In September 2019, the Bayview Glen Alumni Association hosted two successful events on campus for alumni, parents and students.
As part of the Fall Fest this year on September 22, a group of Bayview Glen alumni and parents participated in the inaugural Beer Tasting Social and had an enjoyable time on the Moatfield Campus Rooftop Patio trying different types of beers and ciders, generously contributed by Richard Wood ’08 from Bobcaygeon Brewing Co., as well as two other companies.
In addition, we were excited to welcome back Lisa Sonshine ’00 and her musical partner Brock Burford to the Fall Fest stage. The Juno-nominated duo “Sonshine and Broccoli” have been entertaining families for over a decade, engaging children and parents alike with their enthusiasm and energetic pop-rock songs. They have quickly become a favourite of Bayview Glen students and families.
On September 24, four alumni entrepreneurs - Greg Church ‘91 (Domain Design Inc.), Richard Wood ‘08 (Bobcaygeon Brewing Co.), Dayna Stein ‘09 (bare market) and Louisa Nicolaou ‘08 (Photographer, Photos By Weez) - returned to Bayview Glen and shared their journeys and experiences with alumni, parents and students.
Thank you all for your participation. Stay tuned for the next event in the series.
Sunil Gurmukh graduated from Bayview Glen in 2001 and is a lawyer at the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC). Prior to joining the OHRC in 2011, he worked at the African Canadian Legal Clinic as a Staff Lawyer and articled at Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP. He has worked on significant human rights cases at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has a B.Comm. from Queen’s University (2005) and an LL.B. from Western University (2008). He has been recognized for his human rights work as a winner of the 2016 Precedent Setter Award and 2017 Hennessy V.S.O.P. Privilège Award and member of Bay Street Bull’s 2017 Power 50 Guide. Sunil was selected as the Bayview Glen Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient in 2017, and was recently named as one of the country’s top 25 most influential lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine in August 2019.
Yong (Daniel) Shen '15 came to Bayview Glen in Grade 7 and stayed all the way until Grade 12. Daniel recently graduated from Harvard College, the undergraduate liberal arts college of Harvard University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology and a minor in Classics. At Harvard, he served as the President of the Harvard-Radcliffe Kendo Club, a teaching assistant for developmental biology, peer tutor, and ran a biotech startup. Daniel graduated with Summa Cum Laude and was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation, Daniel is spending a year as a Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Fellow in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories to learn about Indigenous healing, culture, and the intersection between health, environment, and policy. In August of 2020, Daniel will start medical school at the Columbia-Bassett program at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.
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 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.