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Stories about NT graduates.

Class of 2013 Reunion!

What’s up, NT! 

Five years is a really long time and well, the truth is, we miss you! So we were thinking a reunion is in order. Let’s celebrate the fun (and super cringey) memories we made all those years ago.

All ’13 NT alumni and plus ones are welcome.

Tickets on sale now ($35-45) include the price of admission and two drink tickets.

Prices will go up, so make sure you get your ticket(s) soon!

Date: Saturday August 25th, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Location: 360 Geary Avenue
To Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ntci-class-of-13-reunion-5-years-later-tickets-45326306202

You’re welcome to contact Marcus Gottlieb, Rachel LooJill SmithRobert ZhangMegan AbbeySabina WexShane WrightNoam Hacker or email us at northtoronto13@gmail.com with any questions!

REIGNITE! An NT Athletics Fundraiser

Photos of the event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3606879832718391.1073742671.144748248931584&type=1&l=c3d747613c

  • May 17, 2018
  • 7:00 pm to 11:45 pm
  • Safari Bar & Grille (1749 Avenue Rd, Toronto)

Greetings Fellow NT Athletic Alumni!

A group of dedicated NT Alumni from the 70s, 80s and 90s, have been working with current and retired NT Staff to create the new “North Toronto Collegiate Athletic Parents Council” (referred to in an earlier article as “The North Toronto Athletics Committee”).

Committed to raising an awareness of NT’s athletic legacy and furthering the school’s winning traditions, the new council aims to “Connect the Past with the Present and Build Towards the Future” by providing financial support for equipment, uniforms, AV equipment, sports science and more. Why let the Music Department have all the Fun.

NTCI has an incredibly rich Sports History thanks in no small part to your contributions.

To Celebrate the Inaugural Friend-Raising Event we have invited Dr. Ron Taylor – affectionately referred to as “Dr. Baseball” to join us along with several other Notable NT Athletes as well as significant members of the Retired Coaching Staff will be in attendance.

Please grab a few old NT Friends and plan to attend this exciting event.

For more information and tickets: https://northtoronto.snapd.com/events/view/1138475

Elvino’s Trumpets

Regular readers of the Foundation news will recognize the name, Elvino Sauro (’52)—NT’s benefactor extraordinaire! His financial contributions include the Heritage, support for the “Memories Forever” concert (part of the 100th anniversary celebrations in 2012) and an endowment leading to the establishment of the Elvino Sauro Music Award, ensuring that deserving students in need continue to experience private lessons and other enhancements to their music education.

Elvino’s original trumpet, purchased in the 1940s and willed to NT

Although Elvino passed away on September 8, 2017, his spirit of giving back continues. A star trumpeter in his days at NT, he purchased his own instrument and took lessons, thanks to a loan from the school. Although he paid the loan back long before graduating, he made sure that the instrument “came home,” as he bequeathed this trumpet to NTCI’s Music Department in his will. The instrument, a good quality student model, is well travelled—note two faded travel stickers, one from Cunard Lines! There is even music inside the case that looks like marching band music! However, Elvino’s legacy doesn’t end here!

Nicolette and Dong performing on the trumpets donated to NT from Elvino’s estate

When NT’s 100th anniversary approached, Elvino decided he wanted to play again. So, at the age of 79, he bought two professional level trumpets, began practicing and performed in the band and orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall. In the spirit of Elvino’s generosity, his estate representatives donated these instruments to NTCI. Thanks to Elvino, students have the opportunity to play professional level instruments, not the kind usually found in a high school music room!

Elvino’s life was strongly shaped by his years at North Toronto CI and he has left a wonderful legacy that continues to inspire. Bravo, Elvino!

Remembering Gerald Dunlevie

Mr. Dunlevie was a gentleman through and through. He was always dressed in a dapper suit, often with a bow tie, and I imagine he looked very much the same as he did as a first-year teacher when my mother was at Oakwood Collegiate in his very first Grade 13 Latin class. Mr. Dunlevie wrote about their relationship in a letter to her on her 70th birthday, back in 2006:

My first association with Estelle, half a century ago in 1953–1954, was a curious kind of role reversal, played out in my first Grade 13 Latin class at Oakwood Collegiate Institute in Toronto.

I was a callow first-year teacher, while Estelle was a mature seventeen-year-old whose calming and steadying presence in the class helped me through the year. My students’ whole high school careers would be made or broken by their performance in the externally set and marked Departmental Examination, so it was unheard of for a neophyte to be entrusted with the responsibility of preparing them for it. The experience was a steep learning curve for a teacher and students, but Estelle’s support and encouragement played no small part in our success; they all passed, and Estelle got the mark in the 80s that she had so richly earned.

This letter is characteristic of Mr. Dunlevie’s humility and appreciation of his students. It was no doubt his hard work, and not my mother’s, that led to the success of every single one of his Grade 13 students that year.

Years later, when I entered Grade 9 at NTCI in the fall of 1983, I had no doubt that Mr. Dunlevie knew exactly who I was. He always had a smile for me, and a wise quotation to share. I always enjoyed talking with Mr. Dunlevie, as he was a font of knowledge and supremely respectful of his students—he talked to us as if we were all very important indeed. In Grade 11, I was lucky enough to go on a trip to Greece and Rome with Mr. Dunlevie and other members of the Classics Department. I remember sitting at a little restaurant in Athens as Mr. Dunlevie and Mr. Maitman took turns pouring retzina and ouzo into my glass. After all, Mr. Dunlevie did like a good glass of wine—and I was not much of a drinker. I believe he felt that part of my classics education should involve an appreciation of the Bacchic delights such as wine and other alcoholic pleasures.

In my final year of high school, I had the great honour of being Mr. Dunlevie’s final student. Once a week at lunch, I would go to Mr. Dunlevie’s office, and he would teach me ancient Greek. He clearly instilled a love of the subject in me, as I returned to it in university, where I completed a major in ancient Greek studies. Such was his impact on so many of his students.

Mr. Dunlevie and I “graduated” from NTCI in the same year—1988. Mr. Dunlevie retired, and I finished Grade 13. Both of us went on to study at the University of Toronto; I completed an Honours B.A., while Mr. Dunlevie engaged in a PhD in modern Italian. Once in a while, we would bump into each other on campus, and he would invariably invite me to join him for a refreshment at Hart House, where we would catch each other up on our lives and our studies. Mr. Dunlevie continued to include me and my mother in his life, inviting us to attend his graduation celebration and, most recently, his 88th birthday party, which we were both honoured to attend. 

In the above letter to my mother, Mr. Dunlevie, in characteristic Mr. Dunlevie fashion, quoted Louis Hémon’s heroine, Maria Chapdelaine, as saying she “knows the essential hierarchy of things that count.” We could just as easily say the same of Mr. Dunlevie. He was a man who valued the pursuit of knowledge, strong relationships, love, good food, fine drink, and music. The light he brought to the world will be sorely missed.

— Nancy Steinhauer (’88)

Janet Zuccarini (’84)

As foodies will attest, Janet Zuccarini has made quite a name for herself as a restaurateur. After graduating from NT, Janet moved to Italy, where she completed her undergrad before pursuing an MBA from Boston University in Rome. A trip to Toronto for a friend’s wedding led to an opportunity to go into the restaurant business and move back to TO. Trattoria Nervosa, which opened in 1996 in Yorkville, was the result. Today, Janet is the sole owner and visionary behind Gusto 54 Global Restaurant Group and is a Top Chef Canada resident judge. An article about Janet and her most recent restaurant, Felix Trattoria in Los Angeles, was recently featured in the Toronto Star (April 5, 2018). The restaurant—a favourite of L.A.’s celebrity set—has also been lauded as Esquire’s “#1 Best New Restaurant in America” and Eater LA’s “Restaurant of the Year.” Despite branching out, Janet still calls Toronto home. Her contemporary Rosedale home was featured in The Saturday Sun (April 14, 2018) in the “celebrity spaces” series.

A PIECE OF NT SPORTS HISTORY COMES HOME

Our archives now have a new piece of memorabilia. Bill Williams (’54) brought in the football used in the 1952 championship game between North Toronto and Riverdale. For the Norsemen, the football used in the 1952 Red Feathers Tournament.the game capped an undefeated season, which also included the Red Feathers Tournament, then the unofficial Ontario championship. The ball has been inscribed with the scores of all the games of that memorable season.

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Inscribed right on the football, the scores of the six games in the season.

Among the notable players on the team coached by Bob Coulter was Eric Nesterenko (’53), who couldn’t play the final games as he was playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team. He later played for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Another notable team member was Walt Radzick (’53), who went on to play in the CFL for Calgary, Toronto and Hamilton, winning rookie of the year and a Grey Cup. Jim Rowney (’53), who later came back to teach and coach at his alma mater, NTCI, also played on the 1952 championship team.

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The football used in the 1952 Red Feathers Tournament.

 

NT Athletics Committee: ROI (Return on Involvement)

It’s been 30 years, but I can still feel the excitement of running football-equipment-clad down the sloping aisle of the auditorium and jumping up onto the stage, as the entire faculty and student body roared out the school song. Today, I have two daughters at my alma mater. Lucky me!

That NT Spirit

While the bricks and mortar of the school have changed dramatically, one thing hasn’t changed: the spirit of the school—unmatched, I would argue, by any other school in the TDSB.  It’s such a great community to be involved in! Which has brought me to a deep appreciation for a different kind of ROI: Return on Involvement.

At Red and Grey Day 2017, the students, faculty, parents and alumni were treated to an athletics spectacle both indoors and out. The volleyball, basketball, soccer, field hockey and football teams all locked in healthy competition with a variety of fierce rivals from across the city, and our teams made us proud. The school spirit was palpable and inspiring.

The NT Athletics Committee

Recognizing the tremendous success of the NT Music Council Committee, a sub-committee has formed under the umbrella of the NT Foundation: the NT Athletics Committee. With an emphasis on connecting the past with the present and looking towards the future, the newly minted committee is made up of existing and past faculty as well as alumni, some of whose involvement in the school goes back 50+ years! All are eager to give back and see today’s athletes succeed and be involved in all that NT has to offer. The committee’s express purpose is to raise awareness (and perhaps a few funds) to support the athletics department at North Toronto.  

It’s still early days. Thus far, we’ve held two modest activities: creating a database for communication and selling some great NT clothing at Red and Grey Day. The current heads of the athletic program have given us some ideas, identifying what they consider pivotal to improving our students’ athletic experience at NT—and we are there to support those objectives.

Get Your ROI

Want to get involved? We’ll keep you posted on upcoming events that will make you proud and extend your ROI from North Toronto. Send us a note at ntathleticscommittee@gmail.com.

— Michael Colley (’89)

Michael at Red & Grey Day

NT Musicians Keep Popping Up!

On Sunday, November 12, 2017, the Orpheus Symfonietta, under the baton of Stuart Beaudoin, performed a Remembrance Day concert in Uxbridge, Ontario. The chamber orchestra included six NTCI grads, spanning five decades, some of whom have participated in this group from as early as its inception in the 1980s.  

This orchestra (which has gone by various names over the years) draws musicians from all over the Greater Toronto Area and numbers 36 at its largest. It comes together sporadically, usually once a year; most of these musicians play regularly in other bands and orchestras.

It is remarkable, then, that one-sixth of its complement is made up of NTCI grads—one more example of the lasting effect of the NT music experience. Nancy, Mark and Brian have been playing in ensembles in and around Toronto for over 50 years, Allan for almost 65 years. A life-long commitment, a life-long enrichment. All six were on stage at Roy Thomson Hall in 2012 for the Memories Forever concert, part of NT’s 100th anniversary celebrations.

They will be playing for years to come—and no doubt bumping into even more NTCI music grads!

— Brian Maltman (NT ’71)

Front row (left to right): Lynda Busch, violin (’76), Duncan Andrews, horn (’91), Nancy Nourse, flute (’70). Back row: Brian Maltman, trombone (’71), Allan Shantz, cello(’58), Mark Maitman, trombone (’71).

NTCI Says Thanks for Alumni Support

At our fall Dragons’ Den session, we awarded funding to various clubs, as well as to the committee organizing the Remembrance Day. We thought you might like to hear from the recipients themselves how much your support means to them, so here’s a sampling of the thank you notes we received:


Good morning, Ron,

I just wanted to say thank you for listening to my pitch about Prom 2018 and for being so generous with the donation. It will strongly benefit the students attending! Thank you for allowing for this opportunity to occur.

Many thanks,


Dear Ron,

On behalf of the Remembrance Day committee, I would like to thank you and the NTCI Foundation for your continued support of the Remembrance Day assemblies. 

These two assemblies have become a fixture in our school and a very memorable, meaningful way to honour the tremendous sacrifice and participation of NT students in the Great Wars of the 20th century, the Korean War, the war in Afghanistan, and modern peacekeeping efforts. We would like to extend to you and any other members of the NT Foundation a personal invitation to attend either of our two services being held at the school on the morning of November 10, 2017. We would be honoured if you could join us.

 A very sincere and heartfelt thank you, 


Dear Mr. Wakelin,

On behalf of the Robotics Team at North Toronto, we’d like to thank you for supporting our team and providing us with monetary funds that are crucial to our team’s success.

We hope that the Robotics Team and the NT Foundation will continue to work closely together in the future to create a strong and welcoming engineering-based club for North Toronto students.

Regards,


Hi Mr. Wakelin,

On behalf on the Graffiti team, thank you so much for the generous funding, it is muchly appreciated. I can’t tell you how important it is to the continued success of Graffiti. Additionally, thank you for organizing such an awesome event, it provides a great opportunity for the students involved to gain skills in a pitch-like environment, amongst other things.

Thanks again,


Dear Mr. Wakelin,

Thank you for taking the time and consideration for funding so many clubs at North Toronto. On behalf of the PAL heads, Spanish Club, and Archery Club, we thank you for the funding. We know we will put it to great use to enhance the NT experience, encourage students to develop many skills, and ensure equity when buying club shirts and vests. 

Again, thank you and all the other alumni so much!

The Spirit of Giving … Back: Celebrating Excellence at NT

’Tis the season: a time imbued with the spirit of giving. And for us at the Foundation, it’s all about the spirit of giving back. We have many opportunities throughout the school year to meet NT’s current students and to experience their amazing dynamism, intelligence and abilities. Please help us support these incredible young people as we wind up our Celebrating Excellence fundraiser for NTCI student scholarships. There can be no better way to provide for the future than by investing in our students.

We will be increasing the amounts of Foundation-funded scholarships by 10 per cent next year, bringing NTCI awards recognizing academics, athletics, arts and leadership more in line with current costs. Please consider helping us do this; 100 percent of donations to the Celebrating Excellence campaign will go directly to the scholarship fund.  

The Foundation truly appreciates your contributions to this campaign. Generous donors will be acknowledged on a plaque on the trophy case itself and may qualify for a year-end bonus (see below for details)!  All contributors will receive tax receipts (over $25).

  • Pentagon Patron: $1,000 and above
  • NT Norseman: $500 to $999
  • Spirit Sponsor: $250 to $499
  • Naming rights for the trophy case: $8,000. This is available to an individual, family, team or a graduation class.

Please mail your gift to: The NTCI Foundation at 17 Broadway Ave, Toronto, ON, M4P 1T7. Specify the Celebrating Excellence campaign. If you have any questions, please email Nancy McFadden at nancyanddoug.mcfadden@gmail.com or call (647) 351-2850.

Thank you so much. We cannot support this legacy of excellence without you.

With sincere wishes for your health and happiness in the coming year,

The NTCI Foundation


Year-End Bonus:

NT Pop Socket
NT Pop Socket

Gifts of $100 or more qualify for a free concert t-shirt (specify size), an NT pop socket or a copy of Hail! North Toronto: Celebrating a Century, our 2012 centennial history. If you donate $250 or more, you may select two. For Toronto residents: These NT heirlooms can be picked up in Room 412 at lunch and after school from Mark Kinoshita. Please contact Mark at mark.kinoshita@tdsb.on.ca to make the arrangement, and then check in at the office before going up. For those of you who live farther afield, call Nancy McFadden (contact above) to make arrangements.