Alumni Spotlight – Sherif Nathoo ’97

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BVG Alumni Sherif Nathoo '97

Congratulations to #BVGAlumni Sherif Nathoo ’97 on being the Top Awarded Sales Professional at CENTURY 21 from 2004 to present. Sherif has over 18 years of experience in the Real Estate industry and is also a Business Coach at Tom Ferry International. In addition, Sherif is a Property Manager at CMG Toronto where he is responsible for managing rental properties for investors locally and oversees, and he has been involved with Aga Khan Foundation Canada as a volunteer for over 25 years since 1992. Sherif graduated from Ryerson University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Commerce, Hospitality and Tourism Management degree and completed the Executive Education Course, Launching New Ventures at Harvard Business School in 2009. We wish Sherif continued success in his future endeavours.

Alumni Spotlight – Shirley Slavens ’92

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BVG Alumni Shirley Slavens '92

Congratulations to #BVGAlumni Shirley Slavens ’92, MBA on her remarkable accomplishments in the financial services, technology and retail industries. Shirley is currently the Director, Global HR – Contingent Workforce at Scotiabank and has worked in various HR positions at Scotiabank since 2001. Previously, Shirley has extensive experience working at Celestica, Hudson’s Bay Company and General Motors. As a leader who has spearheaded large-scale HR initiatives in global organizations, Shirley brings a strategic and nimble approach to the entire cycle of talent management. We wish Shirley continued success in her career journey.

Alumni Spotlight – Dr. George Foussias ’93

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BVG Alumni Dr. George Foussias '93

Congratulations to #BVGAlumni Dr. George Foussias ’93, MD, PhD on his outstanding accomplishments in the healthcare profession and his research work in the mental health field. George is a Clinician Scientist in the Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute, Chief of the Schizophrenia Division and Director of the Slaight Family Centre for Youth in Transition at CAMH. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Institute of Medical Science, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto. His research focusses on advancing the treatment of motivation deficits and improving outcomes for individuals experiencing schizophrenia and related severe mental illnesses. We wish George continued success in his future endeavours.

Alumni Spotlight – Michael Lin ’10

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BVG Alumni Michael Lin '10

Congratulations to #BVGAlumni Michael Lin ’10 on his recent promotion as Engineering Manager at Twitter. Michael currently lives in San Francisco with his wife and two cats. He has been working at Twitter since 2014 and had previous work experience at Microsoft, Amazon and IBM. Michael obtained his Bachelor of Applied Science, Engineering Science from University of Toronto in 2014, and participated in the Academic, Java and Data Structures programme at Harvard University in 2008. We wish Michael continued success in his career journey.

Message to our Parent Community

COVID-19, Lower School, Prep School, Preschool, Upper School

Dear Parents,

It has been wonderful to see the student’s returning from March Break re-energized for the final term of the school year. 

As promised, we have been closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation since our return from March Break to determine our next steps in implementing the Government of Ontario and Ministry of Education’s updated Covid directives for schools. Throughout this pandemic, we have always anchored our decisions on public health directives in keeping our school community safe.

Our School’s current positive case numbers are certainly up but then our historical case numbers have been very low over the course of this past school year. We continue to monitor and inform parents when a student tests positive in a grade/class and this allows you, the parents, to take the precautions necessary to adjust to your particular family’s needs.

As we move to this next phase of a gradual and safe resumption of regular activities, we have made the decision to lift the mandatory masking requirement as of Monday, April 11th, but we are strongly recommending that parents continue to encourage masking for their children.

Mandatory masking will still be required at specific times/events within the school day such as assemblies, bussing, etc. and, as a result, all students are required to bring a mask to school every day for such events. Cohorting will continue by grade until the April long weekend; after which cohorting will be removed. Daily screening is still necessary although it is not necessary to upload the results. I have included the link to the Ontario Government’s Covid-19 School and Childcare Screening Tool as well as Toronto Public Health’s most recent Covid-19 Screening Questionnaire which can be used for your child’s daily screening questionnaire.

All other protocols with respect to positive cases and how they are managed will remain in place.

As you would expect, we will continue to carefully monitor the situation and will not hesitate to re-adjust our protocols, if necessary. We will continue to provide updates regularly. 

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support. Now more than ever we appreciate your assistance and cooperation as we slowly and cautiously move forward in resuming normal school activities while respecting individual masking choices.

Alumni Spotlight – Dr. Effy Germanis ’03

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BVG Alumni Dr. Effy Germanis '03

Congratulations to #BVGAlumni Dr. Effy Germanis ’03, ND, R.Ac on her recent opening of her own healthcare clinic, Hygeia Naturopathic Clinic, in Toronto. Effy is a Naturopathic Doctor and Registered Acupuncturist and a lover of gut health. With over 10 years of clinical experience, she has helped those with gut issues reclaim their health and their relationship with food. In her spare time, she teaches at the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Effy graduated from University of Toronto in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Human Biology and Biomedical Ethics, and obtained her Doctorate, Naturopathic Medicine/Naturopathy from Bastyr University in 2012. Effy also received the Acupuncture Diploma, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2016. We wish Effy continued success in her healthcare profession.

Alumni Spotlight – Marc Foran ’93

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BVG Alumni Marc Foran '93

Congratulations to #BVGAlumni Marc Foran ’93, MBA, CFA on his outstanding achievements. With two decades of experience in the financial services industry, Marc has a diverse background leading global public equity, bond and private equity funds. In 2018 he joined Rally Assets, one of Canada’s leading impact investing and advisory firms, as Chief Investment Officer to build and lead the firm’s investment management business. Prior to being Rally’s CIO, Marc was a Senior Portfolio Manager at British Columbia Investment Management Corporation managing the firms $1.5 billion Global Thematic Fund. Marc obtained his BA, Economics and Political Science degree from Western University in 1998 and completed his MBA, with distinction, Finance from Ivey Business School at Western University in 2003. He is also a CFA charterholder. We wish Marc continued success in his future endeavours.

Alumni Spotlight – Stuart Chan ’01

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BVG Alumni Stuart Chan '01

#BVGAlumni Stuart Chan ’01 has been working as a freelance Senior Digital and Strategy Consultant in Hong Kong and is currently working as Strategy Director, Social at Ogilvy Hong Kong, a New York City-based British advertising, marketing and public relations agency with over 125 offices worldwide, where he works alongside his creative team to develop local, regional and global work in line with Hong Kong’s unique role in Asia. Stuart is also working as a Strategic Advisor at MagicFew, a Crypto venture studio specializing in marketing and token launch strategies for blockchain and crypto developments. Previously, Stuart has extensive global experience working in North America and Asia-Pacific, including Mainland China, across a wide set of both B2C and B2B industry categories. We wish Stuart continued success in his future endeavours.