September 2014

What's News

Saturday, Sept. 27

It’s that time of year again.

Old Boy co-chairs Max Chen ’95 and J.P. Mackay ’02 invite the entire community of Old Boys, students, parents and friends to come and join us as we celebrate everything that makes UCC great.  It will be a fun-filled day for the entire family with tons of new activities as well as ones you know and love.

Here's what you can look forward to:

  • The fun-filled Kidzone with exciting new attractions

  • Varsity football, volleyball and soccer games against Villanova, Crescent and TCS (Go Blues!)

  • The A-Tunes music fest is back by popular demand on the main stage

  • The Jon Wookey Market will have a fresh look and location

  • The silent auction will feature amazing selection of items

  • The ever-popular dunk tank

  • Jump your way into a photo mosaic and add your creative touch to a community canvas courtesy of the ABC

  • Stop by the BBC information tent to help to keep score and get into the Blues spirit 

  • Greg’s Ice Cream, an A-Day tradition and favourite, will be back

  • Freshly popped Kernel’s Popcorn

  • The barbecue tent and snack shack will have delicious, new nut-free items

  • The Michael Evan Jurist Memorial Tennis Tournament (Click here to register)

  • Delicious Starbucks coffee              

  • A hospitality terrace (19+)  

  • Check out recent Upper School renovations with a campus tour

We're always looking for volunteers and hope that you'll consider helping out for a one-hour shift. Please click here to sign up.

Please click here for a full listing of A-Day events, times and locations, as well as the athletic schedule.

A-Tunes @ A-Day needs you

Got a group? Got talent? Then you've got to perform.

UCC talent will be featured on the main stage at A-Day from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Old Boys, students, faculty and staff members are all encouraged to participate. Dust off your old guitar, call up your buddies and come and belt out a few tunes on A-Day. 

Please contact events manager Maria Karakoulas at or 416-488-1125, ext. 2231 if you have any questions.

Reunion incorporates competition for 2014

Nothing brings Old Boys together better than a little competition. And when that competition will benefit current and future students, we're definitely game.

We've launched UCC'S Reunion Giving Challenge. In this ultimate clash of the classes, we've put each class celebrating a reunion in 2014 against one another. Who'll come out on top as the most supportive of the College?

Don’t miss the reunion dinner on Saturday, Sept. 27 to see if your class comes out on top when we present two shiny, new trophies:

• one for the class with the highest fundraising participation;
• and one for the class that raises the most in cash and pledges in a reunion year.

Don't delay. The deadline is Friday, Sept. 26. Reunion weekend begins that night with class-specific events and culminates with the Old Boys-only reunion dinner the next evening at the College.

Please click here for a full listing of the weekend’s activities and to register.

See how your class is doing by clicking here. Will your class be celebrating a little more on Saturday night?

Please click here to participate in this year’s reunion giving challenge.


Tune into live stream of varsity football season opener

UCC's varsity football team takes on St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, Ont. on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 3:45 p.m. Want to feel the team spirit but can’t be there in person? SAC is providing a live feed to the game, so check in to see our Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association champions kick off the season by clicking here at game time.

Tickets for the boarding program

An important part of UCC's boarding program involves new boys getting to know Toronto better. It's essential for them to become familiar with getting around and to learn what the city has to offer. Part of that experience is attending Toronto sporting events and arts based performances. The UCC community continues to support this program by donating tickets to watch the Blue Jays, Raptors, Leafs and TFC as well as musical and theatrical performances. You'll receive a gift-in-kind tax receipt for the full face value of each ticket. Please contact Association coordinator Samantha Kerbel at or 416-488-1125, ext. 2239 if you wish to donate tickets or have any questions.

Old Boys Toronto Reception on Nov. 13

Reconnect, reminisce and stay in touch with your fellow Old Boys at The Calvin in the Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13.

More information and registration details will come. 


Remembrance Day services

UCC will hold its traditional Remembrance Day services at the Prep and Upper Schools on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Our students and staff celebrate the Old Boys who served in the military, particularly those who made the supreme sacrifice, each year. The service is a solemn but imaginative program that includes music, readings and a performance. Old Boys who served are invited back to the College to particiapte in the day's events. A formal invitation will be sent shortly. Please contact the Association office at for more information.


First World War centenary

Oct. 29 will mark the 100th anniversary of UCC's first fallen Old Boy in the First World War: Cortlandt Graham Gordon MacKenzie from the class of 1907. Approximately 1,100 College students, faculty and staff members enlisted and 179 fell in service over the war years. The College is launching the UCC Remembers website to commemorate each of our fallen brothers, highlight the current activities of the College in respect to the centenary and introduce some special collections held in the College archives. Please contact College archivist Jill Spellman if you have any archival material or memories relating to the First World War. 

Join the newest Horizons mentoring program

It can be a challenging world out there, so why not help a high-potential, inner-city student get a leg up in life? We’re looking for alumni to volunteer as mentors to enthusiastic inner-city students who are eager to learn.

The new Horizons High School Program is a win-win. You form a meaningful relationship and become a significant part of this student’s development and growth. The student gets a tremendous opportunity to learn from successful people and receive a boost in achieving goals in various fields — be it music, business or medicine. 

The program is co-managed by alumni from UCC, The Bishop Strachan School and St. Clement's School under the guidance of Horizons staff. It’s especially for students in grades 9 to 12 who’ve graduated from the Horizons Summer Program. The goals are to improve academic performance and build character. The longer term goal is to assist these grads in finding success at universities, trade schools and in their job search. 

A time commitment of seven Saturdays is required from October through May 2015. Alumni mentors will be paired with a student for the program’s duration. Sessions, with lunch provided, will be at UCC and will run about 90 minutes. A full slate of programming will include guest speakers and time for tutoring and mentoring. The tentative dates are Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 15, Dec. 16 and Feb. 7, 21 and 28.

More details will be provided at an orientation session on Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. in the Hewitt Lounge at the William P. Wilder '40 Arena & Sports complex Lounge. Registration is required. 

As the program involves matching mentors with students, a firm commitment is required. We understand your schedule may not permit you to attend all sessions, but an effort to attend the majority is required.

We encourage you to consider it and look forward to welcoming you.

Please contact Horizons director Jyoti Sehgal at 416-488-1125, ext. 2295 or to register. 

Donated art helps kids in Africa

Picharity is a student-run website that sells donated photographs and uses the net profit to enable more kids to play sports.

Photo subjects range from flowers to vast sunsets on the Indonesian horizon and could brighten up any wall space in the home or office. Please visit to view and purchse these prints.

Since Picharity's launch on Association Day in 2012, it has raised more then $2,500 and helped 10 children in Africa attend Right To Play programming for one year. The plan for this academic year is to launch new ideas, including teaching and playing sports with kids experiencing adversity and directly donating sports equipment to places in need. Picharity will donate $900 to Dixon Hall School of Music to help inner-city kids play music and the hope is that similar initiatives will continue throughout the year.