September 2016

What's News?

Get to know our 19th principal, Sam McKinney

Sam McKinney has been on the job since July 1 and the College community has given a warm welcome to him, his wife Rosey and sons Jack ’17, Connor ’19 and Charlie ’20.

To get a great snapshot of who McKinney is, including some of his hidden talents (hint: home renovation), check out this video. If you missed it on our Facebook page, take a virtual seat in Laidlaw Hall and check out our new principal's first Upper School assembly address on Sept. 8.    

For a complete archive of media stories about McKinney to date and his complete biography, please click here.

Countdown to Association Day on Sept. 24

Association Day co-chairs Jeff ’98, Jon ’99 and Craig ’02 Hill are delighted to invite all Old Boys, students, parents and friends to join us as we celebrate everything that makes UCC great.

A-Day 2016 will be a fun-filled celebration for the entire family. We'll welcome new principal Sam McKinney and family, plus we'll have new activities as well as those you know and love. For more information and a full schedule of the day's events, please click here

Click through to a video about all the reasons to be at A-Day.

Musical band group photo

Catch up at Reunion 2016 on Sept. 23 and 24

UCC's reunion is a time to reminisce, have fun and, of course, tell everyone they haven't changed a bit.

Is your class on the list of this year's honourees from the years 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011? Click here to register for the weekend's events. 

Have a say in UCC's future at first-ever Old Boy Summit 

Join us for our first-ever Old Boy Summit on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UCC. 

Hosted by the Association Council, the summit is part of the College’s collaborative and consultative approach to charting our new strategic priorities. The summit will tackle three topics: a long-term financial model of the College; Old Boy engagement with College life; and UCC’s financial assistance program. 

Click here for more information about the breakout sessions and to register for the summit. 

Rodger Wright '70 appointed special adviser

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Rodger Wright ’70 as special adviser to the vice-principal, advancement and strategy.

In this role he'll assist with alumni relations, donor relations and strategic planning.

We're most fortunate to have the opportunity to bring Rodger back to UCC and have his passion and wise counsel available to us going forward. He can be reached at or 416-488-1225, ext. 2229. Click here to read more about Rodger. 

Family pleasure skating is back

Family skating began on Sept. 11 and runs every Sunday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. until April 16, 2017 in the William P. Wilder ’40 Arena & Sports Complex.

There will be no family skate on Nov. 27, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

Family skating is free and all are invited so bring friends and family members. Everyone skating is required to wear a CSA-approved helmet.

Contact Samantha Kerbel in the Association office at or 416-488-1125, ext. 2239 if you have any questions.

We're asking Old Boys to help us find new boys

We're accepting applications for September 2017 entry to UCC, and our annual admission open house is coming up on Oct. 26 and 27

As an Old Boy, you can help play an important role in our recruitment process by letting talented boys and their families know about the amazing opportunities at UCC, or letting us know about talented boys. 

Contact us directly about a prospective student by calling the admission office at 416-488-1125 (SK to Form 7, ext. 4123; Upper School, ext. 2221) or emailing admission@ucc.on.caThe College is also committed to honouring relationships with legacy families and applicants with siblings attending the school and will interview any sons of Old Boys and siblings upon application. Visit the admission section for more information on applying. Thank you for being a proud UCC ambassador and helping us find great boys.

Summer hockey draws large numbers

Hockey isn’t the first sport you normally think about during the summer, but don’t tell
that to the group of Old Boys who hit the ice at the William P. Wilder ’40 Arena &
Sports Complex every Wednesday at 6 p.m.

While these sessions draw a range of alumni, young Old Boys from the past two
graduating classes made up more than half the group this summer.

“They absolutely love coming back to the school each week to see their old
classmates and totally appreciate that the school makes the ice available to them
weekly,” says Trevor Stephenson, who takes part in the games.

A lot of these Old Boys will continue to pursue their passion and enjoy the
camaraderie when the temperatures start to fall and the days grow shorter, as
they can keep on playing hockey on an Olympic-sized ice surface in the Mara Rink
every Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. through the fall and winter.

Click here to download the full schedule of Old Boy sports. Contact Samantha Kerbel at for more information about using UCC’s rinks and other sports facilities.

Cookie retiring after 20 years

Can you believe it? It's been 20 years since Cookie first graced our presence as school mascot. What started out as a 1996 Leaving Class gift that bore a striking resemblance to a trademarked Sesame Street character has evolved into a full-fledged member of our community.

However, the years have taken their toll on Cookie and the time has come for him to retire. Cookie

While we've enjoyed having Cookie as our mascot, due to copyright infringement issues among others, we've decided it's time to usher in a new era of UCC spirit mongering. In short, we are looking for a mascot that UCC community members can truly call their own. So we're launching a search for a new mascot and asking community members to submit their original ideas through a mascot nomination form. The shortlisted nominees will be presented at A-Day, with voting to commence soon after.

In the meantime, we've created a Cookie tribute page for you to share your memories and well wishes for Cookie as he enters this next stage in his life. He will be making a final appearance at A-Day this year, so please come out and show your love for Cookie and all the great teams he'll be supporting.

Old Times correction notice

We have three corrections from the spring/summer 2016 issue of Old Times.




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