July 2013

What's News


Welcome new Old Boys
 
The Association hosted a leaving class dinner on May 22 where Association Council president Jim Garner ’77, Young Alumni Network (YAN) vice-chair and incoming chair Zach Schwartz ’05 and YAN events chair Andrew Reburn ’06 welcomed the graduating students to the Old Boys' club.
 
The evening included musical performances by 2013 grads Charlie Walker, Nicholas Yeretsian, Akash Pasricha, Othniel Cundangan, Thomas Sauvé-Lafrance and Alexander Gagliano, as well as a song by dean of students Evan Williams and teachers Julian Bauld and Richard Turner.
 
Leaving class students and parents generously donated funds to purchase the leaving class gift, a rapid-fill water fountain that counts the number of plastic bottles saved. The fountain will be installed over the summer by the locker rooms. Thanks again to everyone who contributed to this amazing gift.
 
Last but not least, congratulations to Zachary Mahon ’13, who was elected leaving class president.
 
 
 
 
Leaving class president Zachary Mahon ‘13 makes a toast to the College.
 
Please click here to view a complete photo gallery and video footage from the leaving class dinner and graduation.
 

Association Day on Sept. 28
 
This year marks the 100th anniversary of UCC's ownership of its Norval, Ont. property, and we'll kick off the celebrations with an interactive Norval experience at Association Day.  
 
Join the entire UCC community at A-Day and you'll also enjoy: watching a soccer game; enjoy eating a barbecued lunch; grabbing a coffee and muffin from the snack shack; playing in the Old Boy tennis tournament; watching members of the class of 1978 challenging the class of 1983 to a game of ball hockey; bidding on an item in the silent auction; dumping a teacher in the dunk tank; relaxing in the hospitality area while watching the varsity football game; or just wandering around the campus and soaking in the community spirit.
 
A few new and exciting changes for this year include: a bigger and better "Kid Zone" in a new location; Starbucks coffee; a "UCC Has Talent” show featuring members of the College community; living art murals; and an expanded offering of nut-free foods.
 
We hope to see you there.
 

Reunion
 
Reunion 2013 will take place on the weekend of Sept. 27 and 28 for the graduating classes of 2008, 2003, 1998, 1993, 1988, 1983, 1978, 1973, 1968 and 1963. 
 
Class presidents and reunion committees are taking an active role in organizing individual class reunions in conjunction with the Association office. Please contact manager of alumni relations and Common Ties Julia Melnikova at jmelnikova@ucc.on.ca to connect with your reunion class if you haven’t been contacted by your class heads about your reunion or if you need general reunion information. Formal invitations will be sent shortly, so please keep an eye out for them.  
 

Norval turns 100

UCC’s unique 420-acre outdoor campus, the Norval Outdoor Education Centre, will
celebrate its 100th anniversary this year on Sunday, Oct. 6 with a fun day filled with activities for the whole family almost 100 years to the day after the first Old Boy picnic was held there. More details and a schedule of events will be available at a later date.

Generations of Old Boys have enjoyed Norval over the years, and
you're invited to share those special memories and photos with College archivist Jill Spellman. Let’s bring Norval’s rich and interesting history to life together.
 
 

 
150th anniversary XI vs. Old Boys cricket match
 
Cricket’s rich legacy at Upper Canada College was recognized on June 1 with a celebration to mark the 150th anniversary of the XI vs. Old Boys match.
 
Team photos were taken, introductory statements from event chair Edgar Bracht ’55, UCC board of governors chair Andy Burgess ’83 and principal Jim Power were made, and there were handshakes all around before the white-clad cricketers took the pitch to begin play.
 
The turnout of almost 40 Old Boy players — ranging from the leaving class of 1954 to 2012 graduates — was so large that two matches were held using a 20/20 overs format. Two Old Boy squads squared off against each other (with Squad C defeating Squad B 93-84) while a third played the current varsity squad, whose members were nattily attired in new blazers before they lost a 117-102 decision.
 
Non-playing Old Boys, staff and faculty, and other members of the UCC community were on hand to cheer for their favourites, admire an historical cricket display put together by archivist Jill Spellman and enjoy afternoon tea at 2:30 p.m. in between the two matches.
 
An evening reception was held in the Upper School’s Bernick Family Foyer and awards were presented. These included a cricket bat used by Peter Wessel ’49 (who flew in with his wife Marlene from Los Angeles for the weekend to attend) to score a century back in his UCC playing days and another bat signed by Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and UCC’s official visitor. All of the participants then sat down to dinner and more reminiscing in the student centre.
 

MeriTALKracy
 
What does "merit" mean to you? Those who've submitted essays to the MeriTALKracy project so far have included a Second World War veteran from the class of 1943, a former NHL hockey player, a former federal minister of finance, renowned scientists and UCC faculty members, along with many others.
 
Visit www.meritalkracy.com to view other essays or to comment on the essay below. Please send your submission to uccmeritproject@ucc.on.ca.
 
Giants
 
by Eric Meerkamper ’87
 
I have always believed that individual initiative, effort, perseverance, and risk-taking should be encouraged and rewarded, and that these characteristics strongly correlate with success and achievement on most measures. We revel in rags-to-riches stories, overcoming the odds, and the “self-made” person.
 
 However, I also believe that to truly understand, appreciate and celebrate what has been achieved, what is genuinely a product of our extraordinary efforts and unique contributions, it is essential to begin with humility and recognize that much of what we have “merited” is often not only due to our own efforts.
 
Our achiever-fuelled society generally doesn’t like to recognize this, and some might think it mocks the core beliefs and values upon which society is built: witness the ferocious negative reaction to President Obama’s recent “You didn’t build that” campaign comments on July 13, 2012 in Roanoke, Virginia.
 
Regardless of where we started, I believe we have to properly set the sticks if we are going to measure what we have, in fact, achieved and merited.
 
I had the privilege of being the Chair of the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto, which produces the excellent Who’s Hungry report. One thing that struck me the most from this and other poverty research, is that while there are many reasons why people might come to need the support of a food bank or other social services, a primary differentiator between those who temporarily stumble and get back up quickly vs. those who get caught in the poverty cycle, is the strength of their social “safety net”, and the resources of those around them, which to a large extent are a function of one’s circumstance, and not something necessarily built, or earned.
 
Recognizing what we have been given, and what others have not, doesn’t undermine achievement. Recognizing the contributions of those before us and around us that have allowed us to achieve that much more, only deepens our understanding of what merit is.
 
"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants."Sir Isaac Newton
 
Eric Meerkamper is president of the RIWI Corporation and chair of the Centre for Social Innovation. He can be reached at eric@riwi.com.
 
 

 
UCC’s “Think Ahead” campaign wins three awards
 
Upper Canada College won silver and bronze awards in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)’s North America-wide competition and a silver Prix D'Excellence from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE).
 
The Think Ahead fundraising campaign launch held on Association Day last September won bronze from CASE for special events, tying with Indiana University and the University of Toronto in a category with 81 entries.
 
UCC's “Defining Moment” campaign video, narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Christopher Plummer, won a silver award from CASE along with Emory University and the University of British Columbia in the 95-entry fundraising video category. You can watch the video here.
 
CASE is a Washington, D.C.-headquartered professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas.
 
The silver Prix D'Excellence was presented for a case for support for Upper School renovations as part of the Think Ahead campaign. It was awarded by CCAE, a volunteer-led organization that promotes excellence in educational advancement.
 

 
UCC volunteer service recognized at reception 
 
Volunteerism is one of the things that makes the Upper Canada College community special, and the school recognized the contributions made by many parents and Old Boys at a reception attended by 140 volunteers in the garden at Grant House on May 15.
 
“This year we have just over 1,100 boys studying at the College,” said principal Jim Power. “By coincidence, we mailed over 1,100 invitations to volunteers to attend tonight’s reception.
 
“So in essence, for every student here, we have a member of our community who is volunteering his or her time in some way, shape or form. How very lucky we are that you care so much about this place and about our boys.” 
 
Power introduced UCC Association president Jim Garner ’77, who in turn introduced Brian Roberts ’78 to present the Harold A.D. Roberts Circle Awards, which were named after his grandfather and recognize substantial contributions or special service by members of the UCC Association, either through short- or long-term commitments.
 
Four people received awards: Bob Medland ’65, father of Andrew ’95 and John ’97; Sandy Mingay, mother of Andrew ’09 and Michael ’11; Piera Morra, mother of Marco ’08, Alexander ’11 and Nicholas ’13; and Linda Pincott-Kitchen, mother of Andrew ’09 and Adam ’12.
 
Medland is a class president who has set a high standard for others in keeping his classmates connected to one another and the College. He’s served on various committees and chaired signature UCC events, including Association Day and Founder’s Dinner.
 
Mingay has been a volunteer since her boys were in the Prep and, though they’re now in university, she continues to serve UCC as vice-president of the Association Council. She’s a past president of the Parents’ Organization (PO) and served as a volunteer on the Blues Booster Club (BBC) board, with Horizons, admissions, the library, galas and in many other ways. 
 
Morra has been a role model in serving as president of both the PO and the Prep Parents’ Organization (PPO).  She has volunteered with many school events, including three galas, and is a member of the Association Council.  
 
Pincott-Kitchen’s volunteer work at UCC began more than 14 years ago and continues today even though her sons have both graduated.  She’s served as chair of the PPO, on the PO executive committee, on the BBC board and on three gala committees. She’s also opened her home to many UCC events, including the PO’s annual faculty and staff appreciation tea for more than 12 years. She was one of the originators of UCC’s Spring Arts Festival (now known as Nuit Bleue) and a strong advocate of Winterfest’s return to the school.