Category Archives: NTCI Today

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!

The Dragons’ Den: Spring Edition

Over the past few years, we have featured articles about our “Dragons’ Den”—a twice yearly event at which student groups ask the Foundation for funding to support NT’s extra-curricular clubs and teams, many of which were thriving when you were at the school. Clubs like Graffiti, the illustrious school newspaper, request monies to help with their printing costs, while the Remembrance Day Committee, which puts on an annual assembly at the school, uses our funding to pay for pipers and a reception for the participating Veterans. Without our help, some of these groups would not exist, or would be unable to do some of the things they do.

At our most recent Dragons’ Den, the Foundation was able to provide some financial support to all of the groups who requested funding. For example, the YMCA Exchange group received a grant to purchase TTC passes for students visiting from an Indigenous Reserve in Northern Ontario so that they could travel around the city with their NT hosts. Another group received funding to pay the cost of a bus so that members could attend a leadership camp. Although the groups making presentations often ask for more funds than we are able to provide, we do our best to award at least some of what they request. We particularly try to support groups whose initiatives reflect NTCI’s traditions and heritage.

When you consider donating to the Foundation, remember that any amount, large or small, is always welcome! Your $50.00 donation could help pay the registration fee for the Robotics Team to participate in a competition. A $100.00 donation could pay for a new team jersey! Please remember, your donations go a long way to ensure the continuation of the school’s extra-curricular activities. The funding we provide is always appreciated: the students are genuinely grateful for any contribution we can give them.

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!