News and Events
Check out the recent feature articles in "Yahoo Style"and "Huff Magazine" about the apparel company, Eletros Streetwear, founded by #BVGAlumni Christina Rakitzis '15. Christina is excited about these special features and is thrilled that their newly released swimwear line was featured in Toronto Fashion Week 2021 - Fashion Art Toronto. Congratulations to Christina on her accomplishments and wish her continued success in all her future endeavours.
Christina Rakitzis graduated from Bayview Glen in 2015 and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Toronto this year in Diaspora and Transnational Studies, Equity Studies and Human Geography Studies. In addition, Christina has studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York and started her own apparel business, @eletrostreetwear, based in Toronto and also available in New York and Los Angeles. Learn more about Christina and her brand: eletrostreetwear.com
Welcome to our newest members of the Bayview Glen Alumni Association, #BVGgrads2021. Congratulations on your graduation and we wish you all the best in your future endeavours.
Congratulations also to #BVGAlumni J-M Erlendson '03 on being selected by the Bayview Glen Alumni Association Board as the recipient of this year's Bayview Glen Distinguished Alumni Award 2021, which honours and acknowledges J-M's remarkable accomplishments in his chosen professions and the community. 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. If you would like to nominate a Bayview Glen graduate (or yourself) for the 2022 award, please complete the nomination form online.
Please join our Alumni social media channels to stay connected. We look forward to seeing you again soon and can't wait to hear about your adventures. Have a safe and wonderful summer!
On Wednesday, June 16, the Bayview Glen Alumni Association hosted our next virtual career development talk on Zoom with #BVGAlumni speaker and author Rosemary Yeremian '93.
Rosemary shared some strategies and tips with our alumni and school community on how to forge your own career path to a successful future, and how to navigate the challenges of succeeding in business:
- Do the hard work
- Find your cheerleader and mentor networking
- When things don't go well, turn another direction
Thank you to everyone for their participation and involvement. Congratulations to the lucky winner of our free signed book giveaway.
If you are interested in ordering a copy of Rosemary's new book "STEP UP", please visit her website at www.stepupinbusiness.com and use this special discount code "BVG20" for an additional 20% off (total 40% off her book price).
Please stay tuned for details on other alumni events in the fall. Have a safe and wonderful summer, and we look forward to seeing everyone again at our next alumni event.
#BVGAlumni Speaker and Author Profile
Rosemary Yeremian graduated from Bayview Glen in 1993 and holds a Masters degree in Political Science and a Certificate of Financial Statement Analysis from the University of Quebec. Rosemary is currently the Vice President, Corporate Strategy at X-energy Canada and was the President of Thermodyne Engineering with over 20 years of executive experience in the nuclear, aerospace and military sectors. She sits on a number of Boards, including: Women in Aerospace Canada and the Ontario Aerospace Council, and is an active member of the American Nuclear Society. After a lifetime of learning about how to succeed in those fields, she now aspires to help empower other individuals to move their careers ahead with dignity and based on merit.
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 circumstances, we regrettably cannot host our annual Alumni Reunion Weekend in person again this year. Thereby, the Bayview Glen Alumni Association, in collaboration with the Parent Association, was delighted to present two virtual events over the last weekend of May 2021 for our alumni and school community to keep the tradition going.
#BVGAlumni Reunion 2021 Virtual Jeopardy Game
Friday, May 28, 2021 | 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. | Online via Zoom
On the evening of Friday, May 28, the Alumni Association hosted our first ever virtual Alumni Reunion event over Zoom with a great turnout.
A wide span of alumni from the class of 1991 to recent grads, especially those alumni in different time zones (Berlin, Hong Kong, etc.) were excited to participate in the BVG-themed virtual Jeopardy game and valued the opportunities to reconnect with their former classmates and teachers even in a virtual setting and breakout rooms on Zoom.
Thanks to the BVGAA Board Members for organizing this virtual alumni event. Special thanks to Mr. Reynolds for hosting the fun game for us, and thanks also to Andre Forsythe '01 for sharing their Class of 2001 commemorative video with us during the event.
Big congrats to those alumni in the honoured classes for their milestone reunion celebrations. Congratulations also to the top 3 winners of the game - Jonathan Metrick '01, Jeffrey Pong '14 and Lexi Paradis '07. We will reach out to them individually for the gift card prizes.
Please stay connected and we look forward to seeing you all again online and at future alumni events.
Virtual Children's Book Reading with #BVGAlumni Author Layla Ahmad '10
Saturday, May 29, 2021 | 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. | Online via Zoom
As part of the Parent Association Virtual Spring Family Fun Fair on Saturday, May 29, alumni with young children, as well as current students and parents enjoyed the virtual book reading on Zoom with alumni author Layla Ahmad ‘10 for her new children’s picture book “When Mom’s Away”, launched recently in April 2021 via Second Story Press and illustrated by Layla’s mom and past parent Farida Zaman.
If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Layla's book, enter discount code MOMSAWAY15 at checkout for 15% off your book (May 24-June 5) when ordering via the Second Story Press website.
We are grateful for the community support of our alumni authors, and look forward to seeing everyone again at our next alumni author event in June.
Please visit the Alumni Events webpage for more information and online registrations.
The countdown is on until the BVG Upper School Players stream Macbeth live for the entire school community!
Friday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. via YouTube:
It has taken a variety of specialists among the Upper School community to get our virtual performance ready for the big screen. We are incredibly proud of the BVG Players students, faculty and staff members it took to accomplish this theatrical and filmic feat. “See you” Friday!
Poster design by Natalee Kennedy, Grade 10.
Thank you to all BVG parents and students who participated in our recent Parent Association Mother's Day paint party! Your artwork turned out beautifully. A special thanks to Jenny Li for leading the painting tutorial.
Click HERE to register for our upcoming Parent Association events this spring.
By: Sherry Darvish – Head Coach and Bayview Glen Parent
On March 10, 2021, the aspiring lawyers in Bayview Glen’s Law Club participated in the Ontario Justice Education Network’s (OJEN) Twitter Moot competition. The OJEN Twitter Moot competition is an online debate. High school students from across the province of Ontario participate in the online discussion by tweeting their opinions on a thought-provoking question with a myriad of legal implications. This competition offers students a fun opportunity to learn about important and contentious legal issues facing our society. The topic this time was about mandatory COVID-19 vaccination, a topic that we have all probably thought or read about as we navigate these challenging pandemic times.
Students in the competition were asked to provide comments on the following question:
Would a law that made COVID-19 vaccination compulsory for all Canadians infringe the rights set out in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? If so, would that infringement be justified under section 1 of the Charter?
The question is not an easy one to answer as it raises many legal and policy issues intersecting health care, race, division of powers, and constitutional matters to name a few. However, this challenge did not stop the students in the BVG Law Club from providing intelligent and thoughtful comments to the question. Many of their comments earned them re-tweets such as the following:
“Even though the Supreme Court of Canada has never before upheld a violation of section 7 using the Oakes test, the Court has claimed that “natural disasters, the outbreak of war, epidemics, and the like are instances where such a violation may be acceptable”.
At the end of a debate filled day, the BVG Law Club took home one of the coveted OJEN awards for providing the most engaging discussion. Congratulations to all the BVG law club students on their achievement. To read more tweets from the day please visit @BVG_LawClub on Twitter.
Parent Association Online Social: Mixology
Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom
On behalf of the Parent Association, thank you to all those who joined our BVG (Beach Virtual Getaway)! It was a fun evening and we learned some cool tips and tricks from Mixologist Mark. We also want to sincerely thank all of our generous donors who helped make the event a success. Please be sure to check out their Instagram accounts tagged below.
We look forward to seeing you all at our next event in the Spring.
@brvndtender - Mark Lourenco (Mixologist)
@shopcocomarket - Coco Market
@radfordbeauty - Radford Beauty
@radfordstudio - Radford Studio
@aitorontoseoul - ai Toronto Seoul
@candycrush.designs - Candy Crush Designs
@vicvilo - Victoria Village Optometry