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Alumni Spotlight: Klement Yeung '14

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Klement Yeung '14 made his first appearance at the Canadian Championships at the age of 10, earning two gold medals. He later went on to collect 9 gold medals among 16 podium finishes in this annual tournament and earned the title of North American Champion twice, and two more podium finishes in international Junior Team events. The high point of his career as a junior was placing as the top Canadian finisher in 2014 North American Youth Olympics Qualification. Meanwhile, he maintained academic excellence throughout school and was awarded the Top of the Grade award before he graduated and enrolled at McMaster University in Health Sciences. During his time at McMaster, Klement competed internationally, representing Canada at the World Junior Championships and the North American Cup. He became president of the McMaster Table Tennis Club, and they became the Regional Champions in North American Collegiate Table Tennis and he represented his school at Nationals. In 2016 he coached the Ontario Team at the Canadian Championships and Ontario Summer Games. He later became the Assistant Coach in 2017 for Team Canada at the World Senior Championships, as well as helped his brother attain victory as the Canadian Cadet Champion. Klement successfully entered Medical School at McMaster and expects to graduate in 2020.

  

Alumni Spotlight: J-M Erlendson '03

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

J-M Erlendson graduated from Bayview Glen in 2003, and is an internationally-recognized process engineering expert, a successful arts entrepreneur and a highly accomplished professional musician. He attended the University of Toronto for Manufacturing and Process Engineering, earning a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) and Master of Engineering (MEng). During this time, he was also recognized with multiple awards, including the prestigious Chalmers Award for Engineering Design and Best Vocal Group (Mid-Atlantic) at the International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCAs). He also became interested in entrepreneurship in engineering and the arts, earning his ELITE Certificate in Engineering Leadership and Entrepreneurship.

Before graduation, he already had a job in hand at CGI in their Management Consulting group, supporting process design and management. He also founded a startup music company, Countermeasure Music, which has become a major part of his career. The following year, he founded a charity and international music festival, SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival, which draws tens of thousands of attendees each year to Toronto, and was named a Top100 Festival by Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO).

Today, J-M works as a Senior Systems Engineer for Software AG, a major German software vendor. He still specializes in Process Engineering, and travels the world working with the company’s strategic clients to help them work smarter. Meanwhile, Countermeasure Music has grown into a busy and successful a cappella service and production company, touring groups around the world, creating custom music for major corporations and licensing its music for radio, television and web-content.

Recently, J-M Erlendson '03 and his wife, Elana Steingart, are busy singing and recording with Countermeasure, with their latest video of their single, "Life is Fine", trending on YouTube with nearly a quarter of a million views. They are also in the studio recording voices for an animated series, and steward two other acclaimed a cappella groups.

Beatsync is a pop-influenced a cappella group that has caught fire with corporate and festival events. Their first international tour to China was in November.

Ruach Singers is "tradition re-envisioned". A Toronto-based 8-voice professional Jewish a cappella group, they specialize In creating innovative Liturgical And Hebrew Vocal Music. They bring a fresh approach to traditional Jewish liturgy, taking style cues from Jazz/Pop a cappella and modern World Music. Their music can be found at Beth Sholom Synagogue Shabbat Services, Bar And Bat Mitzvahs, weddings and music festivals worldwide.

All three of their groups are featured annually at SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival, now in its 7th season. J-M is Chair and Founder of that festival.

   

Alumni Spotlight: Daniel Shehori '93

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Daniel Shehori '93 spent three years in Australia after graduating from Bayview Glen and visited other parts of the world before coming home Toronto and working with the Second City theatre. Daniel is now working with his brother Steven Shehori. Between them, they’ve garnered four Gemini Award nominations, a Dora nomination, plus 16 Canadian Comedy Award nominations (and three wins!) as writers, directors and producers. They’ve worked as producers and writers for the 2009 Just for Laughs Massey Hall Galas, featuring such comedy legends as Sarah Silverman, David Cross and Louis C.K. This was followed up by their original stage production Stephen Harper! The Musical, a political satire that played to packed houses and rave reviews across the country in 2010 and 2011. The brothers were writers for the 2010 WGC Awards, the 2009 & 2010 ACTRA Awards, the 2008 Genie Awards and the 2006, 2007 & 2008 Gemini Awards. They also served as senior writers for The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos, and CBC's This hour has 22 minutes. They started their own PR company in 2002 called Sweat Equity. In September 2017, they released their first book "Media Whore" that is now being sold worldwide, and covers close to 20 years of their experience working within the Entertainment industry. 

BVG Network Regional Visit in Vancouver, British Columbia

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

On November 14-15, Mr. Hammond returned to Vancouver for the third BVG Network annual regional visit, and connected with graduates studying at the University of British Columbia, including Michelle Warner '14, Madeline Yeskoo '15, Jessica Wickett '16 and Diana Purcaru '17.

In addition, Mr. Hammond has connected with two alumni currently working in Vancouver: Brandon Chung '07 as Judicial Law Clerk with BC Court of Appeal, and Victoria Lee '08 as Software Engineer with Apple.

Career Breakfast on Science and Research

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

On Tuesday, December 5, Zahra Sakkejha ’06 and Jenise Chen ’09 returned to Bayview Glen as guest speakers at our second Career Breakfast, and shared their insights in the Science and Research industry with our current students and parents from the Prep and Upper School community. 

Zahra Sakkejha, Class of 2006, graduated from Western University for Biology and after working in immunology and genetic research, she is currently an entrepreneur applying her diverse science and business experience. Jenise Chen, Class of 2009, graduated from the University of Toronto for Chemistry and Human Biology: Health and Disease and then again for her Master of Applied Science for Biomedical Engineering and is currently conducting research while working towards her Doctor of Philosophy for Chemistry.

While Zahra shared her diverse experience in science and business, she highlighted that it is vital to make the connections and find the opportunities for career development that may lead to unexpected, exciting paths. Similarly, Jenise discussed about the importance of networking with professors and labs while studying to explore career opportunities in the scientific research field, and she also pointed out the difference between our close-knit school community and the university campus life. 

Thank you to our two talented alumnae for their involvement and continuous support of our school community. The last Career Breakfast of the school year is scheduled for Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in the Learning Commons at our Moatfield Campus, and will explore the career possibilities in the Computer Science profession. Please stay tuned for more details. We look forward to seeing you at our next Career Breakfast.

Career Breakfast on Arts and Entertainment

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Career Breakfast J-M Erlendson '03On Tuesday, October 17, 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 Arts and Entertainment with one of our triumphant Bayview Glen alumnus, J-M Erlendson '03.
 
J-M Erlendson, Class of 2003, graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters of Engineering degree in Manufacturing and Process Management, and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Though his ‘day job’ is a Senior Systems Engineer for ARIS-Alfabet at Software AG, he is a leader in the a cappella music community winning high accolades and awards for his influence in jazz music.  
 
He shared with the students and parents about his exciting journey and his tips and recommendations for our younger generations to find success. Particularly, he left us with an inspirational perspective - to find space. He shared stories of how he found the space, the opportunity, to bring a cappella into corporate offices and theatres alike and the importance of continuing to fuel your passions while maintaining balance.
 
The Alumni Relations Office, in partnership with the Student Services Department, invites alumni to come back as speakers and share their interests, knowledge and passions with current students and parents in the Prep and Upper Schools through the Career Breakfasts. Thank you to our remarkable alumni for their involvement and continuous support of our school community. 
 
The next Career Breakfasts are scheduled for Tuesday, December 5, 2017 and Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in the Learning Commons at our Moatfield Campus, and will explore the career possibilities in the Computer Science and Science and Research industries. Please stay tuned for more details.

Alumni Homecoming 2017: Our Thanksgiving Tradition

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Oct 6 Alumni Homecoming 2017Every year on the Friday evening of Thanksgiving weekend, Bayview Glen hosts a Homecoming event for our amazing alumni, an annual tradition introduced by Mrs. Daunt and Ms. Astrella 14 years ago.

On Friday, October 6, this year’s Alumni Homecoming welcomed back more than 80 participants, including alumni, faculty, staff, former faculty and past parents. Alumni from all class years were welcome to attend, and our most recent Class of 2017 graduates had the opportunity to pick up their yearbooks. Over some hors d’oeuvres and beverages in the Daunt Dining Hall, our graduates shared stories of university adventures, careers, travels and weddings, and everyone enjoyed the fun photo station with instant photo prints.  Oct 6 Alumni Homecoming 2017

Special appreciation goes to our Alumni Association Board members, student volunteers, food service provider Aramark Canada, and door prize donor Bayview Glen Parent Association for their contributions. Congratulations to Carter Brodkorb ’16 and Jason Chigrin ’17 for winning a Bayview Glen hoodie sweatshirt and a Bayview Glen winter toque, courtesy of the Parent Association Shop.

Many thanks to all who attended the Alumni Homecoming 2017 and supported our food drive initiative to help those in need. Enjoy the event photos available in the Photo Gallery.

Stay connected and we look forward to seeing you again at future alumni events.

BVG Network Regional Visit in Boston, USA

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

BVG Alumni in BostonOn September 16, Mr. Hammond, Director of University Counselling, met with Bayview Glen alumni who are studying at one of the many universities in Boston. The intent of this particular visit was to establish the regional network in Boston, given that it is a destination for many of our US-bound alumni. Goldmond Fong ’15 (Animation and Photography at Emerson College), Yong Shen ’15 (Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University) and Anastasia Korolev ’13 (Computer Science and Digital Art Student at Northeastern University) swapped stories of the post-BVG experiences and about life studying in ‘America’s college town’. Comments about the value of the Advanced Placement programme, the experiences offered through our Fine Arts courses and the opportunities to engage in a range of co-curricular activities at Bayview Glen were recounted as important aspects of their high school days.

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 mlau@bayviewglen.ca. 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.

#BVGAlumniReunion2017 Weekend

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

May 5 Alumni Reunion 2017Thank you to all alumni and friends who participated in the #BVGAlumniReunion2017 Weekend and made it the most well-attended in history.

The weekend kicked off with the evening reception at Batch Toronto on Friday May 5 with a full house of more than 120 alumni and guests, including some faculty, staff, Board of Directors and past parents, despite the rainy weather. Participants were delighted to reconnect with their fellow classmates and teachers, while alumni from the classes of 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012 celebrated their milestone reunions together and reminisced about their time at Bayview Glen.

On Saturday May 6, alumni, students, past parents, staff, faculty and guests returned to Moatfield Campus and participated in the coed 5-on-5 soccer tournament, student-led campus tours, as well as the inaugural speed networking luncheon to expand their professional network and gain valuable business contacts. The event concluded with the 12th annual alumni vs. students basketball game with great turnout and much excitement. Thank you to Soccer Coach Mr. Chuter and Basketball Coach Mr. Baumgartner for welcoming alumni athletes back and participating in the Gryphon tradition.

Photos from the weekend are available on the BVG website and the BVG Alumni Facebook Group. Special thanks to the following individuals, especially the Events Committee (Richard Wood ’08 (Chair), Adriana Dekirmendjian ’12, Craig O’Connor ’08 and Chris Yeretsian ’08), for supporting our Alumni Reunion 2017 this year and making it a great success:

Alumni Association Board
Chris Yeretsian ’08 (Board Chair), 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

Student Volunteers
Gr. 8: Alexander W.
Gr. 9: Maarib K., Serena V., Filip Z.
Gr. 10: Defne E., Sanam K., Sangkavi K., Sahibzada Z., Megan W., Julia W.
Gr. 12: Victoria P., Anastasiya M.May 6 Alumni Reunion 2017

Door Prize Donations
Bayview Glen School Items, courtesy of Bayview Glen Parent Association
Handbag Items, courtesy of Adriana Dekirmenjian '12
Bobcaygeon Brewing Company Gift Items, courtesy of Richard Wood '08

Coed 5-on-5 Soccer Tournament Champion Prize Donation
Toronto FC Tickets, courtesy of Christian Medeiros '12

Speed Networking Luncheon Beer Donation
Bobcaygeon Brewing Company Beer, courtesy of Richard Wood '08

Post Event Evaluation Survey Prize Donation
Toronto Wolfpack Tickets, courtesy of Richard Wood ’08

Stay connected and we look forward to seeing you again at future alumni events.
 

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