On the Friday evening of this past Thanksgiving weekend, we were delighted to welcome back alumni, faculty, staff, former teachers and past parents at our annual Alumni Homecoming event on October 5, 2018.
Over some hors d’oeuvres and beverages in the Daunt Dining Hall, our Class of 2018 graduates enjoyed catching up with fellow classmates/teachers and picking up their yearbooks. Other alumni and friends appreciated the opportunity to discover our new Moatfield Campus with school tours led by our current students, and they were keen to learn about some of the different ways that they could get involved and access resources available to them through the BVG L!NK Alumni Mentorship Network and Bayview Glen Alumni Association Board.
Congratulations to Lilian Wang ’18 and Aadithya Shankar ’18 for winning the door prizes, courtesy of the Parent Association Shop. Special thanks to our Alumni Association Board members, student volunteers, food service provider Aramark Canada, and door prize donor Bayview Glen Parent Association for their contributions.
Please enjoy the event photos available in the Photo Gallery of the Bayview Glen school website. We look forward to seeing you again at future alumni events.
On Tuesday, October 2, we were pleased to host the first Career Breakfast for this school year in the Learning Commons to explore a day in the life in Media and Entertainment with two of our triumphant Bayview Glen alumni, James Finlay ’06 and Ruby Benson ’09.
Both James and Ruby shared with the students and parents about their exciting journeys, tips and recommendations for our younger generations to find success. In the career paths of both James and Ruby, they highlighted the need to find passion in their work. It was this passion that guided and motivated them to locate niche markets to express their authenticity. Both are currently in fields that were not in existence when they were in school, but the skills they learned at Bayview Glen and beyond, contributed to their continued success.
The next Career Breakfasts are scheduled for Tuesday, December 4, 2018 and Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in the Learning Commons at our Moatfield Campus. We will explore the career possibilities in the Business industry at our next Career Breakfast. Please stay tuned for more details.
Graduating from the creative and competitive programme of ‘Media, Information and Technoculture’ at Western University in 2013, Ruby Benson ’09, was conditioned to become a social media expert at an early age. At 25, Ruby became fully self-employed as a digital content creator for her Instagram platform, @ragsxruby. Through her work on Instagram, Ruby has collaborated with and produced content for brands such as: Off-White, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Gucci, Adidas, BMW MINI, and L’Oreal. Alongside content creation, Ruby’s expertise lays in brand management, creative direction and modelling.
James Finlay ’06 is currently the Director of Sales and Distribution at Juice Worldwide, a division of Vubiquity (an Amdocs company). Juice is a top provider of both technical solutions and content licensing for the world’s leading “Over-The-Top” platforms including, iTunes, Netflix, Amazon and many others. Prior to his role at Juice, James worked in business affairs for RTR Media, digital services for Cookie Jar Entertainment then DHX Media, permit member of IATSE 873, and has also worked in policy advisement in the non-profit sector at both the Documentary Organization of Canada, and the Canadian Film Centre. James holds a degree in International Relations / Political Science from the University of Toronto, and Post-Graduate diploma in Film and Television Business from Centennial College.
"As soon as I started to be more authentic and true to myself, the brands started to come to me." Ruby Benson - owner of Rags and Ruby - instagramer
Career hack; take risks, set goals and teach yourself new things. That advice from our gracious Alumni who returned to speak to our students at the Fall Career Breakfast at Moatfield Campus. Ruby Benson '09 and James Finlay '06 spoke to Prep and Upper School students and their parents about the Media and Entertainment industry. Ruby has worked in the world of fashion, marketing, photography and now instagram. Her entrepreneurial mind set has led her to a wildly successful career in the digital sphere. James Finlay began shooting short films while at Bayview Glen and imagined himself in the film industry. He began his post-secondary journey in Global Affairs but his passion took him back to his first love - film. He took an innovative programme at Centennial College and landed at a start-up called Juice Worldwide. He's helped grow the company exponentially as the Director of Sales and Distribution. Both fielded questions from the audience and toured the new Moatfield campus after their presentations.
The next Career Breakfast on the Business industry takes place on Dec. 4, 2018 at 7:30 am.
On June 25, 2018, we started our inaugural Bayview Glen Co-operative Education Programme. This programme starts with in-class sessions where students learn and discuss workplace culture from job readiness to confidentiality to legislation, such as human rights and employment rights and responsibilities, all in preparation for the community component, 'the placement'. Bayview Glen makes great effort to find placements that are aligned with students strengths, interests and career goals to facilitate not only personal growth through reflective learning, but more importantly, experiential learning through immersion and hands-on learning.
With such a supportive alumni network, it is no wonder two students in particular, were placed with our very own BVG alumni – Zacharia Burrafato and Kattreen Hanna – both in the graduating class of 2019. Dr. Shahzad Qureshi ’93, Chief of Internal Medicine, volunteered to take Zacharia Burrafato under his wing and observe both his work in the ER as well as floor visits at Southlake Regional Health Centre. Jenise Chen ’09, Researcher, was excited to take Kattreen Hanna to her research lab at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto to prepare and perform experiments regarding her research with bionanotechnology. Both of these placements have been invaluable experiences for these students. Our most sincere appreciation to Dr. Shahzad Qureshi and Jenise Chen for all their contributions.
Recognized for his volunteer work, Rawlson King ’95 won a 2018 United Way Ottawa Community Builder of the Year Award, conferred during National Volunteer Week.
The award recognizes his tenure over the last three years as the volunteer President of the Overbrook Community Association, where he successfully advocated for a city-led youth strategy and a response plan to serious crime in his neighbourhood. During his tenure, the organization successfully raised $42,000 to hold a highly-acclaimed community musical that promoted social inclusion, while celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary.
He is also a volunteer Board member and Treasurer at the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre, a $1.6 million health and social services facility that serves Ottawa's east-end, and served as volunteer President of Gallery 101, a prominent Ottawa artist-run centre. To encourage more local educational options, he serves as a volunteer Board member at AlivEducation, an innovative and non-traditional evening and weekend after-school program for youth.
An active community leader and volunteer, Rawlson is running as an Ottawa public school board trustee candidate in the upcoming municipal election this fall. He also has served on the Bayview Glen Alumni Association Board since its March 2009 inception.
Thank you to all alumni and friends, as well as faculty, staff, former teachers and past parents who attended our annual Alumni Reunion 2018 evening reception with a packed turnout at Against The Grain - Corus Quay on Friday May 4. It was wonderful to hear the stories and memories from our graduates, while alumni from the honouring classes of 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013 reconnected with each other and celebrated their milestone reunions together.
On Saturday May 5, alumni participants returned to Moatfield Campus and enjoyed the opportunity to connect with our FLL world champion Ctrl-Z robotics team, as well as current students from Arts and Clubs during the networking luncheon in the Daunt Dining Hall. Our Alumni Reunion 2018 Weekend concluded with the traditional 13th annual Alumni vs Senior Boys basketball game, where our former Gryphons were delighted to revitalize their BVG Gryphon spirit. Thank you to Mr. Chapman and Mr. Gill for organizing the half time shooting competition and sponsoring the trophy, and to Coach Mr. Baumgartner and Mr. Meingarten for participating in the basketball game.
Congratulations to our Friday door prize winners, Ana Zdravkovic '13 and Lawson LaRue '17, for winning two $25 restaurant gift cards, courtesy of FAB Restaurant Concept, as well as our Saturday door prize winners, Vithushan Kuhan '16 and Caleb Scargall '16, for winning two Bobcaygeon Brewing Company beer sets and Toronto Wolfpack rugby game tickets, courtesy of Richard Wood '08.
Photos from the weekend are available on the BVG website and the BVG Alumni Facebook Group. Many thanks to everyone involved who helped make this annual Alumni Reunion event a great success, specially the Alumni Events Committee (Chair: Richard Wood ’08; Members: Adriana Dekirmendjian ’12, Alisha Jaffer ’11, Craig O’Connor ’08, Chris Yeretsian ’08).
Bayview Glen Alumni Association
• President and Board Chair: Chris Yeretsian ’08
• Board Members: Parul Bansal ’04, Adriana Dekirmendjian ’12, Robin Elliott ’91, Rawlson King '95, Tiffany McKenzie ’04, Christian Medeiros ’12, Craig O’Connor ’08, Hussein Remtulla ’04, Richard Wood ’08
• Arts: Sangkavi K. Gr. 11 (Music), Samantha R. Gr. 11 (Visual Arts)
• BioBuilders Club: Mitchell C. Gr. 11, Matthew N. Gr. 11
• Ctrl-Z Robotics Team: Harrison C. Gr. 6, Chloe F. Gr. 6, Daniel G. Gr. 7, Matthew W. Gr. 7, Trent R. Gr. 9, Alexander A. Gr. 10
• Campus Tour: Philip G. Gr. 12, Salman S. Gr. 12
Stay connected and we look forward to seeing you again at future alumni events.
Director of Alumni Relations
On April 19 and 20, Mr. Hammond, Director of University Counselling, was at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan participating in the Canadian Independent School Counsellors conference. While there he met with two Bayview Glen alumnae: Rachel Aizen ’07 and Madeline Daigle '17.
Rachel (pictured left) graduated from UBC-O in 2012 with an Arts degree and has moved full-time to Kelowna where she works with and for a number of community service organizations, and Madeline (pictured right) is just finishing her first year in the UBC-O Science programme. Both commented upon their strong relationships with Bayview Glen teachers and mentors as important aspects of their high school days.
Our regional visits will continue to a variety of university communities next year. If you have any suggestions for those visits, please feel free to contact Mandy Lau, Director of Alumni Relations, at email@example.com. Alumni are encouraged to keep Ms. Lau updated with their current email addresses and social media contacts so that they can be informed of future regional visits.
Greg Church started at Bayview Glen in Grade 6, along with his younger brother Geoff, as his step-grandmother was affiliated with the school. BVG life for Greg consisted of moving from the valley to the current Upper School, ski trips to various countries, experiencing a wide variety of sports, spending time in the computer lab, being a Prefect, winning art and citizenship awards and many fond memories.
Involved in construction from the young age of 15 and working in the maintenance department of BVG with Roger and Michele for four summers, developed an interest in Greg for design/build. After graduating from BVG in 1991, Greg attended York University’s Fine Arts programme for one year before applying to and graduating from OCAD’s Environmental Design programme. It was here that Greg learned design theory, material and technology and how to transform conceptual ideas into spatial realities.
Greg decided to follow in his parents’ entrepreneurial footsteps once graduating from OCAD with his degree and created his own design/build company, Domain Design Inc. Since 1996, Domain Design Inc. has grown exponentially, along with Greg’s practical and business skills, and has a healthy portfolio including both high-end residential and commercial projects.
Greg attributes the guidance and reassurance that he received from his BVG teachers to his current successes. For over 10 years, Greg has been a Scouts Canada Leader working with and teaching youth of all ages, practical life and outdoor skills. Now Greg is continuing his passion for guiding youth by joining the BVG Mentorship Program to help students who are considering careers in the trades, or architectural design.
BVG has provided Greg with lifelong friendships and the Alumni Association continues to foster a deep connection to the school despite it being 27 years since he graduated.