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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.  

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.

Order your tickets online by April 9, 2014 to take advantage of early bird pricing and to be eligible to win a door prize valued at $250 from Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond.  

Early Bird Ticket:  $80.00
Early Bird Table:  $575.00 (seats 8)
Young Alumni ticket:  $55.00 (Graduation years '03 to '13)
Former Faculty/Staff Early Bird Ticket:  $55.00

Click here to register now or mail us this ticket order form

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 or 403-938-8318.


Young Alumni connect at Welcome Back Reunion - December 20, 2013

The Young Alumni Welcome Back Reunion on December 20, 2013 proved to be the most successful to date, with more alumni than ever in attendance.  Young alumni, faculty and staff reconnected and reminisced while enjoying delicious appetizers and drinks at the Hudson’s Canadian Tap House last month. This fun evening has become quite a tradition with our young alumni.  If you have photo's from this event, please share by forwarding to Brenda at

Share Your Tales from Undergrad Years – February 19, 2014 

Are you attending university and have some great advice for our Grade 12 students? You are invited to share your experiences and knowledge of university life at STS’ Tales from Undergrad Years event on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the C.A. Smith Arts Centre. 
Share your stories on: 

  • Transitioning to university life including the challenges, rewards, surprises and disappointments
  • University social life. Is it what it’s cracked up to be?  Pitfalls, do’s and don’ts.
  • Choosing your university and under grad program
  • Balancing academics with social and other challenges as a freshman.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Brenda at 403-938-8318 or Participant selection will be based on representation from a cross section of universities, undergrad programs and year of study.

Edmonton Alumni Pub Night

Alumni - Edmonton Pub NightStories, conversation and laughter abound whenever STS alumni gather. This certainly was the case for alumni gatherings in Edmonton at O’Byrne’s Irish Pub on November 14, 2013. Helen Harper, STS Faculty and Brenda Thompson, Alumni Relations and Events Coordinator, were on hand to share updates about the school.

Thank you to the alumni that attended including Annie Abbott ’11, Jessie Niles ’11, Paulose Paul ’89, Charles Rozsa ’12, Pat San Agustin ’89, Jon San Agustin ’01 and his fiancée Kris Schoneberg, Ashleigh Sandul ’12, Kevin Seasons ’11, Philip van der Poel ’11 and Anton Wootliff ’90.


Halifax Alumni Pub Night

Helen Harper, STS Faculty, while in Nova Scotia attending the EduNova Counsellor’s tour, hosted a pub night in Halifax for alumni on November 13, 2013 before returning to Alberta.  Thank you to everyone who attended, it's always fun to reconnect with classmates and reflect on STS memories.

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Shrek the Musical - First Time in Western Canada

Everyone is invited to attend the STS performance of Shrek the Musical, Wednesday, November 27 – Saturday, November 30, 2013.

This is the first time the Broadway sensation, Shrek the Musical, will be performed in Western Canada. STS has a long history of wowing audiences with its annual musical productions. Don’t miss out on this fan-favourite, based on the Dreamworks Animation motion picture – the kids will love it!



Speed Mentoring event a success
On Friday, November 1, 2013,Alumni Speed Mentoring Nov 2013 the STS Alumni Association hosted its third annual Senior School Students and Alumni Speed Mentoring Event.  Sixteen 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 communications and marketing, business, commercial developer, engineering, media and social media communication, naturopathic medicine, law, entrepreneurship, investment, management, interior design and architecture. 

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 alumni mentors.

Thank yAlumni Speed Mentors Nov 1 2013ou to the following alumni mentors for their support of this event: Rick Weissenborn ’88, Sebastien Gittens ’95, Lew Turnquist ’86, Gillian Selby ’89 and her husband Gord Ho, Liam Dinning ’00, Lara (Hamnett) Unsworth ’95, John Paul Smith ’04, Carolyn (Ash) Levy ’99, Faye (Sidorsky) Steinberg ’89, Jocelyn (Ullett) Russell ’01, Kaili Cashin ’06, Dave Howard ’96, Brandy James ’93, Steve Mannix ’96, and Latif Jamani ’01.

Our next mentoring event, the “Alumni Medical Session”, will be held on Friday, March 14, 2014.  Senior School students will be given the opportunity to get advice and guidance from alumni in the medical profession.  We invite alumni in the medical field to join us for this event. Please contact Brenda Thompson, to sign up.


Class Notes needed for 2014 Optimum 

We would love to hear what you been up to! Share your news regarding travel adventures, volunteerism, marriage, career, etc., in next year’s Optimum. Please send your notes and photographs to Brenda Thompson,


Toronto Branch Reunion

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On Tuesday, October 15, 2013 alumni gathered at the Duke of Devon Pub for the Toronto Branch Reception.  Mrs. Dinnie Baker, Executive Director of Advancement & Community Relations, was on hand to share updates about the school. Thank you to the alumni that attended including Denise D'Avella '03, BC Douglas '88, Sean Gunton '93, Scott McCaig '03, Astrum Nanji '97, Nikhil Mehrotra '04, Ellen Burch '05, Todd Worsley '88, Kate MacFarlane '13, Liane Kim '85, Jane Kearns '88, Geoff Evamy-Hill  '10, David Shutiak '80, Mitchell Beacom '13, Chris Edwards '09, Grace Walker '12, Nick Kaplan '04 and Christian Steinbock '93.


Alumni connect at Homecoming 2013

Thank you to all who attended Homecoming 2013! More than 200 alumni, including some as far away as Vancouver, Toronto and the United Kingdom, reconnected with classmates and reflected fondly on their years at STS.

We kicked off the weekend with a warm-up cocktail reception held on Friday, September 20, 2013 at the Canmore Opera House in Heritage Park. This was followed by our Homecoming celebration on Saturday, September 21 which included a variety of events at the School.

The first was a family brunch for former faculty/staff, alumni and their families.  At the brunch, alumni were called upon to partake in a Tie-tying contest and a fun Reach for the Top competition testing their knowledge on school history and activities from the past.   Our notable alumni were then honoured for their contribution to the STS community and for their impressive successes in a variety of career areas.  Following brunch, guests were invited to attend the unveiling of the Nil Nisi Optimum notable alumni wall.

After the morning activities, we offered school and trail walking tours, games for children, and held rugby and field hockey games which saw alumni pitted against the senior varsity teams. Class parties were then held throughout the city – seeing friends from graduating years in the 3s and 8s reconnect.

STS would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to class reps that made Homecoming 2013 the success it was.  Thank you Pam Heard ’73, Craig Harding ’78, Steve Trimble ’83, Rick Weissenborn ’88, Brandy James ’93, Emeline Lamond ’93, Ciara Glendon ’98, Jillian Wyne ’98, Kathryn Sweett ’03, Mark Le Dain ’08, Beth McFarlane ’08 and Tom Hansen’08 for your time and energy in organizing your reunion class parties which were all well attended. Thank you to Brigid Stewart, Chair of the Reunion Committee, Bill Lorfing, who represents former faculty and staff on the Annual Events Committee, Aimee-Jo (Giesbrecht) Benoit '97 for the STS uniform display and to Ashley Vogeli ’09, our photographer, for the Saturday activities.

The success of Homecoming 2013 represents the strength of our ever-growing and vibrant community.  Thank you to everyone who participated.  We look forward to seeing you next year! 

Photo can be found on our STS Alumni Facebook page.  Please tag yourselves and your friends!

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6th Annual St. Hilda’s Alumnae Luncheon

Alumni St HildasLuncheon 2013On September 11, 2013, St. Hilda’s School for Girls Alumnae joined our Head of School, Mr. Jones, for lunch at The Ranchmen’s Club.  A great time was had by all who shared stories and reconnected with friends over a beautiful and sumptuous lunch. Those attending included Marmie Hess ’34, Katherine Coutts ’43, Helen Jull ’48, Sandra Le Blanc ’58, Gordon Freight, Dinnie Baker and Bill Jones.   


Join us at theTerry Fox Run – September 13, 2013

Terry Fox Photo - 2012Alumni, parents of alumni, former faculty and staff are invited to participate in the 28th Annual Terry Fox Run for cancer research on Friday, September 13, 2013 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 28 years, our school community has raised over half a million dollars for this extremely important cause.

Alumni Guest Speakers Needed!

Guest speakers are needed for our Monday Speakers’ Series where alumni share their experiences and expertise on post-secondary education and their careers with Senior School students. Speakers are needed for Monday, October 7 & 21, November 4 & 18 and December 2, 2013. These sessions are held over the lunch hour from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.  Please contact Brenda Thompson at or 403-938-8318 to volunteer as a speaker today!


 Alumni Rugby Social

 Alumni RugbyMany familiar faces gathered together on August 10, 2013 at a social get-together for the players of one of STS’ most popular sports – rugby. The evening, held at the Glencoe Club, was filled with fond memories and rekindled friendships. The alumni rugby players are looking forward to sharing these memories, and creating more, at the annual STS rugby game held during Homecoming on Saturday, September 21 at 1:00 p.m. on the School’s country campus.

We would like to extend a very special thank you to John Paul Smith ’04 and Jon Zwiers ’02 for organizing this fun-filled event.

STS Alumni Stampede Party

Yahoo! The STS Alumni Stampede Party took place July 8, 2013. Over 145 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 7, 2014.


Grad Breakfast 2013

Alumni - Grad Breakfast 2013On June 6, 2013, the STS Alumni Association held its annual Graduation Breakfast for the Class of 2013. Seventy-nine graduating students and their parents attended this annual event.  The program began with 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.  Mr. Jack Schneider ’90, Past President, Alumni Association welcomed the students upon their graduation to the STS Alumni Association.

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STS community connects during 7th Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner

Alumni dinner - pic 3More than 210 alumni, parents of alumni, current and former faculty/staff and friends enjoyed an evening of networking, reminiscing and rekindling friendships while honouring Gretchen (Cross) Thompson ’78, 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient and retiring STS faculty Frances (Stuart) MacLean ’70 and Gerry Blais during the 7th Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner on May 8, 2013.

During this fabulous evening of friendship and fellowship, guests were greeted by the 2014 Prefects who assisted with registration and seating. Entertainment by the talented STS Jazz Combo provided the perfect backdrop as guests enjoyed cocktails and mingling. Mistress of Ceremonies Heather Gilley ‘78 welcomed everyone with her considerate words. Heart-warming speeches were given by Head of School William Jones, STS Alumni Association’s Pam Heard ’73 (President) and Paul Storwick ’78 (Vice-President), our 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Gretchen (Cross) Thompson ’78, Conor MacLean ’97 & Kyle MacLean ’00  and retiring faculty Frances (Stuart) MacLean ’70.  Guests were treated to a mesmerizing performance by soloist Taryn Plater ’13.

This was undoubtedly the attended Calgary Alumni Dinner to-date.  STS would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Annual Events Committee for making this such a successful event: Linnea Turnquist ’87, Pam Heard ’73, Annemarie Pedersen ’87, Aimee-Jo Benoit ’97, Amy Pilling ’92, Ciara Glendon ’98, Elizabeth Carson ’78 and Bill Lorfing, Former Faculty.  A special thank you goes out to our photographers, Beth Aspinall ’88 and Andrew Stone ’14, and our sponsors Oil City Press and Flower Artistry.

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

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Speech Day

Alumni - Speech Day 2013Speech Day was truly outstanding again this year and we felt great pride in knowing that this long-standing tradition at STS continues to be embraced with pride and enthusiasm by the entire community. The range of presentations was astounding from the hilarious to the tear provoking. 

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, Alexa Burgess ’10, Jay Cross ’80, Ian Graham ’93, Jeff Kahane ’89, Sloan Pipella-Clark ’81, Pete Stewart ’90, Paul Storwick ’78, Megan Thomson ’99, Susan James and Tammy Rollie for being here to share this wonderful event with us.


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Senior School Students benefit from Alumni Medical Session

2013 Medical MentoringSenior 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 at our second annual Medical Mentoring Session held on March 15, 2013. The session began with a panel discussion followed by one-on-one speed mentoring with students in the Peter B. Ditchburn Library. Thank you to Alex Aspinall ’86 (Hepatologist), Alim Mitha ’93 (Neurosurgeon), Brandy James ’93 (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine), Stacy (Hyndman) Finnbogason ’90 (Pediatric Physiotherapist), Nii Ayi Ayi ’00 (Chiropractor) and Deborah Schwartz (Dentist) for inspiring and mentoring STS students.


Tales from Undergrad Years very informative

Seven young alumni shared the rewards and challenges of university life with Grade 12 students at STS’ Tales from Undergrad Years’ fourth session on February 21, 2013. In a panel format, Katie Kirker ’12, Lisa Grant ’12, Bronwyn Valentine ’12, Lucas Kemp ’12, Katie Henry ’11, Chris Edwards ’08, and Ali Poonja ’12 each 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.


New York City Alumni Reunion

Alumni - New York Reception 2013Our first New York City Alumni Reunion was held on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at the Princeton Club of New York.   Mr. William Jones, Head of School, was on hand to share updates about the school.  

Thank you to the alumni who attended including Mark Alexander ’82,  Tania Alexander, Bill Beacom ’10, Ron Dooley ’85, Angela Dirks, Louie Pearlman ’98, Roshan Sethi ’05, Thijs Spoor ’90, and Jose Zeilstra ’85.                                    

Medical mentors wanted 

The STS Alumni Association is hosting its 2nd Annual Medical Mentoring Session at STS on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. This is an opportunity of a lifetime for Senior School students interested in getting advice and guidance from alumni in the medical profession. If you are a physician, nurse, surgeon, radiologist, dentist, dental hygienist, or practicing in a medical field and would like to participate, contact Brenda at or 403-938-8318.

Young Alumni connect at Annual Pub Night

The Young Alumni Welcome Back Reunion on December 21, 2012 proved to be the most successful to date, with more alumni than ever in attendance.  More than 130 young alumni, faculty and staff reconnected and reminisced while enjoying delicious appetizers and drinks at the Joyce on 4th Pub last month.  This fun evening has become quite a tradition with our young alumni.  Forty-one attended from the Class of 2012, 32 from the Class of 2011, twenty-two from the Class of 2010, 12 from the Class of 2009 and seven from the Class of 2008.  To view more photographs of the evening, visit the STS Alumni Association Facebook page.  Don’t forget to tag your photos!  


This year’s annual fund kicks off – join us in meeting our 100 percent goal.

Every year, every member of the Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School family is asked to give a charitable donation to the School.  Your gift, along with gifts from other alumni, teachers, staff and parents, will enhance the incredible learning experience at STS.

By now, you have likely received our annual fund booklet in the mail.  Gifts of all sizes are appreciated and make a difference. Donate online, mail us your STS giving form or call our Director of Advancement, Dinnie Baker at 403-938-8317, or Assistant Director of Advancement, Caroline Banadar, at 403-938-8344. Click here for more information.

London, UK Branch Reunion

Our second London, UK branch reunion was held on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at the home of Caroline (Wuensche) Haas ’88.  Guest of honour, William Jones, Head of Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School was in attendance to share updates about the school. Thank you to the alumni who attended including Murray Birt ’98, Christine Boykiw ’09, Rosalyn (Rahme) Dwan ’79, Naheed Jivraj ’08,Sydney Johnson ’09, Kevin Laurence ’80, Penny McDermid ’91, Scott McDermid ’88, Marshall Palmer ’10, Natalie Sykes ’08, and Rob Weissenborn ’96, and a special thank you to our host, Caroline (Wuensche) Haas ’88. 


Alumni Quick Facts

Listed below are Alumni who have been recognized in the Top 40 Under 40 in Calgary.  (Celebrating Calgarians under the age of 40 who excel in their respective fields, give back to their community and raise the profile of the city.)

  • Micah Libin ’91 (2012)
  • Ayaz Gulamhussein ’98 (2010)
  • Alim Mitha ’93 (2008)
  • Sarah Ditchburn ’87 (2006)
  • Judd Palmer ’90 (2005)
  • Stephanie (Smith) Jackman ‘90 (2005)
  • Rod Heard ’82 (2003)
  • Dave Pierce ’90 (2002)
  • Shannon Bowen-Smed ’82 (2001)




STS Alumni Association Mission Statement:
Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School Alumni Association fosters a lifelong relationship with its alumni, former faculty, and past parents by providing opportunities to be engaged with the STS community and to support the School’s mission and vision.

For more information, please contact:
Brenda Thompson
Alumni Relations and Events Coordinator
(403) 938-8318

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Upcoming Events

Monday Guest Speakers Series
Volunteer Today!  Speakers are needed for Monday, April 14, 2014 
These sessions are held over the lunch hour from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.
STS, Room 51
Brenda Thompson

Senior School Students/Alumni Medical Mentoring Session
14/03//2014, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location:  Peter B. Ditchburn Library, STS
Contact: Brenda Thompson

Speech Day
Looking for volunteers to judge at Speech Day.
Previous experience not required.
Location: STS
Contact: Brenda Thompson

8th Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner
Location:  Gasoline Alley, Heritage Park, Calgary
Click here to register now!
Contact: Brenda Thompson

6th Annual Alumni Stampede Party
07/07//2014, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location:  Sunterra Market - Keynote, 3rd Floor, 200 12 Avenue SE
Contact: Brenda Thompson

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