To celebrate “50 Years Later”, exciting plans
are in the works to hold a Class of ’69 reunion this coming October. At this point the exact timing
and location of the event is TBD although the tentative plan is to hold a
dinner event at a Toronto venue and include a visit to the new school.
To make sure you don’t miss out, watch the
NTCI Foundation website for more information and/or contact any of the
The NTAC Is Thrilled To Announce A New Event For Spring 2019!
Alumni of any and all ages are encouraged to join us for the first ever NTAC Spikeball Tournament on Saturday, May 25th, 2019.In the spirit of what the NTAC is all about “Sports”, we’re created a fun and energetic way to get involved, gather your ol’ team mates, have some fun and share some friendly sportsmanship in the popular sport of Spikeball!
Registration is open to teams of two, who will compete for some fun prizes and most importantly have a super time with friends at NT, sharing the spirit and comradely of sport at North Toronto.
Are you an artist, writer,
musician or inventor? Have you established your own business specializing in a
unique product or service? If so, we would love to hear from YOU!
To further support NT alumni and share the many different career paths NT grads take, the Foundation is initiating a new feature highlighting entrepreneurial alumni. If you have started a venture that you would like to share with fellow alumni, please send a note to email@example.com. We will get in touch with you and do a short Q&A to post on the website along with a brief bio, photo, and your business contact information.
Our first featured entrepreneur is Bernice Lum (‘82)
Bernice Lum (’82): An NT Entrepreneur
After graduating from North Toronto, Bernice studied graphic design at
Sheridan College. Following her graduation from Sheridan, she freelanced at
several Toronto design companies as well as CityTV. In 1988, she relocated to London,
England where she continued to freelance for design consultants. With more
design work being done by computer, Bernice decided to do the other thing she
loved to do…draw! In recent years, her career as an illustrator has taken her
in many directions. She has published over 50 books and has clients in North
America and abroad. In addition to illustration, her unique “bowling pin”
characters are adding to her success story. Foundation vice-chair Lisa Cain
recently spoke to Bernice about her creations.
You have a great body of work behind you but most recently you have been having great success with your bowling pins. Tell us a little bit about how that started?
The shape of the bowling pins emulate the human form in a fun caricature
way so I decided to use the pins as my diary of sorts. The inspiration to
use bowling pins came from the story of when my oldest brother, Charles, was
born. On that day, my mother was at Women’s College Hospital and on that
very same day, my father had a Bowling Tournament Final, so he went to play
while my mother was at the hospital. When Charles was born, the hospital
called the bowling alley to tell my dad the news and celebratory cigars were
bought for everyone at the bowling alley. The idea to work with the pins
was to pay homage to my brother who passed away seven years ago and my father
who passed away just three years ago.
Your bowling pins were featured at PULSE Contemporary Art Fair in Miami
in December. Congratulations on a SOLD OUT show. How has this new notoriety
changed your life?
Thank you and it was so very unexpected to have all the pins sell
out. As for the notoriety… I wouldn’t say there has been notoriety, but
I will say that it has definitely helped my trajectory, my confidence and [provided]
a lovely confirmation that the work I am doing is connecting with people.
the Foundation was contacted by a 2018 NT grad seeking a summer internship opportunity
(May to August). She is currently completing her first year at the University
of Western Ontario in engineering and is specializing in mechatronics, which is
a combination of software, mechanical and electrical engineering. She stated
that she would be content to be involved with something directly related to her
field of study or in any professional workforce that would help her gain
experience and diversify her skills. If you are able to provide such an
opportunity or know of someone who could, please contact Foundation chair Ron
he will put you in contact with this very promising grad.
At the Foundation’s last meeting, the receipt of the above request sparked a
discussion of how the Foundation might be a platform for connecting established
alumni with current students/recent grads. If you are interested in providing
mentorship, internship or other career enhancing opportunities to other alumni,
please contact Ron Wakelin at the above address.
note: For the past number of years, the NTCI Foundation’s archivist, Nancy
Baines, has been working on a labour of love – the cataloguing and digitizing
of the University Scholarship Winners’ photographs. In the following article,
Nancy shares this journey.
attended NT any time prior to the 1990s, you will probably remember the rows of
scholarship photos that lined the main wall of the foyer. Discretely framed,
with five faces to a frame, these photos of former NT university scholarship winners,
displayed our bragging rights to academic excellence from 1919 to 1986 when
this practice was discontinued. Sometime in the 1990s, these photos were taken
down and carelessly stored anywhere that space could be found for them. Some
were piled in the back of the auditorium under the stairs, others in the former
“kitchen-cum- archives room” in the basement and still others were placed in
the boiler room and caretakers’ room. There they languished until it was
decided to build the new school.
took over the care of the archives, I did not realize that the photos were so
unloved. But eventually, realizing that something had to be done to preserve
them, I appealed to the TDSB’s conservationist for advice on how to take better
care of them. Needless to say, 348 framed photographs took up too much space to
properly store them in their frames. So, several months before the big move, I
had the caretakers comb the school to locate all the photos. Then I removed
them from their frames, carefully noting the information about them. Fortunately,
I also had a typed list that a former secretary had kept of the winners. After
destroying the frames, I got some pleasure in smashing the glass to little
pieces, wrapping it and putting the whole mess out for the garbage. But no more
could be done until well after the move. Then I took on the chore of scanning
the photos and placing the pictures themselves into binders, recording each
name and scholarships won. All this has been done to the best of my ability and
now four large binders are available for anyone who would like to see them. We
also have a USB key with the scanned photos.
much to my dismay, some of the framed photos never resurfaced when we went
looking for them in 2010. The following
photos / scholarship information are missing:
1964: Susan Lederman, Douglas Long, Warren Milne, Glen Patterson, Peteris Zvilna
1965: Francis Aboud, Jacqueline Constam, Georg Gunther, Lorraine Koffman, Sheldon Larry
1969: Wendy Wayling (although listed as having no photograph)
1971: Paul Eprille, Ingid Jarvis, Jan Shapiro, Dianne Short, Martin Snelgrove, Marilyn Thomson
1981: Peter Chan, Helen Ferrigan, Stephen Ko, Christopher McLeod, Paul Quinn
1982: Michael Armstrong, Peter Wan
1983: Jill MacDonald
scanned and enlarged the yearbook photos for the students listed above. They
are fuzzy but better than nothing. If anyone has information about the
scholarships these alumni won and/or a copy of their scholarship photos, I
would appreciate hearing from you. Please contact me at:
North Toronto Foundation is pleased to announce that we are launching a
new monthly giving program for Alumni. Aptly called The Norse Club, the
give fellow Alumni the opportunity to donate a monthly financial
will help the Foundation continue their mandate of
supporting current students at NT through the provision of
scholarships and grants. Norse Club members will also receive exclusive
donor benefits—stay tuned for more information!
Each fall and spring for the past few years, the NTCI
Foundation has held a “Dragons’ Den” where current student groups present their
requests for funding. This event allows for a direct connection between alumni
and current students, ensuring that the Foundation is supporting the proposals
that contribute to a vibrant experience for all NT students. This year, the 2019
spring edition of the Foundation Dragons’ Den was a spirited affair with several
groups important to NT student life, Graffiti
and PALS, stepping up to make their respective cases.
With the current Graffiti
editorial computer now 10 years old, the newspaper’s energetic business team
made a compelling presentation about the need for a replacement. Their argument
was strong and full funding was allocated. The grant will allow the editorial
team to continue the tradition of producing an award-winning student newspaper
for their fellow NT students.
The Peer Assistance Leaders, or PALs as they are known
in the school, were the second group to make their funding appeal to the
Foundation Dragons. The organization of 131 members, which helps transition
Grade 9 students to high school life, was looking for financial support for a
variety of initiatives. These included mentorship workshops, holding pizza
“breaking-the-ice” lunches with the Grade 9s and buying additional vests/t-shirts
to identify members of PALS as approachable and friendly faces to whom young
students can reach out to. The PALS reps made a convincing case and secured their
requested financial support, thus ensuring that the students in the 2019/20
NTCI Grade 9 class will be welcomed and supported.
To show your “graditude” to NT and support student
groups of today, please donate to the NTCI Foundation: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/north-toronto-collegiate-institute-foundation/.
On December 4, 2018, Canada lost a noted
visionary and philanthropist, Ralph Halbert. Born in Toronto in 1930, Ralph
graduated from NTCI in 1948 having been both a strong student and athlete. He
went on to attend the University of Toronto, graduating in 1954 with a degree
in dentistry, and continued his studies at the University of Chicago in
Illinois, specializing in orthodontics. He practiced in Toronto for about ten
years but gradually reduced his practice to focus on real estate developments. He
and his partners established Glen Corporation, which developed residential
communities, business parks and commercial developments throughout the GTA,
including Bayview Hill in Richmond Hill and, in conjunction with Cadillac
Fairview, the Promenade shopping centre in Vaughan.
With the success
of his business dealings, Dr. Halbert began to giveback, as he made sizable
contributions to educational and innovation programs in Canada and Israel.
Deeply committed to the value of higher education, he believed in the importance
of innovation and how that could be achieved
through collaboration between universities across national boundaries.
According to Janice Stein, founding director of the Munk School of Global
Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto, “It has taken the world
25 years to catch up with Ralph Halbert’s vision… His great achievement was to
bring together networks of scholars.”
Ralph was a board member of Fulbright
Canada, an educational exchange between Canada and the U.S. but was best known
for his work fostering connections between Canada and Israel. In 1977, as the President of the Canadian Friends of
the Hebrew University, Ralph and his wife Rosyln established the Programme of
Canadian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Renamed The Halbert
Centre for Canadian Studies in 1995, the centre “fosters
research and promotes the understanding and knowledge of Canadian civilization
in all its aspects among Israeli academics and the public at large.” (Dr.
Halbert discussed his work with the Centre for Canadian Studies in an interview
posted on YouTube, http://www.cfhu.org/video/the-halbert-centre-for-canadian-studies-at-the-hebrew-university-of-jerusalem-building-bridges).
At the University of Toronto’s Munk School, Dr. Halbert
sponsored the Halbert Exchange Program, promoting collaborative research
between the University of Toronto and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
through the Halbert Network Fellowship for young faculty, the Halbert
Postdoctoral Fellowship and the Exchange Program for graduate students. He and
his wife also supported scholars through the Roz and Ralph Halbert Professorship
of Innovation at the Munk School’s Innovation Policy Lab.
In 2012, Ralph Halbert demonstrated his support of Jewish
Studies by establishing the Ralph & Roslyn Halbert Fund for the Centre for
Jewish Studies to support the exchange of ideas in the areas of classical
Judaism, Jewish thought and philosophy, Jewish history and modern Jewish
culture. However, his philanthropy was not confined to areas of scholarship as he was a co-founder of Ramat Hasharon Israel Tennis Centre in Israel
that encouraged both Israeli and Arab children to learn respect for one another
through playing tennis.
Canada, Dr. Halbert was one of the early backers of the Canadian Open tennis
tournament (now known as the Rogers Cup) at York University. He and his wife
were also supportive of filmmaking and were early financial supporters of the
Festival of Festivals (now known as the Toronto International Film Festival). Also
interested in the visual arts, the Halberts were both benefactors of the Art
Gallery of Ontario as well as the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa.
Ralph lived a rich and full life for 88 years and leaves behind an
everlasting legacy as an exemplary family man and philanthropist who truly made
In an effort to “Connect the Past with the Present to Build Towards the Future” in
support of North Toronto Athletics, an event is being held on April 25th 2019
at Safari Bar and Grill to connect alumni, staff and current NT parents. The
event promises great food, good friends, celebrity alumni and a Silent Auction as
well as a memorable gift for every ticket holder!
Help us maintain and further the legacy of
sports success stories at North Toronto–tickets are only $30.00. Get your
ticket and you too can be part of the action!
A Toronto City
Councillor for Ward 10 (Spadina-Fort York) since 2014, NT alumnus Joe Cressy was
re-elected in the 2018 municipal election by one of the widest victory margins
of any Councillor in the city. Although he is one of the youngest City
Councillors, he has already held various appointments, including to the Toronto
Board of Health, the Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board of Directors,
the Sub-committee on Climate Change and Adaptation, and the Parks and
Environment Committee, as well as being Toronto’s Youth Equity Advocate.
The son of former
Toronto City Councillors, Gordon Cressy and Joanne Campbell, Joe was born and raised in downtown Toronto as part of
a family whose defining values focussed on community building and public
service – values that continue to drive and define him. NT Foundation board member
Lisa Cain recently asked Joe about his time at NTCI.
As with so many others, my years at NT were a formative experience. As I think back on them a flood of memories return. Teachers, who were more like mentors, like Ms McConnachie and Ms Whelan, who instilled an interest in politics and social justice in me. Years of playing football, rugby and soccer with wonderful coaches like Mr Smith taught me the importance of teamwork. I remember the moments of student activism where I joined with fellow students to host forums and demonstrations against the war in Iraq. We were kids at North Toronto, but even then we believed we could change the world for the better. I grew-up at North Toronto. As with every teenager, it was a time of personal discovery, and not without its challenge. But as I think back, I can’t express how grateful I am to North Toronto (the teachers, coaches, students and administrators) for setting me on the path that I continue to walk down today.