Harold A.D. Roberts, class of 1915, was known as “Mr. UCC.” His service to UCC stretched over eight decades. In their own inimitable way, each of the five inductees into this year’s Harold A.D. Roberts Circle has earned, likewise, the title of Mr. or Ms. UCC.
The annual award recognizes substantial contributions or special service by members of the UCC Association, either through short- or long-term commitment. It recognizes those who go “above and beyond” to improve the UCC Association and the College. Factors include length and nature of the volunteer service, including diversity of roles and consistency in providing service.
The following five winners will receive their award at the volunteer reception on Wednesday, May 18. Congratulations to all. The diversity of winners, from our parent and Old Boy community, speaks to the broad base of community commitment to the College:
Karen has been a volunteer fixture here at the College since her son Andrew, Class of 2016, started in Grade 3 a decade ago. Energetic, approachable and exceptionally effective, Karen’s had an incredible 15-plus volunteer roles at UCC, including PO vice-president and president, co-chair of the Festive Marketplace, Gala Committee member, and Upper School house rep. Year after year, Karen can be counted on to be a great collaborator on a diverse range of activities and events, a tireless A-Day volunteer, and a friendly face in the halls. Her absence will be truly felt when Andrew graduates in June.
Scott Barter ’04
Scott’s passion for educating youth about alcohol and drug abuse prevention has been inspiring students and faculty for almost seven years. In addition to speaking to individual health classes, Scott has been working closely with Intermediate Division Head Derek Poon and Nurse Avia Peacock for the past four years to facilitate support groups for students through the Health Centre. Scott is making a huge difference in the lives of UCC boys by helping tackle this critically important topic head-on with compassion and understanding.
The backbone of the parent organizations at both the Prep and Upper School, Barbara has a gift for the kind of unifying leadership that brings people together to do great things. Barbara’s signature kindness, diplomacy and work ethic are present in all she does at UCC — which is a whole lot! Her myriad volunteer roles over the last decade include Parents’ Organization president, vice-president and president of the Parents’ Organization Executive Committee, A-Day co-chair, head of the Nutrition Committee, and Arts Booster Club board chair. With her son Mattia graduating this year, Barbara’s outstanding service and dedication to the College will be sorely missed.
Richard Phillips ’85
Richard is a shining example of giving back to the College — and he’s certainly a tough act to follow. Richard has played a series of pivotal volunteer leadership roles starting in 1999, when he joined the UCC Foundation’s investment committee. That led to a position on the Board of Trustees in 2004. As president of the UCC Foundation from 2009-14, Richard juggled participation on several sub-committees, the Boarding Task Force, and the Think Ahead Campaign cabinet. His generosity with his time and talents is inspirational. Currently, he continues to be a mentor for the Common Ties program.
Not a day goes by when Amelia isn’t thinking about how to make UCC the best it can be for the boys, their parents, and the greater community. Mother to Arthur in this year’s graduating class, Amelia will be moving to Calgary, but she’ll always be counted as a consummate and devoted champion of the College. Across her varied volunteer work at the school, she’s known for her unflagging optimism, humour, and commitment to achieving the highest standard in everything she does — and motivating others to do the same. A few of Amelia’s many roles include co-chair of TUBS and the Arts Booster Club, Theatre Rep, rowing team photographer, and volunteer for the Festive Marketplace.