April 2011

The Road - Alumnae Newsletter
 Network, and Link Yourself In!
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We now have over 250 alumnae registered in the LinkedIn Branksome Alumnae Group.
This is a super opportunity to network
professionally and personally. It is also a great school resource that will assist with building a database to be used for mentoring opportunities.
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The Challenges of Primate Conservation
Dr. Zinta ZOMMERS'98
Reflections from the Field

Laura Bincik, Guidance and Career Studies Teacher with Dr. Zinta ZOMMERS'98

Laura and Zinta
Dr. Zinta ZOMMERS'98 (daughter of former teacher Aija Zommers) was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford, where she recently received her Ph.D. in Zoology.

On April 1, at a special presentation at the University of Toronto, Zinta spoke about the challenges of primate conservation and described her research with chimpanzees in the Budongo Forest in the Albertine Rift area of Africa.
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For the Love of Science
On April 26, two alumnae addressed Grade 10 career studies students and spoke about their love of the sciences.

Maria and Felicitas
Career Speakers

Maria DIAMANDIS Pasic'98
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Training Program in Clinical Chemistry, in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto.
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Felicitas KORT'59
Psychologist and Author in the area of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy
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 In My Mother's Kitchen
Trish MAGWOOD'89
Recipes to warm your heart

This new book from award winning author Trish MAGWOOD'89, is a "Heather's Pick" at Indigo stores across Canada.

It is a beautiful collection of easy, tried and true recipes for delicious family foods and will arrive in bookstores on May 2, just in time for Mother's Day.

What a great gift for Mom!
More information>>
You're Invited!
Meredith SHAW'00
CD Release Party - Place Called Happy

Meredith Shaw

You're Invited...
Tuesday, May 10

6 p.m. at The Rivoli, 332 Queen St W
Drinks and bites served!

Make it a Branksome evening - Invite your classmates, friends and family, and listen to some great music.
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Building a Strong Branksome
Do you believe?

Please support this year's Annual Giving Campaign, which concludes on June 30. Join forces with your fellow alumnae who believe in Branksome's mission. It is the power of collective giving - every gift counts - that creates the strongest possible school for the students of today and tomorrow.
Give online>>
Donations may be made in honour or in memory of a teacher, classmate or friend.
Something for Everyone!
Come Back to Branksome on
May 28 and 29

RW11 Art
Special recognition will be given to the classes ending in 1 and 6 at the Saturday Night Dinner, May 28.
Register now>>

Not a Reunion year? No matter...
Here is what's on for all alumnae, family and friends.

Saturday, May 28
9:30 a.m.
Complimentary for alums only from the classes of 1933-1961.
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Sunday, May 29
12:00 p.m.
Award Presentations and Buffet Lunch
Complimentary for alums only from the classes of 1933-1961.
Register now>>

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Alum Association Welcomes
The Class of 2011
The GY Breakfast
Continuing the tradition...

Lucy Gall, student rep, Andrea LAWRENCE Gall'77, Guest Speaker Helen Burstyn and Becca Burstyn Picaut
Lucy and mom

The Alumnae Association welcomed its soon-to-be Class of 2011 at a breakfast on April 21. Kathryn BULEYCHUK Champion'82 welcomed the girls and spoke of the importance of the Branksome traditions and keeping in touch.

The guest speaker this year was Helen Burstyn, parent of Becca Burstyn Picaut.
Story and Photos >>
The Lasting Influence of Marie Hay
On April 6, alumnae and friends celebrated the life and times of Marie Hay.

Marie's Caftans"Mrs. Hay was one of a kind and Branksome was extremely lucky to have her. She was a unique character, an amazing spirit, a phenomenal  teacher, and a loyal friend! The world was a better place with Mrs. Hay in it! She touched so many lives...she certainly touched mine.
I miss you Mrs. Hay!"
Danielle PERRON'87
Reception Recap and Photos >>
The Marie Hay Memorial Fund

For 20 years, Marie taught mainly Canadian History and introduced students to the world beyond Branksome. Funds raised will be directed to supporting a guest speaker, possibly from an international destination to address students. Alumnae will be encouraged to attend the event.
Donate online>>
Please specify "Marie Hay Memorial Fund" under "other" on the donation form.

RibbitPlease help us tend our beloved Branksome Hall ravine.
Experienced or aspiring gardeners are invited to participate in the "Keep Well the Woodlot" event.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
This school-wide event is for students of all ages, parents, faculty, staff and alumnae. We will be sprucing up the woodlot by removing weeds and debris.
Following the cleanup, there will be a BBQ in the playground area behind the Junior School.
Sign up today>>