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 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.
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.
Tickets can be purchased here.
"Unlike footprints on the sand that can be washed away by the ocean, a digital footprint can last for years." Cybersecurity expert Paul Davis.
With more than 25 years of experience in the world of Information Technology, Paul Davis is our featured guest in January as part of our ongoing Speaker Series. He has spoken to more than 400,000 students in North America, along with the OPP, Department of Defense, Alberta RCMP and Canada Border Service.
Paul spoke to our students about how to legally, safely and conscientiously navigate the internet and the ever-expanding field of social media. His presentations were so well received, we invited Paul back to speak with parents and alumni.
To register for the event before January 27th, please click here.
When: Jan. 29th
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: J.T.M. Guest Theatre Moatfield Campus
Rafi Saeed graduated from Bayview Glen in 2009 and is a Senior Associate in Deloitte's M&A Advisory practice in Toronto. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen's University, and in his current role, he focusses on performing financial and commercial due diligence on companies in the context of mergers and acquisitions. Prior to this, he worked in Deloitte's audit practice for four years, where he earned his Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant designations.
Nicole Peirce graduated from Bayview Glen in 2008 and is the Director of Partnerships at Carrot Rewards - a mobile app company with nearly 1 million users that utilizes popular loyalty points and behavioural science to incentivize Canadians to live healthier lives. Nicole studied Business at the University of New Mexico, while competing at the NCAA Division 1 level in swimming, ultimately becoming captain of the team in her final year. Nicole began her career in insurance and migrated into health & wellness, eventually landing at Carrot Rewards, a prominent Health Tech startup here in Toronto.
On Tuesday, December 4, Nicole Peirce ’08 and Rafi Saeed ’09 returned to Bayview Glen as alumni speakers at our second Career Breakfast, and shared their insights in the Business and Finance industry with our current students and parents from the Prep and Upper School community.
Nicole shared her top three pieces of advice – try everything possible, nurture quality relationships, and embrace opportunities outside of your comfort zone. She reminisced about Ms. Jessup encouraging her to join the swim team, which evidently lead her to enter the University of New Mexico with a swimming scholarship and competing at the NCAA level seven years later. Rafi greatly enjoyed his post-secondary experience at Queen's University and remembered his high school days participating in DECA and how that impacted his future choices. His advice to our students is not to chase titles/promotions or money, but to chase the skills that opportunities can provide you.
Thank you to our two talented alumni for their involvement and support of our school community. The last Career Breakfast of the school year is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in the Learning Commons at our Moatfield Campus. Please stay tuned for more details. We look forward to seeing you at our next Career Breakfast.
Since graduating from Bayview Glen in 2016, Yazmeen Jamieson has been pursuing her undergraduate degree at Carleton University receiving a scholarship and a well-earned spot on the varsity team. Yazmeen is now in her third year majoring in Communications and Media Studies with a minor in African Studies and Anthropology. In her first year of university, she was called down to play for the U20 Jamaican Women’s National soccer team and had to miss most of November-January to play in the U20 Women’s world cup qualifiers and a few international friendlies. Their dream was cut short when they lost to the USA 2-1. In April of 2018, she was promoted to the Women’s national team and received her first international caps in Haiti during the month of May. Since then Yazmeen has been to over eight countries in this year alone travelling the world playing soccer for Jamaica. It has been hard to keep up with school but she has still managed to keep an honourable standing.
Moving forward to July, Yazmeen played in her first Olympic qualifier in Columbia where they beat Columbia 2-1 also making it the first time in all history that Jamaica had defeated a South American team. She received “Player of the Match” for that game and was also the youngest goalkeeper in that tournament. Speaking of history, fast forward again to October where she was called down in the middle of midterm season to fly to Texas to participate in her first Women’s World Cup qualifier. They made history again by being the first Women’s team in the Caribbean to ever go to the World cup and also the smallest country in the world to qualify.
Overall Yazmeen never thought she would be where she is today, if people knew how she felt about her life during her time in high school they would not believe that she is the same person now. In the end Yazmeen is grateful that spending her time in the gym at BVG gave her a drive to be as focussed as she is in sport and a safe place for her to develop the character that she has today. For the next few months Yazmeen will be training and preparing for the Women’s World Cup in France (2019) and the Pan-American games in Peru (2019), her goals are also to finish her undergraduate degree and eventually pursue her Masters.
Photo Source: Yazmeen Jamieson