May 2014

What's News 

Help ramp up the UCC-SAC rivalry on Facebook

It’s not just shots on net that count when it comes to archrival St. Andrew’s College (SAC). Our Facebook community is active and engaged, with close to 2,500 "Likes," but it pains us to say that SAC has almost 5,700.

Click here to “Like” us on Facebook and get instant access to tons of alumni and College news, photos and videos of recent events and Old Boy successes, and much more.

Thank you in advance for spreading the word and helping us mobilize. When it comes to spirit, engagement and teamwork, let’s show SAC who’s on top.


UCC volunteers recognized and honoured

Upper Canada College wouldn’t run as smoothly or effectively as it does without the many volunteers from the community who dedicate their time and effort to the cause.

The school recognized the contributions made by parents and Old Boys at a thank-you reception attended by approximately 200 volunteers in the Upper School student centre on May 15. These included, among others: admissions volunteers; Association Council members; class presidents; class ambassadors; Young Alumni Network members; campaign chairs and volunteers; Common Ties Advisory Committee members and mentors.

“You all give your time, energy and skills freely and with no expectation of reward,” said principal Jim Power. “Your hours of service ensure the success of so many school activities and events.”

Click here to read more and view the gallery of photos from the evening's fesitivities. 

UCC welcomes six new members to “Quarter-Century Club”

After a record eight people were inducted into Upper Canada College’s “Quarter-Century Club” last year, another six employees who’ve served the school for 25 years were honoured on May 12.

The six who entered the Quarter-Century Club were: retired chemistry teacher John Eix, who continues to chair the computer management committee; painter Tino Herrera; mail manager and assistant receptionist Vina Kandavanam; carpenter Seyoum Lulseged; Upper School computer science and science teacher and house adviser Kevin Olds; and Upper School English teacher and house adviser Blair Sharpe.

Click here to read more about each inductee. 

UCC participation in Doors Open cancelled

The doors are closed, so to speak. Some of you have asked for details about our participation in the popular city-wide event, Doors Open. Due to conflicts with other high-priority events at the school over the weekend of May 24 and 25, UCC won't participate in Doors Open this year. 

Get ready for this year's reunion and Association Day 2014

Attention classes of 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009. This is your reunion year!  

Save the date - Association Day 2014

On Saturday, September 27, UCC will be celebrating its 35th Association Day. Bring your family, and come out to renew, reunite and reconnect with fellow Old Boys and friends. 

Click here for more reunion information and A-Day details. 

Old Boy open sports schedule


Basketball in Hewitt Athletic Centre, 6:30 to 9 p.m. (all year)


Soccer on oval (in the bubble during the winter), 6:30 to 9 p.m. (all year)


Winter shinny hockey in arena, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. until June 11 (returns Sept. 3)

Summer shinny hockey in arena, 6 to 7 p.m. from June 18 to Aug. 27

Lacrosse on New Field, 6:30 to 9 p.m. from May 14 to Aug. 27


Ball hockey on sports court, 12 to 5 p.m. from April to October

Tennis on outdoor courts only, 12 to 5 p.m. from late June to August


Family pleasure skating in arena, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. from September to April

Please contact Association coordinator Samantha Kerbel at for more information.

Gifted opera singer and math whiz Conor Healy is having quite a year

Conor Healy is on a roll.

He placed an astonishing ninth out of 17,000 student on the University of Waterloo’s Fermat Mathematical Contest in April and, owing to his opera singing talents, was one of just six international applicants to be accepted at the prestigious Centre for Opera Studies’ (COSI) summer program in Sulmona, Italy. To top it off, the multi-talented Grade 11 student was accepted into the competitive Ontario Youth Choir.

Healy sang the aria “Gial Sole Dal Gange” by Alessandro Scarlatti for his COSI audition. 

“I applied to the program because Italy is one of the world’s true centres for excellent music in this category, and it’s really a part of the culture there,” says Healy. “It’s definitely the place to go if you’re looking to develop an interest.”

It’s quite a feat to bridge the arts and math divide with such success, but Healy says he “feels a lot of creativity” when doing both. Though he has his eye on university studies in urban planning, his interest in choral music has been cultivated since boyhood.

“I was just singing something generic in a pre-school assembly and the janitor came up to my mom and insisted she get me into a choir,” Healy says.

Healy was a member of the world-renowned Toronto Children’s Chorus from 2006 to 2010 and enjoyed some incredible concert experiences, including participating in the ninth World Choral Festival and performing with the revered Vienna Boys Choir at the famed Musikverein among other hallowed halls. He’s in a new youth choir for Toronto Children's Chorus alumni and, to keep the accolades coming, he was just accepted into the Ontario Youth Choir.

“Conor is a fine baritone,” Toronto Children’s Chorus director Elise Bradley wrote in her reference letter for Healy’s COSI application. “He has always possessed excellent sight-singing, theory and organizational skills. He is also kind, mature, dependable and respectful.”

In addition to individual singing coaching, the COSI program also offers language classes, Pilates bodywork specially created for singers and the opportunity to sing in regional concerts.

UCC wins at U.S. Model UN conference

Upper Canada College’s Model United Nations Club came out on top at the Berkeley Model United Nations Conference in San Francisco from March 7 to 9.

The conference was founded in 1952, making it the oldest of its kind in North America, and this year’s edition welcomed 1,800 students from 99 schools. UCC’s delegation, led by club heads Austin Haber and Cole Thompson, was comprised of 20 students from Grades 9 to 12 under the supervision of teacher Matt Griem.

The conference presents undergraduate students with an opportunity to apply what they research and combines academic study with a social atmosphere to give delegates a better understanding of their material. Competition was tough, as the Model UN simulations featured a wide range of committees that sometimes involved hundreds of people.

But when the closing ceremonies came around, UCC’s contingent was presented with the Best Club Award. It became the first Canadian team to receive this honour and puts it in the running to be ranked among the top five Model UN clubs in North America.