Thank you to everyone who attended the Winter Party last night!
The annual Winter Party was a huge success, with a great crowd of people from all over the Alumni Community. We had alumni spanning from the Grad class of 1989 to the most recent class of 2016, alumni parents, and a great group of faculty and staff from Collingwood attend.
A big thank you to Rob and Heather Lake, the Headmaster and his wife, who came to meet the alumni last night, and a special thank you to the faculty who attended: Jen Dousett, Duncan Fraser, Dave Speirs, and Ian Kennedy, and retired faculty, Val and Stew Morton.
I hope everyone enjoyed themselves at the Bottleneck, and I hope to see you all at our next event - the annual Summer Party!
Class of 2001
The Class of 2001 celebrated their 15 Year Reunion at the Granville Room on November 24, 2016. The alumni that attended had a great time laughing over their yearbook and catching up with each other. Thank you very much for attending!
Class of 2006
On November 26, 2016 the Class of 2006 celebrated their 10 year reunion at the Granville Room. Over 40 people attended the event and the night was filled with laughter and conversation. Thank you for attending everyone!
Happy New Year
See you in 2017!
It is the giving season, and so this issue of the Alumnotes newsletter will be themed on our alumni who concentrate a large portion of their time in amazing philanthropic efforts. There are many more alumni in our Collingwood Community that we should award a Service pin to, but here are a few to start us off.
Emily anne King '06
Since 2012, Emily-Anne and her mother, Joanne Griffiths has worked to end childhood hunger in Metro Vancouver. They started the Backpack Buddies Program - a local charity that provides backpacks full of food for children in need on Friday afternoons, in order to fill the weekend hunger gap faced by many children in our community. Each and every Backpack delivered is fundraised and packed by other students in the community, creating a model of kids helping kids. Collingwood is proud to be a donor "buddy" school, along with 8 other schools around the Metro Vancouver area. The students recently packed a large number of Backpacks and the graduating class of 2017 are currently holding a fundraiser, where part of the proceeds will go towards the Backpack Buddies Program. Currently, the Backpack Buddies Program feeds over 1000 children every month.
Riley Senft '97
Five years ago on October 7, 2011, Riley ran over the Lions Gate bridge to finish his 5 month journey across Canada. He ran over 7000 km to raise awareness about Prostate Cancer, starting in Cape Spear, Newfoundland and ending at the Pacific Ocean in Vancouver, BC. By giving Prostate Cancer the finger, he hopes to make young men aware that early detection is the first step into action. Step into Action celebrated its five-year anniversary on October 6, 2016 and they were proud to announce that they hit their goal, raising over $1 million dollars for Prostate Cancer Research.
Jessica Houssian '98
Jessica Houssian fell in love with feminism as a little girl and has been working towards women's equality ever since. She currently works for Women Moving Millions - a global philanthropic community of people committed to advancing women and girls around the world. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Leandesa, UNICEF Canada, RefugePoint (Chair), and the Canadian Women's Foundations, where she Chairs the Anti-Human Trafficking Grants Committee. She also serves on the Global Advisory of G(irls)20 and is a Director of The Houssian Foundation. She recently wrote an article on the Stanford Social Innovation Review about "Tapping the Great Potential in Female Philanthropists".