January 2013

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Founder’s Dinner

Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Upper Canada College

Accelerating Leadership:
The Inside Story of James Cameron’s Seven-Mile Dive Into the Mariana Trench

An evening with physician-scientist and author Dr. Joe MacInnis '56

Join dinner chairmen Stephen ’76, Andrew ’77 and David ’89 Chisholm, as well as UCC Association president Jim Garner ‘77, in celebrating the founding of our College in 1829 by Sir. John Colborne.

Enjoy an evening of fine dining and fun, and be inspired by MacInnis as he examines the leadership principles that guided Cameron and his team as they embarked on their historic seven-mile dive below the ocean's surface.

Tickets: $125; Young alumni (1998-2012), current students and staff: $75
Space is limited, so don’t delay. Business attire is suggested.

Please click here to register online or call the Association office at 1-800-822-5361.



Hugh Innes ’72 to receive John D. Stevenson Award

Hugh Innes ’72 is this year’s recipient of the John D. Stevenson Award in recognition of his outstanding volunteerism at Upper Canada College.

Innes has been a dedicated volunteer since he left the school in 1972 and has served as class president since graduating. He was on the UCC Foundation board of trustees from 2000 to 2009 after becoming a member of the foundation’s investment committee in 1991. He chaired the investment committee and was responsible for a comprehensive review of the transfer formula. This review resulted in the development of the “Convergence Report” designed to demonstrate the impact of the correlation between investment returns, the transfer rate and tuition fee increases. This report served to increase awareness among the governing bodies of the College and the UCC Foundation of the important relationship between the school's priorities and the growth of the foundation’s assets.

Innes has served on many committees and task forces in support of the UCC Association and has been actively involved in reunion planning and annual giving as a class president. He recently organized the fundraising effort that allowed College Times and Old Times to be digitized and made accessible to the community electronically.

The UCC Association established the John D. Stevenson Award in 1993 to recognize individuals who’ve provided outstanding volunteer service to the College over a number of years. It was named to recognize the exceptional contributions of John D. Stevenson ’47. Nominations are elicited annually from all members of the College community. The Association Council reviews the nominations and selects a recipient. 

Innes will receive the award during a presentation at Founder’s Dinner on Feb. 13.



Corporate support for UCC events

Developing a relationship with UCC opens a multitude of opportunities for corporate sponsorship marketing and outreach efforts. It offers various vehicles in which to advertise to key target markets and provides unmatched recognition and visibility among the alumni and parent communities. UCC alumni and community events draw approximately 2,500 attendees annually, while its publications and online media initiatives reach more than 11,000 members of the community -- including parents, grandparents, donors and friends of the College.

Among the most prestigious gatherings is Founder’s Dinner, which attracts approximately 500 people each February to celebrate the founding of the College and to enjoy student performances, an awards presentation and keynote addresses from influential community members. This year’s event is being held on Feb. 13.

The benefits of sponsoring Founder’s Dinner include:

  • An advertisement or recognition in Old Times alumni magazine (circulation 11,000, but for the first time the spring 2013 edition will be circulated through members of the community with medical and law practices in the GTA);
  • Logo recognition in an issue of Old Ties e-newsletter (circulation 7,000);
  • Email broadcasts to community promoting the event (circulation 7,000);
  • Logo recognition on UCC website (average of 15,000 unique visitors per month);
  • Prominent signage at the event, including multimedia (approximately 500 attendees)

Further information about sponsorship levels and benefits can be found here. Please contact Kathryn Champion at kchampion@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 2231. 



Congratulations to Association office event manager Maria Karakoulas, and a welcome to Kathryn Champion

Kathryn Champion

Maria and Gregory Karakoulas’ third son, George, was born five-and-a-half weeks early at three minutes after midnight on Dec. 27. He weighed 5.8 pounds and is absolutely beautiful. He'll spend a few weeks at Mount Sinai Hospital to ensure that his lungs mature and that he's ready to face life with his big brothers, John and Pano. Congratulations to Maria and Gregory.

Kathryn Champion will serve as acting manager of events in the advancement office during Maria’s one-year maternity leave. We're very fortunate to have Kathryn join our team. Kathryn founded and operated her own successful catering business for 20 years and, as a Branksome Hall graduate, has worked closely with its advancement office as a volunteer. She's managed a large number of alumnae and parent volunteers and executed a wide variety of friend and fundraising events.   

We're thrilled to welcome Kathryn to the UCC community. She can be reached at kchampion@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 2231. 



MeriTALKracy starts conversations about merit

The motto on Upper Canada College’s crest —Palmam qui meruit ferat” (“Let he who merited the palm bear it”) — has inspired a new initiative dealing with all aspects of merit.

MeriTALKracy was founded by RIWI Corporation chief executive officer and Old Boy Neil Seeman ’88 with the intention of promoting wide-ranging discussions about merit. MeriTALKracy aims to explore how merit relates to notions of risk, reward, work, fairness, luck and talent with a wide range of prominent people from UCC and beyond.

Thirteen contributors helped launch the MeriTALKracy website in December, including: Seeman; former Canadian ambassador to the United States and federal Minister of Finance Michael Wilson ’55; and Grand Challenges Canada CEO Peter Singer ’78.

UCC is working with The Huffington Post Canada, which is hosting the series to the public on its site and will consider all MeriTALKracy submissions.

The MeriTALKracy initiative is soliciting new submissions from members of the UCC community. Please send yours to uccmeritproject@ucc.on.ca if you’re inspired to weigh in.



Online car auction raises money for scholarship fund

A 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 442 convertible generously donated by Old Boy Brian Jones ’70 raised $20,199 for the Class of 1970 Scholarship Fund in a recent online auction.

The winning bidder from New York got a bargain since the car was valued at $39,999. Interested bidders could submit offers on the car from Dec. 14 to Jan. 6 in an online auction run by Vonality.

Upper Canada College thanks Jones for his donation and everyone who took part in the auction and kept raising the price. The money raised will help ensure that deserving boys are able to reap the benefits of a UCC education.



Former faculty passings

Michael T. Adamson

It is with regret that I share with you the sad news of Mike Adamson’s passing on January 1, 2013. We have extended to Michael’s wife Sally and their family, our deepest sympathy and heartfelt gratitude for his 26 years of dedicated service to Upper Canada College from 1966 to 1992.

As a graduate of St. Andrew’s College and later as a teacher (1949 to 1962) at SAC and at Lakefield College School (1962 to 1966), Michael made outstanding contributions as a teacher and coach because he understood and valued the independent school experience.

As an expert moderns teacher, a passionate coach of cricket and tennis, senior housemaster of McHugh’s, vice-principal and director of admission at the Upper School, Michael exemplified deep respect and care for students, faculty and staff. He was highly regarded for his sincere, warm, and level-headed approach to the most challenging circumstances when a boy or family required support and guidance. Now, as we strive to create a small school feel at UCC, we would do well to think about Mike as a fine role model, someone who knew how to bring out the very best in each individual and to build character.

As former principal Douglas Blakey noted in a past issue of Old Times, “Michael Adamson is more than a teacher. He is the quintessential schoolmaster, with a deep, genuine and lasting concern for his pupils. He is, in the oldest and truest meaning of the word, a gentleman.”

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan.12 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mark's Anglican Church at 41 Byron St., Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.

--Jim Power, UCC principal


Colin G. Harvey

Harvey was born in Blandford, England on Jan. 29,1934 and died in Toronto on Nov.4, 2012 after a long, stoic battle against skin cancer. He's lovingly remembered by his family and friends everywhere whose lives he touched. Colin trained for the British Merchant Navy aboard HMS Conway, a flagship of Nelson's day, at age 14 and travelled the world as a navigating officer before emigrating to Canada in 1959. After three years in the Toronto police force, he trained as a teacher and spent more than 25 happy years at Upper Canada College as math master, cricket coach and finally head of security. Classical music and sailing were his loves, but his passion was cricket. He stood as an umpire and match manager in local, national and international matches, served as treasurer for the Canadian Cricket Association (Cricket Canada) and was a senior member of the Cricket Canada Umpire Certification Committee. 



Website password information

Upper Canada College’s new website is being revamped and the Old Boy directory isn’t yet available. Former usernames and passwords used by Old Boys to access password-protected areas of the website no longer work, but new ones will be provided once they’re available to access information.

In the meantime, please contact Samantha Kerbel in the Association office at 416-488-1125, ext. 2239 or skerbel@ucc.on.ca with any questions. You can also keep up with UCC information via Facebook and Twitter.


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