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Collingwood School Alumni

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Don't miss Collingwood's 30th Anniversary Gala!


The evites have gone out, and we're hoping to see many of our Collingwood alumni, alumni parents and alumni faculty and staff at our beautiful new Morven campus on Saturday, May 9th to celebrate this milestone event.


This year's Gala will bring the outside in as we transform the school into a Hampton's inspired affair, with food stations catered by Glowbal and Thomas Haas. Tickets are $250 per person or $500 for VIP tickets. Dress is white or light. Please RSVP by April 25.

Gala tickets, Raffle tickets, and more information

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News from the Alumni Executive Committee

Left to right: Meri Kimura '05, Alumni Coordinator,
Alumni Association Executive Committee Members: Dan Sander '97, Kirsten Morrison '91, Sara Pedlow '03, (Chair),  Malcolm Ert '05, Shannon O'Neill '99, and Nikos Kallas '97. (Missing: Cyrus Navabi '07)

Two long-standing members of the Alumni Executive Committee have recently retired, after many years of service to the Alumni Association.

Shannon O'Neill '99 has been a member of the Alumni Executive Committee since 2007, making her the longest-standing member of the Committee in the Alumni Association's history. Shannon chaired the Alumni Association from 2010 - 2013, during which time she was also the Committee's representative on the Board of Governors, and has been an outstanding representative of Collingwood alumni throughout her years on the Executive Committee. Shannon's dedication to the Alumni Association and Collingwood School was recognized in 2013 when she was awarded the inaugural Alumni Association award for outstanding volunteer service.

Kirsten Morrison '91 joined the Executive Committee in 2009 and is retiring after five years of service to the Alumni Association, including assisting with organizing numerous reunions and alumni events. Although Kirsten is leaving the Alumni Association Executive Committee, she remains actively involved as a volunteer at Collingwood School as a parents of two daughters at Wentworth. In addition to her work with the Alumni Executive Committee, Kirsten has been involved with Collingwood as a Class Representative and was a member of the Building Excellence Capital Campaign Committee.

Our sincere thanks to Shannon and Kirsten for their many years of service and dedication to the Alumni Association. Their experience, enthusiasm and commitment to the Alumni Association have greatly benefited the Alumni Association and the School, and they will be greatly missed at the Executive Committee meetings.
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We welcome Dan Sander to the Alumni Executive Committee

Dan Sander was a Collingwood student from 1991-1995, and attributes his success in life to the school. Dan has many fond memories of his time as a Collingwood student in the early 90's and especially enjoyed his time in the rugby program under Coaches Hatch and Speirs.  

Dan completed his undergraduate degree at UBC in 2001 and his MBA at SFU in 2010. He worked at CB Richard Ellis from 2002 to 2008 specializing in commercial property sales. Currently, Dan is President of Hollyburn Properties Ltd., a national apartment and commercial real estate company with operations in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Ottawa. Dan is a parent of a son in Collingwood, currently in Kindergarten. 
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The Class of 1990 25 Year Reunion is booked for May 30th, 2015
at the Beach House in West Vancouver.
Please save the date and spread the word to your fellow classmates!
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Hong Kong - March 2015
Meri Kimura will be going to Hong Kong in March 2015 and would like to host an event for all alumni on March 23rd. Please email if you are interested in attending an alumni gathering on that date. 
Toronto, ON - May 1, 2015
Headmaster Rodger Wright will be in Toronto on May 1st. He is keen to see alumni in the area, so please contact if you would like to attend a casual get-together on the evening of May 1st.
Please pass on this news to friends and classmates and contact Meri Kimura if you have any questions. She can also be reached at 604-925-3331 ext. 1182.
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Please Save the Date for our Alumni Summer Party, which we will be hosting on June 14th. In a dramatic difference from recent years, we will be hosting this event at the Wentworth Campus as a family-friendly, afternoon BBQ. Come join us for food, drinks, and games from 12 pm - 3 pm. Invites will be going out soon.
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Taisha Wayrynen '11 has been surrounded by art all her life. With an artistic mother, playtime for the Wayrynen children involved every type of artistic medium they could get their hands on. Taisha has been commissioned to produce large bodies of work for corporations and more recently helped develop the art gallery at the Hollyburn Country Club, alongside her mother, Lisa Wayrynen.

Currently completing her Bachelor degree in Psychology at Simon Fraser University, Taisha continues to work with Lisa in promoting art in Vancouver and
has taken on key communication roles for the development of Art!Vancouver, coming to Vancouver in May 2015.

Art!Vancouver will be the biggest Art for Sale trade show hosted in Vancouver. It is based on Art|Basel, the world's premier Modern and contemporary art shows held annually in Miami Beach, Hong Kong, and Basel, Switzerland. Taisha and Lisa have already got the backing of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Tourism, DeSerres Art stores, Emily Carr Institute, and many more arts organizations. The show runs from May 21st to 24th and has an impressive list of speakers presenting as well. There are also opportunities for Collingwood students and alumni to participate in this show. For more information, click on the logo below or go to
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Eric Burrough '05 was born and raised in North Vancouver. He started his professional career with Ballet BC and has worked with many companies throughout Europe, dancing his first leading role at the age of 21 as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake. Eric's career highlights to date include dancing the leading roles in
Apollo by George Balanchine,
Swan Lake, Giselle, The Nutcracker, La Bayadere, Le Conservatory, First flash by Jorma Elo, Oh Inverted World by Trey McIntyre and The Rite of Spring by Edward Clug.

Eric has also performed in countless Gala concerts throughout Austria, Italy, the United Kingdom, Croatia, Estonia, Slovenia and Georgia and has appeared in televised productions. In 2013 Eric and his partner, Nini Samadashvili, won the Grand Prix prize, first place in classical pas de deux and First place in Modern at the Riga Spring International Competition. Since returning to Canada, Eric has taught at a number of dance schools including Pacific Dance Arts and Vancouver Junior Professional Division.
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Andrew Overholt '12 is currently in his third year in the Mining Engineering program at the University of Alberta. In his first year, Andrew was awarded the Alberta Chamber of Commerce Scholarship in Mining Engineering. Andrew just completed an eight month Co-Op term with Syncrude in Fort McMurray, Alberta where he gained invaluable work experience in the Oil Sands, including training on the world's largest mining trucks. Andrew hopes that his next Co - Op term will be at one of the BC mines so he can spend more time with his family and friends in West Vancouver. 
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Wendy W Fok, '00 has recently been invited to present her architectural design and doctoral research, at SXSW (South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival) and at the annual conference of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia. Her new public benefits corporation venture (Resilient Modular Systems) has also been an official selection of the SXSW Eco "Place by Design" competition 2014 and SXSW Interactive Sustainable Technologies Award 2015, and was the recipient of the 2nd place seed funded by Harvard Design Challenge 2014, 1 of 5 Editor's Choice Awards at the World Maker Faire in New York, and finalist of the Social Enterprise Challenge.

Wendy is currently completing her Doctor of Design at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, and previously completed her Master of Architecture and Urban Policy Planning at Princeton's School of Architecture and Woodrow Wilson School, and a Bachelor of Arts at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the Creative Director of her own creative agency, WE-DESIGNS, LLC.
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Congratulations to Ali Beres '14 for a gold medal win! The Western University's Women's Hockey Team, the Western Mustangs, wins their first OUA (Ontario University Athletics) Women's Championship in program history!
Not as much news as you expected? Then please keep us updated! Email photos, news, and other interesting tidbits to I would love to hear from you!
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Alumni Coordinator

70 Morven Drive, West Vancouver, B.C. V7S 1B2

604-925-3331 ext 1182

AlumNotes is published by the Collingwood School Alumni Association
70 Morven Drive  West Vancouver BC  V7S 1B2

Editor:  Meri Kimura '05