May 2016

What's News?

Last chance to RSVP for Jim Power’s send-off; sign memory book

Jim Power, principalAs we all know, Principal Jim Power is bidding farewell this June after 12 years with UCC. Knowing Jim’s love for a good cup of coffee, we’re toasting him and Mary with a Venti or two on Saturday, May 7 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. RSVP here by May 5. If you can’t attend or would like to send him a personal note or well-wishes, we encourage you to leave a message on this tribute page .


Spring is the season for a flurry of UCC events! We've got an exceptional number of them coming up. So be sure to click on the Alumni Events and Common Ties tabs on the left--and don't miss them. What's NEW in this issue? Check out the "Why I Give" profiles of our awesome donors in the Annual Fund section.

Be heard at first-ever Old Boy Summit on Oct. 22

You may have heard UCC is inviting Old Boys back to the College on Saturday, Oct. 22 for its first-ever Old Boy Summit. 

We want YOU to provide valuable input into the future of the College as discussions around the next strategic plan begin. It also may be your first opportunity to meet, chat with and hear from our new principal, Sam McKinney. Watch for the ad in Old Times and for more information via email shortly.

Show Marshall Webb some love; sign his memory book

What can we say? After 40 years at UCC, Marshall Webb, Old Boy from the Class of 1968 and master English teacher is leaving us. He's beloved by generations of UCC grads–as evidenced by the fact our Facebook post on his farewell address at Upper School assembly received 15,000 views. Keep the love going by signing his memory book here. Deadline: May 20. To send a submission or image without using the forms, write to




And the Harold Roberts Circle winners are ... 

Harold A.D. Roberts, class of 1915, was known as “Mr. UCC.” His service to UCC stretched over eight decades. In their own inimitable way, each of the five inductees into this year’s Harold A.D. Roberts Circle has earned, likewise, the title of Mr. or Ms. UCC.

The annual award recognizes substantial contributions or special service by members of the UCC Association, either through short- or long-term commitment. Read on to learn about our five winners. They'll receive their award at the volunteer reception on Wednesday, May 18. Congratulations to all. Read more

Calling all boarders; say bye to Despina 

It's also time to sign a memory book for one of UCC’s unsung heroes, Wedd's housekeeping staff member Despina Koinis, shown with IB2 student Atef Abedin.

 It’s hard enough telling one teenaged boy to keep his room clean. Imagine helping close to 50 teenage students keep 29 rooms tidy, day in and day out—for 35 years?

 It's time for Koinis to enjoy some rest and relaxation. Best described as an extension of the house advising staff, she's one of only two people who goes into every boarding house room, every day. Boys over the years have appreciated Despina’s legendary listening skills. She’s heard it all; complaints about workload; finding a date for the Batt; and so much more.

 Let Despina know how much she’s contributed to the UCC boarding experience. Sign our memory book here or send a note or images to

Spread the word: UCC's got Doors Open on May 29

Have you been back to UCC since the renovations were completed? You know you're always welcome to come for a visit, but why not drop in during Toronto's annual and popular Doors Open event this year? UCC will participate for the third time on Sunday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Be sure to also spread the word and tell your friends and family to join us for tours, refreshments and lots of fascinating historical information about our storied, 187-year-old school. See you there. 

Check out new all-star athlete profiles at Go Blues

What do Allen Champagne ’11, Barney Williams ’96 and Brian Conacher ’61 have in common? Well, besides being Old Boys, they’re also “all-star alumni.” From football to golf, volleyball to tennis, you can read about alumni who’ve made their mark on the sports world here on the newly launched Go Blues website. Suggestions for nominees for future profiles? Email your suggestions to the editor.

Greg Eckler '87 a contender for funniest assembly speaker

Greg Eckler ’87 is in the running for UCC’s “funniest assembly speaker in a long time” award. One of The Rick Mercer Report’s head writers spoke on April 11. Click here to read more.