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

Welcome to our second edition of 1898 for the 2018 – 2019 academic year. We hope you all enjoyed your holiday break surrounded with family and friends. This past December saw many alumnae getting together to celebrate the season and each other! We hope that you enjoy this edition of 1898 as we reminisce about events past and anticipate those to come!

Dear Alumnae,

We are delighted to announce this year’s Alumnae Achievement Award recipients. Our Awards committee worked hard in reviewing all the nominations and are pleased that awards are able to be presented in all three categories: Lifetime Achievement, Distinguished Alumnae, and Young Alumnae.

The Alumnae Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an alumna in recognition of her outstanding dedication and accomplishment toward her life’s work. The Crofton House School Alumnae Association is pleased to award Ann Farris ’55 the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award for her lifetime contributions to program development in the performing arts.

After graduating from Crofton House in 1955, Ann received her BFA from UBC and MFA at the Yale School of Drama. In 1963, Ann began her long career in the management and program development of the performing arts, as consultant, director and producer to a number of theatres, operas and national arts organizations across the United States. For Expo 86, Ann returned to Vancouver as producer of Expo’s World Festival, developing the 6-month international entertainment program of dance, theatre and music. Ann then returned to the US as a consultant in organizational management and later as a recruitment manager. Since 2009, Ann has volunteered as an archive associate for the San Francisco Opera. Ann has also been involved with Discover Dyslexia, sharing her personal story and struggles of being an adult with dyslexia.

The Distinguished Alumnae Achievement Award is presented to an alumna in recognition of her achievement in a particular field or industry. The Crofton House School Alumnae Association is pleased to award Jennifer Johnstone ’78 the 2019 Distinguished Achievement Award for her dedication and accomplishments in non-profit management and community resource development.

Following Jennifer’s graduation from Crofton House in 1978, Jennifer received her BA from Queen’s University and pursued graduate studies at the Institute of Soviet and East European Studies and in Women’s Studies at Carleton University. Since the late 1980s Jennifer has developed an extensive career in non-profit management and community resource development, holding key leadership positions with organizations such as the Vancity Community Foundation, Battered Women’s Support Services and Ballet British Columbia. For over the past decade, Jennifer has held the position of President & CEO with Central City Foundation, an organization which invests its core capital in social purpose real estate, creating lasting change for inner-city communities. Jennifer remains passionately committed to social justice and community investment and volunteers in many capacities with various organizations at local, provincial and national levels.

The Alumnae Junior Achievement Award is presented to a young alum, under 40 years of age, in recognition of her accomplishments in making a difference in the lives of others. The Alumnae Association is pleased to award Emily Ma ’99 the 2019 Junior Achievement Award for her outstanding accomplishments in science, technology and engineering.

After graduating from Crofton House in 1999, Emily attended Stanford University where she received her Bachelor and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Emily started her career as a mechanical engineer and roboticist. Emily returned to Stanford to pursue her MBA to bridge the language of design and business and has since taught at Stanford’s business school, engineering school and “” Currently Emily is a lead at X, formerly Google [x], a stealth group focused on developing high-impact technologies that have the potential to massively improve hundreds of millions of lives. She has helped develop multiple early stage programs which have involved revolutionary technologies and she currently heads a portfolio of investigations aimed at drastically reducing waste in the global food system.

We hope you will join your fellow alumnae in celebrating these three amazing women at the 121st School Birthday celebrations on Friday March 8.  RSVP for the birthday celebration.

Jennifer (Connell) Fotheringham ‘84
President, CHS Alumnae Association


Crofton House School’s 121st Birthday!

Join us on campus for our birthday celebration on March 8 including the School Birthday assembly and birthday lunch. The Alumnae Association Annual General Meeting will also be held that day.

For more information, please visit the school website.

Daphne Meredith ’74 - Trip to Malawi with CARE Canada

Last summer, a group of six women, including Crofton House School Board member Nancy Gallini, alumna Maria Chung ’75 and myself travelled to villages in Malawi to see CARE Canada at work. All of our travelling party had donated time and funds to support CARE’s work to transform the lives of women and girls in one of the poorest, least-educated countries in the world. CHS is a strong supporter of CARE Canada through its participation in CARE’s Walk in Her Shoes. During this March event CHS students and alumnae walk 10,000 steps along Vancouver’s sea wall in celebration of International Women’s Day.

It was the trip of a lifetime.

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Last year Crofton House School launched the Annual Fund in support of a new bursary program and of the school’s General Fund.  Many people know that the Bursary Fund is working to remove financial barriers to ensure that all exceptional girls applying to Grade 8 are given the opportunity to discover and pursue their personal excellence at Crofton House School.  But what is the General Fund?  The General Fund is monies that are set aside each year to deal with unexpected expenses within the school community, such as a new trombone for the school orchestra that may be unexpectedly required when the current one breaks, or the repainting of the Junior School gym after hundreds of hours of dodge ball had worn away the paint.

Both of these funds are vital to the continued support of all girls in the pursuit of excellence in education and providing each girl the opportunity to discover new passions and talents.

We hope that you will be inspired to help other young women reach their own personal goals through education just as you were able to.  At this time, we wanted to send a special thank you to all the alumnae who have already supported the Annual Fund.

If you would like to make a donation, please visit the Annual Fund page.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Lydia (McNeill) Vandenberg ’85 at

#IAmBazaar Success!

We are pleased to announce that this year’s Winter Bazaar raised $71,300!

Alumnae contributed to this total by making and selling over 450 jars of jam! All proceeds are donated to KidSafe, a local organization that provides essential services and programs to vulnerable children during school breaks.

More information on the terrific work being done by KidSafe.

Katie Levis ’19 – Volunteering to Make a Difference

Katie Levis ’19 has a clear vision of what she would like to do after she graduates. Starting with attending UBC in the fall with a view to eventually completing her Masters in Audiology and Speech Sciences, her vision for her future was shaped in large part by her extensive volunteer work.
As part of CHS graduation requirements, Katie started volunteering at Peekaboo Beans, a children’s clothing company. While there, she learned about Playground Builders, an organization that builds playgrounds for children in war-torn areas. Katie connected with the founder, Keith Reynolds, and worked with him to raise money to build two playgrounds in Afghanistan – one of which is the first playground for disabled children in the country and the other is at an all girls’ school. Through her fundraising efforts, Katie was able to donate $1,800, which Playground Builders then matched.

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Inspiring girls to discover and pursue their personal excellence.

Tiffany So ’14 - Perseverance Pays Off 

When Tiffany graduated from Crofton House she knew she wanted to pursue a career in film and television. With perseverance, she is fulfilling that goal – living in Los Angeles and working as a writers’ production assistant on Mixtape, an upcoming TV series on Netflix. She is also the co-creator of Limited Space, an animated musical series.

While working in film and television was the ultimate goal, having missed the deadline for the School of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of California, LA, Tiffany first had to tackle switching from their Communications program to film. She spent her initial days at university knocking on doors trying to make that happen. Tiffany was first able to transfer to the Business Cinema program and then to the film school after two years.

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Tick one off the Bucket List

Congratulations to Joan (Lighthall) Dietrich ’85 for her successful run on Jeopardy! For all those alumnae who worked so hard on Reach for the Top this was a moment of validation. Now we all want to know what Alex Trebek is really like! #DorothyParker

Best of the Holiday Season

The 2018 Holiday Season saw a few changes and a new addition to our annual alumnae events. 

On December 22, 2018 we were pleased to host the return of our Young Alumnae Holiday Social at the Point Grey Golf and Country Club. Over 50 young alumnae came together to reconnect and celebrate the coming holiday festivities. The evening was very lively with the group spontaneously breaking out into singing the school song! Servabo Fidem!

Tradition is a large part of the CHS experience, and no tradition runs deeper than the Crofton House Carol Service although this year saw a small but successful change! For the first time in over two decades the Carol Service and the Seasonal Social saw a change in venue but this didn’t change the strong spirit of community that the alumnae always bring to these events. The school was pleased to host the Seasonal Social at Cecil Green House where alumnae spanning five decades came together to share coffee and conversation before moving over to UBC Chan Centre for the annual Carol Service.

See photos of this year’s Seasonal Social »







This coming year we will be celebrating the reunion years ending in 4 and 9 (e.g. 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 on our new reunion packages, please contact Lydia (McNeill) Vandenberg ’85 at

Class of 2008 – Back to a Completed Campus!

We were delighted to welcome back members of the class of 2008 to campus for a festive reunion! Over 15 classmates came together to enjoy some wine and cheese and a tour of the new campus. Seeing the campus was particularly meaningful as they were the first graduating class to have experienced a campus under construction.  Memories of classes in the portables were still fresh in their minds! A special thank you to Stephanie Han for all her help connecting with classmates.

Congratulations to Cindy Zhou ‘18

Congratulations to Cindy Zhou ’18 for receiving the Governor General’s Academic Medal. This award has recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada since 1873. It is awarded to students graduating with the highest average from high schools across Canada. This year, Cindy Zhou ’18 was the deserving recipient.  Cindy is now continuing her studies at UBC.


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