Thank you to all alumni and friends, as well as faculty, staff, former teachers and past parents who participated in this year’s Alumni Reunion Weekend and made it the most well-attended in history.
The weekend kicked off with the evening reception on Friday May 3 at CRAFT Beer Market Toronto with a packed crowd of over 120 participants in attendance. It was great hearing the stories and updates from our graduates, while alumni from the honoured classes of 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 celebrated their milestone reunions together.
On Saturday May 4, alumni returned to Moatfield Campus and enjoyed the student-led campus tours, networking luncheon as well as the 14th annual Alumni vs Students basketball game. Our Alumni Reunion 2019 Weekend concluded with the Juno-nominated “Sonshine and Broccoli” children’s music show in the J.T.M. Guest Theatre, featuring our BVG alumna Lisa Sonshine ’00 and her musical partner Brock Burford.
Photos from the weekend are available in the Photo Gallery. Many thanks to everyone involved who helped make this annual Alumni Reunion event another great success, especially the Alumni Association Board, Alumni Events Committee, student volunteers, and door prize donors.
Stay connected and we look forward to seeing you again at future alumni events.
On March 28, a group of Bayview Glen alumni and guests participated in the Alumni Chocolate Bark Making Workshop 2019 at Purdys Chocolatier.
Participants had an enjoyable time tasting different types and species of chocolate, and learning how to craft their own take-home batch of chocolate bark with the Master Chocolate Connoisseur.
Please stay tuned for the next event in the Alumni Education Event Series. We look forward to seeing you again at the upcoming Alumni Reunion 2019 Weekend on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4.
On Tuesday, March 5, Stephanie Hedges ’09 (right) and Katie Sakran ’09 (left) returned to Bayview Glen as alumni speakers at our last Career Breakfast of this school year, and shared their insights in the Healthcare industry with our current students and parents from the Prep and Upper School community.
Stephanie shared the functions and requirements to be a genetic counsellor and how she can imagine genetic counsellors emerging as the forefront of healthcare in the, possibly near, future. Katie captured the audience by demonstrating what it means to be a behavioural therapist, by using one strategy of positive reinforcement (the audience were rewarded with a chocolate bar when correctly answering questions). Advice for the future: If you take courses that you like, it will lead to a career you love.
Thank you to our two talented alumni for their involvement and support of our school community. All three Career Breakfasts were great successes and featured inspirational alumni speakers. We hope you could join us at the Career Breakfasts next year.
Since graduating from Bayview Glen in 2009, Katie Sakran completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Queen’s University in 2013. She continued her studies, earning an additional Honours Sociology degree from York University. In 2017, Katie began working full time in the behavioural sciences field, completing a work placement at the Camali Clinic in the Dubai Healthcare City of the UAE. There, she worked alongside a team of multidisciplinary mental healthcare professionals, focussing her work on child and youth behavioural therapy. Katie has since returned to Toronto to continue growing her expertise in the children’s mental health field. Now working for AlphaBee, she implements Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) with affected children and youth.
Stephanie Hedges graduated from Bayview Glen in 2009 and is a genetic counsellor at the Hospital for Sick Children (aka SickKids) in the Genetic Metabolic Clinic. She received her Bachelor of Science in Physiology from McGill University followed by a Master of Science degree in Genetic Counselling from the University of Toronto. As a genetic counsellor, Stephanie works alongside other health care professionals to provide patient centred care to families in the Genetics clinic. Discussing genetic testing options or results, reviewing patient’s diagnoses or management guidelines, as well as providing psychosocial support to the families are all main parts of Stephanie’s role.
Since graduating from Bayview Glen, I have been studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at University College London (UCL). Moving abroad is not the easiest thing one can do but it is something I have begun to really enjoy and make the most of. Life in London and the United Kingdom is certainly different from life in Canada. London is considerably larger than Toronto, and consequently there is a lot more to do. Museums, art galleries, history, restaurants, parks, and sporting events (yes, even the NFL and the NBA come to London once a year!): if you have thought of it, you can probably find it in London. Even more remarkable about London is its cosmopolitanism. Especially at university, but really all over the city, people have come from around the world to live in this amazing place. Nothing illustrates this point better than my university cohort. Of the 40 or so that make up the cohort, no more than 15 are from the UK. The rest are from Europe, Asia and of course myself, the lone Canadian in my year. On the same lines, my roommates are German and French, so it is not hard to see just how international the environment in London (and in the UK in general is.) One extremely useful similarity with Canada has been the language. English has been the all-important link between the UK and Canada that has helped me adjust and get through university. Looking back at my time at Bayview Glen, I realize that it provided the foundation for my interest in PPE - which in my view is probably the most invaluable quality a student can have at university. Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Comparative Politics and European History were probably the four most influential courses on my decision to study PPE, but you can certainly find inspiration from just about anywhere at Bayview Glen. Apart from interest, it has been important to keep an open mind. University in London can be overwhelming at first, but the key to making the most of it is simply embracing it for the once in a lifetime opportunity that it is. Now almost finished with my second year, it certainly has not always been easy, but studying abroad has been without doubt one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has broadened my horizons, opened up new pathways and exposed me to all that the world has to offer, all while allowing me to enjoy the things that make London one of the greatest places on Earth. If you are ambitious, adventurous and eager to learn, studying in London is right for you.
The hosting of regional network visits with Bayview Glen alumni continued with Mr. Hammond, Director of University Counselling, meeting with former students in Vancouver, B.C. in mid-January and those living and studying in London, U.K. in mid-February. Excitement over the visits was evident, with alumni from both regions reaching out to offer updates and to express a desire to stay in touch with Bayview Glen.
The Vancouver alumni regional network was established three years ago and has shown a propensity for future growth. Not only is the Vancouver-area a post-secondary destination of choice, but it is a major hub for employment and career development. One part of the visits were with alumni who are currently studying at the University of British Columbia, including Mark Cahalan ’14 (Medicine), Satish Stefansson ’14 (Engineering), Michele Warner ’14 (Kinesiology) and Jessica Wickett ’16 (Kinesiology); whilst other visits were with working alum, including Victoria Lee ’08 (Software Engineer), John Najafi ’12 (Venture Capital Analyst) and Hilary Bate ’13 (User Experience and Career Services Coordinator).
This year marked the first alumni regional network visit to London, U.K. and it was a resounding success. When news of the visit was announced, many alumni including those who have been away from Bayview Glen for many years responded to share their stories and to express interest in being involved in the Alumni Association. Individual visits were held with alumni who are currently studying in the London area: Bardia Monavari ’14 (Masters of Environmental Change and Management, Oxford University), Anastasiya Mykhaylova ’17 (Film Studies, King’s College London), Nicole Warner ’17 (Fashion Textiles, UAL London College of Fashion), and Imaan Hirji ’18 (Medicine, St. George’s University London). Several alumni are now living and working in London and their participation in networking events was appreciated. Thanks to Andrew Jerjian ’06 (Lawyer), Lindsay Wong ’09 (Community Engagement Officer), Matthew Wettlaufer ’10 (Accountant) and Victoria Sewell ’11 (Digital Economy Community Liaison).
As is often the case at the regional visits, the alumni were happy to share stories of their years at Bayview Glen, to mention the faculty and staff who helped them along the way, and to discuss the excellent academic preparation they received to help them meet with post-secondary success.
Our regional visits will continue throughout this school year. If you have any suggestions for those visits, please feel free to contact Ms. Lau at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
The wind outside is howling which means that it is time for this year's BVG rendering of Dracula! The Bayview Glen Upper School productions are well known for their breathtaking sets, dedicated actors, and true embodiment of the play they are performing. This year's production is no different with the entire student-run team working tirelessly to breathe life into the timeless characters. Join us on the 21st and the 22nd at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend, no tickets or payments required. We look forward to seeing you there!
One of Canada's leading speakers on Cyber Safety delivered a powerful presentation to parents and Alumni as part of the ongoing Speaker Series at Bayview Glen. Paul Davis emphasized in his presentation "The Internet Never Forgets" that technology for children is a privilege and not a right. "Accountability and responsibility starts with the parents," said Paul. "It's up to adults to set the rules on screen time, when and where devices are allowed and what social media is permitted." Paul has spoken to over 500,000 students across the country and to thousands of parents. He stated he's not anti-technology. "Learning to code, building websites together as a family or learning how to be a game developer are all examples of appropriate use of tech." Paul told parents they need to lead by example and model good digital habits. Most importantly, he suggested parents engage regularly with their children about their digital world and ask questions.
Top three takeaways from Paul:
1. The hand held check-in: Set daily in and out times for mobile devices.
2. Snapchat audit. Without notice, ask to see your child's Snapchat feed and ask them about their connection to each "friend".
3. Unplug cable modem in the home to limit access after designated times.
Lisa Sonshine knows how to light up a room. The Lower School atrium was filled with music and high energy as children’s entertainers Sonshine and Broccoli took to the stage.
The BVG Alumna met her musical partner Brock Burford in the prestigious Sheridan College Musical Theatre programme. That fateful meeting was the beginning of a 15-year career as Sonshine and Broccoli. Their success has been meteoric. They have a China tour booked this summer and are hoping for a Juno nomination for best Children's Album of the year. They will also perform at the ROM over March break.
As a BVG Alumna, Lisa recalls how many of their performances were in the bubble. She fondly remembers participating in Leader of the Pack. “Taking part in musical theatre here at BVG helped influence my future path,” says Lisa. “Ms. Astrella in the Prep School is someone who I think of to this day as a person who helped shape me.”
Sonshine and Broccoli are releasing their 4th album called “It’s Cool to be Kind”. Lisa held her CD launch party at Bayview Glen in early January.