The Road - Alumnae Newsletter

April 2015 

Volunteer at the Nora McRae Public Speaking Tournament - Saturday, April 25
Contact Tracy Dalglish today!
  Express Yourself To Students!     
Judges Needed


Saturday, April 25 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Contact Tracy Dalglish.

Working in teams, judges will evaluate the performances of participants from independent and public schools over three rounds of public speaking. No experience is necessary and training will be provided to judges before the tournament begins.  


This competition was founded in honour of the late Nora McRae, a much-admired teacher in Branksome's English Department. It gives Ontario students the opportunity to practice the type of speeches that are used in national and international competitions.  

New this Year
An alum/student mentoring opportunity

The Branksome Business Review

A student-run online publication



The Branksome Businesss Review (BBR), caters to Branksome students who are interested in business.


Alumnae who have business experience are encouraged to write an article for the publication or be interviewed (phone, or in-person at Branksome) by a student on the editorial committee, all of whom are passionate about the world of business.


Articles may be on a number of topics: from specific undergrad and post-grad programs, to business ethics, to advice for young entrepreneurs, to timely topics related to women in business.


Interested? Please email Tanya Pimenoff and a member of The Branksome Business Review committee will contact you. 

  An Evening With Brigid Schulte       
You are invited... join community members from four Toronto girls' schools for an entertaining evening about finding time for family life, work and hobbies while living in a busy, interconnected world.

Award-winning author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time.  


Wednesday, April 29, 2015
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.


Athletics and Wellness Centre 

6 Elm Avenue, Toronto


This event is complimentary, but seats are limited. Click here to register

  Travels Abroad         
Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Andrea Stoeckl (top right), Director, Guidance and University Relations, enjoys dinner with alumnae studying at Dublin universities. From left, Sarah LOREE'04, Catherine TENNANT'07 and Lilli MAUER'06.

Hong Kong

Principal Karen Jurjevich catches up with, from left, Po Ping TSO Lo'73, Irene LO'86, Jong Lee and Sonia CHAN Lee'87, on March 13.
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  New York City Alumnae Reception       
A reception for alumnae and friends of Branksome.
Thursday, May 14, 2015 
6:00 - 8:30 p.m. 
The New York Yacht Club 
37 West 44th Street, New York 
  Doors Open - Volunteers Needed
Doors Open Toronto
May 23 and 24

Branksome will be participating in Doors Open Toronto, a city-wide event, on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24.



What Is Doors Open?

It's an exciting community event that showcases unique buildings that are not normally open to the public. The event is popular with all ages and attracts thousands of people who are interested in distinctive architecture and Toronto's history.


Branksome Hall has been invited to feature our award-winning Athletics and Wellness Centre. We will also highlight our many heritage buildings for the hundreds of visitors expected at Branksome.


Alumnae Volunteers Needed

We are seeking volunteer guides during four-hour shifts on the Saturday and/or Sunday. Training will be provided in early May. Volunteers will receive refreshments and our gratitude for sharing their pride in Branksome Hall!  


Click here to sign up as a volunteer. 

  Experience It to Believe It
More on the website

On Saturday, May 30, new and exciting changes will bring a real "wow" factor to the traditional
Reception and Dinner.  

On Sunday, May 31, the alumnae award presentations and student performances will inspire you!
A complimentary lunch follows - all alumnae and guests are welcome.

For information, please contact Tanya Pimenoff.
  Alumnae In The Spotlight      
Toronto the Great? 
Kendall ANDERSON'94, Acting Director and Communications Manager at Samara, talks politics at Toronto the Great, a panel discussion and young alum networking event held on February 24 at the Toronto offices of Fasken Martineau LLP. 
STEM - What's It All About?
On March 30, in assembly, Senior School students learned from two alumnae guest speakers how studies in science, technology, engineering and math can lead to fascinating studies and careers.

Lauren HANSEN-XUEREB'06 is a
registered nurse in the Cardiac Inpatient Ward at The Hospital for Sick Children.

STEM Spotlight: Phyliss Lee
Watch the video.


Phyliss LEE'06 is a software engineer at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, WA.  


Think Before You Drink
A Special Workshop for Grade 12


This February, Branksome hosted workshops for Grade 7 to 12 students entitled "The Drink Initiative: Understanding and Managing Your Risk." Three alumnae participated at the Grade 12 presentation, which addressed managing alcohol and preventing date rape in university settings.  From left, May Anh NGUYEN'12 (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Ireland), Branksome Social Worker Joelle Therriault, Ann DOWSETT Johnston'71 (Author, Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol), Deputy Principal Karrie Weinstock and Ariella MINDEN'11 (University of Toronto).