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

Welcome to the final edition of 1898 for the 2018-2019 academic year. We hope that you have enjoyed reading about your classmates and other alumnae who are making a difference in their communities and coming together to reconnect with each other and the School. We also hope you will take the time to put the dates of upcoming alumnae events in your calendar!

This edition also marks the final message from Dr. Patricia Dawson as Head of School. She will be moving on from Crofton House School in July and we wish to take this opportunity to thank her for the 19 years of dedication to the school and the hundreds of girls who have graduated and become alumnae during her tenure – thank you Pat!

The following is an excerpt from Pat Dawson’s address to this year’s graduating class:

In my 19 years as Head of Crofton House School I have had the privilege of watching more than 1500 girls walk across the stage at Chan Centre. Every class has been amazing, each with its own personality – and this class is no exception.

This is the first class to include 31 girls out of the 36 who came to Crofton House School in Grade 1 and blossomed under the watchful eye and tutelage of Mrs. Hutchison – our great storyteller. They are also the class who welcomed 66 new girls over the intervening years and who have made unity their mantra.

Graduating classes at Crofton House often choose a name for themselves – and this years’ class chose L19tning McQueen from the children’s movie Cars. For those unfamiliar with Cars, it is an animated film where the world is populated with talking cars and other vehicles, each with its own distinct character.

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We hope you had the chance to read about the lives of our 3 award winners this year: Ann Farris ’55 (Lifetime Achievement Award) Jennifer Johnstone ’78 (Distinguished Alumnae Award) and Emily Ma ’99 (Junior Achievement Award). We couldn’t be more proud of their inspiring achievements!

Now is the time to start thinking about nominations for next year. If you know of an alumna who has inspired you for her personal, professional or community accomplishments, please submit a nomination form!

Winter Bazaar Jam Making Events
Food Sciences Lab, Crofton House School

  • Wednesday, June 26, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 16, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 27, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Crofton House Alumnae Association invites you to join fellow alumnae for a jam making event. The jam will be sold at the Crofton House Winter Bazaar. All proceeds are donated to KidSafe.


Whole Girl, Whole World Speaker - Dr. Lisa Damour
Manrell Hall, Crofton House School

On September 26, 2019, Dr. Lisa Damour, renowned psychologist, author, columnist, teacher and expert on child development, will return to Crofton House to discuss her latest best-selling book: Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls. Purchase tickets »

Crofton Connect is our new alumnae platform to help you stay connected with classmates and the School.

Congratulations and Welcome Class of 2019!

The Class of 2019 ‘L19htning McQueen” have now graduated and are our newest members of the Alumnae Association.

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 Bryn Hyndman ’96 who spoke about creating their own identity as they move forward in life. She gave the graduates a valuable piece of advice:

“Honour yourself. If you try to be someone else you’ll only get a hybrid of what you could be. You might be good at being someone else but you should be great at being you.”

As you read in Pat Dawson’s message this class had a clear sense of identity for their final year at CHS, choosing their theme from the Pixar movie “Cars” which messages acceptance and pursuing your passion. We are delighted to welcome these new graduates as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.

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Thank you to all of the alumnae who have generously supported this year’s Annual Fund. The end of June will mark the end of this year’s campaign – if you haven’t yet supported this important initiative I would ask you to consider doing so. The funds raised through the Annual Fund help support the Bursary Program (providing much needed financial assistance to families) and the General Fund.

No donation is too small – every gift makes a difference. Please make your gift today!

Fresh new items are arriving daily at the uniform shop!

Just in time for your summer beverages – this stainless steel insulated cup is good for the environment and keeps all your summer beverages nice and cold – perfect for your summer trips!

Bringing back school spirit with the varsity scarf! The perfect way to support the Falcons whether on the sideline, in the bleachers or in the classroom (Senior School only!) A must-have for the fall.

For the Uniforms Shop summer hours, please check the website.

Inspiring girls to discover and pursue their personal excellence.

2019 Annual CHS Golf Classic

This year’s CHS Golf Classic was another successful day! With a full slate of golfers and a robust evening crowd, the event raised over $170,000 towards the Golf Classic’s $1 million pledge in support of the Strategic Bursary Program. Alumnae highlights from the event were many including:
Best all round Women’s Team - Jennifer (Connell) Fotheringham ’84, Gillian (Will) Reynolds ’90, Monique Badun ’84, Patricia Lee ‘91

Alumnae Closest to the Pin – Jillian Bryan ‘87

While not awarded best dressed we want to give a shout out to the alumnae team of Jennifer (Connell) Fotheringham ’84, Gillian (Will) Reynolds ’90, Monique Badun ’84, Patricia Lee, '91 for their uncanny likeness to Dr. Pat Dawson from the 2019 Gala – well done ladies!

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 2004,1999 and 2009!

Congratulation to Cynthia Lo ’18

The Crofton House School Alumnae Award for Scholastic Achievement is awarded to the student with the highest academic standing over her last four years in high school. This year Cynthia Lo ‘18 was awarded the prize. She returned to campus this Spring to receive her award after finishing her first year exams at John Hopkins University.







This coming year we will be celebrating the reunion years ending in 5 and 0, eg. 1985 or 2000. We are more than happy to help in your reunion planning and delighted to welcome all classes back to campus! For more information, please contact Lydia (McNeill) Vandenberg ’85 at

New York State of Mind

The New York alumnae were at it again - having their annual brunch! Kristina Louey ‘87 and Stephanie Jung ’08 wrote about the event – “ This is a smaller than usual group for us, but it actually resulted in a lovely brunch.  We were all able to really chat and catch up. One of our goals is to create ongoing authentic connections among alumnae and this brunch really highlighted that.  Each of the attendees had attended previous years' events and we were able to build on that to have a great conversation among all of us together.  Our discussion was so wonderful that we completely forgot to take a group photo!”

Appreciating our Heritage

This year we were delighted to be a part of the 17th Annual Heritage House Tour put on by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation. The Old Residence welcomed over 900 visitors who were able to view the Heritage Dining Room and other elements of the house. The most popular item was, of course, the beautiful craftsmanship on the plaster-decorating ceiling in the dining room created by artist/sculptor Charles Marega.


Kathleen Joan (Basted) Hind-Smith ’47 - August 2, 1929 – June 7, 2019

Journalist, critic, writer. Joan was born in Trail, British Columbia to her father Merrifield, a well-known surgeon and her mother Orriel. Survived by her children Stephanie, Jennifer Marks, David, 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild, and her brother Dr. Robert Baird.

Joan spent idyllic childhood summers on the family’s property on the Columbia River among forests, mountains, beaches, and water. She graduated from Crofton House School in Vancouver in 1947 and from the University of British Columbia in 1951. In the same year, Joan, always interested in theatre completed her A.R.C.T. in speech and drama. After a short period as a reporter for the Vancouver Sun, Joan moved to Toronto lured by the prospects of the newly created CBC Television. In Toronto she wrote television news and interviewed on air.

In 1953 Joan moved to Winnipeg where she was a general reporter with the Winnipeg Tribune and a freelance reporter for western newspapers and for the CBC. Joan married Michael Hind-Smith in 1953. In 1955 Joan moved to Ottawa where she wrote film scripts for Crawley Films. With the birth of Stephanie in 1958 she wrote freelance film scripts and formed a research company called DataFind. After moving to Port Credit and then Toronto, Jennifer and David were born. 

In 1969 Joan moved to York Mills with her three children and wrote the book Three Voices: the Lives of Margaret Lawrence, Gabrielle Roy, and Frederick Philip Grove published in 1975.

Following the publication of Three Voices Joan continued to participate in the publishing industry as a writer and publicist.

In 1994 she retired from the University of Toronto Press and continued to live an active life in Toronto.

A service of remembrance will be held in July.


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