Membership in the Harold A.D. Roberts Circle is awarded annually in recognition of 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” the call of duty to significantly improve the UCC Association and the College.
Under consideration are such factors as the length and nature of the volunteer service of all nominees, including the diversity of roles undertaken and consistency in providing service. This honour complements the John D. Stevenson Award and expands the ability to recognize outstanding contributions to our community.
Nominated by: Jennifer Bell
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
Nominated by: Derek Poon, Avia Peacock, Brent McKay
An Old Boy from the Class of 2004, 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 Director of Athletics Brent McKay 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.
Nominated by: Jill Adolphe, Karen Arnone, Neera Chopra, Scott Enman, Priti Kawale, Suzanne Mady, Holly Miklas, Liza Murell, Julie Rao, Amelia Rattew, Susan Eplett
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
Nominated by: Jennifer Singer
Old Boy Richard Phillips ’85 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.
Nominated by: Colette Elias, Susan Eplett, Laura Dallal, Susan Farrow, Andrea Yap, Franca Peri, Diane Pinsky Rothman, Jennifer Bell, Leslie Giroday, Elissa Fingold, Marianna Fong, Yasmin Dawood, Rebecca Barrett, Clare Levy, Laura Pryde
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.
Jill Adolphe is the parent of three sons at UCC – Alexander and Nicholas in grade 10 and Christopher in grade 7. She has been an active volunteer since her sons entered the school in 2007.
The list of Jill’s volunteer experience has been extensive. More recently, Jill was the parent co-chair, along with Johanne Dotsikas, of Association Day for two years in a row which has never been done before – probably because it’s such a massive job. Jill takes special pride in being founder of the very successful father/son breakfast at the prep in 2011 which is now in its 5th year. As we consider her for this award, she is working with school administration and Johanne Dotsikas to plan a special event for the grade 7 graduating class.
In addition to the many roles she has held on both parent organizations, she has also held the role of Chair of the Prep Parents’ Organization and currently sits on the Association Council. Jill was also co-chair of the silent auction for the Believe in Blue Gala along with Barbara Bottini. Her volunteer roles are far too numerous to mention as she has been so involved at so many levels.
Here is a comment from Jill’s nomination for this award: “Jill is a deserving candidate of this award. She’s not afraid to challenge and works with boundless energy all in an effort to make UCC a better place. The community is the better for it with her tireless work and commitment”.
Raj is the parent of Old Boy Simran Ahluwalia who graduated in 2012 and Harkirat Ahluwalia who is in IB2. Raj has found her own path of voluntarism at the College through her photography. Raj currently serves on both the Blues Booster Club and the Arts Booster Club.
Here is a quote from her nomination which says it perfectly:
“Through her beautiful photographs, Raj has documented life at the College since 2008 when her older son joined UCC. Be it a sport event, an art show, a music concert, a theatre performance, or a parent organization gathering, Raj and her camera were there to capture the moment, thus providing an invaluable service to the UCC community with what she does best: photography. Raj’s flexibility and dedication have been exemplary, and have gone above and beyond the call of duty. With her professional quality photography Raj has believed in our boys by depicting and documenting all that excites and motivates them”.
Neera is the parent of Savinay Chopra who graduated last year. Neera has held countless positions at the College including President of the Parents’ Organization in 2013/14. Neera was a committee volunteer for both the Blue Ties Gala and served on the 2012 Fine Wine Auction committee. She was one of the early members of the Arts Booster Club and served as Chair in 2012/13. Of particular importance and a source of pride for Neera was her founding of Nuit Bleue which has become such an integral part of the Upper School and of arts at the College.
Here is a quote from her nomination:
“Neera has donated her time to the College all through the years, she brought to life the Arts Booster Club and she worked so hard on gaining a broader platform for the arts at UCC. I continue to be impressed by the depth of her thinking, her planning skills and her ability to bring innovation to many aspects of the Parents’ Organization. Mostly I admired her strength of character: she always chose to do the right thing for the boys and the College without ever displaying a personal agenda. She has remarkable diplomatic skills and an amazing heart”.
Susan Eplett is the mother of Old Boys Richard Walker, Matthew Walker and Charlie Walker. Her son, Robert, is in grade 10.
Susan’s commitment to the College has also been through her extraordinary commitment to the arts. She has been an active volunteer since her eldest son came to UCC 12 years ago. In addition to her dedication to the arts, Susan has spent hundreds of hours supporting the UCC rowing team.
Here is a quote from her nomination:
“Susan has given her talents and pretty much all of her time to serve the UCC community in many, many ways. Susan has been a committed, passionate advocate and promoter of the arts at UCC. Through the ABC she has celebrated the boys who are excited about visual arts, theatre, film, debate, model UN, music and writing. One of Susan’s significant legacies will be the “arts and academic achievement award” which will be launched in the fall of 2015. She has also initiated the first ever mother-son dinner-theatre event at UCC. Susan’s personal traits have also served the community well; her leadership has inspired many to volunteer for the College. All in all, her service and dedication to UCC has been above and beyond the call of duty”.
Fabio Savoldelli ‘80
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.
The mother of Christopher ’12, Calvin ’15 and Charles ’16 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.
The mother of Richard Hastie ’14 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.
Bob Medland ‘65
The father of Andrew ’95 and John ’97 is a class president who has set a high standard for others in keeping his classmates connected to one another and the College. He’s served on various committees and chaired signature UCC events, including Association Day and Founder’s Dinner.
The mother of Andrew ’09 and Michael ’11 has been a volunteer since her boys were in the Prep and, though they’re now in university, she continues to serve UCC as vice-president of the Association Council. She’s a past president of the Parents’ Organization (PO) and served as a volunteer on the Blues Booster Club (BBC) board, with Horizons, admissions, the library, galas and in many other ways.
The mother of Marco ’08, Alexander ’11 and Nicholas ’13 has been a role model in serving as head of both the PO and the Prep Parents’ Organization (PPO). She’s volunteered with many school events, including three galas, and is a member of the Association Council.
The mother of Andrew ’09 and Adam ’12’s volunteer work at UCC began more than 14 years ago and continues today even though her sons have both graduated. She’s served as chair of the PPO, on the PO executive committee, on the BBC board and on three gala committees. She’s also opened her home to many UCC events, including the PO’s annual faculty and staff appreciation tea for more than 12 years. She was one of the originators of UCC’s Spring Arts Festival (now known as Nuit Bleue) and a strong advocate of Winterfest’s return to the school.
Lincoln Caylor ‘87
Lincoln Caylor played a formative role in the Barbara Barrow Foundation, increasing the amount of funding that each student receives and initiating the funding for and launch of a website and video to promote the legacy of Miss Barbara A. Barrow, school nurse from 1938 to 1980. Caylor has also served on the boarding and residential life long range planning sub-committee, the long range planning sub-committee, the boarding task force and the governance and nominating sub-committee of the board. He’s supported the Common Ties mentoring program by being a mentor and an event host. Caylor joined the board of governors in 2012.
Hugh Innes ‘72
As chair of the transfer funding review committee, Hugh Innes authored 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. He’s a class president, has served on the class president task force of the Association Council, was a trustee of the UCC Foundation from 2000 to 2009 after becoming a member of the foundation’s investment committee in 1991, and has supported many other committees of the College and the foundation.
Michael and Hampton ‘95 Long (father/son)
Michael and Hampton Long have hosted the New York branch reception for more than 15 years, and always go above and beyond to ensure an exceptional event for our alumni and parents in the New York area. The family is extremely supportive of boarding at UCC and has initiated two donor challenges targeted to donors in the United States. Michael has served as a trustee of the U.S. Foundation since 2001 and on the principal’s advisory committee since 2006. Hampton recently became a trustee of the U.S. Foundation, serves on the boarding campaign cabinet and served on the boarding recruitment advisory committee.
Among Elena Soni’s many contributions to the College through the parents’ organizations, she’s made a substantial impact in two particular areas. While coordinating The Used Blues Shop (TUBS), she transformed the way the shop was organized by recruiting committed volunteers covering more shifts, running the back-to-school uniform sales, setting up a system to communicate to students and staff about found articles, and recycling unclaimed clothing to charities on a regular basis. Soni also co-initiated the inaugural meeting of interested arts faculty members and parents to discuss the development of what’s now the Arts Booster Club (ABC). She chaired the ABC, recruiting parents to take on roles to support faculty and students’ curricular and co-curricular programming, and to enhance school-wide awareness of each area of the arts. She and her son Jorge co-wrote much of the initial ABC e-newsletters.
Peter Meltzer ’69
Peter Meltzer is responsible for founding the New York City alumni branch and was the branch president for more than 20 years. The New York branch events are among our most successful events and allow an opportunity for Old Boys, most of whom are living away from home, to gather and reunite with old friends.
Meltzer served as a trustee of the U.S. Foundation for more than 20 years and was chair for 15 years. His steadfast dedication to the College over so many years has been extraordinary.
The parent of Henry Bloemen ’11 made a significant contribution to the school by recording the life of the College through her photographs. Lawton’s extraordinary photos have been published in the BBC e-newsletter, the ABC e-newsletter, in video montages and on the College’s website. They’ve captured the fun and spirit of athletic events and raised awareness of athletics and the arts at UCC.
Lawton and her husband Peter-Paul Bloemen are founding members of the BBC. She’s been the source of innovative ideas for Association Day, Winterfest and May Day. She’s one of the driving forces behind the Spirit of Athletics — Blues Awards. Lawton also designed and produced the now ubiquitous Blues fan scarf, the Blue Army flags that accompany the Blue Army wherever they go, the Go Blues banners that are proudly waved by the Blue Army at all major athletic events, and house banners. Her unflagging determination, hard work and commitment have left the school a better place.
Peter MacGowan ’77
Peter MacGowan is an Old Boy from the class of 1977 and the parent of Skyler ’11. In addition to his longtime contributions to the Association Council and work as a member of the board of governors, he’s had a long and profound impact on the UCC rowing program. As a student, MacGowan was one of the early members of the rowing program at UCC (during a time when UCC rowing came to the fore as a world-class high school program) and, with several teammates, went on to compete for Canada in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
When his son Skyler began to row, Peter reconnected with the program and his contribution has been extraordinary. He’s played an active role on the UCC rowing parents’ committee and was instrumental in designing and implementing the safety program for UCC rowing, which is a model for all other high school and university-level programs to emulate. MacGowan has coached UCC crews to several medals at the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Championships and served as president of Hanlan Boat Club, the on-water home of UCC rowing since he and his UCC colleagues first built the facility in the 1970s.
As a UCC governor, MacGowan is a member of the long range planning sub-committee, the property sub-committee and chair of the governance and nominating sub-committee. He also served on the long range planning committee on Norval.
The parent of Michael ’03, Ryan ’06 and David ’12 has been a volunteer on both the Prep Parents’ Organization and the Parents’ Organization for many years, serving in a variety of roles, including president of both organizations. She volunteered her time for countless UCC events, including Festive Marketplace, Founder’s Dinner, Association Day, the 2004 Ice Blue Gala and the 2007 Blue Ties Gala. She’s been a library volunteer, a rowing volunteer, a member of the boarding task force and a green school advisory council member, to name only a few of her commitments. Guichon joined the Association Council in 2003, serving as vice-president, where she made a considerable effort to attend branch receptions all over North America and in London, England to meet Old Boys and tell them about what’s happening at UCC. She’s made a tremendous contribution to UCC.
Stu Lang ’70
Stu Lang served as the chair of the athletic review committee that was mandated to analyze the athletics program at UCC and make recommendations to the board of governors. He also sits on the finance and audit sub-committee and the principal’s advisory committee. Lang spent two years as a volunteer coach for varsity football and for those two years he travelled to UCC three hours a day, six days a week from his home in Guelph. That’s dedication.
Pam and Harry Taylor
Parents of Ryan ’10 and Connor ’11, the Taylors co-founded and served as presidents of the Blues Booster Club (BBC). The Taylors played a key leadership role in increasing school spirit within the school and parent communities by increasing awareness of and involvement in the athletic programs in both the Prep and Upper Schools. They established the team parent program which has engaged more than 50 parents throughout the College. The BBC also supports Association Day, Winterfest and Spring Sports Day. Their enthusiasm and dedication to athletics in the school has been contagious. Pam also worked with the arts program to develop the Arts Booster Club. Pam and Harry’s energy and commitment have been a tremendous asset to the school.
Charles Wallis (Wally) King ’54
Wally King joined the board of governors of the College in 1974 and served for nine years. Particularly noteworthy among his many accomplishments while serving on the board was the implementation of a satisfactory retirement pension for many key employees, both academic and non-academic, that weren’t pensioned under the Ontario Teachers’ Federation. Also included in King’s dedication to UCC was his service as a trustee for the UCC Foundation from 1968 to 1973. Apart from King’s publicly known contributions to the life and success of the College, there’s a long series of “behind the scenes” actions which typify his dedication to the College. He was instrumental in ensuring that Colborne’s Legacy, UCC 1829-1979 was published and he planned the sesquicentennial program and reviews of the Battlion. King has always been an advocate for UCC’s boarding program, particularly during the boarding task force review.
David Walker ’51
In addition to being class president for decades, Walker led a tireless effort between 1999 and 2001 to raise money from classmates, alumni and friends of the College to establish and endow scholarships in honour of former masters Jay D. MacDonald and James L. Coulton. He raised more than $127,000 for the two scholarships by 2001. In reaching his goals of $50,000 for each scholarship, Walker was able to secure two $50,000 matching grants from the UCC Foundation and the two awards have been providing needs-based financial assistance to UCC students for several years. This established a high bar and remains among the top class gifts in the history of UCC. While some classes might be successful through the support of one or two donors, Walker did it through persistent and effective contact with all of his classmates. David approached the College in 2008 and said he would like to help out UCC by getting on the phone with Old Boys and speaking to them about the College and soliciting their support of the annual fund. Walker made contact with hundreds of alumni through this effort. He’s been a superb class volunteer over many decades.
Parent of Nick ’09, Stephen ’01, Kip ’99 and David ’98, Martha Shaw has been a member of both the Prep Parents’ Organization and the Parents’ Organization for many years. This began in 1992 and she served in a variety of roles. She’s volunteered her time for countless UCC events, including Festive Marketplace and Association Day, to name a few. She also played a significant role in each of the fundraising auction gala events, beginning with the 1994 auction. She chaired the 2007 Blue Ties Auction with her husband David, which required hundreds of hours of careful planning and execution and raised close to $1.5 million for the construction of the The William P. Wilder ’40 Arena & Sports Complex. Shaw was also an instrumental member of the arena campaign fundraising cabinet. She’s made substantial short- and long-term contributions to Upper Canada College.
Andrew Galloway ’87
Andrew Galloway is a substance abuse and behavioural health counsellor at The Clinic on Dupont in Toronto. He’s volunteered his time and knowledge at UCC by speaking to physical education classes at the Upper School and providing counsel through UCC’s Health Centre. Galloway spoke at assembly in 2007 and recounted his time at UCC and how alcohol and drugs slowly consumed his life into adulthood until he sought help to address his addiction. Galloway’s openness resulted in a number of students signing up for group work to discuss teen issues. Galloway’s story is a powerful one and his skilful way in communicating with teens has helped to benefit the UCC community.
The parent of DJ ’07 and wife of Rocco ’81 has been a tireless volunteer for UCC for more than a decade. Her involvement has ranged from organizing the Prep music instrument sale to the roles of vice-chair and chair of the Prep and Upper School parents’ organizations. She’s chaired the Festive Marketplace and volunteered her time at the Shades of Blue, Ice Blue and Blue Ties gala auctions.
Hollis Brent ’72
The parent of David ’03 and Tyler ’05 has been a longtime member and past chairman of the audit committee of the board of governors, a board member of the UCC Foundation and a member of the long-range planning committee. Brent was instrumental in establishing the correct outlines for the review of the College’s governance structure, which led to the formulation of the report on governance. He developed the finance model that dealt with the College’s legal cases. Over the years, Brent has brought vision, innovation and good judgment to financial and governance decisions of the audit committee and the foundation.
Andy Pringle ’69
A sampling of Andy Pringle’s myriad commitments to UCC over the years includes: chairman of the board of governors from 2002 to 2007; president of the UCC Association in 1987 and 1988; chair of the committee that reviewed the International Baccalaureate program; chair of the long-range planning committee from 1991 to 2001; member of the foundation board; and a member of the principal’s advisory council. From co-chairing the first Association Day back in the early 1980s to chairing the boarding task force in 2007–08, the parent of Tony ’02 and Geoff ’04 has given generously of his time and knowledge.
Since 2002, when his son Ronald ’08 entered UCC, William Ng attended almost every single UCC event and documented it through photographs. Ng took it upon himself to make a historic account of Association Day, Founder’s Dinner, Spring Arts Festival, school plays, music nights and every grade event possible. Many people in the UCC community were lucky to receive an envelope a few days after an event which included photos for their keeping. Ng also gave the College an album for each of the events he’s attended.
Named for “Mr. UCC”
This honour is named for a member of the class of 1915, Harold A.D. Roberts, who was known as “Mr. UCC.” He had a record of service to UCC stretching over eight decades. He was on the board of governors for 18 years and was a member of numerous committees. As UCC ambassador-at-large, he helped to place some 2,000 alumni in jobs, a task he began during the Depression.