017-18 YHS ALUMNAE
D I A N N E W H E L A N ‘ 8 3 The 2017-18 Alumnae Special Achiever, Dianne Whelan ‘83, made a special effort to be at York House to speak at both Founders’ Day and Alumnae Day to celebrate our 85th Anniversary. In fact, a bush pilot extracted her from a remote area along the Trans Canada Trail where, since July 2015, she has hiked, biked, snowshoed, skied, and canoed across the country. As she passes through some 15,000 communities along the 24,000 kilometers of the trail, she’s filming her next adventure documentary, 500 Days in the Wild. Former Head Girl, Dianne Whelan ’83, an explorer, awardwinning Canadian documentary filmmaker, author, and multimedia artist, is no stranger to extreme adventure. In 2007, Dianne was the first woman to travel as an embedded media person with a team of Canadian Rangers to a never patrolled route of the northwestern coast of Ellesmere Island, Nunavut. In the middle of winter, they traversed close to 2,000 km in the Canadian high-Arctic from Resolute to Alert, the most northerly human habitation in the world. Her film, This Land, and first book, This Vanishing Land: A Woman’s Journey to the Canadian Arctic, depicts her epic journey. In 2010, she filmed her award-winning film, 40 Days at Base Camp, which recounts her eye-opening experiences on the world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest. In support of her journey along the Trans Canada Trail, Dianne was recently honoured to receive an expedition grant from the Royal Canadian Geographic Society for the 2,300 km paddle of Lake Superior. With North America’s largest lake behind her, Dianne is continuing along “The Path of the Paddle”, a water route in Northwestern Ontario, which follows centuries-old traditional First Nations and Metis trails. Dianne received another honour earlier this year when her film, This Land, a National Film Board documentary, made the Celebrate Canada 150 list.
We were fortunate to be able to sit down with Dianne while she was here to talk about what her Trans Canada journey has shown her so far. Before setting out, Dianne had titled the trip and pending film, 500 Days in the Wild. This was when she thought she would be travelling the longest trail in the world at a pace of 70 km per day. She lets out a good natured laugh when she thinks back on her ambition. By Day 3, after leaving Newfoundland, Dianne soon came to the realization that it was going to take her considerably more time. In fact, it will likely take her four years, or 1,460 days, to complete but she is no longer in a hurry. But now, more important than how hard or fast she goes, are her interactions with people along the trail. Now, at the halfway mark, she has been particularly impressed with the kindness that people have shown her along the way. Their generosity has confirmed for her that people truly are good in a way that we often forget.
“When I graduated from York House, I had the confidence that I could do anything I wanted; I left believing in myself.”
When asked about how her expectations have changed from the start of the trip, Dianne comments, “It has definitely been harder physically than I had expected. But I haven’t been sick or hurt. I thought I would be more fearful being a woman on my own but that fear is gone. Of course, what I thought would be one film has now become a trilogy — I hope to release part one in the fall of 2018.” “One thing I really didn’t expect is the exchanges that I have had with indigenous people, particularly the women. First Nations culture teaches us to honour the earth and to honour the women. A Cree grandmother shared with me their collective belief that no decision should be made without thinking of seven generations ahead, which is why I believe that the answers for sustainability are with the First Nations.” Her time with indigenous women across the country has also shown her the importance of humility and having an open heart. “For me, my goal is to make sure that every day is a sincere expression of myself. When I filmed at Everest, I had lost my balance and went into my ego. Now I know that you need to hang onto a certain amount of humility and grace. I think I have learned from my past mistakes.” With so much time in isolation in nature, Dianne has had a lot of time to reflect on the importance of following her heart. While here celebrating Founders’ Day with us, she reminded us all of the importance of not forgetting where we come from and how empowering our motto, "Not for Ourselves Alone", truly is. Dianne had come to York House School in Grade 9 as a shy and quiet student, but by Grade 12 she was Head Girl. “When I graduated from York House, I had the confidence that I could do anything I wanted; I left believing in myself. For me, York House is the foundation upon which I built my dreams. We need places like York House to empower strong women,” says Dianne.
Thinking back on her path after York House that has led her to this point, Dianne recalls the eight years at McGill University where she studied philosophy, political science, and religious studies. She was on her way to law school at Dalhousie University when she had decided to take a break and work for her father’s fashion company in Vancouver, Marquis of London, where she learned multiple facets of the business ranging from marketing to production. The realization that she needed to follow a different path led her to Langara College, where she studied journalism, and Emily Carr, where she studied multimedia, photography, and film. She now recognizes that everything that she has learned, whether at school or in life, has led her to this journey she is on now. This journey to see and to know, that we are not alone.
G E R A L D I N E S A N T I A G O ‘ 8 3 SHOOTING FOR THE STARS Geraldine, who attended YHS from 1979-83, was known for being energetic, fun-loving, and a good friend. The middle daughter of four Santiago sisters that attended YHS, she was Vice Head-Girl, served as Class President twice and was House Member of the Year. Geraldine was also the recipient of several awards including the Senior Spirit Trophy, the Parents’ Association Citizenship Award, and the Joan Sorenson Memorial Award. Once she graduated, her interests turned to Asian Studies when she attended the University of British Columbia to obtain a degree in Mandarin. Always driven to succeed, Geraldine launched her career in real estate and became known for seminars targeted at firsttime home buyers. Over the past 16 years as a realtor, she has written three real estate reference books for Self-Counsel Press Ltd, entitled, Complete Home-Buyer’s Guide for Canadians, Selling Your Home in Canada, and Buy and Sell a Recreational Property in Canada. Geraldine is also an accomplished painter known for her use of bold colours in oil and acrylic. In addition to solo and group exhibitions in Vancouver, she has also been an Artist in Residence at East Hastings Elementary and Templeton Secondary, teaching acrylic painting to children from K-12. When Geraldine’s daughter, Luisa, was only five days old, she was rushed to the BC Children’s Hospital with a serious, potentially life threatening viral infection. Their skilled staff, nurses and doctors were able to provide critical services that
resulted in her daughter’s full recovery. Geraldine’s desire to give back to these doctors and staff inspired her to use her creative talents to write and illustrate a children’s storybook. Geraldine published, Luisa and the Magic Star in July, 2017, which celebrates Canadian space achievements in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary. Dr. Roberta Bondar, the first Canadian woman astronaut in space, who makes a cameo in the book, recently described the book as “delightful”. In true Yorkie style, the profits from the sale of the book are being donated to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and Geraldine is already working on a sequel, The Star Thief. Geraldine hopes that her storybook creates an interest in both science and music in children. In fact, the main character is based on her oldest daughter Luisa, who learned to play the violin at the age of five and is now enrolled in an engineering program at the University of British Columbia. Recognizing that, as early as elementary school, many of the science and space picture books for young readers are designed for boys, Geraldine is intentionally introducing strong, relatable, female characters in her books that break stereotypes and gender boundaries. “When I graduated, I didn’t fully appreciate how much my high school years would influence and shape my life,” says Geraldine. “Over the years, I’ve come to recognize that York House provided me with a solid foundation and the confidence to grow in whatever direction I chose. I also developed a love of learning and self-improvement. As a mother, professional realtor, artist, and spouse, I will continue to grow, mature, and evolve,” remarked Geraldine, “I know that York House has given me the groundwork to flourish. Our school motto, Not for Ourselves Alone, has always been my credo.” Geraldine was delighted to visit York House School on November 2, 2017, to read Luisa and the Magic Star and her new sequel, The Star Thief to the Grade 3 classes. After the reading, students asked lots of questions and took part in fun word rhyming activities. She hopes to inspire the next generation of children to embrace space and science through her cleverly written and beautifully illustrated books.
FOLLOWING A PATH OF DISCOVERY AND EXPLORATION
Sara Genn, Class of 1990, completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, has been showing her work professionally since the age of 18, and sold out her first solo exhibition at the age of 19. She exhibits in Canada and the US and has won collectors in North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. After time spent living in Paris and Seville, she relocated to New York in 2003 and has called there home until recently. For the past 10 months, Sara and her husband Peter have been travelling and working on the road. This past year, Sara’s work was recently part of an exhibition at the Kimoto Gallery in South Granville and she introduced a new body of work for an exhibition at the gallery in December. Photograph by Sam Kaczur.
Yo u a r e b o t h a m u s i c i a n a n d a n a r t i s t . H o w d o you make it work so that you have time for both d i s c i p l i n e s ? D o e v e r g e t t o r n b e t w e e n t h e t w o? I believe it comes naturally for most artists to work in multiple disciplines — ideas lend themselves to one kind of expression or another, and it’s nice to have a choice. Having music in my life from such a young age — I started studying piano when I was 3 — gave me a creative language early, and along with painting it’s a lifelong project of technical learning and discipline. Music and painting are wonderful creative partners and making time for both seems to happen rather organically. Breaking things up and moving from project to project is a natural way to work. Rather than feeling torn, I feel excited about the chunks of time I have to commit fully to ideas. It’s a real exercise in being present — and making the most of every creative moment.
Any memories of your time at YHS? Many, many hours in the journalism room laying out The Blackwatch with co-editor Joanne Lee-Young '90. A million lunch hours skipped in favour of choir practice. Throwing clay and cutting linos. Making posters — a LOT of posters! Enjoying the talents and admiring the strengths of my classmates, who all seemed to shine at something special. And singing, arranging, and writing songs with Suzanne Buffam '90 and my choir-mates, on the upright in the storage closet-type room beside the cafeteria. When I re-read this paragraph it sounds like I’m describing York House School of the Arts — from my perspective, perhaps it was? W h a t a d v i ce wo u l d yo u g i ve to Yo r k i e s considering a career in the arts? Work as much as possible... make lots of art! Be willing to play, to experiment and try ideas, to be a beginner first in order to become a master at something to call your own. And know that it’s a life-path driven by love. Your rewards — regardless of other measures of success that may come along — come from within, and from your easel or piano or pen, or whatever creative tool you use. Art is a calling more than a vocation — so much fun and so much work, with a lot of ups and downs — but worth it — if it’s what’s in your heart to do.
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My time at York House was one of discovery and exploring what’s possible. With such a strong choir and music program and an art room that served as a second home, my six years at York House cultivated exploration, self-reliance, good work habits, and opportunities to try new things. Jenny Haddleton and Carolynn Elliot were my art teachers — two artists with different disciplines, who I admired and who encouraged independence. They required quality ideas and technique and lots of work from their students. They were both very enthusiastic people — each an artist with her own point of view, style, ideas, and creative direction. This stuck with me and fanned my own embers.
Staying connected to York House has enriched my life in New York, not just because it’s wonderful to stay in touch with school friends in this way, but also to have the opportunity to meet and support new alums who find themselves in NYC. There’s a common thread that runs through every Yorkie — and it’s affirming and inspiring to learn about and be excited for one another’s choices. This, and discovering how York House is evolving today as a school and community in Vancouver and beyond is one of my favourite things about staying connected. When we’re together, the passing of time seems to not matter much, it’s about supporting each other and celebrating our strivings and adventures.
Z A H R A K A S S A M ‘ 0 1
Zahra Kassam, Early Childhood Educator from the Class of 2001, now lives in California with her husband and toddler son. We catch up with her to learn more about her entrepreneurial adventures. After you graduated f rom YHS, you went to study in the US. Describe your journey f rom Harvard to entrepreneurship. When I was in Grade 6 at York House, I decided I wanted to be a teacher. I was inspired by Mme Till because she had helped me go from joining the bilingual program late and knowing zero French to really excelling and loving the language. Harvard was an amazing experience and I explored a lot of different interests, such as French Literature, Arabic, and Anthropology. I found I was the most fascinated by Child Psychology. After graduating and travelling for a couple of years, I decided to take a Montessori teacher education course back in Vancouver. The research I read while at Harvard convinced me that Early Childhood Education was where I could make the biggest impact for kids. I began teaching and thought I would spend my career working in schools. In 2012, my son Musa was born, and I found it difficult to meet all of his development needs. I had the idea to start company, Monti Kids, to make it easier for parents everywhere to support their child’s development during the most formative years of life. Monti Kids provides customers with home deliveries of Montessori educational toys, tailored to their child’s stage of development.
Now that you’ve off icially launched, what are your goals for the company ? It took three years to launch. That time was spent on designing toys, manufacturing, creating our video curriculum, and raising start-up capital to get everything off the ground. I learned a ton every single day and I still do. Now that we’ve launched, my goal is to help as many children and parents as possible. We are working hard towards an official international launch (including Canada)! Yo u a r e a b u s y m o m a n d a n e n t r e p r e n e u r . How do you balance your time so everyone is happy ? It’s definitely not easy but it helps that there is a lot of overlap between my work life and my mom life. I test a lot of toys with my son and I’m better able to support our customers because of my experiences at home. I’m currently pregnant with our second baby and my team expects me to contribute a lot of content to our blog during my maternity leave! In terms of keeping everyone happy, I have a few rules that I try not to break, like always having breakfast and dinner with my family, snuggling with my son in the morning, and reading to him before bed — even if I’m working before and afterwards.
“Often, the hardest part is figuring out what you love to do and my advice for that would be to just take small steps towards what you find interesting. Those small steps might just lead you to something special.”
H o w d o y o u t h i n k t h a t y o u r t i m e a t Yo r k H o u s e i n f l u e n c e d t h e p a t h yo u h a ve t a ke n? I spent 11 years at York House, so it had a major influence on my life. I’m grateful to have grown up in a community of strong women and girls. I never questioned whether I could or could not do something because I was female. It was the norm to do everything at York House, including playing the male roles in our drama performances. That stuck with me and gave me tremendous confidence. It helped me throughout university and still now as I work in the predominantly male ecosystem of entrepreneurs and investors in San Francisco. Yo u m o v e d r e c e n t l y f r o m B o s t o n t o S a n F r a n c i s c o . H o w a r e y o u f i n d i n g t h e We s t C o a s t ? Living in Vancouver all those years made me a West Coast girl. I’m so happy to be in California, near the ocean and the mountains. Boston was a great place for university and Grad School — there are so many schools and there are endless resources for students. Now that I have a young child, I’m grateful to be in a place where he can happily play outside every day of the year. Being close to Vancouver was one of our motivations for moving back West. My parents are still in Vancouver, so I visit often. It’s still home. What do you think was the most important t h i n g t h a t y o u l e a r n e d w h i l e a t Yo r k H o u s e ? The most important thing I learned while at York House was a growth mindset and the understanding that I can improve and get better in all areas of my life. It started in the Junior School when Mme Till helped me work my way up from the bottom of the class and it continued into the Senior School when Mme Aerts helped me to design an Independent Study so I could pursue university level French. The teachers were determined to help us keep learning and growing, no matter what grade we were in or how we were doing at that particular moment. It was invaluable. What advice would you give to students who are starting to think about what path they wa n t to t a ke? My advice would be to try and figure out what gets you excited, what you believe in and to pursue that. I once thought about going into management consulting, which was a terrible fit for me because I was really not interested in the work. Just preparing for the interviews felt like torture. Now, I can work a 14-hour day on Monti Kids and I still feel engaged and in flow. We spend so much of our life at work and it’s my wish for Yorkies to spend that time on something that they find fulfilling. Often, the hardest part is figuring out what you love to do and my advice for that would be to just take small steps towards what you find interesting. Those small steps might just lead you to something special.
A N J A L I K AT TA ‘1 5 Even before she graduated from York House School in 2015, Anjali Katta had received numerous accolades for the work that she has done in the name of girls and women in Canada and around the world. In 2013, she launched the nonprofit organization, GirlsCo, that strives to empower girls locally and globally to bring to light the issues that they face and spark change. She also launched the Bombay Pads program, which provides sanitary napkins and sexual education to girls in the slums of Mumbai, India. In 2014, she spoke at the United Nation’s International Day of the Girl Conference and was also invited by the Government of Canada to participate in their Girls Advisory Council. The following year, Plan Canada acknowledged her efforts with their coveted “Top 20 Under 20 Award” and the Vancouver Chapter of the United Nations Association; awarded her with the “John Gibbard Award for Youth.” Now studying at Stanford University, Anjali took time from her busy schedule to share with us what she is up to now.
How are you enjoying your studies at Stanford? What are you currently pursuing? Stanford has been wonderful! I’m majoring in engineering physics and minoring in human rights. I’ve decided on this because it’s been the perfect way to integrate what I find academically exciting and challenging — physics and engineering — with the issues I care about. Essentially, I’ve realized that I’m really interested in ways technology interacts with humanitarian crises and poverty. I’m not too sure what specific lens yet, but I find renewable and sustainable energy interesting at the moment. It definitely has been a lot of hard work, but I’ve learned a lot from the people around me and have had many opportunities that I’m very grateful for! Yo u s p e n t l a s t s u m m e r i n S w i t z e r l a n d w i t h t h e U N . W h a t wa s t h a t l i ke? This summer I worked at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva. I worked in the Innovation Service, which is a team that aims to make current programs more effective and efficient as well as housing some projects (like connectivity for refugees) that the rest of UNHCR does not work on. I spent nine weeks at the service and I worked on three main projects: predictive analytics in Somalia, Chatbots for Syrian refugees in Jordan, and research papers on various topics. My favourite one was definitely the predictive analytics in Somalia. Essentially, we are trying to build a model to predict when, where, and how many refugees are moving within Somalia to help on the ground operations prepare for refugee arrivals. We analyzed variables like weather, violence, and food prices to see if we could find any relation to historical movements. I’m really excited to see what happens to the project.
Yo u f o u n d e d G i r l s C o a n d B o m b a y P a d s w h i l e a t Yo r k H o u s e . A r e y o u s t i l l v e r y i n v o l v e d with these projects or have you found yourself devoting your energies to new initiatives? I’m still invested in GirlsCo and Bombay Pads; however, being far from where the core group of members has been hard. I’ve essentially passed on the leadership and I’ve just been helping out here and there when they need it. In terms of new initiatives, I’ve been involved with Engineers Without Borders at Stanford and other organizations that focus on women’s rights. I’ve definitely taken my time at university to explore new interests and avenues but, after being halfway done, I have realized I’d like to refocus my efforts on something similar to GirlsCo. What are your plans after Stanford? I haven’t thought that far ahead! I honestly have no clue. As long as I’m helping people and working on issues I care about I will be happy; that’s all I need. Te l l u s s o m e t h i n g a b o u t y o u r s e l f t h a t we might not already know! I can name all 197 capitals of countries in the world.
D e s c r i b e r e t u r n i n g t o Yo r k H o u s e a s a n alumna. I felt very privileged to be able to speak at YHS as an alumna. I was not really sure what to expect as I had never given a presentation longer than 15 minutes for classes in school. I was a bit anxious to return because I really wanted to do a good job. Despite my initial reservations of whether or not I would be able to properly convey my message, I think I was heard. It gave me so much purpose to see people talking about these deeply personal and relevant issues all over the school — in the staff room, in the hallways, and in the classrooms. F o r s o m e o n e w h o f i n d s i t h a r d t o b e m i n d f u l , h a v e y o u a n y t i p s t h a t m a y w o r k ?
A R I A N E P O T V I N ‘ 1 5 Ariane Potvin came back to YHS recently and gave a presentation at Senior School assembly about her challenges with intense anxiety as a teenager. She shared advice on the tools that she uses in order to be more mindful, less critical, and actually enjoy her life as a university student. Pictured above are Ariane and her parents.
W h a t a r e y o u s t u d y i n g a t t h e U n i v e r s i t y o f C h i c a g o ? I'm majoring in Philosophy and minoring in French. W h y d i d y o u d e c i d e t o r e t u r n t o Y H S a n d g i v e y o u r p r e s e n t a t i o n ? Despite the fact that living has never been more materialistically easier, in the past thirty years, stress-related health problems and mental health disorders have skyrocketed. While we may live in a modern society where nearly everyone can afford a smartphone and can order groceries to their door at the push of a button, one could even argue that many of us are just as miserable now as we were back when we could die from a paper cut. Today, the Internet constantly informs us of how great everyone else’s lives are, blaring at us about all the ways in which we don’t measure up to what we “should” be. We are bombarded with messages that warn us daily about how failure to attain external badges of approval — such as a high salary or high grades — will prevent us from ever finding fulfillment or happiness. It’s a big step to acknowledge that the need for perfect success is a problem, and I’m really glad that the YHS community has made this step and is talking openly about how to take action.
The centre of mindfulness is rooted in dealing with the discomfort of “messing up.” For example, let’s say I’m taking a test and I’m trying to practise a more formal, meditative mindfulness in order to lessen some anxiety I feel about receiving a poor grade. I can take a few seconds and refocus my thoughts to contemplate my body’s internal senses — what do I hear, taste, feel, and/or smell? I then start to ground myself in my breath, breathing into my stomach as opposed to my chest, and I start to take note of certain tensions in my body, physical manifestations of my stress. The crux of mindfulness is not how smoothly one can practice without a single thought disrupting one’s focus. On the contrary, the essence of mindfulness lies in dealing with the inherent problems that inevitably arise when one tries to practise. The fact that my mind will wander when I try to stay focused on a breathing exercise is a given. I can only fully use and practise my skill of mindfulness once I run into wandering thoughts and gently bring my focus back to my breathing and my body’s internal senses. As I improve my skill of mindfulness, I develop a natural response to instinctively withhold judgement on thoughts that enter my mind. I then accept the thoughts and the way they make me feel, and I let them pass. Notice I don’t say, “I force them out.” Essentially, mindfulness relies on the existence of problems and uncomfortable thoughts that appear to get in the way of mindful practice. The best way to get better at the skill of mindfulness is through seeing these problems and disruptions as the building blocks of the skill itself. Yo u t a l k e d a b o u t y o u r a n x i e t y a s a c h i l d a n d t e e n a g e r a n d h o w y o u p r a c t i s e m i n d f u l e a t i n g a n d b e i n g m i n d f u l e v e r y d a y . C a n y o u e x p a n d m o r e o n t h a t ? Here is a list of practical, mindful things I do to take care of my well-being every day. Sometimes it’s really easy for me to feel stressed or sad about myself or my current situation. This can happen when I receive a grade that is less than satisfactory to me, when I feel stressed out about all the work I have to do, or when I don’t feel productive enough, etc.
1. G R AT I T U D E
I might refocus my thoughts to how grateful I am to have had a nice conversation with a classmate before class started. I could also think about how grateful I am to listen to an awesome song on my phone— Michael Jackson gives me life. I could practise feeling grateful for the super comfy armchair I’m sitting in. Why do I find this practise helpful? It’s helpful for me to stop this cycle of thinking — that I or something in my life isn’t “enough" — by concentrating on what is enough at the present moment. Practising gratitude means focusing on what I have instead of what I don’t have. It is a way of re-focusing my mind so I can continue to move forward even when parts of my life fall short of my expectations.
2. REFLECTING POSITIVIT Y ON OTHERS
I could redirect my focus again by turning all my attention to sending feelings of warmth and kind thoughts towards a person sitting at a random lunch table in the cafeteria. I don’t have to know this person well, or even at all in order to know certain things about them. As I sit there eating my lunch in the same room as them, I can think about certain facts that connect us: this person was born to parents and grew up with a family, they were influenced by their upbringing and their childhood shaped them in certain ways, and as a result, they have particular struggles, fears, worries, and a need to feel good enough, just as I do. Right now, as I am thinking about this person, I understand that they are in some way motivated by this deep desire to find joy and fulfillment. I want to find joy and fulfillment in my life too, and, like this person, I am facing challenges along the way. In seeing how we are connected, I can find compassion for this person and send thoughts of kindness towards them. Through this practice, I can change the way I experience my entire day.
3. M I N D F U L E AT I N G
I might take time while eating my breakfast to really focus on my connection to those who made my meal possible. Someone had to grow the food, someone had to harvest it, someone had to transport it to another facility where it could be packaged, someone had to package it, someone had to transport it to a store. As I concentrate on this process, I can also think about how grateful I am that these people involved in the production made this breakfast possible. I see how small I am in the larger scope of the world and this fact is very comforting to me. I am connected to something bigger than myself. I see that I don’t have to be everything, because I’m not everything. Is there anything else you would like to share with our community ? To any YHS students, staff, or parents, please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I may not be able to get back to you right away as it seems my school is in a perpetual state of midterm exam season, but I will definitely respond within a few weeks from the time that I receive an email. Please contact me for any questions or comments. It makes me really happy to share any tips or experiences of mine that may be helpful, and I also enjoy learning about new perspectives on the subject.
Ariane at the University of Chicago
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How long have you been at YHS? Since Kindergarten! So this is my 13th year... quite a crazy thought. What are your earliest memories of being a Yo r k i e ? One of my earliest memories was from Kindergarten when we were reconstructing the field and playground, and the youngest girl was chosen to “dig up” the field in order to start construction, and I was so upset for being born later in the year. Of course, I also remember my first teacher Ms. England, and how she always referred to us as “Sunshine”. What are you passionate about? Quite a few things actually. I’m extremely passionate about art, in fact I’m writing this on my way to a museum. I recently began to find my own “art style” and I love finding huge canvases, playing my favourite music in class, and just painting. I am also very passionate about the goings-on in our world and the political sphere Canada and the rest of the world has found itself in. In fact, that’s why I chose nonEurocentric news as my theme for our school assemblies.
What have you enjoyed most in your role as Head Girl? If I had to pick one thing it would be the opportunity to meet so many new girls on a personal level. This role allows me to reach out to people I haven’t had the chance to meet before and hear what they have to say. What does being a Head Girl mean to you? It means getting to work alongside the school and students in order to better our community for many years to come. Have you thought much about your f u t u r e p l a n s a f t e r Yo r k H o u s e ? Of course, it would be hard not to. I’m hoping to study Political Science and International Relations in either England or Scotland. I don’t have an idea as to what I’d like to do after my studies, but in the meantime I simply want to learn about the things I’m passionate about and see where it takes me.
F A L L 2 0 1 7 A L U M N A E G A L L E R Y E X H I B I T I O N TOPOGRAPHIES: RELATIONSHIPS WITH LANDSCAPE AND GEOGRAPHY This fall’s Alumnae Gallery exhibition, Topographies: Relationships with Landscape and Geography, features work by five alumnae artists: Ruth MacLaurin ‘60, Patricia (Symonds) Hindmarch-Watson ‘67, Sally Clark ‘71, Nicole Steinbrecher ‘06, and Brittne Potter ‘12. In these abstract and representational works, the artists explore inner and outer landscapes using a variety of media including oils, acrylics, graphite, ink, and collage. The exhibit was organized by former YHS Museum Curator and Archivist, Susannah Smith with assistance by Sarvenaz Armanat, Class of 1997. Sarvenaz is a visual artist, a museum educator at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Director of Gallery 1515 in the South Granville gallery district of Vancouver.
RUTH MACLAURIN '60
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After graduating from York House in 1960, Ruth obtained her bachelor’s degree in geography, her Diploma of Arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design, and her Master of Fine Arts from Washington State University. She went on to teach fine arts at Okanagan University College and UBC, and is an Associate Professor Emeritus of the Department of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC, Okanagan Campus. Ruth’s art practice centers around the histories and geographies of settlement patterns and maps, and draws on North American colonialism — political decisions where people are ghettoized, placed on reserves, or forced into long-term refugee camps. Each drawing is a journey that explores visual compositional tensions through the use of materials including stencils, polaroid photos, and photocopies, in addition to pencil, paint, and ink. Collaging and decollaging rupture the drawing surface, increasing textural possibilities and boundary demarcations.
PATRICIA (SYMONDS) HINDMARCH-WATSON '67 Pat came to York House in the middle of Grade 9 and, under the guidance of art teacher Mrs. Leeson, the painting studio became her second home. After YHS, Pat graduated from UBC with a Bachelors of Education and a double major in design and graphics, and went on to teach in Vancouver and Coquitlam. She has served as Chair of the BC Arts in Education Council and is currently involved in the Federation of Canadian Artists, the Victoria Sketch Club, and the Oak Bay Community Artists’ Society. In Victoria, Pat is represented by the Madrona Gallery. Pat’s work is deeply rooted in landscape and allows viewers to realize the emotive potential of the physical environment. She draws on the human instinct to see faces in the intricate geometry of nature, finding personalities and drama in the shadows, contours, and textures of stone.
SALLY CL ARK '71 Born in Vancouver, Sally Clark has been painting in oils since she was twelve years old. She studied painting at UBC with Toni Onley and finished her BFA at York University and the New School of Art in Toronto, where she lived for thirty years. She is also a novelist and an award-winning playwright. Sally has exhibited her paintings with the Granville Island Cultural Society, the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, the North Vancouver Arts Council, the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA), and many Toronto galleries. Her work received three Honourable Mentions and 2nd prize at the FCA 2016 Painting on the Edge exhibition, and one of her paintings was recently nominated as a finalist for the 2017 Kingston Prize, Canada’s Portrait Competition. Sally uses underpainting and overpainting to access the essence of her subjects and create the feeling one has when light suddenly hits a surface and there is a moment of illumination. She wants to engage the viewer in this sense of mystery and communicate a feeling of stillness: “This is how it feels to be here in this moment in time.”
NICOLE STEINBRECHER '06 Nicole Steinbrecher is a Vancouver-based artist and Registered Nurse. Her years at York House were mostly spent in the art room, where she developed her strong interest in visual art. Nicole graduated from UBC in 2011 with a BSc in Biology and a minor in Visual Art, and later returned to UBC for her nursing degree, which she completed in 2016. Nicole works in a variety of media to explore the idea of intersections between people and their environments. In her art practice, she questions this relationship through visual interpretations of passing moments, memory, form, and place. Her recent experiences canoe tripping in Temagami, Ontario were the inspiration for her painting in this exhibit, Moving on Water 1. The paintings she is currently working on reflect her experiences of Northern Ontario.
BRITTNE POTTER '12 Brittne’s love for art-making was sparked when she attended York House from grades 8 through 12. She recently graduated from Concordia University with a BFA in Studio Art, and has co-founded Centerfold Gallery, an art agency and gallery space located in Westmount, Montreal dedicated to supporting artists and the artists’ community across Canada. Since she was young, Brittne has been fascinated with organic shapes. In her work, she explores the relationship between organic material and interior landscapes within the human body. With diverse creative influences, including El Greco and Montreal artist Jason Botkin, Brittne is interested in creating atmospheres for viewers to enter and move about in freely. While her “organic tunnels” may be ambiguous, they possess an approachable, human-like quality that invites the viewer to embark on a personal exploration of what these wavering forms and their boundaries mean to them.
Topographies: Relationships with Landscape and Geography is showing in the Alumnae Gallery on the third floor of the Senior School until June 2018.
YEARS OF THE YHS UNIFORM The York House uniform has seen various evolutions since 1932 but perhaps none as significant as 2017 — the year that Senior Students have the option to wear dress pants instead of kilts. This year, as we celebrate our 85th anniversary, the exhibition case in the Alumnae Gallery features a curated closet with sartorial highlights from the YHS Archives. Here, you’ll see the (in)famous navy bloomers, the adorable green gingham Junior summer uniform, a pristine green beret from the 1970s, a selection of ties, and the hard-to-miss gold gym romper — aka, the pumpkin suit. After a recent student proposal to incorporate pants into the uniform, we can now celebrate their inclusion as a practical and symbolic change reflecting the school’s values of personal empowerment and equality. Make sure you drop by the gallery space on the third floor of the Senior School to enjoy a trip down memory lane, Yorkie-style! Highlights from 85 years of YHS Uniforms will be on display in the Alumnae Gallery exhibition case until June 2018.
C A R E E R-F O C U S E D NETWORKING EVENTS HIGHLIGHT YORKIE SISTERHOOD Y O R K I E S
York House School, in association with the YHS Alumnae Association, held two career-focused networking events in June; the inaugural Yorkies in Medicine and for the second year running, Yorkies in Law. Both events were resounding successes for the invaluable connections that were made and the sharing of professional and personal journeys.
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Twenty-four alumnae from the 1980s through to the Class of 2017 joined together for the "Yorkies in Medicine" event held at the Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club on June 7th, 2017. With a jam-packed agenda that included a discussion panel with four of our senior alumnae professionals, they were all eager to get started. The panelists were GP, Dr. Sandra Lee ’89; physiatrist, Dr. Gillian Simonett ‘93; plastic surgeon, Dr. Sheina Macadam ’94; hematopathologist, Kristine Roland ’93; and GP, Dr. Fiona Duncan ’91 kindly joined them. What followed was a very entertaining and informative discussion about becoming a medical professional in Vancouver. Informal networking followed and everyone had a chance to mingle and share stories.
Dr. Gillian Simonett, Class of 1993, is a physiatrist with a special interest in Spinal Cord Injury. She came to a career in medicine after exploring other interests including theatre and flying. Outside of work she enjoys being with her young family. She looks forward to meeting with current Yorkies to discuss choosing medicine as a career, the various paths to getting to this goal, and the importance of finding work-life balance and whatever topics would be of interest. Dr. Sandra Lee, Class of 1989, graduated from Wellesley College with an honours degree in psychology and then went to UBC Medical School and the Family Practice residency program. She is the past director of Career Counselling for UBC Medical School and is currently working at Health Canada in occupational medicine, BC Ministry of Health as Medical Consultant and is a founder of physician career website www.locums.ca.
Dr. Kristine Roland, Class of 1993, obtained her BSc in Life Sciences from Queen’s University and stayed in Kingston for another four years to complete her MD. She started her medical career as a Radiology resident in Calgary, but changed her mind to pursue Hematopathology back at Queen’s. After finishing residency in 2006, she completed one year fellowship training in Transfusion Medicine in Vancouver. Her first real job as a staff hematopathologist was in Winnipeg, and in 2008 she moved back to Vancouver to take up her current position as hematopathologist at VGH. In 2013, she was made Medical Director of Transfusion Medicine for VGH, and Regional Medical Lead for Transfusion Medicine. She is currently working on her Masters of Medical Education (Dundee).
Dr. Sheina Macadam, Class of 1994, is a Vancouver-based plastic surgeon with a focus on breast reconstruction after breast cancer. She has an appointment as a Clinical Associate Professor with the Division of Plastic Surgery at UBC and is active in both research and the clinical training of residents and fellows. She completed a Bachelor’s of Science degree at McGill University, and then went on to medical school and plastic surgery residency training at the University of British Columbia. She has completed a microsurgical breast reconstruction fellowship in Baltimore and a Masters of Health Science at the Harvard School of Public Health. Sheina attended York House from 1982 to 1994 and was active in sports and student council. She credits her early days at York House as providing her with the foundation necessary to pursue a challenging career that has brought her a great deal of satisfaction. She hopes to be able to share her experiences with the current York House students to give some perspective on the challenges of pursuing a career in the medical field.
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The "Yorkies in Law" networking event took place on June 28, 2017. We were very grateful to Talya Nemetz-Sinchein ‘05 for hosting the event at Singleton-Urquhart law firm, where she is an associate. Talya was also one of the panelists for the event, along with Shoshanah Webber ’90, and York House parent, Lisa Ridgedale. Topics like building your client base, and networking within your law firm were discussed, and attendees heard how all three speakers found their way to law.
Shoshanah Webber, Dentons LLP, Class of 1990, is a current parent at York House. Her daughter Alexandra is in SK. She now is a partner with Dentons and practices in the firm’s Banking and Finance, Insolvency and Corporate/Commercial groups. Shoshanah’s preferred areas of practice include corporate and commercial lending, including syndicated transactions, asset-based lending, cross-border transactions, real estate financing, acquisition and project financing, debtor-in-possession financing, and forbearance arrangements. Shoshanah represents domestic banks and foreign financial institutions as well as borrowers.
Talya Nemetz-Sinchein, Singleton Urquhart LLP, Class of 2005, obtained a BA in 2009 from Queen's University in Psychology and History. She then returned to Queen's, Faculty of Law, to complete her Juris Doctor in 2012. Prior to completing law school, Talya assisted with research on the legal developments involving adoption and reproductive technology in British Columbia and worked as a Review Officer Intern at WorkSafeBC, adjudicating requests for reviews relating to entitlement and compensation matters. She articled with Singleton-Urquhart in 2012 and joined the firm as an associate in May 2013. Talya has a broad civil litigation practice, with a focus on insurance defence, commercial disputes, and civil fraud. She has appeared before both the Provincial Court and Supreme Court of British Columbia and participated in multiple mediations and arbitrations. In her spare time Talya enjoys cooking, keeping active, and travelling with friends.
Lisa Ridgedale, Hakemi & Ridgedale LLP, is a York House parent with two daughters at YHS — Chlöe in Grade 7, and Olivia in Grade 5. She represents individuals and organizations facing business disputes or regulatory action, particularly in the area of securities law. Lisa was a former prosecutor with the British Columbia Ministry of the Attorney General in Vancouver, a senior enforcement counsel at the British Columbia Securities Commission, and is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences. She is a past president of the Vancouver Bar Association, and is currently an elected representative of the Canadian Bar Association's BC Branch. She is also a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization, and serves on the boards of several nonprofit and charitable organizations.
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In the coming months, we will be hosting "Yorkies in STEM" (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and "Yorkies in Finance/Business" events. If you know a Yorkie who would be willing to share their experience with fellow Yorkies in these areas, please contact Ita Kane-Wilson, Alumnae & Advancement Officer, at email@example.com.
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“The community and relationships that you develop as a student
are so enriching past graduation. This community of teachers, administrative staff, and former graduates can be a valuable source of support for the transition into and out of university and beyond.”
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“York House has an amazing legacy and a strong network across the globe.
From a professional perspective, many alums have received career advancement by reaching out to YHS. From a social context, connecting with alums in new cities can help create a sense of place. For myself, even though I no longer live in Vancouver, some of my closest friends are those I made at York House.”
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“Staying connected to York House has enriched my life in New
York, not just because it’s wonderful to stay in touch with school friends in this way, but also to have the opportunity to meet and support new alums who find themselves in NYC.”
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“It is important to remain connected to YHS because you
can stay in touch with your classmates, build networking opportunities for new friendships or professional relationships, and it’s a place you can get good honest advice from people who care about your well-being.”
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The York House School Alumnae Association has a worldwide network of Yorkies, with numerous chapters in major cities around the world.
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Alumnae Association Dockside Reception - June 14th, 2017
Recent Grads' Summer Party - July 6th, 2017
Alumnae Parents' Breakfast - February 22nd, 2017
Alumnae Day - Self-defense class with Dr. Emel Zerrouk '04, October 14th, 2017
Alumnae Day - Keynote with Dianne Whelan '83, October 14th, 2017
Alumnae Association Long Table Dinner - March 29th, 2017
Y O RK ROS E B AL L OCTOBER 28TH, 2017
Close to 550 people came together to celebrate York House School’s 85th Anniversary on October 28th for the 2017 York Rose Ball at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. In addition to funding an additional school bus, the money raised will be an invaluable contribution to future scholarships at the school. We are so grateful for the tremendous generosity of those who attended and the many volunteers from the Parents’ Association and the Alumnae Association who made the York Rose Ball possible and the York Rose Ball Committee, led by its two amazing convenors, Courtney (Smith) Cousineau ‘99 and Ishita (Kalia) Hayer ’98.
F O U N D E R S ' Celebrating
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York House students, staff, and members of the community gathered together on Friday, October 13 for our annual Founders’ Day assembly celebrating our 85th birthday. With this year’s theme of “exploration” in mind, Head Girl Saskia opened the assembly with these words: “Eighty five years ago, seven women believed that women’s education was a priority. At that time, this was certainly not the most popular of thoughts, let alone something many people actually acted on. Which is why it is so important for us to thank them, because without their bravery we wouldn’t be sitting here, all having received an amazing education. Their bravery allowed them to explore a very uncommon idea that we are enjoying the result of today. These women were explorers of their time.” Six Grade 4 students were invited up to say a few words on what exploration means to them. Dianne Whelan ‘83, the 2017-18 Alumnae Special Achiever and an explorer in her own right, provided this year’s formal address. Each year, the YHS Alumnae Association awards this honour to someone who has made a difference in her chosen field, in the lives of those around her, or for the greater good of the world community. Head Girl, Saskia Freybe ’18
Grade 4 students perform “The York House March”
Dianne, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and author, is travelling across Canada along the Trans Canada Trail, the world’s longest network of recreational trails, covering 24,000 km and 13 provinces and territories. Since July 2015, she’s hiked, biked, snowshoed, skied, and canoed “The Great Trail”, while she filmed her next adventure documentary, 500 Days in the Wild. Reflecting on her journey so far, Dianne shared advice for young and old Yorkies alike. She described witnessing a storm while backpacking. “On the surface it looks like every tree stands alone, but underneath the ground, every single tree is connected with its roots to each other. And that’s why in a big storm, despite the branches blowing all over the place, none of them fall down. Underneath they support one another. We are that forest. All of us here today, we are all connected through this experience of this all-girls’ school — you are never alone. York House is still a deep root in my tree. Beneath the surface, we are all connected and that’s what makes us so much stronger.” 2017 Special Achiever, Dianne Whelan ‘83
Board Chair, Neil Menzies & Kira Tofesky '17
Kate Tsiandoulas '18 & Sherry (Robson) Taylor '73
Founders’ Day is also a particularly special day for our Grade 12 students who are officially welcomed into the YHS Alumnae Association. As per tradition, alumnae mothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, and fathers (YHS had boys at one time) are invited to present their graduating Yorkie with their alumnae pin. After 10 years of service at York House, staff members become Honorary Alumnae. This year, alumnae pins were presented to Teacher-Librarian Philip Coates,
Gabi Sipsas '18 & Kathy Tsakumis-Sipsas '90
French Teacher Eileen Jensen, and Social Studies Teacher Chris Cropley. Kira Tosefsky ‘17 was also presented with the Governor General’s Award for 2016-17, which is awarded to the student graduating with the highest grade point average. She is currently studying Science at UBC. Alumnae from our chapters around the world also shared birthday video messages, and our local alumnae continued the birthday celebrations at our Golden Alumnae Luncheon following the assembly.
GOLDEN ALUMNAE LUNCHEON 2017 The Class of 1967 celebrating their 50th reunion. Front row (left to right): Trudy Leishman, Shirley (Legge) Mathiesen, Nora (Mitchell) Newlands, and Lisa Binnie. Middle row (left to right): Susan (Rathie) Schouten, Pat (Symonds) Hindmarch-Watson, Nancy Gibson, Suzanne (Edwards) Patchell, Wynn Woodward, Jane (McIntosh) Frost, Sharon (Boyle) Gove, Janey (Cooke) Kippan, Joanne (Gilbert) McCutcheon, and Kathie (Whittaker) Schwaia. Back row (left to right): Bey McGougan, Sheila (McDonald) Rogers, Janet Armstrong, Sandra (Doyle) Bradshaw, and Sue (Marshall) Kaffka.
On Founders’ Day, October 13, 2017, alumnae from 1942 to 1967 were welcomed back to school by members of the student executive as they arrived to join staff and students for the celebration of the school’s 85th birthday. After the Founders' Day assembly, there was much to share about the morning’s festivities at the Golden Alumnae Luncheon. “It was fantastic,” commented an alumna from out of town. “Everyone at the school was so welcoming right from the wonderful smile from the prefects who opened the door. It was fun to be at the 85th birthday assembly and to see the family alumnae present grad pins. The Grade 4s were terrific with their singing of the school march and their speeches about exploration.” Another remarked, “It was all impressive — the ceremony, the singing of the school song and general memories about an entire school being together, many of whom sat crosslegged on the floor!”
Barbara (Lawson) Lecky ’58 with granddaughter, Julia '25
Following the excitement of the morning, the senior choral ensemble, Ragazza, set a calm tone for a memorable luncheon with their melodious rendition of Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies”. We also introduced the first screening of the YHS 85th Anniversary Video featuring alumnae through the decades. Each alumna shared their most meaningful experiences from their time at school including words of wisdom for Yorkies today.
Left to right: Julie (Samis) Parker ’66, Carol (Baillie) Cromie ’66, Hilary Johnston ’66, Heather (Wallace) Webb ’66, Sheryl (McRae) Dickson ’61, Barbara Flack ’61, Linda (Laing) Billingsley ’61, Stevie (Bryson) Mitchell ’61, Winkie (Bucholtz) Steele ’61, and Vicki (Frost) Vogrin ’61.
Left to right: Susan (Yuill) Gifford ’59, Judy (Burnell) McGladdery ’59, Barbara (Lawson) Lecky ’58, Priscilla Clark, Associate Director Alumnae Relations; Mary Raikes-Tindle, Margaret (Shepard) Walwyn ’55, Mary Jean (Cooke) Otway-Ruthven ’59, and Valerie (Clark) Roddick ‘59.
Kimberley Harvey, Director of Senior School, with daughter, Kyla '28
Grace was said by class rep, Nora (Mitchell) Newlands ’67, using the wellremembered words of founding Head of School, Mrs. Clarke, “For what we are about to receive may the Lord make us truly thankful.” Spirited conversations continued over lunch as though no time had gone by since school days. “It was quite something that after 50 years, we could reconnect so quickly and enjoy each other’s company,” mused an alumna from the class of 1967. Another felt similarly, “It didn’t feel like 50 years could possibly have passed since leaving. Oh, to be 16 again and have a couple of years in this new facility with its incredible energy and warmth.” Glasses were raised in honour of 50th through 65th reunions and there was much catching up between classmates and friends both old and new. There was also the chance to meet some of the youngest students in the school when Junior students brought Yorkie green and gold chocolates to each table. What a wonderful surprise when a young Yorkie discovered her alumna grandmother at the luncheon! The day ended with a fun tour of the Senior School and the museum led by Gillian (White) Smith ’81, Parents' Association President with Susannah Smith, former YHS Museum Curator and Archivist. Many expressed amazement at the design of the building and what they saw — photos from their days at the school, uniforms from the early years, and the discovery of the names of their whole class etched in the stairway glass. Following the tour, alumnae left to continue their reunion celebrations late into the evening. Some were so inspired and energized by this year’s Alumnae Special Achiever, Dianne Whelan’s warmth and courage in her assembly presentation about her Trans Canada journey that they planned to return early the next morning to hear more on Alumnae Day!
Stephanie (Southam) Carlson ’62 with granddaughter, Lucy '28
Junior School students bringing Yorkie chocolates to the golden alumnae
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Following the class reunion at the Golden Alumnae Luncheon on October 13th, 2017, Mary (Hudson) Butterfield '57 reported, “How wonderful it was to see everyone at the YHS reunion. It was a marvelous day and it reinforced for me that is doesn’t matter how long between our visits, when we have them it’s like we are all kids — oops — young women— again, all enjoying each other’s company to the fullest! Thanks to our class rep, Jill (Rogers) Purdy, for making sure we all got there and keeping up the connection with the school.
We are lucky to have the memories we have and to enjoy the close bond that emerges each time we meet. Celebrations continued with drinks at Jill’s and a fun dinner at Oddfish. We are already looking forward to the next big one. Onward and upward!” Left to right: Mary (Hudson) Butterfield, Brenda (Merrett) O’Keefe, Maureen (O’Brien) Bryce, Susannah Smith, former YHS Archivist; Kimberley Harvey, Director of Senior School; Betty (Jacobsen) McGrath, Susan (Foster) O’Bryan, Lynn (Palmer) Eyton, and Jill (Rogers) Purdy.
Members of the class of 1962 reunited at the Golden Alumnae Luncheon on October 13th, 2017. Pamela Patterson '62 reported, “Our 55th reunion was lots of FUN! Memories are very interesting, as some of us had forgotten some, but remembered others. These memories were usually about all the naughty things we had done. Luckily, two YHS teachers from the Junior School were put at our table to supervise us!” Left to right: Jenn Skelding, former Assistant Director of Junior School; Diana (White) Hume ’62, Deborah (Clark) Cooper, Shelley Lammie, Director of Junior School; Stephanie (Southam) Carlson, Denny (Frost) Lang, Cheryl (MacFarlane) Herman, Judy (Coyle) Killam, Susila Bryant, and Pamela Patterson.
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Class rep, Nora (Mitchell) Newlands ’67, reported, “What a wonderful Founders’ Day it was! We enjoyed the entire day— the Founders’ Day assembly, the Golden Luncheon and the Senior School tour. Then on to dinner and a great opportunity to reconnect with everyone. We talked, laughed, hugged, and caught up with each other’s lives. There is nothing like a community of women who have a shared past. It was truly special, and I feel honoured that many from the class were able to attend. We missed all of those who couldn’t attend and wished they were there. Thanks to those who travelled from afar: Bey from St. Catherine's, Julie from Comox, Pat and Joanne from Victoria, Wynn from Carmel, and Janey, Sandra, and Lisa from Kelowna. We thought about classmates who had passed away: Rosy (Lecky) Wallace and
Steph (Tysoe) Rogers. We decided that we’d keep an email chain going, passing on news from time to time. We decided not to leave it so long before we meet again — five years! It was quite something that after 50 years, we could reconnect so quickly and enjoy each other’s company so much!” Front row (left to right): Jane (McIntosh) Frost, Kathie (Whitaker) Schwaia, Suzanne (Edwards) Patchell, Janey (Cooke) Kippan, Nora (Mitchell) Newlands. Second row (left to right): Mary Ann (Harkness) Flack, Patricia (Symonds) Hindmarch-Watson, Lisa Binnie, Rosemary (Paige) Plummer, Nancy Gibson, and Trudy Leishman. Back row (left to right): Sheila (McDonald) Rogers, Julie (Glanville) Waller, Sandra (Doyle) Bradshaw, Sue (Marshall) Kaffka, Bey McGougan, Sharon (Boyle) Gove, Susan (Rathie) Schouten, Wynn Woodward, and Joanne (Gilbert) McCutcheon.
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Class rep, Barbara (Bentley) Hislop ’72, reported, “The graduating class of 1972 held a dinner reunion at Robyn Woodward’s house on October 21st, 2017, where we were greeted with musical hits from 1972. Sixteen of us attended and shared stories of the good old days at York House and the diverse paths we have all taken since graduation. After our dinner, we watched the YHS alumnae video, which produced many chuckles, especially as the older alums shared their memories — Mrs. Clarke was the headmistress for her final year when we were in kindergarten. Like our past reunions, it was so wonderful and fun catching up with our school mates. On this occasion, we also remembered how visionary the founders of the school were." Back row (left to right): Susan Gemeinhardt, Mary (Nairn) Kersey, Alison (Whyte) Wigton, Lailey Wallace, Marilyn (Johnstone) Nairne, Sheollagh Fitzgerald, Pam Whittall, Sally Anne DuMoulin, and Sally Quinn. Front row (left to right): Lucy (Nam) Wong, Leslie Cliff, Barbara (Bentley) Hislop, Robyn Woodward, and Sandy Sengara.
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Class rep, Sherry (Robson) Taylor ’73, reported, "In midSeptember, several members of the class of 1973 headed up to Penticton for a wine tour. The reunion was graciously hosted by Patti Dunbar and her husband, Craig. This impromptu reunion was just what the doctor ordered! We had many laughs recounting memories from our time at YHS. We never realized what a hard time we gave our teachers! These friendships seem to last a lifetime — how lucky we all are to have that! Thank you, York House!” Left to right: Barbara (Daniels) Nichols, Elspeth (Creighton) Delaney, Christina (Clarke) Dewar, Sherry (Robson) Taylor, Patti (Carmichael) Dunbar, Jamie (Stimpson) Gillies, and Rosemary (McConnell) Cunningham.
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On May 27th, 2017, members of the class of 1987 gathered together to celebrate their 30th reunion. Class reps, Anitha (Gondi) Vasireddi and Lisa (Granger) Cunliffe, reported, “The evening began with a reception at the Telus Garden Rooftop followed by dinner at Global restaurant. We could not have asked for a more spectacular venue to host our memorable reunion. It was as if time had stood still for everyone as they shared memories, laughs, and stories about each other’s families, lives, and work. We were all happy that a few of our out of town Yorkies made a great effort to attend our reunion including Michelle (Seattle), Maria (Ontario), Vanessa (Victoria), Suzanne (Kelowna), Rande (Ontario), and Mandy (Houston). A special thanks to our wonderful teachers who were able to make it for this event. It was delightful to see their enthusiasm and interest towards all of us remains the same even after 30
years!” Mr. Doan commented, “It was great to see all of you and hear about what you’ve done in the 30 years after YHS. We teachers meet you when you’re just a few steps along on your life’s path and it is a special treat to reconnect with you and see what you’ve accomplished as you’ve moved more steps down that road. What a great and impressive group of women you are. Congratulations to the class reps for staging the event and my sincerest thanks for being included. It was great fun!” Back row (left to right): Diane Wells, Jill Schnarr, Claire Rushton, Kit Doan, Chris Robertson, Lisa (Granger) Cunliffe, Susie (Munns) Britnell, Karen Black, Tammy (Lipetz) Horvath, Lynne Massel, Heather Rivers, Suzanne Harrington, Dorothy Huang, and Suzanne Saatchi. Front row (left to right): Jennifer Gargon, Vanessa Bernstein, Anitha (Gondi) Vasireddi, Maria Lahiffe, Randé Hilliard, and Tinker Allester.
The Class of 1992 gathered for an early evening dinner at Mahony & Sons in Stamps Landing. A great sense of camaraderie filled the space as they celebrated 25 years. Tannis (McLean) Rowe coordinated the reunion and the class was thrilled to be together. Alex McIntyre had started her reunion celebrations a little earlier in the week with a visit to York House. She enjoyed a tour of the Museum & Archives and Senior School building. Head Girl Monica Hodgson was out from Toronto for the reunion; Daniela Leamer was visiting from San Francisco, Tara Christie from the Yukon, and Shauna (Lee-Young) Harper from Prince George. Other alumnae came from all over the Lower Mainland. Back row (left to right): Monica Hodgson, Sarah Hoye, and Heather (Leach) Sage. Middle row (left to right): Alexandra McIntyre, Shauna (Lee-Young) Harper, Briony Carros, Tannis (Maclean) Rowe, Shlrley Quinn, and Sophie (Aerts) Zimmermann.
Front row (left to right): Kim (Taylor) Morgan, Melissa Chiu, Tara Christie, Kylie (McDowell) Johnson, and Danielle (Laponce) Burkett.
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The Class of 1997 returned to York House on July 22nd, 2017, for their 20th reunion. The first of a number of reunion events for their 20th, 14 alumnae, along with partners and children, joined us for an afternoon of nostalgia and memories. Meghan Fell was the first to arrive and was thrilled to find her name on the panels. Mrs. Wendy Stuart, Senior School Music Teacher from 1980 to 1994, joined her daughter Jessica and in a special moment, played the school song, “Onward and Upward”, on piano with everyone joining in. Jessica is now based in Toronto but was happy to get back to YHS for a visit and to bring her mom as her plus one. Wendy was very impressed with the new building and enjoyed touring the Music Room and the Museum & Archives. Phyllis Ho Bordeville was visiting from London, UK, and along with Nicole Lee Son, checked out their bricks outside the cafeteria to make sure they were still there! Phyllis is doing a Masters in Drama in London and was pleased to hear about
the active alumnae chapter there. Emily Glass was visiting from Seattle where she now lives with her partner and her young toddler. Emily is helping establish the Seattle Alumnae Chapter and we’re very thankful to her. Allison Hepworth also attended. Allison talked about how she lived close to one of the school’s founders, Mrs. Mitchell. A small world! Sarvenaz Amanat joined the tour along with her cousin, Sheila (Rassekh) Snyder, and Sheila’s family. Katie Higgins, Marissa Ball, Lindsay MacMahon and her family attended, and a big thank you to Audrey Hui who coordinated the get-together. Back row (left to right): Louise Chen, Phyllis Ho Bordeville, Emily Glass, Marissa (Schouten) Ball, Meghan Fell, Lindsey McMahon, Aneeta Kassam, Sheila (Rassekh) Snyder, and Allison Hepworth. Front row (left to right): Jessica Stuart, Mrs. Stuart, Katie Higgins, Audrey Hui, Nicole Lee Son, and Sarvenaz Amanat.
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The Class of 2007 had their 10-year reunion over the winter holiday at Vancouver Urban Winery, where 25 Yorkies attended and had a fantastic time catching up. Class rep, Karen Tsang, commented, “It was fascinating to learn about all the diverse professions and directions each individual has taken, which has effectively dispersed our small class across North America, as well as Europe, the UK, and the Middle-East. Perusing through old yearbooks and photos together definitely reminded us of what a tight-knit class we were — many of us having known each other since our early elementary school days — and the importance of staying in touch.” There was also a special appearance of the grade 6E time capsule video, where each student addressed their future selves upon what felt like a huge milestone at the time — graduating from the Junior School.
The class also had a guestbook to fill with messages and Polaroids taken from the night, which they plan to continue to revisit and collect at future reunions. Bottom row (left to right): Brittany Cameron, Karen Tsang, Courtney Chew, Taline Arslanyan, Jacqueline Mullen, Rebecca Courtemanche, Brianne Overton, Jane Ji, Sarah Marshall, and Inika Wong. Middle row (left to right): Emily Joy, Lauren Edgar, Danielle Thien, Charlotte Munk, Stephanie Scott, Rena Kawabata, and Lorian Leong. Top row (left to right): Eleni Balomenos, Teagin Udow, Gillian (Teal) Segal, Allison (McFadden-Berean) Cinats, Meriel Gibson, Sarah Bouwman, Pamela Card, and Saba Marzara.
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YHS Legacy Society members at the unveiling of the updated Legacy Society plaque by Society founder, Barbara (Sanderson) Armstrong ’55 and past Alumnae Association President, Lisa (Greczmiel) Roberts ’82.
In York House School’s 85th year, we are thrilled to share that our YHS Legacy Society is now over 85 members strong, including YHS Board members, Foundation trustees, alumnae, staff, current parents, and friends. The society was founded by Barbara (Sanderson) Armstrong ‘55 in 1999 to recognize donors who have made a bequest in their will or other planned gift to the YHS Foundation in support of student scholarships and the school’s future. The YHS Endowment Fund was established four decades ago and thanks to the dedication of Foundation trustees, and the generosity of our Legacy Society members and donors, the fund continues to grow. This year, nineteen students, who otherwise would not experience a YHS education, are recipients of either full or partial scholarships. Society members receive the new gold YHS Legacy Society pin with the York Rose emblem in recognition of their support. For more information about the Society, call the Alumnae Office at 604-730-2414.
THE 2017-18 ANNUAL FUND CAMPAIGN E V E R Y FA M I LY, E V E R Y Y E A R Each year, parents, staff, and alumnae share their support for the school and enhancing girls’ education by contributing to the Annual Fund campaign. The generosity of our community raised $1M last year, which helped us to provide transformative learning opportunities for students and teachers alike. Our new STEAM lab in the Junior School, sports equipment for our athletics teams, and scholarship opportunities for new students were all made possible because of generous support from alumnae like you. Please consider making a gift this year to the Annual Fund so that we can continue to provide the best opportunities for our girls. Giving is easy! You can go to www.yorkhouse.ca/donate to make a secure online gift or make a gift over the phone by calling the Alumnae Office at 604-736-6551.
L ANA GUSTAVSON ALUMNAE & ADVANCEMENT MANAGER
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Lana Gustavson, York House School’s long serving Advancement & Alumnae Manager, came to York House 23 years ago for an interview with Jandi (Douglas) Fraser ’65, who was Director of Development at that time. When Laura Edwards ‘74 became Development Director at York House, Lana’s role shifted dramatically and she quickly learned the newly introduced fundraising database, Raiser’s Edge. Laura notes: “Lana deserves accolades for the relationships she built, her great attention to detail on complicated and time-consuming projects, and especially for her major role in supporting the Alumnae & Advancement team.”
Many members of the York House community, who had worked with Lana over the past two decades, attended the retirement celebration on June 29, 2017. Lana thanked all and shared a few thoughts about her retirement: "I looked up the definition of retirement on the web and the Cambridge English Dictionary has this to say, 'The act of leaving your job and stopping working, usually because you are old.' OK… I don’t consider myself old, but I do want you to know what I will be looking forward to:
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Not having the alarm go off at 5:00 am weekday mornings Spending more time on the golf course Travelling with Greg to places on my bucket list Spending quality time with family and friends Doing volunteer work Getting that dog that I've always wanted Looking forward to many excellent adventures to come!
I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to leave my small footprint in this place called York House but to rephrase the school song, ‘The time has come for me to part and leave these walls, but not with a saddened heart. I shall go out with head held high and a BIG SMILE!” After Lana’s many years at the school and as the recipient of the McMillan-Edwards Distinguished Award for Advancement Support Staff in January 30, 2015, Lana’s footprints have provided solid stepping stones for the ongoing work of the Advancement team. Her presence will be greatly missed, not only for her dedication and collegiality, but for her smile, travel stories, almost contagious passion for golf, fitness, and great wine. Here’s to you Lana for a job well done and to happy years ahead! Stay in touch because as an honorary alumna, you will always be a Yorkie! Lana Gustavson with Jandi (Douglas) Fraser ’65
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N O T E S DR. ROBIN MANSELL '69
Robin, our 2016 Alumnae Day keynote speaker and YHS Alumnae Special Achiever, was presented with a Distinguished Contribution Award at the IAMCR (International Association of Media and Communication Research) during the opening session of the IAMCR 2017 conference in Cartagena, Colombia. Robin is Professor of New Media and the Internet in the Department of Media and Communication at the London School of Economics.
SALLY CL ARK '71
Sally is one of 30 finalists for the Kingston Prize. The Kingston Prize is a Canada-wide competition and exhibition tour for Canadian portrait painting. The competition is held every two years, and Sally’s painting, “Portrait of my mother”, made it to the finals. The co-founders and organizers of the competition, Kaaren and Julian Brown, had a “30 Days Hath September” showing. Each day of September featured the work of one of the finalists on their website.
DEBORAH (ECKMAN) MORTON '81 & N I C O L E ' C O C O ' M O R T O N '1 4 Deborah and CoCo came to York House to participate in the making of the YHS 85th Anniversary video. While at the school, they had a chance to view the 1930s exhibit featuring their aunt Corinth (Eckman) Carson’s blazer in the Museum & Archives display case. Corinth was in the first graduating class in 1935. Deb is currently working part time as office manager at Immaculate Conception School in Vancouver. She finds lots of time for travel and is hoping to meet up with CoCo, possibly in Portugal, after she finishes exams in April.
After completing a marketing internship with UBC Properties Trust this summer, CoCo returned to Queen’s University to finish her fourth and final year at the Smith School of Business. “This year, I am also serving as the co-chair for Girls Inc. at Queen’s, which is an executive team that aims to support the local Kingston chapter of the national foundation. We primarily organize fundraising events on campus, as well as work with the local chapter to plan events for young girls in the community. After graduation, I am planning on travelling before returning to Vancouver to work in marketing.”
JULIE SCHUECK '82
Julie Schueck ’82 wrote to say how a chance encounter has rekindled an old YHS friendship. In September, Julie’s daughter started her first year of veterinary medicine in Saskatoon when they met Rita Edwards ’82. “This is a photo of me on the right with my daughter Miranda MacDonald ’14, Rita on the left with her daughter Chloe as the two young women celebrated a White Coat Ceremony where they received their lab coats, a stethoscope, and took the veterinarian's oath. It was a lovely occasion! And what proud mothers we are!”
SARA LEACH '89
Sara continues to live in Whistler with her husband Duane, and their two teenage children. She works as a teacher-librarian and children’s book author. Her seventh book for young readers was recently released. Slug Days chronicles the ups and downs of life for a girl with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and was inspired by her experiences working with children with ASD in her classroom. Some of her other books include Jake Reynolds: Against the Tide, Count Me In, winner of the Red Cedar Book Award, and Mountain Machines.
ALEXANDRA MCINTYRE '92
Alexandra McIntyre, from the Class of 1992, came back to visit York House during the summer and had a tour of the YHS Museum & Archives. Alex teaches IB History and Humanities at Mulgrave School in West Vancouver, and she also recently earned her Master’s in Curriculum and Pedagogy with a focus on Social Studies education from UBC.
SHIRIN FOROUTAN '94
Shirin is now the Chief Operating Officer at MPC Film. The company is based in London, Vancouver, Montreal, LA, and Bangalore. They are one of the world’s largest producers of visual effects and they created films such as Jungle Book, Life of Pi, Alien, Wonder Woman, to name a few. While she's only been in the role for a short time, Shirin says that, so far, it's really intense, but very exciting! Congrats, Shirin!
ERIN SMITH '06
Erin is thrilled to be back in Vancouver, after 11 years abroad. Erin completed a six year undergraduate medical degree at University College Dublin, Ireland, in 2012. She obtained a highly coveted residency position in general adult psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and stayed for an additional one year fellowship in addiction psychiatry. She has joined the staff at BC Women's and Children's Hospital as a consulting psychiatrist and works in the outpatient setting with pregnant and postpartum women, as well as youth and young adults with addictions. "To York House, my family, and closest friends (also from the Class of '06) — thank you for my roots and wings."
Dr. Emel Zerrouk '04 and her husband welcomed little Bilal into the world in July here in Vancouver. Congratulations Emel!
Emily Canavan ‘06 recently married Clark Parker in a ceremony on Bowen Island. Her bridal party included Prathna Batra, Kaitlyn Smith, Sephra Smith, Kara Westlake, Nathalie Poznanski, Erin Smith, and Shiva Majidi — all from the Class of 2006.
Aeryn Rose — granddaughter of Lisa (Greczmiel) Roberts ‘82, Alumnae Association past President and current parent — was born in Richmond. What a picture of cuteness!
Natasha Ratanshi '09 recently married Joseph Stein in Vancouver at the Museum of Anthropology after an Indian Sangeet at the Hellenic Centre. It was a mixed Muslim (Ismaili) and Jewish ceremony at the MoA. They live in London, UK.
REMEMBERING NORMAN L AWRENCE LEACH
Norman Leach passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on June 4, 2017. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 49 years, Johanne, daughters Sara Leach ’89, Heather (Leach) Sage ’92, and families. Norm served on the YHS Board of Governors from 1985 to 1992, and was past Chairman of the Board from 1990 to 1992. He will be well remembered by many in the York House community.
WILLIAM SPENCER ARMSTRONG Barbara (Sanderson) Armstrong ‘55 lost her husband William (Bill) Armstrong, who passed away peacefully on September 20, 2017. St. Mary’s Anglican Church (Kerrisdale) was filled with YHS alumnae and community members for his memorial service on October 23, 2017. All were invited to choose a jigsaw puzzle on permanent loan from the puzzle library of William Armstrong and to smile and think of Bill when it’s completed.
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