On April 19, Mr. Hammond, Director of University Counselling, met with several Bayview Glen alumni at McMaster University. The intent of this particular visit was to continue developing the regional network in Hamilton and to provide some exam-time levity for alumni. Thirteen former students from the Classes of 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 visited with Mr. Hammond, as well as one alum who checked in via social media in between her exams! Many of the students 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.
One of the students who met with Mr. Hammond was Sydney Valentino ’14, who is completing her undergraduate studies in Kinesiology. Sydney was in the midst of a study titled, "the effects of n-3 PUFA supplementation on muscle metabolism and muscle strength during single-leg immobilization", which is under the direction of Dr. Chris McGlory, a post-doctoral fellow at McMaster. The study essentially was to monitor the loss of skeletal muscle mass after breaking a bone and the impact of that loss on human health. Sydney had to wear a knee brace for two weeks and have muscle biopsies before, during and after her immobilization. When asked why she would voluntarily undergo such procedures, Sydney offered, “as someone who is interested in research, I am enthusiatic to contribute to information about young women and muscle health. Also, I am involved with the Sports Medicine Program and this was an interesting way to understand and empathize with the McMaster Varsity athletes that get injured and have to be on crutches. Overall, I knew this would be a challenging experience, but as I expected, it forced me to slow down my lifestyle and see some physical challenges that come with not relying on your body being 100% healthy all the time.” Now that is dedication!
Our regional visits will continue in the 2017-2018 school year. Please contact Ms. Lau, Director of Alumni Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org for information or questions.
Since the Vancouver BC regional visit in October 2016, the Alumni Relations Office has been actively working with Mr. Troy Hammond, Director of University Counselling, to organize regional visits and reconnect with Bayview Glen alumni around the world. On January 26, Ms. Mandy Lau, Director of Alumni Relations, met with Phillip Nadjafov ’15 who is studying at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles while attending the CASE Alumni Relations Conference. From February 21-27, Mr. Hammond met with five alumni in the U.K. (Sam Baboujian '16 at University College London; Elisabeth Feldstein '14 at University of Edinburgh; Morgan Hayden-Kent '13 who recently graduated from Durham University; Devina Puri '14 and Iren Shabanova '15 who are both at the University of St. Andrews) in conjunction with his participation in the International Counsellors Conference at St. Andrews. After March Break, Mr. Hammond is planning to visit some local universities in Ontario and reunite with our alumni studying there. Please stay tuned for more details of our next regional visits, and contact Ms. Lau at email@example.com if you have any questions.
On April 9, Mr. Hammond, Director of University Counselling, met with Jordyn Listro ’13 during his counsellor tour at the University of Tampa in Florida, USA. Jordyn is currently studying at the University of South Florida, and she has been part of the USF Women’s Soccer Team for the past four years (‘Go Bulls!’). Jordyn’s next plan is to play in a professional women’s soccer league in Europe. Jordyn has many fond memories of her time at Bayview Glen and she credits the school with providing her with the academic preparation to meet with success at the university-level. Please stay tuned for our next regional visits and contact Ms. Lau at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Two talented alumni speakers, Dr. Michael Williams-Bell ’00 and Karima Dharssi ’02, returned to Bayview Glen on Tuesday, March 7 for our last Career Breakfast of the school year in the field of Applied Science and Kinesiology. Michael graduated from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) with the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Applied Bioscience, and he is currently a Professor in the Fitness and Health Promotion programme at Durham College, and an Adjunct Professor/Lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences at UOIT. Karima is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario (P.Eng.) and is currently working as a Senior Electrical Engineer at Arup, with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. They shared valuable insights, knowledge and passion with current students and parents on various topics related to Health Sciences and Engineering.
All three Career Breakfasts were great successes and featured inspirational alumni speakers. We hope you can join us at the Career Breakfasts next year.
On December 6, two amazing alumnae Toni Lui ’04 and Sara Gambino ’09 returned to Bayview Glen as guest speakers at the Career Breakfast and shared their experience and expertise in the field of healthcare. They shared with the Prep and Upper School community about how their education at Bayview Glen has taught them the necessary skills to pursue their passion and helped them in getting to where they are.
Toni is pursuing a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Toronto, and is currently working at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital as a Clinical Researcher in the Autism Research Centre. She shared with students about the role of a social worker and her life lessons. Toni highlighted her perspective to be a collector and collect every piece of advice, experience, memory even the bad ones, and not to be afraid to try different things or get into dead ends because dead ends make you unique and that means more opportunities for different experiences.
Sara graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and is currently working at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health as a Research Analyst in the Geriatric Mental Health Department. She spoke about her psychology research experience working with different populations in the areas of Alzheimer's, spina bifida, eating disorders, youth mental health, romantic relationships, and parent-child attachment. Sara also emphasized the value of networking and volunteering and how they are very important for research jobs in the healthcare field, because as job opportunities become available, the doctors and professors may hire someone who has been volunteering with them over someone showing the same experience on their resume.
Thank you to our talented alumni for their involvement and continuous support of our community. The Alumni Relations Office, in partnership with the Student Services Department, invites alumni to share their interests, knowledge and passions with current students and parents through the Career Breakfasts. This invaluable connection fosters mentorship across ages and disciplines, allows for candid questions, and enlightens the possibility of different career options as well as best practices for success.
The next Career Breakfast is scheduled for March 7, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in the Learning Commons at our Moatfield Campus, and will explore the career possibilities within the Science and Research industry.
BVG Network is a new initiative by the Bayview Glen Alumni Relations Office intended to strengthen the relationship of regional alumni with Bayview Glen. Working in partnership with Mr. Troy Hammond, our Director of University Counselling, the mission of BVG Network is to connect Bayview Glen alumni in the region and promote strong, lifelong connections with each other and the school.
On October 21, Mr. Hammond travelled to Vancouver for the second BVG Network annual regional chapter visit, and had a great time connecting with graduates studying at Quest University and University of British Columbia, including Amika Shah ’12, Daniel Herrmann ’13, Michelle Warner ’14, Jerry Li ’15 and Madeline Yeskoo ’15. Mr. Hammond also received correspondence from other alumni in British Columbia who were unable to participate, but were thrilled with the outreach made by the school. The alumni were quite appreciative of the visit by Mr. Hammond as they are not in regular contact with the school and former classmates due to geographic distance and time zone differences. The visit also provided the perfect opportunity to learn about the ways in which our alumni value their Bayview Glen education and how they apply their learning to their post-secondary studies. From their participation in Round Square initiatives and various clubs like DECA, Model UN and choir to specific learning opportunities afforded through Harkness Tables and Advanced Placement courses, the alumni were happy to reflect on their Bayview Glen experiences. One of our alumni, Jerry, is still using his Bayview Glen tablet and is very proud of it!
Thank you to all alumni who have supported the BVG Network programme. We are planning for Mr. Hammond to make more visits in the new year. Please stay tuned and visit the Alumni section of the school website or check out our Alumni Facebook Group for dates and locations of the next regional visits.
On October 18, two of our remarkable alumni captivated an early morning audience with stories from their vibrant careers in marketing and communications.
Jordan Gracey '01 and Kent Anjo '02 spoke to the Prep and Upper School community in the Learning Common at Moatfield campus about their industries. Jordan, a manager of digital marketing at Volkswagen Canada discussed the importance of building connections with an audience and the impact social media is having on the marketplace. Kent, a senior communications advisor at the Ministry of Health, emphasized the need for students to focus on honing their problem solving skills and the ability to collaborate. Both guests articulated how crucial strong communication skills are to the work they do every day. The Career Breakfasts offer a unique opportunity to gain insight from our successful alumni who graciously return to our school to share their expertise.
Come join us for the next Career Breakfast on December 6 at 7:30 a.m. The topic covered will be Healthcare.
Bayview Glen Alumni Association announced Chris Yeretsian '08 as its new President. Mr. Yeretsian will serve as the third president of the association.
“On behalf of the entire Bayview Glen Alumni Board of Directors, we are pleased and excited to have the opportunity to further our mission and good work by serving with someone of Chris’ professional caliber and character,” said John Huang '03, Past President of BVGAA. “We expect Chris will have a positive and immediate impact to enhance alumni relations and strengthen our community.”
Chris is a securities lawyer at the firm of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. His practice focusses on advising clients in a wide variety of capital markets transactions, including public offerings and private placements of securities, mergers and acquisitions, and financings. Chris also advises clients on matters related to corporate governance and securities regulation, continuous disclosure, and shareholder activism. Chris was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2016. He holds a J.D. from the University of Toronto and H.B.A. from the Ivey Business School at Western University.
Chris’ near-term vision for the Alumni Association is to significantly enhance alumni engagement by further developing and promoting the recently launched mentorship and networking programme, BVG L!NK. Chris believes that the opportunity to become a mentor or mentee through BVG L!NK provides great incentives to both new and more established alumni, including network expansion and leading to professional and personal opportunities. It is Chris’ hope that promoting the BVG L!NK programme will allow alumni, parents and friends of the School to connect and engage with each other and the community on a meaningful level.
Carley Allison '13 was a remarkable young person who touched countless lives with her talent, compassion and positive attitude. As a student at Bayview Glen, she was often spotted helping others in the hallway, playing the piano in the theatre or pitching in to organize an event for the community. In her final year at the school, she was diagnosed with a rare 1 in 3.5 billion form of sarcoma. Through her illness, Carley thought of others and constantly reassured those around her.
She went on to inspire thousands more after she posted YouTube video of herself singing One Direction’s “More Than This,” while breathing through a tube from an emergency tracheotomy.
Amidst three rounds of chemotherapy, she continued to sing, play piano and skate competitively.
Carley passed away in the spring of 2015 at the age of 19.
A movie about her life called Kiss and Cry, staring her real life best friend and BVG alum Sarah Fisher, was partly filmed at Bayview Glen.
With stunning photography, powerful storytelling and creative art design, Bayview Glen's first ever school wide magazine was extremely well received by the greater community. Viewpoint was mailed to hundreds of homes last month and has now be posted in a flipbook format. A committee comprised of staff and faculty worked hard shaping the look, feel and content of the publication. The inaugural edition highlights stories from the past and also celebrates the impressive accomplishments of our alumni. Our contributors consist of faculty members, alumni, past parents and more. Viewpoint is an annual magazine and work has already begun on the 2017 edition.