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2 | Letter from the Head of School
3 | The New Look
4 | 21st Century Classrooms
6 | Redefining a Rigor
8 | The St. George’s Story
11 | Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Alumni Feature
13 | Inspired – Alumni Feature
15 | Celebration of Life
16 | Letter to Alumni
17 | Message from Lee Haberkorn ('02)
18 | Upcoming Events
19 | Power of a Teacher
21 | Remembering Gilbert Plaw
22 | End of an Era
23 | Getting Back Together
27 | Alumni …Today
37 | Former Faculty & Staff
38 | Today's Faculty & Staff
39 | Recently Retired
42 | New Around the School
48 | Board of Directors & Leadership Team
49 | Planned Giving: A Lasting Legacy
50 | Alumni Executive Committee
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Since setting foot on campus nearly two years ago, I have been continually moved by the strong sense of community that permeates all aspects of school life at St. George’s. Inspired by this singular school spirit, this year’s strategic direction was framed within the theme of “Connect and Create”. As part of our renewed focus on community engagement, I am pleased to address you in this inaugural digital edition of Dragonlink. As you scroll through the pages, you will learn about a number of exciting initiatives through interactive videos, vivid photos, and compelling stories written by some of our very own St. George’s Community members.
Further building upon the “Connect and Create” theme, our Marketing Committee organized the first St. George’s Community Café in October. This landmark event brought together students, current and former parents, alumni, faculty, and staff to share stories about how St. George’s has had a profound impact on their lives. The Community Café served the dual-purpose of articulating just how much St. George’s means to the students and families that it serves, and assisting with the development of our new school brand and vision to share with the world.
Finally, we have made great strides in the development of the High School Master Campus Plan. Dramatic renovations to the main entrance of the High School (p.3) and the outfitting of classrooms with Steelcase furniture (p.5) are only two examples of our commitment to providing the
St. George’s Community with a physical environment befitting of our high standards and immense pride.
While St. George’s is recognized for its academic excellence, I sincerely believe that it is the involvement of our dedicated Community that has been the source of its longevity and significance. Thank you for your invaluable input. I look forward to engaging with you further in the coming school year.
Head of School
Donations from the 6th Grade Graduating Class of 2015 provided new physical education equipment for the Elementary School this year – just in time for the new games and programs introduced by Joey Feith and Alexandra Wells.
Families of the High School Graduating Classes of 2015 and 2016 will combine their Grad Gifts to the school to provide fitness equipment for our new Fitness Centre. This equipment will contribute to advancing one of our Founding Principles that “Health Must Come First” at St. George’s.
Thank you to all of our generous families for supporting our Parent Grad Gift Campaign!
The main entrance to St. George’s High School now lives up to the high quality of the learning that happens just down the hall. Smooth white walls replace cinder blocks in the front lobby and designed wood panels deliver light, style and warmth along the ceiling of the main hallway.
As you walk down the hall, room names are identified with laser-cut lettering in matching panels and the entire design is anchored by new reception desks featuring laser carvings of the school name in the front lobby and the administration office.
Renovations were made over the summer based on designs created by Stephane Pratte at atelier in situ of Montreal. George Kfouri, father of Mathew (’15) and Jamie (‘20), is
St. George’s Board Chair of Buildings and Grounds and worked with our Director of Finance, Marc Balas, to supervise the project to completion in time for Open House! This design sets the palette for further renovations in the coming years.
The next phase of renovations will take place this summer and fall as the High School’s lower level will be cleared of its lockers, opened up by the removal of select walls, and dug deeper by almost two feet at its centre to make room for the construction of an exciting modern fitness area. This new addition is the next phase in our Legacy 21 Campaign which will realise our vision for the future. Sharon Klein, Head of School describes it as, “creating an extraordinary vision which will transform our high school campus allowing us to create dynamic and flexible student spaces that will enhance our progressive teaching and promote overall wellness.”
Watch for more about our Legacy 21 Campaign and its enhancements to our school in our next edition of Dragonlink.
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High School Shows
Off the New Look
of Things to Come
Parent Grad Gifts Provide
Fitness Centre Equipment
Click on image above to see more photos
21st Century Classrooms in Action
"Research has revealed that children learn best in environments that are social and allow them to share ideas."
Long gone are the rows of immobile desks facing the teacher at the front of the class. Today’s modern classrooms are bustling with energy thanks to educational furniture that promotes collaboration and movement. Today, any classroom experience may require a different setting: all desks in a circle, desks in workgroups of 3, or teacher at the open end of students in a semi-circle. All this is possible at St. George’s with new classroom furniture, including desks with wheels and adjustable height to allow movement adapted to each student.
Modern furniture designed by Steelcase incorporates the latest research in learning and teaching methods. The new furniture pieces include independent rolling desks and chairs, rolling tables seating up to four students and white boards that can move from lap to desk to wall, allowing students to present in small or large groups. These pieces are now in action in the elementary 6th Grade classroom and in the Math classroom at the high school.
"Research has revealed that children learn best in environments that are social and allow them to share ideas," says Nathalie Bossé, Assistant Head, Curriculum and Centre for Learning Enrichment (CLE). "These environments also allow the body to be comfortable and to move freely. With this furniture, the space becomes part of the learning experience," she concludes.
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Press play on the videos to learn more about
the 21st century classroom environment at St. George's featuring Mme. Bossé and showing
St. George's new classroom furniture in action.
the 21st Century Approach
Just as parents want their children to learn, succeed, and be happy, they similarly value a rigorous education. Yet, ideas about what constitutes a rigorous education have evolved; schools must adapt in order to prepare students who are ready to lead in the future.
Rigor typically means lots of homework, long lists of facts to memorize, frequent, high-stakes tests and lengthy lectures from the teacher. This concept emerged at the turn of the 20th century as schools worked to prepare students for the industrial era. To be rigorous, schools needed to prepare students to enter factories, manage small businesses and work on farms. Thus, forms of learning which privileged repetition, memorization and procedural knowledge became the hallmarks of the 20th century school.
In the 21st century, we aim to prepare students for a post-industrial world in which young people will need to generate novel solutions to old problems, work collaboratively and flexibly to solve problems, and innovate in technology-rich environments.
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In an academically rigorous school, learning comes from solving meaningful, real-world problems that are of high interest to students. Consider, for example, the Napa New Tech High School, in Northern California, where students implemented a series of conservation methods they themselves devised in order to save the school thousands of dollars in utility costs, and move the school towards greater sustainability.
Here at St. George’s, senior students research a world issue that they deeply care about then develop and complete an independent project with a community organization to advocate or work in relief of this social, human or environmental situation.
Across all problem-solving projects, it is important that children be deeply involved in defining the problem, generating possible solution paths, evaluating the options and implementing the chosen approach; plus, they need to evaluate both their product and their processes. In short, rigorous schools prepare children for innovation by allowing them to practice solving real problems while juggling the social and emotional complexities of working in groups.
By Sharon Klein, Head of School, St. George’s School of Montreal
THIS ARTICLE ORIGINALLY APPEARED IN WESTMOUNT NEIGHBORS MAGAZINE.
ST. GEORGE’S PROVIDES REGULAR INSTALLATIONS AS EDUCATATION CONTRIBUTOR.
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Secondly, in an academically rigorous school, “learning comes from collaborating with diverse groups of students who work together to achieve products that are larger than the sums of the parts,” says Nathalie Bossé, Assistant Head, Curriculum and CLE. “Students need to learn the art of effective communication by engaging in complex conversations with the adults and peers around them,” Bossé concludes.
Schools can no longer expect that students will be successful in the future if they simply memorize facts and ace straightforward tests. Schools now need to teach children how to interpret ambiguous problems, chart possible solutions in fields of uncertainty, develop the cognitive-emotional capacity to be resilient in complex social situations, and not only use technology, but code and create it.
The new academic rigor is not only more challenging and meaningful, as today’s students will tell you, it’s also a lot more fun.
If you want to discover the positivity, ingenuity and passion that members of one community can create, bring them together and focus their minds and hearts on one thing. This became abundantly clear at our St. George’s Community Café.
St. George's invited students, alumni, current and past parents, staff, and faculty to share their stories of what makes St. George’s such an endearing and valuable part of their lives. What we learned most was that sharing your own story can be exciting, but hearing the countless other stories becomes enlightening and empowering.
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The St. George’ Story is More Powerful When it is Shared
The inaugural Community Café event was hosted by the Marketing Committee of the St. George’s Board of Directors to provide a way to connect our St. George’s Community and engage its members in sharing the unique and wonderful things this school has to offer. Stories and ideas that were shared will fuel a marketing campaign to promote St. George’s.
Perhaps a more valuable outcome was the surge of people who echoed the comment of one participant who said, “Now I understand it’s not only me having such a great experience here. I need to tell more people about this place!”
Included along side this article are actual drawings and doodles from the tables of our Community Café.
Page 10 features a professional artist's portrait of the event which she created while listening to stories and statements shared aloud. Also on page 10, we produced a short video to capture the event.
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She Means Business
Photo Credit: Cookie Photo
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Don’t Let the Pillows Fool You
A St. George’s graduate turned educator turned entrepreneur, Stephanie Mitelman (’93), is creating good vibrations with her new invention that is gaining popularity around the world. She’s succeeding in her new business with a little help from some important skills she learned at St. George’s.
It began with a simple act of love for her son. Stephanie crafted a pillow to help him calm down and focus better as he held it because it vibrated. It worked so well for him, she built the product into a business and called it Senseez Pillows. Now her soothing pillows are sold in 130 stores and 7 countries, and Stephanie was recently presented the Stevie Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year, a world-wide honour for women in business.
These cute, portable pillows are now helping children around the world sit still at the dinner table, stay calm during a long car trip and remain in one place to finish their homework. They are clinically proven to help with concentration and to reduce anxiety.
Stephanie began her professional path as an instructor at McGill University in the Department of Educational Counselling and Psychology and at Concordia University in Applied Human Sciences. She credits the introduction to psychology in Grade 11 as the spark to that path for study and teaching. Then came the pillow. “I’ve always been entrepreneurial, but I had never created a product like this,” Stephanie told us.
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As Stephanie built her business, more St. George’s lessons came to life. “A St. George’s teacher saw I was good at planning and strategizing and they put me on the grad committee,” she recalls. “I remember that I was planning a lot and I learned a lot of those skills back then.” Looking back on that, Stephanie sees the value in what transpired at St. George’s, “Someone saw that talent in me back then and that allowed me to foster it. Because people knew me well there, they created opportunity for me to do what I was good at.”
"I also learned the importance of mentors at St. George's," Stephanie remembers. "I worked very closely and sought out mentors who have been able to help us in many ways. I've formed some really nice relationships, and we could not have gotten as far as we have without their expertise."
By combining those new relationships with her lessons from St. George's, Stephanie has created a product and a business focused on helping people with real-life issues.
There's always that one teacher whose words and lessons resonate years after graduation. For Adam Mintz (’00), one of those is Cameron Folkerson.
“Few people in my life were more memorable than Mr. Folkerson, and anyone who ever had him for class will tell you the same,” Adam notes. “As cliché as this may sound, he personified the idea of giving 110% at everything you do more than anyone we knew.”
Adam launched Athletes Collective, a sportswear company founded on the idea that everything has to be just right: measure, fabric, and production (made in Canada). That’s why its signature product is a sports T-shirt called, The Folkerson.
“Mr. Folkerson is a no-nonsense kind of guy,” Adam recalls. “That’s what our shirt is all about. There are no unnecessary vents, seams or logos; we’ve cut out all the fluff and gimmicks you’ll find in some of the highly technical sports brands. When you think about it, that’s what Mr. Folkerson’s teaching method is all about: he cuts out the fluff and gimmicks and gives you the fundamentals of what you need to succeed.”
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Mr. Folkerson in the Folkerson Signature Shirt
“It’s an honor to have a shirt named after me,” says the shirt’s namesake and still-active physical education teacher and coach, Cam Folkerson. “I have one and all the members of my family each bought one.”
“To Mr. Folkerson it wasn’t about what you did, but how you did it that defined success. As long as you gave it all you had, that’s what mattered,” Adam says. “We hoped that in some way by naming our signature shirt after him, it will force us to remember his important lesson on a daily basis.”
“To me it’s about challenging yourself every day to improve,” says Folkerson. “In all walks of life, you have to find a way to push it so you can do your best for everyone on your team every day. It’s the same in the workplace whether you work in groups or independently, and I think you learn a lot of those life-long skills through athletics. “
St. George’s approaches learning in a way that challenges students to think critically and express themselves creatively. That seems to be exactly how Adam approaches his business. “St. George's is a place that encourages creativity, self-expression and doing things in a way that is outside the ‘norm’,” says Adam.
“We didn’t want our company to produce ‘me-too’ products,” Adam says. “While other sportswear companies try to be loud, hyper-branded and hyper technical, we went the other way. It’s the philosophy of ‘zig when everyone else zags’ that we took with us into the real world.”
Adam is hoping his approach and his products at Athletes Collective are the right fit for many others, just as St. George’s was the right fit for him.
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Butterfly Garden Dedication
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The St. George’s School Community gathered to celebrate the lives of Ken Breaker, Frances Foster and Sylvia Stuchbery, valued members of the St. George’s Community.
Ken Breaker was a Building Custodian from 1990 to 2015; Frances Foster was an Elementary School Teacher and Director from 1937 to 1977; and Sylvia Stuchbery was an Elementary School Teacher from 1976 to 1999. In honor of Sylvia, Frances and Ken, who each passed away in 2015, the school dedicated its Monarch Butterfly Garden which is now adorned by a plaque with their names.
Each spring on Earth Day at the Elementary School, our High School students from our Monarch Butterfly Community Learning group work with our Elementary students, planting, weeding and caring for this special oasis. This work provides an educational experience and ensures the longevity of the garden which plays a crucial role in the lives of the Monarchs and other species of butterflies. It is now a lovely setting to remember Frances, Ken and Sylvia for their contributions to our school year after year.
At the ceremony, the School was honoured to have the following members of their families in attendance: Sylvia’s daughter, Alison Lannan with her two nephews, Ben and Jonathan Stuchbery, Frances’ daughter, Susan Danko (’63) with her son, Shawn Danko and granddaughter Alexa Danko and Ken’s wife, Doreen Breaker with her daughter Kayla Breaker (’09) accompanied by several members of Ken’s family and friends.
Coordinator, Advancement and Alumni Relations
Alumni Guest Speaker
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Become an Alumni
for our DragonLink E-Magazine
Dearest St. George’s Alumni,
I have been so fortunate to be part of the St. George’s Community for 25 years. You may remember me from my early days in the Development Office with Lola Mendelson or as Executive Assistant to Head of School, James Officer. Whether I was here during your years or not, I look forward to hearing from you.
Today, in my expanded role in Alumni Relations, my goal is to keep in touch with St. George’s alumni. Our Advancement and Alumni Relations Office is working closely with the newly formed Alumni Executive Committee. This committee will bring together seasoned and younger alumni, faculty and current students through fun and engaging activities and projects.
You can stay in touch with St. George’s through our website, Alumni Facebook and LinkedIn pages, and through the school’s Twitter feed @StGeorgesMtl. Also, be sure to register in our Alumni Directory if you haven’t already, so we can keep you posted on news and events.
Consider joining us as an Alumni Guest Speaker or organizing a Class Reunion. Click on the buttons to the right to learn more.
As we plan for the future, several exciting events are taking place in the next few months and I hope you will join us.
Advancement and Alumni Relations
A Letter to Alumni from Patricia Lavoie
Dear Fellow St. George’s Alumni,
Let me begin by expressing how honoured I am to serve as your Alumni Representative to the Board of Directors. It is no secret that St. George’s holds a special place in my heart: the relationships I formed in school; my time on the Student Council and Basketball team; and the unique curriculum have had a lasting impact on me personally and professionally. Ensuring that your voice is heard within the St. George’s Community is the least I can do to give back to my alma mater.
As this is my second year of my three-year mandate as your Alumni Representative, I wanted to share some recent news and upcoming events with you. A new Alumni Executive Committee has been formed with one clear mission – to create a vibrant St. George’s Alumni Community through meaningful engagement opportunities. To that end, we have a number of exciting initiatives in store – beginning with our inaugural St. George’s Tribute Dinner on November 5, 2016.
The Tribute Dinner will be a keystone event held annually to celebrate our St. George’s Community members. In the coming weeks, you will receive a call for nominations for which your input is invaluable. No one knows the St. George’s Community better than alumni like you, and this is your chance to honour those individuals who have helped shape our school over the last 85 years.
With warm regards,
Class of 2002
Alumni Representative to the Board
St. George’s School of Montreal
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A Message from Lee Haberkorn
May 19, 2016
6:00 p.m. Cocktails / 7:30 p.m. Showtime
1455 Boul. de Maisonneuve O. H-231
Members of St. George’s alumni are invited to an alumni cocktail reception which will be held prior to the Glee Performance on
Thursday, May 19th.
Tickets for Alumni are $25.00 each (Regular $30.00) and are limited to 2 per alumni. For this night only, you may bring a guest at this specially reduced ticket price regardless of their alumni status. This ticket includes a pre-show cocktail and the performance.
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Sunday, November 6, 2016
Stay tuned for details on this upcoming event.
May 13, 2016
12:40 p.m. (Senior Lunch)
St. George’s High School
Members of the upcoming graduating class and the Class of 2015 will gather for a barbecue lunch hosted by the Advancement and Alumni Relations Office.
First Annual Gilbert Plaw
Basketball Game and Memorial
Saturday, November 5, 2016
St. George’s High School
St. George’s School of Montreal is establishing an annual Tribute Dinner in order to recognize individuals within our Community who embrace the ideals and reflect the characteristics and qualities inherent in the founding principles of our School.
Award recipients, through their leadership and commitment to service, have become shining examples of how we can each shape our
St. George’s Community, our personal or professional communities, and the world at large.
Upcoming Events for Alumni
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Power of a
A letter from
Some people, if given enough time, can recall the names of one or two teachers who have had an impact on their lives. Some people might struggle to remember any teacher they had before university and most people would be able to walk past their former teachers on the street and not even notice. I am one of those exceptionally fortunate people who can not only recall the names of most of my elementary and secondary school teachers, but can also say that I am a better person – and teacher myself – because of them. And if I were to sit beside one at a restaurant or walk past another while out walking, I would be quite likely to stop and chat for a few minutes. From my Kindergarten teacher, Patty-May Richardson (formerly Ms. Den Dikkenboer), to my AP English teacher and former High School Director, Gilbert Plaw, I have had the crème-de-la-crème of teachers.
I entered St. George’s Elementary School in 1981, somewhat familiar with the school because my older brother was already a student there. I had a succession of wonderful teachers who were not only dedicated to their profession, but who cared about me as an individual. I was a quieter student, which would surprise many who know me now. My ability to appear much more extroverted than I am is due to the fact that my teachers – my mentors – nurtured in me the ability to speak up. When I first stepped into my own classroom, I tried to model myself after those traits I most admired in my former teachers. Given that I began my teaching career at St. George’s, moving from the upper elementary grades to the high school, this was not much of a challenge: many of my former teachers were still in the classroom and I was able to appreciate their skill, talent and dedication all the more as a colleague.
Throughout my years as a student and a novice teacher, I often spent time with those who had taught me, either I was their children's babysitter or teacher, or I would simply take time to visit and say hello when I’d stopped by to see my mother who was a member of the St. George’s Community for more than three decades. There was one teacher, however, my Grade 1 teacher, who had moved away and whom I had not seen in many years.
Mrs. Carol Stamm was a legend in my home. Although I never knew exactly what the difficulty was, in Grade 1 I had experienced some difficulties and it was Mrs. Stamm who made sure that I did not fall behind my peers. It never dawned on me that the one-on-one time I spent with her in class was anything special, because Mrs. Stamm worked with everyone. Long after my Grade 1 days were over, I could still recall much of what we had learned about whales in the spring of 1983, as well as the whale cookies she had baked for each one of her students. The little tag that had been attached to my cookie was still in my “memory box” when I moved to Ottawa in 2009.
“I like a teacher who
gives you something
to take home to
think about besides
- Lily Tomlin
as Edith Ann
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Grade 1 teacher)
As an adult, I often wondered about Mrs. Stamm, knowing that she had moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. So when my current school asked me to attend a workshop in Durham, my first act was to Google Mrs. Stamm. I was delighted to be able to meet with Carol while I was in North Carolina. It is always a strange moment to call one’s former teacher by her first name, but that was the only awkward moment for me. I had a lovely time catching up with Carol and being able to tell her in person, how some 30 years after my Grade 1 experience, I can still say that she was one of the best teachers I have ever known.
I have a long list of great teachers, more than most people probably can count:
Patty-May Richardson, Carol Stamm, Rena Miller, Noreen Tansey-Lee, Beatrice Lewis, Josée Lacombe, Elizabeth Scanlan, Bruce Blake, John Plant, Jennifer Brown, Marie Rolland, Viviane Cameron, Mike Morrow (‘65), Michel Binette, Jacques DesRochers, Monique Rozenfarb, Serge Rousseau, Mary Ladky, Matt Meyer, Gilbert Plaw and countless others. To date, I have personally worked with more than 1,000 students. Some of those who moved away still keep in touch. Frequently enough that I now expect it, whether I’m visiting Montreal or at home in Ottawa, I will suddenly hear, “Ms. Holmes?” and turn to find a former student of mine, usually taller than me despite my high-heeled shoes, happy to tell me about where they are and what they are doing.
Teachers often forget that each day our students spend more time with us than with their families and so if we connect with them, it is a bond that can last years if not decades. I hope that thirty years from now I’ll still be in touch with those teachers, like Carol Stamm, who taught me not only to be a good student, but to be a better teacher.
I will always remember Gilbert as passionate, personable, warm, authentic and a man with a wonderful sense of humour who frequently made fun of himself. When that special person becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure. Let us all treasure those wonderful memories we have of Gilbert. ~Beatrice Lewis
Gil was such a great person, warm, generous, funny, sarcastic, unconventional, etc, that it was difficult not to like him. I was blessed to have such a friend in my life. ~ Michel Binette
He was the consummate teacher and administrator, and in a nanosecond could resolve both dilemma and issue. ~ Eddie Nurse
Gilbert Plaw was such a multi-faceted, spirited and unique individual. He understood how things were and how things should be. He was an inspired raconteur with endless stories that spoke to friendships and family; those things that truly matter in life. ~ Jim Officer
Whether "Mr. Plaw" was gleefully tormenting a bus full of desperate teenagers with a litany of running water images as they were stuck trying to reach a museum in Boston (for two hours), or signalling spring's arrival with the wearing of his infamous pink pants, or insisting I face my fear of failure by writing the dreaded AP English exam, he was a wealth of humour and knowledge.
~ Allison Holmes
He spoke in a way that showcased his love affair with the English language, and on many occasions, I remember the delivery accompanied by a raised eyebrow, along with his rosy cheeks and unmistakable smile. The guy was having fun. Our AP English class was more like a seminar, and Mr. Plaw pushed us to go beyond our limits, seeing what we couldn't yet see. I, too, am among those who could only ever call him, Mr. Plaw. ~ Chantalle Kudsi-Zadeh
Mr. Plaw was formidable, larger than life, charismatic beyond belief and inspiring in ways that stick with me, even now. Mr. Plaw ignited in me and hundreds of other students a passion for literature, one that endures and enriches our lives every day and all these years later. Mr. Plaw was a Titan of a teacher and his passing is a loss for our entire St. G community. ~ Shawn Levy
When I think of Mr. Plaw, I see him with a mischievous grin. Even when he was talking to you about something serious his sardonic wit couldn't help but slip out. ~ Oren Safdie
One of the most frequently asked questions I receive regarding alumni reunions is “Will Mr. Plaw be there?” Happily, my answer was always “yes” as Mr. Plaw loved attending these alumni gatherings and rarely missed them. ~ Patricia Lavoie
We are humbled and honoured that Gilbert’s family requested that donations in his memory
be made to the Gilbert Plaw Fund at St. George’s. It’s a testament to Gilbert’s generous spirit
that this fund was created to provide financial assistance for students.
Over 27 memorable years,
Gilbert Plaw was an English Teacher, English Department Head, and Head of the High School at St. George’s.
His recent passing encouraged
many to share their reflections
of “Mr. Plaw”.
Share your memories on our website or our Alumni Facebook Page.
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End of an era: John Dore Retires
as Head Coach of the Concordia Stingers
Fishing Group Buddies from left to right:
John Dore, Gilbert Plaw, Michel Binette, Jacques DesRochers, James Officer.
On March 31st, 2015, after 26 years as the head coach of the Concordia Stingers basketball team, John Dore retired. He was once named National University Coach of the Year and a 14 time Coach of the Year in Quebec. Further, he was named the recipient of the Outstanding Staff Award at Concordia University.
But it was at St. George’s that John began his career as a sport’s educator. Back in 1976, John assumed the reigns of the Physical Education department at the school and over his 15-year tenure at the school he not only innovated the sports offerings for both girls and boys but also developed the interscholastic athletic program into a city powerhouse, especially the girls basketball teams which he personally coached to multiple GMAA championships. In 1988-89, John was actively involved in the design and construction of the school gym which, is still, considered one of the finest facilities of its kind in the city.
As an indication of his sense of dedication to progressive education, he chose to send his daughter Lauren (’00) to the school.
Despite the fact that he joined Concordia as the full-time coach in 1990, John remained actively involved in life at St. George’s serving as a member of the Board, on various fund raising committees, attending Alumni receptions not only in Montreal but also in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles and continuing to act a spokesperson for the school.
On a more personal note, back in 1976 John and I founded the St. George’s Annual Fishing Trip, which is now in its 40th year. The principal participants include Jacques DesRochers, Michel Binette and, most recently, James Officer. We are all still awaiting the elusive “big one”.
We are all curious to learn what John has up his sleeve for the future. In the meantime, congratulations and happy retirement, John!
Written in April 2015 by Gilbert Plaw
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Class of 1989 – 25th Year Reunion
August 23, 2014
On Saturday, August 23, 2014, several members of the Class of 1989 got together for a mini-reunion. Many thanks to Elisa Gross, Sara Plaw and Amanda Rosenthal for organizing the event. Those in attendance had a casual dinner at Bar Furco and were joined by their former teacher, Ms. Young, all the way from California!
Class of 2009 – 5th Year Reunion
It was a rainy Thursday night at the end of May but spirits were high as more than half of the class of 2009 reunited at St. Sulpice. Thanks to Alumni Class Coordinators Daniel Freder, Natalia Reiner, Scotty Shein and Enbal Singer for putting it all together.
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Class of 1977 – 38th Year Reunion
September 12, 2015
We are thrilled that several members from the Class of 1977 travelled up the 401 and the interstates to join their Montreal classmates at a reunion graciously hosted by Richard Diamond. It was a lovely and most memorable evening. They had such a good time that they are planning to do it again in 2017 to celebrate their 40th!
This class felt it was important to gather, even though it was not a traditional reunion year, because of the recent passing of classmate Brad Zipkin. Read more about Brad on page 36.
Class of 2004 – 10th Year Reunion
September 6, 2014
The members of the Class of 2004 were treated to a wine and cheese reception held in the High School Student Lounge. Over 40 graduates and faculty were in attendance and the positive energy was infectious. A special thank you to Miriam Kirmayer, Alumni Class Coordinator, who helped organize the successful event.
Class of 2005 – 10th Year Reunion
June 14, 2015
The Burgundy Lion was the meeting place for an impromptu gathering of the Class of 2005.
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Class of 1964 – 50th Year Reunion
May 21 and May 22, 2014
On May 21, 2014, St. George’s was honoured to celebrate two momentous occasions: the retirement of our Head of School, Jim Officer, and the Class of 1964’s 50th year reunion. The following members of the Class of 1964 were in attendance: Joanne Cohen-Sulzenko, John Dixon, Joanne Hollander, Vicki Kennan, Charles Mallory and Kenneth Salomon. They were joined by fellow school mates Michael Morrow (’65), Gabrielle Pilot (’63) and two of their former teachers Peter Palmer and Eileen Preston.
After a long and festive night, they arrived bright and early the following morning to visit the school and were treated to guided tours of both campuses by our student ambassadors.
Many thanks and congratulations to Kenneth Salomon, Alumni Class Coordinator, who was instrumental in the organization of this reunion.
Ken offered the following:
"I want to thank St. George’s School on behalf of my classmates and our two incredible teachers for making our 50th reunion even that much more memorable. You were such gracious hosts, as were the student ambassadors who we had much fun with. They were very informative, engaging, clever and perfect spokespersons for our school. They too are already well imbued with the St. G’s spirit, and I know that they will continue to make you and the School proud. By the way, after our tours we all would have been ready to re-enrol!
I have always appreciated St. George’s warm hospitality and now this has been extended to my classmates, and they have seen how privileged I have been to be able to maintain my association with our School.
In case you need to point to a class that sets an example of what
St. George’s can do for young and thirsty minds, we were only 14, but among us we turned out eight doctorates. I was a relative lightweight with only three bachelor’s degrees. All of us went through university and we took very different career paths. We have enjoyed success and happiness in our lives, and we have St. George’s to thank for much of that. And, even better, none of us is about to retire to a rocking chair. Still too much to do. Too much to learn and too much fun to be had."
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Interested in getting together with your classmates?
Curious as to what St. George’s High School or Elementary School looks like now?
The Alumni Office can help coordinate a wine and cheese reception or a weekend brunch at the school for you and your fellow classmates.
For more information, contact Patricia Lavoie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class of 1979 former teachers from left to right:
and Serge Rousseau.
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How to Organize a St. George's Reunion
Class of 1979 – 35th Year Reunion
September 13 and 14, 2014
The Class of 1979 went out for a private dinner Saturday night and the next day came to the High School where they were treated to a lovely brunch.
They came from near and far to be together on this reunion weekend sharing memories of their time at St. George’s. It was 1979 all over again! A special thank you to David Glickman, Alumni Class Coordinator, for working with the Alumni Office in organizing this event and to Jeffrey Bercuvitz for providing such interesting commentary during the tour.
Michael Morrell ('61)
My wife Nancy & I spent 16 1/2 years on a circumnavigation aboard our sailboat Serenity returning home in late 2006. We now spend part of the year in Tacoma, WA and part in Tucson, AZ.
Peter Yearwood ('64)
I am currently living and working in Papua New Guinea. Since I graduated in 1964, I went on to an academic career and ended up as a moderately distinguished historian with an international reputation, a major book published and another near completion, which is hardly surprising. I am also a leading member of the African community in Papua New Guinea suggests that my life has had some interesting twists and turns.
From St. George’s I went on to Bishop’s. There I became a leading debater, and also the editor of the student newspaper at a particularly interesting time. The events of 1967-68 stirred up even so stagnant a backwater as Bishop’s then was. I was heavily involved both in making things happen and in recording them.
I went to Oxford for a second B.A., and then to University of Sussex for graduate work. “Perpetual students” still thrived in the 1970s. I was one. Almost by accident I got a position at the University of Jos in central Nigeria. Up on a plateau – in fact in Plateau State – it has a superb climate. I was in a young department where I made firm friends. I helped them with their research. I supervised the undergraduate projects of Yoruba students from the south-west. I began to grasp African history from the village up.
It took me ten years to write the book, Guarantee of Peace, The League of Nations in British Policy 1914-1925 (Oxford University Press, 2009), but it was well worth the time I put into it. When I was halfway along, I learned from my African connections of an upcoming vacancy at the University of Papua New Guinea. I got the post, and have been here ever since. I reached Associate Professor a couple of years ago. Through my African connections I was welcomed into their community.
At Jos I had discovered unexpected administrative abilities. I usually end up as secretary of any organization which I join. I had that role in the Pan African Association here for about a decade. I took over the editorship of the South Pacific Journal of Philosophy and Culture some ten years ago.
My biggest plus has been the progress of my second book, Palm Nuts and Prime Ministers, The Nigeria Trade and the Death of Liberal England 1914-1916. Increasingly I realize that it will be a more exciting and important one than my first, and that I am tackling major themes rather than adding to the footnotes of history. I am seeing things and making connections that haven’t been seen or made before. I feel that I am entering the most creative part of my life.
I am sure all of you have used the boost that St. G’s. gave us to have similarly fulfilling and enjoyable lives and that we shall continue to have them for years to come.
Harriet Pemberton Smith ('61)
I am retired and focusing on my role as artistic executrix for my aunt, Freda Pemberton Smith.
The portrait is me at age 17, and that's me, too,
50 years later!
St. George's Alumni
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Rosemary Coles (Rodger) ('65)
I am recently retired from my child and eldercare work and I am presently volunteering with an African organization as well as being a busy grandmother.
Caroline Bieler Brettell ('67)
I have published the books listed below. I also have published, more recently, a book from Southern Illinois University Press (2015) titled, Following Father Chiniquy: Immigration, Religious Schism, and Social Change in Nineteenth-Century Illinois. Chiniquy is a well-known figure in Quebec History – known in the 1840s as the Apostle
of Temperance. He led a migration of French Canadians to Illinois, became schismatic and converted with many of his FC followers to Presbyterianism. Chiniquy was also defended by Abraham Lincoln in a famous slander lawsuit of the 1850s.
I also continue to run the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute. Its mission is to bring people out of disciplinary silos to collaborate and share ideas.
I was in Montreal in November 2014 for the launching of a book written by my cousin Philippe Bieler, titled Onward Dear Boys, and based on the letters sent by my four uncles to my grandparents during WWI. Published by McGill-Queens. Loved “being home” if only briefly.
New Books by Caroline Bieler Brettell '67:
Author of Anthropological Conversations:
Talking Culture Across Disciplines (2015)
Co-editor of Migration Theory: Talking Across Disciplines (3rd ed.; 2015)
Philip Zylberberg ('67)
I have been practicing law in Sudbury since 1976, and have been an Assistant Crown Attorney since 2000. I have been married to Darlene Zylberberg for 35 years with two sons, David, age 34, who has a PhD in history; and Joel, age 31, who has a PhD in physics. All told, my life is quite conventional, but I enjoy it, especially as we live on one of Sudbury’s nice lakes.
Roanne Cohen-Weisman ('69)
I am living in the Boston area, working as a health/medical/science freelance writer, and published my 8th book In Sickness As In Health. My other book is Your Developing Baby From Conception to Birth.
Nora Gold ('69)
My recent book, Fields of Exile, is my first novel about anti-Israelism on Canadian and American campuses and it has received enthusiastic praise from Cynthia Ozick, Irwin Cotler and Phyllis Chesler, among others. For more information about my work, please visit www.noragold.com.
Tom Caplan ('65)
I am a social worker in private practice who works with individuals, couples, families and groups. I am an adjunct professor at McGill University in the School of Social Work and director and supervisor of the McGill Domestic Violence Clinic. I am also a designated expert in Domestic Violence for the Quebec Court System. I do clinical work with forensic populations, am the Clinical Director of the Caplan Therapy Centre and the founder and supervisor of the Montreal Anger Management Centre.
I am on the faculty of the Argyle Institute of Human Relations and also give workshops, training and lectures in universities, junior colleges and local community centers.
I have participated in research projects in collaboration with McGill University, Concordia University, the Jewish General Hospital and the Douglas Hospital. I am on the editorial board of Social Work with Groups, I am a certified marriage and family therapist (OTSTCFQ), a certifed marriage and family therapy supervisor (A.A.M.F.T), a member of the Professional Order of Social Workers of Quebec (OPTSQ) and a licensed Psychotherapist (OPQ).
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Paula M. Wedge ('77)
In October 2014, I was awarded my
Master of Laws (LLM) in Elder Law from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, Halifax.
Susan Glickman ('70)
I'm happy to announce that my thirteenth book came out in the spring of 2015, a murder mystery set in my Toronto neighbourhood titled Safe as Houses. Also, my children's trilogy, Bernadette and the Lunch Bunch, has been translated into French by Les Editions du Boreal. www.susanglickman.com
Chantal Tie Ten Quee ('70)
Susan Glickman is pleased to announce that her classmate, Chantal Tie Ten Quee, received The Law Society Medal on May 27, 2015 from the Law Society of Upper Canada for making the world a better place. "She is way too modest to toot her own horn, so I just want the world to know how awesome she is. Read her official bio as published by The Law Society," Susan adds.
Andrew Armstrong ('71)
The most recent bit of news is that I was selected as one of the Major Technical Officials for the 2015 Pan Am Games Triathlon in Toronto. Also sport related, I have been appointed the Technical Delegate for the Canadian Junior Triathlon Series and Technical Delegate for the Canadian Triathlon Championships in Magog, Quebec.
And here's a link to my web page: http://people.hamilton.edu/nguttman
The principal organizer of the 1st Annual Alberta Birthday celebrations on Alberta’s 110th birthday!
Here’s a photo of
me (left) with
Jim Prentice, the Former Premier
Jed Rabinovitch Class ('71)
We are in Toronto now longer than we ever lived in Montreal! Our eldest child is married and our younger son has his PhD and is working at the
Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.
Regards to the Class of 1971.
Donald Gravenor ('72)
I am living in Memphis, TN since 2000 and work as a medical oncologist at the Baptist Cancer Center and previously worked in Hull, Quebec at their cancer clinic. I am married with 4 children.
Rob Lennard ('78)
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Chris Coolidge ('79)
I am a proud daddy of lovely and talented 13-year-old twin girls, Margaret and Emily. Currently employed at Lightning Couriers, I am also an accompanist at the Unity Church of Vermont.
Naomi Guttman ('77)
The Banquet of Donny
& Ari: Scenes from the Opera, (Brick Books: London, Ontario), was published in March, 2015. My previous books of poetry are Wet Apples, White Blood (McGill-Queen's University Press) and Reasons for Winter (Brick Books: London, Ontario).
Wendy Haydon-Franko ('79)
I retired from my 25-year career with Liberty Mutual to be a stay home mum of Katelyn, Matthew and Jessica. I was school council chair for six years while the kids were in elementary school. I currently am a senior’s caregiver and an independent sales rep for Regal Gifts www.wendyfranko.shopregal.ca.
I have been married for 24 years.
Andrew Kouri ('79)
It was an incredible blast to see so many old friends at our reunion and a thrill of walking through the school room-by-room reliving the memories. Having a few teachers from 1979 present was an added bonus. Many come from far away to be here and it feels like we never left. I am still in Montreal, have three daughters ages 17, 15 and 13. It was great to see everyone!
Jeannette Litvak ('79)
I am still married (29 years!). My son Danny is 25 and daughter Arielle is 23. I am a Naturopath specializing in nutrition and digestive issues and volunteer at the Jewish General every week at the Segal Cancer Centre. I live in Montreal and have a country house up North which I spend every weekend at!
Tina Spinder ('79)
I have been married to Gary Shulman for 29 years and have 3 sons: Andrew is 26 years old and is a genius at Apple, Ben is 22 years old and studying History at Concordia, and Sam is 20 years old and studying Engineering at Concordia. I have been living on the West Island for 28 years. I was a stay at home Mom for many years and during that time I ran a nonprofit day camp.
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Photo of Claire and David at the Volunteer Reception
held at the School on December 1, 2015
Ewan Affleck ('80)
I was appointed to the Order of Canada
in 2013 for: "his commitment to improving health care services to northern communities."
Sanjeev Bhatla ('80)
I continue to love practicing family medicine, including low risk obstetrics, and teaching family medicine residents and medical students. My family and 3 children are well and happy.
Oren Safdie ('82)
My play, Unseamly (which debuted at Infinitheatre in Montreal), opened off-Broadway in New York at Urban Stages in October 2015. Also, a new play of mine opened in Montreal in February 2016 called
Mr. Goldberg Goes To Tel Aviv.
Claire Desjardins ('82) and
David Glickman ('79)
Congratulations are in order for Claire and David who happily informed us that they recently got engaged! Your St. George's family and friends are thrilled for you both!
In the past 16 years I went back to work in the education field. Currently I am filling a maternity leave directorship in a daycare where I have been an educator for 6 years.
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John Laidley ('83)
I am living in Nigeria and working for Emerson Network Power on large power projects spanning from telecoms to heavy industry to large solar utility projects. Nigeria is a crazy chaotic place. My last gig was repairing 8 mW electric diesel power plants aboard an oil rig support vessel. I've learned over the years to teach up and never to give up on your dreams.
I can remember during my last year of high school, when Indiana Jones came out that I wanted to be just like him. And look how close I got!! Most recently, I'm having a blast in Las Palmas as my bosses decided that I have to sit on this island for a few months getting a large pipe laying vessel ready to sail down to Nigeria. Life is really tough on my end!
Stephane Carrier ('85)
I am currently living in London, United Kingdom where I have lived since 1997 working in investment banking, as a Managing Director at Barclays Investment Bank. I also have two young children (twins) aged 4 – Cedric and Melodie. I am in the process of re-building a house that we will hopefully move into.
Jo-Ann Finkelstein ('86)
I am a clinical psychologist in private practice in Chicago. I received my Master's degree from Harvard University and my PhD from Northwestern University. I'm married to a child psychiatrist and have two children ages 9 and 10.
Greg Adelstein ('87)
I was recently named the first Entrepreneur in Residence at Concordia's John Molson School of Business.
David Gold ('89)
I am still happily working within Medical Affairs at Pfizer Canada. I am also the bassist in the Blue Monkey Project. I also organize a yearly fundraiser for the Montreal Alzheimer Society, together with Mark and Scott Broady. Together with my wife Anh Duong, I am also the proud father of Julian and Leah Gold.
John Zimmer ('89)
I am working in the IT Industry, where I have worked for the last 16 years. I am married to a fantastic woman and have 2 kids. My daughter, Sahra, is 12 and my son, Dylan, is 9. I compete in Amateur Golf Tournaments in the summer and play ice hockey all year round. St. G's. is a big part of who I am today and I often reflect upon the wonderful years I had back in the 80's when I had my full grown mullet and earring. Ahh...those were the days!!!
Marc Bissell ('90)
I am the owner of Castleton Financial, a real estate finance company based in Montreal. In September 2014, I was appointed Honorary Consul General of Austria in Montreal.
Allyson Kassie Goldberg ('94)
I've become a professional ballroom dancer with my own studio in Montreal, Juste Danse.
As a current parent at St. George's (Grades 2, 3 and 7), I am also thrilled
to Chair the James A. Officer Legacy 21 Campaign. This campaign will
change the face of St. George's, with
an extreme makeover in the high school, including a large biophilic addition.
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Erin Simms ('94)
I am a Development Executive and Producer at Robert Redford's film company, Wildwood Enterprises. Many exciting projects are in the works and I live in Los Angeles, California.
Mika Goodfriend ('95)
I am currently completing an MFA at Concordia University and received a Fulbright Canada Research Award for my thesis project, Snowbirds. Supported by grants from SSHRC-CGS and FRQSC, I will pursue a 9-month research/creation project this coming winter living on-site with a community of retired Québécois 'snowbirds' in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
Stephan Probst ('95)
After a Nuclear Medicine residency at McGill, I completed a PET/CT Fellowship at NYU in NYC. I was recently appointed Chief of the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the SMBD Jewish General Hospital in Montreal.
Caroline Bloomberg ('97)
I am living in New York with my husband Andrew and two children Lila age 4 and Ella age 2. I work as an Executive Director in Emerging Markets Sales at the Japanese investment bank Nomura, selling Emerging Market bonds and foreign exchange rates to U.S. institutions.
Ryan Hayes ('97)
I am running a web marketing & design agency with two other members of my graduating class. James Galaty (‘97), Jay Sala (‘97) and I own and manage Imajery (imajery.com) here in Montreal. We were good friends in elementary and high school. After university and going our separate ways professionally for a few years, we decided to bring our complementary skills together. We've been working together since 2010 and continue to enjoy the challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship. On a personal note, I am married to the most amazing and kind woman I have ever met - Maryam Southam, originally from Ottawa.
Gordon Porter ('90)
I am now living in the UK with my partner Keith. We have been together 10 years and are happily married. I am a GP in a very large inner-city practice with a large eastern European population. I work with interpreters as about half of my consultations are in Polish, Lithuanian or Russian. I find the work both challenging and exhilarating! I have an interesting mix of patients and a really fascinating mix of medical cases. I enjoy my job and feel very fulfilled at the end of each day.
Laura Simons ('93)
While on a maternity leave from practicing law in Victoria, B.C., I’ve gone back to writing. Dating and Taxes is my second play produced and it ran at the Montreal Fringe Festival in June 2015.
Alana Wexler ('93) and Howard Schwartz ('93)
We had a baby girl Lily who joins 3 older siblings Allison, Melanie and William.
Dan Grodinsky ('98)
I am a litigator at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Montreal. In October 2014, I completed a triple-Ironman distance triathlon in Virginia. I swam 11.4 km, biked 540 km, and then ran 126.6 km in a total of 57 ½ hours, placing 4th overall.
Gregory Santos ('98)
Together, my wife, Maryn Santos, and our daughter Rosemary Santos, welcomed our second child, Arthur Humberto Santos, into the family June, 2013! In other news, my second book Rabbit Punch! was published
by the Montreal-based DC Books.
Jamie Duong ('00)
It's taken several years, but on May 2, 2014, Justice Penny of the Ontario Superior Court struck down a limitation that existed in the Canadian Elections Act that barred Canadians living abroad for more than 5 years from voting. I had the opportunity to be an applicant in this Charter challenge to win back the voting rights of an estimated million Canadians living overseas.
Those living abroad can find voter registration information at Elections Canada's website.
Cristian Rosu ('01)
I am in Cleveland, Ohio doing an advanced cardiac surgery fellowship in heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic.
Alex Amar ('02)
I am working as a Medical Librarian at the Montreal General Hospital. Of the five (so far) journal articles I have co-authored or provided research support for, one of them was serendipitously co-authored with Soham Rej ('02). In 2012, I was Best Public Speaker at the Canadian National Debating Championships, was nearly cast on the reality show "King Of The Nerds", and was voted "Information Wizard" and tied for "most likely to return as a professor" at the McGill School of Information Science convocation.
Josh Borts ('02) and Jeremy Shaki ('02)
We are the co-founders of a developer boot camp called Lighthouse Labs based in Vancouver and Toronto. We teach people how to become computer programmers in 8 weeks in a rigorous course where 100% of our graduates have jobs coming out of the program. We have also thrown the largest free learn to code event in the history of North America called The HTML500, where we taught 500 people in 4 cities how to code in one day. That's what we are up to!
Daniel Amiraslani ('03)
After completing a Bachelor of Science in Communications at the University of Miami and working on the Charlie's Angels TV show remake, I decided to move to Los Angeles where I worked in the Talent Agency business. I placed actors in various television shows and feature films. I was right in the midst of the industry and it was a great experience.
While being in Hollywood was my ultimate dream, it wasn't home. I also missed one of my strongest motivations for being there, Jaclyn Linetsky ’03. Since I was a student at St. George's, I always imagined being in Hollywood with Jackie. It was my dream to share that adventure with her. We'd be the two kids from St. George’s who made it to Hollywood. In my mind, we still shared that dream together and I will always consider Jackie the greatest movie star of all time.
For now, I moved back to Montreal and I’m currently working for a telecommunications company in Corporate Sales. It feels great to be back in Montreal and I always consider St. George's my second home. After all, three generations of my family have attended both the Elementary School and the High School. My younger sister Ashley, who graduated from the Elementary School is now living in Florida and is doing great. She's currently in a special program that prepares you for Ivy League colleges. My younger brother Michael, also a St. George’s High School graduate is now living in Toronto and in the process of completing his MBA degree. My two uncles, now in their 50's, also St. George's High School alumni, are both dentists in Florida.
St. George's holds a very special place in my heart. It literally gave me all the opportunities to explore the "real" Daniel and discover my passions and interests. Once I was able to figure those out, I had amazing teachers like Mark Zimmerl who taught me about film. Candace Grynol who introduced me to the world of acting and Pierrette Dupont who taught me about the world of Hollywood. I remember she loved Woody Allen and Johnny Depp. Wherever I go, I run into St. George's alumni. Whether Miami, Los Angeles or Montreal, we're always connected. We're a family.
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Sebastien Gatti ('04)
I am working in commercial real estate and miss St. George’s so much. I was so happy to see everyone at our 10th reunion!
Adam Greenberg ('04)
I am working as a Radio Host for the radio station 92.5 The Beat of Montreal. My name there is 'TB1' and I also work as a touring DJ. Check out my website: www.tb1da.com.
My show is called “The beatmix".
Jessica Greenberg ('04)
I am currently working in TV production and have been doing so since graduation. I also do casting for different shows and series in Montreal.
Josh Gurberg ('04)
I completed an undergraduate degree in Biology as well as medical school at McGill.
I moved to Vancouver for my Residency in Head and Neck surgery. I have 3 more years left and hope to pursue a career in treating pediatric head and neck diseases and performing cochlear implantation to allow congenitally deaf children to hear. I live near the harbor in Gastown, Vancouver with my fiancé who is a family doctor. We enjoy skiing and cycling in our (very limited!!) free time.
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Elana Ostrzega ('03)
I am living in Toronto where I am the Manager of Promotions at AIR MILES (Loyalty One Co.) I also got married on May 30, 2015!
Noah Rosenstein ('03)
I have three children, ages 4, 8 and 10. My wife and I recently celebrated our 10 year anniversary of marriage!
David Tobiasz ('03)
I have spent the last four years studying Mandarin in China and I am in an M.A. program at the University of Toronto.
Joe Boloten ('04)
I am currently working in marketing at a company called Kaycan and live in Montreal.
Alexandra Doroshenko ('04)
Since graduating university, I’ve been working in a recruitment agency that caters to the fashion industry. My MBA is next.
Ryan Issenman ('04)
I started my first year teaching at a private school in Kirkland. I’m looking forward to a great and long teaching career in elementary education.
Andrew Miller ('04)
I am working in New York producing a comedy-based web series with my own production company Live @ The Apt, a company which I started and manage.
Maxime Billick ('05)
I am currently in medical school at McGill.
Ali Leibner ('05)
Although high school feels like it was eons ago, I still remember everything about it so vividly. I'm so thankful to have gone to
St. George’s; while completing my education undergraduate degree at McGill, I often reflected back to my time as a student and how my teachers positively impacted me. I am a proud alumnus! I was living in the Caribbean for the past few years working as a teacher, but am now living in Toronto doing my Master's in Occupational Therapy. I hope to work with children with special needs using animal-assisted therapy techniques.
Jason Freder ('06)
I am currently in a 5-year joint MD-MBA at McGill University, I am transitioning to clinical practice and am enjoying firsthand patient exposure!
Samantha Levy ('06)
After obtaining my B.A. in 2011, I returned to India and volunteered at Sheela Bal Bhavan, something that I had wanted to do since going on the India School Trip in 2004. Since then, I have stayed actively involved in SBB. I studied law at McGill.
Jared Berger ('07)
Presently living in Toronto and his father offered the following update:
St. George’s has been great and given him a solid foundation in the Science and Math programs. Jared is a lifer and his success stems from the education at St. George’s.
York University - Schulich School of Business Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program, Health Industry Management and Investment Management (Finance) 2014-2016 (expected)
The Johns Hopkins University
Master of Biotechnology Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Program, Regulatory/Legal Affairs 2017 (expected)
Master of Science Applied (MSc.A), Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Science 2009-2014
Grade: cGPA: 3.90
Activities and Societies: Executive Chair of Logistics for the 4th annual BioConnect 2013 Symposium.
Valeria Nekhim ('05)
I am living in Miami with my husband and I am a food writer and critic at The Miami New Times.
Ryan Prizant ('05)
I am currently working as Unit Manager for a company that produces television shows, called Boo Ya Pictures. I worked with another alum from my class, Ryan Coopersmith, and produced our first short film together, called "Lazy Boyz" for the production company Boo Ya Pictures.
Fallon Tajfel ('05)
After graduating from McGill with a bachelor's degree in Kindergarten/Elementary education, I decided to change career paths and pursue a Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from SUNY Plattsburgh in New York. I completed Grad school and I am currently working in three elementary schools for the Lester B. Pearson School Board. I love what I am doing and my job is extremely rewarding.
Richard Atlas ('06)
I started a company in game development, and we’re working on a game that appeals to recent grads, but also to parents and kids. Clever Endeavour Games is a game development studio from Montreal, Canada. We’re currently made up of three people who started making games together in September 2014, and are working on our first full game, Ultimate Chicken Horse.
Curran Jacobs ('07)
Nine years have passed since my last days at
St. George’s and I am currently completing my concurrent Bachelor's degrees in English Literature (B.A.) and Secondary Education (B.Ed) from Bishop's University. I finished a 13-week practicum in a northern Cree Community where I teach a mix of secondary students between the ages of 12 and 19. This is the final step to achieving my degrees and teaching certification. I was accepted at McGill for a Master's of Arts in Education and Society, and my short term plan is to pursue this degree with the hopes of researching integrative models of education for First Nation's students.
Brandon Romano ('07)
I am currently working on a Master of Education (Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning) at McGill. I am involved at
St. George's High School as I coach the Juvenile Boys’ Basketball team and do test/exam reading.
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Michael Stepner ('07)
I attended the 2014 Lindau Nobel Laureate meetings on Economic Sciences. In Lindau, I joined 18 Nobel laureates in Economics and 460 PhD students from all over the world for a week of workshops, seminars and social gatherings. It was an absolutely amazing experience. My first exposure to economics was at St. George's, talking to M. DesRochers while preparing for debating tournaments. I graduated in 2007, and I'm now a second-year student in the economics PhD program at MIT. Last summer I was a fellow in the Data Science for Social Good program, tackling a social project with an interdisciplinary team in Chicago.
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Robert Khoury ('08)
I am currently working as a freelance photographer and graphic designer.
Jeremy Segal ('08)
I am co-directing the creation of a new theatre piece with my company, Title 66 Productions. We're very fortunate to have received a grant from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec. The play is called Nuclear Sky: The Experiment. It explores the dehumanizing consequences of war, technology, and contemporary society. The show is interdisciplinary: it incorporates performance, design, dance, video, sound, live music, and interactive technologies. The show was accepted into the programming of Printemps Numériques which is very exciting!
Rebecca Letourneau-Duynstee ('14)
I went to LCC - Grade 12 and I applied to different Universities. I have been accepted to some with scholarships, for example Ottawa, Carleton, Dalhousie and City University of London, all in engineering. Outside of school, I made the Équipe du Québec in Alpine Snowboarding and I have had a great season this past year. I have come back to
St. George’s a lot. I have been a volunteer tutor for several students and I have also been helping out in Robotics working with the younger students.
Eugénie Officer ('14)
I am in my second year at John Abbott College in Honours Social Science.
Michael is first on the left.
On the right is Chris Sims, Nobel laureate in 2011.
Bradley Zipkin '77
With great strength and determination, surrounded by his loving family, Bradley passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2015.
Loving son of Bunny Vengroff (the late Michel) and Morris Zipkin (Barbara). Exceptional father and coach of Jordan, Lauren ('10), and Justin. Amazing brother and brother-in-law of Jodi Zipkin ('79), Stacy ('82) and Barry Gurman. Fun loving uncle of Sam, Rachel, Aaron ('17), Melanie, Ryan, Brandon, Danielle, Jackie and Adam. Cherished companion of Jane Eisenhauer. He will be greatly missed and always remembered by Heather, his family, friends and all who knew him.
St. George's Former Faculty & Staff
Matthew Meyer – Former Performing Arts Department Head and Teacher
Well, for those who might remember me (1976-1999), I'm teaching drama education, principles and practices of teaching Bachelor of Education courses and graduate level courses in Educational Administration at St. Francis Xavier University. On a personal level, my wife Louise and I are living in the Nova Scotia countryside with our dogs, cats, horses and our tractor "Gertie." I have many fond memories from my years at St. G’s.: classes, productions, drama tours, the Jacques DesRochers 'let's change his room around days', rescuing basketballs from the gym's ceiling and attempting to explain the stage-crew's shenanigans to a number of principals (with minimal success!). I would love to hear from any former students and staff. – Matt (sometimes known as Capt. Matt) (email@example.com)
Janet Odell Bourke – Former High School French Teacher
I am still living in Montreal and work part-time at Loyola High School. I do lots of skiing, play tennis and have taken up golf which I love! I am thinking of retiring soon and doing some travelling.
Jennifer Brown - Former Elementary School Art Specialist
I taught at the Elementary School for 17 years, and am now living in P.E.I., enjoying my heritage home and art studio. I have been creating artists' books, and I have published a children's book, Tallulah the Theatre Cat, soon to be followed by a second one.
I won the L.M. Montgomery Prize for Children's Literature for my first book. I want to say “Hello”
to all my students.
Jimmy Greer - Former High School Building Custodian
I am very happy being retired. My son got married last year and we are now proud grandparents! We are very excited about that. All the best.
John Hinton – Former Vice Principal and Elementary School Director
I just finished my latest book, "Math Works: Games, Puzzles, and Diversions for the Classroom". I have written eight teacher resource books on mathematics for teachers and published eighteen years of a math journal (Math Matters) of games for children around the world since leaving St. George’s in 1989. I am the president of Math Matters. Along with my company consultants, we run seminars, workshops, and courses on mathematics throughout the United States. I am living with my wife, Elaine, in New York and Celebration, Florida. We both love Montreal and return every year for the Jazz Festival.
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John Plant – Former Elementary School Music Teacher
Greetings from Nova Scotia!
I've been busy composing. My Concerto for Orchestra, commissioned for the fortieth anniversary season of the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, was premiered at Salle Bourgie on April 15, 2014. I Will Fly Like a Bird, an opera about the tragic death of Robert Dziekanski, was staged by Opera Nova Scotia on May 22 and 23. I was proud and happy to be part of Suzie LeBlanc's Elizabeth Bishop project; she commissioned several composers to make settings of Bishop's poetry, and the result was a CD , 'I Am in Need of Music' which contains two of my works: Sandpiper and Sunday, 4 A.M. The CD received the East Coast Music Association award for Best Classical CD of 2014. This year, my Capriccio for flute and marimba was nominated for Best Classical Composition, and the CD on which it appears, Kitchen Party, won Best Classical CD. Finally, two Boston-area saxophonists co-commissioned a work for voice, saxophone and piano. This work, Insomnia, a setting of poetry by Marina Tsvetaeva, was performed at Carnegie Hall on Halloween. My New York debut! www.johnplantmusic.com
Paule Tremblay – Former High School Sciences Sociales Teacher
Since 1999, I traveled all around the world. With our Winnebago, my sister and I traveled across Canada and the United States twice! We have seen so many splendid landscapes, canyons and mountains. What a beautiful continent! I also love to travel by cruise ship and have done so extensively traveling around South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. During the summer months, I enjoy my trailer along the St-Lawrence River. From my living room I see the ships passing by and every night the beautiful sunset. This is my life with nature and much happiness.
I think about St. George's and all the people I worked with and the students I had. J'ai de très bons souvenirs.
Kerry Ballard, Grade 4 English & Math
I recently had a short article published in Montreal Families magazine titled
It's time to relax and let boys roughhouse.
Chantal Martin pictured with
St. George's Elementary School Students
Oriana Sutorius, High School Art
I had my artwork chosen for the cover of a psychology textbook at California State University,
San Marcos last year.
The textbook will be published in Spring 2016.
Assistant Head, Elementary School
I recently presented to the Sociology of Education class of Leah Moss, PhD, at Concordia University. I was asked to provide the class a real-life perspective of being a principal, including the demands, responsibilities and decisions that in-school administrators must contend with on a daily basis. The lecture allowed for students to consider the perspective from "inside the mind of" an active principal.
Today's Faculty & Staff
Jo-Ann Wong, High School Math
I recently graduated from my masters in June of this year. It was from the University of Waterloo, in the program of Masters of Mathematics for Teachers.
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Jeff Deeprose, High School English
I recently travelled to Kuujuuarpiq, Nunavik with the McGill University Faculty of Education. Kuujuuarapiq is on Hudson's Bay, and is a split Cree/Inuit community. I was there to work at a summer training institute for teachers, run by The Kativik School Board, which covers fourteen Inuit communities in northern Quebec. I was in charge of a course in basic pedagogy.
The course was taught mostly in Inuktitut, so I was working with two senior Inuit teachers, Betsy and Eva. It was a fascinating experience--culturally, pedagogically, and environmentally. It is stunningly beautiful up there. The people are wonderful as well. I am looking forward to doing more with McGill and Kativik.
Jeff Deeprose with Inuit teachers Besty and Eva.
Beyond the Classroom
Jim Officer, Head of School for 21 years and educator for more than 40 years, retired in June 2014. A Hollywood themed event entitled “An Officer and a Gentleman,” was held on May 21, 2014 at Le Windsor. Over 350 guests in attendance were greeted with a red carpet and a mob of paparazzi (actually St. George’s student volunteers). Heartfelt speeches were also delivered by special guests, including Beatrice Lewis, former Elementary School Director; Adam Greenberg, Class of 2004; Hal Hannaford, Headmaster of Selwyn House; Lee Haberkorn, Class of 2002 and Kenneth Salomon, Class of 1964 and former Chair of St. George's Board of Directors (1989 to 1994).
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For a total of 11 years, Don Belec has shared his expertise, experience and drive with St. George’s, fundraising to ensure a strong future for the school.
Don served for nine years as Director of Development/Advancement, between 2001-2010, during which time his hard work produced funding for the creation of our Centre for Learning Enrichment (CLE); the installation and naming of new, retractable theatre seats; and multiple scholarship and endowment funds. He is also credited with major productions, including our 75th Anniversary Gala, Beatrice Lewis Retirement Gala, and Jaclyn Linetsky Memorial Gala, among many other beautiful events. Don was also the supportive influence behind the James A. Officer Legacy 21 Campaign and was an integral part of Jim’s Tribute Gala.
A consummate professional from head to toe, Don will definitely be missed. Able to keep us smiling and thinking positively, nobody can start conversations more easily, and nobody can keep a conversation going with warm intent and laughter quite like Don. It’s that positive energy and the inner-desire to help others that has drawn Don into retirement, where he plans to give still more of his time to those in need.
Decades of service to our St. George’s families do not go unnoticed. When someone retires, we celebrate their contributions to our Community.
St. George's Recently Retired Faculty & Staff
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Rena retired after 35 years with the Elementary School in June 2014; she began her teaching career at St. George’s in 1979 and has taught either Grade 2 or 3 students ever since. She introduced the very popular La Ferme d’André overnight field trips.
In her retirement year, Rena planned a wonderful Math Breakfast for parents and students, where her students applied their knowledge of all aspects of money.
During her 30 years at St. George’s, June Holmes has worked with several Elementary School Assistant Heads and teachers.
She has edited many a newsletter, organized and ordered agenda books, poured over calendars, meeting dates, medical files and attendance forms.
June is/was and will continue to be loved and respected by all teachers, parents and students. Her expertise and knowledge of all aspects of St. George’s will be greatly missed, as well as her memories of all things St. George’s. June has always helped everyone who walked through our doors.
Judy retired after 26 years with the Elementary School in June 2014.
Judy took over in March of 1988 for Beatrice Lewis’ Grade 5 class, before being asked to teach Grade 6 English and Philosophy for Children. When Math was to be taught in English, Judy took that over and also began the Group Leadership Program. Judy also planned the 3-day Leadership program (with Chris Adam and Danielle Delhaes), introduced and created the Community Learning Program in Grade 6, culminating in the annual Community Learning Fair. She also created the Health Matters unit covering nutrition (crosscurricular with Science and Gym), Human Body and Lab Day at HS.
During his 22 years at St. George’s, Bill Nevin has touched the lives of numerous students through his strong commitment to teaching and learning. He not only contributed to the growth and development of the school’s curriculum, but also the curriculum across Quebec.
Bill is known for being very generous with his time – demonstrating his passion for teaching. His interactions with students and colleagues alike have often been spiced with examples of his wry sense of humour, which we enjoyed and will certainly miss.
Beyond the classroom, Bill introduced St. George’s to one of the true loves of his life-India. He initiated, facilitated and personally led our 20 school trips to the Sheila Bal Bhavan (SBB) home for girls in need, in Jaipur. Through this example of giving back, Bill brought a new perspective on the world to many of our young people and shared in the joy of watching the girls of SBB blossom into fine, confident and self-reliant young women.
Patty-May retired after 33 years with the Elementary School; she came to St. George’s in 1981 and fondly recalls many wonderful years collaborating with former pre-school teachers Mary Brown & Maureen Wallace.
Patty-May was responsible for introducing the first-ever overnight field trips for Kindergarten students, which took place at the Biodome (only our K class was permitted to spend the night there at that time).
With much love and kindness, Patty-May has taught so many Kindergarteners their emergent skills in reading, writing and arithmetic.
Linda Small joined our High School team in 2006. At that time, Linda was looking forward to opportunities that would allow her to remain active while making a difference in the life of at-risk students. Happily, she chose to make a difference at St. George’s.
Linda has proven to be a very caring and nurturing individual who goes to great lengths to make others feel good about themselves. She has worked tirelessly in support of the academic, social and emotional well-being of her students. During these past several years, her gentle, behind-the-scenes presence has become a valued and important part of our St. George’s Community.
Hired in August 1999, Vida first came to us at the Elementary School, where she worked for the Assistant Head, Ms. Beatrice Lewis, as the Elementary School receptionist. From September 2009 until her retirement in February, 2015, Vida worked as administrative assistant to Ms. Nathalie Bossé, Assistant Head Curriculum and CLE. Vida brought to each of these roles her calm and steady presence.
Working in a busy environment is always a challenge, but Vida was adept at managing the constant interruptions and was able to perform the numerous tasks required of her. Efficient and organized, she was consistent and professional in the execution of her duties. In dealing with our students, Vida was attentive and empathetic.
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After 15 years of service, our Director of Finance and Administration, Ms. Dorothy Yule, announced her retirement from St. George’s School of Montreal in February 2015.
When one thinks of Dorothy, the first words that come to mind are kindness and humility. Speaking with Dorothy, one is immediately put at ease. It doesn’t matter if you’re reviewing a report, trying to balance a budget or just chatting about your weekend, she always has a cheery disposition. A wise and caring woman, Dorothy will be truly missed by her colleagues and clients alike.
Math Competes and Computes
Our senior students, along with a few juniors, participated in the Sun Life Financial Canadian Open Math Challenge in November 2015. Their results will be matched against thousands of students participating in the COMC across Canada. The top 50 scorers will be invited to write the Sun Life Financial Canadian Mathematical Olympiad.
The Math and Computing Club is well on its way, offering junior students an introduction to coding and programming. The club meets over lunch in a very casual and non-competitive atmosphere.
School’s in session and that means
St. George’s students are involved in exciting activities and achieving great things.
Here are just a
few updates of What’s New Around the School.
pictured in May 2015 with
Sharon Klein, Head of School
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The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) received more than 13,000 entries from over 600 schools in 49 Commonwealth countries and territories.
Lucca Hazan, current Grade 10 - Junior Bronze Medal
Lucca's entry was a poem which posed the idea, When the day comes, we will all be equal. The concept behind his writing is that there will come a day when there will be no discrimination, we will share the same rights, fighting will end and, "We will be one people named humans."
Mathew Kfouri, Class of 2015 - Senior Silver Medal
Mathew wrote an essay titled Homo Ex Machina covering the subject, What do you want to accomplish in your lifetime?
"I discussed why living forever is not only valuable but also possible with the use of advancing mechanical technologies and how I would strive to replace all defective parts of the human body with robotic alternatives," Mathew explained.
Two St. George's students won awards in The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition of 2015.
English Students Awarded in Queen’s Competition
What's New Around the School
on Giving Tuesday
See the broadcast from CBC News
St. George’s joined more than 300 organisations across Quebec, 15 here in Westmount alone, as our province first joined a growing Canada-wide movement called Giving Tuesday.
Each year, the Tuesday that follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday is now recognized as a day of giving back after two major days of consumerism. St. George's saw this as an opportunity to participate full-force.
On Giving Tuesday, the school held its annual food drive for the NDG Food Depot, an organisation we’ve been helping for eight years. Students collected a total of 150 bags of food for our neighbours in need and partnered with CBC-TV's annual Sing-In event which brought CBC news anchor Debra Arbec to St. George's to capture students filling the station's news van with bags of donations.
St. George’s also decided to hold its annual volunteer appreciation event on Giving Tuesday. Our reception honouring our volunteers was a way we could "Give Back" to our families and members of our Community by celebrating their significant and meaningful contributions to St. George's.
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When the students are cheering, singing and dancing (even jumping) during a learning competition, you know it’s a great fit for St. George’s.
The World Scholar’s Cup, which has hosted learning competitions in more than 30 countries, held its first Canadian competition at St. George’s on January 22 and 23, 2016. It is one of the most recognized and fastest growing extracurricular activities in the world, according to its founder Daniel Berdichevski, who helped lead the event in Montreal.
Here’s how it works: area schools are invited to send multiple teams of three students, split by division (Junior ages 10-14 and Senior age 15+),
to compete in four categories:
• Team Debate
• Collaborative Writing
• Scholar’s Bowl (quiz show format)
• Scholar’s Challenge (written exam format)
The unique event format celebrates learning through intense but collegial competitions interspersed with pep rallies and music and topped off with a celebratory distribution of stuffed alpacas to each participant. The alpaca is the mascot of the World Scholar’s Cup and graces each event and each medal awarded.
“We were very excited to host this celebration of learning that brings students together to display their knowledge and develop new skills,” said Sharon Klein, Head of School at St. George’s.
In all, three Montreal schools sent a total of 19 teams for this inaugural World Scholar’s Cup, and St. George’s is working to increase that number when hosting the second annual event in 2017. Regional division champion teams are invited to global events allowing them to compete against teams from other countries. Multiple teams from St. George’s and the other participating schools in Montreal earned invitations to the Global Round in Prague in July 2016.
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World Academic Competition Holds
First Canada Event at St. George’s
Themselves at Terre-à-Coeur
Grade 5 students went on their annual class trip: Terre-à-Coeur. It was an exceptional experience for everyone involved. The children embraced the activities and began to develop their own understanding of the kind of person they want to be. They challenged themselves, reflected on their actions and grew a lot.
This year we added a 3rd day of Terre-à-Coeur activities, which were conducted at school and in our community. On the mountain, with the guidance of art specialist Zenia Dusaniwsky, the children made a giant frame from twigs, chose an object found in nature and pledged to continue to develop their values as they created a communal impermanent art piece in the style of Andy Goldsmith. It was a sincere, respectful and moving ceremony. As one student noted: "We don't really need the nest to make a frame for our work, we are the frame around our pledges." Very impressive, Grade 5!
Mount Royal's Natural Gifts – Shared with our Kindergarten Class
Fall on Mount Royal is the perfect time and place to conduct a nature class with our Kindergarten students. A professional guide taught the class about the cycles of the trees as well as the birds and animals who live in this natural resource right in our school’s neighborhood. Many parent volunteers were very helpful in guiding our students as they followed the path all the way to the top of the mountain.
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Author Craig Thompson explained to Grade 5 and 6 students what prompted him to write his recent best selling graphic novel, Space Dumplins. "I wanted to make the book I dreamed of when I was 10 years old," Thompson said. Thompson demonstrated the process of writing and illustrating his books and answered very thoughtful questions about his processes, his career and his future.
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Award Winning Authors
Visit our Library
Two award-winning children’s authors visited our Elementary School this fall and both were delighted to see the love of reading that exists among our students.
Storytelling sparked in the minds of Grade 1 and 2 students as author Cary Fagan (Mr. Zinger's Hat, Ella May and The Wishing Stone and many others) spoke with them, read to them and listened to them as they discussed great ways to tell fun stories.
In October, Grade 4 students hoisted the sails and went on an adventure aboard the historic schooner Grosse Île. As they sailed up and down the St. Lawrence River, the children walked the decks of this tall ship and also toured down below. They sat in the galley, toured the crew’s sleeping quarters and even got to peek inside the engine room.
This was an extraordinary experience for the students who learned so much about sailing and history. Their teacher, Andreanne Langevin, produced this video of their trip.
Students Use Mountain
to Practice Math
Grade 5 and 6 students joined high school math students for an afternoon of math activities on Mount Royal this fall. The elementary math students participated in fun-filled, problem-solving activities hosted by Grade 8 accelerated math students at different stations around Beaver Lake.
Each group of elementary school students had four minutes to solve the problem at each station, then ran to the next in a timed sequence of 13 stations. At each stop, if they got the correct answer, the students collected a clue to an overall puzzle which was solved at day’s end.
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Watch the video from the Grade 4 trip.
• Cheryl Weigensberg-Wood – President/Chair, Board of Directors
• Louise Anne Poirier – Immediate Past President
• Amir Barnea – Treasurer/Co-Chair, Finance Committee
• Kim Holden – Secretary/Chair, Governance Committee
• Caroline Desrosiers – Vice President/Chair, Advancement Committee
• Sharon Klein – Head of School
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• Lynn Butler-Kisber – Outside Educator
• Anna Parfrement – Chair, Marketing Committee
• George Kfouri – Chair, Buildings & Grounds Committee
• Brenda Metzen – Co-Chair, Parents Activity Committee
• Lee Haberkorn – Alumni Representative
• Laurie Shapiro – Chair, Nominating Committee
• Tamara Liebmann – Chair, Education Committee
• Marc MacDonald – Member at Large
• David Gameroff – Member at Large
• Christina Latterman – Member at Large
• Caroline Polak – Member at Large
• Madeleine Bonnard – Member at Large/Transition
• Clare Gabert – ES Faculty Representative
• Maria Szuber – HS Faculty Representative
Board of Directors 2015/2016
Feel free to contact any member of our Leadership Team
via email or by calling 514-937-9289.
Sharon Klein - Head of School
firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 214
Marc Balas - Director, Finance & Administration email@example.com ext. 219
Nathalie Bossé - Assistant Head, Curriculum & CLE firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 234
Donna Boyd - Director, Advancement & Alumni Relations email@example.com ext. 275
Kathay Carson - Director, Admissions
firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 215
Scott Cross - Director, Communications
email@example.com ext. 276
Chantal Martin - Assistant Head, Elementary School firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 287
Leigh McCarthy - Executive Assistant, Head of School email@example.com ext. 213
Michael O'Connor - Assistant Head, High School firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 212
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Planned Giving: A Lasting Legacy
For many people, charitable giving is an integral aspect of their life. The act of planned giving can help take philanthropy to the next level, but this requires careful planning, negotiation and counsel. Donors who want to see maximum value in a long-term gifting relationship with their favourite charitable organization should consider planned giving. With proper planned giving, money, investment capital, and other assets that donors give to their preferred organizations can provide them with a great sense of satisfaction, happiness and purpose.
Planned giving is a method that enables philanthropic individuals to consider larger gifts than otherwise possible from just their income alone. It utilizes estate and tax planning techniques in order to maximize gifts to St. George’s School of Montreal and/or minimize its impact on the donor’s estate. The planned gift is made in someone’s lifetime or at death as part of a donor’s overall financial and/or estate plan, and helps individuals achieve their philanthropic, tax and financial goals all at once.
With a little planning, the donor can create a lifetime of honour in memory of a special person in their life which will establish a truly lasting legacy for generations to come.
An increasing number of families are reaching a point in their lives in which the questions of transition, wealth transfer, and philanthropic planning need to be addressed. Families with a long-term vision strive to ensure future generations will benefit from successful enterprise. This vision is not always complete without engagement in philanthropy.
If you are interested in learning more about planning a legacy gift, please contact Donna Boyd, Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations, at (514) 937-9289 (ext 275) or email@example.com.
Alumni Executive Committee
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We are excited to announce the formation this year of St. George’s Alumni Executive Committee. The role of this committee is to act as a bridge between seasoned and younger alumni, faculty and current students through fun and engaging activities and projects in tandem with the objectives of the Advancement and Alumni Relations Office of St. George’s.
The committee is comprised of the following positions:
Chairperson – Lee Haberkorn (’02)
Vice Chair – Adam Greenberg (’04)
Current Students – Liam Fabre (’16) (Student Council)
Young Alumni – Daniel Freder (’09)
Tribute Dinner – Risa Lukofsky (’82)
Member at Large – Patricia Klein (‘88)
Member at Large – Kenneth Salomon (‘64)
The following positions have yet to be filled:
Strategic Initiatives – An “idea person” perhaps someone with a marketing/communications background who
could come up with interesting ideas for engaging alumni.
Community – Perhaps a former member of the faculty to assist with reunions both milestone and out-of-town as
well as the DragonLink publications.
Mentorship – We would like to engage more alums in our Career Fairs and have a mentorship program for
students and faculty/staff as well.
If you, or someone you know, may be interested in one of these positions, please don’t hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned for exciting news, projects and events from this committee in the months to come.
Dragonlink is a publication of the Advancement and Alumni Relations Department of
St. George’s School of Montreal
Writers (in addition to those identified):
Donna Boyd, Scott Cross, Jonathan Goldman, Sharon Klein, Patricia Lavoie, Megan Webster
Editors: Leigh McCarthy, Sharon Picard,
Design: Victoria Dobbin
Cover Photography: Sean O'Neill