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STS Celebrates its 10th Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner

On Thursday, May 12, 2016 we held our 10th Annual Alumni Dinner at Gasoline Alley in Heritage Park.  Over 230 members of the STS community came together to honour our 2016 Distinguished Alumnus, Mr. Vinay Ruparell ’80 and long serving retiree, Ms. Wendy Rodney. 

Alumni Dinner 2016 Vinay Ruparell presentationDuring this fabulous evening of friendship and fellowship, guests were greeted by the 2017 Prefects who assisted with registration and seating. Entertainment by the talented STS Jazz Combo provided the perfect backdrop as guests enjoyed cocktails and mingling. Paul Storwick ’78 did a superb job as host and Master of Ceremonies and his humour and familiarity with the audience kept everyone engaged.   Brigid Stewart, former faculty, delivered the invocation and guests were then treated to a fabulous dinner.  

Heart-warming speeches were given by Head of School, William Jones, our 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Vinay Ruparell ’80, and long serving retiree, Wendy Rodney.  Highlights of the dinner included video tributes to Vinay and Wendy, a 100th birthday celebration for Dr. Marmie Hess ’34, and the wine/spirit pull draw which raised $1680.00 towards the STS Family Bursary Fund.  

Alumni Dinner 2016 Wendy Rodney presentationSTS would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Annual Events Committee for making this such a successful event:  Annemarie Pedersen ’87, Linnea Turnquist ’87, Amy Pilling ’92, Karen Robinson ’92, Aimee-Jo Benoit ’97, Suzanne Goldman ’01, Jocelyn Ullett ’01, Lara Unsworth ’95, Bill Lorfing, former faculty and Brenda Thompson, Alumni Relations and Events Coordinator.  A special thank you goes out to our generous event supports who donated wine and spirits for our draw, photographer Andrew Stone ’14, videographer Justine Stevens ’10, and our print sponsor Oil City Press. 

Thank you to everyone who joined us for such a wonderful evening.  

 

Join us at the 10th Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner, May 12, 2016

 

STS Alumni Dinner 2016 Invitation

 

Speech Day 2016!

SpeechDayJudges2016On March 23, 2016, students, alumni, faculty and staff participated in one of the oldest traditions at STS – Speech Day.  Throughout the day, Middle and Senior School students delivered performances in a number of categories including musical theatre, radio broadcasting, impromptu, poetry recitation, interpretive reading, persuasive speeches, solo and duo acting.  

Once again, a number of alumni volunteered their time to judge various events which they too participated in while they attended STS.  We would like to thank Stacy (Hyndman) Finnbogason '90, Emma Fu '11, Hanif Gilani '02, Dana (Mendham) Lougheed '90, Ronan O'Keane '06, Sloan Pipella-Clark '81, Jessica Schultz '15, Tori D’Avella ‘08 and Pat Sullivan for being here to share this wonderful event with us.

 

I WON THE LOTTERY AND DIDN’T EVEN NEED A TICKET, I WAS BORN IN CANADA

By:  Sandy Orsten, retired STS faculty

Given the opportunity to teach at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School for almost 25 years, I have come in contact with so many wonderful students and their parents, and worked with many outstanding teachers over the years.  I consider myself blessed both with the lottery win of being born in Canada and not having to buy a ticket and also with the opportunities provided to me as a teacher at STS. So it is my responsibility to pay it forward and give back. 

I have been retired from my teaching career, which began in 1968 and was intended to end in 2004 (after teaching two years in Singapore). I came in contact with TANBUR society and the opportunity to share my knowledge and skills of teaching with new teachers at an English school being established in Bujumbura, Burundi, Africa.  Mentoring these teachers who were trying to implement the Alberta Curriculum was the first reason for entering Burundi.  But, having travelled to Africa previously and knowing the needs of so many, I decided to fundraise for an orphanage or some relevant need.  In 2010 I took over $3,000 US to see what difference I could make.  We ended up feeding children in Mpimba Prison who were not criminals but “rape” children from a non-segregated prison of around 1,200 men and 350 women.  There were 26 beautiful children from age 4 to newborn babies for whom we took rice, bread, milk powder, bananas and sometimes chicken soup in plastic soda bottles every Friday. The government decided it was unacceptable for a MUZUGU (white man) to enter and feed children in prison so we were banned from entering after a few months.  I returned to Canada after three months of volunteering. 

I returned to Tanzania in 2012 to do two, two week workshops for 60 teachers in new approaches to the teaching of mathematics and again fundraised with a “sponsor a teacher” program that allowed me to give each teacher $50 US when their monthly income was around $150 US. Their surprize and excitement to have access to funds for their classrooms was obvious in their faces. 

I returned to Bujumbura, Burundi in 2014 to continue to mentor the new teachers as the school added new grades each year.  My contact assisted me to come in contact with Mama Dimanche whose feeding program each week on Sunday is to feed anywhere from 60 -100 street children.  These are orphans or children unsupported by their parents.  Again I had fund raised by selling the little knitted dolls called Malawi Comfort Dolls.  The money I  raised feeds children for two years at $25 a week for the meager rice, beans and sauce that they share on one plate (between 8-10 children). 

The ability to make some difference, even small, is better than making no difference, so I will continue to volunteer to mentor the teachers and make life better for those less fortunate than us here in Canada. I will again sell Comfort Dolls to either donate to children in Africa or for you to keep as a keepsake.  I would love to collect shirts, jeans and clothing for children from ages 4 – 18 who have only what is on their backs.  I hope to be going back for two months to volunteer in 2016 and every Sunday I will be in Mama Dimanche’s back yard to help feed and support these children.  

If you are interested in finding out more information, please email me at jhorsten@shaw.ca or by phone 403-281-2412. 

 

SUBMIT YOUR CLASS NOTES AND MEMORIES

Class Notes is the most read section of the Optimum.  We would love to hear what you are doing!  Share your news regarding travel adventures, volunteerism, marriage, babies, career, etc. in next year’s edition.  Please send your notes and photographs to Brenda Thompson at thompsb@sts.ab.ca.

Tales from Undergrad Years – Informative Session!

Tales from undergrad years 2016Fifteen young alumni shared their stories about the rewards, surprises and challenges of university life with Grade 12 students at STS’ Tales from Undergrad Years session on February 18, 2016.  In a panel format, each alumni spoke about how they chose their university and undergrad program, how they balance academics and social activities and their experience as a freshman.  Students had the opportunity to ask questions and advice from alumni.  Thank you to STS alumni Jill Northcott ’15, Ly-Anh Reid ’15, Angus Rawling ’15, Mano Qureshi ’15, Scott Wilson ’15, Victoria Romanow ’15, Michael Bruhjell ’15, Myles Chase ’15, Shaileen Mamdani ’15, Stephanie Feldman ’15, Maris Schneider ’15, Katie Deller ’15, Charlee Witschi ’15, Parker Engeland ’15 and Tom Farran ’15.

CALLING ALL ALUMNI: WE NEED YOUR INPUT!

 

We need your input to ensure we are meeting the needs of our alumni community. The 2016 STS Alumni Survey was emailed to you last week. If you haven’t already, please take the time to fill out the survey. We will act upon the results, and look forward to your feedback as a guide for enhancing our alumni programs, events, communications and services. 

 Please tell us what you think we’re doing right as well as what we can improve. As we consider important new initiatives, this is the best opportunity for you to stand up and be counted.

 All survey respondents will be entered in a draw to win a beautiful STS watch. Thank you in advance for your participation in this important project!

 

BE A JUDGE AT SPEECH DAY, MARCH 23, 2016

On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff will participate in one of the oldest traditions at STS - Speech Day. We are asking you, our alumni, to get involved and volunteer as a judge.  Many of our past alumni judges have referred to this event as the most memorable at STS. Throughout the day, Middle and Senior School students deliver performances in a number of categories including impromptu speeches, poetry recitation, interpretive reading, persuasive speeches and solo and duo acting. 

You don’t need previous judging experience to participate. Your responsibility will be to rank the speeches individually and agree on the winning speech as a group of three judges.  The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and you can volunteer as a judge for the morning or afternoon session, or if you’d like, for the whole day.  Once we confirm the schedule, a judging assignment will be emailed to you.  If you would like to participate, contact Brenda at thompsb@sts.ab.ca or 403-938-8318.

ALUMNI, WE DON’T WANT YOU TO MISS OUT!

Due  to new Canadian legislation, we have a window of time to gather your consent to continue sending you email updates like this newsletter, event invitations, etc.  If you haven’t already done so, please confirm your consent and click “yes.”  We don’t want you to miss out!  You will only have to do this once. Thank you!

10TH ANNUAL STS ALUMNI DINNER, MAY 12, 2016

The STS Alumni Association invites all alumni, parents of alumni, former and current faculty and staff to attend our 10th Annual STS Alumni Dinner on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at Gasoline Alley in Heritage Park, Calgary. 
Join us as we celebrate our 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient, Mr. Vinay Ruparell ’80 and celebrate retiring faculty Mrs. Wendy Rodney (32 years).

Event Details
10th Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner
Gasoline Alley, Heritage Park
1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary
Date:  Thursday, May 12, 2016
Cocktails:  6:00 p.m.
Dinner & Program:  7:15 p.m.

Order your tickets online by April 15, 2015 to take advantage of early bird pricing and to be eligible to win a "Game Package valued at $400.00" courtesy of the Calgary Flames.

CELEBRATING ALUMNI SERIES “BRATWURST AND BEER” WITH DALE GREENE ’96, FEBRUARY 25, 2016

europeandeliandbakeryDale Greene ’96, owner of European Delicatessen & Bakery will introduce you to the art of sausage making. You will learn the process of preparing the meat and spices, grinding and stuffing. Afterwards, you will have an opportunity to sample a variety of bratwurst pared with beer.  Click here for event details.

Location: European Delicatessen & Bakery, 8409 Elbow Dr SW, Calgary 
Date:  Thursday, February 25, 2016
Time:  6:30 p.m.
Price:  $60.00 per person
Maximum:  12 participants
Register by emailing: info@eurodeliandbakery.ca

 

INAUGURAL YOUNG ALUMNI NETWORKING EVENT

Over 50 ‘young alumni’ (2006 - 2011) gathered for drinks and appetizers at the Bank and Baron (downtown Calgary) on Thursday, January 14, 2016 for the inaugural Young Alumni Networking event.  We have received multiple inquires on the timing of the next event and we are planning to have one in the spring.  Thank you to Mark Le Dain '08 and the young alumni committee (YAC) for organizing this event.

YOUNG ALUMNI WELCOME BACK REUNION

The Young Alumni Welcome Back Reunion on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 was well attended by young alumni, faculty and staff.  Attendees had the opportunity to reconnect and reminisce while enjoying delicious appetizers and drinks at the Joyce on 4th. This fun evening has become quite a tradition with our young alumni.

To view more photos of the evening, visit the STS Alumni Facebook page.  Don't forget to tag your photo!

 

ALUMNI “SHOOT SOME HOOPS” AT STS

Over thirty alumni returned to Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School on Friday, December 18, 2016 to play in our annual basketball tournament.  Congratulations to our winning team “The Warriors” (Anshul Ruparell ’06, Kevin Alto ’06, Robert Belanger ’11, Ronan O'Keane ’06 and Bennett Thurmeier ’06).

Thank you to Mike Henry ’09, Ronan O’Keane ’06, STS Faculty Ken Zelez and Luke Deis for organizing this event.  Visit the STS Alumni Facebook page to view more photos.

 

2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Announcement

By: Dr. William Jones, Head of School and Mr. Paul Storwick ’78, President, Alumni Association

Dear STS Community,

It is our pleasure to announce that Mr. Vinay Ruparell ’80 has been selected as the recipient of the Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (STS) 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award – the highest honour the School bestows upon its alumni. 

This award was established in 2003 to recognize eminent alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the School.  Each year it showcases alumni who have stimulated new ideas or developments at STS, shown exceptional dedication, creativity or leadership, and who has truly represented the spirit of STS – Nil Nisi Optimum.  

STS is extremely important to Vinay. As both an alumnus and a parent, he has been a leading force and strong supporter of the Alumni Association and the School. 

As a member of the Alumni Association Executive committee (2006 – 2012) and as the Class of 1980 Representative (2000 to current), he has demonstrated great leadership in building alumni programming, recruiting volunteers, reinvigorating events, and profiling STS alumni within the school and the broader community.

Vinay’s two daughters, Asha ’15 and Jyoti ’18, have attended STS since Grade 1. In addition to being tireless volunteers, Vinay and his wife Bhavini also have a long history of donating to the School, with a goal of enhancing teaching and learning for STS students and faculty. Vinay started donating to STS as a young alumnus, and has continued giving annually ever since. His generosity culminated when he and his family committed a major gift to the Inspiring Possibilities campaign in support of facility enhancements to ensure the campus continues to keep pace with the exceptional learning that takes place at STS. The family has also earmarked additional funds for future donations to scholarships and bursaries. Giving time, talent and treasure is a family legacy, and the Ruparells are committed to ‘paying it forward’ for the benefit of future generations of students.

Professionally, Vinay is Owner, President and Dealer Principal of Kramer Mazda, which has been honoured as one of Canada’s top three Mazda dealers. Outside of STS, Vinay supports many community initiatives. 

Vinay’s commitment and service to his alma mater is exceptional, and we are proud to have him as a member of our alumni family. We invite you to join us as we celebrate Vinay Ruparell ’80 as our 2016 Distinguished Alumnus at the 10th Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at Gasoline Alley in Heritage Park. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.sts.ab.ca/AlumniDinner2016.  Don’t miss out on this signature event and the opportunity to connect with your STS family.  We look forward to seeing you there. 

Learn the art of shucking oysters with Eric Giesbrecht '92 - January 27, 2016

Back by popular demand, learn the art of shucking oysters!

Eric Giesbrecht ’92 will demystify the art of shucking and introduce the notion that we are not just what we eat, but HOW we eat as well.  Then, step up with your knife and experience the joy of eating oysters prepared by your own hand.This is an exclusive invitation for STS alumni and their guests (who don’t need to be alumni) to partake in a playful, hands-on exploration of the oyster.  

There is a maximum of 12 participants, so register today at:   info@meta4foods.comOyster Shucking
  or call 403-214-1478.  

Host: Eric Giesbrecht ’92, owner of Meta4 Foods and Chief of the Oystertribe, a Calgary-based oyster, seafood and foraged goods distributor.  

Date and Time: Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 

Location: Meta4 Foods, 903B – 48 Ave SE

Cost: Suggested donation of $95, with proceeds going towards Hotchkiss Brain Institute.

Schedule:
6:30 p.m. Light cocktail reception
7:00 p.m. Oyster Existentialism 101 presentation
8:00 p.m. Shucking demonstration
8:15 p.m. Hands-on shucking instruction

 

Young Alumni Welcome Back Reunion – December 22, 2015

STS Young Alumni Pub NightAlumni who graduated in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 are invited to reconnect with former classmates and faculty/staff at the Annual Young Alumni Welcome Back Reunion on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. at Joyce on 4th Irish Pub. 

Click here to Register Today!
 
For more information please contact Brenda at thompsb@sts.ab.ca or 403-938-8318.

Alumni Basketball at STS – December 18, 2015

Alumni are invited back to STS to play some co-ed basketball on Friday, December 18, 2015 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Sandy Heard Sports Hall with Senior School students.  The format will be determined by the turnout. We hope to see you there! 

For more information please contact Ronan O’Keane, Mike Henry ‘09, or Brenda Thompson, Alumni Relations and Events Coordinator.

 

Visit the STS Online Store for Great Holiday Gifts!


Looking for unique, meaningful gift ideas? Check out the STS online store for some high-quality, STS-inspired items!

Holiday Baking and Dessert Workshop with Marnie Fudge '87

STS Celebrating Alumni Series STS Celebrating Alumni Series
 
STS alumni spent an interactive and fun afternoon of unique holiday baking in the kitchen of award-winning chef, entrepreneur and STS alumna, Marnie Fudge ’87, Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Cuisine et Chateau. Alumni had the opportunity to catch up with friends while learning new and elegant ways to sweeten up the holiday season.

"The Holiday Baking and Dessert Workshop with Marnie Fudge '87 was not only informative and interactive, but delicious too. We were warmly greeted with a mimosa and introduced to the other alumni and guests. After a baking demonstration, we broke off into teams to try everything for ourselves. We had a brief recess to enjoy a lunch while our various desserts were baking/cooling. At the end of the session we left with carry bag of samples of all the desserts we had made that day and recipes to re-create them at home. I look forward to returning to Marnie's other workshops and other future alumni events."  Emily Struck '02

 

Call for nominations – 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award

Dear STS Community,

It is my pleasure to invite you to honour those who have given generously of their time, talent, and energy to serve Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School and distinguish themselves among the alumni of our institution.

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School wishes to recognize eminent alumni who through their outstanding contributions to the school, have stimulated new ideas or developments at STS, and have shown exceptional dedication, creativity or leadership. The Distinguished Alumni Award has been established by an anonymous benefactor, and will annually celebrate distinguished alumni, showcasing those who truly represent the spirit of STS – Nil Nisi Optimum.

The purpose of this award is to honour and publicly acknowledge individuals for their extraordinary commitment to Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School.  Winners of the award set the standard for service, dedication, and excellence; they bring prestige and honour to STS and inspire others by their example.

To submit a nomination, please complete and return the nomination form by Monday, December 7, 2015, and tell us why you think the nominee deserves special recognition.  The winner(s) will be honoured at the 10th Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner on Thursday, May 12, 2016.

I hope you will participate in this wonderful opportunity to honour those who have distinguished themselves as eminent STS graduates.  Their success helps strengthen our school.

Sincerely,

Dr. William Jones
Head of School

Click here to view guidelines for qualification of candidates.

Complimentary Tickets Available to this year’s musical – Big Fish!

Be one of the first 20 alumni to contact Brenda Thompson at thompsb@sts.ab.ca or 403-938-8318 to claim two complimentary tickets to STS’ musical production – Big Fish - for either evening performance on Wednesday, November 25 or Thursday, November 26, 2015, or for
the matinee on Saturday, November 28, 2015.

Tickets are now on sale for our fall musical Big Fish taking place November 25-28, 2015. Big Fish is a heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical musical about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define our identities. With spine-tinglingly beautiful music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and a funny, heartwarming book by John August, Big Fish is a magnificent “big fish” of a tale – spectacular, fantastical, and overflowing with love.

Tickets are $20.00 plus a service charge and can be ordered online by going to: www.sts.ab.ca/liveevents.

If you have questions please contact Mr. Chris Stockton, Directors of Fine Arts, at stocktc@sts.ab.ca.

Speed mentoring event a success

STSSpeedMentoringNov6 2015On Friday, November 6, 2015, the STS Alumni Association hosted its 5th annual Senior School students and Alumni Speed Mentoring Event.  Fourteen alumni mentored and advised Senior School students about what to expect in university, and the professional working world that follows post-secondary education.  Our mentors represented various backgrounds that extended to psychology, engineering, law, television, business strategy and development, geology, investment, dentistry, management, entrepreneur, communication and marketing.

Following the mentoring session alumni and students were given the opportunity to participate in a mix and mingle reception, allowing them another opportunity to network with the mentors.  

STSSpeedMentoring2015Thank you to the following mentors for their support of this event: Lew Turnquist ’86, Rachel Bond ’97, Rick Weissenborn ’88, Patrizia Mazzolani-Kemp ’79, Alysha Kanji ’05, Joanna Card ’93, Lara Unsworth ’95, Liam Dinning ’00, Andrew Ferguson ’96, David Beddis ’96, Tom Booth ’97, Scott McArthur ’88, Peter Stewart ’90, and Joelle Dudelzak ’05. 

 

Be one of the first to see the architectural video fly-through - November 16, 2015

We invite you to attend a Town Hall session for our STS community, to dialogue with Dr. William Jones, Head of School, as he reflects on and projects the direction of education, and how it pertains to children’s education at STS and beyond.

Also, be one of the first to see the architectural video fly-through of planned campus facility enhancements.

“I am thrilled and totally inspired by the level of in-depth consultation, planning and commitment that has gone in to preparing for this state-of –the-art facility. STS will always be a special community and this step towards creating a 21st Century learning environment that continues to utilize our amazing country campus, will only enrich this legacy. Let's come together and support our school's future making it an even more impressive institution that we can continue to be proud of for future generations!” – Sloan Pipella-Clark ’81, STS alumna and parent

Please join Dr. Jones in a Town Hall discussion on the future of education at STS on Monday, November 16, 2015 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Glencoe Club, West Room. Appetizers and refreshments provided.

Space is limited and will fill quickly. Please RSVP to Donna Buie, at 403-938-8312 or buied@sts.ab.ca.  Add your opinions and perspective to our candid exchange which will benefit all STS students and the future of our great school.

Did you receive your latest copy of Optimum?

The newest edition of the Optimum magazine landed in mailboxes in late September, featuring articles from students, faculty, staff and alumni.  One copy of the Optimum is mailed per household, so young alumni who did not receive a copy likely have their parents’ address listed under their name in our database.  To update your contact information please email alumniupdates@sts.ab.ca

For your convenience we have included a PDF copy for you to view.  Enjoy! 

We welcome your feedback and interest in contributing to the Optimum next year.  Please contact Lara Unsworth ’95, Communications and Marketing Director at STS, 403-995-5463.

 

STS Homecoming 2015, Fall Fair and Inspiring Possibilities Campaign Launch

The STS commSTS Homecoming 2015 - food trucksunity came together on Saturday, September 19, 2015 for our Homecoming Celebration and Family Fall Fair held on our beautiful country campus. This STS tradition, put on in partnership by the STS Alumni Association and Parents Organization of STS (POSTS), brought together alumni families, former faculty/staff and the STS community in a festive atmosphere. 

Over 700 people were treated to games, a petting zoo, entertainment, merchandise kiosks, and the fabulous new addition to the fair – food trucks!  There were campus tours and the chance to dunk some teachers and Principals, face painting, and our annual rugby and field hockey games, which saw alumni pitted against the senior varsity teams.  An alumni lounge, situated in the band building, allowed alumni and their families a place to congregate and reconnect with former and current faculty and staff, and fellow classmates. Our notable alumni, Alim Mitha ’93 and MSTS Homecoming 2015 - NNO recipientark Alexander ’82, were recognized for their contribution to the STS community and for their impressive successes in a variety of career areas. 

A highlight of the weekend was the official launch of the $27 million Inspiring Possibilities fundraising campaign.  This comprehensive campaign will position STS and its students for a bright and promising future by providing facilities that will support best practices in teaching and learning, an ongoing emphasis on excellence in teaching, and increased scholarships and bursaries for deserving students. It was announced that $20 million has already been pledged during the quiet phase of this campaign, which has been ongoing over the last two to three years.

In conjunction with the Homecoming Fall Fair, class parties were held throughout the city – seeing friends from graduating years ending in 0s and 5s reconnect. 

STS Homecoming 2015 - Alumni LoungeSTS would like to extend heartfelt appreciation to the Reunion 2015 committee for their help in making Homecoming 2015 the success it was. Thank you to Janice Heard ’75, Bern Dayment ’75, Frances Amery ’75, Ron Dooley ’85, Curtis Darmohray ’85, Stacy (Hyndman) Finnbogason ’90, Peter Stewart ’90 , Leigh Blakely ’95, Lara (Hamnett) Unsworth ’95, Erin (McFarlane) Rathwell ’00, Keelin Glendon ’00, Erin Peplinski ’05, Spencer Purdy ’05, Adam Le Dain ’10, and Alex Dudelzak’10.  A special thanks also to Aimee-Jo (Giesbrecht)
Benoit ’97 and Lara (Hamnett) Unsworth ’95 for their time and talent organizing the Alumni Rotunda Lounge.

The success of Homecoming 2015 represents the strength of our ever-growing and vibrant alumni community.  For more photos from the event, check out the STS Alumni Facebook page.

Thank you to everyone who participated.  See you next year!

2016 Homecoming planning underway - Plans are underway for a weekend of camaraderie at next year’s Homecoming 2016 Celebration on Saturday, September 17, 2016, so mark your calendar. This event also marks a special celebration for class years ending in 1 and 6. Your reunion class reps are connecting with classmates, gathering suggestions and will keep you informed via e-newsletters, Facebook and email. Please email your class reps or contact Brenda Thompson, Alumni Relations and Events Coordinator at STS if you have questions, feedback or ideas.  Stay tuned, more information will be made available shortly.

 

STS launches Inspiring Possibilities $27 million fundraising campaign

On Saturday, September 19, 2015, at the STS Alumni Homecoming and Fall Fair, Dr. William Jones made an exciting announcement launching the Inspiring Possibilities campaign, a philanthropic initiative which will make the well-rounded STS experience even better.

Dr. Jones revealed that $20 million has been raised towards the ambitious goal of $27 million.  He said, “All donations will be invested in inspiring new facilities, inspiring teachers and inspiring students.  The new facilities include a new elementary wing and arts expansion and renovated Heart of the School. It’s a great time to get inspired at STS.” 

Jan Waterous and Mike Jackson, both Governors and parents of three children each, were introduced as the Campaign Co-chairs.  More details will be forthcoming in coming weeks.  Watch for the Inspiring Possibilities campaign newsletter included in your Optimum magazine and explore our inspiring plans on the website.

Success will be achieved when every member of our STS family contributes to our vision to make our best even better - for today and tomorrow. How will you get inspired?

Nil Nisi Optimum

For more information and to donate, please contact:
Dinnie Baker
Executive Director of Advancement and Community Relations
403-938-8317 

Caroline Banadar
Director of Advancement
403-938-8344

STS Celebrates Marti McKay Week - October 19 - 23, 2015

Marti McKay Week is a long standing tradition at STS and 2015 marks the 31st year of the event. This special literary arts week has provided our students, past and present, with the opportunity to learn from, work with and be inspired by a multitude of artists.  Over the years, we have hosted a wide variety of poets, authors, illustrators, and musicians. These artists have enriched our school community and provided our students with meaningful learning experiences.

Marti McKay was an STS student who excelled in the creative arts, winning the Locke Poetry Contest in both 1980 and 1981. Marti’s dream was to become a child psychologist, but her chronic asthma and a final tragic asthma incident ended her life in May, 1981. Marti is remembered as a cheerful and happy person who brought much joy to her family, friends and the school community. In honour of Marti, a fund was established by her family to bring artists-in-residence to STS every year. This is an immense gift to our school community, which reflects the spirit of Marti McKay and offers enrichment opportunities in the literary arts to all of our students.

Authors presenting this year include:

Daniel Wallace – Monday, October 19, 2015
Middle and Senior School – Author of Big Fish (this year’s STS musical production)

Edward Bloor – Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Middle School – Author of Tangerine, Crusader, London Calling, and Taken

Trudy Ludwig – Thursday, October 22, 2015
Elementary School – Author of My Secret Bully, Just Kidding, Sorry!, Trouble Talk®, Too Perfect, Confessions of a Former Bully, Better Than You, The Invisible Boy, and her newest release, Gifts from the Enemy

 

7th Annual St. Hilda's Alumnae Luncheon

St. Hilda's 2015 Luncheon

On September 17, 2015, St. Hilda’s School for Girls Alumnae joined our Head of School, Dr. Jones, for lunch at The Ranchmen’s Club.  A great time was had by sharing stories and reconnecting with friends over lunch. Those attending included Marmie Hess ’34, Irene Copithorne ’37, Helen Jull ’48, Patsy Manarey ’53, Sandra Le Blanc ’58, Joan Simmons, Linda McNally, Marion Davenport, Margery Richmond, and joining Dr. Jones from STS were Dinnie Baker and Gordon Freight. 

Homecoming 2015 Celebration is this Saturday!


On Saturday, September 19, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the STS Alumni Association and the Parents' Organization of STS (POSTS) will co-host a Fall Fair on our beautiful country campus in conjunction with our Homecoming Celebration.  Don’t miss out on the fun.  Come and reconnect, reminisce and celebrate with us at Homecoming 2015. 

STS Fall Fair – Saturday, September 19, 2015

STS Homecoming 2015A fun-filled day of activities for the whole family (grandparents are welcome too) including a farmers’ market, a petting zoo, face painting, carnival games, school tours, OE activities, dunk tank, delicious food, alumni rugby and field hockey, an alumni lounge and much more.

Click here to view our Fall Fair activities program of events!
Register today or on Saturday at the Registration Desk.

You don’t want to miss out on the fun! 

Homecoming - Class Reunion Parties, Saturday evening, September 19, 2015

Alumni classes celebrating their reunions this year are: 1905-1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010.  

Your reunion class reps are busy connecting with classmates and will keep you informed via e-newsletters, Facebook and email about Homecoming activities taking place on campus as well as your class reunion parties. Please email your class reps or contact the Advancement Office
at STS if you have questions, feedback or ideas.

Click here to view class party locations and class rep contact information.  

Register today for the St. Hilda’s Alumnae Luncheon - Thursday, September 17, 2015

Alumni - St. Hilda's Luncheon Sept 2013We will once again host our annual St. Hilda’s School for Girls Alumnae Luncheon on Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Ranchmen’s Club.  St. Hilda’s Alumnae, please RSVP to Brenda Thompson at 403-938-8318 or thompsb@sts.ab.ca



Join us at the Terry Fox Run - Friday, September 11, 2015

Alumni, parents of alumni, former faculty and staff are invited to participate in the 30th Annual Terry Fox Run for cancer research on Friday, September 11, 2015 at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School.  For safety, we ask that participants do not use roller-skates, bicycles, and other mechanical devices on the day of the run. This exciting event will start at around 9:30 a.m. 

Over the past 30 years, our school community has raised over half a million dollars for this extremely important cause.

7th Annual Stampede Party, Monday, July 6, 2015

Stampede Party 2015STS alumni and guests attended the seventh annual STS Alumni Stampede Party July 6, 2015 at Sunterra Market in downtown Calgary.  Alumni of all ages joined faculty and staff for an evening of reconnecting and reminiscing in what has become an STS alumni summer tradition.  You can see the photos on the STS Alumni Facebook page.  Don't forget to like the page to tag yourselves and your friends!

Next year's STS Alumni Stampede Party will be held on Monday, July 11, 2016.

 

Welcome to our newest Alumni

Grad breakfast 2015The STS Alumni Association welcomed 80 new graduates and their parents into the organization at the annual Graduation Breakfast, June 4, 2015.  The morning included a continental breakfast in the Black Watch Bistro followed by a slide show presentation of our graduating class in the C.A. Smith Fine Arts Centre.  Dana (Mendham) Lougheed ’90, Vice President of the Alumni Association, gave advice to the graduating students to stay connected within the STS community and welcomed them to the Alumni Association.

We want y'all to come to the STS Alumni Stampede Party!


Click here to register online today!


STS community connect during 9th Annual STS Alumni Dinner

Well over 200 guests attended the 9th Annual Alumni Dinner held at Gasoline Alley in Heritage Park on May 7, 2015. Alumni from 1934 to 2014 were in attendance along with many former and current faculty/staff, and parents who came to honour the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus, Chris Shopperly ’80, and long serving retiree, Ms. Helen Harper. 

Chris ShopperlyDuring this fabulous evening of friendship and fellowship, guests were greeted by the 2016 Prefects who assisted with registration and seating. Entertainment by the talented STS Jazz Combo provided the perfect backdrop as guests enjoyed cocktails and mingling. Mr. Paul Storwick ’78 did a superb job as host and Master of Ceremonies and his humour and familiarity with the audience kept everyone engaged.  Brigid Stewart, former faculty, delivered the invocation and guests were then treated to a delicious meal.  Heart-warming speeches were given by Head of School, William Jones, our 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Chris Shopperly ’80 and long serving retiree, Helen Harper. Helen Harper 2015

Highlights of the dinner included video tributes to Mr. Chris Shopperly and Ms. Harper wherein friends, colleagues and family members spoke to their contributions to the STS Community. After the formalities of the evening, a number of draws were made for prize packages donated by Alumni. Proceeds in the amount of $990.00 from the raffle draws went towards the STS Family Bursary Fund.

STS would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Annual Events Committee for making this such a successful event:  Linnea Turnquist ’87, Annemarie Pedersen ’87, Aimee-Jo Benoit ’97, Amy Pilling ’92, Pete Stewart ’90 Lara Unsworth ’95, and Bill Lorfing, former faculty.  A special thank you goes out to our photographer Beth Aspinall ’88, videographer Justine Stevens ’10, our video sponsor, Akbar Nimji '87; our alumni raffle donors and our print sponsor Oil City Press.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for such a wonderful evening.  

  

Celebrating Retiring Faculty, Helen Harper and Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient, Chris Shopperly '80

9th Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner - Ticket Deadline is April 30, 2015

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STS Alumni Dinner Registration Deadline:  April 30, 2015  

Join over 200 alumni, parents of alumni, former and current faculty and staff that have registered to-date.

Event Details
9th Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner
Gasoline Alley, Heritage Park
1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Cocktails:  6:00 p.m.
Dinner & Program: 7:15 p.m.

Look who’s coming to dinner!

Why should you attend the dinner?

  • Network and socialize with fellow  alumni following a short program
  • Enjoy a deluxe buffet dinner
  • Enter your name for exciting raffle draws! More than $1000 in raffle prizes. Proceeds from raffle draws to support Scholarships and Bursaries.
  • Hear our amazing STS Jazz Combo
  • STS is proud to honour Mr. Chris Shopperly '80 as the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient and retiring faculty, Ms. Helen Harper (29 years). STS would also like to acknowledge the retirement of Mr. Peter Marchuk after 11 years of dedicated service to the School. 

Click here to order your tickets online.   Deadline to register: April 30, 2015

No refunds will be issued after April 30, 2015.

For further information, please contact Brenda, thompsb@sts.ab.ca or 403-938-8318.

Alumni Learn the Secret to Shucking Osyters with Eric Giesbrecht '92 of Oystertribe and Meta4Foods

Oyster ShuckingSTS alumni revealed their inner-oyster-opener, all while discovering the secret to shucking oysters without injury at the sold-out Celebrating Alumni Series event hosted by  Friday, March 20, 2015. This was our third event in our Celebrating Alumni Series for STS alumni to experience each other's businesses and skills. Thank you Eric for allowing us to experience the joy of eating oysters without injury!

Our next Celebrating Alumni Series events are being planned for the fall 2015.  Stay tuned!

 

STS Annual Alumni Dinner – Early bird pricing ends April 10, 2015

Click here to purchase your Alumni Dinner tickets by the Early Bird deadline, April 10, 2015 to be eligible to WIN a Game Package valued at $400.00 courtesy of the Calgary Flames. Join us at the 9th Annual Alumni Dinner on May 7, 2015 to:

    • Network and socialize with fellow alumni.
    • Enjoy a deluxe buffet dinner.
    • Celebrate our 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient, Chris Shopperly ’80,and this year’s retiring STS Faculty, Ms. Helen Harper (29 years).  STS would also like to acknowledge the retirement of Mr. Peter Marchuk after 11 years of dedicated service to the School.  
    • Hear our amazing STS Jazz Combo.
    • Enter your name for exciting raffle draws! More than $1000 in raffle prizes. Proceeds from raffle draws to support Scholarships and Bursaries.
    • Mingle with over 200 guests from across Canada representing various professions/employers.
Join us at the 9th Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner, Thursday May 7, 2015

This year's celebration will take place on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Gasoline Alley in Heritage Park. Cocktails will be served at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner and program at 7:15 p.m. This year, STS is proud to honour Mr. Chris Shopperly '80 as the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient and retiring faculty, Ms. Helen Harper.

We invite you to join us and enjoy an evening of celebration, reminiscing and reconnecting with your alma mater.

Event Details
9th Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner
Gasoline Alley, Heritage Park
1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Cocktails:  6:00 p.m.
Dinner & Program:  7:15 p.m.

Pricing
Ticket:  $90.00
Table of 8:  $650.00 
Young Alumni ticket:  $60.00 (Graduation years '04 to '14)

Order your tickets online by April 10, 2015 to take advantage of early bird pricing and to be eligible to win a "Game Package valued at $400.00" courtesy of the Calgary Flames .

 

Speech Day

SpeechDay2015On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff participated in one of the school’s most cherished traditions at STS - Middle and Senior School Speech Day.  Public speaking skills are a strong predictor of success in all aspects of life and it is uplifting to see the high value that our entire community places on public speaking and performance. 

This year, as always, we had many alumni return to judge various events.  We would like to thank Aimee-Jo (Giesbrecht) Benoit '97, Tori D'Avella '08, Jason Fong '03, Tom Jacobs '10, Baruch Laskin '90, Zai Mamdani, STS Parent, Patricia Mazzolani '79, Sloan Pipella-Clark '81, Shayla Porter '10, Peter Stewart '90, Andrew Stone '14, John Storwick '10, Pat Sullivan, Former Faculty, Bill Taylor, Former Faculty, and Linnea Turnquist '87 for being here to share this wonderful event with us.

Stories of Giving - the Ruparell family

For several graduating parents who have worked strategically to prepare STS for a strong future, they are thinking about the quality of education, the dedicated faculty and the STS community that has supported their family along their journey through STS. These families have partnered with the school over many years in the education and personal development of their children.  We say a big thank you to these families as they add their philanthropic support to our bright future.

Ruparell Family

For many within the STS family, the Ruparell name is a mainstay at STS.  Eleven members of the Ruparell family have called STS home.  Vinay ‘80, Asheet and Jaymal and their wives have generously volunteered their time in support of STS over many years to improve the student experience. Currently, Asheet and Sonal’s son, Shiv ’15, and Vinay and Bhavini’s daughters, Asha ’15 and Jyoti ’18, attend and excel at STS.

Asheet has lent his expertise to the Board and its Campus Rejuvenation Committee (CRC). The CRC goal is to guide campus master planning to address facilities that no longer serve our growing programs and to redesign traditional classrooms to align with teaching best practice.   Evolving changes in educational practice and improved knowledge of how students learn best impacts the physical layout of optimal learning spaces and design.

The Ruparells have made annual gifts to STS over many decades and have now committed a major gift.  Asheet, Vinay and their families have generously pledged to ensure the campus continues to keep pace with the exceptional learning that takes place here at STS.  The family has earmarked additional funds for future donations to scholarships and bursaries.

Our three sons have benefited from STS over the course of 20 years, each in his own unique way. Whether academics, sports, speech and debate or the many opportunities to develop leadership, they have experienced the strong heritage of excellence and citizenship at the School. Today we have a unique opportunity to renew the generosity and effort to ensure the School continues to build on this heritage for generations to come.

- Asheet and Sonal Ruparell, parents of Anshul ‘06, Amar ‘09 and Shiv ‘15

To donate, please visit www.sts.ab.ca/PayitForward. Read more stories of giving at www.sts.ab.ca/storiesofgiving.

ALUMNI LEARN THE ART OF BREWING COFFEE WITH JEREMY HO '05, MONOGRAM COFFEE

STS alumni were guided through the art of brewing and tasting coffee by fellow alumnus Jeremy Ho '05 on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at his newly launched location - Monogram Coffee.  This was the second event in our Celebrating Alumni Series for STS alumni to experience each other's businesses and skills. Thank you Jeremy for the delightful evening of coffee learning.

"I had a great time at Monogram; Jeremy knows how to communicate his deep knowledge and passion for coffee in a fun and relatable way. Can't wait to go back for a custom-brewed coffee!"  Ryan Burgess '07

Our next Celebrating Alumni Series event will be held with alumnus Eric Giesbrecht ‘92 of Oystertribe and Meta4 Foods on Friday, March 20, 2015.  Click here for more information. 

BE A JUDGE AT SPEECH DAY, MARCH 18, 2015

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff will participate in one of the oldest traditions at STS - Speech Day. We are asking you, our alumni, to get involved and volunteer as a judge.  Many of our past alumni judges have referred to this event as the most memorable at STS. Throughout the day, Middle and Senior School students deliver performances in a number of categories including impromptu speeches, poetry recitation, interpretive reading, persuasive speeches and solo and duo acting. 

You don’t need previous judging experience to participate; your responsibility will be to rank the speeches individually and agree on the winning speech as a group of three judges.  The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and you can volunteer as a judge for the morning or afternoon session, or if you’d like, for the whole day.  Once we confirm the schedule, a judging assignment will be emailed to you.  If you would like to participate, contact Brenda at thompsb@sts.ab.ca or 403-938-8318.

 

$25,000 MATCHING GIFT CHALLENGE, LET’S PAY IT FORWARD TODAY!

Pay it Forward —Thank someone for making your days at STS memorable and double your donation with the help of a $25,000 Matching Gift Challenge! 

For this year’s annual giving appeal, we are asking our alumni to donate in the name of someone who you’ve always wanted to thank for making your days at STS even better.  Walk down memory lane, gather some good karma, and ‘Pay it Forward’ all at the same time! 

To inspire giving, an STS family have offered their annual gift of $25,000 as a matching challenge to every member of our community. Every gift donated over the next month (between today and Friday, March 20, 2015) will be matched 1:1 to a maximum of $25,000.  This year’s annual giving priorities are scholarships and bursaries, teaching excellence and facility enhancements. Here’s an update on our goals:         

    • Raise $500,000!  We are 40% toward our goal with $215,000 raised to date.
    • Reach 100% alumni giving participation! And, half our employees have already donated!
    • Let’s pay it forward and meet this matching gift challenge! 

Visit sts.ab.ca/payitforward to pay your gratitude forward and give students the chance to live the incredible STS experience we all hold dear.  Every gift – of any size – makes a difference! 

For more information contact Caroline Banadar, Director of Advancement, 403-938-8344.

Aspen Lodge is Open!

Our new forest learning centre, Aspen Lodge, has been open for a couple of weeks now. Many classes are starting to use it for integrated learning and to experience nature on our country campus, even in the winter. The glass-walled building, funded by donor support, has indoor furniture and a fireplace for warmth.  



 

Tales from Undergrad Years Very Informative

Tales from undergrad years 2015Thank you to STS alumni Delia Lee '14, Milad Eskandar '14, Celeste Colborne '14, Claudia Belanger '14, Brittany Currie '14 and Daniel Passingham '13 for sharing their tales of university life with our Grade 12 students on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.  In a panel format, each alumni spoke about how they chose their university and undergrad program, how they balance academics and social activities and their experience as a freshman.  Students had the opportunity to ask questions and advice from alumni. 

  

Celebrating Alumni Series - "For the Love of Coffee" with Jeremy Ho '05, Monogram Coffee

Achieving the perfect cup of coffee is an art. Awaken your taste buds at the next Celebrating Alumni Series event where STS alumnus and Canadian Barista Champion Jeremy Ho ’05 of Monogram Coffee will share his knowledge of coffee brewing and tasting with you. This exclusive event for STS alumni and their guests (who don’t need to be alumni) will ensure that perfectly made cup of fresh coffee makes its way into your hands – every morning!

  Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

  Location: Monogram Coffee, 4814-16 Street, SW Calgary.

  Price: $60.00 per person (GST not included.  Includes a 12 oz. bag of freshly roasted whole bean coffee.)
  Maximum 12 participants, so:

  Register today by emailing Jeremy Ho ’05 at Jeremy@monogramcoffee.com.

Monogram Coffee is a national award-winning team with over 20 years of experience in sourcing, roasting and serving coffee. They are brought together by the belief that exceptional coffee should inspire wonder and warmth. They are excited to share their vision of quality coffee. At this session, you will experience:

Tasting: Learn how to evaluate coffee and take a taste test while observing the differences in acidity, sweetness, aroma, body and flavor. Discover why each coffee tastes the way it does depending on terroir, agriculture, processing, shipping, roasting and brewing. 

Brewing: Through a hands-on experience, you will be guided through the step-by-step process of manually brewing exceptional coffee. Learn how to control the variables associated with brewing and optimize your coffee to your personal taste. 

 

Alumni Get Cooking at First Celebrating Alumni Series Event

STS alumni got cooking with alumna Marie Fudge ’87 at the first ever Celebrating Alumni Series event on January 29 at Cuisine et Château. Our alumni’s kitchen chops were put to good use as alumni joined friends to prepare a gourmet meal, including homemade gnocchi and crepes, all while enjoying a wine pairing and great company.

"The interactive culinary event at Cuisine et Chateau was a fantastic alumni function. The venue was ideal for re-engaging with old friends while allowing us to learn a few culinary tricks in the kitchen. Marnie and Thierry were perfect hosts and I look forward to similar events in the future."   Jill Cross '85

The next Celebrating Alumni Series event will be held with alumnus Jeremy Ho ’05 at Monogram Coffee on February 26, 2015. See here for more information. 

Honour Day assembly video

On Friday, January 30, 2015, we held our annual Honour Day Assembly to honour and celebrate the lives of seven STS students who perished in an avalanche on February 1, 2003. It is always a difficult day as it evokes some very painful memories for those closest to the tragedy. But it is also a day to cherish happy memories of the seven students.

In recognition of the fact that none of our current students were here at that time, we have gradually moved away from a memorial-type assembly to a more forward-looking observance of this day in the hope of keeping it relevant and meaningful to our current student body. During our morning assembly, our guest speaker was Mr. Ken Wylie who is an educator, certified mountain guide and author. His recent book details his own experience with a tragic avalanche and his journey to come to terms with that loss. He shared a number of important lessons with our students about concepts like self-knowledge, intuition, acceptance and social courage.

Please view a video of the assembly online at this link.

Honour Day

Today, STS commemorated the 12th anniversary of the tragic avalanche that claimed the lives of seven STS students. This year’s moving and inspirational assembly, which featured guest speaker Ken Wylie, honoured those seven students who live on in our hearts and memories forever.

Our thoughts are with every member of our tight-knit community during this difficult time. A video of the assembly will be sent to the STS community via email on Monday, February 2, 2015.

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Announced

By: Dr. William Jones, Head of School and Mr. Paul Storwick ’78, President, Alumni Association

It is our pleasure to announce that Mr. Chris Shopperly ’80 has been selected as the recipient of the Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (STS) 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award – the highest honour the School bestows upon its alumni. 

This award was established in 2003 to recognize eminent alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the School. It showcases an alumni each year who has stimulated new ideas or developments at STS, shown exceptional dedication, creativity or leadership, and who has truly represented the spirit of STS – Nil Nisi Optimum. Chris’ service to STS has been exemplary, and we are proud to have him as a member of our alumni family. 

As an engineer and entrepreneur, Chris is the President and owner of SouthRidge Petroleum Consultants Ltd.  His interests include aviation and travel, farming and ranching, skiing, the outdoors, volunteering and spending quality time with his family. Chris has loved aviation since he was a student at STS and enjoys exploring the foothills of southwestern Alberta as well as travelling the continent in his aircraft. He is an active member and volunteer in the aviation community.

When it comes to STS, he has worked tirelessly in many ways to support and improve the School. Since graduating, he has been an active member of the STS Alumni Association where he served as President from 2005 to 2007. Since joining the School’s Board of Governors in 2005, he has held several positions on the Board and various committees and is currently Chair of the Building and Grounds Committee and Campus Rejuvenation Committee and is Vice-Chair of the Board. “Passionate about the country campus, his leadership and oversight brought Aspen Lodge to campus to enrich learning in the outdoors,” states Paul Storwick ‘78. 

STS is all in the family for the Shopperlys, as Chris’ daughter Halle ’16 and son Mason ’19 have both attended STS since Grade 1. His wife, Deb Marshall Shopperly, continues to be a volunteer leader actively involved with the parent organization and currently serves as the President of POSTS.  Chris has endless positivity, optimism and energy when it comes to the School. He is a passionate STS ambassador, donor and tireless volunteer for his alma mater.

We invite you to join us as we celebrate Chris as our 2015 Distinguished Alumnus, and our School community, at the 9th Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner, on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at Gasoline Alley in Heritage Park. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit:www.sts.ab.ca/AlumniDinner. Don’t miss out on this signature event and the opportunity to connect with your STS family. We look forward to seeing you there. 

STS Celebrating Alumni - Interactive Culinary Event with Chef Marnie Fudge!

Keep warm this January with a fun evening in the kitchen of award-winning chef, entrepreneur and STS alumna Marnie Fudge ’87.  Bring a date, have a girls-night-out, or treat yourself and learn to prepare gourmet meals while enjoying a cocktail (or two).

This exclusive opportunity for STS alumni and their guest (who, of course don’t have to be STS Alumni) is the first in our Celebrating Alumni Series event, showcasing STS Alumni and their talents.

Click here to view event details.

Register online today!

This is a great way to catch up with classmates and learn something new, while supporting fellow alumni. Space is limited.

Watch for our next events:

Experience Monogram Coffee with co-owner Jeremy Ho '05 on Thursday, February 26, 2015, 6:30 p.m. and learn more about oysters with Eric Giesbrecht '92 on Friday, March 20, 2015, 5:30 p.m.

STS Young Alumni Welcome Back Reunion

Young Alumni Pub Night - Dec. 19 2014The Young Alumni Welcome Back Reunion on Friday, December 19, 2014 was well attended with over 100 young alumni, faculty and staff in attendance.  Attendees had the opportunity to reconnect and reminisce while enjoying delicious appetizers and drinks at the Joyce on 4th last month. This fun evening has become quite a tradition with our young alumni.

To view more photos of the evening, visit the STS Alumni Facebook page.  Don't forget to tag your photo!

 

Alumni Shoot Some Hoops at STS

Over forty Alumni returned to Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School on Friday, December 19, 2014 to take part in our first 4 on 4 Alumni basketball tournament.  Congratulations to Ronan O'Keane ‘06, Robert Belanger ’11, Muyiwa Abolarin ‘11 and Kevin Alto ‘06 (aka The Dream Team), winners of this tournament.

Many thanks to Mike Henry ’09 and Jeff Petersen, STS Faculty for organizing this event.

Alumni Basketball Dec 19 2014

 Alumni Basketball Dec 19 2014

 

From all of us at STS, we wish you a joyous holiday season!

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Young Alumni Welcome Back Reunion – Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Alumni who graduated in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 are invited to reconnect with former classmates and faculty/staff at the Annual Young Alumni Welcome Back Reunion on Friday, December 19, 2014 from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. at Joyce on 4th Irish Pub.  

Click here to Register Today!

For more information please contact Brenda at thompsb@sts.ab.ca or 403-938-8318.

 

Alumni Basketball at STS – December 19, 2014


Alumni are invited back to STS to play some co-ed basketball on Friday, December 19, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Sandy Heard Sports Hall with Senior School students. The format will be determined by the turnout. We hope to see you there!

For more information please contact Rachel Roskey ‘09, Mike Henry ‘09, Taylor Chase '13, Brenda Thompson, Alumni Relations and Events Coordinator, or Jeff Peterson, STS Faculty and Coach – Senior Varsity Boys team.

 

Now is your chance to .... PAY IT FORWARD!

For this year’s annual giving campaign, we are asking our alumni to donate in the name of someone who you’ve always wanted to thank for making your days at STS even better.  All alumni donations allow you to pay your gratitude forward and give students the chance to live the incredible STS experience we all hold dear.

Walk down memory lane, gather some good karma, and ‘Pay It Forward’ all at the same time!

Donations have always augmented the STS experience. We need your help today to invest in scholarships and bursaries, teaching excellence and the campus we call home.

Every gift – of any size – makes a difference!
It’s easy - here’s how you do it:
1.  Visit sts.ab.ca/payitforward
2.  Choose a donation amount – all gifts are appreciated.
3.  Make the donation in someone’s name from your days at STS. The donation amount will remain confidential.
4.  The person you name will receive a note letting them know you’re thanking them after all these years.
5.  In turn, they will be encouraged to remember a kind gesture and thank someone to ‘pay it forward.’
6.  We look forward to your participation by ‘paying it forward’ or simply donating.

All funds raised will enhance the student experience, now and in the future, and grow our STS alumni donor family.  For more information contact Caroline Banadar, Director of Advancement, 403-938-8344.

Nomination Call for 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award

Dear STS Community,

It is my pleasure to invite you to honour those who have given generously of their time, talent, and energy to serve Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School and distinguish themselves among the alumni of our institution.

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School wishes to recognize eminent alumni who through their outstanding contributions to the school, have stimulated new ideas or developments at STS, and have shown exceptional dedication, creativity or leadership. The Distinguished Alumni Award has been established by an anonymous benefactor, and will annually celebrate distinguished alumni, showcasing those who truly represent the spirit of STS – Nil Nisi Optimum.

The purpose of this award is to honour and publicly acknowledge individuals for their extraordinary commitment to the Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School.  Winners of the award set the standard for service, dedication, and excellence; they bring prestige and honour to STS and inspire others by their example.

To submit a nomination, please complete and return the nomination form by November 21, 2014, and tell us why you think the nominee deserves special recognition.  The winner(s) will be honoured at the 9th Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner in the spring of 2015.

I hope you will participate in this wonderful opportunity to honour those who have distinguished themselves as eminent STS graduates.  Their success helps strengthen our school.


Sincerely,

Dr. William Jones
Head of School


Click here to view guidelines for qualification of candidates.

The Alumni Connection

STS and its founding schools have more than 4,500 alumni around the world. As part of our efforts to help alumni stay connected, both with the School and one another, we try to host several alumni gatherings each year for those working or attending university outside of Calgary. Over the last month, reunions have been hosted in London (UK), Toronto and Vancouver. Rather than simple meet and greet gatherings, I have taken the opportunity this year to present the vision for the future of STS in a roundtable format similar to the roundtables that we have been hosting for our current parent community. 

It is interesting to hear the feedback from these sessions, which often include voices from different eras within the school’s history. For example, the Vancouver reunion included an alumna from St. Hilda’s School for Girls (1948), an alumnus from Strathcona School for Boys (1946) and STS alumni from 1978 through 2010. There were also several former parents and one former faculty member in attendance.

Despite this demographic diversity, a number of common themes emerge. Some of these include:   

     - the respect for teachers over the years;
     - a feeling of being very well prepared for university and life beyond;
     - the high value of strong programs in public speaking, outdoor education, athletics, fine arts;
     - the importance of continuous development and strong support for some of the school’s key initiatives with respect to
       teaching excellence, facility modernization and increased financial assistance through scholarships and bursaries; 

     - the exposure to experiences that foster the development of leadership and character.

Even though many of the alumni at these gatherings have never met one another, there is an obvious bond that one can observe once people have been in the room together for even a short time. This bond appears to be based upon a shared experience that only those who attended STS can truly understand and appreciate. I believe that it is also based upon shared values, pride and a sincere interest in the future of STS as a leader among Canadian independent schools. Our alumni are certainly doing amazing work in different parts of the world and it is encouraging to see that their connections to their alma mater are meaningful, strong and enduring.

Dr. William Jones
Head of School

Knowledge Shared at STS Speed Mentoring Event

Speed Mentoring - November 7, 2014On Friday, November 7, 2014, the STS Alumni Association hosted its 4th annual Senior School Students and Alumni Speed Mentoring Event.  Fifteen alumni mentored and advised Senior School students about what to expect in university, and the
professional working world that follows post-secondary education.  Our mentors represented various backgrounds that extended to health and wellness, psychology, business, finance, engineering, medicine, communication and marketing,
law, the arts, and architecture and design.  Following the mentoring session alumni and students were given the opportunity to participate in a mix and mingle reception, allowing them another opportunity to network with the mentors. 

Thank you to the following mentors fSpeed Mentoring - November 7, 2014 Pic 2or their support of this event: Liam
M. Dinning '00, Charlene Dunn, STS, Heather Friesen '06, David Huck, STS Parent, Margie Leitch '99, Dana (Mendham) Lougheed '90, Brent MacDonald, STS Staff, Margot  McNeil '09, Tahir Merali '03, Laura A. Myers '06, Jaime-Brett Sine '00, Rita Tripathy, STS Parent, Tara Black, STS Parent, Rick Weissenborn '88 and Sydney Schwartz '00. 

It was a great opportunity to talk with alumni and professionals in all different fields of work for insight on university and career planning. It definitely helped me plan a bit more for university and establish a plan for where I want to go
after I graduate.
 Jill Northcott ‘15

 

Complimentary Tickets Available to this Year's Musical - The Drowsy Chaperone!
 

    
Be one of the first 20 alumni to contact Brenda Thompson at thompsb@sts.ab.ca or 403-938-8318 to claim two complimentary tickets to STS’ musical production – The Drowsy Chaperone - for either nights of Wednesday, November 26 or Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are now on sale for our fall musical The Drowsy Chaperone, taking place November 26-29, 2014. The Drowsy Chaperone is the first Canadian musical to make it to Broadway in 25 years.  It was the winner of five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical in 2006.

This production does come with a warning for parents that there is some subtle innuendo and some characters do consume alcoholic beverages. Children under 10 may not find the show as engaging as our fairy-tale presentations.  

If you have questions about this please feel free to contact Mr. Chris Stockton, Director of Fine Arts, at stocktc@sts.ab.ca

Tickets are $15.00 plus a service charge and can be ordered online this year by going to:www.sts.ab.ca/liveevents

Volunteers Needed for the Alumni-Student Speed Mentoring Event!

Alumni Speed Mentoring Nov 2013

Offer your wisdom and advice regarding university and the professional working world, and give our senior school students the opportunity to network with professionals from various fields on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at our annual “Alumni-Student Speed Mentoring Event.” 

If you have experience in law, medicine, business, education, the arts, journalism, finance, entrepreneurship, communication, marketing or engineering, please contact Brenda at  thompsb@sts.ab.ca or 403-938-8318.

 

STS Homecoming 2014 – Fall Fair a Huge Success!

The STS community came together on Saturday, September 20, 2014 for the Homecoming Fall Fair, which took place on our beautiful, sunny country campus. This STS tradition, put on in partnership by the STS Advancement department, STS Alumni Association and Parent Organization of STS, brought together STS families along with alumni and former faculty/staff in a festive atmosphere. 

Over 580 people enjoyed the fun activities including a farmers’ market, petting zoo, food trucks, alumni vs. staff/students rugby and field hockey games and exciting contests. Our notable alumni, Jay Cross ’80 and Ryan Harris ’90, were honoured for their contribution to the STS community and for their impressive successes in a variety of career areas.  This special day also marked the ribbon cutting of our new outdoor classroom – Aspen Lodge! 

STS would like to extend heartfelt appreciation to the Reunion 2014 committee who helped make Homecoming 2014 the success it was. Thank you to Brigid Stewart, Linda LeBourveau ’84, Jeff Kahane ’89, Gillian Selby ’89, Molly (Gillespie) Therrien ’94, Curtis Wettstein ’04, John Paul Smith ’04, Rachel Roskey ’09, Brittany Girling ’09, Andrea Olsen ’09, and Mike Henry ’09 for your time and energy in organizing this reunion.

Thank to everyone for coming out and special appreciation to all those who helped make it happen. We look forward to seeing you next year! For more photos from the event, check out the STS Alumni Facebook page.

Online Yearbooks Now Available

Take a trip down memory lane with our newly digitized Paidia yearbook collection available on your STS alumni web portal

To search a specific yearbook, click on the year you would like to search and then click the "full screen" link (located below the yearbook). A search bar will appear in the top right of your screen where you can enter your search criteria - including names, dates and events. Yearbooks are also available for download straight onto your computer!

If you have any questions, please contact webhelp@sts.ab.ca. Happy reminiscing!

Alumni Lunch and Learn Session

Alumni - Lunch and Learn - Aug 19, 2014Our STS alumni community boasts a wide range of knowledge and skills. On August 19, 2014 alumni came together for a lunch and learn event in Calgary to discuss the engineering world. Thank you to our presenters Liam Dinning ’00 and Alex Fulthorpe ’02 and thank you to Ian Whitestone ’11 for organizing this session.

Which industry would you like to see a lunch and learn for next?  Contact Brenda at thompsb@sts.ab.ca.


 

6th Annual Alumni Stampede Party

Alumni Stampede Party July 7 2014

Yahoo! The STS Alumni Stampede Party took place July 7, 2014. Over 130 alumni and guests attended the event at Sunterra Market in downtown Calgary. You can see the photos on the STS Alumni Facebook page
Don't forget to like the page to tag yourselves and your friends!

Next year's STS Alumni Stampede Party will happen July 6, 2015. 

Learning the Hard Way on the Highway

By: Ian Rogers '99

In school I was taught that true wisdom comes from knowing that you know nothing. Yet it was only through years spent working and traveling abroad that I actually learned this important lesson in humility. I’ve always believed that experience trumps education. It of course hasn’t stopped me from incurring substantial debt in order to wear a robe with tasseled, square shaped hat and to frame signed and stamped sheets of paper up on my wall. No, I’ve been schooled - but mostly by life. I’ve never taken my formal education too seriously. In October of last year, I continued my matriculation in the school of hard knocks when I jumped on a motorcycle and rode south with spartanly packed bags and an adventurer’s zeal. I didn’t rest until I’d reached Ushuaia, Argentina -- a placid, coastal, mountain village at the end of a very long, often arduous, but highly rewarding road; a road that would serve as both my school and my temple.

 “Adventure may hurt you, but monotony will kill you.” I read that on the Internet somewhere. I once glimpsed it written on a t-shirt. I heard it spoken by someone standing next to a water cooler. No matter the source of the words, its message is clear: break the chains and tear apart the fetters of a dull existence by stepping outside the comfort zone. Don’t want to live a pedestrian life? You’re gonna’ have to play with traffic. Well, I played with traffic. I passed it, deked it, chased it, hit it, cursed it and danced with it. Traffic and I developed a choreographic intimacy with one another. Chasmic potholes, surreptitious speed bumps, feral dogs, wandering llamas and a diversity of life splattered all over the pavement were my obstacles. I might even have discovered a new species of insect. Are there any entomologists reading this? You may just want to examine the contents of my bike’s air filter. I picked up quite an assortment of bugs across six months, 2 continents, 14 countries and 35,000km of terrain. I also picked up riding partners, hitchhikers, bad habits, myself and my bike off the ground a couple dozen times ….plus a new language.

To nobody’s surprise, it wasn’t through hours of classroom instruction that I learned it, either (my high school Spanish teacher, Señora Bustillo, could attest to that). No, it was owing to authentic, engaging and often frustrating interactions with locals that I developed a passable level of fluency. Millions of Latin Americans were at my disposal, and language served as the key to deeper insight into the culture and history from California to Tierra del Fuego. In addition, my efforts to not starve, not get irrevocably lost and avoid bivouacking in a guerilla camp or crocodile patch were dependent on at least a modicum of linguistic ability.  I learned how to charm the hearts (and grease the palms) of border officials and police. The authorities, incidentally, were there when I needed them most. Crashing my motorcycle on the highway in Ecuador and miraculously walking away from it with nothing more than a broken thumb (bike not so lucky), being robbed of nearly all my positions in Chile’s La Serena (ironically translates to ‘the calm’), getting violently assaulted by street kids in Santiago (bottles do break when they hit your face) and requiring an armed escort across bandit territory in Guatemala were all examples when the thin blue line was untangled by the power of effective communication. Rumors of corrupt officials and dodgy doctors are overblown – I was treated remarkably well by both. Having said that, being able to talk the talk was paramount, and necessity certainly is the mother of comprehension when it comes to language learning.

It’s also said that necessity is the mother of invention. Well, I had to invent a hundred different ways to fix countless breakdowns (often in true MacGyver style, with frequent use of duct tape) and in the process gained a respectable knowledge of motorcycle mechanics (at least the inner workings of a 2006 Kawasaki KLR650). Hours of despair spent by the side of the road being pummeled by frigid Patagonian winds, baked by the Sonoran desert sun and drenched by Amazonian downpour were not without recompense, as nearly every time I broke down mechanically, emotionally or physically, I was offered a helping hand (or push start!) by genuine, kindhearted people. Countless times being provided with towing, parts, engine rebuilds, meals and places to stay at no cost truly opened my eyes to the power and potential of generosity.

Having grown up in Canada, it’s easy to take for granted how fortunate we are to be blessed with such natural beauty, security and opportunity as citizens of this great nation. If nothing else, witnessing and experiencing the hardship of day to day life in the developing world can serve to remind one how fantastic life here actually is. Seeing how upbeat and positive people can be despite having lived through the pain of brutal regimes and not owning much more than the shirts on their backs is a humbling lesson in perspective. Spending enough time with these individuals makes one realize how trifling many of our ‘first world problems’ really are.

Knowledge of language, culture, geography, history, science, the arts and an abundance of practical life skills beget an adventure traveler. Yet even more importantly, a deeper sense of self-awareness, toughness, patience, compassion, humility, generosity and a plethora of other virtues abound from as Mark Twain put it, “casting off the bow lines and sailing away from the safe harbor”. Dream. Dare. Discover.

Blog: myroadisyourroad.com
Instagram: #myroadisyourroad

Saddle Up and Register for the STS Alumni Stampede Party!

Mr. Colborne wants you to saddle up for the STS Alumni Stampede Party! Check out his video below.

Don't miss out on the fun - register today: www.sts.ab.ca/saddleupsts

 Monday, July 7, 2014, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Downtown Sunterra Market, 200 – 12th Avenue SE (map)
$10.00 per person (includes one free drink and appetizers)

New Aspen Lodge on the Horizon

With funds raised through STS community annual giving over the past two years, combined with the proceeds from the incredibly successful Parents’ Organization of Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (POSTS)-organized Black Watch 2014 event, we have reached our $340,000 goal and the new Forest Learning Centre – named Aspen Lodge by our students – is now fully funded.

We have broken ground and construction is underway, with the goal of opening Aspen Lodge this September at the Alumni Homecoming and STS Community Family Fair on September 20, 2014. This new, innovative facility will allow us to offer enriched learning experiences for all students, all year round, in all subjects - capitalizing on our beautiful country campus. We can proudly say that this facility will be built by our community. Thank you to all who played a role in making this dream a reality.

Welcome to our newest Alumni

The STS Alumni AsGrad Breakfast 2014sociation welcomed 69 new graduates and their parents into the organization at the annual Graduation Breakfast, June 5, 2014.  The morning included a continental breakfast in the Black Watch Bistro followed by a slide show presentation of our graduating class in the C.A. Smith Arts Centre.

Pam Heard '73, President of the Alumni Association, provided advice to the graduating students to stay connected within the STS community and welcomed them to the Alumni Association.

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We want ya'll to come to the STS alumni Stampede party!

Have Your Name Written in Stone!

Help pave the way to the Forest Learning Centre (FLC), Aspen Lodge by purchasing an engraved paving brick to be used in the path to Aspen Lodge.  Each brick will be $250, including two lines of lettering to commemorate your name.

Forms are available online   Deadline to order:  June 30, 2014

For more information on how to pave the way to the Forest Learning Centre, please contact Caroline Banadar at 403-938-8344 or banadac@sts.ab.ca.

STS community connects during 8th Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner

Alumni Dinner - May 14, 2014From across Canada and the USA, over 230 STS alumni, parents of alumni, current and former faculty/staff enjoyed an evening of reminiscing, rekindling friendships and networking while honouring Richard Lindseth ’73 our 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient at the 8th Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner held on May 8, 2014. Pam Heard ’73, outgoing President of the STS Alumni Association, was also recognized for her tireless efforts and dedication to her alma mater.

During this fabulous evening of friendship and fellowship, guests were greeted by the 2015 Prefects who assisted with registration and seating. Entertainment by the talented STS Jazz Combo provided the perfect backdrop as guests enjoyed cocktails and mingling. Master of Ceremonies Jim Schmit, former faculty, welcomed everyone with his considerate words.  Guests were then treated to a delicious meal which followed the invocation by former Head of School Gordon Freight.  Heart-warming speeches were given by Head of School William Jones, STS Alumni Association’s Pam Heard ’73 and our 2014
Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Richard Lindseth ‘73. 

2014 Alumni DinnerThis was undoubtedly the best attendance at an annual Calgary alumni dinner to-date.  Highlights of the dinner included a video telling the story of our Distinguished Alumnus and the inclusion of raffle draws for prize packages donated by Alumni.
Proceeds in the amount of $1,100.00 from the raffle draws went towards the STS Scholarship and Bursary Fund. 

STS would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Annual Events Committee and Advancement staff for making this such a successful event:  Linnea Turnquist ’87, Pam Heard ’73, Annemarie Pedersen ’87, Aimee-Jo Benoit ’97, Amy Pilling ’92, Pete Stewart ’90, Lara Unsworth '95, Bill Lorfing, former faculty and Brenda Thompson, Alumni Relations and Events Coordinator.  A special thank you goes out to our photographer Beth Aspinall ’88, videographer Justine Stevens ’10; our alumni raffle donors and our print sponsor Oil City Press.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for such a wonderful evening.  

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STS HONOURS DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS MR. RICHARD LINDSETH '73

At the 8th Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner held on Thursday, May 8, 2014, we honoured Mr. Richard Lindseth '73, STS alumnus and winner of the Distinguished Alumni Award. Watch the video below. 
http://youtu.be/OhXYoWRqnfY

 

STS Online Store Open for Business!

Wear your STS style with pride! Check out our brand new online STS store for one-of-a kind keepsakes, jewelry, watches….even beer glasses!  Purchase STS merchandise and have it delivered right to your door!  https://www.sts.ab.ca/Alumni/OnlineStore

 

 

8th Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner - Ticket Deadline is April 30, 2014

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May 8, 2014, Gasoline Alley, Heritage Park. Cocktails: 6:00 p.m. Dinner & Program: 7:15 p.m.

Registration Deadline: April 30, 2014

Sold Out!

Join over 180 alumni, parents of alumni, former and current faculty and staff that have registered to-date.

Look who’s coming!

Why should you attend the dinner? 

  • Network and socialize with fellow alumni following a short program
  • Enjoy a deluxe buffet dinner
  • Enter your name for exciting raffle draws!  More than $2000 in raffle prizes. Proceeds from raffle draws to support Scholarships and Bursaries.
  • Hear our amazing STS Senior Jazz Combo
  • Honour our Distinguished Alumnus Richard Lindseth ’73, world renowned architect

Support our ever-growing 8th Annual Alumni Dinner on May 8, 2014!

 


We look forward to seeing you there!

For further information, please contact Brenda Thompson, thompsb@sts.ab.ca or 403-938-8318.

Join us at the 8th Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner

Alumni Dinner 2013 - crowd shotThis year's celebration will take place on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Gasoline Alley in Heritage Park. Cocktails will be served at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner and program at 7:15 p.m. This year, STS is proud to honour Mr. Richard Lindseth '73 as the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient.  Read More...

We invite you to join us and enjoy an evening of celebration, reminiscing and reconnecting with your alma mater.

Event Details
8th Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner
Gasoline Alley, Heritage Park
1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Cocktails:  6:00 p.m.
Dinner & Program:  7:15 p.m.

Pricing
Ticket:  $90.00
Table of 8:  $625.00 
Young Alumni ticket:  $55.00 (Graduation years '03 to '13)
Former Faculty/Staff:  $65.00

Sold Out!

 
Join us at the POSTS biennial gala, Black Watch "Inside Out"

Join us at the POSTS biennial gala, Black Watch "Inside Out", Friday, April 25, 2014 at Heritage Park's Gasoline Alley starting at 7:00 p.m.  Games, raffles, draws! This year's Black Watch event will be an evening full of fun and excitement!  From beautiful Elementary art pieces to an action-packed live auction.  You won't want to miss the fun money casino or the raffles and live
auction.  Tickets are available online. And, while you party, funding will be raised for the Forest Learning Centre, Aspen Lodge.  For more information, contact Wendy Ralph or Susan Evans.

Speech Day 2014

On March 19, 2014, students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff participated in one of the oldest traditions at STS - Speech Day. Throughout the day, Middle and Senior School students delivered performances in a number of categories including musical theatre, radio broadcasting, impromptu, poetry recitation, interpretive reading, persuasive speeches, and solo and duo acting.  The range of presentations was astounding from hilarious to heart-wrenching. 

Once again, a number of alumni volunteered their time to judge various events which they too participated in while they attended STS.  We would like to thank Aimee-Jo (Giesbrecht) Benoit '97, Emma Fu '11, Jason Fong '03, Ashley James '06, Susan James, Courtney Levins '97, Bill Lorfing, Sloan Pipella-Clark '81, Tammy Rollie, John St. George ’12, Pam Stone, Mark Storwick '13, Pat Sullivan, Linnea Turnquist '87, and Connor Waterous '10 for being here to share this wonderful event with us.

Alumni mentor Senior School Students at the Annual Medical Mentoring Event

Alumni - 2014 Medical Mentoring EventSenior School students aspiring to pursue a profession in the medical field learned first-hand about post-secondary education, job trends and balancing life and work from eight alumni at our third Medical Mentoring Session held on Friday, March 14, 2014.  The session began with a panel discussion followed by one-on-one mentoring with students in the Peter B. Ditchburn Library. Thank you to Dr. Nii Ayi Ayi ’00, Chiropractor; Dr. Patrizia Mazzolani ’79, Dentist; Dr. Natalie Ward ’95, Family Physician, specializing in maternity medicine; Ms. Joanna Card ’93, Registered Psychologist; Ms. Brittany Jamieson ’99, Occupational Therapist; Dr. Paulose Paul ’90, Orthopedic Surgeon; Dr. Pat San Agustin’89, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Alberta; Dr. Amy Little ’95, Veterinarian for inspiring and mentoring STS students. 

Tales from Undergrad Years very informative

Alumni - Tales from Undergrad Years 2014Ten young alumni shared the rewards and challenges of university life with Grade 12 students at STS’ Tales from Undergrad Years’ fifth session on February 19, 2014. In a panel format, Leah Van Sant '09, Camille Brockmann '12, Rebecca McCreedy '12, Thomas Dunlop '13, Alice Dibley '11, Katie Kirker '12, Eliza Manzer '13, Isaac Niles '13, Kate Henry '11 and Meghan Senger '13 each spoke about how they chose their university and undergrad program, how they balance academics and social activities and their experience as a freshman. 

Thank you to everyone who participated.

 

Alumni Association President Featured in Calgary Herald

Pam Heard, President of the STS Alumni Association, was recently featured in an article as part of the Calgary Herald’s Private School Section for her families long-reaching connection to STS.

Pam and her family, including her father, founding Head of School Sandy Heard, have had a tremendous impact on the STS community.

You can see the full article here.

STS Alumni Represent Canada in Winter Olympics

STS is proud to have had three alumni compete and take part in the recently held winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia – John Fairbairn ‘01, John Fennell ’13 and Graham Birt ‘01.

John Fairbairn competed in skeleton and placed 7th, John Fennell placed 27th in men's singles luge and Graham Birt, while not competing, is volunteering at the Sochi Olympics as Assistant Manager of Athlete Services for the Canadian Olympic Team.

"Spartan sports were definitely a big part of my athletic journey, and played a part in getting me to Sochi," said John Fairbairn.

The frame of mind instilled in students from their first day at STS guides them to reach for greatness in all aspects of their lives, carrying on past graduation and into the goals alumni set their sights on. We would like to congratulate our alumni at the winter Olympics – they continue to inspire our students, and all athletes, to do nothing but their best.

You can read more about John Fennell here, about Graham Birt here, and John Fairbairn here.

Be a Judge at Speech Day

On March 19, 2014, students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff will participate in one of the oldest traditions at STS - Speech Day. We are asking you, our alumni, to get involved and volunteer as a judge.  Many of our past alumni judges have referred to this event as the most memorable at STS. Throughout the day, Middle and Senior School students deliver performances in a number of categories including impromptu speeches, poetry recitation, interpretive reading, persuasive speeches and solo and duo acting.  

You don’t need previous judging experience to participate; your responsibility will be to rank the speeches individually and agree on the winning speech as a group of three judges. Once we confirm the schedule, a judging assignment will be emailed to you. If you would like to participate, contact Brenda at thompsb@sts.ab.ca or 403-938-8318.