CHS: Inspiring girls to discover and pursue their personal exellence.

Welcome to our final edition of 1898 Alumnae Newsletter for the 2017–2018 school year. As we celebrate the beginning of summer, we also welcome 101 new alumnae – the Class of ‘18 Triple O! We would like to share the Head of School's speech made to the newest members of CHS Alumnae Association upon their graduation.

Good afternoon.

Over the next two hours you will hear about the accomplishments of each of these remarkable young women who make up the class known as “Triple 0” – not because of any connection to White Spot’s special triple O sauce - but because they were born in the year 2000 – the very year I had the privilege and honour of becoming head of this great school.

These girls have the good fortune to be educated at a time when many – if not most – girls in our world do not have the privilege of going to school.

I am very proud to live in a country where just this past week, the Canadian government announced at the G7 summit in Quebec that it has raised more than $3.8 B in an effort with other countries to send the world’s poorest girls to school.
To quote our Prime Minister, “Investing in girls’ education is not just the right thing to do. It’s the smart thing to do. Given the chance, we know that women and girls will drive positive change, and help build better lives for themselves, their families, their communities, and, in turn, the world."

Class of 2018, my hope is that as you go out through our ivy gates as the leaders and change makers we know you to be that you do all that you can to ensure every girl, regardless of how rich or poor, or what country she is born in, will have schools with great teachers that will open its doors to her.

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Jam Making has begun! Alumnae have already been busy making jam for the 2018 Crofton House School Winter Bazaar.  Please join us on any of the following dates to connect with old friends, meet some new ones and make some jam.  A light meal and beverages will be provided.

  • Tuesday, July 17 from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 22 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

To attend, please RSVP to

Whole Girl, Whole World Speaker Series – On September 27, Crofton House School and the CHS Parents' Auxiliary are pleased to welcome Jessica Lahey, teacher, New York Times columnist and best-selling author of The Gift of Failure. Jessica will speak to alumnae, parents, and educators about how letting children fail can be the key to their success. Lois Rowe, Deputy Head and Director of the Senior School, has written a review titled "In Gratitude for Gift of Failure" Read the review »

Tickets are available to alumnae for $20 and can be purchased online.

For more details about upcoming events, visit the alumnae events page »

Aubin Stewart – 40 years of life at CHS

Most alumnae have vivid memories of their best and worst moments when sewing or cooking - a hem that went wrong or a soufflé that never reached its full potential! Many of those memories happened right here at Crofton House School under the watchful eye of Aubin Stewart.

This summer Aubin will bid Crofton House farewell after 40 years of service to the school community: 35 years of sharing her passion for cooking and sewing with students and five years as an integral part of the Senior School management team.

We sat down with Aubin to capture a few final thoughts (and her most popular recipe from Home Ec) before she walks out through the gates and beyond the ivy walls to her next adventure.

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Congratulations and Welcome Class of 2018!

The Class of 2018 ‘Triple O’ (hint: they were all born in the year 2000) has now graduated and are our newest members of the Alumnae Association.  We are delighted to welcome these 101 graduates as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. 

One of the first events for their grad season was the annual Mother/Daughter Tea – Be Inspired!  Jointly hosted by the Alumnae Association and the school the event welcomed alumna Lindsey Taylor ’93 to speak with the girls and mothers about the roads that lay ahead.

Lindsey stressed that no matter what path you take it is important to stay connected.  Over her career, she has reaped the benefits of being mentored and in mentoring others. “There is so much to gain in each role – giving each other a helping hand or being able to open a door for someone else.  Life is a journey – it’s easier when we hold hands.”

Most of these 101 graduates will be heading to post-secondary institutions in Canada, the United States and Europe. Others have decided on a gap year and will be working, traveling and exploring destinations like France and India. Curious where our recent grads will be studying next year? Check out the list of universities.

Inspiring girls to discover and pursue their personal excellence.

Inspiration through Life Stories

The Lunch and Learn Program welcomes alumnae back to campus to speak with girls in Grades 11 & 12 about their careers and education path.

Maya Lange ’93 Vice President Global Marketing,
Destination BC
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Jennifer Chow ’01 Director of Sales for Global Business Development, American Museum of Natural History Read interview »

If you are interested in being a ‘Lunch and Learn’ speaker, please contact Lydia (McNeill) Vandenberg ’85, Assistant Director Advancement at

Alumnae Achievement Award News

This past March we had the opportunity to recognize and honour the work of two amazing alumnae – Ann Mortifee ’65 received the Lifetime Achievement Award and Isabel Chen ’06 received the Junior Alumnae Achievement Award. The Alumnae Association is pleased to announce the creation of a third category, giving us the opportunity to recognize alumnae at all stages of life.

The Distinguished Alumnae Award recognizes an Alumna or Old Girl for her outstanding achievement in a particular field or industry, for her role in advancing women in leadership in society and/or the workplace and has proven to be an exceptional role model for women.

Nominations for all awards can be brought forward by anyone in the Crofton House community for consideration. Nominations are due November 1.

Read more about the Alumnae Achievement Award Program »

This year’s CHS Golf Classic was another successful day! With a full slate of golfers and a robust evening crowd, the event raised $226,437 towards the Golf Classic’s $1 million pledge in support of the new Strategic Bursary Program. Alumnae highlights from the event were many, including:

Best all round Women’s Team - Debbie Phippen ’71, Sue (Phillips) Biddle ’72 and Donna (Lloyd) Wyman ’69

Longest Drive - Nancy Moore ’74

Alumnae Closest to the Pin – Debbie Phippen ‘71

Best Dressed Team (for the 3rd time) - Jennifer (Connell) Fotheringham ’84, Gillian (Will) Reynolds ’90, Monique Badun ’84, Patricia Lee, 91

A CHS Tradition in New York City

Each year, the NYC CHS Alumnae Chapter holds a brunch bringing together alumnae from a wide range of grad classes. What they all have in common are fond memories of a campus, an experience and friendships that last a lifetime. Special thanks to Kristina Louey ‘87 and Stephanie Jung ’08 who have been the dedicated coordinators of this chapter for many years.

For more information on our Alumnae Chapters, please contact Lydia (McNeill) Vandenberg ’85 at





Reunions Back on Campus

We are always delighted to welcome reunion groups back to campus. This year saw over 10 groups returning to reconnect with the school and each other. Highlights from this past term include reunions from 1973, 1988, 1993 and 1998!

Upcoming Reunion Planning

This coming year we will be celebrating the reunion years ending in 4 and 9 eg. 1984 or 1999. We are more than happy to help in your reunion planning and delighted to welcome all classes back to campus! For more information about planning or attending a reunion, please contact Lydia (McNeill) Vandenberg ’85 at

Walk In her Shoes – Thank You!

A special thank you to all the alumnae who supported Walk in Her Shoes by either donating or walking!  We were notified by CARE Canada, organizers of Walk In Her Shoes, that Crofton House School was the top fundraising team for all of Canada raising over $8,000 which goes directly to improving nutrition of women and children in Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique!

Congratulations all and thanks for your support!

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