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Summer vacation report from faculty and staff

We solicited stories on what Upper Canada College faculty and staff members did during their summer vacations. Here’s what we received:

Jennifer Ferguson, Wernham West Centre for Learning Middle Division coordinator

I reenacted one of my dreams from childhood this past summer on my first trip out east to Prince Edward Island. My love of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables is strong, so visiting the Green Gables house in Cavendish, alongside the gorgeous northern red shoreline, provided so much excitement for me.



Mark Hoel, Upper School geography, computer science and theory of knowledge teacher

Upper School environmental systems and biology teacher Premek Hamr and I did some scientific work in the field. I also went to Pittsburgh to visit my uncle and aunt and got my picture taken with the Stanley Cup in my UCC boarding shirt.

Mark Hoel

Sean Kelly, Norval Outdoor School outdoor educator

UCC strength and conditioning specialist Matt Verboom and I spent four weeks on an unsupported cycling trip, travelling from Delhi to Leh, the capital in northern India’s Jammu Kashmir state. We carried all of our own equipment and camped along the way in the Himalayas. Our route took us over six mountain passes, including Khardung La, which is one of the world’s highest paved roads at 5,393 metres elevation. We cycled through busy city streets, up humid mountain foothills, along snowcapped glaciers and across arid mountain desert.



Simon McNeil, online communications manager

I spent my summer vacation being a stay-at-home dad while my wife went back to school. There were plenty of opportunities for play time in parks with Hannah, a lot of joy and occasional tears.

Simon McNeil

Kevin Olds, Upper School computer science and business technology teacher

In order to get ready to teach technology courses at the Upper School, I usually do a little summertime canoeing with my wife Patsy. This year we tried out the Nahanni River in the Northwest Territories. We were on, near and in the Nahanni for three weeks. The air temperature stayed above 25 degrees, while the water temperature stayed well below 10 degrees. It was exciting and exhausting, but most of all it was emotionally uplifting. Many thanks go to the Dene Nation, Parks Canada and the UNESCO Heritage Foundation for preserving this amazing natural wonder.

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Jill Stewart, Prep French and health life skills teacher

Our family had a coast-to-coast summer. We started July with a trip to Vancouver, where we were treated to a helicopter ride into a mountain lake. We ended August with a visit to the red sands of Prince Edward Island. It was a truly amazing Canadian summer.

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Deirdre Timusk, Upper School mathematics chair

I just back from a year in France. I loved hiking in the Alps. Santa comes to Argentiere by helicopter each year.

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