March 2016

What's News?


Message from Association Council president Matt Johnson '95 


As a new initiative spearheaded by your Association Council, and as the current president, I'll be contributing to Old Ties on an ongoing basis.

The Association Council is your alumni governing body and we want to ensure that, as an Old Boy, you have access to council initiatives and activities that we’re promoting within the Association community. Please keep an eye out for our announcements in future editions of Old Ties.

Matt Johnson

At this time, I’m excited to announce our first-ever Old Boy Summit.

We want to hear your voice as we enter a new era in UCC’s history. Join us at our first-ever Old Boy Summit on Saturday, Oct. 22, where you can provide valuable input into the future of the College as discussions around the next strategic planning process begin.

The summit is an on-campus event that will be hosted by the Association Council and its advisory committee chair, Matt Flynn ’96. It will feature keynote presentations and breakout sessions where you’ll have the chance to express your thoughts and hopes about where we’re heading, and vote on substantive recommendations to the board as it embarks on formulating the College’s next five-year plan. It also may be your first opportunity to meet and hear from our new principal, Sam McKinney.

Help make Oct. 22 a day for insight and inspiration. For more information about the Old Boy Summit, and ways you can contribute if you’re unable to attend, contact Jody Jacobson at 416-488-1125 ext. 2235 or If you wish to reach me regarding any Association Council matter, please email me at or call me directly at 416-643-3754.

Long-term faculty Mary Gauthier and Marshall Webb moving on


After 40 years of dedicated service to the college, Marshall Webb ’68 will retire at the end of this academic year. 

Marshall WebbWebb completed his bachelor and master's of arts degrees at Middlebury College in Vermont. After spending a year teaching at Pickering College, he returned to UCC, this time as a teacher, and has been a valued member of the English Department ever since. Webb has been chair of the English department and director of the Little Theatre in addition to many other duties. Webb is probably best known for is the impact he has had on students in the classroom. Indeed, through our surveying of past students throughout the years, Marshall's name is consistently cited as a teacher who had a noteworthy, positive impact on the lives of so many Old Boys.

Additionally, Mary Gauthier, executive director of the Wernham and West Centre for Mary GauthierLearning, is heading on to the exciting role of executive director of the newly established Greenwood Institute, which will focus on innovation by inspiring and encouraging curiosity and leadership in teaching. 

Gauthier has been with UCC for just over 15 years, when she was brought in to head up the Centre for Learning following a $7 million donation from Richard Wernham and Julia West to establish this unique resource at the College. Under her leadership, the CFL has become a model for and leader in helping teachers develop inclusive teaching practices, and for all boys to develop their own toolkit for learning. We’re one of the few schools worldwide to offer a 100 per cent open-door support policy for all of our students.


Model UN wins huge at Harvard


This is huge news on the Model UN front. Sixteen boys on the Model UN team earned “Best Large Delegation” at the 64th annual Harvard Model United Nations (MUN) in Boston, from Thursday, Jan. 28 to Sunday, Jan. 31. They also earned 15 individual awards. This means UCC was number one of all schools attending. Read more here.


Harold A.D. Roberts Circle Award nominations are now open


Do you know a volunteer who has made a significant contribution to UCC life? If so, the UCC Association needs to know by Tuesday, March 8.

The Harold A.D. Roberts Circle Award is given annually in recognition of substantial contributions or special service by members of the UCC community, either through short-term involvement or long-term commitment. It recognizes those who go above and beyond the call of duty to significantly improve the UCC Association and the College. The awards will be presented at the annual volunteer reception on Wednesday, May 18.

This award complements the John D. Stevenson Award and expands the ability to recognize outstanding contributions to UCC. The 2015 recipients were Jill Adolphe, Rajbir Ahluwalia, Neera Chopra and Susan Eplett.

Nominations are welcome from all members of the College community in written format. They should include some information about the nature and time of the nominee's volunteer service and the reason for the nomination. Please click here to fill out our online nomination form or email Jody Jacobson at

All nominations will be reviewed by the award committee and the recipient(s) will be selected by the Association Council. Nominations must be submitted by March 8.

UCC will participate in Doors Open Toronto 2016


Upper Canada College is Ontario’s oldest independent school and is recognized for its elegant architecture, landmark clock tower and expansive playing fields.

The school will participate in the 17th annual Doors Open Toronto in May, marking the third time UCC will be part of the event. Doors Open Toronto 2016 features the theme of "Reused, Revisited and Revised." Come and learn the fascinating story of UCC as we explore the adaptive reuse and development of our campus buildings throughout the college's history in Deer Park.

Doors Open at UCC is on Sunday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please contact Maria Karakoulas, Manager, Events at if you wish to volunteer.


UCC welcomes Syrian kids for playdate


If you wanted to see the international language of soccer in action, the covered Oval — also known as “the Fubble” — was the place to be on Feb. 24. In a milestone game, UCC boys had no trouble communicating with Syrian refugee kids as they took to the field for an afternoon of fun. Click here to read more.



Interim associate director of alumni relations


Jeff Ball will serve as interim associate director of alumni relations in Lindsay Tarvit’s absence.  

 Jeff Ball

Jeff is an experienced alumni relations and communications professional. He most recently worked in communications at the Children's Aid Foundation and prior to that he was manager of alumni support and campus partnerships at York University. He's excited to work at UCC and we feel fortunate to welcome him to our team.


Jeff can be reached at or 416-488-1125 ext. 3357.