January 2015

What's News?

Founder's Dinner 2015

David Walker '51 earns John D. Stevenson Award for extraordinary volunteer service 

In an age of “robocalls” from various charitable causes, it takes a special person to get on the phone to 1,000 fellow UCC alumni and have a wide-ranging personal conversation about the school with every single one.

It’s exactly this passion and belief in the power of grassroots support that earned David Walker ’51 the UCC Association Council’s John D. Stevenson Award for 2015. The honour is given to individuals who’ve provided outstanding volunteer service to the College over a number of years. It recognizes the exceptional contributions of John D. Stevenson ’47 (who, coincidentally, was Walker’s head of house in McHugh’s).

Click here to read more about Walker's accomplishements.  

Don Kawasoe to retire in June 

After 35 years of invaluable service to UCC, I'm both saddened and happy to announce that Don Kawasoe, head of the Prep and Upper Schools, has set his sights on a well-deserved retirement at the end of the school year to spend more time with his family and on a number of creative pursuits.

It's difficult to sum up Don’s many achievements and accomplishments over his many years of service at UCC, but he'll always be remembered for his passion for teaching and learning, and his unwavering commitment to the boys.

Don began his career at UCC in 1980 as a part-time Form 5 science and math teacher. His time at the Prep has included several roles, including: Seaton’s assistant housemaster; basketball and soccer coach; and Form 5, 6 and 7 form master, with a focus on teaching math and geography.

Don became the first full-time, on-site Norval director in 1988. Thanks to his leadership, the Norval program has expanded to offer the current total of 55 days of outdoor education to boys from Senior Kindergarten to Year 2. He took on the role of assistant head of student life at the Prep in 2001 and, in 2005, was named head of the Prep School.

In 2009, Don was named to his current role, where he oversaw UCC’s move to the Primary, Middle, Intermediate and Senior divisional structure as part of the current strategic plan’s goal to provide a smaller school feel and environment for the boys.

Please stay tuned for more information and future announcements as we plan Don’s retirement celebration, which will be sure to attract many friends, former and current colleagues, Old Boys, parents and community members.

— Jim Power, principal

Thank you for sharing

Thank you to everyone who completed the Old Boy comprehensive survey.

This wasn't a quick survey, as feedback indicated it took some of you close to 15 minutes to complete. We know how busy you are and truly appreciate that you made the effort. We had an astounding 19.2-per cent response rate, which is just one more indication of the immense support we receive from our community of Old Boys.

The results of the survey will inform how we adjust our current programs and services and how we plan for the future. We promise to share a more comprehensive report in the near future, but here are some of the preliminary findings:

  •  UCC Old Boys are highly engaged relative to other schools
  •  Distance to the College and time constraints are the biggest impediment to staying connected
  •  Connecting with your former classmates matters the most to you
  •  You believe in the current UCC leadership
  •  You understand that Old Boy support is critical to UCC’s success

Special congratulations goes to Nick Jaine ’93, who won the draw for the iPad Air.

Alexander Younger elected Association Council president to succeed Jim Garner

Alexander Younger ’89 was elected Association Council president for a one-year term at the council’s annual general meeting on Oct. 15

Younger replaces Jim Garner ’77, who stepped down from his Upper Canada College volunteer roles after being named special adviser to the principal.

Younger is the founder and chief executive officer of Design Lab, a full-service marketing and advertising firm with clients including The Beer Store and RBC. He sits on numerous boards and is vice-chairman of Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures, a national awards program. He completed the Canadian Securities Course after attending King’s University and has been an active pilot for 26 years.

Younger has served on the Association Council for six years and has been vice-president for the past two. He’s a dedicated volunteer and passionate about UCC. 

 Who was your "iconic UCC teacher"?

Larger than life? A teacher who believed in you like no other? The spring issue of Old Times is paying tribute to iconic UCC teachers, past and present—and we want your nominations. Send them directly to the Old Times editor asap, along with a few sentences about why they deserve this honour. We’ll showcase the top nominees, and please be prepared to be contacted for an interview should your selection make the cut. Thanks in advance. Email Andrea Aster, Associate Director of Communications and Marketing at aaster@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 3171.  

Class Notes deadline for even-numbered graduating classes is Feb. 1

The next issue of Old Times is scheduled to be printed in the late spring. Old Boys from even-numbered leaving classes with news to share are asked to submit information to their class presidents by Feb. 1. You can also email news to classnotes@ucc.on.ca.

Launch of UCC Remembers website

UCC Remembers was created in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. It pays tribute to the UCC community’s role in the conflict, with a special focus on the approximately 1,100 students, faculty and staff members who enlisted as well as the 179 who fell in service.
Take a moment to discover the stories of Old Boys who lost their lives in active service. See history come alive as you read testimonials, diary entries and biographies. Remember the price paid by previous generations for the freedom we enjoy today.
UCC Remembers will continue to grow with your assistance. If  you have memories or family histories to share relating to the First World War, please contact College archivist Jill Spellman. Your contributions may be shared (with your permission) through UCC Remembers.
Thank you to Doug Hall '67 and Denison Edwards '68, who graciously contributed information that's now reflected in UCC Remembers.
The UCC Remembers site is dedicated to all the Old Boys who served, and continue to serve, in Canadian and allied forces. These Old Boys are an inspiration to today’s students, faculty and staff members. Their dedication to our country and the school is remarkable.