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.”
Power made special mention of Parents’ Organization (PO) president Neera Chopra and Prep Parents’ Organization (PPO) chair Laurel Linetsky-Fleisher since the former has completed her term and the latter will do so in September.
Three other people were singled out for all they’ve done and received Harold A.D. Roberts Circle Awards, which recognize substantial contributions or special service by members of the UCC Association either through short- or long-term commitments: Ann Hastie, mother of Richard Hastie ’14; Frances Lee, mother of Christopher ’12, Calvin ’15 and Charles ’16; and Fabio Savoldelli ’80.
Association president Jim Garner ’77 and Bruce Roberts ’82, grandson of Harold A. D. Roberts, presented the recipients with their awards.
Hastie has been a UCC volunteer for 12 years and has held many roles in both the PPO and PO, including treasurer for both, grad memorabilia chair of the PPO and chair of facilities for the PO. She’s volunteered for the past three galas and was the treasurer of the 2012 fine wine auction. Hastie was nominated by four parents for this award and they all commented on her dedication to UCC and her willingness to take on any task asked of her.
Lee has served in numerous volunteer positions at UCC, most notably as president of the PO last year and co-chair (with her husband Edward) of the 2012 fine wine auction, which was the College’s most successful to date. Both of these roles required an enormous amount of time, effort and commitment to the school, and Lee is consistently recognized for her professionalism, willingness to tackle anything that comes her way and ability to always get the job done.
Savoldelli has been a UCC volunteer for more than 20 years. He’s been a member of the U.S. Foundation Board since 2001 and its chair since 2008. Savoldelli has been president of the UCC Association branch in New York for the past five years and helped rejuvenate the College’s presence there by founding it with a couple of other Old Boys in 1989. It’s now the Association’s strongest branch and engages the most Old Boys outside of Toronto. Savoldelli is known for his sense of humour and his continued commitment to UCC and strengthening the Old Boy network. He wasn’t able to attend, but was appropriately honoured at the April 10 New York branch reception.
Guests — including past Harold A.D. Roberts Circle Award recipients Peter-Paul Bloemen, Hugh Innes ’72, Bob Medland ’65, Piera Morra andDavid Walker ’51, as well as John D. Stevenson Award winners Roly Watt ’62 and Innes (again) — continued to mingle after the presentations while enjoying an open bar and a selection of appetizers.
Here are photos from the volunteer reception: