Pathways to Professional Life: Career Breakfast Spotlights Media 

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Their paths were distinctly different following high school and none of them was a straight line to their current roles. Those were among the perspectives shared by three Bayview Glen (BVG) alumni invited to speak at the second Career Breakfast of the school year. 

The commonality? The impact of their BVG experience on their life and career journey. 

“I think the reason I did so well at Bayview Glen and really enjoyed it is because the teachers — you really get to work one-on-one with them — and those are fantastic resources and really inspiring,” shared Kate Dingwall ’11 Emmy award-winning writer, editor and photographer. “I could start listing off teachers who really impacted my career, who brought out my love of art, music and sports, and how much they went out of their way to bring your passions out of you was really cool, really inspiring,” said Dingwall who is also a sommelier.  

Covering topics that intersect spirits, business, travel and culture, Dingwall’s work as appeared in Forbes.com, Toronto Life and the Toronto Star.  

“I would not be who I am today if I did not have teachers who put a lot of time and effort out of their own schedule to push their students,” Dingwall added during the question-and-answer portion of the agenda, in front of a packed Learning Commons at Moatfield Campus comprised of current students, parents, faculty and staff. 

Organized by the Academic and Career Counsellor and the Director of Alumni Relations at BVG, the December Career Breakfast event focused on the theme of media.

Alumnus Goldmond Fong ’15, an accomplished film director, editor and visual effects specialist, joined the panel in the wee hours of the morning, remotely, from his home in Los Angeles.  

“In high school, I remember I wasn’t the most confident in myself,” Fong shared via Zoom. “I just remember you guys [teachers] made me feel worth it, like I was doing something important, and that meant a lot to me at the time.” 

A graduate of Emerson College in Boston with a BFA in Film Production, Fong’s professional reel includes directorial, editing and graphics work for studios, agencies and clients including YouTube. 

“I just remember them [teachers] teaching me the forms of art, the foundations of art and just how to analyze art,” said Fong recalling key learnings from BVG. “That really taught me to look at everything, to take in the surroundings, and how the surroundings play into the story.” 

Kate Dingwall ’11 and Layla Ahmad ’10 were present in-person and Goldmond Fong ’15 joined virtually as guest speakers for Career Breakfast. 

For Layla Ahmad ’10, the path to her current role as a Producer at CTV ‘Your Morning’ included a BA in Sociology from U of T and a post-graduate degree in Public Relations from Humber College.

“In looking back, I was never really the strongest math or science student, but when it came to Arts, that’s where I always had a huge passion,” Ahmad told the audience of close to 100 — including current Bayview Glen students from Prep School and Upper School. 

“It was one of those things where you were allowed to make mistakes and it felt like a safe environment,” shared Ahmad, who previously worked at the CBC. “You could mess up one but your teachers would be there to reassure you that it’s not the end of the world,” said Ahmed, whose resume includes various types of writing including creative  and hard news copy, adding, “I don’t think I would be where I am today without our teachers at BVG.” 

The Career Breakfast events are designed to support Bayview Glen students explore various industries, career pathways and professional avenues.

“Our alumni go beyond the walls of Bayview Glen making their mark in the world and having them share their stories of success not only engages our students but allows them to draw connections between their current education and the alumni’s field of expertise,” says Daniella Brown ’10, Director of Alumni Relations. “This allows for the students to see themselves in each alumni’s shoes.”

The first Career Breakfast of this academic year, held in October, also featured the highest turnout ever recorded for the event with more than 100 in attendance. 

“Our BVG Alumni panels have been very inspiring,” said James Lee, Head of School at Bayview Glen, attending his second Career Breakfast. “These events truly connect their Bayview Glen experience to who they are today, within their respective career pathways and the successful roads going forward in their lives as professionals, responsible global citizens and wonderful human beings.” 

The event was particularly impactful for Adrian Dybala, Academic and Career Counsellor and teacher, who has been at BVG for more than 20 years. 

“It is a positive affirmation to see the work that we do here as educators is appreciated and having them find their purpose, which leads to their happiness,” says Dybala, who taught each of the three alumni panelists during their time at the school. 
 
“It affirms what we are doing as educators and we’re doing the right thing,” she says. Adding, “We are in the field of human connection, recognizing students for who they are, treating them with dignity and respect. They always remember that.” 

The next Career Breakfast at BVG is scheduled for February 28, 2023. 

Storyteller and Sports Broadcaster Addresses Bullying

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On the final two days of Bullying Awareness and Prevention Weeks at Bayview Glen, students and staff across much of the school welcomed a guest speaker with an informed lens on the subject.

“To be generous, to be a good teammate, a good friend, to get people to follow you, you have to first invest in them, invest in those relationships,” shared Donnovan Bennett, moments before addressing grades 3, 4 and 5 in the Lower School, at the end of November. “Whether we’re talking about successful businesses, successful teams, successful families, having some grace and some empathy goes a long way. Essentially, that is the message I’m looking to share.”

And he did just that during multiple addresses over two days.

Jesse Denison, Head of the Lower School and Preschool introduces guest speaker Donnovan Bennett.

Bennett, a host and writer at Sportsnet, producer, podcaster and married father of two young children tailored his message across 10 grade levels, engaging students through relatable anecdotes and his lived experience.

“I think I’ve learned a lot and been fortunate to meet a lot of high achieving highly competitive individuals, given the nature of my job in sports,” says the St. Andrew’s College and Western University graduate. “So, I’m always trying to selfishly learn what it is about them that makes them unique, special and successful.”

Guest speaker Donnovan Bennett addresses grade 3, 4 and 5 students during Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week.

During the Lower School presentation in a packed atrium, students enthusiastically participated when prompted by Bennett about how to be supportive and encouraging of others.

“So, when we treat other people with respect, when you encourage them, when we share with them, and we include them, it’s not just great for them — it’s great for you, and it’s great for everybody,” he told the more than 150 Lower School students in attendance.

Antoinette Morgan, Director of Student Well-Being, Donnovan Bennett, author and host on Sportsnet and Jesse Denison, Head of Lower and Pre-school at BVG

That was followed by a smaller, more intimate gathering of 30+ student leaders from the Prep School and Upper School, in the Learning Commons. The question-and-answer session was moderated by Antoinette Morgan, Director of Student Well-Being at Bayview Glen.
 
“In my role, I provide emotional and social supports to students and bullying is a common theme,” says Morgan, who is in the first year at BVG. “I was familiar with Donnovan Bennett’s presentation to students of all ages and how well it resonated with them, so I decided to invite him to our school. Since a lot of students are either involved with sports as active participants or just cheering on their team, I felt his presence as a sports personality could mesh the world of sports with school life beautifully, and get the students’ attention,” she says.

This year’s theme for the two-week campaign was stronger together, focused on emphasizing allyship, building and maintaining healthy relationships, empathy and kindness and good communication.
More than 30 student leaders participated in a question and answer session with guest speaker Donnovan Bennett in the Learning Commons.

Students asked questions on a variety of related topics including leadership. One question elicited this response from guest speaker Bennett.

“Differences are something that we shouldn’t shy away from, change, try and conform to, or be more like — whatever the norm is,” said Bennett. “Specifically, if you come from some sort of marginalized group, whether it’s based on gender, or race or ethnicity, or potential disability that you may have — whatever the case may be — I would say whatever it is that makes you different, lean into that, accentuate that because ultimately that’s an intrinsic advantage.”

As a speaker who visits different schools, among other environments, and whose media work often touches on the intersection between sports, race, gender and culture, Bennett is keenly aware of both the medium and the message. Being a father to two boys (three and 10 months old) further deepens the significance of addressing kids on topics including: allyship, inclusivity, leadership, values and diversity, among others.

“These are all things that no matter the age group, I wish I was more cognizant of when I was their age,” he says.

Adds Morgan, “To stomp out acts of bullying requires more than treating others as we treat ourselves. I hope students remember to work towards being people of integrity who will stand up for others and are willing to do the right thing even if no one is watching.”

The conversation continues.

Toronto Public Health Letter November 15, 2022

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Toronto Public Health Letter, Re: Reducing Spread of Respiratory Viruses, November 15, 2022

Dear Parents,

As we head into colder weather, the number of cold/flu cases and respiratory viruses among children have increased according to Toronto Public Health. At this time, masks are strongly recommended indoors. We will continue to follow the guidance of Toronto Public Health, The Ministry of Education and communicate any updates, where necessary.

As a reminder, if your child is sick, it is paramount that you keep them at home until they are feeling better and follow the steps outlined in this document from Toronto Public Health, upon returning to School.

Thank you for your cooperation and your support as parents in keeping our community safe and healthy for everyone.

Respectfully,

James Lee
Head of School

Happy 60th Birthday, Bayview Glen!

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Happy 60th Birthday Bayview Glen (and many more)!

As we reflect on the past 60 years, we are excited to celebrate what we’ve accomplished nd look forward to what the future holds!

We can’t wait to see everyone today (Sunday, September 25, 2022) at our 60th Celebration event! Our family walk this morning will be rescheduled due to increment weather. There will be other many exciting activities including a silent auction, musical performances, food trucks, an alumni sports game, and more! It’s the perfect opportunity to reconnect with the Bayview Glen community and celebrate the past 60 years!

Parking will be available on Moatfield Drive and at nearby parking lots including Kraft Heinz parking area.

See you all at 11:00am at our Moatfield Campus!

Founder’s Day 2022

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A quick look through the past 60 years for Founder’s Day 2022! Ms. Daunt and students from each division shared their birthday wishes to our school. From the beginning as a small nursery school and day camp in 1962 to growing to our two campuses, our school community continues to be as connected and supportive as ever. 

Don’t forget to save the date for our 60th-anniversary celebration on September 25, 2022! We will be sharing more details shortly.