Virtual Career Development Talk with #BVGAlumni Speaker and Author Rosemary Yeremian ’93

Alumni, Events

On Wednesday, June 16, the Bayview Glen Alumni Association hosted our next virtual career development talk on Zoom with #BVGAlumni speaker and author Rosemary Yeremian ’93.

Rosemary shared some strategies and tips with our alumni and school community on how to forge your own career path to a successful future, and how to navigate the challenges of succeeding in business:

  1. Do the hard work
  2. Find your cheerleader and mentor networking
  3. When things don’t go well, turn another direction

Thank you to everyone for their participation and involvement. Congratulations to the lucky winner of our free signed book giveaway.

If you are interested in ordering a copy of Rosemary’s new book “STEP UP”, please visit her website at www.stepupinbusiness.com and use this special discount code “BVG20” for an additional 20% off (total 40% off her book price).

Please stay tuned for details on other alumni events in the fall. Have a safe and wonderful summer, and we look forward to seeing everyone again at our next alumni event.

#BVGAlumni Speaker and Author Profile

Rosemary Yeremian graduated from Bayview Glen in 1993 and holds a Masters degree in Political Science and a Certificate of Financial Statement Analysis from the University of Quebec. Rosemary is currently the Vice President, Corporate Strategy at X-energy Canada and was the President of Thermodyne Engineering with over 20 years of executive experience in the nuclear, aerospace and military sectors. She sits on a number of Boards, including: Women in Aerospace Canada and the Ontario Aerospace Council, and is an active member of the American Nuclear Society. After a lifetime of learning about how to succeed in those fields, she now aspires to help empower other individuals to move their careers ahead with dignity and based on merit.

Spring 2021 Virtual Alumni Events

Alumni, Events
screen shot of the zoom jeopardy event

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 circumstances, we regrettably cannot host our annual Alumni Reunion Weekend in person again this year. Thereby, the Bayview Glen Alumni Association, in collaboration with the Parent Association, was delighted to present two virtual events over the last weekend of May 2021 for our alumni and school community to keep the tradition going.

#BVGAlumni Reunion 2021 Virtual Jeopardy Game
Friday, May 28, 2021 | 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. | Online via Zoom

On the evening of Friday, May 28, the Alumni Association hosted our first ever virtual Alumni Reunion event over Zoom with a great turnout.

A wide span of alumni from the class of 1991 to recent grads, especially those alumni in different time zones (Berlin, Hong Kong, etc.) were excited to participate in the BVG-themed virtual Jeopardy game and valued the opportunities to reconnect with their former classmates and teachers even in a virtual setting and breakout rooms on Zoom.

Thanks to the BVGAA Board Members for organizing this virtual alumni event. Special thanks to Mr. Reynolds for hosting the fun game for us, and thanks also to Andre Forsythe ’01 for sharing their Class of 2001 commemorative video with us during the event.

Big congrats to those alumni in the honoured classes for their milestone reunion celebrations. Congratulations also to the top 3 winners of the game – Jonathan Metrick ’01, Jeffrey Pong ’14 and Lexi Paradis ’07. We will reach out to them individually for the gift card prizes.

Please stay connected and we look forward to seeing you all again online and at future alumni events.

Virtual Children’s Book Reading with #BVGAlumni Author Layla Ahmad ’10
Saturday, May 29, 2021 | 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. | Online via Zoom

Author Layla Ahmad at a zoom event

As part of the Parent Association Virtual Spring Family Fun Fair on Saturday, May 29, alumni with young children, as well as current students and parents enjoyed the virtual book reading on Zoom with alumni author Layla Ahmad ‘10 for her new children’s picture book “When Mom’s Away”, launched recently in April 2021 via Second Story Press and illustrated by Layla’s mom and past parent Farida Zaman.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Layla’s book, enter discount code MOMSAWAY15 at checkout for 15% off your book (May 24-June 5) when ordering via the Second Story Press website.

We are grateful for the community support of our alumni authors, and look forward to seeing everyone again at our next alumni author event in June.

Please visit the Alumni Events webpage for more information and online registrations.

Bayview Glen Law Club Wins Award from OJEN at Twitter Moot Competition

Events, Upper School

By: Sherry Darvish – Head Coach and Bayview Glen Parent

On March 10, 2021, the aspiring lawyers in Bayview Glen’s Law Club participated in the Ontario Justice Education Network’s (OJEN) Twitter Moot competition. The OJEN Twitter Moot competition is an online debate. High school students from across the province of Ontario participate in the online discussion by tweeting their opinions on a thought-provoking question with a myriad of legal implications. This competition offers students a fun opportunity to learn about important and contentious legal issues facing our society. The topic this time was about mandatory COVID-19 vaccination, a topic that we have all probably thought or read about as we navigate these challenging pandemic times.  

Students in the competition were asked to provide comments on the following question: 

Would a law that made COVID-19 vaccination compulsory for all Canadians infringe the rights set out in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? If so, would that infringement be justified under section 1 of the Charter? 

The question is not an easy one to answer as it raises many legal and policy issues intersecting health care, race, division of powers, and constitutional matters to name a few. However, this challenge did not stop the students in the BVG Law Club from providing intelligent and thoughtful comments to the question. Many of their comments earned them re-tweets such as the following: 

“Even though the Supreme Court of Canada has never before upheld a violation of section 7 using the Oakes test, the Court has claimed that “natural disasters, the outbreak of war, epidemics, and the like are instances where such a violation may be acceptable”. 

At the end of a debate filled day, the BVG Law Club took home one of the coveted OJEN awards for providing the most engaging discussion. Congratulations to all the BVG law club students on their achievement. To read more tweets from the day please visit @BVG_LawClub on Twitter.

Career Breakfast on Psychology

Alumni, Events

On Tuesday, March 2, Courtney Chow ’11 and Erin Matsuba ’15 joined our last online Career Breakfast of the school year as alumni speakers, and shared their insights in the Psychology industry with our current students and parents from the Prep and Upper School community.

Though they both studied psychology, they have had very different and impactful career journeys. Courtney, through her passion for dance and her connection with the National Ballet School, volunteered with the “Dance with Parkinson’s” programme. This led her to researching and studying Clinical Mental Health Counselling with a specialization in Dance Movement Therapy. Erin shared how she discovered her interest in psychology through the “Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology” class she took with Ms. Dybala, along with her time working at Bayview Glen Day Camp. She affirmed to current students that it is okay to be unsure of what you want to do. “You are fortunate to have both choice and time on your side.” Both alumnae reflected on why they chose this field and highlighted the positive impact you can have on other people’s lives, their future and the broader community.

Thank you to Courtney and Erin for their involvement and support of our school community. All three online Career Breakfasts were great successes and featured inspirational alumni speakers. We look forward to seeing you at the Career Breakfasts next year.

Courtney Chow presenting slides - my advice, get involved, seek support, follow your passion
Erin Matsuba presenting slides - end career goals, pediatric clinic neuropsychologist

Parent Association Online Social Mixology Feb 27, 2021

Events, Parent Association

Parent Association Online Social: Mixology
Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom

On behalf of the Parent Association, thank you to all those who joined our BVG (Beach Virtual Getaway)! It was a fun evening and we learned some cool tips and tricks from Mixologist Mark. We also want to sincerely thank all of our generous donors who helped make the event a success. Please be sure to check out their Instagram accounts tagged below.

We look forward to seeing you all at our next event in the Spring.

@brvndtender– Mark Lourenco (Mixologist)
@shopcocomarket– Coco Market
@radfordbeauty– Radford Beauty
@radfordstudio– Radford Studio
@aitorontoseoul– ai Toronto Seoul
@candycrush.designs– Candy Crush Designs
@vicvilo – Victoria Village Optometry

photos from the mixology course

Navigating the COVID News Presentation by Farah Nasser

COVID-19, Events, Parent Association
Navigating the covid news, Farah Nasser, global new co-anchor 5.30 and 6.30 news

Our Parent Association virtual general meeting was held on January 19, 2021 via Zoom, and we were excited to welcome Farah Nasser, Global 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. News Co-Anchor, to our meeting.

Farah spoke to us about how to navigate the news cycle. She shared key insights on how to look at news through a critical eye. Helping us understand how to find trustworthy news sources and speak to our children about what is happening in the news that is age appropriate.

To access Farah’s full presentation, please follow the link shared on Edsby, available exclusively to the Bayview Glen school community.

Tips when the news get scary. Be transparent, honest, but they don't need to know everything. Reassure them they are safe. Search for the positive part of the story. highlight helpers so they don't just remeber the negative part of the story. Point kids to the future. Even when things are unresolved, point to a picture of what it will be like to look back. Teach your kids about similar, historical events that have happened in the past. Fill their need for resolution.

Virtual Book Reading with #BVGAlumni Author Jordyn Taylor ’08

Alumni, Events
Jordyn Taylor with her two book covers

The Bayview Glen Alumni Association was excited to present our first virtual event with #BVGAlumni author Jordyn Taylor ’08 on Wednesday, December 9.

Members of the Bayview Glen community participated in the virtual book reading of Jordyn’s debut young adult novel The Paper Girl of Paris, and interacted with Jordyn directly during the Q & A session with lots of great questions and participations.

In addition, Jordyn talked about her upcoming young adult novel Don’t Breathe a Word, scheduled to be published in May 2021.

Congratulations to Jessi S. who was randomly drawn as the lucky winner of our free signed book giveaway.

Please stay tuned for details on other virtual alumni events in the new year. We hope to see everyone again at our next event.

About the Author:
Jordyn Taylor graduated from Bayview Glen in 2008 and is the 2020 recipient (pdf) of the Bayview Glen Distinguished Alumnus Award. Based in New York City, Jordyn is the deputy editor of content at Men’s Health magazine, and the author of two young adult novels: The Paper Girl of Paris (2020) and Don’t Breathe a Word (2021), both with HarperTeen. Jordyn is also an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. To find out more about Jordyn and her books, please visit her website at jordynhtaylor.com, or on Twitter and Instagram) (@jordynhtaylor).

Author Jordyn Taylor on a zoom call

Career Breakfast on Periodontics and Orthopedics

Alumni, Events

On Tuesday, December 1, two talented alumni – Dr. Vinay Bhide ’93 and Dr. Fahim Merali ’06 – joined our second online Career Breakfast as guest speakers and shared their insights in the Periodontics and Orthopedics professions with our current students and parents from the Prep and Upper School community.
 
What great advice from two of our alumni for students interested in pursuing medical career paths.  “Doing what you love is freedom. Loving what you do is happiness.” It was clear from Dr. Bhide that he does what he loves and loves what he does. He introduced us to the periodontic field of dentistry and the functional and cosmetic transformation that it provides to his patients. He also shared how his practice is also a business and as such provides the ability to be your own boss and create the lifestyle you desire, though you are also responsible for the financial sustainability to your employees. Dr. Merali echoed the same message. His advice to students – don’t do it if your heart isn’t in it, sometimes you might feel like you’re flying by the seat of your pants and that’s okay, you need to take care of your mental health, and finally, and most importantly, be kind. This has helped him grow his network and build his reputation among colleagues and administrators and has led to further career opportunities. He shared how his own career path allowed him to continue to learn as family medicine is a great career path that provides avenues for growth.
 
The last Career Breakfast of the school year is scheduled for Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. to be held online via Microsoft Teams. Please stay tuned for more details. We look forward to seeing you at our next Career Breakfast.

A slide from Dr. Bhide's presentation about dentistry
A slide from Dr. Merali highlighting his experience

Upcoming Event: Virtual Book Reading with #BVGAlumni Author Jordyn Taylor ’08

Alumni, Events

The Bayview Glen Alumni Association is excited to present our first virtual event with #BVGAlumni author Jordyn Taylor ’08. Join us on Wednesday, December 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for a virtual reading of Jordyn’s debut young adult novel The Paper Girl of Paris, followed by an interactive Q & A session with Jordyn. This is a complimentary event for all members of the Bayview Glen community and will be held online via Zoom. If you are interested in participating, please register online at Alumni Events to receive the Zoom event link in the confirmation email. Everyone who registers and attends this event will be entered in a giveaway draw for a chance to win a free copy of The Paper Girl of Paris signed by Jordyn. We look forward to “seeing” you all at the event.

brochure for the event, replicates the details in the blog post.