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 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.
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.
Dr. Vinay Bhide’s Bayview Glen adventure began in the valley in 1980 as a 6 year old entering Grade 1 and as you’ll read below, he’s never really left. After graduating in 1993, Vinay attended the Arts and Science Programme at McMaster University and then followed this by attending dental school at the University of Toronto. After obtaining his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2001, Vinay realized that he still had more to learn and entered into a specialty programme in Periodontics at the University of Toronto. After finishing his specialty training in 2005, Vinay enjoys a career encompassing private practice and part-time teaching and lecturing both locally and internationally.
Vinay attributes much of his success to the formative years that he spent at Bayview Glen. He remembers his time at the Glen very fondly. Some of the highlights include ski trips to exotic destinations such as Quebec, Lake Placid, and Chamonix, France, performing in Spring Festival at Roy Thomson Hall, being Head Prefect, and winning The Glen’s inaugural Governor General’s medal in his graduating year. More than this, he cherishes the lifelong friendships he made as a BVG lifer and the many incredible teachers that guided him in his journey.
Things have come full circle for Vinay, as the biggest highlight of his BVG experience is the fact that both of his daughters, Leela (Grade 6), and Meena (Grade 4) are following in his footsteps as students of Bayview Glen. Vinay can’t believe that it’s already been 25 years since he graduated from Bayview Glen and is looking forward to celebrating this milestone at the Alumni Reunion with his classmates. #BVG4Life
Mr. Hammond, Director of University Counselling, met with Bayview Glen alumni on April 5 studying at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, followed by a visit with those at the Royal Military College of Canada and Queen’s University on April 10. The intent of these visits was to establish the regional networks in the Kitchener-Waterloo region and in Kingston, plus to provide some exam-time levity for our young alumni.
Close to 20 former students from the Classes of 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 visited with Mr. Hammond, as well as one alum from 2009 who checked in via social media. Ms. Eva Lee and the math team were also at the University of Waterloo on April 5, and they met with some alumni during the annual math contest there. As is often the case, many of our graduates commented upon how the Advanced Placement programme at Bayview Glen and the collaborative work environment we provide helped to prepare them for success at the university-level.
Our regional visits will continue to evolve in the next school year. If you have any suggestions for future visits or if you are an alum wishing to help host a regional event, please feel free to contact Ms. Lau 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.
On April 18, the Bayview Glen Alumni Association hosted our inaugural BVG L!NK Alumni Networking Speaker Series focussed on the finance industry. Our panel talked us through their thoughts on the current state of the industry and how it is evolving, as well as providing practical advice on career development. Of particular interest was the discussion on the differences between the buy and sell side of the markets, and the unique opportunities that exist for finance professionals in Canada at the large Canadian pension funds. Finally, there was a brief networking session after the panel where the participants had an opportunity to connect with each other and the panelists.
Special thanks to our panelists Benita Warmbold (past parent), Sandra Taube Godard (past parent), and Zoheb Dosani ’08 for their time, as well as to our moderator Christian Medeiros ’12. We also thank Scotiabank and Barbara Mason (BVG Board of Directors) for providing the space for our event at the Scotiabank Digital Factory.
Richard Wood ’08
Bayview Glen Alumni Association Board
Events Committee Chair
Wen-Hao Lue studied Software Engineering at University of Waterloo and graduated in 2014. During university he created Mantaphrase, a phrasebook app for travellers, and Mixbox, an interactive remixing app for iPad. He won pitch and business competition awards such as the Norman Esch Entrepreneurship Award and Velocity Demo Day Awards for Mixbox and Mantaphrase. Wen-Hao has worked at various companies and start-ups in Silicon Valley such as Twitter, Square and Glooko as a software engineer. At Twitter, he worked on big data engineering problems using Hadoop, MapReduce, and real-time data processing algorithms for the product Twitter Headlines. At Square he developed product on iOS and released an open-source debugging tool called PonyDebugger. Wen-Hao is currently the co-founder and CTO of Sesame, a Toronto-based start-up that helps teachers give better feedback to students. Sesame has customers all around the world, as well as Canadian schools and colleges such as Niagara College, Kingsway College, and Calgary Arts Academy. Sesame has raised venture capital from investors and accelerators such as Y Combinator/Imagine K12 and The Next 36.
After graduating from Bayview Glen in 2004, Christopher Flora entered into the Computer Engineering co-operative programme at the University of Waterloo. Christopher was exposed to a variety of work opportunities that helped shape both his academic and career decisions. The co-op programme was invaluable to him and allowed him to work in a variety of different industries ranging from Financial Institutions to start-up companies in Silicon Valley. After completing his degree, Christopher started his professional career at the Bank of Montreal in the compliance and technology department, dealing primarily with regulatory issues and data loss prevention. He recently changed jobs and moved to CIBC within the Enterprise Data Technology group. It is a particularly exciting group to be a part of with the culture being more start-up like and innovative compared to other departments within the Bank. The role is comprised of both strategic and development components, but, unlike the traditional FI technologies and groups, it leverages a new, innovative stack – node.js, angular, mongo, d3, elastic search, to name a few. Christopher is sure that as he progresses through his career, there will be other opportunities he will pursue and companies he will work at – regardless, he hopes to never stop learning and growing and is excited for what the future will bring.